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Business Beat: 03/01/2019

Business Beat for March 1, 2019

Ticket sales start for A Chorus Line

Transcendence Theatre is expanding its musical offerings at Jack London State Historic Park with its first fully performed theatrical music production, the Tony Award-winning A Chorus Line.

Show dates are June 14, 15, 21, 22, 23, 28, 29, and 30.

A Chorus Line pairs the emotionally-evocative songs from the show with the artistic flair of 17 Broadway dancers. The show's themes of passion, love, and loss are timeless, as described through the intimate stories of the characters competing for their shot on the line.

Transcendence's artistic director Amy Miller will direct, and the performance is choreographed by Jim Cooney.

A Chorus Line originally opened on Broadway in 1975, ran for 6,137 performances, and won nine Tony Awards, as well as the 1976 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

For tickets, go to

St. Francis cruise honors Chris Silva

St. Francis Winery, in partnership with AmaWaterways, is hosting a tribute cruise Oct. 31-Nov. 7 on the river Seine in France, a trip to honor and celebrate the life of the late Chris Silva, St. Francis' former President and CEO.

Rick Bonitati of St. Francis Winery & Vineyards, and Lawrence Lohr, co-owner of J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines, will be on hand as your co-hosts to share stories and knowledge of the wines and the Sonoma County wine country Silva loved so well, while guiding you through some of the exclusive wine regions of Paris and Normandy.

Beginning in Paris on Nov. 1, you'll cruise along the Seine to scenic towns, with choices of shore excursions including standard tours, bike tours, hikes, and special interest tours. You'll also enjoy local cuisine and fine wines from the Bordeaux region.

For more information, go to

Wine business film series

The Wine Business Institute in the School of Business and Economics at Sonoma State University has released 13 films in the Business of Wine Video Series, a leadership interview series featuring wine business icons and brands in California, Oregon, and Washington.

The films offer insight into how industry founders and trailblazers navigated the wine business, including lessons in building successful businesses in an evolving industry, and strategies behind creating and maintaining top wine brands. The series aims to enhance wine business education programs at the Wine Business Institute by giving students virtual access to innovators and pioneers in the global business of wine. The educational series was made possible by a generous gift from founding sponsor, the Demeter Group led by Jeff Menashe, and has been made available to students, faculty, and the general public online at

Featured leaders in the series range from Mike Grgich, the legendary winemaker whose chardonnay won top prize at the 1976 Judgment of Paris, to Allen Shoup, the father of Washington's wine industry, to Glen Ellen resident Mike Benziger, who introduced biodynamic farming into mainstream viticulture, and many other leaders who have shaped the wine industry.

Business Blurbs

Swede's Feeds is having a soil booster sale. $6.99 a bag - buy three bags and get the 4th one free. Also, 2019 seeds have arrived, and veggie and herb starts are beginning to arrive, as well as annuals and perennials. Visit their newest garden art, Sally and Barry Sasquatch, while you're there. Swede's is located at 9140 Sonoma Hwy. in Kenwood, 833-5050… Les Pascals Patisserie and Café has a special treat for St. Patrick's Day - Coussins de Lyon. Direct from Lyons, France, this is a special chocolate and marzipan treat filled with chocolate ganache and curacao liqueur. Les Pascals is located at 13758 Arnold Dr. Open every day, 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., except for Wednesday when the store is closed… Palooza Brewery and Gastropub has live music on Thursday nights, 7-9 p.m. March 7 features T-Luke; March 14 - Greg Lamboy; March 21 - Christy Sperling; March 18 - open mic and karaoke. Palooza is located at 8910 Sonoma Hwy… TIPS Roadside's next Crawfish Boil is on Wednesday, March 20. All you can eat crawfish, shrimp, corn on the cob, potatoes and sausage. A Louisiana tradition! $39 a person. Tips is located at 8445 Sonoma Hwy. Buy tickets at… Former Kenwood resident and artist Robert Benson will be having an exhibit at the Sunflower Café March 1 to April 30, 431 First St. West in Sonoma. Go to for more information.

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