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Toad in the Hole Pub plans fifth annual Mostly Python street party

Do you like music? Do you like BBQ? Do you like Monty Python? Do you like being silly in the street? That’s how the web site for the Toad in the Hole Pub in Santa Rosa’s Railroad Square pitches “Mostly Python,” its fifth annual block party and street fair. Running from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 11, in front of the pub, at 116 Fifth St., the bash includes four band, skits in the spirit of “Monty Python’s Flying… Read More »

A’Roma Roasters marks 20th anniversary

When A’Roma Roasters opened 20 years ago, coffee houses weren’t nearly as common as they are now. At least, not in Santa Rosa. And certainly not in Railroad Square. Kay and Dayna Irvine, founders and owners, will celebrate two decades at their cafe, live music venue and popular local gathering spot, next Wednesday, Jan. 19. Collaboration with David Scott will play jazz from 2 to 4:30 p.m. A’Roma Roasters Coffee, Tea & Ice Cream is at 95 Fifth St. in… Read More »

Toad in the Hole hosts World Cup bash

Toad in the Hole, the English-style pub in Santa Rosa’s Railroad Square, has been busy throughout the World Cup soccer tournament, with fans watching the games on the telly, says co-owner Paul Stokeld. “It’s just been packed,” he says. So, for the finals on Sunday, July 11, Stokeld plans to move the party outdoors for a block party on Fifth Street, to be closed between Wilson and Davis streets. “We’re closing the street down for fun and frivolity,” Stokeld says… Read More »

Toad in the Hole throws Monty Python party

Now for something completely different … Well, actually, it’s sort of the same. Last year, Paul Stokeld of the Toad in the Hole Pub in Santa Rosa’s Railroad Square put on a street party he called “Mostly Python.” “It was great success and a lot of fun,” Stokeld says. So, he’s doing it again, from noon to 6 p.m. Sunday, May 2, in the street outside the pub.  Its address is 116 Fifth St. Local actors will perform classic “Monty… Read More »

Handcar Regatta art show at SSU

After two hugely successful fall festivals, Santa Rosa’s lengthily named Great West End & Railroad Square Handcar Regatta & Exposition of Mechanical & Artistic Wonders is getting its own art exhibition. “Sideshow: Art of the Handcar Regatta” opens with a reception from 4 to 7 p.m.  Thursday, March 4, and runs through April 4 at the Sonoma State University Art Gallery on the Rohnert Park campus, 1801 E. Cotati Ave. The exhibition will feature some of the eccentric festival’s artistically… Read More »

‘Lost Highway’ extended at 6th Street

“Hank Williams: Lost Highway,” starring Tahmus Rounds as the king of country crooners, has been playing to full houses and standing ovations since it opened Jan. 8 at the 6th Street Playhouse in Santa Rosa’s Railroad Square. The run was scheduled to end Feb. 7, but the Playhouse has added three more performances, at 8 p.m. Feb. 11-13. The play, co-written by Mark Harelik with Sebastopol native and Tony Award nominee Randal Myler,  captures both the comedy and tragedy in… Read More »

Santa Rosa sculptor turns studio into gallery

One of the high points of last fall’s issue of Santa Rosa magazine was photographer John Burgess’ picture essay on the “hidden studios,” where downtown Santa Rosa artists create their work unseen among us, while routine daily life goes on all round them. Since then, one of the artists featured, sculptor Daniel Graham, has decided to open his doors to the public. “I am changing my sculpture studio into a studio gallery, to make it more accessible to more people,”… Read More »