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Dan Taylor on the fine arts scene.

Ballet set to sounds of nature premieres in San Francisco

Bernie Krause of Glen Ellen, who has made a career of recording natural sounds, has found a new outlet for his art. Krause collaborated with choreographer Alonzo King and composer Richard Blackford to create a new dance piece, which will have its world premiere in San Francisco in April. The Alonzo King LINES Ballet will perform the untitled piece April 3-12 at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. Krause, 76, has spent more than four decades traveling around world,… Read More »

New World Ballet plans four-day workshop

New World Ballet, a Santa Rosa-based dance school, will mark Black History Month with a four-day dance celebration and workshop Feb. 26-March 1. The program will feature guest instructors with extensive performance experience and will include five classes, all at New World Ballet, 3273 Airway Drive, Suite D. The schedule of classes and teachers: Portsha Jefferson, Haitian folkloric, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 26. Kiazi Malonga, Congolese, 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 27. Jose Rivera and Metzi Henriquez, Afro-Brasilian and Carnaval dance,… Read More »

Healdsburg SHED hosts ‘Strum’ dance and music show

The UPside Dance Company will present  “Strum,” a music and dance peformance with an original score by composer Mark Growden, at 8 p.m. Saturday  (April 5) and 2 and 8 p.m. Sunday (April 6) at the Healdsburg SHED, 25 North St. Healdsburg. Co-directed by Kate Ahumada and Tanya Tolmasoff, the piece will be performed by the UPside dancers and by Growden’s quartet and the Calling All Choir. Tickets, priced from $15 to $20, are available at www.upsidedance.com or at the… Read More »

Sonoma County Dance Guild plans fund-raiser, scholarship auditions

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 »

Wells Fargo Center partners with two additional arts groups

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 »

Axis Dance Company of Oakland to perform in Santa Rosa and Rohnert Park

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’ ballet screened at Summerfield

“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.  

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 »

Santa Rosa High School actress wins $10,000 ‘Beach Blanket Babylon’ scholarship

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 »

Santa Rosan a finalist for $10,000 ‘Beach Blanket Babylon’ acting scholarship

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 »