Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Oct 9: Global Response in Santa Rosa

Posted By on Wed, Oct 3, 2018 at 12:44 PM

Last October’s wildfires resonated with audiences around the world, including a group of kids in Belgium, who memorialized the event in a series of paintings and collages collected in an exhibit, ‘Le Feu dans les Collines (Fire in the Hills),’ that can be seen in an upcoming illustrated talk by artist and educator Dr. Peter Neumeyer. Learn how and why these students, who were in touch with Neumeyer for a project inspired by his one-time collaborator Edward Gorey last year, came to create the project on Tuesday, Oct. 9, at Friends House Library, 684 Benicia Drive, Santa Rosa. 7pm. Free. 707.573.4508.
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Oct. 10: Remember with Art in Napa

Posted By on Wed, Oct 3, 2018 at 12:40 PM

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Over the last year, North Bay artists have created works in response to the fires, and this month, several of them display their fire-influenced artworks in ‘Art Responds: The Wine Country Fires,’ an exhibit and series of public gatherings devoted to the anniversary. Several participating artists lost everything, while others bear witness to the community’s recovery in a diverse array of art. An opening reception kicks off the exhibition on Wednesday, Oct. 10, at First Street Napa, 1300 First St., Napa. 6pm. Free. 707.257.6800.
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Thursday, August 30, 2018

Aug. 30: Pizza Life in Sonoma

Posted By on Thu, Aug 30, 2018 at 11:03 AM

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A selection at last year’s Mill Valley Film Festival, North Bay writer-director Matteo Troncone’s irresistible documentary ‘Arrangiarsi (Pizza . . . and the Art of Living)’ takes audiences on an immersive trip to Naples, Italy, which Troncone visited nine times over five years to learn about the art of pizza making. There, he also discovered the artistic tradition of arrangiarsi, meaning to make something from nothing. Foodies, history buffs, art appreciators and everyone else can enjoy the documentary, screening with pizza from Ca’ Momi and winetasting on Thursday, Aug. 30, at Sebastiani Theatre, 476 First St. E., Sonoma. 7pm. $20–$25. 707.996.9756.
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Aug. 30-Sept. 2: Gypsy Jazz Jam in Mill Valley

Posted By on Thu, Aug 30, 2018 at 10:59 AM

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Belgian-French guitarist Django Reinhardt is one of the most influential players in Europe’s Gypsy jazz movement, and is still celebrated more than 60 years after his death. This month, the 14th annual DjangoFest Mill Valley features Dutch violinist Tim Kliphuis and his trio, who open the festival, French guitar duo Antoine Boyer & Samuelito, Gypsy jazz prodigy Henry Acker and many others. Thursday to Sunday, Aug. 30–Sept. 2, at Throckmorton Theatre, 142 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley. $35–$65; $199 weekend pass. 415.383.9600.
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Sept. 1: Speak Up in Sebastopol

Posted By on Thu, Aug 30, 2018 at 10:56 AM

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Growing up in Santa Rosa, hip-hop artist Tru Lyric began on his songwriting path with parodies in high school, though in the last decade his music has taken on a significantly more personal and emotionally impactful tone, and the MC now openly talks about struggles with depression and anxiety in his multifaceted music. Sometime labeled as Christian rap, Tru Lyric preaches positivity on his new album, Beautiful Imperfections, out last month, and he takes the stage with support from Run with Patience and DJ Sticky on Saturday, Sept. 1, at HopMonk Tavern, 230 Petaluma Ave., Sebastopol. 9pm. $10. 707.829.7300.
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Sept. 1: Art Dreams in Yountville

Posted By on Thu, Aug 30, 2018 at 10:56 AM

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Celebrating the idyllic scenery of the Golden State, Napa Valley Museum’s new joint exhibition, ‘California Dreamin’,’ features paintings by Melissa Chandon and Matt Rogers and surfboard art from Timothy Bessell. Chandon’s pop-art inspired work is evocative of the carefree West Coast vibes of the 1960s, when woodie-style station wagons dotted the beaches. Rogers’ landscape paintings turn palm trees into cotton candy while thematically reflecting on the state’s history of natural disasters. Rounded out by Bessell’s handmade and hand painted boards, “California Dreamin’” opens with a reception on Saturday, Sept. 1, at Napa Valley Museum, 55 Presidents Circle, Yountville. 5pm. $20. 707.944.0500.
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Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Aug. 25: Get Well in Santa Rosa

Posted By on Wed, Aug 22, 2018 at 1:52 PM

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Local nonprofit organizations the Arlene Francis Center and Safe Harbor Project are all about fostering and promoting wellness in the community, and this weekend the groups team up for the annual Wellness & Music Festival. The daylong outdoor affair features upbeat and affirming live performances from songwriters like Christopher Alexander, LaRoy Wainwright, Tony Saunders, Dana Salzman, AhSa-Ti Nu, and neo-funk band None But the Righteous. Wellness vendors, food and zumba sessions are also on hand when the festival kicks off on Saturday, Aug. 25, at the Arlene Francis Center, 99 Sixth St., Santa Rosa. noon to 6pm. Free admission. 707.528.3009.
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Aug. 25: History Comes Alive in Sonoma

Posted By on Wed, Aug 22, 2018 at 1:49 PM

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A new live theater experience is coming to the vineyards of Sonoma Valley’s Buena Vista Winery this weekend with the Progressive History Dinner, which features an original three-act play performed throughout the winery’s campus. Written by local playwright George Webber, An Uneasy Future is set in the winery circa 1852, and finds the famous Mexican bandit Joaquin Murrieta hiding out with General Vallejo and winery founder Count Agoston Haraszthy. Delicious food and wine pairs with each act in this movable feast, happening on Saturday, Aug. 25 at Buena Vista Winery, 18000 Old Winery Road, Sonoma. 6pm. $130. 800.926.1266.
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Aug. 25: Hand It to Him in Sonoma

Posted By on Wed, Aug 22, 2018 at 1:46 PM

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Widely acknowledged by his peers as one of the finest sleight-of-hand performers in the world, magician John Carney is best known for his numerous television appearances and his involvement in the exclusive Academy of Magical Arts at Hollywood’s Magic Castle. Recently, he developed a new one-man theatrical show, Carney Magic, that combines his illusions and humor with an original story. More than a typical magic show, this performance is recommended for ages eight and up, and promises to be a charming evening of wit and wonder on Saturday, Aug. 25, at Sebastiani Theatre, 476 First St. E., Sonoma. 7:30pm. $17–$25.
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Aug. 26: Electric Tribute in Sebastopol

Posted By on Wed, Aug 22, 2018 at 1:44 PM

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One of the most controversial events in 20th century music history is when Bob Dylan went electric at the Newport Folk Festival in 1965. The folk figure’s decision to amp it up polarized fans and reverberated throughout the folk and pop music communities, and today those reverberations continue with all-star tribute outfit Ghosts of Electricity, who perform the music of Dylan with a fully electrified sound. Made up of local favorites Stu Allen, Mark Karan, Mookie Siegel, Robin Sylvester and Greg Anton, the band performs on Sunday, Aug 26, at HopMonk Tavern, 230 Petaluma Ave., Sebastopol. 7pm. $20–$25. 707.829.7300.
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