Enjoy Sonoma County Performing Arts Virtually
Performing arts venues throughout Sonoma County have come up with new ways to stay virtually connected to art lovers from near and far. While catching a show or an exhibit may not be so readily accessible right now, you can still enjoy the arts, including virtual performances, online screenings of Indie films, daily art and music lessons, and more. Sonoma County creatives have you covered with some of these opportunities below for enjoying the arts in Sonoma County virtually.
The Alexander Valley Film Society (AVFS) was formed with the mission to strengthen the community through film. During this time of enjoying the arts at home, they’re offering creative ways for the local community to stay connected and engaged with the arts. Their ‘Shelter in Place Series’ offers the following:
- Educational Opportunities: Free distance learning for kids and filmmaker discussion webinars on Sundays for all ages.
- Arthouse Screening Series: Purchase the rental through the Alexander Valley Film Society, and a portion of box office proceeds comes back to AVFS.
- Wednesday Film & Food: Grab food and drinks from local restaurants, then settle in for a watch party with the Alexander Valley Film Society.
Below, see AVFS Executive Director Kathryn Hecht and actor Ron Livingston chat for the Alexander Valley Film Society's SIP series.
The award-winning 6th Street Playhouse is continuing to share its passion for live theatre online. Follow their Facebook page to see the latest posts of how to enjoy the performing arts from home. This month, for example, in place of their monthly improv show, the 6th Street Playhouse shared improv from local comedy group, The Natural Disasters.
Enjoy entertainment by an award-winning theatre with Live Streaming Events from the Left Edge Theatre. A resident theater company of the Luther Burbank Center for the Arts, Left Edge produces a year-round season of daring plays, imaginatively staged for adventurous audiences in its own 72-seat studio theater. Now, enjoy a series of their unique shows in the coming weeks online, all from the comfort of home.
The Luther Burbank Center for the Arts has long been one of the most renowned performing arts centers in Sonoma County. From home, people can still enjoy the center’s arts through the following virtual learning and entertainment programs:
- Let's Be Creative is a daily program of videos and classes, hosted on their Facebook page so that kids and adults alike can see, learn, and do art right from their own homes.
- Drop the Mic is a weekly curated guide to all things fun and entertaining, posted on LBC’s Facebook page. Each week they'll explore a different theme, providing Spotify Jams, YouTube clips and online resources aimed to inspire. Topics will include artists that influence, streaming concerts, highlights of artists who have graced their stage over the years, visual arts, and more.
- Luther Locals is a weekly program that features a local artist with a special performance on Facebook. Help support the amazing talent in Sonoma County and connect with the community with these great mini concerts.
The Sebastiani Theatre, a historic theater located on the Sonoma Plaza, has converted to streaming online with its ‘Sebastiani at Home’ collection (you’ll find it on their homepage). Rent movies that are in theaters now or view local independent films. For those with kids, there’s the Magical Mystical Theatre. Follow Sebastiani Theatre on Facebook and Instagram for the latest updates.
Transcendence Theatre Company Teaching Artists have created online classes for students grades 1-5. Their hope is that it serves as an at-home educational resource for students and their families to continue learning during this time. All TTC curriculum is developed alongside Common Core State Standards, Visual and Performing Arts Standards, and English Language Development Standards. (Para paquetes en Español por favor vea las descripciones de los videos de youtube.)
For more virtual arts events in Sonoma County, visit Creative Sonoma's listings on their home page.