Monday, December 10, 2018

Boisset Launches Windsor Brewery

Posted By on Mon, Dec 10, 2018 at 12:49 PM

Jean-Charles Boisset (left) breaks down his new brewery in Windsor.
  • Jean-Charles Boisset (left) breaks down his new brewery in Windsor.

The invitation to a media preview of Windsor’s newest brewery did mention something about sledgehammers, come to think of it, and joining them to “help break the walls of the past to prepare for our new brewery,” but my eyes skipped straight to “food and beer pairings,” and I wasn’t expecting much more than refreshments followed by a ceremonial swing of a hammer when I walked in the door of Windsor Brewing Company on Wednesday, November 28 to find a wild-eyed Jean-Charles Boisset gleefully wielding a hickory-handled sledgehammer backed by a hooting crowd. The demolition was already in full tilt.

“You’ve helped us save on our contractor’s bill,” Boisset later joked as he explained the brewery’s future. Boisset heads up the Boisset Collection of wineries and tasting salons, including Buena Vista Winery and DeLoach Vineyards in Sonoma County, and he tied in the move to craft brew with the traditions of the Medieval monks of his native Burgundy, who also brewed beer when they weren’t tending to their walled vineyards.

Serving as master of the raucous ceremony, Boisset offered a hard hat and hammer to each new arrival and volunteer from the crowd, urging them to strike the wall that until that night separated the former Old Redwood Brewing Co. from a space that’s housed several wine tasting rooms, none of them for very long, and then posing for pictures with every one of them. With whimsical graffiti sprayed on the walls, insulation hanging in tatters from a hole in the wrecked wall, and drywall dust sparkling in the lights, the scene was more reminiscent of some punk rock move-out party of decades past than an international wine mogul’s wine country event—not likely in upscale Yountville, anyway, where Boisset originally filed plans for a brewery.

“Why should we be in Napa when we can be in Sonoma?” Boisset said cheerfully, explaining that a conversation on a dance floor in Oklahoma City between him and Dominic Foppoli, who owns Christopher Creek Winery and is the new mayor of Windsor, and Clay Fritz of Fritz Winery, led to the trio’s partnership in Windsor Brewing. Foppoli was a co-founder of Old Redwood, a one-and-a-half barrel business that opened in 2012.

With Boisset’s energy and style, the brewery, slated for actual renovations later in 2019, promises to be an compelling downtown anchor to this town’s beer scene, which now includes Russian River Brewing Company’s big new HQ off Shiloh Road, and craft outfits St. Florian’s and Barrel Brothers tucked away in nearby business parks. Stay tuned.
A Bohemian reporter (center) gets more than he bargains for at Windsor Brewing Company's media preview.
  • A Bohemian reporter (center) gets more than he bargains for at Windsor Brewing Company's media preview.
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Monday, October 29, 2018

