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Out, About & Around the County: 11/01/2018

Out, About & Around the County Nov. 1, 2018

Visual and literary art in Sebastopol

An exhibition of exquisite art selected from private collections in Sonoma County comes to the Sebastopol Center for the Arts. “Reverberations: A Visual Conversation - The Poets Speak” brings pieces by artists such as Francis Bacon, Enrique Chagoya, Viola Frey, Robert McChesney, Joan Miro and Pablo Picasso to the community. Additionally, a new poem written by established poets accompanies each piece. This is a unique opportunity to enjoy the intersection of visual and literary arts. Running now through Dec. 2. There will also be two evenings of poetry on Nov. 3 and Nov. 17, 7-9 p.m. Admission is free, but RSVP required.

Info: 282 S. High St., Sebastopol.

Free movies for seniors

The Free Seniors Movie Series begins on Nov. 1, with a choice of three or four films shown at Third Street Cinemas on the first Thursday of every month through June 6, 2019. The movies are free for seniors 60 and older, and will begin at 10 a.m. No tickets are needed. Doors open at 9:30 a.m. For a list of the movies for each month, call the Third Street Cinemas recording the week of the series.

Info: 523-1586, ext. 21. 620 3rd St., Santa Rosa.

Learn all about organic veggies

This month's Valley of the Moon Garden Club speaker is Maile Arnold, an organic farmer for over 50 years, raising most of the veggies, fruit, meat, eggs, and dairy which her family and friends consume. On Nov. 1, Arnold will talk about cover crops, and how important they are to maintain and increase the fertility of the soil and its water-holding properties. A meet-and-greet starts at 6:30 p.m. at the Sonoma Veterans' Building, with the meeting at 7 p.m. Complimentary refreshments. Members free; guests $5 at the door.

Info: 126 First St. West, Sonoma.

Bennett Friedman Quartet at SRJC

The Music Department of Santa Rosa Junior College presents a jazz concert by the Bennett Friedman Quartet on Nov. 2, at 8 p.m. in Newman Auditorium. The concert features pianist Aaron Garner, bassist Peter Barshay, and drummer Alan Hall, plus saxophonist Bennett Friedman, who has performed at the Monterey Jazz Festival, Stanford Jazz Workshop, Healdsburg Jazz Festival, and many others. He has been a featured soloist with Frank Sinatra, Rosemary Clooney, Natalie Cole, and Marvin Gaye. The performance will showcase works of Bill Evans, Chick Corea and Johnny Mandel, among others. Admission is $15 general and $10 for students and seniors. Proceeds from the concert benefit the SRJC Foundation Jazz Studies Fund.

Info: 1501 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa.

Preview new performance space in SR

On Nov. 3, 6-11 p.m., preview Santa Rosa's new space for live performance at the Lost Church. The Lost Church is a group of artists, musicians and industry professionals dedicated to the belief that people need beautiful, intimate performance spaces to share their ideas, stories and art. The goal is to create a network of performance parlors that can host and nurture local and touring artists in a way that larger spaces never can. There are far more artists who can fill a 49-seat theater than a 490 seat theater. The open house and fundraiser will featuring 13 performers celebrating this new theater. No cover, all ages.

Info: 427 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa.

Cemetery walk

The end of the annual Dia De Los Muertos festival will be marked with a fun and educational tour of Sonoma's Mountain Cemetery, led by local historian Fred Allebach on Nov. 3. Allebach will recall the various groups represented in the historic cemetery, including Native Americans, Spanish missionaries, Californios, Gold Rush immigrants, Civil War refugees, and a Second Great Wave of Immigration from southern and eastern Europe starting in 1880. The $35 registration fee goes toward kiosk improvements at the trailhead. Tours are at 10 a.m. and 12 p.m. Participation is limited to 20 people per session. To register, send check payable to Sonoma Overlook Trail to Hope Nisson, 3771 Cory Lane, Sonoma, CA 95476. Indicate which time you prefer.

Info: First Street West, four blocks north of the Plaza.

Disco fever

On Saturday night, Nov. 3, dust off your boogie shoes for some flashback fun to celebrate 40 years of the Petaluma Museum Association. The Petaluma Museum Gala will feature live and silent auctions, food stations by Preferred Sonoma Catering, beer, wine, a no-host cocktail bar, disco dancing with DJ Rosie, and prizes for the best costume. At the Petaluma Elks Lodge. Tickets are $60 for PMA members and $70 for non-members.

Info: 778-4398, 2015 S. McDowell Blvd., Petaluma.

