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Dan Taylor on the fine arts scene.

Titus Andronicus, Conor Oberst & M. Ward play the Phoenix in Petaluma

You usually expect to find the best live music on weekends, but that’s not always the case. This week, the Phoenix Theatre in  Petaluma offers two visiting acts worth noting, both on weeknights: Titus Andronicus, and Conor Oberst with M. Ward. The New Jersey punk indie rock band Titus Andronicus released its fourth album, “The Most Lamentable Tragedy” –  a 93-minute, five-act rock opera –  in July. The band’s first album, “The Airing of Grievances,” came out on 2008. Since… Read More »

Five Sonoma County theaters screen free holiday films Dec. 17

Tired from Christmas shopping? Take at break at the movies for free, and help good causes. For the third year, the Santa Rosa Entertainment Group will screen free holiday films all day Wednesday, Dec. 17, at five local theaters. The films and theaters are: “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation,” Roxy Stadium 14, 85 Santa Rosa Ave., Santa Rosa. “The Polar Express,” Airport Stadium, 409 Aviation Blvd., Santa Rosa. “Four Christmases,” Summerfield Cinemas, 551 Summerfield Road, Santa Rosa. “Jingle All the Way,”… Read More »

Country Summer 2015 music festival lineup announced


Headliners for next year’s Country Summer 2015 music festival, to be held June 5-7 at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds on Santa Rosa, will include Jake Owen on June 5, The Band Perry on June 6 and Brantley Gilbert on June 7. Tickets go on sale at noon Saturday, Dec. 6, at $69 for general admission and $99 for reserved seats. A limited number of discount three-day packages will be available. The festival will include 14 country music artists in all,… Read More »

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.