Monday, April 6, 2020

How the Coronavirus Came Between the Logan Whitehurst Doc and You

Posted By on Mon, Apr 6, 2020 at 11:03 AM

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As the timetable for the coronavirus outbreak and the subsequent stay-at-home response continue to lengthen into May and beyond, more and more events and planned creative projects are being shelved for a later date or being canceled outright.

The recently crowdfunded documentary Your Friend Logan: The 4-Track Mind of Logan Whitehurst, about late North Bay–musician Logan Whitehurst, is the latest endeavor to suffer from the sheltering orders. Director Conner Nyberg announced today on the project’s Kickstarter site that the production, planned to begin this summer, has been delayed at least a year due to the current pandemic.

As reported in the Bohemian in February, the documentary, helmed by the South Carolina–based Nyberg and North Bay–producer-and-performer Matlock Zumsteg, will include interviews with dozens of people who knew Whitehurst best and incorporate Whitehurst’s original animations and rare archive material to create an intimate and celebratory film.

Nyberg’s statement on the delay notes that several of the interviewees are high-risk for coronavirus and the disease COVID-19, and that one interviewee was recently quarantined. The 20-year-old Nyberg also begins film school fall semester, meaning the earliest he and Zumsteg now predict that filming can begin is summer of 2021.

That said, the production crew remains hard at work prepping the film’s production, including combing through archival footage from Whitehurst’s life in music and art.

Read the full statement from Nyberg below.

Hi everyone. Some bad news today.

When the fundraiser ended, COVID-19 just began to spread in the States. At the time, Matlock (our producer) and I were cautiously optimistic, believing that once the initial panic had worn off, things would be able to carry on as usual.

Needless to say, that hasn't been the case, and it appears that things still have ways to go before it starts to get better again. Several of our interviewees are high-risk (one interviewee was recently quarantined), and if projections are true, we'll be expecting a second wind from this virus when school starts back up in the fall.

So we've decided to indefinitely postpone production.

Like everyone else, we're taking this all day by day, but if we had to give an ETA for when we'll be able to start back up production, our best estimate would be Summer 2021. This is keeping in mind that this virus probably will not totally blow over until the end of the year, and that I'll be starting my first year of university this fall.

That being said, work on the documentary is not over. Far from it - we're taking advantage of this situation to get even more done. This has given us even more preparation time, a chance to collect more resources, and more time to focus on getting rewards out to all of you.

Speaking of which, there are only a handful of people who haven't yet completed their reward surveys! Please fill those out as soon as you can, so that we can try and get the batch of Needlejuice rewards out at one time.

We apologize for such a large delay. This is as unusual of a situation as it gets, and we hope you understand. We also hope that all of you are safe and that you'll stay safe.

Thank you for all of your support so far, and we will continue to keep you guys updated on this awesome project.

Your friend,

Conner
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Friday, April 3, 2020

Explore the Museum of Sonoma County in a Virtual Escape Room

Posted By on Fri, Apr 3, 2020 at 11:01 AM

The storage area under the historic 1910 Santa Rosa Post Office building is home to Museum of Sonoma County's massive permanent collection.
  • The storage area under the historic 1910 Santa Rosa Post Office building is home to Museum of Sonoma County's massive permanent collection.
Though the Museum of Sonoma County in Santa Rosa is currently closed to support the local efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19, it continues to engage the public with online content including an online coloring book and digital records of its permanent collection of historical Sonoma County artifacts and art.

But, just when you think it’s safe to virtually delve into the museum’s collection, located in the storage area under the historic 1910 Santa Rosa Post Office building, the door closes and locks behind you! There’s only one way out in the Museum of Sonoma County’s Virtual Escape Room—discover local art and history while you search for clues to get the key to the locked door.

Get up close and personal as you search through objects including a purse made by a Miwok woman out of gold-miner bootlaces in 1895, or the painting “Daughter and Cat” by Marguerite Wildenhain, the renowned potter from Pond Farm in Guerneville.

After you’ve made your escape, view more items from the Museum of Sonoma County’s extensive collection or travel back in time with videos like this one about the Historic 1910 Santa Rosa Post Office, narrated by Peter Coyote.

