Out, About & Around the County Feb. 1, 2019
Healing the Environment Opening on Feb. 1, “Healing the Environment” exhibits artists' reactions to the ailing planet in this era of climate change and ecological crisis. The paintings, photography, sculpture and natural objects by Sonoma County and Bay Area artists are personal statements on the environment. The artwork is their visual commentary of how nature is being challenged by humanity, and how to protect and heal our common home. There will be a reception on Feb. 1, 5-8 p.m. at the Santa Rosa Arts Center.
Info: santarosaartscenter.org. 312 South A St., Santa Rosa.
To be or not to be... More than 400 years ago, William Shakespeare penned what would become widely considered the greatest work of drama in the English language. Prince Hamlet's dilemma is timeless. His story grapples with love, betrayal, family ties, murder, vengeance, sanity and insanity and, ultimately, the question of whether or not life is worth the struggle... to be or not to be. Hamlet comes to the Spreckels Performing Arts Center Feb. 1-17. This Hamlet features Keith Baker in the title role and Ivy Rose Miller as Ophelia.
Info: 588-3400. www.spreckelsonline.com. 5409 Snyder Lane, Rohnert Park.
A library book 113 years overdue Underneath the Lintel, a play by Glen Berger that premièred in 2001, comes to Cinnabar Theater Feb. 1-17. The sole character - the Librarian - embarks on a quest to find out who anonymously returned a library book that is 113 years overdue. A clue scribbled in the margin of the book and an unclaimed dry-cleaning ticket then take him on a mysterious adventure that spans the globe and the ages. Tickets are $30.
Info: www.cinnabartheater.org. 3333 Petaluma Blvd., Petaluma.
Cornhusk doll demo Hear the story of why the cornhusk doll has no face. On Feb. 2, Sonoma State Historic Park docents will help you create your own doll from cornhusks and dress it with fabric. Sessions last approximately 40 minutes and are held in the mission courtyard. This activity is geared for ages 8 and up. It is free to participate, with paid admission to the park. Workshops at 11 a.m., noon, 1 p.m. and 2 p.m.
Storytime at the library On Feb. 2 at 11 a.m., the Sonoma Valley Library presents storyteller Kirk Waller as he performs stories and songs that explore Africa and African American culture and history - geared for children ages 5 and older and their families. Waller weaves the spoken word, rhythm, music and movement to create an unforgettable storytelling experience. He has been awarded the J.J. Reneaux Emerging Artist Grant by the National Storytelling Network, and a Parent's Choice Foundation GOLD award for his latest CD, But Why? Stories, Music and Songs, among many other awards. The event is free and open to all.
Info: 755 West Napa St., Sonoma.
Fresh-pressed flowers workshop; docent orientation On Feb. 3, 1-4 p.m., local gardener and Laguna Foundation volunteer Jan Lochner will share the simplicity and beauty of the art of pressing flowers. Participants will make various items, from bookmarks and cards to window ornaments and refrigerator magnets. All workshop materials and supplies are provided. Cost is $35. Pre-registration required. Then, on Feb. 11, 6-8 p.m., there will be an orientation for Learning Laguna Docent Training. Docents lead groups of school children in the Learning Laguna program, a two-part wetland education experience for second- through fourth-grade students. Docents visit classrooms with specially designed, engaging activities, and then lead those students on an experiential field trip to the Laguna the following week. Free. RSVP.
Info: 527-9277. www.lagunafoundation.org. 900 Sanford Road, Santa Rosa.
The James Hunter Six It's been 10 years since Englishman James Hunter burst onto the scene with his U.S. debut People Gonna Talk (GO/Rounder 2006), topping the Billboard Blues chart, earning a Grammy nomination, and attracting universal acclaim from critics and his fans - including Van Morrison, Sharon Jones, and Allen Toussaint. Over the last decade, he's toured extensively around the world on club, theatre, and festival circuits. The James Hunter Six, with The Rev. Shawn Amos, will play at the Mystic Theatre in Petaluma on Feb. 3. Doors open at 7:30 p.m., show at 8:30 p.m. 21+. Admission $23.
Info: fanlink.to/Yxd. www.mystictheatre.com. 23 Petaluma Blvd. N., Petaluma.
Calling all Queen fans The Sebastiani Theatre is hosting a Bohemian Rhapsody Sing Along during the screening of the award-winning 2018 biopic Bohemian Rhapsody, Feb. 4, 7 p.m. Bohemian Rhapsody is a foot-stomping celebration of Queen, their music and their extraordinary lead singer Freddie Mercury, who defied stereotypes and shattered convention to become one of the most beloved entertainers on the planet. The film traces the meteoric rise of the band through their iconic songs and revolutionary sound. Tickets are $11.
Info: www.sebastianitheatre.com. 476 1st St East, Sonoma.
