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Dan Taylor on the fine arts scene.

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 »

Rio Theater salutes horror film director William Castle

Sebastopol author Joe Jordan vividly remembers the day he found out about the work of classic low-budget horror film director William Castle. “The date was Oct. 31, 1999. ‘House on Haunted Hill’ was being aired on television as part of a Halloween showcase. Two days earlier the Geoffrey Rush remake had been released in theaters nationwide,” Jordan said. Jordan went on to study Castle’s colorful career, which including directing 56 mostly low-budget films between 1946 and 1975. On Saturday, March… Read More »

‘Russian River’ film screens in Sonoma

The documentary film “The Russian River: All Rivers,” a close look at the condition of the 110-mile waterway, will screen at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 20, in Andrews Hall at the Sonoma Commnunity Center. The screening will be followed by an informal discussion with the filmmakers, William Sorenson and Stella Kwiecinski. There also will be a pre-show reception at 7 p.m. The presentation is part of the “Films for the Future Series,” co-produced by the center and by Transition Sonoma… Read More »

Guerneville man appears on ‘Jeopardy’

Nic Pereira, a pool and spa maintenance contractor from Guerneville, will compete on the ABC- TV quiz show “Jeopardy.” The episode airs at 7 p.m. tonight (Friday, March 6) on KGO, Channel 7. “Jeopardy” began  its 31st season last September 15, and reaches an estimated 25 million viewers each week.