This weekend's big event is The Big Sur Food and Wine Festival, taking place throughout Big Sur. The name says it all: it's about food and wine (there's a beer event in there, too), and it takes place in Big Sur. The event includes spectacular winemaker dinners, winemaker presentations, and a Saturday night Grand Public Tasting. Tickets are available online through Thursday afternoon; after that, call 831-667-0800 for tickets. Friday It's the first Friday in September, and once again time for the First Fridays Art Walk. In addition to the over 50 venues featuring art, food, music and the occasional sip of wine, enjoy a lecture at the National Steinbeck Center from Lois Robin, author of Mamita's House, a True Tale of Tortilla Flat. First Fridays Art Walk runs 5pm-8pm throughout Oldtown Salinas; lecture runs 6pm-8pm at the National Steinbeck Center, One Main Street, Salinas. Both are free. Ransom, Texas, the winner of PacRep's 2009 Hyperion Project Playwriting Contest, has a discount preview tonight at the Circle Theatre in Carmel-by-the-Sea. The play, which takes place in one room over the course of an evening, details the fraught relationship of a father and son in the titled town. 7:30pm. Tickets are $16 for adults, $12 for seniors over 65, $10 for students, teachers and military (with ID) and $7 for children. Enter on Casanova between 8th and 9th Avenues. Local rockers Victory Lane, featured in the above video in a previous performance, rock out tonight at Bullwacker's. Prepare for long, awesome jam sessions. 8:30pm, 653 Cannery Row, Monterey. No cover. Jose's has had some oddball line-ups in the past, but this one is especially offbeat. Sedona's rock-folk act decker. writes tunes that are simultaneously catchy, slightly abrasive and deeply emotional. Sacramento's The New Humans sound like what might happen if Keene and My Chemical Romance recorded an album. Monterey's The Trees play what might best be described as soul and surf-inflected psychedelic rock. 9pm, 638 Wave Street Monterey, $5. Saturday Artist Gerald Wasserman is 90 years old and still painting intriguing modernist works. He's celebrating this landmark birthday with an exhibition at the Carmel Art Association full of new paintings. Meet the man and see his work at tonight's opening reception. 6pm-8pm, Dolores between 5th and 6th, Carmel-by-the-Sea. Free. See the worldwide gala premiere of the award-winning play Ransom, Texas at the Circle Theatre in Carmel-by-the-Sea. 7:30pm. Tickets are $35 for adults, $26 for seniors over 65, $15 for students, teachers and military (with ID) and $7 for children. Enter on Casanova between 8th and 9th Avenues. If you loved the musical the Phantom of the Opera, don't miss this chance to see three of the finest sopranos ever to take on the role of Christine. The Phantom's Leading Ladies features Terri Bibb, Karen Culliver and Mary D'Arcy, performing both solo and in three-part harmony. 8pm, Sunset Center, San Carlos at Ninth Avenue, Carmel-by-the-Sea. Tickets are available online for $48-$68. Trip Delight Fantastic bring a fun, Burning Man-esque fusion dance party to Bullwackers. 8:30pm, 653 Cannery Row, Monterey. No cover. Members of the Mother Hips perform as acoustic duo the Ball-Point Birds tonight at Fernwood Resort. 9pm, Highway One in Big Sur. No cover. Vocalist John Michael and Microtonic Harmonic's David Holidoff return to London Bridge Pub for what will likely be a great acoustic show with a packed house. 9:30pm, Wharf #2, Monterey. No cover. Sunday Ransom, Texas, the award-winning play, holds a matinee performance at the Circle Theatre in Carmel-by-the-Sea. 2:00pm. Tickets are $30 for adults, $22 for seniors over 65, $12 for students, teachers and military (with ID) and $7 for children. Enter on Casanova between 8th and 9th Avenues.