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Re: “Chicago

Terrific! My husband and I were at the Madrona Manor this past weekend on a mini-break. We were wondering about the local nightlife when one of the women in concierge recommended "Chicago" at the Raven Theatre. We attended the show Saturday night and absolutely LOVED it! The cast was so superior to what we expected out of a small community theatre and the entire production was super professional and showed great vision. Billy Fkynn was superb, as were Mama and Velma. We were so impressed - and since we had to check out of th hotel anyway - we decided to go again on Sunday. Although the show was still great, the amazing chemistry between Saturday night's Roxie and the other main characters, seemed lacking. Particularly in the duets and dance routines with Velma. We were glad we saw the show twice and were able to see the different personality the two Roxies (both named Katie) lent to the character, but if you can ony see it once, I'd recommend going when Katie Neuberg is playing Roxie. Either way, though, you won't be disapointed. It's almost as good as Broadway!

Posted by Heather Abbott on 02/13/2012 at 1:27 PM

Re: “Chicago

Two Roxies Rock Healdsburg in “Chicago”

The hit musical “Chicago” has been playing at the Raven Performing Arts Theater for three weeks, and will conclude its run with performances on February 17, 18 & 19. The Raven Players production, directed by John DeGaetano, may be the finest production yet for this highly successful community theater group. Degaetano has previously directed noted musicals Miss Saigon, Cats, and Pirates of Penzance.

In casting the production, DeGaetano decided to cast two performers as Roxie Hart, one of the lead roles, alternating each performance. Katy Kaul and Katie Neuberger both give heartfelt performances as the murderess Roxie, and play a major role in the ensemble for those performances when they are not Roxie. The alternating roles works out well, and gives theater goers a great reason to see this production twice, as each Roxie brings a slightly different twist to the Roxie character.

Other casting successes include Jeremy Berrick, who seems to be a natural as Billy Flynn, the slick-talking lawyer, Tressa Bowles, who dances and sings her heart out as Velma Kelley, Mathew Proschold as poor, pathetic Amos Hart. David Strock is cast in one of his most unique roles as Mary Sunshine. Neuberger and Berrick are making their first appearance on the Healdsburg stage, while Healdsburg High graduate Nate Mercier and Healdsburg resident Dick Bertapelle are making their first appearance on any stage.

Choreographer Staci Arriaga has put together highly intricate dance routines and the troup has put in long, hard hours to perfect them. Memorable songs, accompanied by Les Pfutzenreuter’s twelve- piece orchestra include All That Jazz, Funny Honey, Cell Block Tango, Me and My Baby, Mister Cellophane Razzle Dazzle.

Several comments received from theater goers include: “Chicago is fantastic!”, “Congratulations to John Degaetano and the cast of Chicago. I think this is the best the Raven Players have ever been. One of the most talented local casts I've ever seen. If you haven't been to see Chicago, you absolutely must. This show is smokin'!”, and finally, “Saw Chicago on Saturday...Fantastic! I danced all the way to the street.”

Friday performances begin at 8:00pm, and Sunday matinees are at 2:00pm. Get there early if you want a good seat, as sales have been extremely brisk. Tickets available at Copperfields Bookstores and at

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Posted by Dick Bertapelle on 02/10/2012 at 1:59 PM

Re: “Tom Brokaw

The 49ers OT kept me from seeing the whole event. He's a legend no matter what.

Posted by Alison Bedard Wais on 01/23/2012 at 12:14 PM

Re: “Diego's Umbrella and Dgiin

Was a great show, if you want more Diego, visit and listen to their entire catalog for free!

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Posted by David Hewitt on 01/16/2012 at 9:54 PM

Re: “Collective art exhibit

Great Show! Lovely Art!

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Posted by Ann Marie Torrez on 01/04/2012 at 1:53 PM

Re: “Llewellyn

beautiful art by local and greater bay area artists!