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Thursday, April 2, 2020

This North Bay Music Fest Is Hitting the Couch for an Online Tour

Posted By on Thu, Apr 2, 2020 at 11:37 AM

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Flatbed Music Festival, scheduled to take over Sebastopol between June 4 and 6, is still hopeful that their plan to host 30 shows on 10 stages with over 60 Sonoma County–grown musicians will happen despite recent shelter-in-place orders to curb the spread of coronavirus.

Yet, the organizers of the festival, which works with organizations including Play It Forward Music School and others dedicated to providing musical arts education in Sonoma County, are well aware that many of their booked performers are economically hurting right now as all concerts are canceled through April.

This week, the festival is responding to the crisis by launching a fundraising Flatbed Couch Concert Tour, happening online throughout the next month.

The festival’s first couch concert, on Friday, April 3, features an intimate performance by Stephanie Salva and Adam Walsh of local Americana duo Tumbleweed Soul. In the following weeks, the couch concert tour will spotlight many other musicians from the festival’s June lineup.

Tumbleweed Soul performs live on Flatbed Music Festival's Facebook page, Friday, April 3, at 7pm PST. Tune in and join the fun from the comfort of your own couch, and don’t forget to click the virtual tip jar to help raise funds for the performers.
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Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Online Gallery Calls for Sonoma County Stay-at-Home Art

Posted By on Wed, Apr 1, 2020 at 12:58 PM

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Now that orders in Sonoma County are to stay at home through April due to the coronavirus outbreak, more and more events and gatherings are moving online in an attempt to keep the community connected while individuals remain isolated.

Bill Shelley and Chris Beards, co-founders of Blasted Art Gallery, are hosting an online art exhibit to do just that, and inviting Sonoma County artists currently under sheltering orders to contribute to the upcoming exhibit, "Sonoma County: Flattening the Curve."

The online-only exhibit is meant for artists to share their creative reflections and responses to the stay-at-home order, COVID-19, or related concepts. "There are no wrong responses to this historic event if they are honest," Shelley and Beards state in their call for art. "Show us what you’re thinking and feeling!"

The one requirement is that the work must have been made since Sonoma County’s stay-at-home order began. Submissions are due April 12.

"Sonoma County: Flattening the Curve" opens with an online reception that will take place on Friday, April 17th, at 7pm on Blasted Art Gallery’s Facebook page.

Click here to read the call for art, or watch the video below.

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Tuesday, March 31, 2020

These Local Theaters Will Screen Films In Your Home

Posted By on Tue, Mar 31, 2020 at 3:45 PM

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While movie theaters remain closed during the shelter-in-place ordeal, local film purveyors are taking to the web to screen movies for those who are hunkering down at home.

In Marin County, the Smith Rafael Film Center is closed, though the theater is thriving online with the Rafael@ Home series featuring several films available to rent and stream at home, including Brazilian genre-bending, award-winner Bacurau and breakout drama Saint Frances. Films coming to the rental series includes intimate documentary Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and The Band and local filmmaker Nancy Kelly's acclaimed Thousand Pieces of Gold.

Downtown Larkspur's historic art deco Lark Theater is also closed in the wake of Marin County's sheltering order, and they've responded with their own Lark Streams service. The nonprofit venue is working with top film distributors to develop the online programming, which currently includes Academy Award-nominated Polish film Corpus Christi and the supernatural comedy Extra Ordinary coming soon.

In Sonoma County, the Alexander Valley Film Society’s Shelter in Place Series is gaining an audience with several offerings such as online filmmaker webinars, home screenings and a weekly Wednesday Film & Food series that encourages combining the at-home screening with local takeout. Upcoming online events include a Film Noir Q&A and Discussion with film critic and Barndiva owner Jil Hales on Sunday, April 5, at 2pm. AV Film Society is even hosting online educational classes for kids who are sheltering, with a film editing course happening right now.

In Napa County, the Cameo Cinema, closed for the time being, has been busy curating its own Virtual Cinema with several titles to rent, including some hard-to-find international films such as acclaimed Romanian crime comedy The Whistlers and  German historic thriller Balloon.

