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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 »

Musselwhite plays the HopMonk in Sebastopol

You don’t have to go down South to hear authentic blues. On Friday, Oct. 12, Sonoma County’s own Mississippi-born, Memphis-raised, harmonica master brings his personal style of real blues to Sebastopol. Musselwhite has recorded with Tom Waits, Eddie Vedder, Ben Harper, John Lee Hooker, Bonnie Raitt, The Blind Boys of Alabama, INXS and, most recently, Cyndi Lauper. The harmonica virtuoso was inducted into the Blues Foundation’s Blues Hall Of Fame in 2010, has been nominated for six Grammy Awards and… Read More »

A new store, selling used books, open in Sebastopol

Mention books, and it’s likely someone will smugly declare, “Nobody reads anymore.” Clearly, Brandy Mow and Mark Weigle don’t believe that. Last month, they opened Mockingbird Books, a used book store, at 6932 Sebastopol Ave. (Highway 12), next to the Toyworks store. Mockingbird Books is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Information: 824-0389. For those who like to drive or ride a bike (via the Joe Rodota Trail)… Read More »

Celtic harpist Patrick Ball of Sebastopol plays in Marin

Possibly the only drawback to traveling all over the country, playing the Celtic harp, is having to lug the harp around. “The harp is four and a half feet tall. It isn’t too heavy, but the fiberglass flight case is incredibly awkward to carry,” said Patrick Ball, Sebastopol musician and storyteller. When he performed in Hawaii, he couldn’t lock the harp in a car because of the possible heat damage. When he played a small town in Alaska, accessible only… Read More »

Student poets recite and read at French Garden

Think poetry is tired old stuff from centuries past, repeated only by aged professors? Here’s something fresh. Young students, from second grade through high school, will recite great poetry, and read their own work aloud, at “Voices of Youth,” from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, April 21, at the French Garden Restaurant, 8050 Bodega Ave., Sebastopol. Among the student presenters will be finalists from the Sonoma County Poetry Out Loud Competitions, who have memorized some of the greatest poems written… Read More »

Dave Alvin plays solo in Sebastopol

Roots rock pioneer Dave Alvin makes a solo appearance at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 31, in Sebastopol. The Grammy-winning singer, songwriter and guitarist is best-known for his ‘80s work with the bands The Blasters (with his brother Phil) and X. Alvin plans to tour the United Kingdom next month  with his current band, The Guility Ones, followed by  concert dates in the southern and western U.S. The Sebastopol show is a benefit for Nonesuch School. The event includes a silent… Read More »

One-man art show in Sebastopol

Sonoma County artist Stephen Fitz-Gerald is best-known for his sculptures, both of human figures and abstract shapes. But he also creates functional art — furniture, lighting, candelabra, wall mirrors, jewelry, bowls, vases and flatware — all original designs made of steel, stainless steel or bronze. He’ll feature both categories in his first one-man-show, opening with a reception from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2, at the Risk Press Gallery, 7345 Healdsburg Ave., Sebastopol. The show will run noon to 5… Read More »

Ricky Watts’ art show opens in Sebastopol

“Down the Rabbit Hole,” an exhibit of more than 40 new works by Sebastopol artist and graphic designer Ricky Watts, opens with a reception from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5, at Buddha’s Palm Gallery, 313 N. Main St., Sebastopol. “Over the last seven months, I’ve been creating a body of work using only aerosol spray paint on stretched canvas and wood panels,” said the artist, 2002 graduate of the Art Institute of California, San Diego campus. The Bay… Read More »

Musician Chip Dunbar remembered at Chipfest

Chipfest, an eclectic annual musical celebration held in memory of Sonoma County musician Chip Dunbar, will be held this Saturday, Oct. 8, in Sebastopol. Dunbar, who suffered from a chronic heart condition, died in 2006 at age 52. Dunbar worked as a computer consultant but was known in local music circles for his mastery of the mandolin, among other instruments. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. at the Sebastopol Community Center Annex, 425 Morris St., Sebastopol. Doors open at 7… Read More »

Theater couple celebrates a milestone

Conrad Bishop and Elizabeth Fuller of Sebastopol will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary and their five decades of partnership in theater this weekend. They’ll launch their new memoir, “Co-Creation: Fifty Years in the Making,” with a free reading and performance party at the Sebastopol Masonic Center, 373 N. Main St., on Sunday, Aug. 14. The reception starts at 3 p.m., followed by the reading at 4 p.m. Bishop and Fuller transplanted their theater ensemble, The Independent Eye, from Philadelphia to… Read More »