John Lasseter gets star on Hollywood Walk of Fame

John Lasseter has been a star since he made his directorial debut with “Toy Story,” the first feature-length, computer-animated film, in 1995. But now the Hollywood Walk of Fame is going to make it official at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday with a ceremony awarding Lasseter his own star on [...]

By | October 28th, 2011|0 Comments

Sonoma County playwright’s SF premiere

“The Final Scene,” a comedy written by Sonoma County playwright Gene Abravaya, makes its San Francisco debut this week. The play, which deals with the fictional cast of a soap opera called “The Promising Dawn,” opens at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 10, at the Thick House, 1695 18th [...]

By | August 8th, 2011|0 Comments

Napa recycled art show stars locals

Two Sonoma County artists who make art out of cast-off odds and ends -- Chris Blum of Healdsburg and Monty Monty of Santa Rosa -- are featured in a new exhibit at the Napa Valley Museum. "It's Not What It Use to Be: Fresh Art from Found Elements” [...]

By | February 7th, 2011|1 Comment

‘Sketch Crawl Sonoma County’ convenes

Now here’s event that even an antisocial anarchist could love: There are no rules, no fees and no registration. Anyone can just show up and take part Saturday (Jan. 22) in the Sonoma County edition of the worldwide drawing marathon, Sketch Crawl. The instigator of the local part of the [...]

By | January 17th, 2011|2 Comments

Stuppin painting at Hudson River Museum

Painter Jack Stuppin has made his home in west Sonoma County for more than two decades now, but his name and his work continue to travel afar. One of his landscape paintings, "Olana Forest," will be included in the new exhibit, "Paintbox Leaves: Autumnal Inspiration from Cole to [...]

By | September 21st, 2010|2 Comments

Artists care about chairs. Don’t you?

Fund-raising events have become part of everyday life, but this one is different. Every year, Artstart -- a program that employs young apprentice artists in Sonoma County to create benches, murals and other public art -- holds its Party for Art to raise money for the stipends the apprentices get. [...]

By | July 9th, 2010|0 Comments

Art of the People: Day 3

I don't know if this qualifies as folk art, but we asked the folk to send us their art, and they did. This one comes from Tim Hayes, longtime Sonoma County actor and purveyor of odd humor, with a very succinct note: "Here is a painting, 'Alien Baby,' [...]

By | June 16th, 2010|0 Comments

Occidental Community Choir hits the road

This weekend, the Occidental Community Choir launches its spring concert series, provocatively titled "Naked With Chocolate: Songs of Love and Earthly Delight." The schedule: -- 8 p.m. Friday, May 14, and 3 p.m. Sunday, May 23,  at the Occidental Center for the Arts. -- 8 p.m. Saturday, May [...]

By | May 12th, 2010|0 Comments

‘Wine and Roses’ at Cellars of Sonoma

Sonoma County singer-songwriter Natasha James has been your neighbor since 1986, and you may or may not know her, but she's making a name for herself. She was nominated for country artist of the year for the 20th annual Los Angles Music Awards,  an international competition open to [...]

By | May 7th, 2010|1 Comment

Where’s Woodstock? Only Lucy knows

The popular "Peanuts on Parade" project returns to Santa Rosa this summer, with 30 four-foot-tall, polyurethane statues of that fabulous fussbudget, Lucy van Pelt, to be decorated by local artists and distributed around town. But this time there will be a little hidden bonus. Woodstock, the fluffy little yellow bird [...]

By | May 4th, 2010|1 Comment