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Out, About & Around the County: 06/01/2018

Out, About & Around the County June 1, 2018

Healing Art

In “Landscape and Memories,” running June 1-July 28 at the Santa Rosa Arts Center, artists offer their interpretations of the past to inspire the community as it transitions to a post-fire Sonoma County. Although much of the art was inspired by local scenery, not all of the paintings, sculptures and objects directly portray Sonoma landscapes. Many are individual conceptions and emotional impressions of “home,” and locations of our fondest memories, neighborhoods, environment and geography. There will be an opening reception on June 1, 5-8 p.m.

Info: Chroma Gallery, 312 South A St., Santa Rosa

Punk oldies in Rohnert Park

social distortion poster

Over the past 30 years, the punk godfathers in the band Social Distortion have all but trademarked their sound - a brand of hard rockabilly/punk that's cut with the melodic, road-tested lyrics of frontman Mike Ness. Their searing guitars and a locomotive rhythm section sound as alive today as they did in 1982, as do Ness' hard-luck tales of love, loss and lessons learned. On June 2, 6 p.m., Social Distortion comes to the SOMO Village Event Center in Rohnert Park. Tickets: $40, free parking. All ages.


A rockin' art class

On June 2, at 11 a.m., the Sonoma Valley Library hosts a rock painting class. Instructor Terrie Carver of West Coast Painted Rocks will teach participants how to paint rocks decoratively for keeping, sharing or hiding. Materials are provided. Class size is limited to 20. Free.

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

Blast from the past

historic race cars in Sonoma

Vintage racecars come to the Sonoma Plaza on June 2, for a popular annual charity event following Saturday's vintage car races at Sonoma Raceway's Historic Motorsports Festival. The event benefits the Sonoma Valley Education Foundation and Speedway Children's Charities, the charitable arm of Sonoma Raceway. Enjoy tastings from restaurants, wineries and breweries, as well as an up-close look at more than 30 historic racecars on display. The cars will arrive around 5:30 p.m. and park in front of City Hall until around 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $30 in advance or $35 at the festival.

Info: 800-870-7223.

Sing-A-Long Sound of Music; Illyria

The Sing-a-Long-a Sound of Music comes to 6th Street Playhouse on June 2 and 3, a screening of the classic Julie Andrews film in glorious Technicolor, complete with subtitles so that the whole audience can sing along. The show starts with a vocal warm-up led by the afternoon's host, who also takes the audience through their complimentary “magic moments fun pack,” containing various props to be used at strategic points throughout the film. Come in costume if you like. Starts at 2 p.m. Tickets: $15 for kids; $20 for adults.

If courtship hijinks and mistaken identities are more your thing, come to the Playhouse for Illyria, running June 15-July 8. This musical by Peter Mills and Cara Reichel is adapted from Shakespeare's Twelfth Night, the evergreen comedy about the unfortunate tendency folks have of falling in love with the wrong people. Mistaken identities abound in this gender-jumbled romantic tale, and the hauntingly beautiful music and clever modern lyrics breathe new life into a classic. Runs Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. Tickets are $28-$38; under 30 is $22.

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

Divas on display

After a week-long intensive training seminar with guest artists and operatic divas Emily Rawlins Struckmann and KS Jeanne Piland, Santa Rosa Junior College (SRJC) vocal program alumni and current students will present a gala recital performance on June 3 at 3 p.m. Most of the singers are connected with SRJC directly, either as current or past students of the vocal program, or as instructors. The concert will be held in the in Randolph Newman Auditorium in Emeritus Hall on the SRJC Santa Rosa campus. Suggested donation $15-$25. Parking on campus is $4.

Info: 1501 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa.

Shakespeare in the Vineyard

Enjoy a beautiful day at Shakespeare in the Vineyard on June 3, 2-5 p.m., hosted by Azari Vineyards. There will be a guest performance by renowned tenor Steven Harrison from the Metropolitan Opera NYC, as well as scenes and soliloquies performed by local talent. Bid on chances to win Giant's box seat tickets, Les Miserables tickets, Journey/Def Leopard tickets, wine tastings and more. Tickets: $45, includes lunch, two glasses of wine, and concert performance.


Music in the Mission

CSU East Bay Choir

On June 3, the Chamber Choir from CSU East Bay, acclaimed for its sensitive and exciting performances of varied and demanding repertoire, will perform songs from the Mission period in California, in the chapel of Sonoma's historic Mission San Francisco Solano. Songs include those by native peoples, Spanish music influencing the mission padres, and a mission-music suite. Tickets available at the door. Cost is $5 members, $10 general.

Info: 114 East Spain Street, Sonoma.

Rising from the ashes

Sonoma County Rises, a community based, wildfire recovery-focused organization, is calling on Sonoma County leaders to boldly place equity and community voice at the center of the recovery and rebuild process. SoCo Rises is hosting a Summit on Equity, Recovery and Resilience on June 4, at the Glaser Center in Santa Rosa at 5:30 p.m. to bring together disaster recovery experts, leaders in the community who are making decisions about recovery, and the greater community to forge together the strongest and most informed path forward. The program begins at 6 p.m., and will end by 8 p.m. Free. Childcare is available for ages 3-12, which can also be reserved in advance.

RSVP: 547 Mendocino Ave, Santa Rosa.

Make art at the market

art at Sonoma Market

The Sonoma Community Center is delighted to offer “Art at the Market” every Tuesday, from May through September, at Sonoma's Valley of the Moon Certified Farmers Market, 5:30 p.m. to dusk. The next date is June 5. The center will provide tools, materials and instruction to offer every child and family access to free, fun art activities that support play and positive exchange through creative expression in clay, painting, fiber, collage and more. Booth will be located next to the Bike Valet.


