Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Marin Theatre Company Hires New Dramaturg & Literary Manager

Posted By on Tue, Feb 16, 2016 at 3:31 PM


I know what you're thinking, what is a dramaturg? For those not in the know, a dramaturg is person in the live theater scene who researches and develops new works for the stage. And, as dramaturgs go, Lydia Garcia is the tops; having worked as the resident dramaturg for the world-famous Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland, Oregon. 

Now, Garcia has been tapped as the new resident dramaturg and literary manager at the Marin Theatre Company, bringing her imaginative and progressive work to the North Bay to help emerging playwrights, actors, directors and others at the company to bring new and exciting works to the stage.

In a statement, Garcia says, "joining the team at Marin Theatre Company—a company dedicated to nurturing plays destined to become new American classics—is an extraordinary opportunity to be at the forefront of the most exciting developments in the American theatre today."

On their part, MTC artistic director Jasson Minadakis states, "Ms. Garcia is one of the true leaders in forwarding new play dramaturgy and in mentoring the field's next generation of dramaturgs. She is also one of the field's leading experts and facilitators in the new arena of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and I am thrilled that she is bringing her expertise to MTC as well as the greater Bay Area. She will be a valuable local resource for our community.”

Marin Theatre Company’s next production, the world premiere of "Swimmers," by Rachel Bonds, begins performances on Thursday, March 3 and runs through Sunday, March 27 at 397 Miller Avenue in Mill Valley. www.marintheatre.org.
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Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Napa County Library Turns 100

Posted By on Tue, Feb 9, 2016 at 11:02 AM


A century ago today, the Napa County Board of Supervisors’ unanimously approved the formation the Napa County Library System. Now, the county runs libraries in Napa, Yountville, American Canyon and Calistoga, and they celebrate a special centennial birthday at the first and oldest location in downtown Napa today, Feb 9, with games, entertainment and more.

First housed in the Goodman building, which currently houses the Napa County Historical Society, the Napa Main Library is now located at 580 Coombs St., where the festivities take place today. Things kick off with a proclamation and reading by Beclee Wilson, Napa County Poet Laureate. Then, barbershop quartet Napa Valley Harmonizers will lead the birthday song before games and sweet treats fill the building. 

For more information call 707.253.4235 or visit their website at napalibrary.org.

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Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Jack London Book Club Announces 2016 Dates & Titles

Posted By on Tue, Jan 26, 2016 at 3:45 PM


Literary critic Alfred Kazin once said, "the greatest story Jack London ever wrote was the story he lived." Throughout 2016, Jack London State Park is heeding those words for their year-long celebration of the author and adventurer who called Sonoma County home with their "Discover Your Call of the Wild" event series that boasts musical performances, tours, lectures and more happening in accordance with the centennial anniversary of London's death. 

The event series also includes the Jack London Book Club, who will meet four times over the next 12 months and discuss four of London's most enduring novels. Led by two Jack London scholars, professor Susan Nuernberg, Ph.D. and Sonoma County poet laureate Iris Jamahl Dunkle, Ph.D., the group aims to celebrate London's life and legacy by reading his popular works of fiction.

On March 5, the group commences with a discussion of London's signature novel, Call of the WIld. On June 4, The Sea-Wolf is examined. In the fall, on October 7, the group talks through White Fang. And finally, on December 3, London's The Valley of the Moon is given an in-depth look. 

Admission to these book club meetings is free, but space is limited to 20 participants, so sign up early to reserve your spot. For more information and to register, visit jacklondonpark.com.
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Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Bowie Hits the Big Screen at Rialto Cinemas

Posted By on Tue, Jan 12, 2016 at 4:02 PM


With the news of David Bowie's passing still sending shockwaves throughout the musical community, filmgoers are also looking for comfort in his varied and versatile film career. In that vein, Sebastopol's Rialto Cinemas will be screening the surreal 1976 British sci-fi film starring Bowie, The Man Who Fell to Earth, beginning Friday, Jan 15.

Rightfully hailed as a cult classic, this stunning film stars a red-haired, pale-skinned David Bowie as an alien who crash lands on our planet while looking for help saving his own. Using his advanced technology, the "Man" infiltrates American industry and business with a goal of building a way back home, though the wealth and decadence of society pulls him in the opposite moral direction.

Directed by Nicolas Roeg, who also helmed '70s cult favorites Walkabout and Don't Look Now, this film is a uniquely profound and meditative work, and Bowie is perfect in his major film debut as the literal Starman. This upcoming big screen showing is a rare treat, as the film is largely unavailable in good condition; even it's Criterion Collection release long out-of-print.

