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Dan Taylor on the fine arts scene.

Comedy nights start in Rohnert Park

After a trial show in November, local comedians Brian Thomas and Nick Hoffman return Tuesday, Jan. 8, to launch a monthly open mic comedy night at the Double Decker Lanes in Rohnert Park. The shows will run from 8:30 to 10 p.m. the second Tuesday of every month in the bowling alley’s lounge at 300 Golf Course Drive. Sign-ups for those who want to stand up and be funny will start at 7:30 p.m. before each show. There’s no cover… Read More »

Comedy show comes to Spreckels

The Half Breed Comedy Tour comes to Rohnert Park at 8 p.m. Saturday, April 21, for a comedy show to be taped live at the Spreckels Performing Arts Center The show stars Ricky Del Rosario, features G King and will be hosted by Kirk McHenry. A local favorite, Helen Pachynski, a 66-year-old  financial adviser from Santa Rosa who has been playing local comedy open mic nights, will open the show. The tour, which started in San Jose last August, is… Read More »

Three-band party comes to Quincy’s Pub

Quincy’s Pub and Cafe in Rohnert Park is one venue that doesn’t seem to get mentioned quite as often as others, but there’s usually something interesting going on there. This Friday, March 9, Quincy’s has an interesting three-band lineup planned: The show opens at 9 p.m. with Third Party, a Santa Rosa power rock trio that blends in country, blues, jazz, ska and punk. Next up, at 10 p.m., is The Adversary, an eclectic acoustic band led by Andre Mistier,… Read More »

Harlem Gospel Choir at Spreckels

Get ready for a joyful sound. Sonoma State Univeristy’s Associated Student Productions presents the Harlem Gospel  Choir in concert 8 p.m. Monday, March 22, at the Spreckels Performing Arts Center, 5409 Snyder Lane, Rohnert Park. The gospel choir, featuring church singers from Harlem and the New York/Tri State area, performs around the world to raise money for children’s charities. Expect an evening of  foot-stomping, hand clapping music, including blues, jazz and gospel spirituals. Admission is free for SSU students,  staff… Read More »

A miniature Moliere revival

The playwright Moliere is enjoying a mini-revival in Sonoma County this spring. Not bad for a guy who’s been dead for more than 300 years. Sonoma State University will stage his satire about about a wealthy, healthy man who thinks he’s dying, “Imaginary Invalid,” Friday, March 19, through March 27 in the Person Theatre on the Rohnert Park campus. $8-$15. 664-2343, sonoma.edu. And the 6th Street Playhouse at Santa Rosa’s Railroad Square will present Moliere’s “Tartuffe,” about a hypocrite who… 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 »

The show goes on at Spreckels

Despite the Rohnert Park City Council’s budget cut decisions this week, the city’s Spreckels Center for the Peforming Arts is still putting on shows. “The current season will not be affected,” said the city’s arts specialist, Gene Abravaya. “We still have two great theater pieces soon to open, ‘The Gin Game’ in mid-March and ‘I Am My Own Wife’ in late April.” The center also will offer music and dance this spring, with contemporary Hawaiian music by HAPA on March… Read More »

‘The Black/Jew Dialogues’ at SSU canceled

The two-man touring comedy show, “The Black/Jew Dialogues,” scheduled for tonight (Thursday, Feb. 18) on the Sonoma State University campus, has been canceled. Due to a snow storm in Iowa, causing flight cancellations, performers Ron Jones and Larry Jay Tisch will not be able to get to Rohnert Park for the show, said Bruce Berkowitz, Associated Students Productions Program Coordinator. “Hopefully we will be able to reschedule this event for late in  the semester,” Berkowitz said. “Refunds will be available… Read More »

Narrow Way leads to Rohnert Park

The nomadic Narrow Way Stage Company, with nearly five years of local history but no permanent theater of its own, returns to the Spreckels Performing Arts Center in Rohnert Park with a new show, opening this week. That’s a good deal for both organizations, since the center’s resident theater troupe, Pacific Alliance Stage Co., has gone on hiatus for a year, due to city budget cuts. Previously, Narrow Way staged the perennially popular comedy, “Noises Off,” at the center to… Read More »

‘Youth Speaks’ Poetry Slam at SSU

Everybody talks about today’s youth, but who listens to them? Well, you can. As part of Sonoma State University’s tribute to Black History  Month, Associated Students Productions will present the Youth Speaks Poetry  Slam at 7 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 11, in the Student Union Pub on the Rohnert Park campus. The evening will showcase three young poets,  hosted by Brandon Santiago.  Admission is free. Founded  in 1996, Youth  Speaks is a nonprofit organization that presents young performers in spoken-word festivals and… Read More »