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Posted by Llewellyn on 12/21/2011 at 12:39 PM

Re: “Wine Country Swing

Like Gaia's Garden alot. Appreciate the vegetarian selection and quality of grain and homemade breads. Deliciously cooked. The Fresh Produce taste really comes though, unmasked by overuse of spices. However, lovely selection of spice to add to your meal. (Try the fresh ginger/chili just the right heat/flavor combo. It was very clean, courteous and warm reception. Went on a Thursday evening - beautiful music, magnificent slide guitar, fabulous vocals. Appropriately priced. Fine selection of libations. Chai tea, Pear Cider, Ruby port offered. I will be going back. Thanks Gaia's!

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Posted by T.Ruby Baltodano on 12/15/2011 at 11:19 PM

Re: “La Mandanga

Highly recommend this high spirited cultured music for your ears. Try and stand still, I bet your toe will start tapping!!! Vote La Mandanga for Best band in Bohemian

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Posted by Krysta Powles on 11/26/2015 at 2:08 AM

Re: “"The Truth about the Harry Quebert Affair" with Joel Dicker

"The Truth about the Harry Quebert Affair" with Joel Dicker is now available on Amazon and that too with over 30% discount

Posted by John Norman on 06/13/2014 at 2:20 AM

Re: “Old Chicago Pizza

It's very good pizza. Lots of cheese on a deep dish. The Medium-sized mushroom and garlic is one of their best. Don't choose too many ingredients; usually one or two. Don't order a large - for some reason, they skimp on the ingredients on their large pizzas; and they're very expensive. Stick with the medium-size and you'll be pleased. I've been eating Old Chicago pizzas for over 30 years. Sometimes, you just have to have one! Like a burger attack... They take about 30 minutes to cook, it's deep-dish after all. A medium will set you back about $21.85 for about 6 pieces on a medium, and most people will only eat one or two pieces - they're big and thick.

Posted by Lone Ranger on 12/06/2013 at 6:38 AM

Re: “Yo el Rey Roasting

Excellent coffee and very friendly staff : Molly , Jessie or Max , you really can't go wrong with any of these three . My brother turned me on to this little spot right off the main drag and I will always support a small independent over a larger business as can be found right up the road on Lincoln , the main drag through Calistoga .

Posted by Gregory Kurt Lake on 10/13/2013 at 11:27 AM

Re: “Lucky Penny Productions presents "Wonder of the World"

I will preview, by noting that Wonder of the World is an hilarious, yet somewhat disturbing and objectionable play (caveat emptor!). The cast is headed by the wonderfully talented Katie Kelley. Anyone who knows her work must come see this show!

Posted by Chris Alexander on 07/06/2013 at 12:06 AM

Re: “420 Party with Junior Reid plus Counter Culture

this show is on FRIDAY - 4/20!!

Posted by Counter Culture on 04/19/2012 at 2:36 PM

Re: “Bodyworks Yoga Studio

If you want to be more comfortable in your body, try out this Feldenkrais workshop. I attended Margot's Head to Toes Feldenkrais Workshop Series at Bodyworks, and I have been more flexible and relaxed ever since, and I don't have constant back pain anymore.

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Posted by Jessica on 01/08/2012 at 5:27 AM

Re: “First Edition

First Edition is not the same place it was a year ago. New owners making positive changes. Sat. - Live Bands (no cover), Sun. - Open Mic, Wed., Sonoma County Blues Jam, Thurs. - Karaoke, Fri. - DJ.

You can also shoot pool, play darts or give your luck a try at trivia, card or sports games on Buzztime. And then can just sit back and relax!!!

Oh...almost forgot to mention they have Wii bowling, just ask anyone to bowl with you!!!

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Posted by Sunshine on 12/22/2011 at 10:55 PM

Love this place!

Posted by carlatest on 10/04/2011 at 12:54 PM

Re: “The Art Wall at Shige Sushi

Okay but just average. Pricey without excellent service. Taste just not there.

