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Out, About & Around the County: 04/01/2016

Out, About & Around the County

Silent Sky at 6th Street Playhouse

Silent sky
A celestial romance and true story of discovery, Silent Sky plays at 6th Street Playhouse in the Studio Theater, April 1-17. Henrietta Leavitt makes an amazing discovery about the cosmos and about love. But will she get the credit? Will her health give out before she gets the answers she's seeking? Will her family obligations keep her from the man she loves? Silent Sky is based on the true story of a Massachusetts pastor's daughter who leaves her home and beloved sister for a job at Harvard University's Observatory.

Info: 523-4185, ext. 1, 52 W. 6th St, Santa Rosa.

Is an MBA in your future?

The School of Business and Economics at Sonoma State University (SSU) will host two public information sessions about its masters degree programs on April 2 and 23 on the SSU campus in Rohnert Park. Meet with administrators, students, and faculty for an overview of the programs, outline of courses, and application counseling and support. The April 2 session will address the MBA/Executive MBA and the April 23 session will address the Executive MBA/Executive Wine MBA. Both sessions are from 10-11:30 a.m.

Info: Sonoma State University, Darwin Hall, Room 101.

Britten's Symphony for Cello and Orchestra

Zuill Bailey
On April 2, 3 and 4 at the Green Music Center, internationally renowned cellist Zuill Bailey joins the Santa Rosa Symphony, performing Britten's Symphony for Cello and Orchestra. Rhythmic Vitality, conducted by Maestro Bruno Ferrandis, begins with “Blue Fire” by Daniel Brewbaker and concludes with the ballet suite “The Three Cornered Hat” by Manuel de Falla, performed by mezzo-soprano Bonnie Brooks. Considered by many to be the finest symphony piece written by Britten, the Symphony for Cello and Orchestra presents a balanced interplay between the orchestra and solo cello. Concert times are April 2 and 4 at 8 p.m., and April 3 at 3 p.m. The Discovery Open Rehearsal begins at 2 p.m. on April 2. Single tickets are $20-$80.

Info: 546-8742, 1801 E. Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park.

Art studio opens to the public

The challenges of autism have been channeled into Julia Pozsgai's artistic skills in painting, drawing, collage, sewing, jewelry making and ceramic design. Pozsgai draws inspiration from nature, science, and just being alive. She will share her processes for creating art with the public when she hosts her first “Open Studio” on April 3, from 12-5 p.m. at Pansy Creations Studio. Visitors are invited to come see her creative workspace and techniques. Artwork will be available for purchase, and includes a diverse range of styles and prices.

Info: 430 W. Napa St., Suite F, Sonoma.

Spirit Doll workshop

Join master healing artist Nina Ayin Reimer for a unique sculpture workshop on April 3, 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Learn to sculpt, design and create a work of art and healing that you will cherish. All art materials and bag lunch are provided. To register contact Cost is $225.

Info: artFlare, 3840 Finley Ave., Studio #106, Building 33, Santa Rosa.

VOM Chamber Ensemble Spring Concert

The Valley of the Moon Chamber Ensemble's 9th Annual Spring concert takes place on April 3, at 3 p.m. at St. Andrew Presbyterian Church. All proceeds from the concert will benefit arts and cultural education programs at the Sonoma Community Center. Directed by Dr. Brian Sebastian, this year's concert features music of Thomas Weelkes, Orlando Gibbons, Morten Lauridsen, Matthew Emery, Saint-Saens, Debussy, Schumann, and more.

Info: 938-4626, 16290 Arnold Dr., Sonoma.

The best of the Bard

In honor of the 400th anniversary of the playwright's death, the Santa Rosa Junior College Theatre Arts Department presents A Shakespeare Cabaret on April 4 in Newman Auditorium. Directed by Gina Alvarado, SRJC theatre students will perform a collection of scenes, songs and comedy inspired by the Bard. Performances start at 5:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. These cabaret-style evening performances are suitable for both the Shakespeare devotee and novice. Recommended for ages 10 and above.

Info: 1501 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa.

Universal Religion

On April 5, long time Rosicrucian member Sharon Criss presents a talk on “Universal Religion” as part of The Mystical Seeker Series, presented by The Rosicrucians in Santa Rosa. Universal religion seeks to promote the most tolerant and humanistic communities while empowering individuals to experience the god of their hearts. Talks begin at 8 p.m. on the first Tuesday of every month at the Scottish Rite Center in Santa Rosa and are free and open to the public.

