Out, About & Around the County
Wherefore art thou, Romeo?
The Avalon Players' summer Shakespeare performance of Romeo & Juliet will take to the stage at Buena Vista Winery Thursday-Sunday Aug. 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.
Info: www.buenavistawinery.com, www.sonomashakespeare.com. 18000 Old Winery Rd., Sonoma.
Vintage Festival memorabilia
The Sonoma Valley Historical Society's Depot Park Museum has created an exhibit to honor the annual Sonoma Valley Vintage Festival and the people who work so hard to organize it. The festival is held annually the last weekend of September. The exhibit runs now through Oct. 6, showcasing many years of festival posters, booklets, newspaper articles and photos.
Info: 938-1762, 270 First St. W., Sonoma.
Picasso at the Lapin Agile
Imagine a chance meeting between a 26-year-old Pablo Picasso and a 25-year-old Albert Einstein in a neighborhood bar in Paris in 1904. Mix in a perplexed barkeeper, his streetwise waitress girlfriend, an accordion-playing barfly, a bombastic Parisian art dealer, and a few other characters, and you have a special night at the Lapin Agile. Actually, what you have is Steve Martin's comedic imagination working in high gear. Picasso at the Lapin Agile runs Aug. 15-18 and 22-25 at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, with a matinee on Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Sonoma Community Center.
Info: 938-4626, ext. 1, www.SVBO.org. 276 East Napa St., Sonoma.
Sneak a peak into the future
Transition Sonoma Valley continues its Third Thursday film series on Aug. 15 at 7 p.m. This month's event will attempt to answer the question of where our economy is headed, through the screening of two short films on the topics of sustainability and China's effect on renewable resources. Third Thursday events are free, and take place at the Sonoma Valley Grange.
Info: www.transitionsonomavalley.org. 18627 Hwy. 12, Boyes Hot Springs.
Become a mentor
The Sonoma Valley Mentoring Alliance will be hosting a mentor recruitment reception at which time you can ask questions and get answers from both mentors and mentees. The event will take place on Aug. 15 at the Sonoma Valley Museum of Art.
Info: firstname.lastname@example.org. 551 Broadway, Sonoma.
Celebrate the Steinway
The Steinway Soirée at the Sebastopol Veterans Building's Center for the Arts is a must-attend event for any music lover, featuring two historical films celebrating the legendary Steinway piano. Starting at 7:30 p.m. on Aug. 16, the two films, How to Build a Steinway in 8 Minutes and Pianomania, will be paired with music from the Veterans Building's own refurbished 1927 Steinway. Tickets are $10 and will be available at the door.
Info: 829-4797, email@example.com. 282 S. High Street, Sebastopol.
Want to green your thumb?
Prepare for the oncoming fall season by attending one of the food gardening specialists' free Fall Food Gardening workshops. Learn from master gardeners where to locate your garden, how to work soil, irrigate, and more. There are two workshops, Aug. 17 and 24, both from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The workshops are located at the Harvest for the Hungry Garden and Sonoma Garden Park, respectively.
Becoming Independent and Studios on A present “Art Delicious,” an exhibition featuring artwork by Becoming Independent and Studios on A artists, who share the building with The Gallery of Sea and Heaven, located in Santa Rosa's vibrant SOFA Arts District, just south of Juilliard Park. The opening reception will take place on Saturday, Aug. 17, 5-7 p.m., and the exhibition runs through Oct. 12
Info: 758-9123. 312 S. A St., Santa Rosa.
Wings Over Wine Country
Pacific Coast Air Museum and Charles M. Schulz-Sonoma County Airport present Wings Over Wine Country, Aug. 17-18, featuring aviators performing death-defying stunts, dozens of climb-aboard aircraft to thrill your inner pilot, and a hearty pancake breakfast. Starts at 9 a.m.
Info: www.wingsoverwinecountry.org. 2200 Airport Blvd., Santa Rosa.
Bicycle riders unite!
The Sonoma County Bicycle Expo returns to Santa Rosa on Aug. 18 beginning at 9 a.m. with the annual Ride About Town, a family-friendly bike ride highlighting public art in Santa Rosa. The rest of the day includes food, drink, bike building and racing, raffles, and more. Admission is free as is the valet bike parking.
Info: 545-0153, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.sonomacountybikeexpo.com. 5th St. between B & Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa.
Cheese and wine pairing
On Aug. 18, at 3 p.m., learn how to properly pair wine and cheese from Cheese School of San Francisco instructors at a beautiful private home overlooking Bennett Valley At this event, a fundraiser for the Sonoma Valley Mentoring Alliance, you will learn the guidelines for creating the best combinations of wine and cheese, using the award winning wines from Hughes Family Vineyards. Tickets are $125.