Click these links above to find out how to rent the movies from each theater/ film group. You'll be taken to their websites to purchase and watch the film, with a portion of ticket sales helping to support each group.
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The Show Must Go On: Left Edge Theatre Plans Streaming Events

Posted By on Tue, Mar 31, 2020 at 9:41 AM

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  • Left Edge Theatre's 2019 world premiere of 'Drumming With Anubis,' starring Richard Pallaziol, Nick Sholley, Chris Schloemp and Anthony Martinez, is one of several streaming shows in the works.
Ever since William Shakespeare supposedly wrote several classic plays while in quarantine due to a bubonic-plague breakout in the early 1600s, live theater and pandemics have had a tempestuous relationship.

On one hand, live theater often acts as a critical community outlet for entertainment and social examination during times of difficulty. On the other hand, you have to be in the theater to experience the theater, which is impossible in times of social isolation such as the current coronavirus outbreak.

Now, Left Edge Theatre, Luther Burbank Center for the Arts’ award-winning resident theater company, is changing the way in which we experience local, live theater with its plan to stream events and productions online instead of onstage.

In the works are streaming presentations of past productions such as 2019’s world premiere of “Drumming With Anubis.” The hilarious supernatural crowd-pleaser, written by David Templeton and directed by David Yen, concerns a drum circle of friends who encounter an Egyptian God.

Left Edge will also soon stream a new version of their 2016 production of “A Steady Rain,” with actors Nick Sholley and Mike Schaeffer reprising their powerful performances from that original award-winning show.

In addition, Left Edge embraces the expression, “the show must go on,” with an online fundraising Season Showcase on May 16 and 17, in which Left Edge will present several scenes from shows they are considering for production and then ask the audience to vote for the shows they most want to see. That event will be held via Zoom online streaming; tickets are $30 and available here.

Other new productions and events in the works include a New Play Spotlight boasting local authors and professional actors in conversation, and a planned (if needed) streaming presentation of the new play “Small Mouth Sounds,” written by acclaimed playwright Bess Wohl and directed by Left Edge Theatre Artistic Director Argo Thompson, that was originally scheduled to run onstage in June. For more information on this and other planned streaming events, visit Left Edge Theatre’s website here.
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Monday, March 30, 2020

Santa Rosa Symphony Reschedules Spring Season, Pays Musicians Now

Posted By on Mon, Mar 30, 2020 at 10:55 AM

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  • Santa Rosa Symphony conductor Francesco Lecce-Chong leads the orchestra in a recent concert.

In a bittersweet bit of news, the Santa Rosa Symphony announced that they are rescheduling all of their planned Spring 2020 concert season both in response to county and state shelter-in-place orders, and “for the safety and health of its patrons, musicians and staff.”

With new summer dates already confirmed, the symphony also announced that its Board of Directors approved a plan to pay all hired musicians immediately in an effort to ease their financial burdens caused by cancelled gigs throughout the Bay Area.

The symphony’s new concert schedule currently includes “Showcasing Contemporary Women,” rescheduled from March 21–23 to June 6, 7 and 8; “Beethoven Lives Upstairs,” rescheduled from April 19 to June 14; “Visions of Hope,” rescheduled from May 2–4 to July 11–13 and the popular Symphony Pops Concert, “Remember When Rock Was Young: the Elton John Tribute,” rescheduled from April 26 to August 9.

Patrons of the symphony are encouraged to follow the news on their Facebook page and website for further updates as the shelter-in-place situation evolves.

In another bright bit of news, Santa Rosa Symphony notes that their mail has lately been filled with season subscription renewals, demonstrating the value of the arts in a time of crisis.
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Friday, March 27, 2020

See Local Bands Perform 'Onstage' in Phoenix Theater Podcast

Posted By on Fri, Mar 27, 2020 at 11:54 AM

Jim Agius (Left) and Tom Gaffey host North Bay bands live at the Phoenix theater in their long-running podcast.
  • Jim Agius (Left) and Tom Gaffey host North Bay bands live at the Phoenix theater in their long-running podcast.

