Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Oct. 5-8: Week of Stars in Napa

Posted By on Wed, Oct 4, 2017 at 5:32 AM

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Vintage art deco venue the Uptown Theatre in downtown Napa regularly hosts top-tier entertainment in its intimate setting, though this week is a particularly busy schedule of headlining musical stars. First up, two Americana masters, John Prine and Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, perform on Thursday, Oct. 5. Next, famed pianist, songwriter and soundtrack veteran Randy Newman spends an evening with Napa on Friday Oct. 6. Folk star Shawn Colvin revisits her breakthrough 1997 album A Few Small Repairs, on Saturday, Oct. 7, and recently reunited alt-country legends the Mavericks round out the week on Sunday, Oct. 8. Uptown Theatre, 1350 Third St., Napa. 707.259.0123.
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Oct. 7: Talking Trees in Sebastopol

Posted By on Wed, Oct 4, 2017 at 5:30 AM

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Autumn’s changing colors and falling leaves means now is the perfect time for artist Jeremy Joan Hewes’ mixed-media art exhibit, ‘Let’s Talk About Trees,’ featured at the Sebastopol Gallery. Hewes celebrates the region’s bounty of trees, especially oak and conifers, by combining photographs with acrylic paintings for layered images on handmade paper or canvas. These imaginative scenes conjure up Hewes’ love for wandering among nature, and the former writer and editor, and now photographer and printmaker, infuses these works with Walden-esque visual poetry. Hewes and several other artists are on hand for an opening reception on Saturday, Oct. 7, at Sebastopol Gallery, 150 N. Main St., Sebastopol. 4pm to 6pm. Free. 707.829.7200.
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Oct. 8: Go Acoustic in Guerneville

Posted By on Wed, Oct 4, 2017 at 5:27 AM

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Under the canopy of the Armstrong Redwoods, the boutique Russian River destination Boon Hotel & Spa presents a laidback offering of acoustic jams at the sixth annual SoCo Unplugged music festival. Benefiting the Ceres Community Project, which delivers nourishing meals to the ill, the unplugged afternoon includes acoustic performances by Sonoma County musicians Dgiin, Heather Combs, the Easy Leaves and Tumbleweed Soul. Wine and beer partners pour their best, and food from local purveyors like Seaside Metal Oyster Bar and Chile Pies Baking Company feeds the soul on Sunday, Oct. 8, at Boon Hotel, 14711 Armstrong Woods Road, Guerneville. 1pm to 6pm. General admission, $25–$40; 21-and-over ticket, $45–$60. 877.869.2721.
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Oct. 8: Life in Motion in Santa Rosa

Posted By on Wed, Oct 4, 2017 at 5:23 AM

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If you only had a minute or so to tell your story to the world, what would you say? That’s the premise behind the inaugural ‘My Life in 90 Seconds or Less’ film festival at Video Droid. Conceived by store owner Mark Lowe, and funded with a Pop-Up Creativity Grant from Creative Sonoma, this festival opened its submissions to Sonoma County residents of all ages and skill levels. Entries ranged from art-house experiments to photo collages to real-life scenes recorded with a smartphone. The best short films premiere for the public on Sunday, Oct. 8, at Video Droid, 1462 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa. 7:30pm. Free. 707.526.3313.
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Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Sept. 29 & 30: Rock for Autism

Posted By on Wed, Sep 27, 2017 at 6:05 AM

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If you haven't checked out Santa Rosa’s Rock Star University’s House of Rock concert venue, this weekend is the perfect opportunity, as the space hosts two benefit concerts for the Anova School for Autism and Learning Differences. Friday features nationally touring Journey tribute act Faithfully, and Saturday brings Van Halen tribute band Atomic Punks, rocking out to the David Lee Roth–era of the classic group. Local teens V Squared open both shows, and 100 percent of ticket sales go to building a much-needed playground for Anova students. Sept. 29–30, at House of Rock, 3410 Industrial Drive, Santa Rosa. 7:30pm, both nights. $25–$40. rockstaruniversity.com.
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Oct. 1: Days of Agriculture in Yountville

