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Dan Taylor on the fine arts scene.

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 »

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 »

Dave Chappelle adds second show at Wells Fargo Center

Tickets for a second show at 10 p.m. Oct. 13 by comedian Dave Chapelle at Wells Fargo Center for the Arts go on sale at noon today, Wednesday, Sept. 25. His first show, at 7 p.m. Oct. 13, was announced  last Friday, Sept. 20, and tickets sold out in less than an hour. The comic is best-known for his Comedy Channel TV series, “Chappelle’s Show,” which he left in 2005 after two seasons. Chappelle is currently out on the  nationwide… Read More »

Alice Cooper, George Lopez, Willie Nelson and Chicago coming to Wells Fargo Center

The 1970s star who turned rock and roll into shock theater, Alice Cooper, will perform at 8 p.m. Monday, Nov. 25, at Wells Fargo Center for the Arts. At his concerts, the rocker charmed snakes and cavorted with mangled mannequins onstage, inspiring the NY Dolls, KISS, Marilyn Manson, Nine Inch Nails, Motley Crue, Rob Zombie and others who followed. Cooper’s hits include “School’s Out,” “Billion Dollar Babies,” “I’m Eighteen,” “I Love the Dead” and “No More Mr. Nice Guy.” Tickets… Read More »

Funny 95.5 FM presents “Hey! That’s Funny…” comedy show in Rohnert Park

Funny 95.5 FM Radio of Santa Rosa continues its “Hey! That’s Funny…” series of  live comedy shows with a new edition Saturday, July 20, in Rohnert Park. The show features Sacramento comic Stephen B — who specializes in clean, Christian humor — and will start at 8 p.m. at the Spreckels Performing Arts Center, 5409 Snyder Lane. “We love to laugh and it is good for us,” the comic’s web site says. “The laughter opens the hearts and minds and… Read More »

Wells Fargo Center’s remodel of main theater under way

The main auditorium at Santa Rosa’s Wells Fargo Center for the Arts is just a shell of its former self at the moment, but it’ll look a lot better by mid-August. The center’s 1,600-seat Ruth Finley Person Theater closed in May for a $2.8 million renovation, and will reopen Aug. 16, when singer Patti LaBelle opens the center’s 2013-2014 season The hall was built in 1974 as part of the Christian Life Center and taken over by the arts center… Read More »

Wells Fargo Center for the Arts hits a new high with first day of season ticket sales

Santa Rosa’s Wells Fargo Center for the Arts broke its previous record last Friday, May 31, with the highest first-day ticket sales for its just-announced 2013-2014 season. More than 2,400 tickets were purchased, for nearly $150,000, a 60-percent increase over last year’s first day of season ticket sales. That makes this the biggest opening day in the center’s 32-year history. The center’s 1600-seat Ruth Finley Person Theater is currently closed for a $2.8 million renovation. The new season will open… Read More »

New season opens in August at Wells Fargo Center

Wells Fargo Center will kick off its 2013-2014 season in August in a newly renovated auditorium, with shows by soul diva Patti LaBelle, singer-songwriter Brandi Carlile, country music superstar Randy Travis and comedian Ron White. The opening blitz includes: LaBelle, Aug. 16, with tickets priced from $79 to $119; Carlile, Aug. 18, $39-$49; Travis, Aug. 21, $45-$59, and White, Aug. 24, $62-$172. The season also features comedy by Lewis Black on Sept. 13, $47.50-$57.50; an appearance by stars from the… Read More »

‘The Guerneville Tonight Show’ set for April 27

See a local musical variety show, billed as “somewhere between ‘A Prairie Home Companion’ and the old ‘Tonight’ show,”  Sunday, April 27, in Guerneville. “The Guerneville Tonight Show,” a benefit for River To Coast Children’s Services, runs from 7 to 9 p.m. at Veterans Memorial Hall, First and Church Streets. The show includes comedy by Bill Young,  music by the Sistars of Jazz and the Pocket Canyon Ramblers, and more. Admission costs $25. Food and wine will be available. Information:… Read More »

Kathy Griffin tapes Bravo TV special at Wells Fargo Center

Let’s just clarify something. Bravo TV has canceled comedian Kathy Griffin’s weekly talk show, “Kathy,” according to the Huffington Post. However. her two shows Friday at Santa Rosa’s Wells Fargo Center for the Arts still will be taped for another in Griffin’s long list of comedy specials for Bravo, said Kristi Buffo of Wells Fargo Center. There are still tickets available for both shows, at 7 and 10 p.m., but only a few are left for the early show. Admission:… Read More »