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Dan Taylor on the fine arts scene.

Children’s Museum of Sonoma County plans June 1 festival

The Children’s Museum of Sonoma County invites the public to its future home at 1835 W. Steele Lane in Santa Rosa, next to the Charles M. Schulz Museum, for its “Groundbreaking Festival” from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, June 1. Long in the planning and fund-raising stages, the Children’s Museum is scheduled to open in mid-2014. In the meantime, the organization has been serving children and families since 2005 with its traveling “Museum-on-Go” program, which will be present at… Read More »

Wells Fargo Center announces family show series

China’s Golden Dragon Acrobats will open the 2013-14 Clover Stornetta Family Fun Series at Wells Fargo Center for the Arts with a performance Oct. 24. Other shows in the season include: Story Pirates, a performing troupe that uses stories submitted by children to create funny sketches and mini-musicals. 6:30 p.m. Nov. 13. “Angelina Ballerina: The Musical,” based on the hit Public Broadcasting System animated series and presented by Vital Theatre Company. 6:30 p.m. Dec. 4 “Stunt Dog Experience,” with dogs… Read More »

Lester Chambers plays Oct. 20 at the Mystic Theatre

At 72, Lester Chambers of the  ’60s rock and soul group, the Chambers Brothers, remains a busy performer. Chambers, who has been living in Petaluma for the past two years, will perform at  8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, at the Mystic Theatre, 23 Petaluma Blvd. N., Petaluma. The blues and reggae concert also features The Mudstompers and Zion Lion. Admission: $20-$25. Information: 765-2121, mystictheatre.com. Chambers is also featured on the first volume of the soundtrack CD for “Pacha’s Pajamas,” designed… Read More »

Children’s Museum of Sonoma County gets $10,000 grant

  The Children’s Museum of Sonoma County has been awarded a $10,000 grant by Wells Fargo. The gift will be used  for indoor exhibits on science, nature and the arts for the new museum. The museum is campaigning  to raise $1.8 million to finish its indoor exhibits and upgrade its site at 1835 W. Steele Lane in Santa Rosa . It  also recently received a grant from California Parks and Recreation for outdoor exhibits and improvements on the four-acre lot.… Read More »

Storyteller at Sonoma Valley Museum

The Sonoma Valley Museum of Art always likes to match its special events to its current exhibits, and the museum has come up with a winning combination this time. The exhibit is “Six Fairy Tales from the Brothers Grimm: Original Etchings by David Hockney,” which opened June 4 and runs through Aug. 28. The event is an evening with storyteller Cathryn Fairlee, Pacific Regional Director of the National Storytelling Network. Fairlee will spin yarns including the tale of Rumpelstilzchen, who… Read More »

Kids perform ‘Thoroughly Modern Millie’

The Town of Windsor Parks and Recreation Department, in partnership with Windsor Performing Arts Academy, will present a production this weekend of “Thoroughly Modern Millie, Jr.,” created by their fourth annual summer musical day camp. The  musical camp serves ages 12-18 from northern Sonoma County.  The students meet for five hours every day for three weeks while learning to sing, dance, paint and design costumes and sets. Show times:  7 p.m.  Friday, July 1;  2 and 7 p.m. and Saturday,… Read More »

Roustabout Theater adds ‘Sound of Music’ matinee

Roustabout Theater, the resident theater company and training troupe at Wells Fargo Center for the Arts and, opened its production of “The Sound of Music” on Nov. 19, and audience response has been strong. This is the closing weekend and tickets are scarce. “We have sold out Saturday night and the Sunday matinee, and Friday night is almost sold out as well, so we’ve added a Saturday (Dec. 4) matinee at 2 p.m.,” said Clark Lewis, artistic director and founder of… Read More »

ArtsSonoma Festival wraps up this weekend

This year’s second annual ArtsSonoma Festival, which began Aug. 28, wraps up this weekend, with arts events popping up at various venues around Sonoma County. Jennifer Sloan, executive director of the Arts Council of Sonoma County, offers a few highlights from the remainder of the festival’s very busy schedule: Today, Sept. 10: – Carnival of Chaos presents its “Night of Extreme Vaudeville” at 7 p.m.  at the North Bay Film and Arts Collective (formerly the New College) on Sixth Street… Read More »

Santa Rosa Children’s Chorus turns 25

“The Santa Rosa Children’s Chorus is 25 years old,” says director Carol Menke. “We’ve been making beautiful music in and around Santa Rosa, the state of California, British Columbia, and abroad for 25 years and we’re still going strong.” The chorus will present its Spring Choral Celebration  at 4:30 p.m.  Sunday, June 6, at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, 8400 Old Redwood Highway, Windsor. A celebration and gathering of chorus almuni will follow at 6 p.m. in Furth Center on… Read More »