Escape the heat of the ….
Escape the heat of the summer by enjoying a cool float down the Russian River, then take a shuttle back to where you entered. You’ll be starting from Tom Schopflin Fields to take the Regional Park River Shuttle down to Steelhead Beach to begin your float. The shuttle allows coolers, deflated rafts and tubes, fishing poles, and other gear to be brought on as well. The shuttle will take you from Steelhead all the way to Sunset Beach, a 4.5-hour float. Once at Sunset Beach, a shuttle will arrive every 20-30 minutes to bring you back to Tom Schopflin Fields.
Tickets: All-day shuttle tickets cost $5, and the shuttle runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays until Sept. 26.
Spreckels Performing Arts Center reopens with new theater production and music fundraiser
The Spreckels Performing Arts Center in Rohnert Park has reopened its doors for people to come enjoy its new season of shows, starting with the theater production of “Galatea” and “Get Happy,” a musical fundraiser. “Galatea,” created by David Templeton and directed by Marty Pistone, is an award-winning science-fiction mystery about a scientist who teaches a robot to have human qualities, while also discovering the secrets of a destroyed ship the robot was originally found on. “Get Happy” will comprise seventeen performers and a twelve-piece orchestra singing songs from recent and past Broadway shows. “Galatea” will run from Sept. 3-19, and “Get Happy” will take place at 7 p.m. on Sept. 11.
Tickets: www.rpcity.org/city_hall/departments/ spreckels_performing_arts_center
We the People art gallery opening
The Santa Rosa Arts Center will be presenting Bay Area and Northern California artists’ works that explore the promises and failures of the current government to ensure the inclusivity of the United States’ people. This gallery, named We the People, will have an opening reception on Sept. 3 from 5–7 p.m., and the gallery will remain open until Oct. 30. We the People has local artists submit up to three pieces to showcase at the gallery, and spectators will be allowed to purchase these artworks as well. For more information, email [email protected] or visit www.santarosaartscenter.org.
Richard McDaniel’s art exhibit opening
On Sept. 11 from 3–5 p.m., Laguna de Santa Rosa Foundation is hosting Richard McDaniel’s new art exhibit in Heron Hall, titled “The Russian River and its Watershed.” McDaniel has been painting the beautiful landscapes of the Russian River watershed for the past three years, and is finally presenting these works in his new series, along with a corresponding book of the same name that was published earlier this year. The series’ goal is to portray the many beautiful characteristics of the river and illuminate the areas people have never seen first-hand. Registration for this reception is free to the public, with donations to the Laguna Foundation encouraged.
Registration: www.eventbrite.com/e/opening-reception-forrichard- mcdaniels-art-exhibit-tickets-1636974424
The history of the Laguna de Santa Rosa watershed
The Laguna de Santa Rosa Foundation is offering a Zoom presentation with Nicole Myers on Sept. 15 from 6–7:30 p.m. about how the laguna became the beautiful lake that it is today. The presentation will go over the original creation of the laguna, why it flows from south to north, and will compare the watershed to the marshes of the Central Valley. The presentation will also cover the shaping of the laguna from faults and explore the mysteries that are still being studied today. Myers, who has a master’s in Geological Sciences, is a lecturer at Sonoma State University. She has been teaching geology and climatology there for 15 years. This free event requires pre-registration.
Registration: www.eventbrite.com/e/laguna-wetlandgeology- through-time-zoom-presentation-with-nicole-mye rs-registration-164050119323
6th Street Playhouse presents a new production
From Sept. 16 to Oct. 3, 6th Street Playhouse will present “Murder for Two,” a musical comedy that has earned high praise, even from the New York Times. The production will take place in the 184-seat GK Hardt Theatre, the first production to take place there in 2021. This 90-minute show stars two actors who play 13 characters between the two of them, along with singing and playing an onstage piano. The musical was nominated for a Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Book of a Musical, and has been performed worldwide since its opening in Chicago in 2011. The 6th Street Playhouse has been celebrating its return to live theater with subscription packages on sale, along with single-show tickets. Tickets for “Murder for Two” are $22-$38 online.
Los Angeles Ázules at SOMO Concerts in Rohnert Park
After a full year without any live concerts, the Los Angeles Ázules will bring their “40 Años” tour to the United States. They will be visiting Rohnert Park on Sept. 23 at 8 p.m. at SOMO Village. The tour will have over 25 concerts across the nation to celebrate their 40 years as a group. Los Angeles Ázules from Mexico make pop, rock, and modern music blends with a distinctive sound in the Cumbia genre. The albums they have released, including “Inolvidable” and “Como Ty Voy An Olvidar,” achieved wide success. Tickets are on sale now for any of their concerts in the United States.