Wednesday, May 2, 2018

May 5-6: Weekend Fiesta in Calistoga

Posted By on Wed, May 2, 2018 at 5:03 AM

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Though it’s brand-new, the upcoming Fair & Fiesta at the Napa County Fairgrounds promises a throwback weekend of fun with a twist, as family entertainment, food and more mark a special Cinco de Mayo celebration. Highlights include the acrobatics of Flynn Creek Circus, Mexican-styled bull riding, AMA speedway racing and activities like zip lines, rock walls and bumper cars. Saturday night offers a 21-and-over Cinco de Mayo party, and the full weekend teems with amusements for every age on Saturday and Sunday, May 5–6, at Napa County Fairgrounds, 1435 N. Oak St., Calistoga. Noon to 10pm both days. $10 admission. visitcalistoga.com.
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May 6: Japanese for 'Festival' in Santa Rosa

Posted By on Wed, May 2, 2018 at 5:00 AM

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Nonprofit organization Sonoma County Matsuri has long been dedicated to promoting Japanese culture by providing a forum for Bay Area artisans, artists and performers to showcase their talents at the Matsuri! Japanese Arts Festival, now in its ninth year. See taiko drumming and other musical and martial arts demonstrations, partake in a tea ceremony, get in on a massive raffle that supports the group’s scholarship fund, bring the kids for family-friendly activities and browse several arts and crafts vendors on Sunday, May 6, at Juilliard Park, 227 Santa Rosa Ave., Santa Rosa. 11am to 5pm. Free admission. sonomamatsuri.com.
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Wednesday, April 25, 2018

April 27: Landmark Film in Larkspur

Posted By on Wed, Apr 25, 2018 at 4:12 AM

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Based on the bestselling novel by Kent Nerburn, last year’s indie film ‘Neither Wolf Nor Dog’ takes audiences on an eye-opening road trip through Lakota life and culture. The film stars elder Dave Bald Eagle (once called “the world’s most interesting man” by NPR), who was 95 years old during filming but died before its release. After playing at dozens of cinemas for the past year, Neither Wolf Nor Dog debuts in Marin with a weekend of screenings starting Friday, April 27, at Lark Theater, 549 Magnolia Ave., Larkspur. Friday, 6:30pm; Saturday, 3:45pm; Sunday, 10:30am. $8–$11. 415.924.5111.
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April 27: Free Range Folk in Sebastopol

Posted By on Wed, Apr 25, 2018 at 4:08 AM

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Sonoma County folk outfit the Musers are new to the scene as a trio, though the members are all North Bay musical veterans. Songwriters, vocalists and multi-instrumentalists Megan McLaughlin (Cularan) and Anita Sandwina (Spark & Whisper), along with standup bassist Tom Kuhn, share a tight musical connection on their upbeat acoustic originals, which can be heard on the group’s debut CD. It’s available this weekend when the Musers perform an album-release show alongside fellow folk outfit the Farallons on Friday, April 27, at the Sebastopol Community Center Annex, 425 Morris St., Sebastopol. 8pm. $10. 707.823.1511.
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April 28: Local Fling in Guerneville

Posted By on Wed, Apr 25, 2018 at 4:05 AM

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Nearly two dozen local culinary purveyors get a chance to rub elbows at the Russian River Food & Wine Spring Fling this weekend. Stations of food and wine from the likes of Sonoma Coast-based Flowers Vineyards & Winery and local oyster bar Seaside Metal will line the street, and highlights include bites by noted Guerneville chef Crista Luedtke, owner of Boon restaurant, book signings by Sonoma County chef, cooking instructor and cookbook author Michele Anna Jordan and live music by West County favorites THUGZ. Enjoy the fling on Saturday, April 28, on Main Street in downtown Guerneville. 1–4pm. $30–$50 and up. russianriver.com.
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April 28: Pure Art in Healdsburg

Posted By on Wed, Apr 25, 2018 at 4:02 AM

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With an emphasis on emotional expression over figurative representation, abstract art is a long-evolving movement that is increasingly finding a global audience. This week, Sonoma County gets a major dose of today’s hottest artists in the field when ‘Purely Abstract: Visions in Line, Form and Color’ opens in Healdsburg. Artist Jerrold Ballaine and art historian Satri Pencak juried the show, featuring works from over 50 artists, including locals like Sonoma’s Shotsie Gorman and Santa Rosa’s Max DuBois. The exhibit opens with a reception on Saturday, April 28, at the Healdsburg Center for the Arts, 130 Plaza St., Healdsburg. 5pm. Free admission. 707.431.1970.
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Wednesday, April 18, 2018

April 20: 4/20 Birthday in Santa Rosa

Posted By on Wed, Apr 18, 2018 at 6:19 AM

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Natural Cannabis Company has a lot to celebrate this weekend, as marijuana’s big day also happens to be the Bay Area company’s birthday. This 4/20, Natural Cannabis Company turns 13 years old with a day of special sales and surprise fun at their Santa Rosa dispensary, OganiCann. The party also features the company’s annual “High Art” competition winners announcement. This year’s contest received nearly 5,000 works of art from talented artists in 82 countries, and 20 artists will be recognized on Friday, April 20, at OrganiCann, 301 E. Todd Road, Santa Rosa. 4:20pm. 707.588.8811.
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April 20: 4/20 Soundtrack in Sonoma County

Posted By on Wed, Apr 18, 2018 at 6:15 AM

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The cannabis company SPARC gets an early start on Record Store Day by teaming with the label Jazz Dispensary to release the first single of the pair’s Private Stock Series of vinyl releases. The single features “Mary Jane” by Bobby Rush on side A and “Fire Eater” by Rusty Bryant on side B, both first released in 1971 and both inspired by cannabis. The vinyl is limited to 500 copies and will only be available on Friday, April 20, at SPARC’s four dispensary locations, including both Sonoma County stores, 1061 N. Dutton Ave., Santa Rosa (707.843.3227) and 6771 Sebastopol Ave., Sebastopol (707.823.4206).
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April 21: 4/20 Dance Party in Sebastopol

Posted By on Wed, Apr 18, 2018 at 6:11 AM

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Sonoma County’s newest cannabis dispensary, Solful in Sebastopol, is getting to know the community the best way they know how: they’re throwing a party—a Swim Suit Cosmic Dance Party, to be exact. The shindig encourages partygoers to dress in aquatic or sweat gear, and features modern dance music from across the globe presented by DJ Timoteo Gigante, whose west Sonoma County production company, Love Light Shine, co-hosts the event. Get to know Solful and dance the night away on Saturday, April 21, at the dhyana Center, 186 N. Main St., Sebastopol. 8pm. $20. solful.com.
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April 22: 4/20 Workshop in Healdsburg

Posted By on Wed, Apr 18, 2018 at 6:08 AM

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Biodynamic farming is great for vegetables, and now farms are adding cannabis to their biodynamic offerings. This week, a panel of experts from Sonoma County Cultivation Group, SPARC, HerbaBuena and Full Circle Pharm discusses ‘The Biodynamic Approach to Cannabis Cultivation,’ including how today’s legal environment impacts cannabis crops and how small farmers can implement biodynamic processes. The panel meets on Sunday, April 22, at Healdsburg Shed, 25 North St., Healdsburg. 1pm. $15. 707.431.7433.
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