Cultural Arts News
The leaves are changing color all across Sonoma County, heralding fall and beckoning us to admire Mother Nature’s amazing artistry. It’s good inspiration for us to broaden our own cultural landscape as well, by taking in music, theater, art galleries, and the opportunity to guess the cost of a refrigerator on The Price is Right Live (what, that’s not culture?).
Here are some top activities to enrich your intellect, while also being a blast-and-a-half:
SHOWS, PLAYS AND MUSICALS
Working for the Mouse at Cinnabar Theatre, Petaluma (Oct. 26, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.)
Ex-Disneyland employee Trevor Allen, brings tales of quirky co-workers, militant managers, and backstage debauchery to the stage in this coming-of-age tale. Get a hilarious glimpse behind the scenes of the Magic Kingdom in this show that was voted Best of the SF Fringe Festival. Details
The Rocky Horror Show, 6th Street Playhouse, Studio Theatre, Santa Rosa (Oct. 24-Nov. 9, 2014)
All of your favorite Transylvanian characters return in the original stage musical that inspired the 1975 cult classic film. Do you still remember every line? Hear the songs you know and love, performed live. Costumes and sing-alongs are welcome. Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 8:00 p.m.; Sunday at 2:00 p.m.; Saturday matinees on Nov. 1 and 2. Details
Documentary: “America’s Wine: The Legacy of Prohibition,” Screening at the Mystic Theater, Petaluma (Nov. 16, 2014, 2:30 p.m.)
Carla De Luca Worfolk, an Emmy award-winning television and documentary producer, was commissioned by The Bancroft Library to produce this history of drinking – and not drinking – in Wine Country. Join her for a screening, then a Q&A and wine and cheese reception at the Petaluma Historical Library & Museum. Details
Find more info in our Guide to Current Shows and Musicals in Sonoma County
Splendors of Autumn, Heron Hall, Laguna Environmental Center, Santa Rosa (Oct. 1-Dec. 22, 2014)
Donna DeLaBriandais showcases a collection of oil paintings of the Laguna de Santa Rosa as well as several creeks that flow into it. Call ahead to visit, in case the hall is in use (hint: A great time to visit is during their Second Saturday Open Houses). Donna will be teaching a Plein Air Watercolor Painting Workshop on Nov. 1, where you can create your own keepsake painting. Details
[email protected]: 20 artists at 20 years, Paradise Ridge Winery, Santa Rosa (June 2014-June 2015)
An annually changing exhibit spans the magnificent Marijke's Grovee sculpture garden. Among the ancient oaks in the four-acre grove, visitors can enjoy the convergence of art and nature. The [email protected]: 20 artists at 20 years exhibit blends established and emerging sculptors, working in metal, stone, rope, wood, found materials, and even sound. Details
Sonoma County Art Trails Preview Exhibition, Fulton X Gallery, Fulton (Oct. 23-Nov. 2, 2014, noon to 6 p.m.)
Dozens of local artists display “sneak peeks” at their works in one location, for their upcoming open house event, featuring about 155 studios scattered in regions all across Sonoma County. This is a great opportunity to see examples of style, and make note of which studios you’d like to visit later. Details
Find more info in our Guide to Current Art Exhibits in Sonoma County
Quatuor Mosaïques, Green Music Center, Rohnert Park (Nov. 1, 2014, 7:30 p.m.)
If you appreciate the rich sound of rare, gut-stringed instruments, you’ll love this acclaimed quartet comprised of Austrians Erich Höbarth (violin), Andrea Bischof (violin), Anita Mitterer (viola) and French cellist Christophe Coin. Usually the group plays at big name venues in Europe - for this special Wine Country appearance, they will perform Haydn Quartet in C Major, Op. 20, No. 2; Schubert Quartet in E-flat Major, No. 10, D. 87; and Beethoven Quartet in G Major, Op. 18, No. 2. Details
An Evening with Vince Gill and The Time Jumpers, Wells Fargo Center for the Arts, Santa Rosa (Nov. 8, 2014, 8 p.m.)
It’s a virtual jam party on the stage, featuring 11 members, each a master of his (and, in one case, her) instrument. They are Brad Albin (upright bass), Larry Franklin (fiddle), Paul Franklin (steel guitar), Vince Gill (vocals, electric and acoustic guitars), “Ranger Doug” Green (vocals, acoustic rhythm guitar), Andy Reiss (electric guitar), Dawn Sears (vocals), Kenny Sears (vocals, fiddle), Joe Spivey (fiddle, vocals), Jeff Taylor (accordion, piano) and Billy Thomas (drums, vocals).
Murphy's Old-Time Radio Show, Murphy's Irish Pub, Sonoma (Nov. 16, 2014, 6-9 p.m.)
An honest-to-goodness tribute to old-fashioned radio shows, the evening includes songs, sound effects, vintage commercials, and a full dinner, to boot. Details
The Life & Times of Charmian Kittredge London, Jack London State Historic Park, Glen Ellen (Oct. 23, 2014, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.)Jack’s wife, Charmian London, was a 21st century woman born in the 19th century. She played classical piano, sailed to the Solomon Islands in the South Seas, packed a pistol and knew how to use it; she boxed, rode horses astride, wrote books, and lived life to the fullest. The intimate (6 people only) tour shares her story, and includes the House of Happy Walls museum, the London Cottage, and the Stone Building Kitchen, Dining and Living Rooms, where Charmian lived with Jack until his death. Finish with a picnic lunch and wine. Details
The Price Is Right Live! Wells Fargo Center for the Arts, Santa Rosa (Nov. 2, 2014, 7 p.m.
This event is a live stage show, not a taping of the TV show. But still, the interactive stage show is just like the TV premise, giving contestants pulled from the audience the chance to "Come On Down" to win appliances, vacations and new cars.
Peter Gros of Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom, Wells Fargo Center for the Arts, Santa Rosa (Nov. 7, 2014, 6:30 p.m.)
The show is a rich mix, highlighting Gros’ his many adventures with a mix of video clips and bloopers while introducing friendly, exotic animals to audience members, and telling inspirational stories dealing with issues of conservation and wildlife filming. Details