Wednesday, June 28, 2017

June 30: Heat Wave in San Rafael

Posted By on Wed, Jun 28, 2017 at 5:47 AM

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Like many Marin events this summer, the Marin County Fair is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love with a theme, “Let the Funshine In,” that embraces the music, art and tie-dyed spirit of 1967. In addition to carnival rides and nightly fireworks displays, the fair’s concert lineup is the main attraction, welcoming stars like Ann Wilson of Heart and the Commodores. July 4 features Grateful Dead tribute act Cryptical and the Happy Together Tour, headlined by the Turtles. The fair opens on Friday, June 30, at Marin Fairgrounds, Marin Center, 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. $15–$20 at the gate. 415.473.6800.
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June 30: Texas Soul in Napa

Posted By on Wed, Jun 28, 2017 at 5:44 AM

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BottleRock Napa Valley may be over, but the festival’s programmers are still bringing top-tier music to Napa throughout the summer with several concerts. This week, BottleRock hosts Houston ensemble the Suffers. Formed in 2011, the 10-piece band is classified as “Gulf Coast Soul,” mixing high-energy jazz with rhythmic grooves and featuring frontwoman Kat Franklin’s larger-than-life stage presence. Since releasing their self-titled debut album last year, the Suffers have been pounding the pavement with a massive U.S. tour. They roll into the North Bay with a surprise guest this week on Friday, June 30, at Silo’s, 530 Main St., Napa. 8pm. $22–$25. 707.251.5833.
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July 1: Fresh Air in Santa Rosa

Posted By on Wed, Jun 28, 2017 at 5:42 AM

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If you’ve been at a North Bay fair, festival, club or coffeehouse any time in the last 25 years, you’ve probably heard married musicians Allegra Broughton and Sam Page perform as Solid Air. As a duo or a full band, Solid Air mix Americana melodies and jazz grooves, and the group’s continuing lyrical message of peace and understanding is more resonant than ever. This week, Solid Air unveil their new album, Beautiful World, recorded at Prairie Sun Studios in Cotati and released on Sonoma County label Jackalope Records, and perform on Saturday, July 1, at the Last Record Store, 1899-A Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa. 2pm. Free. 707.525.1963.
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July 1: Modern Metals in Sonoma

Posted By on Wed, Jun 28, 2017 at 5:38 AM

Front Entry Gate by Albert Paley, 2008
  • Front Entry Gate by Albert Paley, 2008
New York metal sculptor Albert Paley is a master metalsmith who constructs massive, intricate and imaginative pieces that speak to man’s relationship to the natural environment. This summer, nine of Paley’s largest works are on display throughout downtown Sonoma, and many more can be seen in the exhibit ‘Albert Paley: Thresholds.’ The extensive installation is Sonoma’s largest public art event, and docents will lead visitors on walking tours in the coming weeks. This weekend, the summer-long show opens with a reception on Saturday, July 1, at Sonoma Plaza (First Street East, Sonoma; 2pm) and the Sonoma Valley Museum of Art, 551 Broadway, Sonoma. 5pm. 707.939.SVMA.
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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

June 23: Show of Wonders in Jenner

Posted By on Wed, Jun 21, 2017 at 5:37 AM

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West Sonoma County songwriters and producers Jim and Kathy Ocean split their time between organizing various community concert events and creating their own genre-bending musical experiences they call “thought rock.” The pair is best known for their popular Astronaut Lullabies show that took place at the SRJC planetarium and mixed cosmic images with original sonic compositions. This week, the Oceans offer a new multimedia experience, ‘The Poetic Science Revue,’ which explores the mysteries of the universe with folk-centered music and spacey visuals. See science and poetry intermingle on Friday. June 23, at the Russian House, 9960 Hwy. 1, Jenner. 7pm. $15. 707.869.9403.
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June 24: "City Lights" in the Vineyard in Sonoma

