Out, About & Around the County -- November 1, 2020
SR Symphony features Beethoven, Scott JoplinSanta Rosa Symphony presents an enhanced concert experience on Nov. 15, at 3 p.m. on its YouTube channel. This virtual concert, conducted by Francesco Lecce-Chong, the second in a series, features Beethoven's Second Symphony and works by Scott Joplin, Chen Yi, Gabriela Lena Frank, and Max Bruch. The concert will be followed by a live post-concert Q&A with Lecce-Chong. This event is free, though donations to support the ongoing music and outreach programs of the Symphony will be gratefully received during the event.
Celebrate a wonderful life at SRJC
See It's a Wonderful Life, adapted for the stage as a musical by Santa Rosa Junior College's Theatre Arts Department, in virtual performances Nov. 27 and 28 and Dec. 4 and 5, at 7:30 p.m. Inspired by the 1946 Frank Capra film, this home-grown musical brings the heartwarming holiday tale to life in an online theatrical production. Despite years of hard work and self-sacrifice, George Bailey is facing financial ruin. His guardian angel-in-training, Clarence, hears George's bitter cry, and opens his eyes to all that would have been lost, large and small, in a world without him. Featuring an original score by Janis Dunson Wilson, this show is a ray of hope in our tumultuous times.
Info/Tickets: theatrearts.santarosa.edu, or 527-4307
Copperfield's features author of Deep Delta Justice
Copperfield's Books hosts Matthew Van Meter and his non-fiction book, Deep Delta Justice in a virtual event on Nov. 5, 7 p.m. In 1966 in a small town in Louisiana, a 19-year-old black man named Gary Duncan pulled his car off the road to stop a fight. Duncan was arrested a few minutes later for the crime of putting his hand on the arm of a white child. Van Meter vividly brings alive how a seemingly minor incident brought massive, systemic change to the criminal justice system, showing how Duncan's insistence on seeking justice empowered generations of defendants, disproportionately poor and black, to demand fair trials.
Photographing wildfirePhotography plays a unique and powerful role in showing the stories of our beloved landscapes over time. Join the Laguna Foundation online for an evening of reflection and storytelling with renowned local photographer Jerry Dodrill, who has spent the last three months photographing the wildfires in our county and documenting a changing climate and region, from the Meyers Fire along the coast to the Glass Fire on the eastern edge of the Laguna watershed. These stunning images show the connections of firefighting in California, our wild and urban lands, and fire ecology. This virtual event takes place Nov. 19, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Suggested donation $5-$15. Pre-registration required.
Famed choreographer comes to Green Center
Visionary choreographer Liz Lerman returns to The Green Music Center Nov. 5, 7 p.m., to create a new site-specific work over the next two years to premier in 2022. Made possible through a Hewlett 50 Arts Commission, Wicked Bodies (Sonoma) will be an exploration of depictions of women's bodies across multiple historic periods. This event will feature a discussion of Lerman's inspiration and themes found in the piece, plans for making it, and opportunities for people to participate in the development. She will also share a 60-minute video from the rehearsal process. Ticket are $10. The video will be available to watch for 48 hours following the stream.
Info/Tickets: firstname.lastname@example.org, gmc.sonoma.edu
Creator of MUTTS live online
The Schulz Museum will feature Patrick McDonnell, creator of the comic strip MUTTS, at a virtual event on Nov. 7, 4-5:30 p.m. McDonnell is celebrating the publication of The Art of Nothing: 25 Years of MUTTS, and his newest MUTTS treasury, Hot Dogs, Hot Cats. McDonnell will talk about his work, characters, and influences in conversation with Tom Gammill, producer and writer for The Simpsons and Seinfeld, among others.
Also coming up at Schulz is an online event on how to draw Snoopy's siblings, on Nov. 12, 4-5 p.m. Charles M. Schulz Creative Associates staff artist Mary Shyne explores the story of Snoopy's canine family throughout the Peanuts comic strip. Learn how to draw each of his siblings from the Daisy Hill Puppy Farm Gang with a live-drawing demonstration. Each of these events are $10 for members, $15 for general public. Advance registration is required.
How to manage the stresses of life
The Sebastopol Center for the Arts presents an outdoor event on Nov. 7, 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., “Mental Fitness to Survive and Thrive,” a class to help you get through current stressful times. Instructor is Brian Martens. In this workshop, to be held on the Center's covered patio, you will learn tools to help you manage the current stresses of life - COVID, politics, family, etc. Martens will lead exercises to help you get in touch with your inner words and inner wisdom. Learn tools to ground yourself and your family. Learn better ways of communication so that you are less reactive. Cost is $60. Bring your own face mask, snacks and water. Restroom available. Sanitizer provided.