Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Dec. 8: Navidad Mexicana in Rohnert Park

Posted By on Wed, Dec 5, 2018 at 11:37 AM

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In the musical landscape of Mariachi, where songs are traditionally written and performed by men, Mariachi Reyna de Los Angeles has blazed a trail as America’s first all-female mariachi ensemble, playing fresh arrangements of classic compositions and opening musical doors for female mariachi musicians everywhere. This week, the internationally renowned and Grammy-nominated group presents a special holiday-themed show, “Navidad Mexicana,” that celebrates the season through the magic of mariachi on Saturday, Dec. 8, at Weill Hall, Green Music Center, 1801 E. Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park. 7:30pm. $25 and up. 866.955.6040.
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Dec. 9: Kids in the Kitchen in Napa

Posted By on Wed, Dec 5, 2018 at 11:34 AM

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Before Gordon Ramsay and Bobby Flay turned cooking into a competition, America got sound and proven recipes on actual cooking shows like America’s Test Kitchen, running on PBS since 2001. This week, host Julia Collin Davison (pictured) and Suzannah McFerran, food editor for America’s Test Kitchen Kids magazine, lead a special Baking with America’s Test Kitchen Kids class for ages 8 to 12 to empower the next generation of chefs in a fun-filled, hands-on afternoon on Sunday, Dec. 9, at CIA at Copia, 500 First St. 1pm. $75. All children must be accompanied by an adult. 707.967.2500.
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Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Nov. 23: Green Friday in Kenwood

Posted By on Wed, Nov 21, 2018 at 12:39 PM

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Families and nature lovers have the chance to escape Black Friday, the year’s biggest and most stressful shopping day of the year, by taking to the hills at Sugarloaf Ridge State Park with a full “Green Friday” schedule of activities. The morning starts with a docent-led family hike at 10am that offers insights into the park’s abundance of wildlife. The afternoon also includes a yoga hike at 3pm, and up at the top of the ridge, the Robert Ferguson Observatory holds its monthly Solar Viewing at 11am and Star Party at 8pm. Weather permitting. Friday, Nov. 23, 2605 Adobe Canyon Road, Kenwood. Prices vary. 707.833.5712.
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Nov.23-24: Culinary Christmas in Napa

Posted By on Wed, Nov 21, 2018 at 12:36 PM

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Eat, drink and be merry as you do your shopping this season at the Holiday Marketplace at CIA Copia. Napa’s newest epicenter for fine food and wine, the Culinary Institute of America’s downtown campus will open its doors for the public to peruse artisan foods from local vendors, including K+M Chocolates, Anna’s Danish Cookies and La Saison, as well as artwork such as pottery from Amanda Wright, jewelry from Nicole Apostoli, and woven baskets and other textiles from Kathleen Heafey. Friday and Saturday, Nov. 23–24, 500 First St., Napa. 11am to 5pm both days. Free admission. 707.967.2500.
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Nov. 23: Art of Gifting in Healdsburg

Posted By on Wed, Nov 21, 2018 at 12:33 PM

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You don’t have to suffer at big-box stores to complete your holiday gifting this season; instead, make sure your loved ones get handcrafted, one-of-a-kind pieces of art and other goodies that can be found at the 17th annual Holiday Gift Gallery at the Healdsburg Center for the Arts. Dozens of regional artists participate in the gallery show, offering gift-appropriate works ranging from paintings, photography, ceramics, glass, wood and other textiles. Opening in conjunction with the Healdsburg Downtown Holiday Party, the HCA’s Gift Gallery opens with a reception on Friday, Nov. 23, at 130 Plaza St., Healdsburg. 5pm. Free. 707.431.1970.
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Nov. 27: Manhood Revisited in Petaluma

Posted By on Wed, Nov 21, 2018 at 12:27 PM

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Journalist and author Michael Levitin has a knack for taking on contemporary issues with an approach that turns heads and opens minds. In 2011, when Occupy Wall Street began in New York City, Levitin co-founded the underground publication The Occupied Wall Street Journal, which helped legitimize the movement. Now, Levitin has taken a stance on this year’s national conversations about masculinity, feminism, generational conflicts and even anti-Semitism in his debut novel, Disposable Man. The Forestville native, now living in Berkeley, reads from the book on Tuesday, Nov. 27, at Aqus Cafe, 189 H St., Petaluma. 7pm. 707.778.6060.
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Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Nov. 2: Notes from the Trail in Napa

Posted By on Wed, Oct 31, 2018 at 12:39 PM

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In 2007, Napa farmer and writer Jeremy Benson and his sister April hiked 1,200 miles along the coast of California, starting in Crescent City and making their way south to San Diego. Along the way, Benson wrote down his experiences, and now he offers a look back on that momentous trek with his new chapbook based on those hikes, Footslog. Named the poet laureate of Napa County last year, Benson reads from his new collection and shares other stories at a book-release party on Friday, Nov. 2, at Napa Bookmine, 964 Pearl St., Napa. 6pm. Free admission. 707.733.3199.
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Nov. 3: Artistic Discovery in St. Helena

Posted By on Wed, Oct 31, 2018 at 12:36 PM

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Born in India and now living and working in the Bay Area, painter Siddharth Parasnis considers himself a citizen of the world, traveling to exotic locales like Greece and Guatemala and taking inspiration from the bold textures and colors he encounters. His latest exhibition, “Serendipity,” offers an engaging interpretation of the beachfront cityscapes and sun-drenched harbors of those regions with bright, blocky, polygon-like structures that evoke curiosity and playful nostalgia. “Serendipity” opens with a reception on Saturday, Nov. 3, at Caldwell Snyder Gallery, 1328 Main St., St. Helena. 4pm. 707.200.5050.
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Nov.3–5: Classical Folk in Rohnert Park

Posted By on Wed, Oct 31, 2018 at 12:32 PM

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The Santa Rosa Symphony has a long history of welcoming acclaimed soloists to perform with the orchestra, though not many like Grammy Award–winning guitarist Sharon Isbin. Acclaimed for her triumphant performances, Isbin has collaborated with jazz greats, Argentinian vocalists and even pop stars like Sting and Katy Perry, fusing several worlds of music together. Recently the subject of a documentary, Sharon Isbin: Troubadour, the guitarist will perform Heitor Villa-Lobos’ Guitar Concerto and other works with the Santa Rosa Symphony on Saturday, Nov. 3, through Monday, Nov. 5, at the Green Music Center’s Weill Hall, 1801 E. Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park. Times vary. 707.546.8742.
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Nov. 4: Uncharted Territory in Sebastopol

Posted By on Wed, Oct 31, 2018 at 12:29 PM

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Cannabis has been off-limits to doctors and researchers in the United States for the past 80 years, but recently scientists have discovered its anti-cancer properties, leading some parents to try cannabis oil to treat their children. This dramatic story and its timely relevance are captured in the new documentary ‘Weed the People,’ produced by actress and filmmaker Ricki Lake and directed by acclaimed documentarian Abby Epstein, both of whom participate in a Q&A when Weed the People screens one-time only on Sunday, Nov. 4, at Rialto Cinemas, 6868 McKinley St., Sebastopol. 2pm. 707.829.3456.
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