Out, About & Around the County
Works in clay and glass
The Fourth Annual Clay and Glass exhibition runs now through Aug. 16 at the Healdsburg Center for the Arts. This annual celebration of beauty and fragility features the work of 16 California artists. From mysterious statuesque works using animal, human and/or natural elements; works that celebrate the daily rituals of drinking or eating from a comforting or fanciful cup; useable or decorative vessels; or the delicacy of adornment, there is something for everyone to enjoy.
Info: 431-1970. 130 Plaza Street, Healdsburg.
Messages from your subconscious
Your nighttime dreams hold the key to unlocking your truest self, your most authentic voice, and the infinite stream of creativity inside you. On June 18, the Writer's Forum presents “Learn How to Access Your Infinite Creative Flow Through Dreamwork” at the Petaluma Community Center, 6:30-8:30 p.m. In this playful writing workshop, led by dreamwork guide and writer Susan Audrey, you will learn how to use the wisdom of your dreams as a fascinating portal to creativity. $15 at the door.
Info: www.TheWriteSpot.us. 320 No. McDowell Blvd., Petaluma.
Mainly black and white art
Claiming that color weakened his art, Pablo Picasso purged it to highlight structure, form, and tonal values. “Mainly Black & White” at the Sebastopol Center for the Arts continues Picasso's quest for artistic purity in a show displaying approximately 60 works selected from over 700 submissions. “Mainly Black & White” will run from June 19-July 31. The opening reception will be held June 19, 6-7:30 p.m. in the Galletta Gallery, and is free.
Info: 829-4797, 282 S. High St., Sebastopol.
Info: www.cloverdaleartsalliance.org, 894-4410.
Barrels of Hope
“Barrels of Hope,” a project currently underway at the Sonoma Valley Museum of Art, showcases eight local artists' works based on repurposed wine barrels. Often whimsical in design, the barrels are original creations by painters, sculptors, and mixed-media artists who are donating their time and talent to raise funds for the Museum's programs. These unique pieces will be exhibited June 18-20, and will be for sale on the Museum's website. The exhibition will close with a reception and live auction of unsold barrels on Saturday, June 20.
Info: 939-7862, www.svma.org. 551 Broadway, Sonoma.
Harps, flutes and woodwinds
The Santa Rosa Symphony will give four free ensemble performances this month, as part of a year-long collaboration between the Sonoma County Library and the Santa Rosa Symphony. Principal musicians from the Santa Rosa Symphony woodwind section as well as the symphony's principal harpist and flutist will perform. The woodwind quintet, playing for children, will be on Saturday, June 20 at the Rohnert Park-Cotati Library at 1 p.m. A concert for adults follows at 2:30 p.m. The harp/flute duo performs for the whole family on Saturday, June 27, at 1 p.m. at the Sebastopol Library, and then at 2:30 p.m. at the Guerneville Library.
Info: 545-0831 ex. 1536, email@example.com.
Spark your imagination
On Saturday, June 20, at 2 p.m., the Sonoma Valley Library will host “California Sparks: The Presentation,” an intriguing blend of stories, humor, and breathtaking images from some of California's best photographers and state parks. International speaker and Santa Rosa resident Stephen Nett weaves together stunning photography, observations, demonstrations, enthusiasm for the outdoors, and inspiring human stories. This event is free. Seating is limited and is first-come, first-served.
Info: 996-5217. firstname.lastname@example.org. 755 West Napa St., Sonoma.
Father's Day pig roast
Bring Dad out for a feast fit for, well, Dad. On June 21, 12-3 p.m., at Cornerstone Sonoma, Santa Rosa Meat Company will host a whole pig roast with all the traditional fixings. There will be live entertainment, raffle prizes and pairings of summertime Meadowcroft wines. Cost: $45 for club members and $55 for nonmembers. Includes food, wine and entertainment.
Info: 934-4090. 23570 Arnold Dr., Sonoma.
Brews, Brats and Big Daddies
Info: 566-3667, email@example.com.
