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Comedy nights start in Rohnert Park

After a trial show in November, local comedians Brian Thomas and Nick Hoffman return Tuesday, Jan. 8, to launch a monthly open mic comedy night at the Double Decker Lanes in Rohnert Park. The shows will run from 8:30 to 10 p.m. the second Tuesday of every month in the bowling alley’s lounge at 300 Golf Course Drive. Sign-ups for those who want to stand up and be funny will start at 7:30 p.m. before each show. There’s no cover… Read More »

Where to watch the Super Bowl

After several decades of running sports bars, Armand Ausiello has come up with a suprising theory about Super Bowl Sunday: Sometimes it’s better for business if the home team doesn’t make it to the big game. “The slower days were the years the 49ers made it all the way to the Super Bowl, because all the fans threw big parties for their friends at home,” Ausiello observed. When the Niners get to the National Football Conference championship game and lose,… Read More »

Battle of the Bartenders in Sonoma

A dozen local bartenders will compete for the title of “Sonoma’s Best Bartender” at the fourth annual Battle of the Bartenders at 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 16, at the Sonoma Veterans Building, 126 First St. W., Sonoma. The evening includes a DJ, a silent auction and raffle, food and drinks. Tickets cost $30 in advance and can be purchased until Friday, Oct. 15, at South American Secrets, Steiner’s, Town Square, Eraldi’s Menswear and Mary’s Pizza on the Plaza. Tickets will… Read More »

Upper Fourth to reopen as Christy’s on the Square

The once-popular upscale cocktail lounge on Courthouse Square, Upper Fourth, will come back to life later this spring under a new name and new ownership. The second-floor cocktail lounge above Flavor Bistro, will reopen as Christy’s on the Square in late April or early May, said new owner Amos Flint, a Santa Rosa contractor. He envisions a sophisticated place for the over-30 crowd. “We’re going to keep it really classy,” Flint said. “I think there’s a real need in this… Read More »