For more than five years, Petaluma power-duo Tom Gaffey and Jim Agius, manager and booker, respectively, at the historic Phoenix Theater, have hosted North Bay and Bay Area bands and artists in their video podcast series, “Onstage With Jim & Tom.”

The series is recorded, quite literally, on-stage at the Phoenix Theater, and episodes include in-depth and wide-ranging interviews and live performances by an eclectic lineup of local talent, with recent episodes featuring Santa Rosa singer-songwriter Schlee, Oakland synth-pop outfit Morning Hands and even goth comedian Oliver Graves.

Now is the perfect time to revisit the hundreds of episodes available online at onstagepodcast.com. Click the link below to get started binging the show now.

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Homebound Artists Are Creating Pet Portraits During Shelter-In-Place

Posted By on Fri, Mar 27, 2020 at 9:41 AM

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While the North Bay continues to endure a sheltering-in-place order to stop the spread of coronavirus, many folks are hunkered down and self-isolating with their best friends; their dogs, cats and other pets.

Now, you can celebrate your furry friend with a pet portrait created by a local artist as part of a fundraising campaign by Sonoma Valley nonprofit animal shelter Pets Lifeline.

For a $20 donation, Pets Lifeline will commission a participating artist to turn a photo of your pet into a work of art. Pets Lifeline notes that it’s luck of the draw, with the array of artists ranging from accomplished painters who exhibit at SVMA to a third grader at Sassarini. You can commission more than one piece of art.

“I am wowed by the creativity and talent of the artists,” said Pets Lifeline Executive Director Nancy King. “I hope this project will bring some joy to both artist and pet owners during this challenging time.”

Go to petslifeline.org/pet-portraits to see already-completed portraits, and sign up for your own. Artists can also still sign up to participate in the project.
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Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Napa County Gathers Gear for Healthcare Providers

Posted By on Wed, Mar 25, 2020 at 10:23 AM

Queen of the Valley Medical Center in Napa
  • Queen of the Valley Medical Center in Napa
While most North Bay residents are sheltering in place, doctors, nurses and healthcare staff across the region are on the front lines of fighting the spread of coronavirus, and they are having to do it without the aid of basic supplies like surgical masks and disinfecting wipes.

In Napa County, a new coalition of volunteer organizations is gearing up to offer a helping hand to those on the front lines with a one-day Community Donations Drive on Saturday, March 28, of much needed Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) items and goodie-boxes for local hospitals, clinics and public healthcare providers.

Spearheaded by Napa-based Operation: With Love From Home, which sends care packages to US soldiers serving overseas, as well as local organizations such as Napa Valley CanDo, Teens Connect Napa and Alaina’s Voice, the March 28 donation drive is popping up at several locations in Napa County between 9am and 6pm, and the public is encouraged to drop off donations such as masks, sanitizers and other items.

This call to action is also directed at local businesses and organizations including paint stores, hardware stores, dentist/orthodontic offices, and non-healthcare businesses that may have the sought-after supplies.

In addition to medical gear, the donations drive is asking for the public's help in making caregiver packages with items like granola and protein energy bars, beef jerky, peanut butter cups, cans of caffeine-free beverages and handwritten thank you cards addressed to “Dear Caregiver.”

Find the full list of items and drop-off locations below:

Items needed are (ranked in order of importance):

Facemask N95, any size
Eye protection goggles
Eye protection safety glasses
Disposable latex gloves all sizes: x-small, small, medium, large, x-large
Non-latex disposable gloves all size: x-small, small, medium, large, x-large
Disinfectant wipes
Thermometers with covers
Hand sanitizer
Facemask, Shield & mask combo
Paper Gowns
Eye protection shield
Surgical Masks, Adults
Surgical Masks, Child

Locations for drop off are:

American Canyon Food Pantry, 4225 Broadway Ave., American Canyon.
CrossWalk Community Church, 2590 First St., Napa.
Yountville Community Center, 6516 Washington St., Yountville.
Grace Church,1314 Spring St., St. Helena.
Calistoga Elementary School, 1327 Berry St., Calistoga.

For more information visit the event page on Facebook.
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