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Out, About & Around the County: 09/01/2015

Out, About & Around the County

The Story of Art and Women

The Discovering Arts Series, put on by the Cloverdale Arts Alliance, is starting up again for fall and winter sessions. For the first three sessions, beginning Sept. 2, the topic is “The Story of Art and Women.” Amanda Vickery, an English historian, writer and broadcaster for BBC Radio, teaches early modern history at Queen Mary University of London. She will lead participants through four centuries, from Renaissance Italy to the Netherlands, and discuss a long line of women artists, painters, sculptors and designers who “had” to create, in spite of societal and financial obstacles. Classes are from 7-9 p.m. on the first and third Wednesdays of the month at the Cloverdale Arts Alliance Gallery. Cost is $5 per class for CAA affiliates, $7 for non-members. Seating is limited.

Info: 204 N. Cloverdale Blvd.

Transcendence at Paradise

Transcendence Theatre presents Imagine, a groundbreaking night of new and re-imagined music by Transcendence songwriters, on Sept. 2-3 at Paradise Ridge Winery in Santa Rosa. This behind-the-scenes glimpse into the song writing and storytelling process for both musical theater and individual songs will offer audiences insight into the inspiration, passion and imagination that goes into bringing a song from concept to creation. Pre-show picnics begin at 5:30 p.m., shows start at 8 p.m. Tickets are $75 for VIP Table, $50 Premium Terrace, $35 Upper Terrace.

Info: 877-424-1414, 4545 Thomas Lake Harris Dr., Santa Rosa.

‘Focus on Photography’ at SSU

“Focus on Photography: Selections from the Gallus Sweet Collection,” features 59 photographs on loan from Sonoma County residents Fay Gallus and Dr. Richard Sweet. Spanning much of the history of photography, from Carleton Watkins’ lyrical 1883 image “Multnomah Falls in Oregon” to Annie Leibovitz’s powerful rendering of Niagara Falls in Canada, the exhibition is thought provoking, captivating and comprehensive, and includes the work of Ansel Adams, Eugene Atget, Edward Burtynsky, Imogen Cunningham, Robert Mapplethorpe, Tina Modotti, Eadweard Muybridge and Carrie Mae Weems, among others. There will be an opening reception on Sept. 3, 5-7 p.m. and the exhibition runs through Oct. 25 at the University Art Gallery. Hours are Tuesday-Friday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.; weekends, noon to 4 p.m. Admission is free, parking on campus is $5-$8.

Info: 664-2295, 1801 East Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park.

Adaptive gardening with Toni Gattone

The Valley of the Moon Garden Club’s Sept. 3 meeting features a one-hour seminar by Master Gardener Toni Gattone that is packed with tips and techniques to help gardeners save time, money and most importantly, their energy. The talk will cover how raised beds, containers and vertical gardens make maintenance and harvesting a snap. She’ll discuss adapting old tools for greater comfort or replacing them with new, ergonomic tools and will give strategies for being a resilient, smarter gardener. The meeting will be held at the Sonoma Memorial Vets Hall. “Meet & Greet” is at 6:30 p.m. with the presentation beginning at 7 p.m. Members are free. Guests are $5 which can be applied toward membership.

Info: 126 1st St. West, Sonoma.

Wellness University classes

Sonoma Valley Hospital invites the community to attend Wellness University classes without cost. The six classes, which begin Sept. 3, are based on a health education program developed for people who want to be wellness ambassadors or teachers, and discusses practices to inspire improved health and make health more contagious. Instructors include Kelly Mather, CEO; Leslie Lovejoy, Director of Quality & Resource Management; and Steven Lewis, Wellness Director. Classes run from 8 to 10 a.m. on six Thursdays. While there is no cost to participate, attendance is limited to 35 participants.

Info: Vivian Woodall,, 935-5005. 347 Andrieux St., Sonoma.

City of Angels at Cinnabar

Cinnabar Theater kicks off its 43rd season with the award-winning musical City of Angels. Winner of six Tony Awards, Cy Coleman’s masterpiece is loaded with swinging jazz tunes and side splitting comedy. Set in the glamorous Hollywood of the 1940s, a world of flamboyant egos, casting couches and flimsy negligees, the show chronicles the hilarious misadventures of Stine, a young novelist attempting a screenplay for movie mogul Buddy Fidler, while sparring with a character of his own creation, a hard-boiled gumshoe named Stone. Tickets are $35 for adults; $25 for ages 21 and under, with special $9 seats for middle- and high-school students on Sept. 4.

Info: 763-8920, 3333 Petaluma Blvd. North, Petaluma.

Make ‘em Bleed roller derby blood drive

Six Greater Bay Area roller derby leagues are partnering with Brown Paper Tickets and the American Red Cross to save lives for their third annual “Make ‘em Bleed” roller derby blood drive series. This year, to inspire greater numbers of people to donate blood, athletes on skates from coast-to-coast will offer autographs, photo ops, cookies and temporary tattoos honoring derby’s 80th birthday in 2015. Join the Resurrection Derby Girls in Rohnert Park on Saturday, Sept. 5, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Red Cross bus parked in front of Cal Skate. Walk-ins are welcome, but setting up an appointment is easy and more convenient.

