Out, About & Around the County
Hopmonk Tavern in Sebastopol will showcase The California Honeydrops on Jan. 18, 8:30 p.m. The California Honeydrops embrace the traditions of blues, gospel, Second Line New Orleans Jazz, and early R&B, featuring performances of traditional material as well as their own innovative music. Since their formation four years ago in the subway stations of Oakland, they've developed a sound that blends the energy and intimacy of a street performance, undeniable talent and musicianship, and the soul and fervor of a spiritual street parade.
Info: 829-7300, www.hopmonk.com. Hopmonk Tavern, 230 Petaluma Ave., Sebastopol.
6th Street Playhouse presents Smokey Joe's Café, Jan. 18 through Feb. 10. The American songwriting duo Leiber and Stoller, as much as anyone, virtually invented rock 'n' roll, and now their songs provide the basis for an electrifying entertainment that illuminates a golden age of American culture. In an idealized '50's setting, the classic themes of love won, lost and imagined blend with hilarious set pieces and slice-of-life emotions. Featuring nearly 40 of the best songs ever recorded, Smokey Joe's Café isn't just great pop music - it's compelling musical theatre. Tickets $15-$35.
Info: 523-4185, Sixth Street Playhouse, 54 W. 6th St., Santa Rosa.
The Santa Rosa Junior College Theatre Arts Department will hold open auditions for roles in A Few Good Men and Legally Blonde: The Musical on Jan. 18 and 19, at 5:30 p.m. Auditions will be held in Burbank Auditorium on the Santa Rosa campus. Anyone is welcome to audition; no experience is necessary. The roles being cast for A Few Good Men include one to two women, and 13-19 men. Roles range in age from 18 to 50s. The roles being cast for Legally Blonde: The Musical include 14-16 women, and 14-16 men. Roles range in age from 18 to 60s. While age-appropriate actors will be considered, younger actors will also be considered for older roles. Actors must prepare a one-minute monologue, preferably from a stage play written after 1930; ideally, the monologue should be memorized and rehearsed ahead of time.
Info: 527-4420, http://www.santarosa.edu/theatrearts/. Burbank Auditorium, 1501 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa.
The Luther Burbank Home & Gardens will host rose pruning demonstrations on Jan. 19. In the event the roses are not quite finished by the end of the second session or if rain cancels, there will be an alternate day on Jan. 26. Crossing canes will be removed, root suckers and deadwood removed, diseased leaves will be removed, and each bush will be drastically reduced in size. Rootstocks will be given an appropriate wire brush scrubbing. Wear form-fitting clothing that won't snag on rose thorns. Snacks, tools, gloves, and handouts will be provided. The workshops will run from 9 a.m. to noon. A demonstration of technique will start at 9 a.m.
Info: 524-5445, email@example.com. Luther Burbank Home & Gardens, 2050 Yulupa Ave., Santa Rosa.
The Sonoma Valley Museum of Art will present Revolutionary Island: Tales of Cuban History and Culture: The Sarah and Darius Anderson Collection, running Jan. 19-March 24. “The works in this exhibition provide a profound and realistic assessment of revolutionary to present-day Cuba. Some of the works are powerfully moving, like a series of near life-sized paintings of everyday Cuban people doing everyday things, but all under water. The impact comes when you find that every one of these people - men, women, even children - have died attempting to cross over by sea to Florida. This personalizes an ongoing tragedy still relevant today,” said Kate Eilertsen, the museum's Executive Director.
Info: 939-7862, www.svma.org. Sonoma Valley Museum of Art, 551 Broadway, Sonoma.
Olive expert Don Landis will lead two upcoming olive curing workshops in Sonoma. The first is Jan. 20, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m., at Cline Cellars. The second is Feb. 3, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., at Jacuzzi Family Vineyards. Landis will talk about the history of the olive in California and give a thorough description of how to make the olive edible without using lye. Discussion of the many varieties of olives, when to pick and other important tips will be covered, plus three ways to de-bitter olives - the Greek style brine cure, water cure, and dry salt cure - with demonstrations making the whole process easy for all. Tasting olives with cheese and crackers will follow. Each venue has special olive fun to explore after the event. Free. RSVP required.
Info: 322-8207, Cline Cellars, 24737 Arnold Dr., Sonoma. Jacuzzi Family Vineyards, 24724 Arnold Dr., Sonoma
Sonoma County Regional Parks will join thousands of organizations nationwide in hosting volunteer workdays in their communities on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Monday, Jan. 21. This year's day of service will be held from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at Riverfront Regional Park, 7821 Eastside Road, near Windsor. Participants will help with trail pruning and invasive plant removal. Meet in the parking lot for a prompt 10 a.m. start. Staff will provide tools, gloves, drinks and snacks. Volunteers should wear sturdy shoes, long pants, long-sleeve shirt, hat and sunscreen, and are encouraged to bring their own water bottle. Volunteers 13 and younger must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
Register: Jen Stanfield at 565-2041 or Jen.Stanfield@sonoma.county.org.
On Wednesday, Jan. 23 at 7 p.m., Gary Ives, Western Region Program Manager for the International Crane Foundation, will present “Sandhill Cranes in the Pacific Flyway” at the Sonoma Veteran's Hall. Awe-inspiring and with a prehistoric call, stately gait, and elegant choreography, the Sandhill Crane continues to inspire everyone. Ives will discuss the three subspecies of Sandhill Crane that use the Pacific flyway and the latest information about their breeding ranges, migration paths and wintering sites, much of it from his own research.
Info: sonomabirding.com. Sonoma Veteran's Hall, 126 First St. West, Sonoma.