Posted By on Wed, Jun 21, 2017 at 5:30 AM

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Even though film audio technology had entered Hollywood by the time Charlie Chaplin began writing ‘City Lights’ in the late 1920s, the legendary silent film star and director decided to keep his signature character, the Little Tramp, quiet for his romantic comedy. Now considered one of Chaplin’s masterpieces, the heartwarming and hilarious City Lights gets a not-so-silent screening in the North Bay this weekend, when the Sonoma County Philharmonic provides an original orchestral score to accompany the film for an outdoor screening on Saturday, June 24, at Gundlach Bundschu Winery, 2000 Denmark St., Sonoma. Doors open at 7pm; film screens at sundown. $75. 707.938.5277.
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June 24: Lifetime of Art in Santa Rosa

Posted By on Wed, Jun 21, 2017 at 5:27 AM

Ray and Barbara Jacobsen in the 1970s.
  • Ray and Barbara Jacobsen in the 1970s.
In 1947, at the age of nine, Ray Jacobsen moved to Sonoma from Colorado with his family, and he never left. He grew up to be an artist and made a living selling and showing vibrant landscape paintings until his death in 2007. Jacobsen’s career includes being one of the founding members of the Arts Guild of Sonoma in 1977, and his oil and watercolor paintings reflected the North Bay’s colorful natural features. This week, a retrospective show, ‘Forty Years of Ray Jacobsen,’ highlights paintings from throughout the artist’s career. The show opens with a reception on Saturday, June 24, at Calabi Gallery, 456 10th St., Santa Rosa. 4pm. Free. 707.781.7070.
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June 27: Traveling Man in Petaluma

Posted By on Wed, Jun 21, 2017 at 5:23 AM

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Folk songwriter Charles Ellsworth has been all over the map the past few years—literally. Born in Arizona, the musician was living in Brooklyn when he decided to return west to make his latest full-length solo album, Cesaréa, released last month. The album is a blend of Americana grit and post-punk haze that reflects his experiences with dry-heat Arizona summers and frigid New York winters. Though he now calls Salt Lake City home, Ellsworth is touring in support of Cesaréa, and stops in the North Bay for a show on Tuesday, June 27, at the Big Easy, 128 American Alley, Petaluma. Doors at 6:30pm, Free admission. 707.776.7163.
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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

June 15-17: Peaceful Voyage in Bodega Bay & Santa Rosa

Posted By on Wed, Jun 14, 2017 at 5:46 AM

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The original ‘Golden Rule’ peace ship set sail in 1958 to stop U.S. nuclear testing during the Cold War, becoming the first peacekeeping vessel. Recently recovered and restored by Veterans for Peace, the ship is back on the seas and docking in the North Bay this week to promote a new ban on nuclear weapons. The boat arrives on Thursday, June 15, and is open for tours, Friday–Saturday, June 16–17, at Spud Point Marina (1818 Westshore Road, Bodega Bay). The Golden Rule crew also speaks on how to stop nuclear war before it starts on Saturday, June 17, Veterans Memorial Building, 1351 Maple Ave., Santa Rosa. 7pm. $15. vfpgoldenruleproject.org.
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June 16: Freak Flagship Event in Santa Rosa

Posted By on Wed, Jun 14, 2017 at 5:42 AM

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The region’s most rousing variety show, the North Bay Cabaret, celebrates three years of jaw-dropping entertainment this month with a blowout party featuring a lineup of acclaimed performers, including slam-poet showman Jaime DeWolf, seasoned fire dancer Deaja Girl on Fire and clown-without-borders Clay Mazing, for a Vaudeville-inspired array of music, spoken word, burlesque, bellydance and more. Live painting, an art gallery, raffle and other activities accompany the onstage action. After the big show, stay for an outdoor silent disco and indoor dance party. The North Bay Cabaret’s three-year anniversary happens on Friday, June 16, at Whiskey Tip, 1910 Sebastopol Road, Santa Rosa. 7pm. $20–$25. northbaycabaret.com.
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