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Dan Taylor on the fine arts scene.

A new sidestreet art gallery in Santa Rosa

You’re not likely to notice one of Santa Rosa’s newest galleries as you drive down the main drag on Mendocino Avenue, but it’s worth a look. The Corner Store Collective Contemporary Art Gallery opened last summer on Ross Street, the one-way, one-block byway between B Street and Mendocino Avenue. In a plain reddish brown building at 575 Ross St.., the gallery is showing contemporary work by a variety of artists. Even the signage for the newest exhibit, “Deluxe: Deconstructing Luxury,”… Read More »

New superhero film ‘Sparks’ screens at Roxy in Santa Rosa

When the new superhero feature film “Sparks” screens Friday, March 7, at Santa Rosa’s Roxy Stadium 14 theater, several members of the cast will be on hand. William Katt, star of the early ’80s TV series “The Greatest American Hero,” will join Clint Howard from the film How the Grinch Stole Christmas and Jake Busey of the movie “Starship Troopers.’ Christopher Folino, the film’s writer, director and producer, also will appear. The film stars Chase Williamson as Ian Sparks, a… Read More »

Oscar-nominated short films screen at Summerfield, Rialto

Oscar-nominated movies get a lot of attention, but there are some that many movie-goers never get to see. Those are the short films, both animated and live-action, gathered for special release once a year in two separate feature-length packages. Two Sonoma County theaters will show the films, starting Friday, Jan. 31, at the Summerfield Cinemas in Santa Rosa, and Feb. 7 at the Rialto Cinemas in Sebastopol. The 2014 Oscar-nominated animated short films are: “Feral,” (USA). A wild boy, found… Read More »

Main Stage West presents Santaland Diaries

If you’ve already gotten an overdose of sugary sentiment this holiday season, you’ll want to check out Santaland Diaries at Main Stage West in Sebastopol. The show is based on David Sedaris’ semi-autobiographical account of his job as a Christmas elf at Macy’s in New York. It first aired in 1992 on National Public Radio, and was later adapted as a solo play by Joe Mantello. Starring David Yen as grumpy Crumpet the Elf and directed by Argo Thompson, this… Read More »

Cafe Aubergine in Sebastopol closed

The Aubergine Cafe in Sebastopol closed Sept. 30, but the adjacent Aubergine Vintage Emporium clothing store remains open. According to the recorded message on the emporium’s phone, the store’s San Rafael outlet also has closed. No reason for either closure was given. The cafe and nightclub, also known as Aubergine After Dark, served food and drinks and presented live music at one end of the Sebastopol store building. Phone calls to owner Randy Graves requesting further comment were not immediately… Read More »

‘Silence’ painting by Manok Cohen displayed at Spinster Sisters

“Silence,” a two-panel (or dyptich) painting by Healdsburg artist Manok Cohen, will go on display Wednesday, Oct. 2, at the Spinster Sisters restaurant in Santa Rosa. The two panels of “Silence” measure 36 by 48 inches each. Born in Laos to a Vietnamese mother and a French father, Cohen was sent to be raised in Normandy, France, after the outbreak of the Vietnam War, according to the artist’s web site.. After high school, she spent a decade in the South… Read More »

Bonnie Raitt, Moody Blues coming to Marin Center

  Tickets go sale at 11 a.m. Friday, June 7, for two October shows at Marin Center in San Rafael: Singer and slide guitarist Bonnie Raitt will perform at 8 p.m. Oct. 9 at the center, followed by Oct. 24 by the Moody Blues. Tickets cost $40.25-$99.50 for Raitt, and $55-$115 for the Moody Blues. For tickes 415-473-6800, www.rbpconcerts.com. Pre-sale tickets are available via Rick Bartalini Presents Facebook page at www.facebook.com/rbpconcerts starting at 11 a.m. Wednesday, June 5.

“Heavy Metal” movie from 1981 screened at Roxy 14 in Santa Rosa

In 1981, a movie came out that combined the talents of giants in two very different fields: comic books and rock ‘n’ roll. It was called “Heavy Metal,” after the slick, magazine-format comic book, an American version of the similar French magazine, “Metal Hurlant.” Now you can see it on the big screen again, after several decades, at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 30, at the Roxy Stadium 14 cinemas, 85 Santa Rosa Ave., Santa Rosa. The screening will be followed… Read More »

Rialto Cinemas screens ‘Mumia’ documentary

“Mumia: Long Distance Revolutionary, a two-hour documentary about journalist and writer Mumia Abu-Jamal, opens Friday (May 10) at the Rialto, 6868 McKinley St. Sentenced to death after he was convicted of murdering a policeman in 1981, Abu-Jamal continues to live and work on Death Row in a Pennsylvania prison. The film includes interviews with author-activists Cornel West, Alice Walker and Angela Davis, comedian and activist Dick Gregory, and journalist Amy Goodman. Tickets prices range from $7.25 to $9.50. Information: 525-4840,… Read More »

Petaluma Historical Library and Museum hosts gala concert

Soprano Carol Menke, pianist Elizabeth Walter and guest string players from the San Francisco Symphony will perform at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 21, at the Petaluma Historical Library and Museum. The performance is the highlight of the “Spring Gala Concert and Benefit Art Show,” presented by the Sky Hill Cultural Alliance and the Petaluma Museum Association. Admission costs $35, and includes complimentary wine and cheese. Seating is limited. Information: (707) 778-4398, http://www.petalumamuseum.com.