Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Suffrage Centennial Exhibit Opens at Museum of Sonoma County

Posted By on Wed, Jan 22, 2020 at 2:12 PM

This year marks a century since the ratification of the 19th Amendment, which gave women the constitutional right to vote. This momentous centennial is honored and explored on a local level at the upcoming exhibit, “From Suffrage to #MeToo: Groundbreaking Women in Sonoma County.” The exhibit covers over a dozen North Bay women who made strides in the suffrage and other social movements, and details their struggles and successes with artifacts and other eye-opening displays when the exhibit opens with a reception on Friday, Jan. 24, at the Museum of Sonoma County, 425 Seventh St., Santa Rosa. 5pm. $10; $7 senior and student.
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Napa Valley Music Associates Performs 'Mostly Mozart' This Weekend

Posted By on Wed, Jan 22, 2020 at 2:08 PM

The most famous composer in the world, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, turns 264 years young this weekend, and Napa Valley Music Associates is throwing a party at the 25th annual “Mostly Mozart in Napa Valley.” The afternoon concert features several professional musicians and soprano vocalist Dr. Christina Howell in a program that is, indeed, mostly Mozart’s compositions, as well as selections from Beethoven and others. The concert supports NVMA’s ongoing music education and performance programs on Sunday, Jan. 26, at First Presbyterian Church, 1333 Third St., Napa. 2:30pm. $20; $10 seniors and students. 707.322.8402.
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Oscars Talk with Mick LaSalle Returns to Napa

Posted By on Wed, Jan 22, 2020 at 2:04 PM


During his 30-plus-year career, San Francisco Chronicle film critic Mick LaSalle watched and reviewed tens of thousands of films, and became as much of an icon in the Bay Area movie scene as the Chronicle’s long-running “Little Man” illustration found at the bottom of reviews in lieu of a star rating. With the Oscars right around the corner, La Salle returns to Napa Valley to offer his Academy Awards picks, pans and predictions at an Oscars Talk with local media personality Barry Martin on Wednesday, Jan. 29, at Blue Note, 1030 Main St., Napa. 7pm. $15–$25. 707.880.2300.
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Wednesday, December 18, 2019


'Star Wars' is 'Risky Business'

Posted By on Wed, Dec 18, 2019 at 4:16 PM

FORCE ME For some fans, the end of Star Wars is a new beginning. - JOHN MOESES BAUAN
  • John Moeses Bauan
  • FORCE ME For some fans, the end of Star Wars is a new beginning.

The latest Star Wars movie drops this week and the internet is abuzz with speculation about how The Rise of Skywalker will end the nine-part family space saga. Given the sense of ownership fans have for the franchise, the producers might consider including a fan or two in one of their future films. Someone, say, like me. Fortunately, I've written some notes for my Star Wars spin-off.

FADE IN: A long time ago, in a pipe dream about 15 minutes ago...

Anyone who'd pitch a Star Wars flick based on themselves would hail from the oilier side of the galaxy. I accept this. There you'll find me as Lando Calrissian's PR guy, having discredited myself as a reporter at the Dagobah Post Dispatch (we'll get back to that). I'd have my own humanoid protocol droid ("E-3PO," the snarky silver one from The Empire Strikes Back) and maybe a pet Ewok with a drinking problem (for comic relief).

Things are copasetic, that is until house-sitting Lando's bachelor pad gets out of hand. Let's just say a small house party for a couple of hundred close friends turns into mayhem when some Wookies crash it. Meanwhile, the ravishing adopted daughter of Grand Moff Tarkin, makes off with my boss's prized Kyber Crystal (it enables practitioners of either side of the Force to raise the dead). But we don't know this yet. No one knows this, which is why it's just sitting on Lando's fireplace mantle.

So, I'm basically screwed when the boss comes back, unless ... She calls. Tarkin's daughter is blackmailing me for the crystal. She agrees to meet me and my droid at some fancy Coruscant bar to discuss a price. She brings her partner in crime, Boba Fett. Our negotiations don't go well (Fett just nods his head a lot and shoots stuff). E3 panics and farts a smoke bomb. We run. They follow. We get in the Millennium Falcon (Lando left the keys) and they get into Fett's ship. Space chase!

E3 and I crash Lando's beloved Falcon on some desert shithole called Tatooine. There, we evade capture by disguising ourselves as Jawas. "Aren't you a little tall for a Jawa?" asks a plucky gun moll we meet at a nightclub while on the lam (Note: At some point, Fett should fall into the Sarlacc Pit again and say "Deja vu all over again!").