Vessel as metaphor

Contemplate all the ways in which a vessel receives, nourishes, and rejuvenates, and relax into the process of creating your own personal ceramic vessel on Nov. 3 at the Sonoma Valley Museum of Art. In this workshop, led by Kala Stein from the Sonoma Community Center, participants will learn about the history of vessels from around the world, then make coil-built forms, infusing life and intention into their creations. Runs 10 a.m.-3 p.m. No experience necessary, open to all levels. SVMA members $85; general public $95.

Info: 551 Broadway Sonoma.

Dancing Across Time

The Santa Rosa Symphony welcomes Grammy-winning guitarist Sharon Isbin to the Green Music Center Nov. 3-5 for “Dancing Across Time,” conducted by new Music Director Francesco Lecce-Chong. Isbin will play Villa-Lobos' Guitar Concerto. Acclaimed for her lyricism, technique and versatility, Isbin has appeared as soloist with nearly 200 orchestras and performed at the White House in 2009. The program opens with Kodály's Dances of Galánta, an energetic piece evoking traditional Hungarian gypsy music. Lizst's Mephisto Waltz No. 1 and Bernstein's “Symphonic Dances” from West Side Story complete the program. Patrons may request one free ticket for youth age 7-17 with each paid adult ticket to a classical series concert. Cost: $24-$87.

Info: 546-8742, 1801 E. Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park.

Waking Up to Wildfires

The world premiere of the documentary Waking Up to Wildfires comes to the Sebastiani Theatre on Nov. 4, at 3:30 p.m. Emmy-winning filmmaker Paige Bierma tells the stories of people most affected by the 2017 North Bay wildfires. Hear from survivors, firefighters, public health officials, and community groups - and the scientists who are trying to make sense of it all - while people struggle to recover and new fires erupt. This 30-minute documentary is free and will be followed by a Q&A with a panel including filmmaker Bierma; Iva Hertz-Picciotto, lead scientist conducting wildfire research for U.C. Davis; Calfire Battalion Chief Gino DeGraffenreid; and Wendy Wheelwright, therapist and project manager for California HOPE. Sponsored by the Sebastiani Theatre Foundation and the Environmental Health Sciences Center at U.C. Davis. Voluntary $20 contribution is encouraged.

Info: 476 1st St. East, Sonoma.

Award-winning documentary filmmaker at SRJC

The Santa Rosa Junior College Arts & Lectures Program hosts Academy Award winner Freida Lee Mock, who will take you “behind the scenes” of her filmmaking, showing the ways in which her films capture the most compelling elements of the human experience: love, loss, ambition, triumph, creativity, resiliency, redemption, and beyond. On Nov. 5, 12-1 p.m., she will share anecdotes from her acclaimed career, including her ability to thrive in an industry with considerable obstacles for female and Asian-American filmmakers. In Newman Auditorium. Open to the public and free of charge.

Info: 1501 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa.

Ukulele for beginners

Learn the basics of ukulele at the Sonoma Valley Library, Nov. 7 at 6 p.m. Ukulele for Beginners is a class for beginners and also for those who are familiar with playing the ukulele and want to refresh their memory. Participants will have a song repertoire by the end of the class. Four chords: C7, C, F and G7 will be covered. Ukuleles will be provided and registration is required. Free.

Info: 996-5217. 755 West Napa St., Sonoma.

Update on rebuilding

On Nov. 8, the Sonoma County Taxpayers Association hosts Keith Woods, executive director of the North Coast Builders Exchange, to get an update on the fire recovery and rebuilding process following last year's fires. Woods will discuss the progress made to date, and the numerous impediments to builders and homeowners alike moving forward. The luncheon meeting begins at noon at the Flamingo Hotel. Cost is $25 for members with prepaid reservations, and $30 for all others and at the door.

Info: 481-1089, 2777 4th St., Santa Rosa.

Best-selling author at Readers' Books

Robin Sloan will read from his latest book, Sourdough, at Readers' Books on Nov. 9, 5:30 p.m. Sourdough combines two unlikely bedfellows: the tech industry and the foodie scene. Lois, a software engineer subsisting on grey nutritional paste, ends up calling for take-out. Soon, the delicious meals, which include a hunk of sourdough, make her a favorite of the two brothers who run the business. When visa issues force them to flee, they leave Lois with their sourdough starter. She soon finds herself drawn into the underbelly of San Francisco foodie culture. Sloan's first novel, Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore, was a New York Times Best Seller, translated into more than 20 languages.

Info: 939-1779, 130 E. Napa St., Sonoma.

