Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Aug. 19-20: Matriarchs of Music in Cotati

Posted By on Wed, Aug 16, 2017 at 4:47 AM

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The North Bay’s Cotati Accordion Festival, devoted to the old squeezebox, turns 27 this year and is marking it the “Year of the Woman” to celebrate all the contributions that women have made to the instrument. This year’s honorary director is longtime North Bay musician and instructor Marjorie Konrad, who’s responsible for teaching generations of accordion players. Headlining the fest are other veteran players, like Amy Jo Sawyer and Gail Campanella, and the event boasts international talents along with the local stars. The festival goes all weekend, Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 19–20, at La Plaza Park, Cotati. 9:30am to 8pm both days. $15–$30. cotatifest.com.
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Aug. 19: Hometown Heroes in Rohnert Park

Posted By on Wed, Aug 16, 2017 at 4:44 AM

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The blues are strong in Sonoma County—just take a look at the lineup of stars gracing the stage at the Sonoma County Blues & Arts Festival. At the top of the bill is Blues Hall of Fame harmonica player and Healdsburg resident Charlie Musselwhite, with Santa Rosa High School alum Doyle Bramhall II, returning to to rock out. Local mainstays the Blues Defenders, Levi Lloyd and Volker Strifler are among others slated to play. In addition to the tunes, North Bay artist Kathleen McCallum juries a fine-art exhibit, new to the festival this year. Get the blues on Saturday, Aug. 19, at SOMO Village Event Center, 1100 Valley House Drive, Rohnert Park. 3pm. $40. somoconcerts.com.
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Aug. 20: Local Support in Healdsburg

Posted By on Wed, Aug 16, 2017 at 4:41 AM

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Down-home diner Singletree Cafe is practically a historical landmark, having served breakfast and lunch to hungry patrons in Healdsburg for decades. But, times are tough at Singletree. Extensive street work, including the installation of a traffic roundabout, has made accessing the diner difficult, sometimes impossible. The sidewalk closures are hitting the cafe in the pocketbook, but local support is on the way with the Save the Singletree event. Headed by the folks at Healdsburg Jazz Festival, this daylong barbecue and concert features a lineup of popular bands and edible delights on Sunday, Aug. 20, at Singletree Cafe, 165 Healdsburg Ave., Healdsburg. 1pm. $20 minimum donation. healdsburgjazzfestival.org.
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Aug. 23: Think About Tomorrow in St Helena

Posted By on Wed, Aug 16, 2017 at 4:39 AM

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There’s a lot to be concerned about today, and the need to reverse climate change is at the top of the list for many. While inconvenient documentaries are great at forecasting doom, filmmakers Mélanie Laurent and Cyril Dion show concrete and positive actions that are already working to address climate concerns in their 2015 documentary ‘Tomorrow.’ Praised as a refreshingly inspirational film, Tomorrow screens in Napa Valley as a benefit for Napa County Watershed Projects. Complimentary wine is provided by Joel Gott Wines, and free popcorn will be handed out for those who bring their own (reusable) bowl. See Tomorrow on Wednesday, Aug. 23, at Cameo Cinema, 1340 Main St., St. Helena. 5:45pm. $10. 707.963.9779.
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Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Aug. 12: Animated Anniversary in Santa Rosa

Posted By on Wed, Aug 9, 2017 at 3:51 AM

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The most colorful museum in the North Bay, the Charles M Schulz Museum, is marking its 15th Anniversary with a day of creative talks and cartoonish fun. T he day’s highlights include a conversation with graphic novel writer and artist Jeff Smith, whose groundbreaking series Bone redefined the comics industry, much in the way that Peanuts evolved the comic strip. Other authors and artists are also on hand to demonstrate their work and share their insights, like Jarrett Krosoczka, New York Times bestselling creator of Star Wars: Jedi Academy. Visitors will get exclusive goodies on Saturday, Aug. 12, at the Charles M. Schulz Museum, 2301 Hardies Lane, Santa Rosa. 10am. 707.579.4452.
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Aug. 12: Vintage Gala in Calistoga

