Out, About & Around the County
Urinetown at SpreckelsUrinetown: The Musical, will be on stage at the Spreckels Performing Arts Center now through March 1. In response to a severe water shortage, private toilets have been banned, pay-to-pee public ones are owned by the Urine Good Company, and violators are sent to Urinetown, a mythical penal colony from which they never return. Except that the spirit of pee-for-free rebellion is afoot! This satiric musical-comedy taking aim at the justice system, capitalism, bureaucracy, politics - and public toilets - was nominated for 10 Tonys.
Info: 588-3400, www.spreckelsonline.com. 5409 Snyder Lane, Rohnert Park.
Get your read on - library book saleThe Friends of the Sonoma Valley Library book sale runs Feb. 19-22. A “Members Only” preview is on Wednesday, the 19th, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Memberships are available at the door and throughout the sale. The sale opens to the public Wednesday, 2-7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday hours are 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m., and Saturday hours are 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Hardcover books are $2, and paperbacks are $1.
Info: 996-5217, www.svfol.org. 755 West Napa St., Sonoma.
Challenges for IndonesiaThe nation with the largest Muslim population in the world is not in the Middle East and is a democracy, albeit a struggling one. Indonesia is a country suffering from some of the same political, economic and social problems that afflict other increasingly fragile democracies. The World Affairs Council of Sonoma County is sponsoring a lecture by Dr. Puspa Delima Amri, a Sonoma State Professor of Economics, speaking on “Indonesia's Democracy and Economic Development” on Feb. 20 at 7:30 p.m. at the Spring Lake Village Auditorium. Free for WACSC members and Spring Lake residents; $10 others.
Info: 573-6014, email@example.com. 555 Montgomery Dr., Santa Rosa
Say bye bye to your mattressThe Mattress Recycling Council's Bye Bye Mattress program and Zero Waste Sonoma are coming together to offer a free three-day mattress collection event in Cloverdale at the Cloverdale Citrus Fairgrounds, Feb. 21-23, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Only mattresses, box springs and futons that are not excessively damaged or wet will be accepted, at no cost, for recycling. Three-unit max per vehicle, per day. Up to 80 percent of a mattress can be recycled and turned into everyday products such as carpet padding, appliances, biomass fuel and more.
Info: 565-3375, www.byebyemattress.com. 1 Citrus Fair Dr., Cloverdale.
Improve transportation for the elderlyHow easily can older adults and residents with disabilities get around in Sonoma County? How often do they forgo important trips because they lack transportation? What are the local challenges, successes and gaps in services? On Feb. 21, 10 a.m.-noon at the Vintage Senior Center in Sonoma, you can give your input, which will become part of the Sonoma County Connected Communities Transportation Study. Fifty-seven percent of Sonoma County older adults and persons with disabilities stated they are concerned about access to local transportation, and better transportation systems allow better access to job options and financial opportunities for all residents.
Info: 565-5903, firstname.lastname@example.org. 264 First St. East, Sonoma.
Poundstone brings laughs to RavenHumorist, author and comedian Paula Poundstone will be at the Raven Theater on Feb. 21 at 8 p.m. Poundstone is known for her clever observational humor and spontaneous wit. When she isn't collecting hotel soaps while on tour or paneling on NPR's #1 show, Wait, Wait...Don't Tell Me!, she hosts the popular Maximum Fun podcast, “Nobody Listens to Paula Poundstone.” The podcast is a comedy field guide to life, complete with taste tests, cats of the week, and leading experts in everything from bee-keeping to ping pong to prosopagnosia (look it up).
Info: 433-6335, email@example.com. 115 North St., Healdsburg.
Chili Bowl Express in SonomaThe 11th Annual Chili Bowl Express returns to the Sonoma Community Center's historic brick building on Feb. 22. This event is the primary fundraiser for the Sonoma Ceramics Program and its community of clay students, artists, and instructors. Two lunch seatings are accessible to all at the low price of $30, which includes a handmade bowl of your choice (to take home), filled with chili, cornbread, and all the toppings. Additionally, there will be live music, a raffle, silent auction, tea, coffee, dessert, studio demonstrations and a gallery exhibition.