The Man Who Fell to Earth screens from Friday, Jan 15 to Thursday, Jan 21, at Rialto Cinemas, 6868 McKinley St, Sebastopol. 707.525.4840. Check their site for showtimes. 

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Thursday, January 7, 2016

Pliny the Younger Release Dates Announced

Posted By on Thu, Jan 7, 2016 at 3:19 PM


Russian River Brewing Company is bringing back their most sought-after release, Pliny the Younger, for its 12th annual run at their downtown Santa Rosa brew pub. Beginning Friday February 5, and lasting until February 18, crowds of beer enthusiasts from near and far will be lining up around the block in the cold and rain to get a taste of the most famous triple IPA in the world. 

If you've spent any time standing in the long lines in years past, you know the wait can be long, really long; reportedly up to eight hours on the weekends last year. In an attempt to cut those wait times down in 2016, the Russian River is imposing a three beer / three hour limit for patrons. This will also help ensure everyone who shows up has a chance to get their hands on that Pliny. The good news is that Russian River only offers the beer on draft, no bottles and no growlers. Just remember, they only have a certain allotment of Pliny the Younger on hand for each day, so get there early. 

Considering this is an El Nino year and February is expected to be super soaked outside, here's a couple of tips for surviving the line and enjoying your Pliny. First, no tents or stand up structures will be allowed in line, as they tend to blow away in the wind and usually end up blocking sidewalks and other business entrances, and that's a no no. Instead, bring layers, umbrellas and a hot thermos of coffee for your stay on the streets of Santa Rosa.

Second, people in lines HATE it when you show up late and join your friends in front of them, so if you want to get in line early make sure your whole party comes together. Yes, it's a pain to wait, but the folks behind you won't mind you slipping off to use the restroom or getting a bite to eat at La Bufa if they know you've been there from the start.

Once you get inside, you gotta get your own drink. Even if you don't want a Pliny, don't be the guy (or gal) who is just hanging out with your friend; and keeping the people behind you out in the rain while you take up space. Order something, anything, there will be 20 different beers on tap to choose from.

2016's Pliny the Younger is expected to be one of the best releases yet, predicted to clock in at about 10.25% and boasting an assortment of top quality hops. The Russian River Brewing Company is located at 725 Fourth St, Santa Rosa. 11am to Midnight. 707.545.BEER.
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Wednesday, December 9, 2015

HopMonk Owner Buys Twin Oaks Tavern in Penngrove

Posted By on Wed, Dec 9, 2015 at 12:48 PM

  • Marc Shur

HopMonk Tavern owner  and proprietor Dean Biersch announced today that he has purchased the popular Penngrove roadhouse Twin Oaks Tavern from Sheila Groves Tracy and her partners. The longstanding spot on Old Redwood Highway between Cotati and Petaluma has been in business for 91 years, transforming from prohibition-era grocery store and gas station to tavern and popular music venue, and it's now a staple of the small town.

With three North Bay locations operating under the HopMonk name, Biersch made it clear that Twin Oaks Tavern will keep its own iconic name and neon signs, though he says that several classic elements will be enhanced with new entertainment ideas, a new draft system that will feature 16 craft beer selections and an overhauled kitchen that will serve new takes on old favorites.

Also sticking around at Twin Oaks will be Sheila Groves Tracy as the music booker. Her packed schedule of shows always boasts top-tier rock, folk, country and blues music playing six to seven days a week, with special afternoon BBQ concerts and a recently remodeled outdoor beer garden.

Twin Oaks Tavern will be temporarily closed starting in mid-January for the planned improvements. Details on the re-opening are TBA. 

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Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Made Local Marketplace Cuts the Ribbon on New Location

Posted By on Tue, Dec 8, 2015 at 11:59 AM


Made Local Marketplace, the locally-minded store that boasts items and goods from hundreds of North Bay makers and manufacturers, recently expanded from their longtime location on 5th St in downtown Santa Rosa to a new storefront one block over, at 529 4th St, the former location of Cokas Dikus, between Mendocino Ave and the Santa Rosa Mall.

The larger space allows the marketplace, which is celebrating five years in Santa Rosa this month, to offer even more goods and gifts just in time for the holiday shopping season. The store will also soon house a reuse center run by the Foundry Creative group that will be a valued resource for teachers, artists and creative shoppers. There are also plans for art classes and a small coffee post run by the popular Criminal Bakery.

