Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Sept. 14: Daedalus Howell at Copperfield's Books

Posted By on Wed, Sep 12, 2012 at 4:57 PM

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After a “middling” career in Hollywood, writer Daedalus Howell returned to Sonoma County, expecting the “rural, rolling hills of his youth.” What he found instead was a viticultured, grape-drunk wine country. I Heart Sonoma is the collection of personal essays that resulted from his journey to rediscover his childhood home, filled with much satire and laughter that even the most jaded Sonoma natives and residents will enjoy. Enjoy the words off the author himself—a longtime contributor to this very paper—during a reading on Friday, Sept. 14, at Copperfield’s Books. 140 Kentucky St., Petaluma. 7pm. Free. 707.762.0563.

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Sept. 15: Caravanniversary at the Headlands Center for the Arts

Posted By on Wed, Sep 12, 2012 at 4:55 PM

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Run amok! It’s the Caravanniversary, celebrating 30 years of the Headlands Center for the Arts, a former Army-barracks-turned-artist-residence space. For one giant, free day, there will be a galore of artist projects, games, bike and surf activities, guided hikes, musical entertainment and activities for everyone. Test your agility on an art obstacle course, and look up to the sky for a kite show. A sampling of food trucks can satisfy any picky eater, and at the Beer Garden, drinkers can hand-choose their bottles. Come one, come all on Saturday, Sept. 15, to the Fort Barry Parade Grounds. 944 Simmonds Road, Sausalito. Noon—5pm. Free.

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Sept. 15: Fiesta de Independencia at the Wells Fargo Center

Posted By on Wed, Sep 12, 2012 at 4:51 PM

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The Wells Fargo Center becomes a portal to Mexico this week for la Fiesta de Independencia. With the numerous mariachi bands, authentic food stands and piñatas, you’ll feel like you’re right at the heart of the capital city. There’s something for everyone here: games, family activities, art exhibits and dancing. Latino Community Leadership awards are announced, and every corner of the lobby will deliciously smell of cilantro and jalapeño for the salsa contest. Celebrate 202 years of independence on Saturday, Sept. 15, at the Wells Fargo Center. 50 Mark West Springs Road, Santa Rosa. 1—7pm. Free. 707.546.3600.

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Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Sept 8-9: Art in the Park at Walnut Park

Posted By on Wed, Sep 5, 2012 at 11:05 AM

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You know you have to do something about that plain white wall or awkwardly empty space in your house. That’s where Art in the Park comes in as the Petaluma Arts Association’s largest event of the year. Featuring hundreds of works in the second and third dimension, Art in the Park takes over Walnut Park with plenty of options for sprucing up the living space. Live music and a strategically placed playground for the kids augment this 55th annual soiree; cheers to another year of creativity on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 8—9, at Walnut Park. D Street and South Petaluma Boulevard, Petaluma. 10am—5pm. Free. 707.762.2978.

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Sept 8: Napa River Wine and Crafts Fair

Posted By on Wed, Sep 5, 2012 at 11:03 AM

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The best of the best is out in force at the Napa River Wine and Crafts Fair. This festival showcases over 150 artists and their original handcrafted art and crafts—and it’s juried, so you know you’re not going to be looking at backyard scraps. Enjoy the aesthetic eye candy while strolling to the beat of live music, a classy glass of wine in hand and maybe some street food in the other to balance it out. Might want to watch your step, though; you’ll just be one of the expected 25,000 people there. Practice your weaving-through-a-crowd skills before coming out on Saturday, Sept. 8, on First and Main Street and Veteran’s Park, downtown Napa. 10am—6pm. Free. 925.372.8961.

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Sept 8: Geoffrey Nunberg at Book Passage

Posted By on Wed, Sep 5, 2012 at 11:01 AM

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Jerks these days throw the a-word around like an overplayed One Direction song so often that the vulgar profanity has lost its 60 years of glory. Why, when I was your age, we called each other cads, bounders, heels; “asshole” was just for that one special person in life. Regardless of who it’s applied to—Todd Akin or the driver that cut you off this morning—we can all agree the word has earned its rightful place in the dictionary. Linguist Geoffrey Nunberg’s Ascent of the A-Word explains the colorful history of this indispensable curse. Insults aside, let’s all be wiseasses and discuss the true definition of America’s favorite seven-lettered word on Saturday, Sept. 8, at Book Passage. 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 1pm. 415.927.0960.

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