Sonoma County Theater Honored at Marquee Theater Journalists Association Awards

Posted By on Mon, Oct 29, 2018 at 10:17 AM

Cast members and director Carl Jordan of Spreckels Theatre Company took home Outstanding Drama Production Award for "By the Water"
  • Cast members and director Carl Jordan of Spreckels Theatre Company took home Outstanding Drama Production Award for "By the Water"
Sonoma County theater artists gathered Monday night at the Juncture Taproom and Lounge in Santa Rosa for the Third Annual Marquee Theater Journalists Association Awards. Seventeen awards were given to local theatre artists and productions whose nominations were culled from the sixty-six Sonoma County productions attended by members from September 1, 2017 through August 31, 2018.
The MTJA was founded in 2015 by Sonoma County-based theater journalists with the intent of developing a critically-based awards program to acknowledge outstanding work done by the local theater community. Current members include the North Bay Bohemian's Harry Duke, Sonoma County Gazette's Alexa Chipman, Talkin' Broadway's Jeanie K. Smith, and Aisle Seat Review's Barry Willis and Nicole Singley. All are members of the San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle (SFBATCC) and/or the American Theatre Critics Association (ATCA).
The MTJA Awards have the distinction of being the first theatre awards program to eliminate gender distinction in the performance categories, simply recognizing outstanding lead and supporting performances by genre.
Harry Duke (center) presents the cast and director Michael Ross of Sonoma Arts Live the Outstanding Musical Award for "Always... Patsy Cline"
  • Harry Duke (center) presents the cast and director Michael Ross of Sonoma Arts Live the Outstanding Musical Award for "Always... Patsy Cline"
The Sonoma Arts Live production of Always… Patsy Cline was the single most awarded production of the evening, taking home awards for Lead and Supporting Performances in a Musical as well as Costume Design, Musical Direction and Outstanding Musical Production. Rohnert Park’s Spreckels Theatre Company production of By the Water was recognized with three awards; Outstanding Lighting Design, Outstanding Supporting Performance in a Drama, and Outstanding Drama Production. The choreography in their production of Peter Pan was also recognized. Santa Rosa’s Left Edge Theatre took home awards for three different shows including Lead Performance in a Comedy, Supporting Performance in a Comedy, and Outstanding Comedy Production. Sebastopol’s Main Stage West had two shows recognized with three awards including Outstanding Sound Design, Outstanding Set Design, and Outstanding Lead Performance in a Drama. Healdsburg’s Raven Players and Santa Rosa’s 6th Street Playhouse each took home one award.

Here is the complete list of nominees with winners designated by a (W):

Outstanding Poster/Program Design
Elizabeth Craven – Blackbird – Main Stage West
Marla Goodman – Constellations – 6th Street Playhouse
Elizabeth Craven – Eurydice – Main Stage West
Richard Sheppard – I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change – Raven Players
Richard Sheppard – Water by the Spoonful – Raven Players (W)

Outstanding Costume Design
Michael Ross – Always… Patsy Cline – Sonoma Arts Live (W)
Tracy Hinman – Death of a Salesman – 6th Street Playhouse
Maryanne Scozzari – Into the Woods – Santa Rosa Junior College
Pamela Johnson – Peter Pan – Spreckels Theatre Company
Jeanine Gray, Michael Mingoia – Shrek, the Musical – Raven Players

Outstanding Lighting Design
Missy Weaver – Blackbird – Main Stage West
Missy Weaver – Buried Child – Main Stage West
Eddy Hansen – By the Water – Spreckels Theatre Company (W)
April George – Disgraced – Left Edge Theatre
April George – The Realistic Joneses – Left Edge Theatre

Outstanding Sound Design
Jessica Johnson – By the Water – Spreckels Theatre Company
Doug Faxon – Eurydice – Main Stage West
Doug Faxon – Grace – Main Stage West (W)
Argo Thompson – Honky – Left Edge Theatre
Carla Spindt, Argo Thompson – Women in Jeopardy! – Left Edge Theatre

Outstanding Set Design
David Lear – Blackbird – Main Stage West (W)
Eddy Hansen, Elizabeth Bazzano – By the Water – Spreckels Theatre Company
Peter Crompton – Into the Woods – Santa Rosa Junior College
Michael Ross, Theo Bridant – Always… Patsy Cline – Sonoma Arts Live
Elizabeth Bazzano, Eddy Hansen – Peter Pan – Spreckels Theatre Company

Outstanding Choreography
Katie Watts-Whitaker – I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change – Raven Players
Craig Miller and Amanda Morando – Illyria – 6th Street Playhouse
Joseph Favalora – La Cage aux Folles – 6th Street Playhouse
Michella Snider – Peter Pan – Spreckels Theatre Company (W)
Katie Watts-Whitaker – Shrek, the Musical – Raven Players

Outstanding Musical Direction
Ellen Patterson – Always… Patsy Cline – Sonoma Arts Live (W)
Dave MacNab – Daddy Long Legs – Main Stage West
Lucas Sherman – Illyria – 6th Street Playhouse
Ginger Beavers – La Cage aux Folles – 6th Street Playhouse
Timothy Eisman – Peter Pan – Spreckels Theatre Company

Outstanding Ensemble
By the Water – Spreckels Theatre Company
Equus – 6th Street Playhouse (W)
Good People – Cinnabar Arts
Grace – Main Stage West
The Realistic Joneses – Left Edge Theatre

