Wednesday, May 18, 2016

May 19: Purple Tribute in Santa Rosa

Posted By on Wed, May 18, 2016 at 6:14 AM

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Last month, the world lost one of its greatest musical talents when Prince passed away at age 57. In the time since, there’s been an outpouring of tributes by bands covering his songs, and sales of his records have soared. This week, there’s a tribute of another kind in store when the ongoing CULT Film Series screens a double feature of Prince’s films, showing 1984’s Purple Rain and 1986’s Under the Cherry Moon. Though these flicks aren’t Citizen Kane by any stretch, they’re still fun and nostalgic looks at Prince in his prime. Relive the music and magic on Thursday, May 19, at Roxy Stadium 14 Cinemas, 85 Santa Rosa Ave., Santa Rosa. 7pm. $10. 707.525.8909.
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May 20: Lovely Duo in Napa

Posted By on Wed, May 18, 2016 at 6:12 AM

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The Napa-born sibling duo Love/Day, featuring songwriting brother JourneyDay and singing sister Jade Luvdae, have spent a lifetime performing and collaborating together. This weekend, the instinctually in-sync pair bring their acoustic pop sounds to their hometown at Ca’ Momi Osteria, where you can nosh on Napoletana pizzas and sip on local wines and organic house-made beers while listening to the laidback sounds of the award-winning musicians, whose latest single, “I Want You,” is getting airplay on Napa radio station 99.3 the Vine. Love/Day play on Friday, May 20, at Ca’ Momi Osteria, 1141 First St., Napa. 10pm. Free. 707.224.6664.
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May 22: For Papa in Sonoma

Posted By on Wed, May 18, 2016 at 6:09 AM

Recently, Sonoma’s Bryan Byrd, known by friends as Papa, was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma. As he attempts to recover, including waiting on a bone marrow transplant, his wife Penny, known better as Popo the Clown, and the whole Byrd family have taken on increasing financial and personal stress. This weekend, the community is coming together for them at the Fam Bam benefit bash that will feature live music from popular Sonoma County bands like BackTrax and Plan B. There will also be a raffle, delicious barbecue, kids’ activities and more. All proceeds go to the Byrd family, and it’s all happening on Sunday, May 22, at Rossi’s 1906, 401 Grove St., Sonoma. 2pm. By donation. 707343.0044.
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May 22: Delicious Duet in Sonoma

Posted By on Wed, May 18, 2016 at 6:08 AM

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The celebrated San Francisco series Flight of Poets makes its way to Sonoma County this weekend with four poets reading their works and a master sommelier matching their words to fine wines. The poets include Hollie Hardy, winner of this year’s Poetry Center Book Award at San Francisco State, Ada Limón, a finalist for last year’s National Book Critics Circle Award, Dean Rader, a T. S. Eliot Poetry Prize winner, and Tess Taylor, the current poetry reviewer on NPR’s All Things Considered. Renowned sommelier Christopher Sawyer pairs these poets to flights of wine on Sunday, May 22, at Gundlach Bundschu Winery, 2000 Denmark St., Sonoma. 2pm. $20; 21 and over. 707.938.5277.
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Wednesday, May 11, 2016

May 14: Lucky Seven in Healdsburg

Posted By on Wed, May 11, 2016 at 6:20 AM

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Ninety-three percent of Northern California’s vineyard acreage consists of eight grape varietals. The other 7 percent propagates hundreds of lesser-known grapes, and it’s that percentage that gets celebrated this weekend during the Seven % Solution event. Knowing that diversity breeds unique tastes and healthier soil, over 20 local wineries come together to support each other in growing these obscure grapes and to shift the focus in California winemaking from the standard to the new and exciting. The new solutions come to fruition on Saturday, May 14, at Bergamot Alley, 328-A Healdsburg Ave., Healdsburg. 2pm. $65. 707.433.8720.
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May 14: Beautiful Birthdays in Nicasio

