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Dan Taylor on the fine arts scene.

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 »

New Boudin bakery in Santa Rosa offers bread giveaway

There’s no shame in joining the bread line. In fact, in this case, it could prove rather prestigious. For the grand opening of its new Santa Rosa bakery and cafe, Boudin SF will give away a year’s supply of free bread to the first 100 people in line when the doors open at 9 a.m. Thursday, July 11. The new Santa Rosa location is at 2345 Midway Drive in Montgomery Village, on the corner of Farmers Lane and Montgomery Drive.… Read More »

Jazz on the Menu benefit Thursday in Healdsburg

If you value good taste, in both food and music, you won’t want to miss Jazz on the Menu, a benefit event for Healdsburg Jazz Festival’s music education programs, from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 2. Dine out at one of a variety of participating restaurants and hear live jazz, then hit the “After Party and Dessert Bar,” from 7:30 to 10 p.m., with the Sonoma State University Faculty Jazz Ensemble, at the Costeaux Bakery and Café, 417 Healdsburg… Read More »

Pegasus Theater stages a fundraiser

Pegasus Theater Company — a nonprofit, all-volunteer theatrical troupe with a long history in the Russian River area — is holding a fundraiser on the lawn of the Rio Nido Roadhouse,  from 6 to 9 p.m.  Sunday, Sept. 19, The event features live blues and rock music, for both listening dancing, by  Jake Richmond and Friends, with  vocalist Leah Miller. Admission costs $15, and includes a raffle ticket. Raffle prizes include dinner at area restaurants, kayak trips on the river,… Read More »

Art of the People: Day 2, with Guy Fieri

Reasoning that art is not the exclusive province of museums and galleries, we asked the public to share homemade artwork with us, and people are doing just that. Today’s featured painting is a portrait of Santa Rosa-based restaurateur and national TV show host Guy Fieri, created by Al Travasso and his five-year-old son, Tony. “We rummaged through dumpsters at his restaurants for labels of bottles and bottle caps, over 150, then painted his picture over it,” Al wrote. “His hair… Read More »