Outstanding Musical Production
Always… Patsy Cline – Directed by Michael Ross – Sonoma Arts Live (W)
Daddy Long Legs – Directed by Elly Lichenstein – Main Stage West
Illyria – Directed by Craig Miller – 6th Street Playhouse
Peter Pan – Directed by Sheri Lee Miller – Spreckels Theatre Company
Shrek, the Musical – Directed by Kerry Duvall – Raven Players

Outstanding Lead Performance in a Musical
Danielle DeBow – Always… Patsy Cline – Sonoma Arts Live (W)
Madison Genovese – Daddy Long Legs – Main Stage West
Carmen Mitchell – Illyria – 6th Street Playhouse
Michael Conte – La Cage aux Folles – 6th Street Playhouse
Sarah Wintermeyer – Peter Pan – Spreckels Theatre Company

Outstanding Supporting Performance in a Musical
Karen Pinomaki – Always… Patsy Cline – Sonoma Arts Live (W)
Gillian Eichenberger – Illyria – 6th Street Playhouse
Bill Garcia – Shrek, the Musical – Raven Players
Tim Setzer – Illyria – 6th Street Playhouse
Joseph Favalora – La Cage aux Folles – 6th Street Playhouse

Outstanding Comedy Production
Good People – Directed by Michael Fontaine – Cinnabar Arts
Quartet – Directed by Jereme Anglin – Cinnabar Arts
The Realistic Joneses – Directed by Argo Thompson – Left Edge Theatre (W)
Sideways – Directed by Argo Thompson – Left Edge Theatre
Women in Jeopardy! – Directed by Carla Spindt – Left Edge Theatre

Outstanding Lead Performance in a Comedy
Trey G. Riley – Honky – Left Edge Theatre (W)
Chris Ginesi – The Realistic Joneses – Left Edge Theatre
Chris Schloemp – The Realistic Joneses – Left Edge Theatre
Shannon Rider – Women in Jeopardy! – Left Edge Theatre
Laura Jorgensen – Quartet – Cinnabar Arts

Outstanding Supporting Performance in a Comedy
Liz Rogers Beckley – Honky – Left Edge Theatre
Dorian Lockett – Inspecting Carol – Sonoma Arts Live
Richard Pallaziol – Women in Jeopardy! – Left Edge Theatre
Jazmine Pierce – Sideways – Left Edge Theatre
Zane Walters – Women in Jeopardy! – Left Edge Theatre (W)

Outstanding Drama Production
Blackbird – Directed by David Lear – Main Stage West
By the Water – Directed by Carl Jordan – Spreckels Theatre Company (W)
Death of a Salesman – Directed by Craig Miller – 6th Street Playhouse
Disgraced – Directed by Phoebe Moyer – Left Edge Theatre
Grace – Directed by John Craven – Main Stage West

Outstanding Supporting Performance in a Drama
Mark Bradbury – By the Water – Spreckels Theatre Company
Mary Gannon Graham – By the Water – Spreckels Theatre Company (W)
Mike Schaeffer – Disgraced – Left Edge Theatre
Jill K. Wagoner – Steel Magnolias – 6th Street Playhouse
Ariel Zuckerman – Death of a Salesman – 6th Street Playhouse

Outstanding Lead Performance in a Drama
Illana Niernberger – Grace – Main Stage West
Mike Pavone – By the Water – Spreckels Theatre Company
Sharia Pierce – Blackbird – Main Stage West (W)
James Rowan – The Elephant Man – Curtain Call Theatre
Jared Wright – Disgraced – Left Edge Theatre
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Thursday, August 9, 2018

Scenes from the 2018 NorBay Music Award Winners Party

Posted By on Thu, Aug 9, 2018 at 11:21 AM

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A couple weeks ago, over twenty North Bay musicians, promoters, venue owners and other musical luminaries came together for the Bohemian's 2018 NorBay Music Award Winners Party at Beer Baron in downtown Santa Rosa. Scroll through the slideshow to see the fun. All photos were taken by Candace Simmons and Tony Perrot of FourReels Studios LLC.
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Friday, July 20, 2018

