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Dan Taylor on the fine arts scene.

Dakaboom holiday musical comedy show comes to Kenwood

Dakaboom, a musical comedy duo featuring Maria Carrillo High School grads Paul Peglar and Ben McLain, will present its fourth annual holiday show at 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday, Dec. 27-28, at the Kenwood Depot, 314 Warm Springs Road, Kenwood. Both former students of Carillio’s award-winning choral teacher, Gail Bowers, the two comics are also singers, and co-founded the vocal ensemble Sonos with a third Carrillo grad, Jessica Freedman. Peglar left Sonos in early 2011 to pursue an acting career,… Read More »

Santa Rosans sing on NBC’s Sing Off

When the vocal quintet Sonos is introduced on the season debut of NBC’s “Sing Off,” airing at 8 p.m. Monday, Sept. 19, it’ll be identified as a Los Angeles group. But two of the singers, Ben McLain, 28, and Jessica Freedman, 24, are from Santa Rosa. Sonos, formed in 2006, is now based in Los Angeles and tours nationwide, with a third CD coming out soon on the Verve label. The new season of “Sing Off” features 16 groups competing… Read More »

Local dancers in SF Fest

Dancers from Maria Carillo High School and the RISK Dance Company in Santa Rosa, and El Molino High School in Forestville, will be among the performers at the Vision Series Dance Festival in the Cowell Theatre at the Fort Mason Center in San Francisco. The festival will feature talent from 12 high schools and 12 professional companies and colleges during each of two events, at 4 p.m. the next two Saturdays, March 5 and 12. There also will be performances… Read More »

Sonos comes home to sing

Sonos, the Los Angeles-based a capella sextet that made its onstage debut at Santa Rosa’s Maria Carillo High School more than two years ago, is coming home for a concert. The homegrown ensemble — Rachel Bearer, Ben McLain, Chris Harrison, Jessica Freedman, Paul Peglar and Katharine Anne Hoye — will perform at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 20, in the Maria Carrillo High School Theater, 6975 Montecito Blvd. The group’s new album, ‘December Songs,’ is due out in stores next week,… Read More »