The Made Local Marketplace celebrates their new space and their five-year anniversary today, Dec 8, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony that's open to the public and features food, wine and a hands-on Makers Lab. 529 4th St, Santa Rosa. 5pm. The marketplace's regular hours are Mon-Fri, 10-6; Sat, 10-5 and Sun 11 to 5. 707.583.7667.
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Thursday, November 19, 2015

High Concept

As Legalization nears, ZDCA announces new division to serve the cannabis industry

Posted By on Thu, Nov 19, 2015 at 1:31 PM


Santa Rosa's ZDCA Design & Development today announced the creation of a sister agency that will exclusively serve Northern California's cannabis industry. The Hybrid Creative will provide web design and branding services as well as business and consulting for medical and hydroponic marijuana.

"The whole landscape is changing with all the new laws and regulations," says Laurel Gregory, Hybrid Creative's new CEO. Gregory was the long-time art director and production manager for ZDCA. "Northern California doesn't have an agency that focuses on the cannabis industry and that's the niche we're trying to carve out for ourselves."

Gregory she said the cannabis has a large number of female CEOs and she's proud to be part of the movement.

ZDCA has been the product design, marketing and web development agency for cannabis industry producers like Absolute Xtracts, Care By Design, Cutting Edge Solutions, The Emerald Cup, GeoPot, True Liberty Bag and Left Coast Garden Wholesale.

"I believe in cannabis not only as a medical and agricultural crop but as an industry that can really elevate the growth of Northern California," said Zack Darling, co-founder and CEO of ZDCA. "After many years of very limited sales opportunity, this industry is on the verge of a massive expansion in sales and product development. The Hybrid Creative is here to bring our clients into the market place in big, innovative ways.”

According to a statement, the creation of a cannabis-specific subsidiary will allow ZDCA to focus on sustainable enterprises, e-commerce and renewable energy clientele.

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Thursday, November 12, 2015

John Travolta, Local Linemen Hit the Red Carpet in Yountville

Posted By on Thu, Nov 12, 2015 at 2:18 PM


Recently, the Bohemian's preview of the fifth annual Napa Valley Film Fest, running through November 15, reported that actor John Travolta was going to receive the festival's "Career Achievement Award" and attend a screening of his new film, Life on the Line.

In the film, which will make it's world premiere at the festival on Saturday, November 14, in Yountville, Travolta portrays a Texas lineman (those guys who work on high electrical wires and grids) who faces hardships amid a deadly storm. This movie comes at a time when NPR is reporting that electrical companies like PG&E are having trouble hiring enough linemen to replace a retiring generation, as less young people are willing to work in dangerous and physically demanding positions.

We knew that Travolta will attend the screening, but now we know he's bringing a few friends; in form of four local PG&E linemen. Donovan Rupp, Mike Bock, Tanner Leckenby and Hubert Lowe are all responsible for maintenance and construction in the Napa County area, which extends from Lake Berryessa to Benicia, and Sonoma and Fairfield. During the recent wildfires and last year's Napa earthquake, they all worked around the clock, along with their teams, risking life and limb to restore power as safely and quickly as possible in the wake of the disasters.

See the actor meet and talk with the real-life heroes he portrays when Life on the Line premieres on Saturday, Nov 14, at the Napa Valley Performing Arts Center at Lincoln Theater, 100 California Dr, Yountville. Red Carpet arrivals start at4:30pm. $15 Rush tickets can be purchased at the door if seats are still available after passholders have been admitted. For passes and info, visit nvff.org.

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Thursday, October 29, 2015

Healdsburg Half Marathon Readies for Halloween Run

Posted By on Thu, Oct 29, 2015 at 3:10 PM


The Healdsburg Wine Country Half Marathon falls squarely on Halloween this year and is set to be a frightful field day, with a costume contest for runners and other family-friendly fun.

Hosted by Sonoma County-based Destination Races, the Healdsburg Half Marathon annually celebrates the wine harvest and covers 13.1 miles amidst the dazzling fall colors of Alexander Valley vineyards and backroads. This year, spectators will have even more sights to see, as all participating runners are encouraged to dress in their favorite Halloween costume; meaning ghosts and ghouls will be sharing the roads with superheroes and princesses. Prizes will be awarded for the best individual, duo and team costumes.

In addition to the half marathon's mass of hydration stations, runners who want to get a buzz can stop at one of two wine stops on the path, a Sauvingon Blanc offering at Mauritson Winery, and Zinfindel at Mazzocco Winery. A special "Hallowine" 5K race is also on hand for the whole family. 

The post-race Wine & Music Festival at Trentadue Winery features 18 local wineries pouring signature varietals and a beer garden with Lagunitas and others sipping suds. Live music from Sonoma Sound Syndicate, exhibitor booths, face painting for the kids and a plethora of other activities also await.

Registration for the half marathon is still open on the event website, and can be purchased at the Race Expo, held at Vintners Inn in Santa Rosa on Friday. The expo is open to the public.  

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