The World Affairs Council of Sonoma County will celebrate their Gala 25th Anniversary Dinner on Jan. 25, 5:30 p.m., at the Quail Inn in Oakmont. Gaye LeBaron, Sunday Columnist, Santa Rosa Press Democrat, will present Sonoma County: A Tapestry of Cultures. LeBaron wrote her first column for the Press Democrat in 1959. She co-authored Santa Rosa, A 19th Century Town with Dee Blackman, Harvey Hansen and Joann Mitchell and Santa Rosa A 20th Century Town with Joann Mitchell. Members $25, Visitors $30. Reservations by Jan. 18 with check to WACSC, P.O. Box 1433, Santa Rosa, CA 95402.
Info: 538-9294, www.wacsc.org. Quail Inn, 7025 Oakmont Dr., Santa Rosa.
The musical group, Los Gu'achis, will perform at the Sonoma Valley Library on Saturday, Jan. 26, starting at 2 p.m. Los Gu'achis' musical style stems from the American Southwest, including early California. Los Gu'achis take their name from the Gu-Achi Fiddlers, who resided in the town of Gu-Achi in southern Arizona. There they developed a unique musical sound utilizing violins, guitar, and drums playing polkas, two-steps and mazurkas. The Gu-Achi Fiddlers, who were members of the Tohono O'odham tribe (“The Desert People”), are no more, but Los Gu'achis is keeping much of their music alive. This program is sponsored with funding from the Friends of the Sonoma Valley Regional Library, and is free and open to the public.
Info: Sonoma Valley Library, 755 West Napa Street, Sonoma.
A Writing Workshop & Art Collage, featuring Marlene Cullen, will take place Jan. 27, 1-5 p.m., at The Sunflower Center in Petaluma. The first part of this workshop will be an exploration of significant events through writing. The second part features art collage as a fun way to discover personal paths. No special writing experience needed. Bring a notebook and pen. Material for the art collage will be provided. You are welcome to bring a poem, magazines or any other material you would like to use. Cost: $25 pre-registration; $30 at the door. Registration: Marlene Cullen, firstname.lastname@example.org or 762-6279.
Info: www.thewritespot.us. The Sunflower Center, 1435 No. McDowell Blvd., Petaluma.
The AAUW (American Association of University Women) Santa Rosa Branch Crab Feed will be held on Feb. 1, 6 p.m., at the Saturday Afternoon Club in Santa Rosa. All you can eat crab, salad, dessert, wine and beverages for only $50 per person. This is a benefit for Sonoma State University Scholarships and the AAUW Educational Opportunities Fund and Legal Advocacy Fund. Call for reservations by Jan 28.
Info/Reservations: 527-6797. Saturday Afternoon Club, 430 10th Street, Santa Rosa.
Silver Moon Theatre will offer two Shakespeare classes, “Break Through to Shakespeare” for young people ages 10-16, and “Beating the Shakespeare Blues” for adults. Students will explore some of the plays and discover they were meant to be acted, not simply read. Learn about Shakespeare's life and works, and facts about Renaissance culture. Both classes will be taught by Nellie Cravens. “Break Through to Shakespeare” will be on Wednesdays from 4:30-6:30 p.m., Jan. 30-March 13. “Beating the Shakespeare Blues” will be on Thursdays from 7-9 p.m., Jan. 31-March 14. Each class has seven sessions, $120, or $108 for Community Center members. Classes limited to 12 students.
Info: 483-5582, email@example.com. Sonoma Community Center, 276 E. Napa St., Sonoma.
Renowned figurative ceramic sculptors Jane Burton and Tyler Burton will debut their first collaborative exhibition titled “Sisters” on Saturday, Jan. 26, at A New Leaf Gallery / Sculpturesite located at Cornerstone in Sonoma. The show runs until April. Working in collaboration for the first time, the Burton sisters have created an installation titled “Selective Memory,” comprised of more than 1,200 hanging white porcelain rocks layered over scores of ancestral faces. The piece reflects on family ties, perceived family memories, as well as a realization that we are all a fragment of a larger whole. Both artists' works are significantly influenced by the countless patterns, textures and colors of nature and reveal their reverence for the power and quietude found there. In addition to the one major collaborative piece, Jane and Tyler also exhibit several solo works each.
Info: 245-9559. Cornerstone, 23570 Arnold Dr., Sonoma.
Wells Fargo Center for the Arts will present Rock the Ballet Jan. 26, at 8 p.m. Set to a soundtrack including U2, Michael Jackson, Prince, Queen, Coldplay and Lenny Kravitz, Rock The Ballet exhibits dance versatility beyond compare. Since making its debut in Hamburg, Germany, in 2008, it has taken Europe and Australia by storm. Performing to sold out audiences, with over 500,000 fans worldwide, this performance features masterful choreography that fuses today's most popular dance styles such as contemporary, jazz, musical theatre, ballet, hip-hop, martial-arts, and gymnastics. Tickets $47.50 to $65.
Info: 546-3600, wellsfargocenterarts.org. Wells Fargo Center for the Arts, 50 Mark West Springs Rd., Santa Rosa.
There will be a Community Rummage Sale “Friend-Raiser” on Feb. 2, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., and Feb. 3, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., to help offset the medical costs of well-known Sonoma shiatsu practitioner Gary Ruiz. The rummage sale will take place at 677 1st Street West in Sonoma. The benefit, organized by Gary's friends, will have furniture and clothing for sale, as well as original artwork, household treasures, books, CDs, vinyl, collectibles and more. Send $50 and be entered to win a new bike donated by Wine Country Cycle. No early birds. Cash only.