New Documentary on Tubbs Fire Premieres in Santa Rosa

Posted By on Fri, Jul 20, 2018 at 10:09 AM

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Sonoma County Sheriff Rob Giordano and Santa Rosa Fire Chief Tony Gossner were among those in attendance last night, Thursday, Jul 19, for the world premiere of the new documentary “Urban Inferno: The Night Santa Rosa Burned” at the Roxy Stadium 14 in downtown Santa Rosa.
Now screening daily at the nearby Third Street Cinemas, the 40-minute, locally-produced documentary recounts last October's devastating Tubbs Fire, the most destructive wildfire in California history, and focuses on the initial impact of the fire on Santa Rosa.
Speaking alongside director Dr Stephen Seager, a longtime Santa Rosa resident, and co-producers Metta Seager, KSRO president Michael O’Shea and KSRO news director Pat Kerrigan and others, the sheriff and fire chief took questions from the local crowd who attended the sold-out premiere and heard from others who shared their experiences.
(From left to right) KSRO president Michael O’Shea, news director Pat Kerrigan, Berkeley firefighter Mike Shuken, Sonoma County Sheriff Rob Giordano and Santa Rosa Fire Chief Tony Gossner attend the premiere of "Urban Inferno."
  • (From left to right) KSRO president Michael O’Shea, news director Pat Kerrigan, Berkeley firefighter Mike Shuken, Sonoma County Sheriff Rob Giordano and Santa Rosa Fire Chief Tony Gossner attend the premiere of "Urban Inferno."
Told through on-camera interviews and raw video compiled from cell phone footage, police body cameras and other sources which captured the firestorm that swept through parts of Santa Rosa in the late night and early morning of Oct 8-9, 2017, "Urban Inferno" is at times harrowing and heartbreaking, though it deftly tells the complex story of the unprecedented event and highlights the heroism that rose up to meet the chaos. In particular, the film explains how Gossner's decision to focus on evacuation over firefighting likely saved hundreds of lives.
"Urban Inferno" also shines light on the work of the news staff at KSRO 1350 AM, who broadcasted commercial-free for 24 hours a day as the fire unfolded and who largely became the only line of communication for thousands of Santa Rosans forced to flee their homes.
For some in the audience, the screening was a raw reminder of last October's events, and footage of destruction was met with gasps at times, though the film takes a respectful and hopeful tone. "Urban Inferno" opens today, Jul 20, with regular screenings, and all proceeds from the premiere and the subsequent screenings will go to the Sonoma County Resilience Fund. Click here for times and tickets.

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Monday, February 19, 2018

Silver Scream Festival Scares Up Good Times in Santa Rosa

Posted By on Mon, Feb 19, 2018 at 9:51 AM

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Monster lovers from around Northern California and beyond gathered in Sonoma County last weekend for the third annual Silver Scream Festival, which took place at the Roxy Stadium 14 Cinemas in downtown Santa Rosa and boasted a lineup of both classic and new horror and sci-fi films, with celebrity guests, panel discussions, special effects makeup demonstrations and more.

Hosted by Famous Monsters of Filmland Magazine and the Santa Rosa Entertainment Group, which owns and operates the Roxy Stadium 14, the festival welcomed horror and film fanatics from Friday, Feb 16, to Sunday, Feb 18. Overall, the event was a blast for fans of the genre with dozens of feature-length and short films to see in an intimate setting and many of the genres brightest stars in attendance.
Writer/Director John Russo (right) and the Heroines of Horror chop the ribbon to open Silver Scream Fest.
  • Writer/Director John Russo (right) and the Heroines of Horror chop the ribbon to open Silver Scream Fest.
Opening night kicked-off with a ribbon cutting in the Roxy’s upstairs lobby featuring actresses Barbara Crampton, Kelli Maroney and Suzanne Snyder–collectively appearing in the festival’s “Heroines of Horror” panel and each screening one of their films – as well as writer and filmmaker John Russo, best known as the co-creator of 1968’s Night of the Living Dead.

From there, attendees had several options for film screenings and events, starting with 1988’s Killer Klowns from Outer Space, starring Suzanne Snyder, who spoke with affection for the film’s outlandish practical effects and who also revealed that she scares easily in horror films.