I try to light the gun moll's hookah (chivalry's not dead) but learn that I'm messing up her investigation—it turns out she's an undercover space cop. And probably a princess, too. BUT NOT MY SISTER. She's been tracing a conspiracy to bring Darth Vader back from the dead. And they need the Kyber Crystal. Hijinks ensue and I make the Kessel Run in 11 parsecs (that's right, 11—suck it, Solo) and I blow up the third Death Star ("Third time's the charm") and then I kill the resurrected Darth Vader with—get this—Ben Kenobi's lightsaber (the irony!) and then the gun moll tells me—wait for it—the lightsaber was her dad's. Chills, man.

By the end of this adventure they've shined up E3 and repaired the Falcon, my Ewok gets sober and I put the Kyber Crystal back on the mantle just as Lando opens the door. "Why, you slimy, double-crossing, no-good swindler," he says, then gives me a big hug. The Force is with me. Always.

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Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Dec. 13–14: Double Dose of David Luning in Sebastopol

Posted By on Wed, Dec 11, 2019 at 11:35 AM

North Bay singer-songwriter David Luning moved his way up the ranks from open mics to headlining gigs and major festival appearances with a passionate streak of Americana music that both kicks out the lights and tugs at the heartstrings. This week, Luning displays his eclectic talents with a pair of juxtaposing concerts. On Friday, Dec. 13, Luning performs an acoustic show, and on Saturday, Dec. 14, Luning goes electric with a full band at HopMonk Tavern, 230 Petaluma Ave., Sebastopol. 8pm both nights. $24–$29 and up. 707.829.7300.
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Dec. 14: Lighted Tour in Napa

Posted By on Wed, Dec 11, 2019 at 11:30 AM

The century-old heritage homes in Napa’s downtown neighborhoods are best viewed on the upcoming Napa County Landmarks Holiday Candlelight Tour. The 30th-annual event checks in at the United Methodist Church and branches out to the surrounding area with candles lighting the way, musicians performing holiday music at select homes, vintage cars and a life-size nativity scene. The Church also holds a reception with refreshments and a silent auction on Saturday, Dec. 14, 625 Randolph St., Napa. 1–5pm. $35–$40.
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Dec. 14: Lend a Hand in Petaluma

Posted By on Wed, Dec 11, 2019 at 11:27 AM

Petaluma punk band One Armed Joey has been a staple of the scene for several years, earning consecutive NorBay Music Awards from Bohemian readers. Now, One Armed Joey takes the next step with a planned full-length LP in the works. The group is raising funds to record, mix and master the record with a concert extravaganza this weekend that features the band playing their new songs and support from Santa Rosa punk-outfit Real Bad and the Sonoma Brass Ensemble on Saturday, Dec. 14, at the Phoenix Theater, 201 Washington St., Petaluma. 8pm. $10. 707.762.3565.
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Dec. 18: Children of the Night in Napa

Posted By on Wed, Dec 11, 2019 at 11:25 AM

Count Dracula, the vampire created by Bram Stoker in 1897, has affected the world’s collective consciousness like few  other fictional characters. Over a century after his creation, mysteries concerning the blood-sucking villain still abound, and Bram Stoker’s great grandnephew Dacre Stoker reveals all in Discovering Dracula, a special presentation that goes behind the scenes to discover hidden meanings and untold tales culled from Stoker’s letters, family stories, photos and other sources. Wednesday, Dec. 18, at Napa Valley Distillery, 2485 Stockton St., Napa. 6pm. $75 and up.
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Thursday, September 12, 2019

Sept. 13-14: Wowie Bowie in Sonoma

Posted By on Thu, Sep 12, 2019 at 10:15 AM

Though he’s been gone for over three years, David Bowie’s musical legacy and influence can still be felt everywhere. This weekend, more than 20 local musicians feel the music when they perform as part of the fourth annual Bowie Forever tribute. Spanning two nights this year, the shows feature members of Bumblin’ Bones, Gentlemen Soldiers and other popular acts performing with special guests like Bay Area guitarist David Walker and bassist Shawn Miller. Bowie’s music lives forever on Friday and Saturday, Sept. 13 and 14, at Starling Bar, 19380 Hwy 12, Sonoma. 8pm. $20.
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Sept. 14: Five Years of Favorites in Healdsburg

Posted By on Thu, Sep 12, 2019 at 10:10 AM

In the heart of downtown Healdsburg, the Paul Mahder Gallery has offered dozens of exhibits of contemporary art for five years. Now, the gallery celebrates half-a-decade of engaging the arts with a celebration that coincides with the closing reception of the gallery’s current exhibit, Wosene Kosrof's "My Favorite Things." Kosrof is an Ethiopian-born artist who uses the script of his native Amharic language as a core element in his paintings and sculptures. See the art, enjoy live music and dancing and celebrate the Paul Mahder Gallery on Saturday, Sept. 14, 222 Healdsburg Ave., Healdsburg. 6pm. RSVP requested. 707.473.9150.
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