Wednesday, July 11, 2018

July 18: Bounty of Performance in Napa

Posted By on Wed, Jul 11, 2018 at 5:10 AM

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World-class performances, award-winning cuisine and stunning scenery make the annual Festival Napa Valley the region’s most indulgent cultural celebration. Happening over 10 days, the festival boasts concerts, dining experiences and gala events, including several free performances. On Wednesday, July 18, the festival opens with a series of admission-free chamber music concerts. Hear the “Serenade for Wind Instruments” at the Napa Valley Opera House (1030 Main St., Napa; 5pm). Enjoy a string quartet and sextet at CIA at Copia (500 First St., Napa; 6pm), or attend one of two concerts in St. Helena. For details and passes, visit festivalnapavalley.org.
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Wednesday, June 20, 2018

June 21: Deep Noir in Santa Rosa

Posted By on Wed, Jun 20, 2018 at 10:33 AM

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As a psychologist and media educator, Terry Ebinger takes a unique approach to film studies in her Cinema & Psyche classes; blending film, history, psychology, cultural anthropology and more. This summer, she presents a new series, “Masterworks of Noir,” that focuses on the art of the heist in classic crime films like The Asphalt Jungle, The Killing, Dog Day Afternoon and others. Go deep in exploring existential parables and everyman sagas when Cinema & Psyche’s program kicks off on Thursday, June 21, at Santa Rosa Junior College, 1501 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa. $135 for six weeks. cinemaandpsyche.com.
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June 22: Books as Art in Sebastopol

Posted By on Wed, Jun 20, 2018 at 10:24 AM

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This week is your chance to finally judge a book by its cover, as the Sebastopol Center for the Arts gathers three bookmaking and book-art themed exhibits featuring local and international artists. In the main gallery, “Bibliophoria V” shows off visual and sculptural re-interpretations of books, their components and methods of making. In gallery II, “Blind Stitching” and “In Touch with Art” feature textile works by artists with vision loss. Gallery III’s “Bound & Unbound” includes works by the Sonoma County Book Arts Guild. All shows open with a reception on Friday, June 22, 282 S. High St., Sebastopol. 6pm. 707.829.4797.
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June 22: Birthday Music in Petaluma

Posted By on Wed, Jun 20, 2018 at 10:15 AM

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Ever since his time in the Wildwood Boys with Jerry Garcia and his co-founding of New Riders of the Purple Sage in the 1960s, David Nelson’s place in Bay Area music history has spanned rock, bluegrass, country and more. Fronting the David Nelson Band for 25 years, Nelson turns 75 this year and celebrates both milestones with a massive concert featuring the members of the band and several special surprise guests on hand to help blow out the candles. Friday, June 22, at Mystic Theatre & Music Hall, 23 Petaluma Blvd. N., Petaluma. 7:30pm. $50. 707.775.6048.
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June 22: Laugh with Pride in Napa

Posted By on Wed, Jun 20, 2018 at 10:11 AM

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New York City is the place to be if you’re a standup comedian, and one of the city’s hottest standups right now is Emma Willmann. She’s been named one of the “Top 10 Funniest Women in NYC” by Time Out New York magazine, appeared on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and currently co-hosts the podcast Inside the Closet, in which she talks about being a member of the LGBT-plus community. This week, Willmann travels from the big apple to wine country for a special Pride event on Friday, June 22, at Blue Note, 1030 Main St., Napa. 7pm and 9pm. $20 and up. 707.603.1258.
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Wednesday, June 13, 2018

June 14-16: Showcase Weekend in Healdsburg

Posted By on Wed, Jun 13, 2018 at 5:34 AM

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Benefiting the Healdsburg Center for the Arts, the three-day Healdsburg Art Food Wine event boasts all things artisanal, as local and international artists are displayed in several galleries with the best food and wine from the region on hand. From a kick-off cocktail party near the Healdsburg Plaza to art tours of Oliver Ranch and Chalk Hill Road wineries, and evening receptions at locales like Geyserville’s Dallas Saunders Gallery and downtown Healdsburg’s ÆRENA Galleries & Gardens, there’s something to satisfy art lovers of every taste. Thursday to Saturday, June 14–16, at several locations. Times and prices vary. healdsburgartfoodwine.com.
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June 16: New Tradition in Cotati

Posted By on Wed, Jun 13, 2018 at 5:29 AM

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After 37 years of the Cotati Jazz Festival, the town and its chamber of commerce are updating their agenda and expanding on the concert concept with this summer’s inaugural Cotati Music Festival. Celebrating Cotati as a varied and vibrant musical hub, the new festival features performances from Sonoma County rock ’n’ roll, Americana and rockabilly acts like the John Courage Trio, Highway Poets, Danny Sorentino and Derek Irving. Local food, wine and beer will flow, and families are invited to spend a day grooving to the music on Saturday, June 16, at La Plaza Park in downtown Cotati. Noon to 6pm. Free admission. cotati.org.
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June 18: Hop On in Napa

Posted By on Wed, Jun 13, 2018 at 5:26 AM

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The Wine Train has long been a popular tasting tour of the Napa Valley for wine aficionados, but the valley is branching out into the microbrew scene and the train is switching tracks for the new Hop Train weekly riding event. Think of it as a tap takeover on the rails, as Napa Palisades Beer Company hops aboard and brings a couple kegs with them to serve their Gold Rush Red, Loco IPA and other selections alongside small bites in an open-air car. Hop to it on Monday, June 18, 1275 McKinstry St., Napa. 5pm. $75. winetrain.com.
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June 18: Pedal Party in Petaluma

Posted By on Wed, Jun 13, 2018 at 5:25 AM

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Bicycling is an everyday activity in communities across the North Bay, and it’s thanks in part to the work of organizations like Sonoma County Bicycle Coalition, which promotes bicycling in and between local cities, and the Redwood Empire Mountain Bike Alliance, which focuses on bicycling in nature. These two groups host the debut Paths & Pavement Mixer, where bicycle advocates and lovers can come together to enjoy Lagunitas brews, catered food from Lombardi’s Gourmet Deli and BBQ, and live music from the Pulsators. Monday, June 18, at Lagunitas Tap Room, 1280 N. McDowell Blvd., Petaluma. 5:30pm. $20–$25. pathsandpavement.brownpapertickets.com.
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Wednesday, May 30, 2018

June 1: Healing Landscapes in Santa Rosa

Posted By on Wed, May 30, 2018 at 2:34 AM

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Earlier this year, the Chroma Gallery began transitioning to the Santa Rosa Arts Center when it hosted its first show, “Healing by Art: After the Fires,” in which several artists reacted to the aftermath of last year’s wildfires (Arts Hub, April 3). This weekend, the gallery continues on the theme with a new show, ‘Healing by Art: Landscapes & Memories.’ This time, artists look back on the region’s past to help come to terms with today’s post-fire reality. The show opens during South of A arts district’s First Friday open studios event on Friday, June 1, 312 South A St., Santa Rosa. 5pm. Free. 707.293.6051.
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