Info: 600 Acacia Lane, Santa Rosa.

Over 50? Come play!

Spreckels Performing Arts Center presents theater classes for older adults starting in April at the Rohnert Park Community Center. From Beginning Improv to Foundations of Acting, Musical Theater Moments to a Storytelling Workshop, there is a class for all seniors looking to learn new skills, explore their creativity and laugh a lot. Classes start April 6. Visit Brown Paper Tickets for a complete list of classes, times and prices.

Info:, 823-7293. 5401 Snyder Lane, Rohnert Park.

Sweet swing

Local Honey Swing Band
The Local Honey Swing Band was formed at the Camp Meeker Supper Club in 2010. Inspired by Django Reinhardt, Sidney Bechet and Billie Holliday, the band plays “small band Swing” that is suitable for dancing or relaxing. The Local Honey Swing Band plays in Cloverdale on April 7. Doors open at 7 p.m.; music begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 for Cloverdale Arts Alliance members and $20 for nonmembers.

Info: 204 N. Cloverdale Blvd., Cloverdale.

Global migration crisis discussed

Professor William Arrocha will speak about “The Global Migration Crisis” at the April 8 luncheon of the World Affairs Council of Sonoma County. Europe has been severely impacted by the greatest migration crisis since the aftermath of WWII. He will discuss current debates over refugee protection, security challenges and the moral dilemmas posed by irregular migration. Arrocha teaches in the Department of International Policy at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies. The noon luncheon will be held at the Flamingo Hotel in Santa Rosa. Members: $29, visitors $34. Checks should be made to World Affairs Council of Sonoma County and mailed to World Affairs Council, Box 1433, Santa Rosa, 95402.

Info: 573-6014, 2777 Fourth St., Santa Rosa.

Por la Luz de la Luna

A new ballet, Por la Luz de la Luna (By the Light of the Moon), will be performed at the Sebastiani Theatre April 9-10. Dancers Emily Curiel and Natalie Palmgren from the Sonoma Conservatory of Dance will play principal characters in the ballet, with choreography by Isabelle Sjahsam and Conservatory Artistic Director Patty O'Reilly. Palmgren will dance the role of the moon goddess Coyolxauqui, portraying the ancient Mexican myth of how the moon and sun came to be in the sky on opposite sides of the earth. Jesus Alberto Cortez, former principal dancer with Ballet Folklorico de Mexico de Amalia Hernandez, will dance opposite Palmgren as Huitzilopochtli, the sun god. Dancers take the stage at 1 p.m. both days.

Info: 476 First Street East, Sonoma.

Sheep shearing at Petaluma Adobe

How does wool come off sheep? How is raw wool turned into yarn? Find out at the Petaluma Adobe State Historic Park on Saturday, April 9. The famous Adobe sheep will be losing their heavy winter coats under the expert guidance of shearer John Sanchez. After the sheep are sheared, you can watch the first steps to turning the raw wool into yarn. The Petaluma Adobe served as the headquarters for General Mariano Guadalupe Vallejo's 66,000-acre rancho from 1836 to 1846, and sheep shearing was a necessary part of rancho life. The wool was turned into clothing, blankets and rugs and sent out to trade ships. Shearing takes place 11 a.m.-1 p.m. $3 for adults 18 and older, children 6-17 are $2, 5 and under are free.

Info: Petaluma Adobe State Historic Park, 3325 Adobe Road, Petaluma.

Guitar for kids at SV Library

Sing, dance, and feel the joy of music with Karen Slavin and her guitar on April 9 at the Sonoma Valley Library. There will be singing and dancing to new and traditional songs for children during Music Time at the Library, starting at 11 a.m. Free, but space is limited and is first-come, first-served. The Friends of the Sonoma Valley Library provides the financial support to make this event possible.

Info: 996-5217, 755 W. Napa St., Sonoma.

Stealing the show at Story Pirates

Luther Burbank Center for the Arts presents the interactive improv show Story Pirates, part of the Clover Stornetta Family Fun Series, on April 10 at 3 p.m. in the Ruth Finley Person Theatre. Recommended for all ages, Story Pirates is a lively, raucous experience where the audience shouts out ideas to the fast-on-their-feet performers who respond with lightning speed, guaranteeing that every show is unique. Tickets: $17 (adult), $12 (child) and $5 Lap Pass (for children under 2).

