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Dan Taylor on the fine arts scene.

Guerneville man appears on ‘Jeopardy’

Nic Pereira, a pool and spa maintenance contractor from Guerneville, will compete on the ABC- TV quiz show “Jeopardy.” The episode airs at 7 p.m. tonight (Friday, March 6) on KGO, Channel 7. “Jeopardy” began  its 31st season last September 15, and reaches an estimated 25 million viewers each week.  

Sonoma County’s Midnight Sun Massive band auditions for NBC’s ‘America’s Got Talent’

The veteran Sonoma County reggae and Caribbean music band Midnight Sun Massive will travel to Los Angeles to audition Saturday (Feb. 8)  for the NBC  television series America’s Got Talent. The band, formerly named Midnight Sun. was founded 25 years ago in Cotati by Milo Karobi and Andre Russell, who are still the group’s leaders. The band mixes mixes Reggae with the Caribbean styles of dancehall, ska, soca and calypso. Midnight Sun Massive remains the number-one Reggae band on the… Read More »

TV actress Sutton Foster sings at Jack London Park

The Transcendence Theatre Company will present two-time Tony Award-winning acress and singer Sutton Foster in concert Thursday, Aug. 1, at Jack London Historic State Park in Glen Ellen. Foster, best-known on Broadway for her Tony Award-winning performances in “Anything Goes” and “Thoroughly Modern Millie,” also originated leading roles in “The Drowsy Chaperone,” “Little Women,” “Young Frankenstein” and “Shrek the Musical.” Currently, Foster stars in ABC Family’s new series “Bunheads.” Foster was first seen on television on “Star Search” at age… Read More »

Kevin Dobson, Joan Van Ark, Will and Debi Durst star in ‘Love Letters’ in Rohnert Park

Director Don Gibble will present two screen actors in his production of A.R. Gurney’s play, “Love Letters,” at the Spreckels Performing Arts Center, 5409 Snyder Lane, Rohnert Park. Kevin Dobson and Joan Van Ark of the “Knots Landing” TV series will perform in the show at 8 p.m. June 7 and 2 p.m. June 8. The husband-and-wife team of comedians Will and Debi Durst will appear at 8 p.m. June 8 and 2 p.m. June 9. Eric Roberts was scheduled… Read More »

Healdsburg Museum exhibits memorabilia from actor Fred MacMurray’s nearby ranch

Fred MacMurray is remembered as a successful screen actor, from his dark portrayal of a desperate man in the 1944 crime drama “Double Indemnity” to the title role of Disney’s “Absent-Minded Professor” in 1961. Above all, he was the ultimate father figure, whether he was playing the exasperated dad in the original “Shaggy Dog” film in 1959, or the wiser, calmer patriarch in 12 seasons of TV’s “My Three Sons,” from 1960 to 1972. In the Healdsburg area, MacMurray and… Read More »

Former Sonoma County artist hosts Australian TV series

Followers of local fine arts may remember an Australian painter named Graeme Stevenson, who lived and worked in Sonoma County for a decade, from 1991 to 2001, before returning to his homeland. He was back in Santa Rosa recently, talking about his Australian reality television series, “Put Some Color In Your Life.” A husky 54-year-old, with piercing blue eyes and reddish and white hair and beard, Stevenson doesn’t look much like the art critic type you might expect to host… Read More »

Santa Rosa singer Pete Stringfellow gets a bit part on ABC-TV’s ‘Nashville’

Santa Rosa actor and country singer Pete Stringfellow wants his fans and friends to tune in to ABC-TV’s “Nashville” at 10 tonight, May 8. Assuming he hasn’t been edited out, he’ll appear in several scenes as a member of a band’s road crew, speaking a few lines and even playing a little guitar. “Hopefully, I’ll make the cut,” he said. “They treated me like a rock star during the shoot. I had a stand-in and even a trailer.” Stringfellow, 40,… Read More »

The ‘House on the Hill’ from TV series is in Sonoma County

Local Facebook friends are buzzing about “The House on a Hill,” an independent TV series filmed in Sonoma County and starring Jeff Bodean of Santa Rosa. The show follows an aging rock star who moves out of Beverly Hills and into a secluded Gothic mansion in the countryside. The “mansion” is actually a $200,000 set that Bodean and his Crowhaven Productions company have constructed over the past two years indoors at the business park near the Charles M. Schulz/Sonoma County… Read More »

Santa Rosa comedian on TV

Santa Rosa stand-up comic Juan Carlos will make his first national television appearance Thursday, Jan. 5, on the Discovery Channel series, “I Almost Got Away With It.” The show will run at 6 and 9 p.m. on Comcast channel 804, Direct TV channel 285 and Dish Network channel 192. The comic will host a screening at 9 p.m. Thursday at the Sweet River Grill and Bar, 248 Coddingtown Mall, Santa Rosa. Information: (707) 526-0400. The comedian has performed in clubs… Read More »

Larry King’s Santa Rosa appearance canceled

Former TV talk show host Larry King’s appearance at Wells Fargo Center for the Arts, scheduled for Jan. 8, has been canceled. A spokesman for the center said the event’s cancellation was “due to an unexpected scheduling conflict.” Patrons with tickets to the performance will receive a full refund, the center announced. Information: 546-3600, wellsfargocenterarts.org.