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Sonoma County Dance Guild plans fund-raiser, scholarship auditions

Since 1959, the Sonoma County Dance Guild has awarded annual scholarships to dance students, with more than 80 of the recipients going on to professional careers as dancers, choreographers and dance teachers. To raise funds keep the program going, the guild plans a Mardi Gras-themed fund-raiser from 6 to 10 [...]

By | February 24th, 2014|0 Comments

Santa Rosa High School actress wins $10,000 ‘Beach Blanket Babylon’ scholarship

Madeline Rouverol, 18, a senior at Santa Rosa High School, won a $10,000 scholarship Monday from the Steve Silver Foundation and "Beach Blanket Babylon" in San Francisco. She was one of nine Bay Area contestants, competing in three separate categories, who performed for judges Monday night at Club [...]

By | June 4th, 2013|0 Comments

Local live theater win awards from online voters

Santa Rosa’s 6th Street Playhouse has won 2012 “Theatre of the Year” and four other awards from voters on the BroadwayWorld.com San Francisco web site. 6th Street's production of “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” won in the best local play category, and the show’s director, Michael Fontaine, [...]

By | January 23rd, 2013|0 Comments

Tom Waits gets Grammy nomination for ‘Bad As Me’

Tom Waits, rock hall-of-famer and longtime Sonoma County resident, popped up on the Grammy Awards nominations list last week. Waits was nominated in the best alternative album category for “Bad As Me,” a collection of reinvented roots and rock, and his first studio album of all new music [...]

By | December 10th, 2012|0 Comments

Arts Council Sonoma County honors emerging artists

The Arts Council of Sonoma County has announced the winners of the 2012 Sonoma County Artist Awards for Emerging Visual Artists. The winners are multi-media artists Mike Koftinow of Rohnert Park and Ryan Butler of Healdsburg, and painter Kai Samuels-Davis of Jenner. Each of them will each receive [...]

By | June 20th, 2012|0 Comments

SSU teacher critiques Oscar nominations

Christina Baker, an assistant professor in the American Multi-cultural Studies department at Sonoma State University, found a teachable moment in this year’s Academy Award nominations. In 1940, Hattie McDaniel became the first African American to win an Oscar, as best supporting actress as the mammy in “Gone With [...]

By | February 24th, 2012|0 Comments

Petaluma stage director gets award

Local playgoers may not recognize the name of director John Brebner of Petaluma.  But down in Marin County, he's a legend. The Ross Valley Players recently presented its first-ever "Life Time Contribution Award" to Brebner, 88, for his five decades of service. Brebner first directed "Anniversary Waltz" at [...]

By | November 28th, 2011|0 Comments

John Lasseter gets star on Hollywood Walk of Fame

John Lasseter has been a star since he made his directorial debut with “Toy Story,” the first feature-length, computer-animated film, in 1995. But now the Hollywood Walk of Fame is going to make it official at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday with a ceremony awarding Lasseter his own star on [...]

By | October 28th, 2011|0 Comments

Charlie Musselwhite wins blues awards

Charlie Musselwhite, legendary blues musician and a longtime Sonoma County neighbor, did very well last night (Thursday, May 5) at the Blues Music Awards in Memphis. Musselwhite won Traditional Blues Male Artist of the Year, and also was named best instrumentalist in the  harmonica category. He also was [...]

By | May 6th, 2011|1 Comment

Sculptor Mark di Suvero honored

For art lovers with a long memory of Sonoma County's brightest stars, one name leaps out from the list of 2010 National Medal of Arts recipients announced this week in Washington, D.C. Born in Shanghai, China, and now based in New York, sculptor Mark di Suvero lived near [...]

By | March 2nd, 2011|1 Comment