Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Jan. 19: Future Talk in Sebastopol

Posted By on Wed, Jan 17, 2018 at 9:58 AM

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A leading intellectual figure in Silicon Valley’s digital revolution and the founder of Sebastopol-based tech publisher O’Reilly Media, Tim O’Reilly has a radar-like sense of what the future holds. O’Reilly shares all in his new book, WTF?: What’s the Future and Why It's Up to Us, that gets into the good and bad sides of several issues facing future generations and offers ways we can shape the future economy today. O’Reilly appears in an event hosted by Copperfield’s Books on Friday, Jan. 19, at Sebastopol Community Center, 390 Morris St., Sebastopol. 7pm. $10; $40 includes book. copperfieldsbooks.com.
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Jan. 20: Power Up in Petaluma

Posted By on Wed, Jan 17, 2018 at 9:56 AM

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Marking its 10-year anniversary, the Petaluma Art Center opens 2018 with a group show, ‘Power of Ten: Scaling Up,’ that takes the art center into a new decade with innovative and thoughtful works in several mediums. Inspired by Charles and Ray Eames’ 1978 film, Powers of Ten, in which connections are made between the largest and smallest objects in the universe, the show is curated by Lisa Demetrios, granddaughter of the Eames, and presents paintings, photography, sculpture and even architecture that encompass themes of natural patterns and sustainability. The exhibit opens with an artist reception on Saturday, Jan. 20, at Petaluma Arts Center, 230 Lakeville St., Petaluma. 5pm. $5. 707.762.5600.
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Jan. 21: Literary Salon in Healdsburg

Posted By on Wed, Jan 17, 2018 at 9:54 AM

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Alabama-born and Santa Rosa-based author Waights Taylor Jr. is the featured reader for this month’s Healdsburg Literary Guild Third Sunday Salon. Taylor reads from his latest murder mystery, Heed the Apocalypse, and talks about his three earlier books, the mysteries Kiss of Salvation and Touch of Redemption, and his award-winning history of the South, Our Southern Home. The second half of the program is an open mic, so come prepared to read your latest work, or just come to listen on Sunday, Jan. 21, at the Bean Affair, 1270 Healdsburg Ave., Ste. 101, Healdsburg. 1:30pm. hbglitguild.org.
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Jan. 21: Musical Sight in Santa Rosa

Posted By on Wed, Jan 17, 2018 at 9:52 AM

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Meditative and ethereal, the ambitious indie-folk collage of Chicago-based Circuit des Yeux—the namesake of vocalist, composer and producer Haley Fohr’s longtime solo project—has never been better than on last year’s album, Reaching for Indigo, which presented Fohr’s emotionally drenched voice swimming in a sea of lush acoustic guitars, strings, organs and ambient digital effects. Fohr is currently traversing the West Coast with her project and North Bay promoter Shock City, USA hosts Circuit des Yeux in concert with Oakland’s Emily Jane White and Santa Rosa’s Self Care on Sunday, Jan. 21, at Atlas Coffee Company, 300 South A St., Santa Rosa. 7pm. $10. facebook.com/shockcityusa.
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Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Jan. 4: Stand & Deliver in Santa Rosa

Posted By on Wed, Jan 3, 2018 at 9:55 AM

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Conceived by Russian River Brewing Company brewer Jacob Totz and hospitality industry colleagues, Stand Up Sonoma is a comedy benefit that aims to use laughter to help the King Ridge Foundation help Sonoma County rebuild after October’s wildfires. The showcase features top-tier comics including Nick Kroll and Chris D’Elia, who’ve all been seen on Netflix comedy specials, television shows and movies. The massive benefit show starts with a reception and raffle before the standup stars shine on Thursday, Jan. 4, at Luther Burbank Center for the Arts, 50 Mark West Springs Road, Santa Rosa. 8pm; reception, 6:30pm. $55–$125. 707.546.3600.
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Jan. 5: Drawn to Dogs in Sebastopol

Posted By on Wed, Jan 3, 2018 at 9:52 AM

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In the Chinese calendar, 2018 is the Year of the Dog. To celebrate, Sebastopol Center for the Arts is honoring man’s best friend with a group art show, ‘Year of the Dog,’ that features nearly 90 pieces of art dedicated to mutts of all shapes and sizes. Selected by the curating team at Napa’s di Rosa Center for Contemporary Art, Amy Owen and Kara Smith, “Year of the Dog” is a spirited showing that runs through Feb. 11 and opens with an artists’ reception on Friday, Jan. 5, at Sebastopol Center for the Arts, 282 S. High St., Sebastopol. 6pm. Free. 707.829.4797.
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Jan. 7: Cosmic Wonder in Novato

Posted By on Wed, Jan 3, 2018 at 9:48 AM

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Scientists at NASA and other space agencies have begun shedding new light on the mysteries of the universe by studying gravitational waves, actual ripples in spacetime that can only be created by immensely powerful forces of energy. By examining data from these waves, we can now “see” things like black holes, neutron stars and other space objects that are thought to have created heavy elements on earth and formed the Milky Way. This week, UC Berkeley astronomer Eliot Quataert geeks out about these far-out findings with a talk titled ‘Cosmic Gold’ on Sunday, Jan. 7, at HopMonk Tavern, 224 Vintage Way, Novato. 7pm. Free. 415.892.6200.
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Jan. 8: The Write Spot in Petaluma

Posted By on Wed, Jan 3, 2018 at 9:45 AM

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New Year’s resolutions are great to make, but sometimes you need inspiration to get you going. For anyone whose resolutions include writing, there’s no better jolt in the North Bay than the Jumpstart Writing Workshop, returning this week after taking the last month off. All you have to do is bring a notebook and pen, and workshop leaders will get you writing with a variety of prompts to ignite the imagination. Whether you’re looking to write fiction, memoir or poetry, this weekly gathering will kick your creativity into gear on Mondays, beginning Jan. 8, at Copperfield’s Books, 140 Kentucky St., Petaluma. 6:30pm. $15 per week. 707.762.0563.
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Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Dec. 28: Not-So-Silent Film in San Rafael

Posted By on Wed, Dec 27, 2017 at 3:36 AM

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Made in 1928, just before the dawn of the talkies, the silent film ‘The Passion of Joan of Arc’ was a stunning display of cinematography and dramatic acting. Even today, Danish director Carl Dreyer’s story of the French hero and saint captivates audiences, and this week the film screens in the North Bay. Presented with a gorgeous new digital restoration and featuring an original score created by mind-expanding musicians Will Gregory (Goldfrapp) and Adrian Utley (Portishead), The Passion of Joan of Arc breathes new life into the cinema on Thursday, Dec. 28, at the Smith Rafael Film Center, 1118 Fourth St., San Rafael. 7pm. $8–$12. 415.454.1222.
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Dec. 29: Sparkling Celebration in Napa

Posted By on Wed, Dec 27, 2017 at 3:33 AM

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New Year’s Eve, aka Champagne’s biggest night of the year, is quickly approaching. If you’re hosting a soirée but still haven’t decided on which bubbly to pick out for the party, consider attending Pop! A Champagne Celebration this week. Featuring an eclectic offering of sparkling wine samples, all paired with delectable hors d'oeuvres, this Champagne happy hour will help sort the top of the pops, and shoppers will receive discounts on featured beverages. Pop to it on Friday, Dec. 29, at the Culinary Institute of America at Copia, 500 First St., Napa. 5pm. $35. 707.967.2530.
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