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Out, About & Around the County: 02/15/2020

Out, About & Around the County

Pay to pee fouls up town
Funny play about modern life at Spreckles Performing Arts

Urinetown at Spreckels

Urinetown: The Musical, will be on stage at the Spreckels Performing Arts Center now through March 1. In response to a severe water shortage, private toilets have been banned, pay-to-pee public ones are owned by the Urine Good Company, and violators are sent to Urinetown, a mythical penal colony from which they never return. Except that the spirit of pee-for-free rebellion is afoot! This satiric musical-comedy taking aim at the justice system, capitalism, bureaucracy, politics - and public toilets - was nominated for 10 Tonys.
Info: 588-3400, 5409 Snyder Lane, Rohnert Park.

Get your read on - library book sale

The Friends of the Sonoma Valley Library book sale runs Feb. 19-22. A “Members Only” preview is on Wednesday, the 19th, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Memberships are available at the door and throughout the sale. The sale opens to the public Wednesday, 2-7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday hours are 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m., and Saturday hours are 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Hardcover books are $2, and paperbacks are $1.
Info: 996-5217, 755 West Napa St., Sonoma.

Challenges for Indonesia

The nation with the largest Muslim population in the world is not in the Middle East and is a democracy, albeit a struggling one. Indonesia is a country suffering from some of the same political, economic and social problems that afflict other increasingly fragile democracies. The World Affairs Council of Sonoma County is sponsoring a lecture by Dr. Puspa Delima Amri, a Sonoma State Professor of Economics, speaking on “Indonesia's Democracy and Economic Development” on Feb. 20 at 7:30 p.m. at the Spring Lake Village Auditorium. Free for WACSC members and Spring Lake residents; $10 others.
Info: 573-6014, 555 Montgomery Dr., Santa Rosa

Say bye bye to your mattress

The Mattress Recycling Council's Bye Bye Mattress program and Zero Waste Sonoma are coming together to offer a free three-day mattress collection event in Cloverdale at the Cloverdale Citrus Fairgrounds, Feb. 21-23, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Only mattresses, box springs and futons that are not excessively damaged or wet will be accepted, at no cost, for recycling. Three-unit max per vehicle, per day. Up to 80 percent of a mattress can be recycled and turned into everyday products such as carpet padding, appliances, biomass fuel and more.
Info: 565-3375, 1 Citrus Fair Dr., Cloverdale.

Improve transportation for the elderly

How easily can older adults and residents with disabilities get around in Sonoma County? How often do they forgo important trips because they lack transportation? What are the local challenges, successes and gaps in services? On Feb. 21, 10 a.m.-noon at the Vintage Senior Center in Sonoma, you can give your input, which will become part of the Sonoma County Connected Communities Transportation Study. Fifty-seven percent of Sonoma County older adults and persons with disabilities stated they are concerned about access to local transportation, and better transportation systems allow better access to job options and financial opportunities for all residents.
Info: 565-5903, 264 First St. East, Sonoma.

Poundstone brings laughs to Raven

Humorist, author and comedian Paula Poundstone will be at the Raven Theater on Feb. 21 at 8 p.m. Poundstone is known for her clever observational humor and spontaneous wit. When she isn't collecting hotel soaps while on tour or paneling on NPR's #1 show, Wait, Wait...Don't Tell Me!, she hosts the popular Maximum Fun podcast, “Nobody Listens to Paula Poundstone.” The podcast is a comedy field guide to life, complete with taste tests, cats of the week, and leading experts in everything from bee-keeping to ping pong to prosopagnosia (look it up).
Info: 433-6335, 115 North St., Healdsburg.

11th Annual Chili Bowl Express
Chili came with bowls made by students at Community Center class.

Chili Bowl Express in Sonoma

The 11th Annual Chili Bowl Express returns to the Sonoma Community Center's historic brick building on Feb. 22. This event is the primary fundraiser for the Sonoma Ceramics Program and its community of clay students, artists, and instructors. Two lunch seatings are accessible to all at the low price of $30, which includes a handmade bowl of your choice (to take home), filled with chili, cornbread, and all the toppings. Additionally, there will be live music, a raffle, silent auction, tea, coffee, dessert, studio demonstrations and a gallery exhibition.
Info: 938-4626, 276 East Napa St., Sonoma.

Eat your seaweed

Sonoma County Regional Parks is sponsoring “Seaweed and Sea Vegetables” on Feb. 22, 3-5 p.m. at Stillwater Cove Regional Park. Walk half a mile down a steep trail to the beach at low tide. Learn about the algae that forms the base of the ocean's food chain. Meet some of the intertidal animals who feed on seaweed. After the hike, stay to try a cup of seaweed soup. Wear shoes you don't mind getting wet. Meet by the trailhead in the northwest corner of the day-use parking lot. The cost is $10 and registration is required. Parking is $7 or free for Regional Parks members.
Info: 847-3245, 22455 Hwy. 1, Jenner.