A handful of brand-new indie films opened at the festival, including the vampire thriller Living Among Us, with director Brian Metcalf and several members of the cast on hand for a Q&A.

Friday night also held a reception nearby at Third Street Aleworks to celebrate the birthday of Silver Scream’s special guest Ricou Browning, best known as the Gill-Man in The Creature from the Black Lagoon films. Browning is the only living actor to portray one of the classic Universal monsters, and at 88 years old, he still revels in the chance to meet fans and talk films.
From left to right: Barbara Crampton, Kelli Maroney and Suzanne Snyder are the heroines of horror.
  • From left to right: Barbara Crampton, Kelli Maroney and Suzanne Snyder are the heroines of horror.
Saturday, Feb 17, started with a screening of Barbara Crampton’s not-yet-released film, Replace. Crampton also received Silver Scream’s inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award on Saturday, accepting a large butcher knife trophy with graciousness and thanking the fans for embracing her in the horror genre. Crampton’s 30-year career in horror films includes classic ‘80s fare like Re-Animator and From Beyond, and modern day films like We Are Still Here and Sun Choke.
Barbara Crampton thanks the fans during her Silver Scream  Lifetime Achievement Award acceptance speech.
  • Barbara Crampton thanks the fans during her Silver Scream Lifetime Achievement Award acceptance speech.
Kelli Maroney was on hand for the screening of her 1984 cult classic, Night of the Comet, and she spoke of her friendship with co-star Catherine Mary Stewart and recounted how the film depicted an abandoned Los Angeles after a comet turns everybody to dust.

Maroney then joined Crampton and Snyder for the Heroines of Horror panel, moderated by director Jackie Kong. Unfortunately, this was the festival’s only real let down, as Kong seemingly never got the message that this panel was a celebration of these women’s strength rather than their screams, and as a moderator she failed to really let the panelists speak fully on the breadth of their experiences.

Classic horror lovers soaked up Saturday’s lineup of all three Creature from the Black Lagoon films, which mostly hold up to today’s standards with excellent costume design and stunning underwater sequences. Saturday also including the brand-new Criterion Collection edition of Night of the Living Dead on the big screen, and co-writer John Russo appeared for a Q&A in which he spoke about creating the modern zombie movement almost by mistake, and how the film’s legacy has impacted his career in horror.
'Night of the Living Dead' co-creator John Russo shows off his zombie swag at Silver Scream Fest
  • 'Night of the Living Dead' co-creator John Russo shows off his zombie swag at Silver Scream Fest
Saturday concluded with a special VIP dinner across town at the Flamingo Resort, and attendees at that dinner rubbed elbows with the stars and enjoyed live entertainment, all while raising money for North Bay fire relief efforts.

Sunday was a short day, opening with screenings of classic horror/comedy Blood Diner, with director Jackie Kong on hand, and Maniac, with director Bill Lustig in attendance. This reporter was honored to moderate the Q&A with Lustig, who is a natural storyteller. Lustig offered insight into going to grindhouse theaters as a kid in 1970s New York City, and how he made Maniac on a shoestring budget.

Throughout the weekend, dozens of short films also screened in blocks, and selections included films by several local filmmakers like Sean Pettis, who premiered his stop-motion short film Baba Yaga Origins, and Miranda Limonczenko, who directed the Black Mirror-esque short film Sleepo. Many of the shorts were impressive exercises in horror, comedy, science fiction and drama.
EllieMacs SFX applies makeup to a zombie at the Silver Scream Fest.
  • EllieMacs SFX applies makeup to a zombie at the Silver Scream Fest.
During the weekend, the lobby was also filled with the ghastly goodness of horror makeup demonstrations by experts Walter Welsh, seen on the television series Face Off, and Ellinor Rosander, who’s YouTube makeup tutorial channel EllieMacs SFX garners millions of views.

