Thursday, October 20, 2011

Oct. 22: Grand Opening at Dhyana Center

Posted on Thu, Oct 20, 2011 at 11:08 AM


The American public at large ignored healthy eating with the introduction of the South Beach and Atkins diets, which promised dropping a few pants sizes through a total disregard for a person’s overall health. Conversely, the Dhyana Center provides locals with the tools for a healthy lifestyle. The center celebrates the grand opening of its new education lofts with an all-day party including eclectic music and cirque performances, dance, Ayurvedic apothecary, food and a silent auction. Festivities commence Saturday, Oct. 22, at the Dhyana Center Educational Lofts. Basso Building, 186 N. Main St., Second Floor, Sebastopol. 1–10pm. Free. 707.823.8818.

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Thursday, September 22, 2011

Sept. 23-25: Pacific Pinball Exposition in San Rafael

Posted on Thu, Sep 22, 2011 at 10:05 AM

Remember getting a few quarters for the video arcade, only to weather the deflating lack of fulfillment when the money ran out just as your level of competitive excitement had peaked? Never fear: the fifth annual Pacific Pinball Exposition, the largest pinball show on the planet, offers 400 pinball machines, all set to free play. Visitors have full access to the earliest 1930s pinball machines as well as custom-made see-through games. Pinball seminars, a pinball contest and vintage machines galore alight on Friday–Sunday, Sept. 23–25, at the Marin Center. 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. 10am–midnight, Friday and Sunday; 10am–8pm, Sunday. $15–$25 daily; weekend passes available. 510.205.9793.
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Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Apr. 8: Graton Day Labor Center Anniversary Party

Posted By on Wed, Apr 6, 2011 at 9:51 AM

The Graton Day Labor Center celebrates 10 years of pairing temporary employers with workers by throwing a blowout concert with Dr. Loco’s Rockin’ Jalapeño Band. Cumbia, salsa, norteños and oldies are on the menu, with the Imaginists Theatre Collective and Danza Azteca Xantotl rounding out the festivities on Friday, April 8, at the Sebastopol Community Center.390 Morris St., Sebastopol. 7pm. $25–$50. 707.829.1864.
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Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Feb. 19: 'Post By Air' at Sonoma County Museum

Posted By on Wed, Feb 16, 2011 at 10:45 AM

One hundred years ago this Saturday, a young pilot named Fred Wiseman delivered three letters from Petaluma to Santa Rosa by airplane, thereby completing the first airmail flight in history. Never mind that he crashed along the way—it’s still an honor for Santa Rosa, where Wiseman bought parts from a local bicycle shop to build his plane after visiting the Wright Brothers themselves. In conjunction with the exhibit ‘Post By Air,’ a live simulcast discussion with Smithsonian curators about Wiseman’s famous flight takes place on Saturday, Feb. 19, at the Sonoma County Museum. 425 Seventh St., Santa Rosa. 11am. $2–$5. 707.579.1500.
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Wednesday, October 27, 2010

October 31: Cirque du Sebastopol at Hopmonk and Yard Dogs Road Show at Mystic Theatre

Posted By on Wed, Oct 27, 2010 at 1:48 PM

Bodices, sword swallowers, fishnets and fire eaters! Wax moustaches, burlesque dancers, top hats and musical saws! Hypnotists, banjos, parasols and washboards! Throw in a couple minor-key songs, and you’ve got the recipe for two back-to-back events this Halloween weekend. Cirque du Sebastopol returns with Kraddy, Nit Grit, Brothers Horse, the Jug Dealers and all manner of stilt walkers and magicians on Saturday, Oct. 30, at Hopmonk Tavern (230 Petaluma Ave., Sebastopol; 9pm; $30; 707.829.7300). On Sunday, the Yard Dogs Road Show return with their highly theatrical set sure to amaze even the most jaded former trick-or-treater on Halloween night. It’s a night to remember when the Yard Dogs Road Show play on Sunday, Oct. 31, at the Mystic Theatre (21 Petaluma Blvd. N., Petaluma; 8pm; $22–$25; 707.765.2121).
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Wednesday, October 6, 2010

