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Dan Taylor on the fine arts scene.

Healdsburg Water Carnival canceled due to drought, other events still scheduled

Drought conditions in Northern California have had an impact on some popular annual river celebrations, including one cancellation, but others remain scheduled as planned. A quick update: The Healdsburg Water Carnival, popular in the early 1900s and resurrected from 2011 to 2013, will not be held this year because of the drought, according to Sonoma County Regional Parks. Last year’s event was held July 27. “The low flow due to the drought makes it unrealistic for us to create the… Read More »

Santa Rosa actor stars in new film ‘The Mendoza Line’

“The Mendoza Line,” a new independent film starring Santa Rosa comedian and actor Juan Carlos Arenas, will screen at 8 p.m. April 25 at the Roxy Stadium 14 in Santa Rosa. The screening will be followed by a question-and-answer session with Arenas and the film’s writer and director, Nathan Kaufman of Sacramento. In the film, Arenas plays Ricardo Perez, a hopeful minor-league baseball player who is in the United States without legal documentation. “This opens up the immigration issue in… Read More »

Billy Currington, Lifehouse headline 2014 Sonoma County Fair

Grammy-nominated country music star Billy Currington, the American rock band Lifehouse, young Australian pop star Cody Simpson and Radio Disney’s Coco Jones will be the headliners at this summer’s Sonoma County Fair. The fair, themed “Peace, Love and Fair” this year, opens July 24 and runs daily except Mondays through Aug. 10. Tickets for the fair’s headliner concerts in the Chris Beck Arena go on sale at 8:30 a.m. May 10 at the Santa Rosa fairgrounds box office. Online tickets… Read More »

Rock drummer Mickey Hart’s artwork on exhibit in Napa

Grammy Award-winning drummer Mickey Hart has never stopped experimenting, from his earlier days with The Grateful Dead to the present. Hart has collaborated with San Francisco choreographer Alonzo King, and with scientists across the country, who helped him translate brain waves, and light waves from space, into musical rhythms. Another of Hart’s experiments is featured in an art show titled “Art at the Edges of Sight,” on display through April 30 at Jamieson Ranch Vineyards, One Kirkland Ranch Road, Napa.… Read More »

John Lasseter honored by San Francisco Film Society

  John Lasseter of Sonoma, chief creative officer of Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios, will be honored at the annual San Francisco Film Society awards night gala May 1 at the Regency Center in San Francisco. Lasseter, creator of “Toy Story” and other animated hit films, will receive the George Gund III Craft of Cinema Award, named for the film society’s longtime  chairman of the board, who died last year. Other award winners to be honored include director Richard… Read More »

Santa Rosa artist included in Northwest Watercolor Society exhibit

Santa Rosa artist Hal Wright has been invited by the Northwest Watercolor Society to show one of his paintings at its 74th annual International Open Exhibition, running from April 19 to June 6 in Tacoma, Wash. Wright’s painting, “Bosc and D’Anjou Discover the Portal to Secret Valley,” was chosen for the exhibit at the American Art Company by the show’s juror, internationally recognized artist Donna Zagotta. “I’m happy to have Hal’s whimsical work in this annual show,” said Zagotta in… Read More »

Sonoma County artist Jack Stuppin spotlighted at San Jose art fair

As a pioneer of the Silicon Valley high-tech boom, who turned full-time painter decades ago, Jack Stuppin sees a fateful pattern in this bit of news: Stuppins’ colorful, imaginative Sonoma County landscapes will be shown April 10-13 at the Silicon Valley Contemporary and Fine Art Fair at the San Jose Convention Center. “It’s unique for me in this respect: I was one of the forefathers of Silicon Valley,” Stuppin said. “In 1966, I helped start a company called American Micro… Read More »

Mario Cantone of ‘Sex and the City’ plays May 9 at Wells Fargo Center

Actor, comedian and singer Mario Cantone, best-known as flamboyant wedding planner Anthony Marantino on the HBO series “Sex in the City,” will perform May 9 at Wells Fargo Center for the Arts. Cantone will be backed by musical quartet for the cabaret-style style show, to be presented in the center’s main theater. His stage credits include the Tony-nominated, one-man show “Laugh Whore,” Terrence McNally’s award-winning dramatic comedy “Love! Valor! Compassion!” on Broadway, and Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” at the Public Theater… Read More »

Lauri Luck’s ’60X60′ art treasure hunt a big success

Longtime radio newsman Paul Harvey used to have a regular feature he called “The Rest of the Story.” That always seemed like a good  idea, since once a story is initially reported, we don’t always hear how it eventually turned out. Last month, I wrote a feature story about Forestville artist Lauri Luck, who decided to celebrate her 60th birthday ( March 27) by creating 60 small pieces of art — paintings and dog statues made of wood — and… Read More »

Healdsburg SHED hosts ‘Strum’ dance and music show

The UPside Dance Company will present  “Strum,” a music and dance peformance with an original score by composer Mark Growden, at 8 p.m. Saturday  (April 5) and 2 and 8 p.m. Sunday (April 6) at the Healdsburg SHED, 25 North St. Healdsburg. Co-directed by Kate Ahumada and Tanya Tolmasoff, the piece will be performed by the UPside dancers and by Growden’s quartet and the Calling All Choir. Tickets, priced from $15 to $20, are available at www.upsidedance.com or at the… Read More »