Monreal Latin Jazz Led by guitarist, composer and music teacher Sebastian Monreal, Monreal Latin Jazz is a quintet that explores different rhythms and styles of Central and South America. Moving seamlessly from classic jazz to blends of Latin sounds and rhythms that are not often associated with traditional Latin Jazz, to funky and even psychedelic vibrations, Monreal Latin Jazz plays at THE Jazz Club in Cloverdale on Feb. 7. Tickets are $15 for Cloverdale Arts Alliance members and $20 for non-members. Doors open at 7 p.m.; music begins at 7:30 p.m.
Info: www.cloverdaleartsalliance.org. 204 N. Cloverdale Blvd., Cloverdale.
Talking hops Hops are a beautiful vine and make great beer. Learn all about them at the Valley of the Moon Garden Club's next meeting, Feb. 7 at 7 p.m. at the First Congregational Church in Sonoma. Hops expert Ilya Faibushevich will discuss the history of hops-growing in Sonoma County, how hops are used in brewing, and why you may want to grow them yourself. This event will make you more appreciative of the micro brews you drink. Faibushevich has brewed for acclaimed beer makers including Side Project, Perennial, Moonlight, and Cellarmaker. Free for members; $5 for the public.
Info: 252 West Spain Street, Sonoma.
Where is Russia going?“Kuda idyot Rossiya?” Where is Russia going? The answer resides partly in where Russia has been during the turbulent and harsh century since the Bolshevik revolution. How has that affected the way Russians think, what they want, and how they see us in the West? Understanding Russian perspectives doesn't mean we'll agree with their future actions, but it will help us to see our world more clearly. Jeremy Kinsman, a former Canadian top diplomat, will discuss this topic at next the World Affairs Council meeting, Feb. 8, starting at noon at the Flamingo Hotel. Members $35; Non-members $40.
Info: www.wacsc.org. 2777 4th St., Santa Rosa.
Women, love and classical music The Santa Rosa Symphony presents “Love Letters” on Feb. 9 and 11 at 7:30 p.m. and Feb. 10 at 3 p.m. at the Green Music Center. Guest conductor Sarah Ioannides will lead the orchestra for this concert, celebrating women and love, which begins with Fanny Mendelssohn-Hensel's “Overture in C major” and ends with her brother Felix Mendelssohn's “Symphony No. 3, Scottish.” After Mendelssohn-Hensel's overture, Sara Davis Buechner plays Clara Schumann's “Piano Concerto in A minor.” “Overture to Manfred,” by Schumann's husband Robert, completes this Valentine's weekend concert. Tickets: $24-$87. Free for ages 7-17 (conditions).
Info: 546-8742; srsymphony.org. 1801 E. Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park.
My furry valentine Help save homeless pets at The Paws for Love Foundation's 20th Anniversary Paws for Love Gala on Feb. 9, 6-10 p.m. Featuring original artwork by local shelter and rescue animals, live and silent auctions, a wine cave auction, cruise raffle, live music and hors d'oeuvres. Wines for the event are provided by Mutt Lynch, Pedroncelli, Iron Horse, Foppiano and Korbel Champagne. Beer sponsored by Lagunitas Brewing Co. At the Finley Community Center. Tickets are a $50 donation in advance ($60 at the door).
Info: www.pawsforlove.info. 2060 W. College Ave., Santa Rosa.
California Indian basket weaving Gain insight into the traditional art of California Indian basket weaving on Feb. 9, 2 p.m., at the Sonoma Community Center. Master Weaver Clint McKay (Dry Creek Pomo/Wappo/Wintun) will give a presentation on the characteristics of fine California Indian basketry. He will also share ways to identify the possible origin of baskets, as well as the materials and techniques used by local California tribes. Clint and his wife Lucy (Dry Creek Pomo/Northern Sierra Miwok) will display their beautiful collection of baskets. $5 admission.
Info: 276 East Napa St., Sonoma.
Fruit tree facts and fun On Feb. 9 at 10:30 a.m., Sonoma Master Gardeners present a workshop on how to care for fruit trees at the Sonoma Valley Library. Led by Master Gardener Steve Ehrmann, this workshop will discuss how and why to prune, when to prune, considerations on rootstock, and the value of mulch and drip irrigation. Fruit tree afflictions and soil considerations will also be discussed. This event is free and open to all.
Info: 755 West Napa St., Sonoma.
An olive odyssey Take a journey through all things olive at Jacuzzi Family Vineyards on Feb. 9 and 10, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Savor unique olives created by passionate olive lovers, enjoy olive oil made by The Olive Press, and feast your eyes on olive-inspired art served up by ceramists, photographers and painters. Attendees can get discounts on selected wines. All this and more with live Italian music in the air. Free.
Info: www.anoliveodyssey.com. 24724 Arnold Dr., Sonoma.
One Love Diversity FestivalSanta Rosa Junior College will hold a One Love Diversity Festival on Feb. 13, 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. in the Lawrence Bertolini Student Center quad on the Santa Rosa Campus. The purpose of the festival is to unite the SRJC community, celebrate diversity, provide resources and support, and promote student engagement. Activities will include intercultural arts, entertainment and global cuisine, as well as representation from a wide range of programs and student services at the resource fair. The event is free and open to the public.
Info: 1501 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa.