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Dan Taylor on the fine arts scene.

Single-day BottleRock music fest VIP passes available

A limited number of single-day VIP passes are now available for the third annual BottleRock Napa Valley music festival, running May 29-31 at the Napa Valley Expo in downtown Napa. Imagine Dragons, which recently released its newest album, “Smoke + Mirrors,” will kick off the festival on Friday, May 29, followed by Robert Plant of Led Zeppelin on Saturday, May 30, and No Doubt, closing the three-day event on Sunday, May 31. More than 70 musical acts will appear on… Read More »

Healdsburg Jazz Fest lineup announced

The Healdsburg Jazz Festival, scheduled to run from May 29 to June 7, will include a two-day mini-festival titled “Jazz and the Music of the Americas,” featuring prominent Latin musicians with a jazz connection, and jazz artists with a feel for Latin music. Performers at the mini-festival, set for May 30-31 at the Jackson Theater in Santa Rosa, will include  Brazilian vocalist Leny Andrade, Trio de Paz, pianists Kenny Barron and Pablo Ziegler, and bandleader Eddie Palmieri. Other venues for Healdsburg… Read More »

Smokey Robinson stars at Kate Wolf Music Festival

The godfather of soulful Motown music headlines at a festival named for a beloved California folksinger, when Smokey Robinson stars in June at the Kate Wolf Music Festival in Laytonville. The 20th annual festival held in honor of Wolf, who died in 1986 at age 44 of leukemia, will run four days this year for the first time, June 25-28. A star since his early days with the Miracles in the late ’50s, Robinson scored a list of hits, including… Read More »

Healdsburg Water Carnival canceled due to drought, other events still scheduled

Drought conditions in Northern California have had an impact on some popular annual river celebrations, including one cancellation, but others remain scheduled as planned. A quick update: The Healdsburg Water Carnival, popular in the early 1900s and resurrected from 2011 to 2013, will not be held this year because of the drought, according to Sonoma County Regional Parks. Last year’s event was held July 27. “The low flow due to the drought makes it unrealistic for us to create the… Read More »

Sebastopol Documentary Film Festival set for March 27-30

The seventh annual Sebastopol Documentary Film Festival returns March 27-30 with 71 films showing on six screens, and more than 100 filmmakers and guests expected. Tickets cost $25 for the opening night film, awards, and gala, $10 for individual films and special programs throughout the weekend, and $250 for all-access passes. The full schedule and trailers of the films will be available at www.sebastopolfilmfestival.org on Feb 15. Tickets go on sale to the public on Feb. 17. Advance purchase is… Read More »

Sonoma County Book Festival ends its 14-year run

After 14 years of presenting local and big-name authors, the annual Sonoma County Book Festival has ended. The Literary Art Guild, the festival’s sponsor, is disbanding due to lack of funds, said its president, Karen Petersen. “We had a fabulous run,” Petersen said. “Things come to an end. Support for arts organizations in general is waning.” The guild was founded to stage the first Sonoma County Book Festival in 2000. The festival was held yearly in Santa Rosa’s Old Courthouse… Read More »

Healdsburg Jazz Festival line-up announced

The lineup for this summer’s Healdsburg Jazz Festival will include “Celebration of the Blues,” a two-day mini-festival May 31-June 1 at Santa Rosa’s Jackson Theater. The festival within a festival will star blues harmonica virtuoso Charlie Musselwhite of Geyserville and jazz saxophonist Joshua Redman. The overall Healdsburg Jazz Festival, which runs from May 30 to June 8 at venues in and around Healdsburg, will feature jazz bassist Ron Carter and his quartet, the Marcus Shelby Orchestra and the Healdsburg Jazz… Read More »

Madrona Manor stages Sinatra salute

John DeMers, a Bay Area crooner who specializes in singing Frank Sinatra tunes, will perform Wednesday, Nov. 20, at “Come Fly With Me,” a fund-raising concert for the Healdsburg Jazz Festival. To be held at the Madrona Manor restaurant in Healdsburg, the evening will include a special dinner prepared by celebrity chef Jess Mullgren, as well as wine and dancing. Seating is limited, and tickets cost $150 each. For information or reservations: 707-433-4644 or healdsburgjazz.org. In addition to a long… Read More »

Healdsburg Jazz Fest and Charlie Musselwhite launch online fundraising drive

Blues harmonica star Charlie Musselwhite of Geyserville teamed up this week with the Healdsburg Jazz Festival to launch an online fundraising campaign for next year’s event. Posted on the fundraising site Indiegogo, the Healdsburg Jazz Fall Fundraiser seeks donations from $10 to $2,500. “We need to continue raising money year-round to keep our organization healthy,” said Jessica Felix, the festival’s artistic director, on the Indiegogo web page for the campaign. The festival has set a goal of $20,000. Incentives offered… Read More »

Toad in the Hole Pub plans fifth annual Mostly Python street party

Do you like music? Do you like BBQ? Do you like Monty Python? Do you like being silly in the street? That’s how the web site for the Toad in the Hole Pub in Santa Rosa’s Railroad Square pitches “Mostly Python,” its fifth annual block party and street fair. Running from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 11, in front of the pub, at 116 Fifth St., the bash includes four band, skits in the spirit of “Monty Python’s Flying… Read More »