Posted By on Wed, Sep 27, 2017 at 6:02 AM

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Napa Valley’s harvest is in full swing, and the town of Yountville commemorates the occasion at the 40th annual Yountville Days parade and festival. The theme of this year’s event is “Celebrating Our Agricultural History,” and includes wineries, vineyard owners, farmers and other local businesses marching down the town’s Washington Street from Veterans Park to Yountville Park. Once the parade reaches its destination, the festival gathers several food vendors, beer and wine from the local Kiwanis Club and Yountville school PTA, and live music from big-band swing group On the Avenue. The family-friendly day happens Sunday, Oct. 1, at 6516 Washington St., Yountville. 10am, parade; 11am, festival. Free admission. townofyountville.com.
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Oct. 1: New Harvest in Fulton

Posted By on Wed, Sep 27, 2017 at 6:00 AM

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After two decades of spotlighting heirloom tomatoes in their fall festival, the discerning harvesters at Kendall-Jackson are expanding their palette with their inaugural Harvest Celebration. The indulgent experience still features the popular tomatoes, though this fest features much more, with locally sourced plates of food from over a dozen purveyors, seminars on everything from beekeeping to barrel making, painting sessions, live music and more. Proceeds from tickets sales benefit the nonprofit UC Master Gardener Program of Sonoma County. Celebrate the harvest on Sunday, Oct. 1, at Kendall-Jackson Wine Center, 5007 Fulton Road, Fulton. 11am. $125. 707.576.3810.
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Oct. 2-3: Haunted Harvest in Sonoma

Posted By on Wed, Sep 27, 2017 at 5:57 AM

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Last year, filmmaker Tom Wyrsch documented local ghost stories in his film Haunted Sonoma County. This autumn, Wyrsch is back with a new spooky spectacle on the North Bay in his new documentary ‘Haunted Wine Country.’ Among the picturesque vineyards and valleys, the film exposes an array of scary encounters and spirited experiences as recounted by paranormal experts, authors and historians, who all examine how the allure of wine country brought both hard-working homesteaders and Wild West adventurers, some of whom never left! The film premieres with cast and crew in attendance, Monday and Tuesday, Oct. 2–3, at Sebastiani Theatre, 476 First St. E., Sonoma. 7pm. $15. 707.996.9756.
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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Sept. 21: Musical Destination in Napa Valley

Posted By on Wed, Sep 20, 2017 at 5:05 AM

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Napa Valley Wine Train’s inaugural ‘Rock the Rails’ concert series is midway through a season of dynamic live performances paired with a round-trip tour aboard the train to a rotating winery venue. This month, the series moves to Grgich Hills Estate and presents superstar Sheila E in concert. The Bay Area native and acclaimed singer and percussionist is fresh off the release of her new soul-pop album, Iconic: Message 4 America. Opening the show is Juan and Peter Michael Escovedo's All Star Band—Sheila E’s brothers. Dinner aboard the train sets the mood on Thursday, Sept. 21, at Wine Train station, 1275 McKinstry St., Napa. 5pm. $99 and up; $79 for concert only. winetrain.com.
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Sept. 22: Imagine History in Napa

Posted By on Wed, Sep 20, 2017 at 5:01 AM

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Napa-based artist, author and Notre Dame de Namur University instructor Rick Deragon’s new book, ‘Fire in the Year of Four Emperors,’ may be a work of fiction, but its attention to detail and densely layered political intrigue is so spot-on that it makes the story—about four Roman generals vying for power in the year 69 A.D.—feel like it really happened. Published this summer, Fire in the Year’s vividly realized characters experience a sprawling scope of adventures that hooks the reader and sets the table for a larger saga. Deragon reads from Fire in the Year of Four Emperors on Friday, Sept. 22, at Napa Bookmine, 964 Pearl St., Napa. 6pm. Free. 707.733.3199.
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