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Dan Taylor on the fine arts scene.

Diana Krall concert at Wells Fargo Center canceled

Jazz singer and pianist Diana Krall’s previously announced Nov. 13 concert at Wells Fargo Center for the Arts has been canceled, along with the rest of her fall U.S. tour. Suffering from ongoing complications caused by a severe case of pneumonia, the five-time Grammy Award-winner has postponed release of her new album, “Wallflower,” until 2015. “Wallflower” was slated for North American release Oct. 21 by Verve Records,  and the U.S. leg of her “Wallflower World Tour” had been scheduled to… Read More »

Mario Cantone of ‘Sex and the City’ plays May 9 at Wells Fargo Center

Actor, comedian and singer Mario Cantone, best-known as flamboyant wedding planner Anthony Marantino on the HBO series “Sex in the City,” will perform May 9 at Wells Fargo Center for the Arts. Cantone will be backed by musical quartet for the cabaret-style style show, to be presented in the center’s main theater. His stage credits include the Tony-nominated, one-man show “Laugh Whore,” Terrence McNally’s award-winning dramatic comedy “Love! Valor! Compassion!” on Broadway, and Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” at the Public Theater… Read More »

Jerry Seinfeld plays May 16 at Wells Fargo Center

It won’t be a show about nothing when comedian Jerry Seinfeld performs May 16 at Santa Rosa the Wells Fargo Center for the Arts. Tickets go on sale at noon April 4 for the TV and standup comedy star’s two shows in May, at 7 and 10 p.m. The comedian famously described his situation comedy, “Seinfeld,” which ran from 1989 to 1998 on NBC, as “a show about nothing.” Ticket prices are $128, $96.50, and $78. For tickets: 546-3600, wellsfargocenterarts.org… Read More »

Wells Fargo Center partners with two additional arts groups

The Wells Fargo Center for the Arts has formed new partnerships with two local arts organizations, the North Bay Stage Company and Sonoma Latin Arts. The North Bay Stage Company was started by former members of the Raven Players, a theater company that performs at the Raven Theater in Healdsburg. (The Raven Theater is opening a second site in Windsor.) Wells Fargo Center will now have two resident companies:  North Bay Stage Company and the Roustabout Theater, a training program… Read More »

Dave Chappelle adds second show at Wells Fargo Center

Tickets for a second show at 10 p.m. Oct. 13 by comedian Dave Chapelle at Wells Fargo Center for the Arts go on sale at noon today, Wednesday, Sept. 25. His first show, at 7 p.m. Oct. 13, was announced  last Friday, Sept. 20, and tickets sold out in less than an hour. The comic is best-known for his Comedy Channel TV series, “Chappelle’s Show,” which he left in 2005 after two seasons. Chappelle is currently out on the  nationwide… Read More »

Alice Cooper, George Lopez, Willie Nelson and Chicago coming to Wells Fargo Center

The 1970s star who turned rock and roll into shock theater, Alice Cooper, will perform at 8 p.m. Monday, Nov. 25, at Wells Fargo Center for the Arts. At his concerts, the rocker charmed snakes and cavorted with mangled mannequins onstage, inspiring the NY Dolls, KISS, Marilyn Manson, Nine Inch Nails, Motley Crue, Rob Zombie and others who followed. Cooper’s hits include “School’s Out,” “Billion Dollar Babies,” “I’m Eighteen,” “I Love the Dead” and “No More Mr. Nice Guy.” Tickets… Read More »

Talent booker Rick Bartalini to work for Green Music Center

Rick Bartalini, who booked big-name acts and other entertainment for 11 years at the Wells Fargo Center for the Arts in Santa Rosa, is now working for the Green Music Center in Rohnert Park. Earlier this month, Bartalini joined the staff of On Campus Presents, which promotes concerts, lectures, films, comedy shows and other events at Sonoma State University. “Rick’s background and experience is extensive in the area of popular entertainment and we are excited to have him working with… Read More »

Santa Rosa saxophonist plays in USAF band at Wells Fargo Center

When the U.S. Air Force Band of the Golden West plays Wells Fargo Center for the Arts, you might spot a familiar face onstage. Senior Airman Isaac Lamar of Santa Rosa plays saxophone with the band. He’s a 1998 graduate of Piner High School and also received an Associate Arts degree from Santa Rosa Junior College. Lamar completed his Bachelor and Masters degrees in Jazz Studies at the University of North Texas before joining the Air Force Band of the… Read More »

Air Force band plays Aug. 25 at Wells Fargo Center

Wells Fargo Center for the Arts plans a free concert by the U.S. Air Force Band of the Golden West at 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 25. Tickets are free, but reservations are required. Order forms are available at wellsfargocenterarts.org, or the center’s ticket office at 50 Mark West Springs Road in Santa Rosa. There will be a pre-show discussion with members of the Band at 2 p.m. The center’s Ruth Finley Person Theater is currently closed for a summer-long, $2.8… Read More »

Randy Travis concert at Wells Fargo Center canceled

The Randy Travis concert scheduled for Aug. 21 at Wells Fargo Center for the Arts in Santa Rosa has been canceled. The country singer remained in critical condition from brain surgery following a stroke at a Texas hospital. The center will issue refunds for all tickets that have been purchased. Patrons who purchased tickets with a credit card will receive a refund to their card within five to seven business days. Patrons who purchased tickets by cash or check will… Read More »