Monday, December 5, 2016

Sonoma Laughfest Hits the Airwaves

Posted By on Mon, Dec 5, 2016 at 12:25 PM

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Tonight, Sonoma Valley Television–SVTV 27 on the dial–will begin airing standup and sketch shows recorded from the recent Sonoma Laughfest comedy event that featured over 100 funny performers from around the country.

Creative media collective Measure Twice executed a multi-camera shoot of the entire festival, which took place last October at the Sonoma Community Center. Now, 14 one-hour episodes will show the best of the fest, with three to four episodes airing multiple times each night starting at 10pm on SVTV 27 through December 31.

Make sure to binge-watch the Sonoma Laughfest television series before seeing the funny collective live onstage again, as the folks behind the Laughfest pull Sonoma County out of it’s post-holiday lull with sketch and standup shows happening on Saturday January 28th at Pat’s Bar in Guerneville and Sunday, January 29th at The Big Easy in Petaluma.

For more details, visit SVTV here and Sonoma Laughfest here.
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Friday, October 28, 2016

Required Halloween Viewing: Found Footage 3D

Posted By on Fri, Oct 28, 2016 at 10:39 AM

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Looking for a frightfully good time this Halloween weekend? You can't miss the North Bay premiere of the 2016 horror flick, "Found Footage 3D." A new, exciting entry into the genre of found footage films a la "The Blair Witch Project," this film is already winning many festival awards and garnering rave reviews, being called scary, funny and emotional.

“Found Footage 3D” tells the story of a group of filmmakers who set out to make the first ever 3D found footage horror movie, but instead find themselves in a found footage horror film when the evil entity from their movie escapes into their behind-the-scenes footage.

On Saturday, Oct 29, Hot 101.7 partners up with the Roxy Stadium 14’s Cult Film Series to screen the film just in time for Halloween. Hot 101.7 DJ and horror film fanatic Eloy will host the event. Be one of the first people to see the film and get in the scary spirit of the weekend. Click here to get tickets and click here to watch the trailer.
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Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Mystic Circus Flies Into Santa Rosa

Posted By on Tue, Oct 11, 2016 at 2:57 PM

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Inspired by the Coney Island sideshows, Mystic Circus is a show not to be missed. This adult variety show features a fire-breathing ringmaster in Rush Hicks, with sword swallowing, acrobatics and burlesque among other spectacles.

This week, the nationally touring troupe make their way to the North Bay with a show at Whiskey Tip in Santa Rosa on Thursday, Oct 13, as part of their latest "Fly or Die" tour. Sponsored by Lagunitas Brewing Company, this show will push multiple envelopes as it dazzles. As the circus says on their Facebook event page:

Come one come all..... wait.... Stay at home if you are conservative, close minded, easily offended or overly religious. We wouldn't like to shake your delicate sensibilities. Do attend if you are fun, outgoing and don't mind getting pull on stage to be a part of the fun.

With the North Bay already familiar with companies like North Bay Cabaret and Cabaret de Caliente, this show is sure to entertain. The mystery and magic come to town for one night only. For more details, click the event link, here.
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Tuesday, September 13, 2016

artFlare Gallery Hosts a "Fun Pun" Art Show

Posted By on Tue, Sep 13, 2016 at 2:42 PM

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Sonoma County women's art group artFlare is wrapping up their latest imaginative exhibit, "Fun Pun," this weekend, Sept 17-18. Artist Sharona "ChaCha" Tracy has assembled an interactive art show of sculptures made from found objects collected from thrift shops, recycle centers and the streets of Sonoma County.

A most unusual and creative exhibit, artFlare spokeswoman Barbara Goodman says, "it really brings outs the feeling of fun like you remember as a kid. In fact kids would love the show as well. It is interactive, colorful and there's prizes too." 

Refreshments and discussion abound this weekend at artFlare Gallery is located in the old barrack buildings at 3840 Finley Ave, Bldg 33, Santa Rosa. 10am to 5pm. artflare.net.
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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Cinema & Psyche Presents Pre-Code Films in New Series

Posted By on Wed, Aug 24, 2016 at 3:14 PM

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Film study and discussion group Cinema & Psyche is an enthusiastic and immersive way to explore movies both new and old, both popular and obscure. This fall, the movie loving group is offering a new series of film classes in Sonoma and Marin County titled "Pre-Code Treasures of 1932."

Many folks may think of classic films as tame and predictable fare. Yet, before religious groups successfully put Hollywood under extreme censorship in 1934, studios made movies with strong social commentary and relatively unrestricted storylines. Cinema & Psyche explores several important works from this era and their lasting effect.

Over the course of several weeks, Cinema & Psyche will screen fun and envelope-pushing films from a year that saw impressive works filled with sexual freedom and cultural reflections. Led by psychological educator Terry Ebinger, MS, the group will look at the art and craft of filmmaking in a classic studio system and delve into themes of symbolism, mythos and cultural motifs with inviting and inventive discussions.

Taking place at the Santa Rosa Junior College starting September 1 and the Unitarian Universalist Facility in San Rafael starting September 12, "Pre-Code Treasures of 1932" will screen classic films like Shanghai Express, Scarface, Grand Hotel and Island of Lost Souls
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Monday, July 25, 2016

Stairwell Video Revives Lost VHS Rental Experience in Petaluma

Posted By on Mon, Jul 25, 2016 at 2:01 PM

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Kids may find this hard to believe, but before the days of online streaming services like Netflix, people who wanted to watch a movie in their home had to drive to what they called a "Video Rental Store." These stores contained hundreds of movies, held on giant black bricks called VHS tapes. Once a VHS was selected, the movie was brought home and watched on a colossal machine known as the VCR.