At the end of Sunday, the awards ceremony celebrated the best of the fest, and winners included Horror feature Butterfly Kisses, comedy feature Killing Diaz, documentary Monster Kids, horror short Lunch Ladies and comedy short Late.
Famous Monsters of Filmland and Santa Rosa Entertainment group present awards at the Silver Scream Fest.
  • Famous Monsters of Filmland and Santa Rosa Entertainment group present awards at the Silver Scream Fest.
All weekend, Silver Scream Festival offered a strong weekend of entertainment, and the fans who made it out were treated to a stellar lineup of cult classics, never-before-seen features, and a supportive horror film community that hopefully keeps the event coming back for years to come.

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Friday, December 1, 2017

'Stand Up Sonoma' Gathers Comedy Giants for Fire Relief

Posted By on Fri, Dec 1, 2017 at 12:30 PM

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In the wake of October's devastating North Bay fires, the community's strength and resolve has manifested in several massive concert and benefit events that have supported displaced victims and bolstered fire relief efforts. Now, a committee of local hospitality professionals are adding comedy to the mix with the upcoming Stand Up Sonoma fundraiser featuring Joel McHale, Nick Kroll, Nikki Glaser, Kyle Kinane, Chris Porter, and more in January at Luther Burbank Center for the Arts.

Fans of the recent TV comedy "Community" know McHale as the wisecracking Jeff Winger, and the actor has become a go-to TV host after several years of heading "The Soup." Kroll is a comedian of many voices, and his two-man show with John Mulaney, "Oh, Hello," recently ran on Broadway and is now a Netflix special. Glaser, Kinane and Porter are all some of the busiest working standup comedians working today, each with a distinct voice and wickedly funny worldview.

Proceeds from the show will go to the Sonoma Pride Fundraiser and King Ridge Foundation, which directly help those in Sonoma County affected by the October wildfires. Additionally, a portion of ticket proceeds will go to Luther Burbank Center for the Arts Fire Recovery Fund.

Tickets for Stand Up Sonoma will be available for purchase on Thursday, Dec 7, at noon. The show takes place on Thursday, Jan 4, 2018, at Luther Burbank Center for the Arts, 50 Mark West Springs Rd, Santa Rosa. $55-$125. 707.546.3600.
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Friday, October 27, 2017

Sonoma County Plans Day of Remembrance

Posted By on Fri, Oct 27, 2017 at 10:43 AM

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The death toll from October's wildfires stands at 42, and thousands more have lost homes in the most devastating natural disaster in the North Bay. Now that the community is turning towards rebuilding, Sonoma County is taking a day to remember those who died, comfort those who lost homes and businesses, and thank the tireless first responders who saved so many.

Taking place on Saturday, Oct. 28, the Day of Remembrance invites the community to gather at the Santa Rosa Junior College for an event that will feature the Fire Department color guard, local law enforcement honor guard, Sonoma County Sheriff Rob Giordano, CalFire chief Ken Pimlott, Santa Rosa fire chief Tony Gossner and others.

On behalf of those who died, the color guard will perform on bagpipes and ring the firefighter memorial bell. Music from Transcendence Theatre Company and messages of healing from interfaith leaders will inspire resilience for those who are struggling, and community leaders will be on hand to reflect on what it means to be "Sonoma Strong."

Sonoma County Day of Remembrance takes place on Saturday, Oct. 28, at Bailey Field, SRJC campus, 1501 Mendocino Ave, Santa Rosa. Doors at 10am, event begins at 11am. Free admission and parking. There will be seating in the bleachers, and families are welcome to bring blankets and sit on the grass field. Click here for more info.
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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

North Bay Events Turn into Fire Relief Benefits

Posted By on Wed, Oct 18, 2017 at 1:33 PM

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No one in the North Bay has been left unaffected by the recent wildfires that ripped through Sonoma, Napa, Mendocino and Lake Counties this month. As a result, several events and festivals planned this month have been cancelled. Those that are continuing on are almost all now acting as fire relief fundraisers and several events are popping up specifically to benefit victims of the fires. Aside from the events listed in this week's issue, here's a round-up of some of the ways you can enjoy community gatherings and support families who lost everything in the fire.

