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Dan Taylor on the fine arts scene.

Healdsburg Jazz Fest lineup announced

The Healdsburg Jazz Festival, scheduled to run from May 29 to June 7, will include a two-day mini-festival titled “Jazz and the Music of the Americas,” featuring prominent Latin musicians with a jazz connection, and jazz artists with a feel for Latin music. Performers at the mini-festival, set for May 30-31 at the Jackson Theater in Santa Rosa, will include  Brazilian vocalist Leny Andrade, Trio de Paz, pianists Kenny Barron and Pablo Ziegler, and bandleader Eddie Palmieri. Other venues for Healdsburg… Read More »

New World Ballet plans four-day workshop

New World Ballet, a Santa Rosa-based dance school, will mark Black History Month with a four-day dance celebration and workshop Feb. 26-March 1. The program will feature guest instructors with extensive performance experience and will include five classes, all at New World Ballet, 3273 Airway Drive, Suite D. The schedule of classes and teachers: Portsha Jefferson, Haitian folkloric, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 26. Kiazi Malonga, Congolese, 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 27. Jose Rivera and Metzi Henriquez, Afro-Brasilian and Carnaval dance,… Read More »

Tickets on sale for two Steely Dan shows in April

Tickets go on sale at noon Friday, Feb. 6,  for two Steely Dan concerts in April at Santa Rosa’s Wells Fargo Center for the Arts. The band’s founders and core members, Walter Becker and Donald Fagen, have worked with various supporting musicians and backing vocalists over the past four decades, selling more than 40 million records worldwide. The Rock and Roll Hall-of-Famers’ hits include “Reelin’ in the Years,” “Rikki Don’t Lose That Number” and “F.M.” Steely Dan will perform at… Read More »

Diana Krall concert rescheduled for Aug. 18 at Wells Fargo Center

Jazz singer Diana Krall and pianist will perform Aug. 18 at Wells Fargo Center for the Arts in Santa Rosa, as part of her newly rescheduled “Wallflower World Tour.” Krall was previously scheduled to perform at Wells Fargo Center on Nov. 13, 2014, but canceled that show, along with the rest of her fall U.S. tour, because on ongoing complications caused by a severe case of pneumonia. The five-time Grammy Award-winner will tour in support of her newest album, “Wallflower,”… Read More »

Nelson Family of Companies sponsors Transcendence Theater

The Nelson Family of Companies, a Sonoma-based staffing and recruiting corporation, will sponsor the 2015 and 2016 seasons of the Transcendence Theater Company, which performs outdoors every summer at Jack London State Historic Park in Glen Ellen. Gary and Marcia Nelson of the Nelson Family of Companies, have a long record of supporting arts, education and health programs, including a recent $3 million gift to the Sonoma Valley Hospital. Now in its fourth year, the Transcendence Theater Company is contracted… Read More »

Smokey Robinson stars at Kate Wolf Music Festival

The godfather of soulful Motown music headlines at a festival named for a beloved California folksinger, when Smokey Robinson stars in June at the Kate Wolf Music Festival in Laytonville. The 20th annual festival held in honor of Wolf, who died in 1986 at age 44 of leukemia, will run four days this year for the first time, June 25-28. A star since his early days with the Miracles in the late ’50s, Robinson scored a list of hits, including… Read More »

Moody Blues, ZZ Top coming to Wells Fargo Center in April

British rock legends The Moody Blues will bring their “Timeless Flight — The Polydor Years” spring tour April 29 to the Wells Fargo Center for the Arts in Santa Rosa. The center also announced that the Texas rock blues band ZZ Top (pictured above) will play there April 22. Both shows will start at 8 p.m. Tickets for both shows go on sale at noon Friday, Jan. 23, available online at wellsfargosfargocenter.arts, by calling 707-546-3600 or at the center box… Read More »

Documentary film ‘John Brown’s Body — At San Quentin Prison’ screens in Santa Rosa

  San Francisco filmmaker Joe DeFrancesco will screen his documentary, “John Brown’s Body — At San Quentin Prison” Saturday, Jan. 17, in Santa Rosa. The film follows rehearsals for a production of the Pulitzer Prize-wining play “John Brown’s Body” by Stephen Vincent Benet at San Quentin, performed by nine inmates and directed by Joe DeFrancesco. The play deals with slavery, freedom and the Civil War. The documentary combines excerpts of the play and interviews with the inmates. DeFrancceso and former… Read More »

Two Santa Rosa theaters screen ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’

Few films have had a lifespan like Frank Capra’s 1946 holiday classic, “It’s a Wonderful Life.” And this weekend in Santa Rosa, it will live again. The movie, starring Jimmy Stewart and Donna Reed, was nominated for five Academy Awards, including Best Picture, and ultimately was listed by the American Film Institute as one of the 100 best American movies ever made. After an initially weak showing at the box office when it was originally released, the story of George… Read More »

Five Sonoma County theaters screen free holiday films Dec. 17

Tired from Christmas shopping? Take at break at the movies for free, and help good causes. For the third year, the Santa Rosa Entertainment Group will screen free holiday films all day Wednesday, Dec. 17, at five local theaters. The films and theaters are: “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation,” Roxy Stadium 14, 85 Santa Rosa Ave., Santa Rosa. “The Polar Express,” Airport Stadium, 409 Aviation Blvd., Santa Rosa. “Four Christmases,” Summerfield Cinemas, 551 Summerfield Road, Santa Rosa. “Jingle All the Way,”… Read More »