Info: 1-800-RED CROSS,, sponsor code: DERBY. 6100 Commerce Blvd., Rohnert Park.

SRJC Art Faculty Show

The Robert F. Agrella Art Gallery at Santa Rosa Junior College presents the 2015 Art Faculty Show, Sept. 10-Oct. 8. The Art Department offers a wide variety of classes, including painting, drawing, design, traditional and digital photography, ceramics, printmaking, and sculpture, and the faculty consistently share new work with their students, colleagues, and the general public. This exhibit showcases recent work by SRJC studio faculty and will provide insight into the art department’s creative output. There will be an opening reception on Sept. 10 from 4 -6 p.m. Admission is free. Parking permits are required, and are available daily for $4. Gallery hours are Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., and Saturday, 1-4 p.m.

Info: 527-4298. 1501 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa.

Symphony performs at libraries

In the month of September, the Santa Rosa Symphony will be giving four ensemble performances as part of a unique, year-long collaboration between the symphony and the Sonoma County Library. The first performance will be a Woodwind Quintet performances for the whole family on Saturday, Sept. 12. The symphony will first perform at the Central Library (211 E St.) at 1 p.m. and then at the Northwest Regional Library (150 Coddingtown Center) at 2:30 p.m.

Info: 545-0831 ex. 1536 or

Fiesta de Independencia

Wells Fargo Center for the Arts celebrates Latino Heritage Month and commemorates Mexican Independence Day with its annual Fiesta de Independencia, a popular daylong event highlighting the diverse cultures that are a part of the North Bay community. Now in its sixth year showcasing the tastes, sounds and sights of Mexico and other Latino cultures, this free outdoor event takes place from 1-6 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 13. In addition, Community Leadership Awards will be presented in three categories – businesses, non-profit organizations, and individuals – to those who have demonstrated an outstanding commitment to the Latino Community through volunteerism, education, mentorship, or other personal or professional efforts.

Info: 50 Mark West Springs Road, Santa Rosa.

How to write a novel in 30 days

November is National Novel Writing Month, otherwise known as NaNoWriMo. During this month, writers set aside their usual writing process for a much faster way of churning out a novel. Through daily word count goals, community support, and a touch of insanity, many of these writers reach day 30 with a rough draft novel in their hands. Crissi Langwell, who has participated and won NaNoWriMo for the past five years, will guide you through the ins and outs of NaNoWriMo, the benefits of writing fast, and how to successfully write your own novel in 30 days. Langwell will speak at the Redwood Writers Club meeting Sunday, Sept. 13, at the Flamingo Hotel. The meeting begins at 2 p.m. and Langwell will speak at 3 p.m. Admission is $5 for members, $10 for non-members.

Info: 2777 Fourth St., Santa Rosa.

Clairdee channels Billie Holiday

Cinnabar Theater invites audiences to join internationally renowned jazz singer Clairdee for their annual garden concert. The concert starts at 4 p.m. (pre-show barbeque at 3 p.m.) on Sunday, Sept. 13, in the gorgeous grounds of an exclusive Petaluma estate at 200 Queens Lane. Savor Clairdee’s unique homage to Billie Holiday and Carmen McRae, two great innovators in the performance of American popular song, for a fitting celebration of the centennial of Holiday’s birth. Tickets are $25.

Info: 763-8920,

Panel discussion on new hospital

The Sonoma West Medical Center in Sebastopol will be hosting a panel discussion on Sept. 16 at the medical center. Medical Director James Gude will speak on Telemedicine, Clinical Director Michael Collins will give an overview of clinical services, and Sonoma West Medical Director Raymond Hino will talk about what it takes to open a hospital. Call 829-4115 for exact location and time.


Old-Time Radio Show

The Silver Moon Theater hosts dinner and a classic old-time radio show with actors playing Abbott and Costello. One of the most famous comedy routines of all time, “Who’s on First?” celebrates the baseball season as no other skit can. Come and enjoy it, along with “Lion Hunting,” where the pair find a lion in its den, plus songs, trivia, vintage commercials, and lots of fun. Shows and dinners are Sept. 20 and Sept. 21 and are being held at Murphy’s Irish Pub in Sonoma. Tickets are $ 30.

Info:, 464 1st St. East, Sonoma.

Nature and Optics Festival

The 4th Annual Nature and Optics outdoor festival takes place on Sept. 20, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., in Sonoma, at the historic Sonoma Barracks on the plaza. Nature organizations representing fins, feathers, fauna, flora and flippers will be on hand to introduce the public to many important California conservation efforts from Monterey to Mendocino. Major binocular and spotting scope companies from across the United States will demo and sell a wide range of the latest technology. The festival is sponsored by local non-profit Sonoma Birding, partnering with California State Parks. Admission and parking are free.

Info: 939-8007, 20 Spain St., Sonoma.