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Sonoma County seeks its next poet laureate

Petaluma native Bill Vartnaw, a lifelong writer and one-time San Francisco cab driver, is finishing his two-year term as Sonoma County's seventh poet laureate. The time has come to pick a successor, and nominations are open now. The job description is simple enough: Promote poetry in general and [...]

By | October 4th, 2013|0 Comments

Sci-Fi show at Imaginists

Science fiction doesn't necessarily require a big movie screen and expensive, computer-generated special effects. Sometimes, a small studio theater troupe is powerful enough to take you to worlds you never imagined. The Imaginists Theatre Collective’s Project 104 ensemble will present “Sci Fi Theatre: We from Afar,” an evening of four [...]

By | March 9th, 2011|0 Comments

Yiddish culture fest comes to Santa Rosa

Looking for something a little different this weekend? How about “A Taste of Yiddish Culture"? Celebrate the Jewish Community Center Sonoma County’s ‘Simcha Sunday,’ with Klez Calfornia presenting live klezmer music and cultural workshops, ending with a dance party, noon-5:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 27. at Veterans Memorial Building, 1351 Maple [...]

By | February 25th, 2011|1 Comment

ArtsSonoma Festival wraps up this weekend

This year's second annual ArtsSonoma Festival, which began Aug. 28, wraps up this weekend, with arts events popping up at various venues around Sonoma County. Jennifer Sloan, executive director of the Arts Council of Sonoma County, offers a few highlights from the remainder of the festival's very busy schedule: Today, [...]

By | September 10th, 2010|0 Comments

Poet Gary Soto at Mendo College

Well, let's see. Recently we've covered cinema, live theater, outdoor sculpture, gallery exhibits and nightclub acts. It must be time for some poetry. Gary Soto, poet and author of more than 50 books, will read selections including excerpts from his new poetry collection, "Partly Cloudy: Poems of Love and Longing," [...]

By | March 24th, 2010|0 Comments

Sonoma County’s new poet laureate

Some of you who live in Sonoma County may not even know you have a poet laureate, but you do. You've had a half a dozen of 'em so far, in fact. The sixth and newest Sonoma County Poet Laureate is Gwynn O'Gara of Sebastopol, known in Northern California both [...]

By | January 19th, 2010|2 Comments

‘Twisted Christmas’ in Santa Rosa

Tired of the same old  holiday fare year after year? Maybe you're ready something a little bit ... twisted. North Bay writer and actor David Templeton (above) hosts his seventh annual staged reading and variety show, “Twisted Christmas,” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5,  at Glaser Center in  Santa Rosa. [...]

By | November 27th, 2009|0 Comments

Of mice, men and Wells Fargo Center

For a beleaguered high school literature student, there are few reading assignments quite as welcome as John Steinbeck's "Of Mice and Men." It's easy to read, tells a powerful story and (compared to many of the great novels) it's blessedly short. But even for those motivated partly by short attention [...]

By | October 22nd, 2009|0 Comments

“All the Great Books” opens Vol. II in Napa

Last spring, Jennifer King directed a production of “All the Great Books (Abridged)” at Sebastopol’s Sonoma County Repertory Theater that had audiences howling with laughter. If you missed it, don’t worry. You’re getting a second chance. Long a mainstay at the Rep, King is also artistic director at Napa Valley [...]

By | September 9th, 2009|2 Comments