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Out, About & Around the County: 01/15/2020

Out, About & Around the County

Elvin Bishop

Elvin Bishop live at the Mystic Theatre

Elvin Bishop has been performing his rollicking brand of electrified front porch blues for over 50 years, and he is as vital and creative an artist today as he was when he first hit the national scene in 1965 with The Paul Butterfield Blues Band. He will play on Jan. 17 at Petaluma's iconic Mystic Theatre. Living Blues says Elvin's guitar playing is “as full of fresh licks and unbounded energy as the day he and Mike Bloomfield set the blues/rock world on its ear.” Tickets $33-38 at

Info: 23 Petaluma Blvd. N., Petaluma.

Rebuild, Remake, Remember: Reframing a Loss

Local jewelry artist and instructor Mary Neuer Lee's latest show, “Rebuild, Remake, Remember: Reframing a Loss,” is the culmination of a year-long project, wherein she developed and refined a jewelry-making process that incorporates shards of sentimental pieces (predominantly china and porcelain) recovered from the ashes of her home following the North Bay Fires in 2017. The show opens at Made Local Marketplace in Santa Rosa on Jan. 18 and runs through Feb, 17.

Info: 529 4th St., Santa Rosa.

SOS for a photo mess

The Sonoma County Genealogical Society presents “SOS For a Photo Mess” with Micki Jones, on Jan. 18, noon-2 p.m. at the Finley Center in Santa Rosa. After the wildfires swept the North Bay, Jones knew she had to learn to safeguard, organize, and share her boxes of print photos that filled closets, and the years of digital photos on a 12-year-old hard drive. Learn how to organize and curate your photos.

Info: 2060 W. College Ave., Santa Rosa.

Comedy magic at the Flamingo

The Laugh Cellar presents comic Brandon Vestal on Jan. 18 at the Flamingo Resort in Santa Rosa. Vestal was the winner of the Hollywood Comedy Festival, crowned “Best of the West” at the Detroit Comedy Festival, and was recently named “Comedian of the Month” on Sirius/XM radio. He has appeared on NBC's Last Comic Standing, Man Up Stand Up, Comedy Time TV, and FOX's Laughs. He is a definite must see! Tickets cost $20 in advance, $28 at the door. Doors open at 6 p.m. Food and beverages available for purchase.

Info: 2777 4th St., Santa Rosa.

Topless Revolution at Readers' Books

Readers' Books in Sonoma hosts Benita Mattioli and her husband, Pete, on Jan. 22, 6:30 p.m., discussing her book, Three Nights at the Condor, the true tale of how the Condor, a tiny San Francisco bar, was transformed into the first-then topless nightclub. Pete Mattioli was a partner in the Condor between 1958-1974. The book chronicles the first night Carol Doda danced topless on the white baby grand piano, the community uproar, including the arrests and trials, and how the topless revolution blew into North Beach like a wildfire in 1964, changing the city - and the world.

Info: 939-1779, 130 E. Napa St., Sonoma.

Learn about edible mushrooms

Edible mushrooms of Sonoma County will be on the menu on Jan. 23, 6:30-8 p.m. at the Laguna Environmental Center, presented by Darvin DeShazer, co-founder of the Sonoma County Mycological Association. If you've ever been stopped on a hike by a curious-looking mushroom and wondered, “Could I eat that?” this presentation is for you. Sonoma County hosts about 3,000 species of mushrooms, half of which are edible. DeShazer, will take us on a visual journey through some of his favorite local fungi fares and even offer some hints on where to find them. $14. Pre-registration required.

Info: 527-9277, 900 Sanford Road, Santa Rosa.

Exploring the world of ideas

The North Bay World of Ideas meets Jan. 25, 2 p.m., at a private residence in Santa Rosa (sent to attendees before the event). This session, “Why, When, and How to Acquiesce, Fight, or Compromise,” lists major choices we make to deal with conflict in our personal, social, and political relationships. The presentation and moderated discussion explores the underlying motivations, implications, approaches, and effectiveness of those choices. North Bay World of Ideas events explore the world of ideas in the broadest sense, including human evolution, paleoanthropology and anthropology; evolutionary psychology, brain science and psychology; mythology, religion and philosophy.

Info: Anne,

Sister Cities 

Sister Cities 

Sebastopol World Friends will be hosting its Friendship Dinner on Jan. 25, 5:30 p.m., at the Enmanji Buddhist Temple Memorial Hall in Sebastopol. This special event will celebrate the sister city relationships with Takeo, Japan, and Chyhyryn, Ukraine. An all you can eat buffet dinner themed “ Where Sushi Meets Borscht” will showcase food from Japan and Ukraine, and the Burevisnyky Ukrainian Dance Ensemble and Sonoma County Taiko will be there for cultural entertainment.