Posted by Suzy on 06/14/2013 at 6:36 PM

Re: “Les Amis Zydeco

Since I'm the band leader, my rating should be suspect, so I made it neutral. But I wanted to share some comments received from dancers at the last Penngrove gig:

"It was a blast last time at the pub".
"Les Amis tore the house down last night."

Boy that feels good.

Posted by zydeholic on 02/16/2013 at 8:22 AM

Re: “Hikuni Sushi Bar & Hibachi

For the short story, go to the end. For the complete story, read on!

We started going to Hikuni several years ago and it was fantastic. We always got the sushi boat and enjoyed it very much. The quality of the food was fantastic as well as the flavors. The service was good and the price was worth it. Then something changed. It just wasn't nearly as good - the quality, the flavors, the interior of the restaurant. We tried one more time with some friends and had the all you can eat sushi dinners. It was ok until the last roll - which was inedible. It was something that the chef torched, and that was about all that you could taste: the torch fuel. How awful! And the interior of the restaurant was in poor condition too.

Now, to the present. We got a coupon for Hikuni, so we decided to give it another try. Perhaps something has changed - owner, management, etc. and the place has gotten better. We arrived and we got ourselves seated in our usual area - behind the bar. Our server was really good working with us while we decided what to order. Finally we ordered the all you can eat sushi. A few minutes go by and we get our soup and salad. The salad was a rather disappointing green salad. The miso soup was pretty thin - and the bowl had a large bit of food stuck on the inside of it. Grose.

About 10 minutes after our wonderful server took away the soup and lackluster salad she brought us our sushi plates and soy sauce plates. I noticed that the sushi plates had lots of spots on it and it was dull, not shiny as the plastic plate should have been. Thus I ran my finger across the plate. Those spots had depth to them so I figured I would try to clean the plate. I added water from my glass and rubbed with my napkin and, low and behold, with some elbow grease, half of the plate is now shiny and clean. We discussed the plate, salad and soup and decided to talk to a manager.

I watched for anyone who could get the manager, but the only one who was looking our way was the maitre d'. I waved at her and signaled that I needed her attention, but she went on doing something with menus. A few seconds later she looked our way again and I pointed at her, then signaled to her that I needed her attention. She did not stop what she was doing. Then this happened one more time with no response. I had to get up and walked over to her and ask for a manager. She went to get him.

He arrived and I proceeded to tell him that the sushi plates were dirty and he told us that the plates were in fact not dirty, but they were just dull due to use. We had to point out to him the the half of the plate that I rubbed with the napkin (and left the napkin with brown spots on it) was indeed clean and shiny like new, not dull and spotty as the other half is. He still insisted that the plates were in fact clean. I had to explain to him that the sterilizer that restaurants use did likely sterilize the plates, but it did not clean the plates. That requires scrubbing. He still insisted the the plates were clean. We should have cancelled our order and left, but we didn't. We asked for clean plates. He took one with him. After about 5 minutes two plates arrived. We looked at them and could see that they were cleaner than the others, but had only been scrubbed half-heatedly as you could see the scratches that the scrubber made in the build-up that was stuck on the plates.

Finally, about 30 minutes after we ordered, the sushi finally arrived. I didn't think the restaurant was busy enough to take that long, but apparently it was. ?.? We ordered our favorite roll, the rock and roll, a beefed-up California roll, a spicy tuna tuna roll, and another one I can't remember. The rock and roll was rather lackluster. The beefed-up California roll was ok and the other two rolls lacked flavor. Granted, we did order the sushi without any of the mayo sauce on them, so they would probably had more flavor otherwise.

Overall, our server was kind of slow (because she was way overworked due to being short handed), but she did a good job. The plates and my bowl were dirty. The soup was thin. The salad was lackluster. The sushi was also lackluster, The interior of the restaurant needs a serious makeover.

In short, Hikuni started out fantastic, went downhill and after several years hasn't changed. We will never go back!

Posted by Reader on 06/06/2015 at 11:41 PM

Re: “2012 Norbay Awards

Um, so who were the winners?

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Posted by alittlebirdsf on 07/15/2012 at 3:10 AM

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