Posted By on Wed, Aug 9, 2017 at 3:46 AM

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The nonprofit organization Napa County Landmarks is dedicated to the preservation of historic architectural treasures throughout Napa County, including those on wheels. This weekend’s third annual Vintage Trailer Hitch Up looks back in time to the kitschy world of classic travel trailers from the ’30s to the ’60s, such as a 1947 Vagabond and a rare 1937 Covered Wagon. As you tour the rigs, live music, food trucks and good old American craft beers revel in yesteryear on Saturday, Aug. 12, at Bothe State Park, 3801 St. Helena Hwy., Calistoga. 11am. $20; $15 for kids 12 and under; $8 parking fee. Advance tickets recommended. 707.255.1836.
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Aug. 13: Go Wild in Windsor

Posted By on Wed, Aug 9, 2017 at 3:45 AM

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Northern Sonoma County’s Notre Vue Estate Winery & Vineyard offers sweeping views of the vineyards, but few get the chance to see for themselves, until now. This weekend’s Forever Wild Tour de Cru opens the estate’s wide-open spaces to the public for an adventure-filled day of hiking, biking and wine. The morning gets physical, as participants get to explore the estate’s diverse terroir and variety of grapes. After you work up a sweat, relax at the winery’s crush pad with winetasting, lunch and live music. The event is open for both beginners and experienced outdoors enthusiasts on Sunday, Aug. 13, 11010 Estate Lane, Windsor. 8am. $35–$75; VIP tickets $90. 707.433.4050.
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Aug. 13: Get Lucky in Napa

Posted By on Wed, Aug 9, 2017 at 3:42 AM

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Last year, Napa’s Lucky Penny Productions theater company introduced a local theatrical reading experience when they debuted Lucky Shorts, a short-story performance festival. That inaugural event was so well received, the company is at it again, offering the second annual short-story performance this weekend. Authors from Napa, Sonoma and Solano counties submitted dozens of short stories, and Lucky Penny has selected nine family-friendly works to take to the stage for a lively afternoon of original works on Sunday, Aug. 13, at Lucky Penny Community Arts Center, 1758 Industrial Way, Napa. 2pm. $15; kids 16 and under are free. 707.266.6305.
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Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Aug. 4: Sweet Insight in Cotati

Posted By on Wed, Aug 2, 2017 at 4:06 AM

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The 2015 documentary That Sugar Film sounds like a treat, until you realize that it’s not all Candyland when it comes to refined sugar. Like the documentary Super Size Me, where Morgan Spurlock stuffed his face with high-fat foods from McDonald’s, That Sugar Film follows Australian actor Damon Gameau as he delves deep into the world of sugar in our food supply, and reveals that even the healthiest-looking snacks are loaded with the unhealthy sweetener. That Sugar Film screens with a panel discussion of health experts on Friday, Aug. 4, at Songbird Community Center, 8297 Old Redwood Hwy., Cotati. 7pm. $10 donation. 707.795.2398.
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Aug. 5: Musical Legacy in Petaluma

Posted By on Wed, Aug 2, 2017 at 4:02 AM

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Marking a decade of supporting music programs in Petaluma schools, the Petaluma Music Festival has achieved status as a major North Bay affair, and this year’s lineup is stacked. Headlining the festival is Chris Robinson Brotherhood, who play off their forthcoming studio album, Barefoot in the Head. The rest of the lineup is a baker’s dozen of beloved Bay Area acts and musicians, and the festival boasts family-friendly activities, all-star silent auction items and fine foods and drinks to enhance the musical offerings on Saturday, Aug. 5, at Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds, 175 Fairgrounds Drive, Petaluma. 11:30am. $50 and up; kids 12 and under, free. petalumamusicfestival.org.
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