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Dan Taylor on the fine arts scene.

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When my Uncle Greg was a young man, someone gave him a paint-by-numbers kit for Christmas. But Gregory Doyle was an unconventional man. First, he was a brainy botanist specializing in genetics for the U.S. Department of Agriculture at the University of Missouri. (“I study the sex life of corn,” he said.) And second, he had a zany sense of humor. As the family story goes, he tried to fill in the number-coded boxes with the appropriate colors for a… Read More »

SSU presents ‘The Black/Jew Dialogues’

Have you heard this one? These two guys walk onto a college campus … Well, if you want to get this joke, you’ll have to go see the two-man comedy show, “The Black/Jew Dialogues” at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 18, in Warren Auditorium, Ives Hall, on the Sonoma State University campus in Rohnert Park. As the college press release so aptly puts it: “What’s so funny about two American minorities that have slavery, the KKK and chicken livers in common?… Read More »

The show goes on in Guerneville

A one-man show is normally a fairly straight-forward production,without a lot of complex personnel issues, but when that one man can’t go on, there’s a problem. Actor John Rowan opened in the new Pegasus Theater production of John Sedaris’ “Santaland Diaries” as planned, on Dec. 5, but illness has forced him to drop out. However, in true traditional show biz fashion, the show will run through Dec. 20 as originally  scheduled.  Mark Gregory will step into the role of cynical… Read More »

‘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. A few samples of what you’ll see: * Satirist Will Durst reads “Crumbs at Midnight.” * Actor Tim Kniffin performs “Mr. Spock’s First Christmas.” * KRSO Radio’s Steve Jaxon reads… Read More »

Name that blog

The time has come to rename this blog. The word “Arts” doesn’t cover it all. It doesn’t describe a blog that includes political humor by Will Durst, one-liners by Eric Idle, a long list of accordion jokes and a short shot at the latest “Star Trek” film. It is true that I do try cover visual arts and theater in Northern California and shall continue to try, even though both scenes have grown huge, and I am not an army.… Read More »