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Dan Taylor on the fine arts scene.

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 »

Jerry Seinfeld plays May 16 at Wells Fargo Center

It won’t be a show about nothing when comedian Jerry Seinfeld performs May 16 at Santa Rosa the Wells Fargo Center for the Arts. Tickets go on sale at noon April 4 for the TV and standup comedy star’s two shows in May, at 7 and 10 p.m. The comedian famously described his situation comedy, “Seinfeld,” which ran from 1989 to 1998 on NBC, as “a show about nothing.” Ticket prices are $128, $96.50, and $78. For tickets: 546-3600, wellsfargocenterarts.org… Read More »

Documentary on Italian immigrants in California screened

The North Bay Italian Cultural Foundation will screen the documentary film “Finding the Motherlode: Italian Immigrants in California” at 4:30 p.m. Sunday, April 6, in Carole Ellis Auditorium on the Santa Rosa Junior College’s Petaluma Campus. In “Finding the Motherlode,” filmmakers Gianfranco Norelli and Suma Kurien document stories set in seven Italian communities throughout California, including Sonoma County. Norelli and Kurien will participate in a public discussion after the film. The event co-sponsored by the SRJC Department of Modern and… Read More »