Info: 347-9339, 1200 Gravenstein Hwy. S., Sebastopol.

Peter and the Wolf at Green Music Center

On Jan. 26 at 3 p.m., the Santa Rosa Symphony performs the timeless children's classic, Sergei Prokofiev's Peter and the Wolf, in an engaging, interactive program that also includes Camille Saint-Saëns' Carnival of the Animals. Roustabout Theater joins the orchestra and conductor Bobby Rogers for the second in the Symphony's 2019-2020 Family Series. Pre-concert fun begins at 2 p.m. with a free Instrument Petting Zoo. Ideal for introducing small children to classical music, this affordable concert ($20/adult, $10/child) makes for a memorable afternoon outing for families.

Info: 546-8742,

Strategies for climate action

Occupy Sonoma presents “Strategies For Climate Action: What's working and Why” on Jan. 27, 7-9 p.m. at the Peace & Justice Center in Santa Rosa. This workshop will provide a brief overview of where the climate movement is and look at the key targets for slowing or reversing climate change. There will be an exploration of the most successful climate strategies and tactics for building a movement, shifting government policies and corporate practices, while changing the public discourse on climate. Presenter is Daniel Solnit, a union organizer, campaign strategist, and social change activist. Free.

Info: 467 Sebastopol Ave., Santa Rosa.

SV Dems feature State Sen. McGuire

Whether you are a Democrat, Republican, no party preference, or other, if you live in Sonoma Valley north of Sonoma, State Senator Mike McGuire represents you in Sacramento. Everyone is invited to bring their questions about PG&E, new California bills, affordable housing, and any other important topics to the Sonoma Valley Democrats General Meeting on Jan. 27, 6-8 p.m. at the Sonoma Springs Community Hall in Sonoma. There is no charge to attend; please bring a potluck dish to share.

Info: 18627 Sonoma Hwy.

Republican women hear from Don Jans

The next meeting of Santa Rosa Republican Women Federated is Jan. 28, 11 a.m., at the Union Hotel in Santa Rosa. The speaker will be Don Jans on “The Road to Tyranny.” A nationally acclaimed speaker and author, Jans will talk about the overall strategy and agenda of the radical left and how it has influenced the Democratic Party. Social time starts at 11 a.m., with the meeting, lunch and speaker starting at 11:30 a.m. Cost is $32 with a reservation, $35 at the door.

Info: 217-3945, 280 Mission Blvd., Santa Rosa.

Sarris, Raskin at RP library

On Jan. 29, 6 p.m., the Rohnert Park-Cotati Regional Library presents “A Sense of Place: Author Greg Sarris in Conversation with Jonah Raskin.” Sarris is the tribal leader of the Graton Rancheria and an author, and Raskin is a local journalist and professor emeritus at Sonoma State University. Sarris holds the Graton Rancheria Endowed Chair in Writing and Native American Studies at Sonoma State. Raskin served as chair of the SSU communications department for 16 years.

Info: 584-9121, 6250 Lynne Conde Way, Rohnert Park.

Ripcord opens at Cinnebar

Cinnabar Theater presents the uproarious comedy Ripcord. Cantankerous Abby is forced to share her room in assisted living with endlessly chipper Marilyn. The two women make a seemingly harmless bet that quickly escalates into a dangerous and hilarious game of one-upmanship, revealing hidden truths that neither wants exposed. This laugh fest tickle your funny bone. Performances begin Jan. 31 and run through Feb. 16, Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday at 2 p.m.

Info: 763-8920, 3333 Petaluma Blvd., Petaluma.

View from a Bridge 

A View From The Bridge at 6th Street

6th Street Playhouse presents Arthur Miller's classic, A View From The Bridge, Jan. 31-Feb. 16. An award-winning play about Italian-American 1950s immigrant life, it's the story of Brooklyn longshoreman Eddie Carbone - a man who holds family and honor above all else - yet betrays them both. Locked in a fading marriage, Eddie becomes increasingly infatuated with his nubile niece whom he's raising as a daughter. When she falls for one of her illegal immigrant cousins, whom Eddie has invited to stay in the family home, their lives are set on a tragic course.

Info: Box office, 523-4185.

Hike Montini Preserve

Sonoma State Historic Park is leading a Nature Hike along the lower Montini Preserve Trail on Feb. 1, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Experience history, nature, and community led by park interpretive specialist “Ranger Dave.” This slow-paced hike is just over one mile in length, with minor elevation changes. Meet at the Vallejo Home parking lot at the end of 3rd St. West. in Sonoma. All ages, free, no reservation needed. Steady rain cancels.


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