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Dan Taylor on the fine arts scene.

Advance screening of ‘Parental Guidance’ comedy film in Sonoma

This may be the first film named after a rating. “Parental Guidance,” scheduled to open Dec. 25, stars Marisa Tomei and Tom Everett Scott star as parents who need to go out of town for work and leave their kids with the grandparents. Sounds safe enough. But when the grandparents are Billy Crystal and Bette Midler, all bets are off. You can see the film early, at a Sonoma International Film Society screening at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 20, at… Read More »

Kennedy puts on a play at Murphy’s

It seems only right and proper to celebrate the St. Patrick’s Day season with a show staged by director Kate  Kennedy at Murphy’s Irish Pub in Sonoma. “The Beauty Queen of Leenan,” by Martin McDonagh, plays Murphy’s at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 8; Friday, March 11, and 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 15. The production also plays the Sebastiani Theatre at at 7 p.m. Monday, March 14. The play is about an aging Irish woman who plots to keep her daughter… Read More »

Vox Populi revisits ‘Abbey Road’ in Sonoma

Would you like to be under the sea in an Octopus’ garden with an entire choir? Vox Populi, Sonoma’s rock chorus, will  perform the entire Beatles’ album, “Abbey Road,” twice: (1) 8 p.m.  Friday, May 14, at the Sebastiani Winery, 389 Fourth St. E., Sonoma. (707) 933-3230, www.sebastiani.com. (2) 7:30 p.m Monday, May 17, at Sebastiani Theater,476 First St. E, Sonoma. (707) 996-9756, sebastianitheatre.com. Tickets cost $10, and can be purchased at Tiddle E. Winks 115 E. Napa St, and… Read More »

Sonoma gets ‘Earnest’

Sonoma finds it fitting and proper to stage a play by a great Irish playwright, two days before St. Patrick’s Day. And so, Oscar Wilde’s “The Importance of Being Earnest,” directed by Kate Kennedy and produced by Rose Murphy, will be presented at 7 p.m. Monday, March 15, at the Sebastiani Theatre, 476 First St. E., in downtown Sonoma. The performance is a benefit for the Avalon Players, who are raising money for their annual summer production, a 30-year tradition… Read More »