Cafe Aubergine in Sebastopol closed

The Aubergine Cafe in Sebastopol closed Sept. 30, but the adjacent Aubergine Vintage Emporium clothing store remains open. According to the recorded message on the emporium’s phone, the store’s San Rafael outlet also has closed. No reason for either closure was given. The cafe and nightclub, also known as Aubergine [...]

By | October 8th, 2013|1 Comment

Madrona Manor stages Sinatra salute

John DeMers, a Bay Area crooner who specializes in singing Frank Sinatra tunes, will perform Wednesday, Nov. 20, at “Come Fly With Me,” a fund-raising concert for the Healdsburg Jazz Festival. To be held at the Madrona Manor restaurant in Healdsburg, the evening will include a special dinner [...]

By | October 8th, 2013|0 Comments

Pianist Rudolf Budginas to perform at Santa Rosa Junior College

Lithuanian classical pianist Rudolf Budginas, currently a member of the Santa Rosa Junior College faculty, has attracted a following with his novel and eclectic musical style. His blend of music and comedy has sparked comparisons with famed pianist and humorist Victor Borge. Budginas’ popular YouTube video shows him [...]

By | October 7th, 2013|0 Comments

Sonoma County seeks its next poet laureate

Petaluma native Bill Vartnaw, a lifelong writer and one-time San Francisco cab driver, is finishing his two-year term as Sonoma County's seventh poet laureate. The time has come to pick a successor, and nominations are open now. The job description is simple enough: Promote poetry in general and [...]

By | October 4th, 2013|0 Comments

Benefit concert planned for drummer Christopher Marvin

A benefit concert will be held for longtime Sonoma County musician Christopher Marvin, who is battling cancer, from noon to 8 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 6, at Sally Tomatoes 1100 Valley House Drive, Rohnert Park. Marvin, son of film actor Lee Marvin, has lived and worked in the county [...]

By | October 2nd, 2013|0 Comments

‘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, [...]

By | October 1st, 2013|0 Comments

All-woman KISS tribute band plays Cotati

Stacy Maisenbach, a 1991 graduate of Santa Rosa High school, is coming back to Sonoma County this weekend, but you might not recognize her right away. She’ll be costumed and heavily made up as Gene Simmons' demon bassist character from the classic band KISS. Maisenbach and the rest [...]

By | September 30th, 2013|0 Comments

Healdsburg Jazz Fest and Charlie Musselwhite launch online fundraising drive

Blues harmonica star Charlie Musselwhite of Geyserville teamed up this week with the Healdsburg Jazz Festival to launch an online fundraising campaign for next year’s event. Posted on the fundraising site Indiegogo, the Healdsburg Jazz Fall Fundraiser seeks donations from $10 to $2,500. “We need to continue raising [...]

By | September 26th, 2013|0 Comments

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 [...]

By | September 25th, 2013|1 Comment

Local museums join national free Museum Day program on Saturday

If you’ve been curious about the “Artistry in Wood” woodworking show at the Sonoma County Museum in Santa Rosa or the “Kitchen Memories” kitchen memorabilia exhibit at the Sonoma Valley Museum of Art in Sonoma, Saturday (Sept. 28)  is your day. Both museums will offer free admission as [...]

By | September 24th, 2013|0 Comments