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

Do Cool Sh*it

On April 13 young social entrepreneur Miki Agrawal will be at Weill Hall presenting “Do Cool Sh*t,” named after her #1 Amazon bestseller, Do Cool Sh*t: Quit Your Day Job, Start Your Own Business, and Live Happily Ever After. Named one of Forbes' Top 20 Millennials on a Mission for her successful ventures, including WILD, Super Sprowtz, and THINX, Agrawal inspires others to do as she did: be bold, follow your intuition, and live your success. A dynamic speaker, she offers valuable advice on growing a business and living a better life. Starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets, $25; free for Sonoma State University Students.

Info: 1801 E. Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park.

Local music industry goes to the Next Level

Creative Sonoma and The North Bay Hootenanny present the Next Level Showcase and Conference from April 15-17, 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Next Level is designed to provide advice and expertise to local musicians to help move their careers forward. There will be a three-stage showcase of local and regional musical talent, including Royal Jelly Jive (swing), Ashley Allred (singer/songwriter), Mr. December (Americana), Lungs & Limbs (rock), Kevin Russell and the Rhythm Rangers (folk), and many others. The third day of Next Level will be a day-long conference at Chop's Teen Center with regional and national music industry professionals. Topics include getting booked, developing a fan base and licensing your music, as well as a keynote address from Griff Morris, senior manager of artist and industry strategy at Amazon Music. Tickets $20-$30.

Info: Arlene Francis Center, Santa Rosa's Railroad Square.

Peering into the past

On April 13 at 6 p.m., the Sonoma Valley Library will host librarian Katherine Rinehart discussing the genealogy and local history resources available through the library. The Sonoma County Library's History and Genealogy Library, located in downtown Santa Rosa, is a vast repository of sources, both online and in-house, available for researchers of genealogy and local history. Rinehart will demonstrate on-line resources such as, HeritageQuest and the library's online catalog. Other tools for researchers include archives of newspapers, specialized periodicals, the Sonoma County Genealogy Association, the Family History Center and other organizations. The event is free and open to all.

Info: 996-5217, 755 W. Napa St., Sonoma.

Learn about weight loss surgery

Sonoma Valley Hospital, in conjunction with Prima Medical Group, is offering an educational seminar on weight loss surgery on April 14, 5:30-7 p.m. The seminar is open without cost to anyone who would like to learn more about advanced, minimally invasive surgical options for weight loss. Leading the discussion will be Scott Perryman, M.D., a Board Certified, Stanford-trained surgeon who will discuss the impact of obesity on overall health and the benefits of weight loss surgery. Registration is encouraged.

Info: 938-3870, ext. 1. 347 Andrieux St., Sonoma.

Coffee with the Library Director

On April 14 at 4:30 p.m., Sonoma County Library Director Brett Lear will host an afternoon of coffee, conversation and listening at the Rincon Valley Library. “Coffee with the Director” is an opportunity for members of the public to have direct interaction with the principal administrator of the Sonoma County Library System. Stop by to meet and talk with Lear. Participants are encouraged to ask questions, discuss issues, or simply say hello. The event is free and open to all.

Info: 545-0831, ext. 1553, 6959 Montecito Blvd., Santa Rosa.

Scandinavian brunch, Viking archeology

A traditional Scandinavian brunch will be served by Freya Lodge Sons of Norway in Santa Rosa on April 16 at 12 p.m., at which time archeologist Mara Vejby will speak on the “World of Viking Archeology.” Vejby will take us into the “Great Hall,” the central part of Viking tradition, a gathering place where community members would eat, dance, sing, tell stories, and sleep. Cost is $22.

Info: 617 W. 9th St., Santa Rosa.

April in Carneros

On April 16 and 17, “April in Carneros” will feature events at 14 participating wineries, along with live entertainment, food tastings, local cheeses, olive oils, chocolates, food and wine pairings, winemaker interactions, possibly barrel tastings, and new releases introduced. Proceeds from the event benefit the viticulture scholarship funds of Santa Rosa Junior College and Napa Valley College. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. each day. Tickets are $75 per person, $15 for designated drivers.


Storied stories

California history storyteller Jim Silverman will share stories collected from wide-ranging sources on April 16, 2 p.m. at the Sonoma Valley Library. A Sonoma resident, Silverman will share Lucy Young's girlhood memory of her tribe's journey to collect salt, “show-and-tell” a replica of the first book for children published in California, and present a fairy tale biography of Emperor Norton, the famous San Francisco Gold Rush eccentric. This event is free and open to all.

Info: 996-5217, 755 W. Napa St., Sonoma.

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