Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Jan. 4: Stand & Deliver in Santa Rosa

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Conceived by Russian River Brewing Company brewer Jacob Totz and hospitality industry colleagues, Stand Up Sonoma is a comedy benefit that aims to use laughter to help the King Ridge Foundation help Sonoma County rebuild after October’s wildfires. The showcase features top-tier comics including Nick Kroll and Chris D’Elia, who’ve all been seen on Netflix comedy specials, television shows and movies. The massive benefit show starts with a reception and raffle before the standup stars shine on Thursday, Jan. 4, at Luther Burbank Center for the Arts, 50 Mark West Springs Road, Santa Rosa. 8pm; reception, 6:30pm. $55–$125. 707.546.3600.
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Jan. 5: Drawn to Dogs in Sebastopol

Posted By on Wed, Jan 3, 2018 at 9:52 AM

"Hound Dog" by Phyllis Rap
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In the Chinese calendar, 2018 is the Year of the Dog. To celebrate, Sebastopol Center for the Arts is honoring man’s best friend with a group art show, ‘Year of the Dog,’ that features nearly 90 pieces of art dedicated to mutts of all shapes and sizes. Selected by the curating team at Napa’s di Rosa Center for Contemporary Art, Amy Owen and Kara Smith, “Year of the Dog” is a spirited showing that runs through Feb. 11 and opens with an artists’ reception on Friday, Jan. 5, at Sebastopol Center for the Arts, 282 S. High St., Sebastopol. 6pm. Free. 707.829.4797.
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Jan. 7: Cosmic Wonder in Novato

Posted By on Wed, Jan 3, 2018 at 9:48 AM

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Scientists at NASA and other space agencies have begun shedding new light on the mysteries of the universe by studying gravitational waves, actual ripples in spacetime that can only be created by immensely powerful forces of energy. By examining data from these waves, we can now “see” things like black holes, neutron stars and other space objects that are thought to have created heavy elements on earth and formed the Milky Way. This week, UC Berkeley astronomer Eliot Quataert geeks out about these far-out findings with a talk titled ‘Cosmic Gold’ on Sunday, Jan. 7, at HopMonk Tavern, 224 Vintage Way, Novato. 7pm. Free. 415.892.6200.
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Jan. 8: The Write Spot in Petaluma

Posted By on Wed, Jan 3, 2018 at 9:45 AM

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New Year’s resolutions are great to make, but sometimes you need inspiration to get you going. For anyone whose resolutions include writing, there’s no better jolt in the North Bay than the Jumpstart Writing Workshop, returning this week after taking the last month off. All you have to do is bring a notebook and pen, and workshop leaders will get you writing with a variety of prompts to ignite the imagination. Whether you’re looking to write fiction, memoir or poetry, this weekly gathering will kick your creativity into gear on Mondays, beginning Jan. 8, at Copperfield’s Books, 140 Kentucky St., Petaluma. 6:30pm. $15 per week. 707.762.0563.
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