What is this American Idol and America’s Got Talent garbage on TV nowadays? I may be old, but these shows are just a pile of doggie doo-doo. What ever happened to the good ol’ days of contest shows that had liveliness and funny people? The Gong Show
. Now that was a great ’70s show that persevered for many years. A contestant would perform an act before a panel of judges, who then decided whether or not to kill the performer’s chances by ringing a gong. Now The Gong Show comes to Sonoma County, where contestants can sign up and vie for the Golden Gong Award. The good times are back on Tuesday, Aug. 27, at Bergamot Alley. 328-A Healdsburg Ave., Healdsburg. Free. 8:30pm. 707.433.8720.