Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Aug. 23: The Filthies Drive-in in Valley Ford

Posted By on Wed, Aug 20, 2014 at 3:28 PM

It’s an American tradition that has largely gone the way of the bellbottom, but the drive-in movie will always have a special place in our culture. This weekend, South of Heaven custom car shop presents a special gathering with their Filthies club that’s open to the public and boasts an array of cool rides and loads of entertainment. Live bands play through the afternoon, with local food and drink vendors dishing out tasty treats and two-dollar beers. Once the sun gets low, a classic drive-in movie plays for the convoy of cars out in the field. Hot rods and motorcycles get in free, and kids are welcome too. The Filthies drive-in happens on Saturday, Aug. 23, at 14375 School St., Valley Ford. 2pm. $5.

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

July 25: Chautauqua Revue at Occidental Arts & Ecology Center

Posted By on Wed, Jul 23, 2014 at 11:32 AM

Before the radio, before the automobile, storytellers and musicians toured the country spreading entertainment and education in Chautauqua Revue variety shows. Named for the Chautauqua Lake where the summer tradition originated, the revues played to an estimated 45 million Americans in towns and rural areas throughout the United States during the early days of the 20th century. In Occidental, the community gathering is still going strong, and this year’s show boasts a variety of entertainment and storytelling, featuring tales to make you laugh and make you think. The Chautauqua Revue happens on Friday, July 25, at the Occidental Arts & Ecology Center’s outdoor theater, 15290 Coleman Valley Road, Occidental. 7:30pm. $10—$20. 707.874.1557.

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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

July 19: Rivertown Revival in Petaluma

Posted By on Wed, Jul 16, 2014 at 11:32 AM

It’s one of the most creative community-based events of the summer, a collection of art and music, food and local color, and it all goes down in the middle of the Petaluma River. This year, the fifth annual Rivertown Revival returns with multiple stages of music from local favorites like the Easy Leaves, Highway Poets and even performances from the Imaginists. There’s also a kids’ stage and plenty for the family, as well as dozens of homegrown vendors and a parade. The Rivertown Revival takes place on Saturday, July 19, at the David Yearsley River Heritage Center, 6 Copeland St., Petaluma. 11am. $5—$10. 707 290 6723.

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Wednesday, June 18, 2014

June 21: Cabaret de Caliente at Hopmonk Sebastopol

Posted By on Wed, Jun 18, 2014 at 10:00 AM

Cabaret de Caliente is the North Bay’s beloved burlesque company. Theatrical and fun, they’re known for their monthly series in Santa Rosa. This month, they unveil the biggest show of the season, in celebration of summer’s official opening day (and night). Solstice Seduction sees the company performing their classically inspired burlesque sets with the help of the jazz combo the MegaFlame Big Band, the S.F.-based outfit who specialize in offering vintage renditions of classic and contemporary tunes alike. Solstice Seduction takes place on Saturday, June 21, at Hopmonk Tavern, 230 Petaluma Ave., Sebastopol. 8:30pm. $20—$30. 707.829.7300.

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Wednesday, June 11, 2014

June 14-15: Novato Festival of Art, Wine and Music

Posted By on Wed, Jun 11, 2014 at 10:00 AM

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This weekend, Novato goes all out in a free festival that hosts a wide range of artists and exhibitors. Multiple concert stages will see the likes of Afrolicious, Eric Martin, Crystal Bowersox and more throughout the day. Also on hand will be local and handcrafted art and jewelry from hundreds of artists, premium wine gardens, beer booths and good things to eat. The Novato Festival of Art, Wine and Music happens on Saturday and Sunday, June 14—15, along Grant Avenue, Novato. 10am both days. 415.897.1164.

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Wednesday, May 28, 2014

June 1: Sonoma County Pride Parade

Posted By on Wed, May 28, 2014 at 11:59 AM

Sonoma County Pride returns to the Russian River this year for a weekend-long celebration of the LGBTIQ community, friends and families (“IQ” stand for intersexed, questioning). The event boasts dozens of local merchants and businesses offering special events and extended hours for the “Free to Be” themed festival. Highlights include dance parties and appearances by Pandora Boxx of “Ru Paul’s Drag Race.” Family activities abound, and Sunday offers the ultimate Pride Parade down Main St. Sonoma Pride takes place from Friday, May 30th to Sunday, June 1st, around downtown, with a parade on June 1st, Main St, Guerneville. 11am. Free. 415.218.9835.

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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

April 26: Eat My Heart Out Supper Club at the Peace Barn in Bolinas

Posted By on Wed, Apr 23, 2014 at 1:58 PM

The Eat My Heart Out Supper Club was born five years ago in New York City, when Eugene Ashton-Gonzalez first met chef Luke Davin. Ashton-Gonzalez produced live storytelling shows similar to the Moth organization and This American Life, and he and Davin dreamed of a dinner that acted as an edible complement to stories shared live onstage. The event immediately took off, and soon Ashton-Gonzalez was touring the country. This week, the Eat My Heart Out Supper Club debuts in the North Bay, pairing stories by Glen David Gold, Richard Dillman, Maria Muldaur and others with a five-course dinner prepared by chefs Eve Love and David Cook. Benefiting KWMR, West Marin’s community radio, Eat My Heart Out Supper Club takes place Saturday, April 26, at the Peace Barn, 70 Olema Bolinas Road, Bolinas. 7pm. $200. 415.663.8068.


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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Feb. 28-March 2: Izzy's Tattoo and Blues Festival at the Flamingo Resort

Posted By on Wed, Feb 26, 2014 at 9:10 AM

A staple of Santa Rosa art and music culture for the last 23 years, Izzy’s Tattoos and Blues Festival once again brings together ink masters and music makers for three days of skin and sounds. Among the highlights at the festival are dozens of artists, bands like Snake Alley and even fire dancers. Choosing the ever-popular pirate theme for this year, dressing up (or down) in costume could win prizes—or at least get some looks on the street, which is cool, too. The Tattoos and Blues Festival runs Feb. 28 to March 2, at the Flamingo Resort and Spa. 2777 Fourth St., Santa Rosa. Doors open Friday at noon. $20—$35. 707.545.8530.


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Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Jan. 8: Death Cafe at the Sunflower Center

Posted By on Tue, Dec 31, 2013 at 3:22 PM

It’s a fact: we’re all gonna have to go some time. The thing is, our loved ones have to grapple with our absence. Enter the Death Cafe, an unconventional take on the idea of a support group for those wrestling with the loss of a loved one. As noted in an April 2013 Bohemian feature, participants in the Death Cafe laugh a lot more than they cry, and the whole meeting serves to break the weirdly uncomfortable relationship humans have with something that’s so normal, it’s 100 percent guaranteed. Tea, cake and stories of shuffling off abound when Karen Garber hosts on Wednesday, Jan. 8, at the Sunflower Center. 1435 N. McDowell Blvd., Petaluma. 7pm. Free. 707.792.5300.

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Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Dec. 4: Casa Rasta at Christy's on the Square

Posted By on Tue, Dec 3, 2013 at 10:11 PM

After Society:Culture House unceremoniously shut its doors last month, Casa Rasta had to find a new venue for Santa Rosa’s best (and only) reggae genre night. Well-known for surprise guest appearances, including J Boog and Los Rakas (pictured), resident deejays Sizzlak and Dinga have now linked with San Francisco sound system, Jah Warrior Shelter to hold down the dancehall each Wednesday beginning Dec. 4 at Christy’s. 99 Old Court House Square, Santa Rosa. 10pm. $5. Ladies free through December.

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