Havana Night

Celebrate 20 years of mentoring in Sonoma Valley and enjoy a delicious menu of Cuban fare, including Cuban sliders, empanadas and Havana salads, along with live Cuban music and dancing. This Nov. 10 fundraiser for the Sonoma Valley Mentoring Alliance is being held at the Sebastiani Winery, 6-9 p.m. Tickets are $150.

Info: 389 4th St. East, Sonoma.

Still Life in Watercolor class

Robert Benson's Nov. 10 class still has a few spots left. The class will cover drawing and design principles, and black and white value studies. From beginner to advanced, there's something for anyone who wants to progress in watercolor skills. This will be a small group class at the Sonoma Community Center, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., with lots of one-on-one time.

Info: 276 E. Napa St., Sonoma.

Children's author Kleven visits Library

On Nov. 10, at 11 a.m., get a glimpse into the imaginative world of children's books when the Sonoma Valley Library presents acclaimed children's author, Elisa Kleven. Kleven writes and illustrates picture books because she's never outgrown her childhood passion for art and story-making. She is the author and/or illustrator of more than 30 children's picture books, including Welcome Home, Mouse, The Paper Princess series, The Lion and the Little Red Bird, Hooray, A Piñata! and Glasswings: A Butterfly's Story. This event is free and open to all.

Info: 755 West Napa St., Sonoma.

Russian Christmas Bazaar and Food Fest

Saints Peter and Paul Orthodox Church presents its Annual Christmas Bazaar and Food Fest Nov. 10, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., and Nov. 11, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Shop for Christmas items, Russian imports and gifts, handcrafts, jewelry, and religious items made by the nuns from Holy Assumption Monastery. There will be a tasty lunch of homemade Russian piroshki, beef stroganoff, cabbage rolls, borscht and more, as well as fabulous desserts and a flavored Russian vodka tasting.

Info: Nadia, 925-372-7838. 850 St. Olga Court. Santa Rosa.

Victorian Christmas Crafts Workshop

On Nov. 11, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., construct your own historical and affordable gifts or stocking stuffers during a Christmas Crafts Workshop at General Vallejo's Home in Sonoma. Remember to keep an eye out for a special holiday guest. Free admission for ages 12 and under (accompanied by an adult), $2 for ages 13-17, and $3 for adults. Rain or shine.

Info: 363 3rd St West, Sonoma.

Voices of Grief

On Nov. 14, 6:30-9 p.m., Bay Area nonprofit Final Passages will host a special benefit that includes an award-winning documentary, Voices of Grief, and a special appearance by Grammy-nominated East Bay vocalist Melanie DeMore, who is featured in the film. The film is a masterful weaving of stories and insights by leading authors, poets, psychologists and spiritual teachers. Discussion and Q&A follow. Food and treats available for sale. At the Sebastopol Grange.

Info: 6000 Highway 12, Sebastopol.

Library Book Sale

The Friends of the Sonoma Valley Library book sale runs Nov. 14-17. There's a members-only preview on Wednesday, 11 a.m.- 2 p.m., and then the sale opens to the public, 2-7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday hours are 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m., and Saturday 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Books, DVDs, CDs, LPs are all $1-2. All Sonoma kids grade K-12 receive their first item free. On Saturday, nonprofit representatives and all teachers and staff are invited to stock their libraries with free books. Memberships are available throughout sale.

Info: 755 W. Napa Street, Sonoma.

Shrek the Musical

The Santa Rosa Junior College Theatre Arts Department presents Shrek the Musical, a play based on the Oscar-winning film that blends romantic adventure and irreverent silliness, written for audiences aged 6 and up. Running Nov. 16-Dec. 2 at the Maria Carrillo High School theatre, the show features the unlikely green hero, his “noble steed” Donkey, and a ragtag mash up of fairytale characters as they rescue the feisty Princess Fiona from the evil (and vertically-challenged) Lord Farquaad. It features memorable songs like “Morning Person,” “Freak Flag,” and “I'm a Believer.”

Info: 527-4307. 6975 Montecito Blvd., Santa Rosa.

Magical mystery tour

An old-style circus show based on the French tradition of the 1920s, Cirque de Bohème will transport you into a magical world filled with enchantment, adventure and wonder. This is an original spectacle with music, mystery and amazing circus talents. World-class performers include a magician, rola-bola acrobat, hoop aerialist, chain aerialist, hand chairs balancing and more. Under a tent in the gardens at Cornerstone, Sonoma, and running Nov. 23-25, and Dec. 1-2, 8-9, 15-16, Le Cirque de Bohème is an intimate gathering limited to 150 guests per show.

Info: 23570 Arnold Dr., Sonoma.

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