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Dan Taylor on the fine arts scene.

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 »

Napa Valley Museum displays artwork by Miles Davis

“Miles Davis: The Art Of Cool,” an exhibit of more than 35 pieces of original artwork by the famed jazz trumpeter, opens Saturday, June 8, and runs through July 28 at the Napa Valley Museum in Yountville. The exhibition was inspired by “Miles Davis: The Collected Artwork,” a new book by Scott Gutterman with Miles Davis, with a foreword by Quincy Jones, scheduled for release on October 10. Davis died in 1991. There will be a reception at the museum… Read More »

Tickets on sale June 1 for B.R. Cohn Fall Music Festival

Tickets go on sale at 8 a.m. Saturday, June 1, for the 27th annual B.R. Cohn Fall Music Festival at the B.R. Cohn Winery Amphitheatre in Glen Ellen. The two-day festival will star Bad Company with Paul Rodgers, the Doobie Brothers, Pablo Cruise, Lara Johnston and Pat Simmons Jr. on its opening day, Sept. 21. The Sept. 22 line-up includes the Doobie Brothers, Heart, Gin Blossoms, Lara Johnston and Pat Simmons Jr. Parking is off-site at the Sonoma Developmental Center… Read More »

Healdsburg Jazz Festival announces summer lineup

The 15th annual Healdsburg Jazz Festival will feature the vocal ensemble Sweet Honey in the Rock, a two-day tribute to bassist Charlie Haden and the premiere of the Healdsburg Jazz Festival Freedom Jazz Choir. The festival, scheduled to run May 31 through June 9 at various venues in the Healdsburg area, also includes an exclusive appearance by the duo of saxophonist Charles Lloyd and pianist Jason Moran. Sweet Honey in the Rock, an a cappella group that combines African chanting,… Read More »