Tonight, Oct. 18, San Rafael's Key Tea House, located inside Open Secret, is turning its weekly open mic into a North Bay Resiliency Event, featuring music from Lauren & the Arrows, Kendra Current and After the Fall, as well as a silent auction. Donations will be accepted and proceeds will go to various fire departments and relief funds.

Also tonight, the final week of the popular Songwriters in the Round event at HopMonk Tavern in Sebastopol features host Jon Gonzales and musicians Pete Stringfellow, Mimi Pirard, Chris Haugen and Kate Magdalena performing to raise funds for Redwood Credit Union's Fire Relief Fund.

Tomorrow, Oct. 19, Redwood Cafe in Cotati is hosting "People Helping People," a benefit concert featuring members of Onye & the Messengers and Afrofunk Experience as well as Amadou and DJ Loisaida. Proceeds and monetary donations will go to people affected by the Sonoma County fire and clothing donations collected by non-profit Bloom will be redistributed to those who need it most.

On Friday, Oct. 20, Silo's in Napa presents an evening of music to benefit the four-legged victims of the fires, featuring Blues and R&B band Second Street and donating a portion of the ticket proceeds to Napa Humane, which is caring for lost and displaced pets.

On Saturday, Oct. 21, Sonoma Cider and Black Sheep Revival Productions team up for a benefit concert featuring Two Lions Band, Three for Silver and Fast Heart Mart to benefit those impacted by the recent Sonoma County Fires.

Also on Oct. 21, the Healdsburg Hotel hosts a community gathering featuring jazz music by Chris Amberger Group, comfort food by chef Scott Romano and local beer and wine. A portion of proceeds will benefit the Sonoma County Resilience Fund.

On Sunday, Oct. 22, Catelli's Restaurant in Geyserville is holding the previously promoted "Harvest for Harvey" event, now renamed "Harvest of Hope," to raise funds for Sonoma County fire relief victims.

These and other events are displaying the supportive, selfless attitude that many in the region have taken in the wake of the wildfires. The Bohemian has also set up our own relief fund, Rebuild Sonoma, and you can donate by clicking here.
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Friday, October 13, 2017

Several North Bay Events Cancelled Due to Fires

Posted By on Fri, Oct 13, 2017 at 11:38 AM

The Luther Burbank Center for the Arts in Santa Rosa. - STETT HOLBROOK
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  • The Luther Burbank Center for the Arts in Santa Rosa.

If you had tickets to a concert, theater performance or festival this weekend in Sonoma and Napa counties, chances are high that event will not happen. That's because, five days after several massive wildfires started burning through the region on Monday, Oct. 9, flames are still threatening communities and safety is priority number one. Many venues, event centers, museums and galleries were among the over 3,000 structures that have been lost or the countless more still at risk, and most have opted to delay, postpone or cancel events scheduled this weekend.

In Santa Rosa, the Luther Burbank Center for the Arts was severely burned in the initial firestorm, and while the main building seems largely intact, much of the campus was damaged and all performances and events are cancelled through Oct. 15. The center provided a statement that read in part, "Luther Burbank Center for the Arts has been a part of the North Bay community for more than three decades. We are devastated by the destruction in our community and will support our neighbors and their loved ones in any way we can. We hope to open our doors to our community soon."

The Sonoma Laughfest was scheduled to happen at the Luther Burbank Center this weekend as part of its three-day festival this weekend, though now that fest has been cancelled. Organizer Brooke Tansley said many comedians were booked to stay at the Fountaingrove Inn, which was completely destroyed, and added, "We also don't want to bring our performers in from out of town who would take resources that need to be free for displaced locals."

Santa Rosa's 6th St Playhouse has cancelled all classes and performances through the weekend, including the opening of "Steel Magnolias." The theater said it will re-open on Tuesday, Oct. 17, and carry on from there.

Sonoma County Art Trails has been delayed one weekend because of the fires, moving to Oct. 21–22 and Oct. 28–29. The organizers of the county-wide self-guided art studios tour cited a desire to keep cars off the road in consideration of first responders. The Sebastopol Center for the Arts will remain open with a preview exhibit. Also in Sebastopol, Main Stage West is delaying the opening of its world premiere production of "Mary Shelley's Body," written by Bohemian contributor David Templeton, until Oct. 19.

