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Out, About & Around the County: 03/01/2019

Out, About & Around the County March 1, 2019

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Just in time for St. Patty's Day

A fusion of Ireland's vibrant dance form and American innovation, Trinity Irish Dance Company (TIDC) dazzles audiences with its hard-driving percussive power, lightning-fast agility and aerial grace. TIDC expands whatever notions audiences may have about Irish dance, revealing its limitless possibilities. Trinity Irish Dance Company comes to the Luther Burbank Center for the Arts on March 3, 7 p.m. Tickets: $20-$49. Founded in 1990 by Choreographer and Artistic Director Mark Howard, the company was the birthplace of progressive Irish dance, opening new avenues of artistic expression which lead directly to commercial international hits such as Riverdance.

Info: 50 Mark West Springs Road, Santa Rosa.

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Shook Twins with Rainbow Girls

Everyone in your life - loved ones, mentors, friends - will write their own chapter in your story. Shook Twins refer to these folks in their fourth album, Some Good Lives. Identical twins Katelyn Shook (vocals, guitar) and Laurie Shook (banjo, vocals), pay homage to everyone from a late grandpa and godfather to Bernie Sanders. “Even though our minds are mostly on the women of today … we have several men in our lives who have been such positive forces. We wanted to thank them and honor the good guys who showed us the beauty in this crazy world,” Katelyn said. Shook Twins play at the Mystic Theatre on March 3. Doors open at 7:30 p.m.; Show at 8:30 p.m.

Info: 23 Petaluma Blvd. N., Petaluma.

Sonoma Art Walk is back

Sonoma Art Walk is returning for 2019. The monthly series pairing creative artists with local businesses and nonprofits in downtown Sonoma starts on March 7 and continues on the first Thursday of each month from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at locations throughout town. The event features a rotating “kickoff gathering” each month, 5-5:30 p.m., at one of the participating venues. The March Kickoff will be held at the Arts Guild of Sonoma, with a ceremonial ribbon cutting at 5:15 p.m.

Info: 140 E. Napa St., Sonoma.

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Plant a plum for Mr. Burbank

Luther Burbank Home & Gardens will celebrate Luther Burbank's 170th birthday (and Arbor Day) with a tree planting ceremony on March 7, at 10 a.m. at the Tupper Street gate. Volunteers will plant a new “Santa Rosa” plum tree donated by Urban Tree Farm, with soil donated by Sequoia Landscape Materials. The ribbon cutting ceremony will be followed by refreshments in the greenhouse.

Info: 204 Santa Rosa Ave., Santa Rosa.



Bay Area fiber artist Keyaira Terry's debut show of her hand-woven leather and wool pieces, “NEST: LEATHER + FIBER | a love story,” will be at the Sonoma Community Center, with an opening reception on March 7, at 5:30 p.m. The exhibit, running through March 30, will showcase Terry's meticulously crafted woven art made from sustainably produced fibers and textiles. Terry spent her childhood sewing with her grandmother, which she says gave her the foundation and inspiration for her work. In conjunction with the solo exhibit Terry will lead a workshop, “The Art of Modern Tapestry Weaving,” on March 23. The class is available to all levels.

Info: 938-4626 ext. 1, 276 East Napa St., Sonoma.

English class, meet Monty Python

Santa Rosa Junior College (SRJC) Theatre Arts Department presents All the Great Books (Abridged), written by Reed Martin and Austin Tichenor. The play presents brief, comedic renditions of the works of great writers and thinkers like Confucius, Thoreau, Swift and more. It's a 98-minute roller-coaster ride through all the great books…abridged! Martin, an author, director and managing partner of the Reduced Shakespeare Company, has adapted this hit to be performed by an ensemble of 12 SRJC theatre arts students. Reed has written for the BBC, NPR, Britain's Channel Four, RTE Ireland, Public Radio International, the Washington Post, and Vogue. Recommended for ages 13 and above. The play runs March 8-17 in Newman Auditorium on the SRJC campus.

Info: 527-4307, 1501 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa.

Hands-on history

Explore food of the mission era on March 9 in Sonoma. Learn about the food people ate at the missions, the crops they grew, and how grains were measured. Think posole and tortillas. This hands-on demonstration is geared for ages 8 and up. It runs continuously between 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. in the Sonoma Mission courtyard. Free with paid admission, rain or shine.

Info: 938-9560. 114 E. Spain St., Sonoma.

Ceramics workshop, talk and tour

Sonoma Valley Museum of Art (SVMA) hosts an exclusive gallery talk, tour and workshop with renowned ceramic artist Richard Shaw on March 9. Doors open at 10:45 a.m. The day will start with a walkthrough of the exhibition at SVMA and transition to a workshop at the Sonoma Community Center ceramic studio, which will focus on learning new techniques and hands-on building of imaginative constructions. Bring a lunch, as there will be a short break midway through the day. Talk and workshop $65 for members, $75 general. Talk only, $5 for members, $10 general.


