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Out, About & Around the County: 08/01/2013

Out, About & Around the County

Family favorites at Summer Rep

Just three weeks remain in the 2013 season of Santa Rosa Junior College's Summer Repertory Theatre. Two special presentations of the youth-oriented Fiona: The Mother Goose Musical will be offered in Burbank Auditorium on Aug. 3 at 2 p.m. and Aug. 4 at 7:30 p.m. Featuring characters such as The Itsy Bitsy Spider and Little Miss Muffett, the audience accompanies Fiona and her friends on a musical journey of self-discovery along her path to fame. Shrek: the Musical, and the beloved Gilbert and Sullivan classic The Pirates of Penzance are presented in the Burbank Auditorium, as is the shocking drama Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, a fresh take on the horror tale by Robert Louis Stevenson. Tickets may be purchased at the Burbank Auditorium Box Office at the Santa Rosa campus from noon to 8 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday, or one hour before each performance in the Burbank lobby. General admission tickets are $10.

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

Best of the Fest

Best of the Fest returns to Sebastopol on Aug. 2, with two films chosen by film critic Gil Mansergh as the Critics Award Winners at the 2013 Sebastopol Documentary Film Festival. Chase is a comedic documentary by Temple University student Malia Bruker, which explores the isolating nature of modern life. Hollywood Hair, directed by accomplished Hollywood screenwriter Juliet Snowden and shot in black and white, tells the story of Tony Morales and his hair salon on Hollywood Blvd. that is a refuge and sanctuary to a most unlikely 'family' of characters who inhabit one of the most famous streets in America. The films will screen together starting at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased through the website at or by calling the Center for the Arts.

Info: 829-4797, 282 S. High St., Sebastopol.

Fine dogs and fine beers

Lagunitas Brewing Co. will host several local adoption shelters for an afternoon of dogs and beers. The Aug. 3 “Beers and Barks” event benefits the Paws for Love Foundation, and will take place from 1-5 p.m. Admission is free, but for a donation of $25, your poochy pal can create a paw painting just for you.

Info: 799-6151, 209-795-4575. 1280 North McDowell Blvd, Petaluma.

Party on, black light-style

Cut loose at the HopMonk in Sebastopol on Aug. 3 when The UltraViolets Black Light Burlesque troupe from Hawaii, local Cabaret Caliente performers, and DJ Paul Timberman and DJ Malarkey host an event to impress. The night includes a black light costume contest and pre-show body painting. Doors will open at 8:30 p.m., the show begins at 9:30 p.m., and dance party begins at 11:30 p.m. Tickets will be sold to guests over 21 at $25 for VIP tickets, $20 for general admission, $15 for advance general admission, and $5 for admission to the dance party only.

Info: 230 Petaluma Ave., Sebastopol.

Peek into the studios of local artists

Come to the South of A Street Arts (SOFA) District in downtown Santa Rosa and stroll through the studios of 24 featured artists which will be open to the public for free. The artists represent different backgrounds and mediums such as painting, photography, jewelry making, and glass work. The SOFA ArtWalk takes place on Aug. 3 and 4 from 11 a.m.-5 p.m.


Wake up your brain

Join the Healdsburg Institute as they combat intellectual stagnation in a series of classes at Bergamot Alley on Aug. 3 and 10 from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. The two interactive classes, which are titled “Social Media & the Future of Journalism,” and “Your Brain on Food,” respectively, will be taught by Bay Area academics. Admission is $40 per participant.

Info: 331-4038. 328A Healdsburg Ave, Healdsburg.

Timeless movie music

The Green Music Center will host the San Francisco Symphony on Aug. 4 at 4 p.m. as they perform songs from the classic scores of movies such as Batman, E.T., Jurassic Park, and Harry Potter. Tickets for the concert, which is guest-hosted by actor Mark Hamill who played Luke Skywalker in Star Wars, will range in cost from $25 for general admission lawn seating to $100 for premium seats in Weill Hall.

Info: 866-955-6040, Rohnert Park Expressway at Petaluma Hill Road.

Wherefore art thou, Romeo?

The Avalon Player's summer Shakespeare performance is Romeo & Juliet, which will take to the outdoor stage at Buena Vista Winery Thursday-Sunday, Aug. 8-11, 15-18, and 22-25. Picnicking starts at 6 p.m. and curtain is 7 p.m. Tickets ($25 each) are on sale via Buena Vista Winery's website or at the door. Wine tastings and food are available for purchase on Friday and Saturday nights only. This long-standing Sonoma tradition is a wonderful way to enjoy the beauty of the August evenings.

Info:, 18000 Old Winery Rd., Sonoma.

The well-fed writer

Love to write, but hate to starve? A good writing income is closer than you think. On Aug. 11, from 3-5 p.m., writer Peter Bowerman will deliver a talk that explores the world of commercial freelance writing and how to succeed in it. The talk, which is sponsored by the Redwood Writers, will be held at the Flamingo Hotel in Santa Rosa and will be available at $5 for members and $8 for the general public.

Info:, 2777 Fourth St., Santa Rosa.

The history of abstract art

Join art historian Ann Wiklund at the Sonoma Valley Museum of Art on Aug. 13 and 20 to celebrate years of abstract art. From 2-4 p.m., travel back in time to New York City in 1913 and trace the philosophies behind the first abstract art through the abstract art of today, including the Museum's current exhibition “Akin: The Art of Nicole and Marc Katano.” Tickets are $40 for museum members and $55 for the general public.

Info: 939-7862, 551 Broadway, Sonoma.

