**ADVANCE FOR MONDAY, AUG. 27** A freshly pulled wine cork is shown at Willamette Valley vineyard in Turner, Ore., Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2007. Some winemakers and environmental groups are urging wineries to return to basics, saying cork is the best choice for the environment. (AP Photo/Don Ryan)
FIVE FOR FIVE: Try five different wines for five bucks at Cardiff Wine Steals--now we understand the name. This week the wine is from the Clayhouse Winery in Paso Robles. From 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., enjoy a mid-week break with some delish vino.
COOL CAT: Considered one of the top performers of his genre, Jeffery Smith knows just how to woo a crowd. His soulful jazz music is a perfect way to unwind. He’s playing at the Sound Wave from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. Tickets are just $15.
POETRY RUCKUS: It’s a free monthly spoken word presented by the Ruthless Hippies. A handful of local poets will perform their latest work at the Ducky Waddles Emporium. The name alone should encourage you to check it out. Want to share too? Email Michael at firstname.lastname@example.org to perform on stage. The special guest this week is Oriana Ivy. 7 p.m.
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