Cat Video Fest
Compilation reel of the latest and best cat videos culled from countless hours.

Meow! CatVideoFest at Rialto

CatVideoFest is a compilation reel of the latest and best cat videos culled from countless hours of unique submissions and sourced animations, music videos, and, of course, classic Internet powerhouses. CatVideoFest, Feb. 22 (2:30 p.m.) and Feb. 23 (1 p.m.) at the Rialto theater in Sebastopol is a joyous communal experience, only available in theaters, and raises money for cats in need through partnerships with local cat charities, animal welfare organizations, and shelters, to best serve cats in the area.
Info: 525-4850, 6868 McKinley St., Sebastopol.

Music from Bond films
SR Symphony with Laura Dickinson reprise music from the 007 films.

Bond, James Bond

Santa Rosa Symphony, with award-winning vocalist Laura Dickinson, present a concert celebrating the world's most famous spy - Bond, James Bond. This program on Feb. 23, 3 p.m. at the Luther Burbank Center for the Arts, will include all of the iconic music you have grown to love from Goldfinger, From Russia with Love, Diamonds Are Forever and Skyfall, plus tributes to other spies and detectives from around the world, including music from The Pink Panther, Austin Powers and Charlie's Angels.
Info: 546-3600, 50 Mark West Springs Road, Santa Rosa.

Looking for the blues?

It's been said that you don't seek out the blues - it seeks out you. For guitarist Albert Cummings, no words are more true. Cummings' guitar wizardry has been compared to Albert King, Freddie King, Jimi Hendrix and even his own musical inspiration, Stevie Ray Vaughan. He has played with Buddy Guy, Johnny Winter, Susan Tedeschi, Sheryl Crow, and B.B. King, who called Cummings “a great guitarist.” Cummings' impassioned, all-inclusive style speaks directly to music lovers everywhere. He'll be at the Mystic Theatre on Feb. 23, 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 in advance.
Info: 775-6048, 23 Petaluma Blvd. North, Petaluma.

Learn about IOLERO at SV Dems meeting

What is the Sonoma County IOLERO and should a proposal to strengthen it appear on our November ballots? Joanne Brown, attorney, instructor, former Superior Court Commissioner, and past member the first Community Advisory Council of the Independent Office of Law Enforcement Review and Oversight, will explain the history and purpose of the IOLERO at the Sonoma Valley Democrats General Meeting on Feb. 24, 6-8 p.m. at the Sonoma Springs Community Hall. Everyone is welcome at no charge. Please bring a potluck dish to share.
Info: 939-8322. 18627 Sonoma Hwy., Sonoma.

Dinner is served for symphony

Dinner Is Served is a one-night only opportunity, Feb. 27, when local restaurants partner with the Santa Rosa Symphony League to offer seats for a three-course meal. Several venues also include performances from the young musicians of Sonoma County who benefit from this event. Tickets range from $65 to $110 per person and include tax and gratuity. Proceeds support the Santa Rosa Symphony's Institute for Music Education. Participating restaurants include Barndiva, Healdsburg; Bistro 29, Santa Rosa; Ca'Bianca, Santa Rosa; Madrona Manor, Healdsburg; Piacere Ristorante, Cloverdale; Salt and Stone, Kenwood; Sazon, Santa Rosa; and Tisza Bistro, Windsor. No corkage fee.
Info/Reservations: 227-4314,

Early California's many women of color

Sonoma Petaluma Parks (SPP) hosts former Santa Rosa Junior College Chair of English Ida Rae Egli for a lecture on the women of color of early California. Egli has edited two books, No Rooms of Their Own: Women Writers of Early California, and Women of the Gold Rush. This talk will take place on Feb. 27, 7 p.m. at Mission San Francisco Solano in Sonoma. Admission at the door is $10 for the public, $5 for SPP members.
Info: 935-6832, 114 East Spain St., Sonoma.

Daddy Long Legs gets your toes tapping

Sonoma Live Arts will perform the enthralling and entertaining musical Daddy Long Legs, Feb. 27-March 8 at the Sonoma Community Center. Based on the classic novel that inspired the 1955 movie starring Fred Astaire - a beloved tale in the spirit of Jane Austen, the Brontë Sisters, and “Downton Abbey” - this heartwarming Cinderella story about a witty and winsome young woman and her mysterious benefactor has charmed audiences of all ages from Los Angeles to London. Directed by Michael Ross.
Info: 938-9018, 276 East Napa St., Sonoma.