Info: 938-4626, www.sonomacommunitycenter.org. 276 East Napa St., Sonoma.
Eat your seaweedSonoma County Regional Parks is sponsoring “Seaweed and Sea Vegetables” on Feb. 22, 3-5 p.m. at Stillwater Cove Regional Park. Walk half a mile down a steep trail to the beach at low tide. Learn about the algae that forms the base of the ocean's food chain. Meet some of the intertidal animals who feed on seaweed. After the hike, stay to try a cup of seaweed soup. Wear shoes you don't mind getting wet. Meet by the trailhead in the northwest corner of the day-use parking lot. The cost is $10 and registration is required. Parking is $7 or free for Regional Parks members.
Info: 847-3245, www.sonomacountyparks.org. 22455 Hwy. 1, Jenner.
Meow! CatVideoFest at RialtoCatVideoFest is a compilation reel of the latest and best cat videos culled from countless hours of unique submissions and sourced animations, music videos, and, of course, classic Internet powerhouses. CatVideoFest, Feb. 22 (2:30 p.m.) and Feb. 23 (1 p.m.) at the Rialto theater in Sebastopol is a joyous communal experience, only available in theaters, and raises money for cats in need through partnerships with local cat charities, animal welfare organizations, and shelters, to best serve cats in the area.
Info: 525-4850, www.rialtocinemas.com. 6868 McKinley St., Sebastopol.
Bond, James BondSanta Rosa Symphony, with award-winning vocalist Laura Dickinson, present a concert celebrating the world's most famous spy - Bond, James Bond. This program on Feb. 23, 3 p.m. at the Luther Burbank Center for the Arts, will include all of the iconic music you have grown to love from Goldfinger, From Russia with Love, Diamonds Are Forever and Skyfall, plus tributes to other spies and detectives from around the world, including music from The Pink Panther, Austin Powers and Charlie's Angels.
Info: 546-3600, www.lutherburbankcenter.org. 50 Mark West Springs Road, Santa Rosa.
Looking for the blues?It's been said that you don't seek out the blues - it seeks out you. For guitarist Albert Cummings, no words are more true. Cummings' guitar wizardry has been compared to Albert King, Freddie King, Jimi Hendrix and even his own musical inspiration, Stevie Ray Vaughan. He has played with Buddy Guy, Johnny Winter, Susan Tedeschi, Sheryl Crow, and B.B. King, who called Cummings “a great guitarist.” Cummings' impassioned, all-inclusive style speaks directly to music lovers everywhere. He'll be at the Mystic Theatre on Feb. 23, 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 in advance.
Info: 775-6048, www.mystictheatre.com. 23 Petaluma Blvd. North, Petaluma.
Learn about IOLERO at SV Dems meetingWhat is the Sonoma County IOLERO and should a proposal to strengthen it appear on our November ballots? Joanne Brown, attorney, instructor, former Superior Court Commissioner, and past member the first Community Advisory Council of the Independent Office of Law Enforcement Review and Oversight, will explain the history and purpose of the IOLERO at the Sonoma Valley Democrats General Meeting on Feb. 24, 6-8 p.m. at the Sonoma Springs Community Hall. Everyone is welcome at no charge. Please bring a potluck dish to share.
Info: 939-8322. 18627 Sonoma Hwy., Sonoma.
Dinner is served for symphonyDinner Is Served is a one-night only opportunity, Feb. 27, when local restaurants partner with the Santa Rosa Symphony League to offer seats for a three-course meal. Several venues also include performances from the young musicians of Sonoma County who benefit from this event. Tickets range from $65 to $110 per person and include tax and gratuity. Proceeds support the Santa Rosa Symphony's Institute for Music Education. Participating restaurants include Barndiva, Healdsburg; Bistro 29, Santa Rosa; Ca'Bianca, Santa Rosa; Madrona Manor, Healdsburg; Piacere Ristorante, Cloverdale; Salt and Stone, Kenwood; Sazon, Santa Rosa; and Tisza Bistro, Windsor. No corkage fee.
Info/Reservations: 227-4314, srsymphonyleague.org.