Crazy, right? Yet, we all did it, night after night. It was an American institution. We loved browsing the outrageous box art, turning the case over in our hand to read the information on the back and taking our selections to the front counter to rent the VHS of our choice for two-to-five days at a time.

Today, there are still a few movie rental shops like Video Droid and Joe Video in business, but they deal in Blu-ray and DVD formats. In fact, the last VHS movie release, "A History of Violence," is ten years old and the last VCR-producing company in the world is set to shut its VCR-machine division down this month, meaning the format will officially become obsolete; a relic of a brief, yet glorious, time in film history.

This week, in honor of the end of the VCR, local conceptual artists Daedalus Howell and Karen Hell are hosting the nostalgic interactive art installation Stairwell Video, on Friday, July 29, in downtown Petaluma.

Located inside the stairwell of a century-old Victorian house, Stairwell Video faithfully recreates the '80s VHS rental experience for one night only. Participants will get a store membership card, select a video and rent their movie. Limited edition "Stairwell Video" t-shirts and a popcorn and Champagne reception are also part of the night, never to be recreated again.

To reserve free tickets and receive location information, click here.
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Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Gallery Route One Pays Tribute to Betty Woolfolk

Posted By on Tue, Jul 19, 2016 at 10:50 AM

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An Inverness-based artist acclaimed for her "Museum of Curious Thought" installations and the executive director of Gallery Route One, Betty Woolfolk was known for her endless imagination and tireless dedication to the arts.

Woolfolk passed away on June 29, at the age of 69, after a long illness. This weekend, Gallery Route One, the Point Reyes Station alternative art gallery she co-founded in 1983, pays tribute to Woolfolk and her lifetime of community contributions with a memorial gathering on Sunday, July 24 at 5 pm. Donations in Woolfolk’s name can be made to Gallery Route One.

In August, Gallery Route One will dedicate its annual fundraising art exhibition, "The Box Show," to the memory of Woolfolk, who created the show with her husband Nick seventeen years ago.
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Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Sonoma-Marin Fair Celebrates Local Community

Posted By on Tue, Jun 21, 2016 at 2:17 PM

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The World's Ugliest Dog Contest is just one of the many highlights of the Sonoma-Marin Fair, happening this week, June 22-26, at the Petaluma Fairgrounds.

A tradition 75 years in the making, this year's fair "Goes Local" and highlights the community members and businesses who make the North Bay a uniquely vibrant region.

Aside from the many standard fair festivities like livestock, carnival rides, art exhibits and kids activities, the fair also boasts a lively concert schedule that includes Tower of Power on June 22 and LeAnn Rimes on June 25 among other headlining acts. These concerts are free with fair admission.

The fair is also introducing a new sporting event this year, the Swoop Motorcycle Race, on June 26. Audiences can watch skilled motorcyclists riding through a technical balancing course of cars, tires and obstacles on extremely lightweight, seatless bikes. The challenge of the race comes in navigating the course without touching the ground with your feet, a difficult proposition considering the crazy course.

Last, but not least, the fair's culinary pavilion is an oasis of award-winning chefs offering up delicious demos and tastings with wines from the North of the Gate Wine Competition on hand for sipping. 

For more info and tickets, you can visit the fair's website, here.
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Thursday, June 16, 2016

Wanda Sykes Postpones Santa Rosa Show

Posted By on Thu, Jun 16, 2016 at 3:53 PM

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Popular standup comedian and television star Wanda Sykes is a very busy woman, announcing today that "due to a schedule conflict" she is pushing back her June 24 appearance at Luther Burbank Center for the Arts to September 10. The announcement doesn't say exactly what the conflict is, though Sykes is currently filming "Mother/Daughter," a forthcoming comedy from 20th Century Fox also starring Amy Schumer and Goldie Hawn.

The Santa Rosa venue also announced that any tickets already purchased for June 24 will be honored on the new date, and no action is required on the part of ticket holders who wish to attend the rescheduled performance. If you can't make Sept 10, refunds for the performance can be made at the original point of purchase. Call the LBC box office at 707.546.3600 for more details.
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Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Jewish Community Free Clinic Hosts Annual Spirit of Hippocrates Dinner & Auction

Posted By on Wed, Jun 1, 2016 at 1:33 PM

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Drawing on the traditions of charity and care first practiced by ancient Greek physician Hippocrates, the Jewish Community Free Clinic in Santa Rosa has been providing free medical care to those in need, regardless of denomination or other discriminating factors, since 2001. 

This weekend, the clinic holds its fifth annual Spirit of Hippocrates Dinner and Auction fundraiser on Sunday, June 5, at Congregation Shomrei Torah, where guests can dine on delicious food, sip on local wines and beverages that reflect our county’s wondrous bounty, and celebrate the artistic contributions made to the clinic by local artists Leslie Gattmann and Marsha Connell.

Gattmann and Connell have recently completed a "Giving Tree" art project in the clinic that bears the names of donors and supporters in colorful leaves, flowers and other artistic representations, which will be shown in a slideshow at the event. 

With a family-style feast and silent auction, the upcoming evening will help the clinic continue to offer services to the community and celebrate those involved in its ceaseless efforts. The event takes place on June 5 at Congregation Shomrei Torah, 2600 Bennett Valley Road, Santa Rosa. 5pm. $54 per person or $360 for table of 8. RSVP is recommended as space is limited. www.jewishfreeclinic.org.
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