Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Former Black Panthers to Speak at Sonoma State University

Posted By on Tue, Mar 21, 2017 at 12:06 PM

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Documentary photographer Suzun Lucia Lamaina spent five years traveling throughout the United States and chronicled the lives of more than 50 former Black Panther Party members in black and white photos. Many of those works are currently on display in Lamaina's solo exhibit, "Revolutionary Grain," showing through May 31 in the 2North Gallery of Sonoma State University's library.

Next week, Lamaina will be joined by four former members of the Black Panther Party whom she worked with for an opening reception and panel discussion on March 27.

Former Black Panther members Barbara Easley Cox, Elbert Howard (Big Man), Billy X Jennings and Emory Douglas will discuss their time in the organization, and Lamaina, who published the collection last year as "Revolutionary Grain: Celebrating the Spirit of the Black Panthers in Portraits & Stories," will be selling and signing copies of the book.

Get a look at "Revolutionary Grain" on Monday, March 27, at SSU's 2North Gallery, 1801 E Cotati Ave, Rohnert Park. 4pm. $5 parking. For more info, click the link here.


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Thursday, March 2, 2017

Mike Birbiglia Is Coming to Napa Valley

Posted By on Thu, Mar 2, 2017 at 3:41 PM

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Comedian, writer, actor and director Mike Birbiglia is one of the most sought-after performers in comedy today. From his masterful one-man shows on topics like sleep disorders, girlfriends and family, to his critically-acclaimed and audience-favorite films "Sleepwalk With Me" and "Don't Think Twice," Birbiglia is as funny as he is thoughtful.

On May 13, Birbiglia returns to the North Bay to headline Laugh Lounge 45 at the Napa Valley Performing Arts Center in Yountville. The show is a benefit for two Napa nonprofits celebrating 45 years of service. Aldea Children & Family Services and Cope Family Center were both founded in 1972, and work to address the need for child abuse prevention and mental health services in the Napa Valley. Laugh Lounge 45 will also offer various special packages to Napa Valley restaurants, hotels, resorts and wineries.

Click here for more details on the Laugh Lounge 45 benefit show and click on the video below to get a sample of Mike Birbiglia in action.


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Thursday, February 9, 2017

'Mary Shelley's Body' Brought to Life at Main Stage West

Posted By on Thu, Feb 9, 2017 at 3:15 PM

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Last October, we profiled and presented excerpts from the recent anthology book "Eternal Frankenstein," a collection of 16 stories published by Petaluma's Word Horde.

One of those stories is the novella-length 'Mary Shelley's Body,' written by playwright and Bohemian contributor David Templeton. With Templeton's history of writing and producing one-man plays, it's not surprising that he has adapted his story into a play, set to be staged later this year.

Like the novella, which Templeton describes as a romantic historical horror story, the play follows the ghost of Mary Shelley, author of "Frankenstein," beginning just moments after she has died.

Main Stage West will be presenting a full production of the play this October, directed by Beth Craven and featuring Sheri Lee Miller. As part of the pre-production process, Miller will be doing a reading of the script, and astute listeners and thoughtful theatergoers are welcomed to come out to hear it on Wednesday, Feb 15, at Main Stage West, 104 N Main St, Sebastopol. 7:30pm. Free admission. RSVP requested. 707.823.0177.
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Monday, January 9, 2017

Pliny the Younger Returns!

Posted By on Mon, Jan 9, 2017 at 10:03 AM

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It's almost that time of year again. In what has becomes a February tradition in Santa Rosa, Russian River Brewing Company is bringing back their most sought-after release, Pliny the Younger, for its annual limited run at their brewpub.

Beginning Friday, February 3, and lasting until February 16, beer lovers 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, so Russian River Brewing is once again implementing their three beer / three hour limit for patrons. This helped last year to ensure everyone had a chance to get their hands on that Pliny. Still, there's only a certain allotment of Pliny the Younger on hand for each day, so get there early. 

If you've never braved the cold and sometimes wet wait, Russian River Brewing has several 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 bad, m'kay? 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. Basically, be considerate and everyone will get along, easy peasy!

You can go to Russian River Brewing's website for more details and insights. Then get in line, ASAP!
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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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