Wednesday, May 3, 2017

May 7: Surreal World in San Rafael

Posted By on Wed, May 3, 2017 at 3:54 AM

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When author and screenwriter Etgar Keret talks about “dark matter,” he’s not pondering the potential for unseen material in the depths of space. Rather, the acclaimed, Israeli-born wordsmith is speaking to the absurd elements that inhabit everyday life. This weekend, Keret, best known for the short-story collection The Bus Driver Who Wanted to Be God and the memoir Seven Good Years, talks about ‘The Dark & the Surreal’ in an illuminating and in-depth conversation about his work and our world with New York Times–bestselling author Ayelet Waldman on Sunday, May 7, at Osher Marin JCC, 200 N San Pedro Road, San Rafael. 7pm. $10–$25. 415.444.8000.
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May 9: Comfy Cats in Cotati

Posted By on Wed, May 3, 2017 at 3:52 AM

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For over two decades, Forgotten Felines of Sonoma County has dedicated itself to protecting and improving the lives of local feral cats through spay and neuter programs, outreach and education. This month, a cat-loving senior at Credo High School is throwing a party to benefit Forgotten Felines with a cozy community party, the Cat’s Pajamas. The event encourages participants to dress in their favorite PJs and enjoy live music from student performers, food, wine and a massive raffle that features donated gifts and experiences from several local businesses. Celebrate our feline friends on Tuesday, May 9, at Redwood Cafe, 8240 Old Redwood Hwy., Cotati. 6pm. $5. 707.795.7868.
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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

April 28: Wake Up in Petaluma

Posted By on Wed, Apr 26, 2017 at 4:51 AM

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The rise in public protests and marches highlights how powerful and effective the calls for social justice are when organized. This week, Santa Rosa Junior College’s Petaluma outpost and North Bay Organizing Project co-host We the Future, a daylong conference that coordinates efforts among activists of color, the LGBTQI community, immigrants, labor organizers and others. The conference’s theme of “Get Woke Stay Woke” is inspired by the phrase that refers to raising social justice consciousness and action, and guests include keynote speaker and political activist Alicia Sanchez. Join the people on Friday, April 28, at the SRJC Petaluma campus, 680 Sonoma Mountain Pkwy., Petaluma. 9am to 6:30pm. Free. Meals provided to those who register at wethefuture.santarosa.edu.
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April 29: Look Up in Kenwood

Posted By on Wed, Apr 26, 2017 at 4:44 AM

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April 29 is National Astronomy Day, and Sugarloaf’s Robert Ferguson Observatory is celebrating the day with a full schedule of informative talks and a night of stargazing. The family-friendly event starts with fun stuff for the kids and solar viewing to let guests see and hear (with a radio antenna) our sun in action. There is also the optional 10am Planet Hike that features docents sharing their knowledge and passion for astronomical wonders. Once darkness falls, the array of telescopes will focus on various astronomical objects. Hope for clear skies on Saturday, April 29, at Sugarloaf Ridge State Park, 2605 Adobe Canyon Road, Kenwood. 11am. Free admission until 6pm. $3 for adults after 6pm. Planet Hike is $5–$10. rfo.org.
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April 29: Sync Up in Santa Rosa

Posted By on Wed, Apr 26, 2017 at 4:41 AM

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Located in Railroad Square, Chops Teen Club has long been a place where kids in grades seven through twelve can come and enjoy a plethora of activities. There’s a rock-climbing wall, art studio, teaching kitchen and more, so kids can get involved in anything from cooking to computers, and feel empowered. This week, Chops is raising some needed funds and hosting a fun, freewheeling lip-sync battle. Who’s Got the Chops is open to the community, and participants can form teams to unleash their inner rock star. Cheer for your favorite teams on Saturday, April 29, at House of Rock, 3410 Industrial Drive, Santa Rosa. 6pm. $50 and up. chopsonline.com.
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April 30: Flow Up in Napa

Posted By on Wed, Apr 26, 2017 at 4:39 AM

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Napa Valley’s Arts in April is wrapping up a month of collaborative community events, and this weekend’s highlight, FLOW: Arts at the River, is the program’s most diverse offering yet. Combining visual art with performance art and music, this event takes over the Oxbow Commons and incorporates Festival Napa Valley and the new Rail Arts District, a rich corridor of local art and culture along Napa’s cross-town commuter path. FLOW will find street artist Cinta Vidal working on a massive public art mural commemorating Napa’s 2014 earthquake, and a community sing-along with local choirs. Walk along the commons and enjoy a wide variety of creativity on Sunday, April 30, 1268 McKinstry St., Napa. Noon. Free. artscouncilnapavalley.org.
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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

April 21: New Calling in Sebastopol

Posted By on Wed, Apr 19, 2017 at 5:58 AM

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Last year this time, Bootleg Honey was one of five bands that received funds from Creative Sonoma’s Next Level Grant Program. This week, the Sonoma County Americana outfit takes the stage to unveil their new single, “Colorado Calling,” that they recorded with the help of that grant. In addition to the new tune, Bootleg Honey also welcome back founding member Hannah Jern-Miller to the lineup, rounding out the harmonizing ensemble’s soulful sound. Opening the show is Mendocino native Gwyneth Moreland, and she’s also unveiling new music in the form of her album, Cider April, out on Blue Rose Music. Friday, April 21, at HopMonk Tavern, 230 Petaluma Ave., Sebastopol. 8pm. $15–$18. 707.829.7300.
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April 22: Abstract Master in Santa Rosa

Posted By on Wed, Apr 19, 2017 at 5:54 AM

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Born in 1913, artist Robert Pearson McChesney first came to the Bay Area in 1937 and painted murals for the Golden Gate International Exposition. Though he studied art in academic settings, his lifetime of exploration and experimentation formed what is considered one of the preeminent bodies of work in abstract expressionist art. This weekend, art collector and curator Dennis Calabi presents a 60-year retrospective of McChesney’s paintings, prints and drawings that offers a look into the artist’s evolution through his varied styles and mediums. The exhibit opens with a reception on Saturday, April 22, at Calabi Gallery, 456 Tenth St., Santa Rosa. 4pm. 707.781.7070.
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April 23: Visual Tools in Healdsburg

Posted By on Wed, Apr 19, 2017 at 5:51 AM

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April is Autism Awareness Month, and this weekend the nonprofit group See Beneath hosts the second annual Animation 4 Autism Day event. The afternoon includes a showcase of several animated films made specifically for children with autism and features See Beneath’s own Aiko & Egor, an animated app about a pair of cute sea creatures who explore the ocean and teach skills. Families can participate in several other activities and meet with professionals and community members on Sunday, April 23, at Dragonfly Farms, 425 Westside Road, Healdsburg. 3:30pm. Free. animation4autismday.eventbrite.com.
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April 23: Welcoming Meal in Santa Rosa

Posted By on Wed, Apr 19, 2017 at 5:48 AM

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Whether they are escaping violence or famine, many refugees immigrating to the Bay Area come with almost nothing. In the spirit of fellowship, Slow Food Russian River is hosting a fundraising dinner event, Making Welcome Real, that will go toward helping refugees get necessary items for setting up their households. At the fundraiser, Nawar Laham, chef and owner of Santa Rosa’s East West Cafe, and chef Ali Akbar Raufi, a recent immigrant from Afghanistan living in the East Bay, prepare a buffet meal of Syrian and Afghani cuisine on Sunday, April 23, at Laguna de Santa Rosa Foundation’s Heron Hall, 900 Sanford Road, Santa Rosa. 4pm. $25–$35. slowfoodrr.org.
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