Wednesday, April 9, 2014

April 12-13: Apple Blossom Festival in Sebastopol

Posted By on Wed, Apr 9, 2014 at 1:05 PM

Sebastopol’s Apple Blossom Festival is as American as a particular pie, and this year’s fest, now in its 68th year, celebrates the tradition and funky spirit of the weekend event. Adopting “Red, White & Blues” as the theme, the festival kicks off with a parade down Main Street on Saturday morning, and continues through Sunday with music from headlining acts like the Gator Nation Band on Saturday and Blues Hall of Famer Joe Louis Walker on Sunday. The Apple Blossom Festival takes place rain or shine on April 12—13, at Ives Park (Jewell Avenue and Willow Street) and the Sebastopol Center for the Arts, 282 High St., Sebastopol. 10am—6pm on Saturday; 10am—5pm on Sunday. $5—$10. 707.823.3032.

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April 16-17: Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde at the Robert Louis Stevenson Museum

Posted By on Wed, Apr 9, 2014 at 12:55 PM

As universally known as Dracula and as terrifying as Frankenstein, Robert Louis Stevenson’s Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde has been the source of inspiration for a century of adaptations in film, television, theater and comic books. Now the Robert Louis Stevenson Museum presents the 1912 short silent film, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, the first known adaptation of the novella and one of the first horror movies in cinema history. Allison Fox will be on hand for a discussion of Stevenson’s influence, which includes a look at the Bugs Bunny take on the classic tale. April 16-17. Robert Louis Stevenson Museum, 1490 Library Lane, St. Helena. 7pm. Free. 707.963.3757.

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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

April 3: Napa Valley Collects at Napa Valley Museum

Posted By on Wed, Apr 2, 2014 at 11:24 AM

April equals art in Napa Valley, and all month the region celebrates with private collections open to public viewing and exclusive events at dozens of venues. For its part, the Napa Valley Museum presents Napa Valley Collects, displaying significant works from various Napa Valley collections, and featuring works by Joan Brown, Marc Chagall and Pablo Picasso. This week, the museum kicks off the festivities with the Napa Valley Collects Preview Gala. Live music and fine wines accompany the outstanding art, and proceeds benefit the Arts Council Napa Valley. The Gala takes place on April 3, at the Napa Valley Museum, 55 Presidents Cir., Yountville. 6pm. $50-$60. 707.944.0500.

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April 3: Alonzo King Lines Ballet at Sonoma State University

Posted By on Wed, Apr 2, 2014 at 11:23 AM

For more than 30 years, San Francisco dance company Alonzo King LINES Ballet has re-imagined the essence of ballet with challenging choreography and spectacular talent. Formed by Alonzo King in 1982, the company has toured the world while maintaining a residency at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, garnering universal acclaim year after year. In advance of the company’s upcoming Spring 2014 season, Alonzo King LINES Ballet previews their new, still untitled, work—followed by a talk with King —on April 3, at the Evert Person Theater at Sonoma State University, 1801 E Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park. 7:30pm. Free (advanced ticket required). 707.664.4246.

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April 6: Annabella Lwin at Hopmonk Tavern

Posted By on Wed, Apr 2, 2014 at 11:22 AM

Singer Annabella Lwin stunned the world when she debuted, at the age of 13, with New Wave band Bow Wow Wow in 1980. After three albums and a number of chart-topping hits, Lwin left the band and embarked on a solo career that continues today. In between, Lwin formed her own band, the Naked Experience, and has collaborated with everyone from the Go-Go’s to Billy Corgan. Still writing material and often lending her talent to disaster relief efforts and charity benefits, Annabella appears on April 6, at Hopmonk Tavern, 230 Petaluma Ave., Sebastopol. 8pm. $15. 707.829.7300.

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April 6: Willie Wonka at the Lark Theater

Posted By on Wed, Apr 2, 2014 at 11:20 AM

There's no earthly way of knowing which direction we are going. There's no knowing where we're rowing, or which way the river's flowing. Is it raining? Is it snowing? Is a hurricane a-blowing? Not a speck of light is showing, so the danger must be growing. Are the fires of Hell a-glowing? Is the grisly reaper mowing? Yes! The danger must be growing! For the rowers keep on rowing! And they're certainly not showing any signs that they are slowing! AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAUUUUUUUUGHHHH! The original Willie Wonka & the Chocolate Factory , starring Gene Wilder, screens April 6, at Lark Theater, 549 Magnolia Ave., Larkspur. 3pm.

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