If you’ve already gotten an overdose of sugary sentiment this holiday season, you’ll want to check out Santaland Diaries at Main Stage West in Sebastopol. The show is based on David Sedaris’ semi-autobiographical account of his job as a Christmas elf at Macy’s in New York. It first aired in 1992 on National Public Radio, and was later adapted as a solo play by Joe Mantello. Starring David Yen as grumpy Crumpet the Elf and directed by Argo Thompson, this… Read More »
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Dan Taylor on the fine arts scene.
Two Sonoma County movie theaters plan special events this month. The Rialto Cinemas in Sebastopol opens the new monthly New York Film Critics Series next week, featuring screenings of new films before their national release, plus high-definition simulcasts of question-and-answer sessions with the stars and filmmakers. The first film in the series is “American Hustle,” starring Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper, Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, and Jennifer Lawrence. The movie was named best picture of 2013 this week by the New… Read More »
Santa Rosa photographer, arts activist, event organizer and former art teacher Katheleen McCallum will celebrate the opening of her art gallery with a reception from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25. The Kathleen McCallum Gallery, housed at 760 Village Court in Santa Rosa’s Montgomery Village, opens with a roster of more than 20 established artists, including Joel Bennett, Sterling Hoffman, Hanya Popova Parker, Winifred Potenza, Ron Rodgers, Bill Thies and Martha Wade. The reception will feature live music by… Read More »
Best-known as the legendary and iconic temple builder of the annual Burning Man arts encampment on the Nevada desert, Sonoma County artist David Best has created his first permanent steel structure. Sponsored by the Voigt Family Sculpture Foundation, his new 32-foot-tall work, Permanent Temple of Remembrance, will be dedicated with a ceremony and celebration from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 20, at the Paradise Ridge Winery, 4545 Thomas Lake Harris Drive, Santa Rosa. “David Best is renowned for his… Read More »
Santa Rosa stage, television and film actress Marjorie Mann appears in the new movie, I’m in Love With a Church Girl, opening in major cities nationwide Friday, Oct. 18, and Oct. 25 at the Roxy Stadium 14 in downtown Santa Rosa. In the film, Mann plays Julia Montego, the mother of a reformed drug dealer named Miles Montego, played by the film’s star: rapper and actor Ja Rule. The film follows Miles’ romance with a very religious young woman, played… Read More »
The ever-genial Paul Stokeld is throwing another party at his Toad in the Hole pub in Santa Rosa’s Railroad Square district. The second annual “GreenHopFest,” a celebration of the hop harvest starts at precisely 4:20 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 13, at the pub, 116 Fifth St. The event fetures fresh hop ales from local breweries, burlesque by Feral Fox and Violet Streak, and live music by the Philip Der Stein Sextet and the Gypsy Trio. Information: thetoadpub.com.
The Aubergine Cafe in Sebastopol closed Sept. 30, but the adjacent Aubergine Vintage Emporium clothing store remains open. According to the recorded message on the emporium’s phone, the store’s San Rafael outlet also has closed. No reason for either closure was given. The cafe and nightclub, also known as Aubergine After Dark, served food and drinks and presented live music at one end of the Sebastopol store building. Phone calls to owner Randy Graves requesting further comment were not immediately… Read More »
John DeMers, a Bay Area crooner who specializes in singing Frank Sinatra tunes, will perform Wednesday, Nov. 20, at “Come Fly With Me,” a fund-raising concert for the Healdsburg Jazz Festival. To be held at the Madrona Manor restaurant in Healdsburg, the evening will include a special dinner prepared by celebrity chef Jess Mullgren, as well as wine and dancing. Seating is limited, and tickets cost $150 each. For information or reservations: 707-433-4644 or healdsburgjazz.org. In addition to a long… Read More »
Lithuanian classical pianist Rudolf Budginas, currently a member of the Santa Rosa Junior College faculty, has attracted a following with his novel and eclectic musical style. His blend of music and comedy has sparked comparisons with famed pianist and humorist Victor Borge. Budginas’ popular YouTube video shows him dragging a conga drum and cymbal stand over to his grand piano before beginning Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony. The pianist will play rock, jazz and fusion music Saturday, Oct. 19, with guitarist Kenny… Read More »
Petaluma native Bill Vartnaw, a lifelong writer and one-time San Francisco cab driver, is finishing his two-year term as Sonoma County’s seventh poet laureate. The time has come to pick a successor, and nominations are open now. The job description is simple enough: Promote poetry in general and local poets in particular. Each poet laureate sets his or her own specific agenda. The deadline for nominations is Oct. 31, 2013 and the new poet laureate will be announced in December.… Read More »