“Precious Memories,” a stage work in progress written by community organizer and folksinger Si Kahn, will be performed by Sue Massek of the Reel World String Band at 8 p.m. Saturday, March 2, at Main Stage West, 104 North Main St., Sebastopol. Kahn’s one-woman play traces the life of Sarah Ogan Gunning, an unsung heroine of American folk music and labor movement songs. Almost unknown today, Gunnings songs about life in the coal mining region of Kentucky in the 1930s… Read More »
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Dan Taylor on the fine arts scene.
Mary Gannon Graham’s reprise of the one-woman show, “Shirley Valentine,” about a middle-aged English housewife searching for freedom, gets another turn onstage this month. Main Stage West, 104 N. Main St., Sebastopol, will run the show from Jan. 25 through Feb. 17. Admission: $10-$25. Information: 823-0177, mainstagewest.com. Graham previously starred in sold-out runs of the show during 2008 at the old Sonoma County Repertory Theater (now the home of Main Stage West) in Sebastopol, and in 2011 at the Cinnabar… Read More »
Main Stage West in Sebastopol is known mostly for its theatrical productions, but it puts on concerts, too. Drummer Scott Amendola and organist Wil Blades team up with guitarist Dave MacNab for a show Saturday, March 3, at the downtown theater. The Bay Area duo of Amendola and Blades and got started when Amendola wanted to perform Duke Ellington’s “Far East Suite.” Blades plays the Hammond B3 organ, used in the 1940s and ‘50s to recreate the sound of big… Read More »
After a decade as a professional Bay Area standup comic, Dave Pokorny of Petaluma decided he wanted something more from his work, and his life. “I turned into a storyteller as a comic, because it turns out in standup comedy, they want a laugh every 10 to 15 seconds, and I had all these stories I wanted to tell,” Pokorny said. “Comedy clubs were not going be the venues for me, so I vowed to put together a one-man show.”… Read More »
Singer, songwriter activist and recording artist Si Kahn — newly named writer-in-residence by Sonoma County’s Heritage Music Theatre — will appear at a fund-raiser for the theater company this weekend. The event will run from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday, April 22, at Main Stage West (formerly the site of the Sonoma County Repertory Theater), 104 N. Main St., Sebastopol. “This will not be a concert, but a chance for those who are there to talk with me in a… Read More »
Every Arlo Guthrie fan knows you can get anything you want at Alice’s Restaurant, ‘ceptin’ Alice. But you can get all the Arlo you want. Arlo — son of legendary American troubadour Woody Guthrie and longtime pal of Woody’s close friend and folk icon, Pete Seeger – will perform twice nearby this week. Arlo will perform with his own son, Abe, and the Burns Sisters at 8 p.m. Thursday, April 14, at the Napa Valley Opera House, 1030 Main St.,… Read More »