Heroines, harpies and harlots

Sixth St. Playhouse features “Heroines, Harpies and Harlots - Women Speak” as part of the Bay Area Women's Theater Festival, with performances Feb. 28 through March 8. Giving voice to women from every walk of life, the theater presents a national and local look at what it means to be a woman, especially in the arts. Offerings include meet-and-greets, performances and talk-backs with the local playwrights and the all-female directors and production team. Women at Large, Women from Home and Devising Women each focuses on a different aspect of Women's History and will be performed in repertory with each other.
Info: 523-4185, 52 W. 6th St., Santa Rosa.

Want junk?

The Rebel Junk Vintage Market is coming to the Hall of Flowers at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds on Feb. 28, 6-9 p.m. and Feb. 29, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., a traveling vintage market bringing you some of the very best artisans from around the West Coast. Vendors come from Idaho, Washington, Oregon and California, with everything from vintage to antique, farmhouse to industrial, and lots of rusty junk! $10 gets you admission for both days. Parking at the fairgrounds is $10.
Info: 360-689-5622, 1350 Bennett Valley Road, Santa Rosa.

Cool coil jewelry

Art Escape is holding a coil wire jewelry class on Feb. 29, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Work with wire to create necklaces, bracelets and earrings. Denise Ward is the instructor. A jewelry designer for her business, WardWorksArt, she creates fun, colorful and lightweight jewelry made with pleasure, wit, and color, including metal earrings, necklaces, and wildwires. Learn jewelry techniques and take home the beautiful pieces you've made. All tools and materials provided.
Info: 938-5551, 17474 Sonoma Hwy., Sonoma.

Art chat with Judy O'Shea

Installation artist Judy O'Shea works with space to engage visitors not only with her environments, but with their fellow observers. In her talk at the Sonoma Valley Museum of Art on Feb. 29, 2-4 p.m., she will present visuals of some of her past work, and discuss the evolution of her SVMA installation “Permutations,” where the viewer navigates through a hanging, ethereal deck of hand-cast paper cards. The 52 cards mutate from white to blue to brown until you reach a salle d'attente (waiting room) of baroque costume elements among backlit tapestries. $10 SVMA members; $15 general public.
Info: 939-7862, 551 Broadway, Sonoma.

Support community radio with Coyote and the Tricksters

Celebrate Leap Day and KSVY Sonoma at a concert with Coyote and the Tricksters on Feb. 29, 8-11 p.m., at the Reel and Brand in Sonoma. Featured performers include Lisa Hart, Candi Girard & Kevin Russell, Mark Larson, Joe Craven, Adam Traum and David Thom. No cover charge but donations to KSVY Sonoma will be gratefully accepted to help keep non-profit community radio strong in Sonoma.
Info: 401 Grove Street, Sonoma.

Bow Wow Bingo

Compassion Without Borders, an international animal welfare organization, and Countrywide Rescue, which rescues abandoned and homeless animals, is hosting the Second Annual Bow Wow Bingo fundraiser on Feb. 29 at Sally Tomatoes in Rohnert Park. Doors open at 4 p.m., dinner at 5 p.m., and bingo at 6 p.m. with cash prizes. Tickets are $60. Besides eight games of bingo, there will be a raffle, and live and silent auctions. For tickets, go to and search for Bow Wow Bingo 2020.
Info: 1100 Valley House Dr., Rohnert Park.

Leap Day with an Afro-Mexican beat

Spend Leap Day, Feb. 29, at the Green Music Center with Las Cafeteras, known for their roots music mixed with traditional son jarochos style instruments. The group's Afro-Mexican beats, rhythms, and rhymes deliver inspiring stories to build bridges between cultures and communities, and create “a world where many worlds fit.” Leap Day will also include afternoon performances and workshops with Play Marimba! and other artists. There's a family show at 2 p.m., and an all ages show at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10-$55.
Info: 664-4246, 1801 East Cotati Ave, Rohnert Park.

Crab feed benefits the kids

Visions & Vines Crab Feed 2020 takes place Feb. 29, 5:30-9 p.m. in Herzog Hall at the Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds. Your $70 crab feed ticket supporting Waugh School District includes crab, pasta, salad, bread and one beverage (adult or otherwise). There will also be live music by the amazing Fat Darby (an '80s and '90s cover band), as well as silent and live auctions to benefit the art, music, library and tech programs for the Waugh School District. The event is put on by the WISE (Waugh Invests in Student Excellence) Education Foundation.
Info: : 353 Payran St., Petaluma.

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