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Dan Taylor on the fine arts scene.

New World Ballet plans four-day workshop

New World Ballet, a Santa Rosa-based dance school, will mark Black History Month with a four-day dance celebration and workshop Feb. 26-March 1. The program will feature guest instructors with extensive performance experience and will include five classes, all at New World Ballet, 3273 Airway Drive, Suite D. The schedule of classes and teachers: Portsha Jefferson, Haitian folkloric, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 26. Kiazi Malonga, Congolese, 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 27. Jose Rivera and Metzi Henriquez, Afro-Brasilian and Carnaval dance,… Read More »

Santa Rosa artist included in Northwest Watercolor Society exhibit

Santa Rosa artist Hal Wright has been invited by the Northwest Watercolor Society to show one of his paintings at its 74th annual International Open Exhibition, running from April 19 to June 6 in Tacoma, Wash. Wright’s painting, “Bosc and D’Anjou Discover the Portal to Secret Valley,” was chosen for the exhibit at the American Art Company by the show’s juror, internationally recognized artist Donna Zagotta. “I’m happy to have Hal’s whimsical work in this annual show,” said Zagotta in… Read More »

‘Silence’ painting by Manok Cohen displayed at Spinster Sisters

“Silence,” a two-panel (or dyptich) painting by Healdsburg artist Manok Cohen, will go on display Wednesday, Oct. 2, at the Spinster Sisters restaurant in Santa Rosa. The two panels of “Silence” measure 36 by 48 inches each. Born in Laos to a Vietnamese mother and a French father, Cohen was sent to be raised in Normandy, France, after the outbreak of the Vietnam War, according to the artist’s web site.. After high school, she spent a decade in the South… Read More »

48 Hour Film project comes to Santa Rosa

The 48 Hour Film Project, a global filmmaking competition, comes to Santa Rosa this month. At the kickoff for the two-day event on Aug. 16, registered teams will convene from 6 to 7 p.m. at Depot Park in Santa Rosa’s Railroad Square. Each team will receive a movie genre, a character, a prop and a line of dialogue, which must be included in the final film. Then the teams will scatter to make their movies, and must deliver a finished… Read More »

Santa Rosa’s Imaginists theater wins $10,000 NEA grant

The Imaginists, an experimental theater company based in Santa Rosa’s A Street arts district, has won a $10,000 from the National Endowment for the Arts. The grant will support the company’s “Art is Medicine Show (El Show el Arte es Medicina)” in a series of free, bilingual performances in public places. The Imaginists will present “Art is Medicine Show” in rotation with Federico Garcia Lorca’s “The Billy-Club Puppets” this summer. The shows will tour by bicycle caravan in July and… Read More »

New ‘Peanuts’ graphic novel release party at Schulz Museum

The “Peanuts” comic strip characters always have had a large and loyal fan base in Japan. Tourists from Japan are often among the visitors at Santa Rosa’s Charles Schulz Museum, dedicated to the life and work of the late creator of the strip. Now Charlie Brown and the gang return the favor in the new graphic novel, “It’s Tokyo, Charlie Brown!” The story follows Charlie Brown and Snoopy and their beleaguered baseball team as they represent the United States in… Read More »

Lake County duo plays Native American gathering

Twice As Good, a Native American blues duo from Elem Indian Colony in Clearlake Oaks, will be one of three dozen bands featured at the 29th annual Gathering of Nations, running Thursday through Saturday, April 26-28, at the University of New Mexico’s arena in Alubquerque. The band, also known as 2XG, features Richard James Steward and his son, Paul Anthony Steward. They’ll perform at 5 p.m. Saturday. The Gathering of Nations draws tens of thousands of attendees from more 500… Read More »

New June festival scheduled at Sonoma County Fairgrounds

The Harmony Festival, Sonoma County’s counter-culture gathering since 1978, will not be held this year, but there will be a new festival at its old site in June with food, crafts and live music. The “Community Activation and Awareness Gathering,” produced by Higher Vision Presents of Sebastopol, will run 11 a.m. June 9 until 1 a.m. at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds in Santa Rosa, former home of the Harmony Festival. Featured musical acts include reggae superstar Burning Spear, Grammy-winning North… Read More »

Kate Wolf remembered in two tribute concerts

Newcomers to Sonoma County must wonder why they hear so much about Kate Wolf. Although the folk singer and songwriter died at age 44 of leukemia in 1986, her spirit and music are still alive throughout Northern California. Those who don’t know Wolf’s work can get an easy introduction through “Unfinished Life,” Randall Keith Horton’s new musical tribute to Wolf, to be performed by the California Redwood Chorale at 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25, and 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 26,… Read More »

‘A Winter Hootenanny’ Feb. 25 in Santa Rosa

If you’re feeling folksy, then Saturday, Feb. 25, will be your day. That’s when “A Wintertime Hootenanny,” featuring 18 Americana acts from all over the North Bay, comes to the Arlene Francis Center, 99 Sixth St., Santa Rosa. Performers include the Brothers Comatose, the Blushin’ Roulettes and the Mighty Chiplings. For a full line-up: facebook.com/the.north.bay.hootenanny. The event will run from 1 p.m. to 1 a.m., and include jam sessions, music workshops, a kids’ area and food and drink, as wells… Read More »