Seasonal marshlands in Sonoma

Sonoma State Park's open space turns into natural wetlands in the winter. On March 10, discover what plant and aquatic life exist in these vernal pond areas. This roving program runs continuously between noon and 3 p.m. Look for the State Park vehicle along the bike path near the Vallejo Home off of 3rd Street West. Rain boots or waterproof shoes are encouraged. This free event is part of the California State Parks Junior Ranger program. No reservation required. Steady rain cancels.

Info: 938-9547. 363 3rd St. West, Sonoma.

Creating resilient forests

Learn how the nonprofit LandPaths manages the forests at its Bohemia Ecological Preserve near Occidental. On March 10, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., join Stewardship Lead Erin Mulligan for “Stewarding Forests through a Fire Ecology Lens: A Hands-On Workshop at Bohemia Ecological Preserve.” The day will begin with a presentation on the various approaches to forest management, including shaded fuel breaks, forest thinning in oak woodlands, and selective pruning around infrastructure. Then roll up your sleeves and get some practice in these techniques. This free workshop is designed for anyone interested in wildfire fuel reduction, and may be of particular use to owners of forested lands.

Info: 544-7284, ext. 105, 6773 Bohemian Hwy., Occidental.

Emotional hook

Regardless of how well a manuscript is written, if it doesn't impact the reader emotionally, it is all for naught. Award-winning journalist, writer, editor, and author Nora Profit will discuss “Emotion Crafting for Every Writer” on March 10, 2:30 p.m., hosted by the Redwood Writers at the Flamingo Hotel. Profit will deliver much-needed and often-neglected information about how emotional impact is achieved. Profit is the founder of Northern California's only creative writing school, and a featured author in Chicken Soup for the Writer's Soul and Chicken Soup: Living Your Dreams. Open to the public; tickets $10.

Info: 2777 Fourth St., Santa Rosa.

Lezione di cucina

The Sonoma Valley Museum of Art invites you to make a lunch reservation for an authentic Italian cooking demonstration with Chef Catherine Venturini on March 12, noon, at Ramekins Culinary School in Sonoma. Venturini will present well-loved recipes passed down from her grandmother's Lake Como kitchen. Sit-down lunch includes a sampling of all Venturini's culinary creations, with wine pairing from Hughes Family Vineyard. Tickets: $200, seats limited.

Info: 450 W. Spain St., Sonoma.

Railroad history

On March 13, at 6 p.m., the Sonoma Valley Library presents, “The History of the North Pacific Coast Railway” facilitated by Rick Coates, executive director of Forests Unlimited. This presentation traces the origin of the NPCRR from the founding of the Central Pacific through the Progressive Era to its founding in 1871. Find out about the major personalities involved with the railroad, the industries it spawned (forestry, agriculture and tourism), and its route through Marin and Sonoma Counties, as well the railroad's economic and safety challenges, its leading-edge engineering, and its evolution into the North Shore electric railroad and finally the Northwestern Pacific. Free and open to all.

Info: 755 West Napa St., Sonoma.

Join The Revolutionists

6th Street Playhouse presents The Revolutionists by Lauren Gunderson, in the Studio Theatre March 15-April 7. The play follows an activist playwright, an assassin, a Caribbean spy, and Marie Antoinette as they fight for liberté, égalité, sororité, and their rightful place in history. Another signature piece by Gunderson, the play is a suspenseful, humorous, and edgy take on modern feminism. On opening night, March 15, there will be a reception following the performance where attendees can meet the cast and enjoy complimentary sparkling wine provided by Korbel. Stay for post-show talkbacks with the director, actors and special guests on select dates (see website). Tickets $23-$28; under 30 $18.

Info: 523-4185, ext. 1, 52 W. 6th St., Santa Rosa.

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John Cusack on the backlot

With an impressive body of work spanning four decades, John Cusack has evolved into one of Hollywood's most accomplished and respected actors. As part of the Luther Burbank Center's The Backlot Project, which brings stars of television and film to an intimate live setting, on March 15 at 7:30 p.m., Cusack will share stories from his roles in over 70 films, answer audience questions, and give a behind-the-scenes look into High Fidelity, following a screening of the iconic film based on Nick Hornby's novel of the same title. A limited number of VIP seats will be available, which include a post-show photo op with Cusick. Tickets: $39-$69. VIP: $149.

Info: 50 Mark West Springs Rd., Santa Rosa.

Spend St. Patrick's Day eve in Norway

Freya Lodge Sons of Norway in Santa Rosa presents a Corned Beef and Cabbage Dinner on March 16, 5 p.m., in Norway Hall, featuring Norwegian Folk Dancing by the Nordahl Greig Leikarring in traditional Norwegian costumes. The menu includes corned beef and cabbage, potatoes, mashed rutabaga, coffee, juice and dessert. Beer and wine available for purchase. Cost for non-members $27, members $22, and children age 8-14 $10. Reservations are required online.

Info: 617 W. 9th St., Santa Rosa.

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