Posted By on Wed, May 11, 2016 at 6:17 AM

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Classically trained violinist David LaFlamme and his wife, vocalist Linda Baker LaFlamme, first performed together around the Bay Area in the folk and rock band It’s a Beautiful Day in the mid-1960s, utilizing his melodic strings and her harmonic voice, with psychedelic and jazzy undertones in their roots music. Though the band’s initial run ended in the ’70s, the LaFlammes have kept the music alive, and this weekend, the couple, both born in May, are celebrating their birthdays with a concert event on Saturday, May 14, at Rancho Nicasio, 1 Old Rancheria Road, Nicasio. 8:30pm. $15–$20. 415.662.2219.
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May 15: Pedal Party in Napa

Posted By on Wed, May 11, 2016 at 6:15 AM

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May is National Bike Month, and the Napa County Bicycle Coalition is celebrating with its annual Napa Bike Fest. Taking place this year at the newly completed and bike-friendly Oxbow Commons, the coalition is offering rides for kids, Skyline Mountain biking and a tour of the historic downtown by bike to encourage safe and fun riding for everyone. The day also features workshops focused on safety skills, demos from industry professionals and even a bike swap. Same-day registration will be available for all rides—just be sure to bring a helmet and a communal attitude on Sunday, May 15, at Oxbow Commons, McKinstry Street, Napa. Registration opens at 8am, activities begin at 10am. Free admission. napabike.org.
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May 15: Back in the Groove in Cotati

Posted By on Wed, May 11, 2016 at 6:12 AM

Guitarist and songwriter Hank Levine once lived a life on the road. Born in Brooklyn, he formed his first band in the 1960s and toured the states on the coffee-house circuit, the same folk-music tour ramblings that featured songwriters like Bob Dylan, Simon and Garfunkel and Joni Mitchell. After years of touring, Levine moved to the North Bay and continued to perform, opening for performers such as Bonnie Raitt and the Neville Brothers before leaving the stage to raise a family. Now, with the kids grown, Levine is back behind the microphone, and playing an album-release show on Sunday, May 15, at the Redwood Cafe, 8240 Old Redwood Hwy., Cotati. 4:30pm. $25 (includes CD). 707.795.7868.
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Wednesday, May 4, 2016

May 4: Star Wows in Santa Rosa

Posted By on Wed, May 4, 2016 at 6:26 AM

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If you hear people saying, ‘May the fourth be with you,’ rest assured they’re Star Wars fans, here for Santa Rosa’s fun, elaborate Star Wars variety show courtesy North Bay Cabaret’s intergalactic dancers, sideshow performers and spoken-word artists. There will be Boba Fett burlesque, Stormtrooper go-go dancing, C-3PO contortionism and Princess Leia belly dancing. The cabaret’s exciting lineup of acts also includes poetry readings, improv comedy, a themed art gallery and music from Funky Mando and Shifty Shifty. May the fourth be with you on Wednesday, May 4, at Annie O’s Music Hall, 120 Fifth St., Santa Rosa. 7pm. $10; 21 and over. 707.542.1455.
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May 7: Worldly Visuals in Petaluma

Posted By on Wed, May 4, 2016 at 6:23 AM

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Entering its eighth year, the Petaluma Film Fest brings a global array of short films, both animated and live action, to the North Bay for a day of lively screenings and conversations with visiting filmmakers. The program opens with a local boy, as SRJC student Miles Levin shows his timely political satire The Berninator. From there, the lineup of shorts comes from locations like Switzerland, Spain, Bhutan, Australia, New Zealand, Chile and elsewhere. Tickets are available for matinee, afternoon or late-night blocks of films, or you can stay the whole day and take in a world of cinema on Saturday, May 7, at McNear’s Mystic Theatre, 23 Petaluma Blvd. N., Petaluma. 707.765.2121. Noon. $10–$30. petalumafilmalliance.org.
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