October 8: Big Oktoberfest Bash at Flamingo Hotel

Posted By on Wed, Oct 6, 2010 at 9:53 AM

“B.O.B.” might mean a hit song by OutKast to some people, but around these sudsy parts it means only one thing: the annual Big Oktoberfest Bash put on by the Sonoma County Museum. Any good Oktoberfest worth its weight in ABV requires oodles of beer, and the B.O.B. has attracted the cream of the hops in local microbreweries Lagunitas Brewing Company, Russian River Brewing Company, Third Street Aleworks, Ace Cider, Moonlight Brewing Company and others, many premiering new beers exclusive to the event. Wineries will be pouring wine, local caterers will be serving up food and the music of Old Jawbone ties it all together between the portrait studio and raffle prizes. It’s a great way to get a buzz and support the Sonoma County Museum, whose exhibits recently have been blowing our minds, on Friday, Oct. 8, at the Flamingo Hotel. 2777 Fourth St., Santa Rosa. 5pm to 9pm. $30–$40. 707.579.1500.
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Wednesday, September 8, 2010

September 11: Cartoonist Sketch-a-Thon at Schulz Museum

Posted By on Wed, Sep 8, 2010 at 11:36 AM

The Charles M. Schulz Museum’s fantastic cartoonist-in-residence program gets a shot of adrenaline this weekend, as not one, not two, but 16 cartoonists appear together in a blowout Cartoonist Sketch-a-Thon inside the hallowed halls of all things “Sparky.” For two hours, visitors will be able to observe and talk to pencil-wielding wizards of animation, including Dan Piraro (of the comic panel “Bizarro”), Paul Madonna (the San Francisco Chronicle’s “All Over Coffee”), Alexis Fajardo (“Kid Beowulf”), Debbie Huey (“Bumperboy”), Mike Gray (Nickelodeon) and more. At 3:30pm, Piraro speaks about his career with “Bizarro”, for which he recently won the Reuben Award for Outstanding Cartoonist of the Year. It’s a chance to see the funny little oval-with-crosshairs that cartoonists draw with a blue pencil before inking in a face up-close and personal on Saturday, Sept. 11, at the Schulz Museum. 2301 Hardies Lane, Santa Rosa. 1pm. Free with $5–$10 admission. 707.579.4452.
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Wednesday, August 11, 2010

August 22: Northern California Bike Expo in Juilliard Park

Posted By on Wed, Aug 11, 2010 at 9:00 AM

We’re all getting ready for Levi Leipheimer’s GranFondo in our own way. Some of us are stepping up at the gym. Others are riding longer weekend rides. Leipheimer himself? Why, he showed up at the Wednesday Night Dirt Crits in Howarth Park last week, filled out an entry form, got a paper-plate number to affix to his handlebars and raced the dirt trail alongside all the other regular folks riding after work. Crazy! This weekend, the training continues with five different courses in Saturday’s Break the Cycle ride, open to the public, culminating with the Northern California Bike Expo, with loads of vendors, street food, live music, custom bike exhibits, bike parades and even a bicycle-powered performance of The Last Seed by the Imaginists Theatre Collective. Celebrate the area’s rich and ever-growing cycling culture on Sunday, Aug. 22, in Santa Rosa’s Juilliard Park. 10am to 4pm. Free. 707.545.0153.
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Wednesday, August 4, 2010

August 13: Living in Space at the Bay Area Discovery Museum

Posted By on Wed, Aug 4, 2010 at 9:00 AM

As part of the Bay Area Discovery Museum’s “Summer Sunset” series, the kid-friendly museum stays open late this Friday so kids can experience the current exhibit, ‘Living in Space. A complete replica of an international space station, “Living in Space” shows kids how to sleep, work, exercise, eat food and get around in zero-gravity; fun videos and interactive games such as docking a shuttle or controlling a space arm are sure to delight budding astronauts. Bring a blanket for picnicking as the Short Attention Span Circus performs juggling, magic and contortions, and the retro sounds of the 1960s—truly the “space decade”—emit from the DJ booth. It’s out of this world on Friday, Aug. 13, at the Bay Area Discovery Museum. 557 McReynolds Road, Sausalito. 5pm to 8pm. $5–$8. 415.339.3900.
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August 5: Eighth Anniversary Celebration at Schulz Museum

Posted By on Wed, Aug 4, 2010 at 9:00 AM

It’s hard to believe that the Schulz Museum has been entertaining visitors for eight years now. Like the characters in “Peanuts,” we never expect these things to grow up. This Thursday, it’s the Schulz Museum’s eighth birthday, and if you know some eight-year-olds yourself, take them down for an Eighth Anniversary Celebration featuring free admission and free ice cream cake from Cold Stone Creamery. (Aziz Ansari’s way vulgar comedy routine about Cold Stone not included.) For parents, on current display are exhibits about Schulz’s love and inclusion in Peanuts of both golf and pop culture. If you’ve lived for the last eight years without checking the place out, well, why not? Your free chance arrives on Thursday, Aug. 5, at the Charles M. Schulz Museum. 2301 Hardies Lane, Santa Rosa. 5–8pm. Free. 707.579.4452.
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