Succulents workshop

Learn how to plant containers with succulents at the June 7 meeting of the Valley of the Moon Garden Club (VOMGC). Create a succulent planting that best fits your style or garden theme. Participants should bring a small to medium-size container, preferably with a hole already in the bottom. VOMGC will provide the planting soil and succulent plants and cuttings. If you have unique and colorful succulents at home, bring some cuttings to share with members. Meet and greet starts at 6:30 p.m., meeting at 7 p.m., and complimentary refreshments and raffle follow. Members free, guests $5 at the door.

Info: Sonoma Veterans' Building, 126 First St. West, Sonoma.

Benefit concert for Rebuild Northbay

Cowpunk band the Surreal McCoys will play at a benefit concert to support the Rebuild Northbay Foundation on June 8 at Tyge William Cellars in Sonoma. The event runs 8-10:30 p.m., topped off with whiskey and cigars at the TWC Airstream, a silent auction and fund-a-need, light bites and cash bar. Tickets: $60 general (wine included). Sponsorships and tables available.

Info: 150 Wagner Road, Sonoma.

Golf tournament supports ag education

Join the Sonoma County Farm Bureau on June 8 at the Windsor Golf Club for its 17th Annual Golf Tournament. Proceeds support agricultural education programs including Ag Days, scholarships, 4-H and FFA programs, Agriculture in the Classroom, and Young Farmers & Ranchers. Registration and warm up begin at 11:30 a.m., with a box lunch at 12 p.m., a shotgun start at 1 p.m., and dinner, awards and raffle at 6 p.m. Various ticket prices.

Info: 1340 19th Hole Dr., Windsor.

Art on the plaza

Outdoor public art comes to the Sonoma Plaza this summer with Natural Affinity: California Women Sculptors in the Landscape, opening June 8 and running through Oct. 21, featuring sculptures by Gwynn Murrill, Lisa Reinertson, and Alison Saar. These artworks feature a shared concern for the natural world as well as human/animal interests concerning friendship, love, and the parent-child bond. There will be opening remarks by the artists and others on June 8, from 5:30-6:30 p.m., with a public reception on the plaza from 6:30-8 p.m. Guests are encouraged to bring a picnic.

Info:, 939-7862.

Belly laughs and belly moves

A Bollywood dance party and comedy show comes to The Laugh Cellar on June 9. The night will launch with a stand up comedy show by hilariously talented and well-known South Asian comics Priya Prasad, Samson Koletkar, and Priyanka Wali. After the show, the club will transform into the ultimate Bollywood Dance Party with DJ Brana. Doors open at 6 p.m.; comedy begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $28.

Info: 5755 Mountainhawk Dr., Santa Rosa.

Creatures of habit

The Mighty Creatures of Habit, featuring locals Rich Little, Steven Hammersly, Jeff Nead, John Nash, and George Mieling will play Sonoma's June 10 Flag Day celebration 1:30 to 4:30 p.m., in front of the Sonoma Plaza. They will also play Sonoma's 4th of July in the Plaza in amphitheater 1, directly after the parade. Then, on Sunday, July 1, they'll be “High on the Hog” at the Epic Steak in San Francisco, a benefit for guide dogs for the blind.


Chugging back into town

The Fourth Annual Railroad Square Music Festival is rolling into the station on June 10, shining a celebratory spotlight on the North Bay creative community for one day of multi-genre music in the heart of Santa Rosa. This free event will include five stages of music, with headliners like Frankie Boots, Sol Horizon, and The Highway Poets, plus circus performances, local food, wine, craft beer, a farmers market with over 15 vendors, a family/kids area and over 20 local crafters and artisans.


Mosey over to Cowboy Cab

Cowboy Cab on June 10, 4-8 p.m., is Teen Services Sonoma's (TSS) signature event to raise funds for Ready to Work - a multi-tiered job readiness and career exploration and preparation program serving more than 300 teens and young adults each year. Hear from TSS alums and coaches, learn their stories, and share good times with friends while enjoying lively music, a variety of liquid refreshments, and an amazing dinner served by the teens themselves in a magical setting overlooking the vineyards and hills at Cornerstone Sonoma. Tickets: $125 or $1,000 for table of ten.

Info: 23570 Arnold Dr.

Calling all cannabis enthusiasts

The Sonoma Valley Cannabis Enthusiasts (SVCE) will host its inaugural meeting on June 14, 3-4:30 p.m., on the back patio of Sonoma Grille. The steering committee consists of organic farmers Sam and Phil Coturri, biodynamic leader and Glentucky Family Farm founder Mike Benziger, florist and farmer Natasha Drengson; SPARC founder Erich Pearson, growers Sean Kelley and Joey Ereñeta of Terra Luna Farms, Glen Ellen Star restaurateur Erinn Weiswasser, and PR man and farmer Michael Coats. Goals are to promote the high-quality cannabis coming from the valley and adjacent locations such as Moon Mountain and Sonoma Mountain, promote best practices and avoidance of artificial chemicals and additives, and provide support services for cannabis businesses in the valley.


Tommy Castro plays Cloverdale

Tommy Castro & The Painkillers will deliver their blues-soaked, soul-baring sound at the Friday Night Live summer concert series in downtown Cloverdale on June 15. The Friday Night Live series begins with street fair festivities at 6 p.m. - meals to go, sweet treats, wines and craft beers, locally crafted art, jewelry, clothing and wellness products, and kids' activities. Music begins at 6:30 p.m. Arrive early and bring your own lawn chair. The concert seating area is limited. Craft beer, local wines, and non-alcoholic beverages are available for purchase by the glass.

Info: 894-4410.

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