The Invisible War
The Academy Award-nominated documentary The Invisible War will be shown on Aug. 19 at the Santa Rosa Veterans Memorial Building. The documentary, which is about the controversial issue of sexual assault in the military, will be shown for free at 1 p.m. and will be followed by a discussion led by AAUW member Marianne Holt, and Kate Weber, a Sonoma County resident who appears in the film.
Info: 565-7176. 1351 Maple Ave., Santa Rosa.
A week of Steampunk fun
From Aug. 20-24, Sonoma County Library will host the Wunderkammer Festival, a week of Steampunk-related events at the Central Library in Santa Rosa. The events include a Steampunk graphic novel and anime program, Steampunk crafting workshops for both gadgets and costumes, and a Steampunk costume contest with prizes awarded for the winners. All of events are free.
Info: sonomalibrary.org. 211 E St., Santa Rosa.
Beware the Killer Rabbit!
The hit musical Spamalot is coming to Sixth Street Playhouse, Aug. 23-Sept. 22. This hilarious production is “lovingly ripped off” from the 1975 movie Monty Python and the Holy Grail which puts a humorous spin on the legend of King Arthur. Go to the theater's website for tickets and more information.
Maxx Cabello Jr. plays Cloverdale
Maxx Cabello Jr. is an amazing young rhythm and blues guitarist and prolific songwriter, and will be at Cloverdale's Friday Night Live series on Aug. 23. Music starts at 7 p.m., with a farmers market opening at 5:30 p.m. These events take place in Cloverdale's downtown plaza. Beer, wine, and non-alcoholic beverages are available for sale.
Info: 894-4410, www.cloverdaleartsalliance.org.
Free concert benefits The Living Room
First Presbyterian Church in Santa Rosa will be hosting a free concert featuring the works of Bach, Janacek, Beethoven, and more. Come to the church on Aug. 23 at 7:30 p.m. to support The Living Room and enjoy classical music performed on violin and piano by The Krechkovsky/Loucks Duo.
Info: 542-0205, www.fpcsantarosa.org. 1550 Pacific Ave., Santa Rosa.
Inspiring short documentary
The award-winning documentary The Words in the Margins will be screening at the Sebastopol Center for the Arts on Aug. 23 at 7 p.m. followed by a Q & A with the director, Sara Mott. The documentary, which is in a series of shorts with the theme of “facing challenges,” is about a friendship between a man and his reading tutor, a new immigrant from Kenya with his own challenges.
Info: www.sebastopolfilmfestival.org. 282 S. High St., Sebastopol.
Find your inner child
The Schulz Museum will be holding a Day of Innovation on Aug. 24 from 11 a.m.-3 p.m., as guests will create art in the spirit of Peanuts visionary Charles Schulz. Local artists and hobbyists will teach you how to make stop-motion movies, launch rockets, blow glass, and more. Admission is $5 for children and seniors, and $10 for adults; free for museum members.
Info: www.schulzmuseum.org. 2301 Hardies Lane, Santa Rosa
Calling all writers!
The Redwood Writers will be hosting their monthly Open Mic Reading at SoCo Coffee on Aug. 24 from 2-4 p.m., with readers Robbi Sommers Bryant and Linda C. McCabe featured in the first hour. The second half of the reading is open to all interested writers, so get there early to sign up.
Info: www.redwoodwriters.org. 1015 Fourth St., Santa Rosa.
Dance the night away at the Red & White Ball
The Sonoma Valley Education Foundation will be hosting the popular Red & White Ball on Aug. 24 from 6-11 p.m. The evening will feature live music from Dave Martin's House Party Band and others, the best in local food and wine, and a raffle to win a red and white Fiat 500. Proceeds benefit Sonoma Valley schools.
Info: svgreatschools.org/red-white-ball-tickets.html. Sonoma Plaza.
Time for the Tour de Coop
On Aug. 31, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., The Sonoma Ecology Center hosts its 3rd annual Tour de Coop, a self-guided tour of the homes of chicken owners throughout Sonoma Valley to view their unique chicken coops. Tour de Coop concludes with a community party at Sonoma Garden Park where participants will have the chance to vote for the Cutest Coop of 2013, and enjoy local food and refreshments. All Tour de Coop participants will receive a map of participating homes, and a Tour de Coop passport, and can tour the coops at their own leisurely pace. Bicycling is strongly encouraged. Ticket are $20; $15 for SEC members.
Info: www.brownpapertickets.com/event/431931. 19996 Seventh St. East, Sonoma.
City Party on Spain Street
On Aug. 30 at 6:30 p.m., the Sonoma Community Center will be holding its annual City Party in the Plaza. Featuring live music from the nine-piece band Crossfire, and beer and wine from the Sonoma Valley Rotary Club, this free event is guaranteed to entertain. Free bicycle valet will be offered to all attendees to accommodate street closings.
Info: 938-4626, ext. 4, www.sonomacommunitycenter.org.