Spruce up your writing

Learn tips and techniques from author Constance Hale on how to add that extra something to your writing, at this event at the Petaluma Community Center on Aug. 15 from 7-9 p.m. Hale will pull from literary masters such as Shakespeare and introduce a game and a contest to exercise the muscles that will liven up your prose. Tickets are $15 at the door.

Info: 320 North McDowell Blvd, Petaluma.

“Lady Marmalade” at the Wells Fargo Center

After a $2.8 million renovation this summer, the Wells Fargo Center for the Arts kicks off its 32nd season on Friday, Aug. 16, with Grammy award-winning soul diva, Patti LaBelle - her only Northern California appearance. Show starts at 8 p.m., with tickets ranging from $79 to $119.

Info: 546-3600, 50 Mark West Springs Road, Santa Rosa.

Wind in your hair

The Sonoma Valley Education Foundation is selling raffle tickets for a new 2013 Fiat 500C POP Cabrio, with a hot red convertible top and interior, valued at $23,750. The winning ticket will be drawn at this summer's big plaza event, the Red and White Ball, on Aug. 24. Raffle tickets are $20. Even if you don't enter the raffle, the Red & White Ball is not to be missed. It features Dave Martin's House Party Band, delectable food, including treats from the Sonoma Valley School Gardens, and exquisite Sonoma Valley wines. All proceeds from the Red & White Ball will be invested in local schools.


Not Just Landscapes

The Sebastopol Center for the Arts will be displaying a national juried exhibition of diverse artwork called “Not Just Landscapes.” The exhibit will include 71 pieces chosen out of the 550 submitted. The opening reception will be on Aug 1 at 6 p.m. in the main gallery, and the exhibition will continue until Sept 7.

Info: 829-4797. 282 S. High St., Sebastopol.

Friday Night Live line-up

Get your groove on at Cloverdale's Friday Night Live. August performances include Frobeck, Aug. 2, playing a blend of pop/funk/rock that won them first place recently at Petaluma's Mystic Theater Battle of the Bands. On Aug. 9, soul jazz guitar maestro Eddie Roberts plays with his groove jazz band West Coast Sounds. Friday Night Live is produced by the Cloverdale Arts Alliance in partnership with the Cloverdale Certified Farmers Market. Farmers Market opens at 5:30 p.m. Music starts at 7 p.m.

Info: 894-4410,

Natural art exhibit

The Quercia Gallery in Duncan Mills will present an exhibit featuring three artists: Stacey Schuett, Stacy Low, and Teri Sloat. Titled “Objects of Nature,” the exhibit will be open from Aug. 3 to Aug. 30, with a reception on Aug. 3 from 3-6 p.m.

Info: 865-0243. 25193 Hwy. 116, Duncan Mills.

Support local firefighters!

On Aug. 4, the Bodega Volunteer Fire Department will be hosting its 33rd annual Bodega Big Event BBQ. Admission is free for everyone. The fundraiser will begin with a short parade at 10:30 a.m. followed by live music from The Easy Leaves Duo and The Rupert Duncan Country Band, kicking off at 11 a.m. BBQ tri-tip and chicken will be served, $12 for adults and $8 for children. The event also includes games, arts and crafts, fire station tours, and raffles.

Info: 876-9438, 17184 Bodega Hwy, Bodega.

Calling all stamp collectors

The monthly meeting of the Santa Rosa Stamp Club will take place on Aug. 6 at 7:30 p.m. at the Lodge at Paulin Creek. The meeting will include stamp trading from 7 p.m. on and a speech by Dennis Buss on the implications of the anthrax letters scare in 2001 on the history and culture of stamps. Finally, a stamp auction will be conducted.

Info: 2375 Range Ave, Building D, Santa Rosa.

Honoring local art

Ramekins in Sonoma is partnering with the Sonoma Valley Museum of Art on Aug. 8 from 6-8 p.m. to hold a fundraiser for Kathleen Hill, the author behind the museum's upcoming exhibit Kitchen Memories. Local food and wine will be served as the community raises their glasses in a toast to Hill. Tickets for the evening are $25.

Info: 450 W. Spain St., Sonoma

Become a California naturalist

The California Naturalist Program is a new training program designed to introduce Californians to the Golden State's unique ecology and engage you in stewardship and study of its natural communities. Class includes basic ecology, watershed concepts, air quality, energy resources and global thinking, land use, geology, wildlife, and global environmental issues, as well as tools for collaborative conservation and communication. California Naturalist Volunteers complete 40 hours of combined classroom and field training and a recommended 40 hours of volunteer service. This residential summer intensive California Naturalist class will utilize a combination of science curriculum, guest lecturers, field trips and project based learning to immerse you in the natural world of Sonoma County. The residential certification class will be held at Occidental Arts & Ecology Center, Aug. 15-22. Cost is $1,200.

Info: 874-1557 ext. 101, 15290 Coleman Valley Road, Occidental.

Steinway Soiree

A refurbished 1927 Steinway that lived for years in a storage closet, under paint buckets and tools at the Veterans Memorial Building, will be featured in an evening paired with two films celebrating Steinways, their builders and tuners. Short silent film How to Build a Steinway in 8 Minutes will be accompanied by James C. Davis, one of Sonoma County's premier piano tuners, performing original music on the Steinway. The feature which follows, Pianomania, is a full-length film following Stefan Knüpfer, a piano tuner from Steinway and his famous clients Lang Lang, Brendel, Buchbinder and Pierre-Laurent Aimard as they search for the perfect pitch. The Steinway Soiree is Friday, Aug. 16, at 7:30 p.m. in the Robert Brent Auditorium. Tickets are $10, available at the door.

Info: 829-4797, Sebastopol Veterans Building, 282 S. High Street, Sebastopol.

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