The Sonoma Valley Library “Sonoma Reads!” book discussion group meets monthly in the Library's Forum Room. The next discussion is Thursday, June 25, at 2 p.m. The book is A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway, the best American novel to emerge from World War I. Discover the unforgettable story of an American ambulance driver on the Italian front and his passion for a beautiful English nurse.
Info: 996-5217, firstname.lastname@example.org. 755 West Napa St., Sonoma.
KRSH Backyard Concert
Info: www.krsh.com/Backyard-Concerts/7045584. 3565 Standish Ave., Santa Rosa.
Poetry and prose at open mic
The Redwood Writers' monthly Open Mic Reading is at Gaia's Garden in Santa Rosa, on Saturday, June 27, from 2-4 p.m. Featured readers will be David Mechling and William Haigwood. All interested writers are invited to sign up for the second half. Mechling is a poet and writer who thinks poetry needn't be stuffy. Haigwood began his writing career as a journalist and has written a history, and several novels dealing with the 1960s counterculture. Join in for camaraderie and good literature. Support Gaia's Garden with a purchase of food and/or beverage ($5 minimum).
Info: www.redwoodwriters.org. 1899 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa.
Ancient Future is an improvisatory duet featuring world guitar pioneer Matthew Montfort accompanied by renowned India tabla virtuoso Vishal Nagar. The two present an innovative and accessible take on Hindustani classical music and contemporary fusion, with expressive and energetic renderings of raga and tabla. They will perform at the Sonoma Valley Library on Saturday, June 27, at 2 p.m. The event is free and open to all.
Info: 996-5217, email@example.com. 755 West Napa St., Sonoma.
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
Sonoma Raceway and Save Mart Supermarkets have teamed up to offer free admission to young race fans for the Toyota/Save Mart 350 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on Sunday, June 28. Kids 12 and under are free with the purchase of an adult ticket ($45) now on sale at all Save Mart Supermarkets and Lucky stores. The reserved seats are located in the Turn 9 Terrace, known for providing some of the best views of the road course. This year's Toyota/Save Mart 350 marks the final race for Jeff Gordon in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, as the five-time Sonoma winner steps away from full-time driving after this season.
Info: (800) 870-7223, www.racesonoma.com/NASCAR.
It's a mystery
Redwood Writers collaborates with Copperfield's Books in Santa Rosa's Montgomery Village to offer a monthly book club, featuring works written by its own members. The group meets on the last Tuesday of each month from 6-8 p.m. On June 30, mystery author Waights Taylor, Jr., will talk about his detective mystery, Kiss of Salvation. The books are on sale at Copperfield's.
Info: www.redwoodwriters.org. Copperfield's, 775 Village Court, Santa Rosa.
Superheroes In Love
Transcendence Theatre's Artist Series shines the spotlight on renowned artists as well as up and coming innovators creating groundbreaking and inspiring new work. On July 7 and 8, Broadway's super couple Desiree and Nicolas Dromard will perform an evening of song and dance at Paradise Ridge Winery, “Superheroes In Love.” He hails from Canada; she from Southern California. Together they joined forces to save the world...through song and dance. From Gershwin to Bublé and Astaire to Minnelli, this dynamic duo can do it all. Pre-show festivities begin at 5:30 p.m.; show begins at 8 p.m. Tickets range from $29-75.
Info: www.transcendencetheatre.org/artist-series. Paradise Ridge Winery, 4545 Thomas Lake Harris Dr., Santa Rosa
Little Murders, live and local
The next installation of Sonoma Local Arts Live, Jules Feiffer's political and social satire Little Murders, is running now through June 28 at the Sonoma Community Center. The play centers around a 60s archetypal sitcom family gone absurdist: Marjorie is a neurotic mother; Carol (the father) is losing his patriarchal prerogatives; Kenny (the son) is a homosexual coming in and out of the closet, and Patsy (the daughter) is torn between her self-recognition as an oppressed woman and the sequels of her education as an all-American girl.
Info: 974--1931, sonomaartslive.org. 276 E. Napa St., Sonoma.