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Billy Currington, Lifehouse headline 2014 Sonoma County Fair

Grammy-nominated country music star Billy Currington, the American rock band Lifehouse, young Australian pop star Cody Simpson and Radio Disney’s Coco Jones will be the headliners at this summer’s Sonoma County Fair. The fair, themed “Peace, Love and Fair” this year, opens July 24 and runs daily except Mondays through Aug. 10. Tickets for the fair’s headliner concerts in the Chris Beck Arena go on sale at 8:30 a.m. May 10 at the Santa Rosa fairgrounds box office. Online tickets… Read More »

Martina McBride to play Sonoma County Fair

Country music superstar Martina McBride, pop teen singer Miranda Cosgrove and comic film and TV actor Jim Belushi all will be headliners at this year’s Sonoma County Fair. The fair will run daily, except Mondays, from July 25 through Aug. 12 at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds, 1350 Bennett Valley Road, Santa Rosa. McBride, known for her hits “Independence Day,” “My Baby Loves Me” and “Strangers,” will perform Aug. 7. The 16-year-old Cosgrove, who plays the title role in the Emmy-nominated… Read More »

‘Ugliest Dog’ contest film comes out on DVD

This Christmas season, the ugly dogs will have their day. “Worst in Show,” an hour-long documentary by two local filmmakers about the annual, wildly popular “World’s Ugliest Dog Contest” in Petaluma, comes out Dec. 13, on DVD, released by Breaking Glass Pictures. The film, made by Don Lewis of Petaluma and John Beck of Benicia, follows the rivalry between the 2009 winner, Pabst, a boxer mutt with a serious underbite, and Rascal, the 2002 champ, leading up to the summer… Read More »