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 p.m. Saturday, March 8, at the Lomitas School House, 2421 Lomitas Ave., Santa Rosa. The evening will include a costume contest, dance performances, a raffle, a New Orleans-style dinner and… Read More »
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Dan Taylor on the fine arts scene.
The Wells Fargo Center for the Arts has formed new partnerships with two local arts organizations, the North Bay Stage Company and Sonoma Latin Arts. The North Bay Stage Company was started by former members of the Raven Players, a theater company that performs at the Raven Theater in Healdsburg. (The Raven Theater is opening a second site in Windsor.) Wells Fargo Center will now have two resident companies: North Bay Stage Company and the Roustabout Theater, a training program… Read More »
Sonoma County’s contemporary dance fans have two chances to see local performances by the internationally recognized Axis Dance Company of Oakland. Axis, known for choreography that integrates dancers both with and without physical disabilities, will perform at 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 16, at the Glaser Center, 547 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa. The performance will be followed by a question-and-answer session with Axis dancers, and a workshop class with dancer Bernadette Alverio of the Studio Gray dance studio in Santa Rosa.… Read More »
“Alice in Wonderland,” a ballet based on Lewis Carroll’s classic story and performed by the Royal Ballet of London, will be screened at 1 p.m. Sunday (June 30) and 6:30 p.m. Tuesday (July 2) at the Summerfield Cinemas, 551 Summerfield Road, Santa Rosa. The production, adapted by internationally known choreographer Christopher Wheeldon, runs 190 minutes, with two intermissions. Admission: $14-$18. Information: 522-0719, summerfieldcinemas.com.
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 »
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 Fugazi, home of the long-running musical comedy review created by the late Steve Silver, “I was very anxious beforehand, but when I went out to perform I felt lifted by the audience’s… Read More »
One of the finalists for a $10,000 acting scholarship in the annual contest sponsored by “Beach Blanket Babylon” in San Francisco is Madeline Rouverol of Santa Rosa High School. The nine high school seniors chosen as finalists in three categories will perform live Monday, June 3, at Club Fugazi, home of the long-running musical comedy review created by the late Steve Silver. A $10,000 scholarship will be awarded in each category. Rouverol, 18, most recently appeared onstage locally in Roustabout… Read More »
Tony Redhouse, Grammy-nominated performer from Tucson, Ariz., will perform at a “Native American Song Dance & Music Concert” from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, May 25, at the Petaluma Veterans Memorial Building, 1094 Petaluma Blvd. S. Redhouse, a dancer, musician and spiritual teacher of the Navajo Nation, also teach a “Dream Catcher Workshop” from 1 to 3 p.m. the same day at the same location. Admission costs $20 for the concert. The workshop fee is $7 for ages 7 to… Read More »
Massive Monkees, a high-energy break dance crew, performs Monday, April 29, on the Sonoma State University campus in Rohnert Park. Formed in Seattle in 1999, the Massive Monkees were on the fourth season of the MTV show “America’s Best Dance Crew” in 2009. In 2012 they won the international b-boy competition “R-16 Korea” in South Korea, becoming the first American crew to win in the history of the competition. The show starts at 7 p.m. in the Person Theater. Admission… Read More »
The four-day sold-out run of star choreographer Shen Wei’s dance piece “Undivided Divided” ended Sunday at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco. The dancers included former Santa Rosan Russell Stuart Lilie, 23, who also danced in the Hong Kong and Beijing performances of “Undivided Divided.” The piece features dancers performing on 16 canvas squares, using their bodies to paint pictures on the canvases. Lilie, born in Boynton Beach, Fla., participated in Santa Rosa High School’s ArtQuest… Read More »