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Dan Taylor on the fine arts scene.

Author runs to book signing, from Petaluma to Sebastopol

Jaimal Yogis is an author and journalist who believes in facing his fears. So it’s no surprise he plans a 17-mile run, from Copperfield’s Books in Petaluma to the Copperfield’s in Sebastopol, where he will speak at at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 24. He invites others to run along with him. “This run makes me nervous, because it’s a long distance, but it’s in overcoming these controlled physical fears that can help us better manage the unexpected stress of daily… Read More »

Snoop Dogg to perform Dec. 15 at the Phoenix

Hip-hop star Snoop Dog will perform at 9 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, at the Phoenix Theater, 201 Washington St., Petaluma. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, for $70 each at Ticketfly.com and the Last Record Store in  Santa Rosa. “It’s a very exciting show for the Phoenix,” said Jim Agius, co-promoter of the Petaluma concert. “It’s kind of unbelievable that Snoop headlined the Coachella Music Festival earlier this year, and now he’ll be doing a run… Read More »

Teen author and director stages new play at Cinnabar

While some high school students might aspire to become Buster Posey of the San Francisco Giants, Dezi Gallegos of Petaluma would rather be John Cleese of Monty Python’s Flying Circus. Gallegos, a 17-year-old senior at Marin Academy, is the author, director and star of a new two-act comedy play, titled “Quite Dead,” with a very British flavor. “In my junior year, on my drive to school, I had this idea for a British comedy, inspired by the humor of Monty… Read More »

Petaluma boy chosen for music video

Last month, Los Angeles singer-songwriter Jake Walden of Cotati came home to Sonoma County to shoot his new music video, and he recruited a little local help. Tanner Sklove, 11, of Petaluma, appears in the new video for Walden’s “Even in Your Doubt,” as a younger version of Walden. The video was filmed in Old Grove Redwoods near Occidental. And while young Sklove neither talks nor sings in the video, he’s prominently featured at the beginning and the end. The… Read More »

‘Teen Wolf’ TV star’s band plays Phoenix Theatre

When the cleverly named L.A. rock band Lost in Kostko performs Oct. 21 at Petaluma’s Phoenix Theatre, the performance should pack some extra bite. The band’s lead singer and guitarist is Tyler Posey, 19, star of the MTV series “Teen Wolf.” The band also includes guitarist and singer Freddy Ramirez, 19; bassist Jeremy Bauer, 17, and drummer Alex Gertsch, 18. The group has a new extended-play album out titled “ Lost in Kostko.” Posey (no, not the offspring of SF… Read More »

Sheena Easton sings in Petaluma

Sheena Easton, the Scottish singer best-known for the title song of the James Bond film “For Your Eyes Only,” stars Saturday, Oct. 1, at the 24th annual Carousel Fund Casino Night benefit for families with critically ill kids. The event runs from 5 p.m. to midnight at  the Petaluma Veterans Memorial Building, 1094 Petaluma Blvd. S., Petaluma. The theme for the evening, which includes a gala, black-tie-optional dinner dance, is “Shaken Not Stirred, 007.” Admission: $75. Information: 762-9136, carouselfund.org.  … Read More »

Early Oktoberfest alert for Oct. 8

Raise a stein. Don your lederhosen. The days of beer and polka have arrived, and Oktoberfest celebrations abound , offering  food, wine, beer and live music: There are three spirited community events on Oct. 8 alone: Cotati — Noon-6 p.m. La Plaza Park, corner of Old Redwood Highway and West Sierra Ave. Karl Lebherz and his Bavarian band; wiener dog and beer stein races; costume contest. 795-5508. Cloverdale — 2-8 p.m. Cloverdale Plaza downtown. Poyntless Sistars; kids’ activites and games;… Read More »

Rivertown Revival helps Handcar Regatta

How often does one annual festival stage a fund-raiser for another festival in a different town? That is what will happen Thursday, July 28, when the kickoff party for Petaluma’s Rivertown Revival doubles as a benefit for the the Handcar Regatta, to be held Sept. 25 in Santa Rosa’s Railroad Square. The Rivertown Revival Kick-Off Party runs from 7 to 11 p.m. Thursday at the Phoenix Theater, 201 Washington St., Petaluma. The musical lineup for the evening includes the Jug… Read More »

Sculptor Mark di Suvero honored

For art lovers with a long memory of Sonoma County’s brightest stars, one name leaps out from the list of 2010 National Medal of Arts recipients announced this week in Washington, D.C. Born in Shanghai, China, and now based in New York, sculptor Mark di Suvero lived near Petaluma  from 1975 to 1988. He was among the circle of Sonoma Mountain area sculptors that also includes David Best and Robert Ellison. Just to demonstrate the caliber of artist that wins… Read More »

David Best sculpture at Point Reyes Station

David Best, the Petaluma artist known for his found-object collage, sculpture and lavishly decorated art cars, as well as his art installations at the Burning Man Festival, has been up to something new. Last Saturday, Feb. 19, Best and his crew installed a piece titled “Our Lady of the Harbor” at Point Reyes Station. Best’s work is one of a dozen outdoor public art pieces created by artists from Marin and Sonoma counties to be displayed until May 31, in… Read More »