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Dan Taylor on the fine arts scene.

Titus Andronicus, Conor Oberst & M. Ward play the Phoenix in Petaluma

You usually expect to find the best live music on weekends, but that’s not always the case. This week, the Phoenix Theatre in  Petaluma offers two visiting acts worth noting, both on weeknights: Titus Andronicus, and Conor Oberst with M. Ward. The New Jersey punk indie rock band Titus Andronicus released its fourth album, “The Most Lamentable Tragedy” –  a 93-minute, five-act rock opera –  in July. The band’s first album, “The Airing of Grievances,” came out on 2008. Since… Read More »

Grateful Dead tickets once high, now some go cheap

The Grateful Dead’s long, strange, 50-year trip, to end with the four surviving members performing two concerts in Santa Clara this weekend and three more in Chicago in early July, has gotten a bit stranger. When the Chicago concerts were initially announced early this year, Ticketmaster priced tickets from $59.99 to $199.50, but the cost went up fast. Some buyers paid over $10,000 for a single ticket, and sellers asked as much as $100,000 for a three-day passe. As KRCB… Read More »

Single-day BottleRock music fest VIP passes available

A limited number of single-day VIP passes are now available for the third annual BottleRock Napa Valley music festival, running May 29-31 at the Napa Valley Expo in downtown Napa. Imagine Dragons, which recently released its newest album, “Smoke + Mirrors,” will kick off the festival on Friday, May 29, followed by Robert Plant of Led Zeppelin on Saturday, May 30, and No Doubt, closing the three-day event on Sunday, May 31. More than 70 musical acts will appear on… Read More »

Ballet set to sounds of nature premieres in San Francisco

Bernie Krause of Glen Ellen, who has made a career of recording natural sounds, has found a new outlet for his art. Krause collaborated with choreographer Alonzo King and composer Richard Blackford to create a new dance piece, which will have its world premiere in San Francisco in April. The Alonzo King LINES Ballet will perform the untitled piece April 3-12 at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. Krause, 76, has spent more than four decades traveling around world,… Read More »

Jack London Park troupe to perform at Wells Fargo Center

The popular Transcendence Theater Company, which has built a large fan base with its outdoor shows in Jack London State Historic Park, will move indoors for a new series called “Transcendence at Wells Fargo Center for the Arts.” The company, made up of musical theater performers with Broadway and national touring company credits, will present a one-night only concert, titled “Oh, What a Night,” on June 24 at Wells Fargo Center, and return Dec. 4-5 to put on its first-ever… Read More »

Gabriel Kahane performs March 29 in Sebastopol

Singer, songwriter and pianist Gabriel Kahane, who spent his teenage years in Santa Rosa and has gone on to gain national attention, will perform Sunday, March 29, in Sebastopol. He’ll perform his own material from his latest album, “The Ambassador,” released last year. The album was named “one of the year’s very best” by Rolling Stone and described as “remarkable” by the New York Times. The show, a benefit for the Main Stage West theater company in Sebastopol, starts at… Read More »

Eilertsen named artistic director of Sonoma Valley Museum of Art

Kate Eilertsen, executive director of the Sonoma Museum Valley Museum of Art since 2009, has been appointed to the museum’s newly created post of artistic director. In her new role, Eilertsen will focus primarily on the downtown Sonoma museum’s exhibitions and educational programs. “This is a dream come true, to really concentrate on developing the artistic programs for this museum,” Eilertsen said in a statement issued Monday. This past winter, Eilertsen curated the first retrospective exhibit of work by Eleanor… Read More »

Outer Planes Comics and Games marks 10th anniversary

The Outer Planes Comics and Games store in downtown Santa Rosa will celebrate its 10th anniversary this Saturday and Sunday, March 14 and 15, with a sale, special guests, events, door prizes and promotional gifts. The program includes a Cosplay costume role-playing game tournament starting at noon Saturday, plus a magic show presented by the Shuffles Magical Ice Cream Shoppe, food from the BBQ Spot and coffee from the Brew Coffee House. On Sunday, guests include comic book artist Brent… Read More »

Bluegrass and Folk Festival set for March 14 in Sebastopol

The Sonoma County Folk Society will present its 15th annual Bluegrass and Folk Festival from 1 to 9 p.m. Saturday, March 14, in Sebastopol. The lineup includes Si Kahn, Anne and Pete Sibley, the Kathy Kallick Band, Steep Ravine, Bean Creek and Dan Crary, Steve Spurgin and Bill Evans. Doors open at noon at the Sebastopol Community Cultural Center, 390 Morris St., Sebastopol. Admission: $30 in advance; $35 at the door. Information: 823-1511, seb.org.

Ryan Adams performs May 22 at Wells Fargo Center

At Wells Fargo Center for the Arts, you can hear anything from big band music to children’s songs, but in May, the hall will rock. Ryan Adams will bring his current concert tour to the Wells Fargo Center  at 8 p.m. May 22. Tickets go on sale at noon Friday, March 13, for $49-$59. His 2014  album, “Ryan Adams,” released on Pax-Am/Blue Note, was nominated for three Grammy Awards, including best rock album, and best rock song and best rock… Read More »