In Rohnert Park, the Green Music Center has cancelled its event with Garrison Keillor tonight and will remain closed through the weekend as directed by Sonoma State University, who closed the entire campus yesterday until further notice. Cotati has also cancelled the Cotati Oktoberfest scheduled for Oct. 14, and Redwood Cafe is canceling shows tonight and Sunday, though Saturday's show with Midnight Sun Massive is still on and will act as a musical sanctuary space according to the venue.

In Petaluma, the Mystic Theater has been operating as a daytime evacuation center, though this weekend's concert with New York rock-fusion band TAUK has been cancelled. In addition, The Tolay Fall Festival announced it will not be held Oct. 14-15 in southeast Petaluma.

In Sonoma, Gundlach Bundschu Winery's concert on Oct. 16 with English rocker Spiritualized has been moved to the Terrapin Crossroads in San Rafael. In addition, the Sonoma Valley Museum of Art's opening reception for David Ligare's "Magna Fide (The Great Belief)," originally scheduled for Oct. 14, will be postponed to Oct. 18. Sonoma Arts Live has also delayed the opening of it's production of "The Rainmaker," a drama about a Depression-era town fraught with drought, to Oct. 19.

In Glen Ellen, the Wine Country Ragtime Festival at Jack London State Park has been postponed, and Quarryhill Botanical Garden has cancelled its lecture with author Andrea Wulf tonight. Many other Sonoma Valley venues remain closed as flames continue to move through the area and evacuation orders stay in place.

In Napa, the Blue Note Jazz Club and JaM Cellars Ballroom, both located within the Napa Valley Opera House, announced they will be closed until Nov. 5. The Uptown Theatre has cancelled tonight's "Take Me to the River" Blues and R&B revue and rescheduled Boz Scaggs' shows from Oct.19 and 20 to April. Silo's nightclub is closed through the weekend. Napa theater company Lucky Penny Productions is delaying the opening of it's production of "The Crucible" to Oct. 27. The CIA at Copia has cancelled its inaugural Oktoberfest, scheduled for Oct. 14, and in Yountville, the Lincoln Theater has cancelled its two performances this weekend. In addition, the entire town of Calistoga is still under mandatory evacuation, and many Napa Valley wineries and businesses remain closed due to ongoing fire conditions.

The list of closures and cancellations goes on. If you have plans at all in the North Bay this weekend, double-check with the event venues or organizer for information.


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Thursday, October 12, 2017

Local Makers Create Comprehensive Database on Sonoma Fires

Posted By on Thu, Oct 12, 2017 at 12:00 PM

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A team of volunteers based out of Chimera Arts and Makerspace in Sebastopol has spent the last four days creating, compiling and sharing verified up-to-date information, resources and news regarding the Tubb's, Nunn's and other fires in Sonoma County on the website Sonomafireinfo.com.

"We all woke up early in the morning (on Monday) and decided to figure out what we could do to help out," says Dana Woodman, founder of Chimera and a key figure in Sonomafireinfo.com. "One of things we were noticing was lack of information, there wasn't a lot of data being generated that was accurate."

A software consultant by trade, Woodman and his fellow makers put their computer skills to use to make Sonomafireinfo.com a translatable website that funnels information from different sources regarding the status of shelters, local markets, gas stations, pharmacies, and animal assistance, as well as accurate information about donations and volunteering options. The volunteer group has ranged from 10 to 30 people at a time on site at Chimera gathering data and calling officials and businesses to get accurate information.

"It started as a Google doc shared on social media with a list of resources, by the end of Monday, it was converted to a website, structured to be useful on phones and browsers," explains Woodman. Ninety hours into the ordeal, SonomaFireInfo.com has over 75,000 unique visitors and over 1,000 followers on Twitter. Woodman expects to keep the site going even after fires have been put out, and says it will transition from emergency response to recovery information. "Right now the site's geared toward short-term, life-saving stuff, but when the fires die down we're going to keep doing this until it's not needed anymore."

If you need updates or resources, or if you are looking for ways to help, visit sonomafireinfo.com and @sonomafireinfo on Twitter.
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