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Dan Taylor on the fine arts scene.

‘Erotic Literary Soiree’ planned in Sebastopol

For starters, the name “Steamy Sonoma County” does not refer to the weather forecast. It’s a local organization devoted to the art of erotic literature, and it’s planning a public gathering to present erotic poems and stories by local authors. Titled “Hot August Nights: An Erotic Literary Soiree,” it runs from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 3, at Coffee Catz, 6761 Sebastopol Ave., Suite 300, Sebastopol. Speakers include: — Joan Price, editor of the “Ageless Erotic” anthology and author… Read More »

Keys and Shul duo plays at Aqus Cafe in Petaluma

Petaluma singer Stefanie Keys and San Francisco guitarist Dave Shul will team up for an evening of acoustic duets from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 30, at the Aqus Cafe, 189 H. St., in Petlaluma. Keys has performed as lead singer with Big Brother and the Holding Company, once fronted by Janis Joplin. Shul toured with Michael Franti and Spearhead for 14 years, and has performed with Counting Crows, Billy Preston and Dave Mathews. No cover charge. Information: (707)… Read More »

Jen Tucker Band releases new CD

If you like your music homegrown, this is for you. Jen Tucker’s first CD is titled “Something I Didn’t Do,” but the new album is, in fact, something she did do. The album was produced by Tucker and Santa Rosa’s Doug Jayne, co-owner of the Last Record Store, and released under Jayne’s Jackalope Records label. The songs, with titles like “Bohemian Highway” and “Humboldt Fog,” definitely have a local flavor. There will be a CD release party Nov. 19 at… Read More »

Oliver Lake Organ Quartet in Healdsburg

The Healdsburg Jazz Festival Master Series will present the Oliver Lake Organ Quartet at 8 p.m. Aug. 26 at the Flying Goat Coffee Café, 324 Center St., Healdsubrg The quartet, led by veteran saxophonist Oliver Lake, features young talent from the New York area: organist Jared Gold, trumpeter Freddie Hendrix and drummer Chris Beck. The show will include two sets of live music. Tickets: $25. Information: www.healdsburgjazzfestival.org; (707) 433-4633.

Poet’s paintings on display in Santa Rosa

Known for his own poetry, and the poetry readings he stages at the SOCO Coffee shop, Ed Coletti is branching out with an art show at the same venue. The show opened Thursday, June 2, and there will an artists’s reception from 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 4, at SOCO Coffee, 1015 Fourth St., Santa Rosa. Coletti’s acrylic and watercolor paintings will be on display through June 30. The shop’s hours are 6 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday through Friday, 7… Read More »

A’Roma Roasters marks 20th anniversary

When A’Roma Roasters opened 20 years ago, coffee houses weren’t nearly as common as they are now. At least, not in Santa Rosa. And certainly not in Railroad Square. Kay and Dayna Irvine, founders and owners, will celebrate two decades at their cafe, live music venue and popular local gathering spot, next Wednesday, Jan. 19. Collaboration with David Scott will play jazz from 2 to 4:30 p.m. A’Roma Roasters Coffee, Tea & Ice Cream is at 95 Fifth St. in… Read More »

Coffee shop art show in Santa Rosa

Art is where you find it, and sometimes you find it at a place like Louie’s Coffee Shop in the Marlow Shopping Center, #8, 1791 Marlow Road, Santa Rosa. Based on his own observation that coffee shops get more foot traffic than art galleries, oil painter and mixed media and collage artist Terrence Howell will open his new exhibit, “Where Abstract meets Realism,” Dec. 1 at Louie’s. “I did the math,” Howell said. Originally from Memphis, Howel moved to Sonoma… Read More »