Out, About & Around the County Dec. 15, 2018
Christmas at the SebastianiIt's Christmas all month at the Sebastiani Theatre. On Dec. 15 (7 p.m.) and Dec. 16 (2 p.m.) Silver Moon Theatre will present the classic story A Christmas Carol with Scrooge, Tiny Tim and all the rest. Music, carolers, and surprises add to the festivities. Tickets are $20 for adults, $10 for kids. A Christmas Story screens on Dec. 18 and 19, at 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. Tickets are $10. Miracle on 34th Street is next, starring John Payne and Maureen O'Hara, on Dec. 20 and Dec. 23 at 3 and 6 p.m. Wrap it all up with a holiday open house, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., on Dec. 22, featuring holiday treats for your eyes, ears and tummy.
Info: www.sebastianitheatre.com. 476 First St. East, Sonoma.
Sing-Along Messiah The Santa Rosa Symphony League's 38th Annual Redwood Empire Sing-Along Messiah is Dec. 16, 3 p.m., at the Jackson Theater at Sonoma Country Day School. Join conductor R. Daniel Earl as he once again leads the audience, on-stage chorus, and the Santa Rosa Chamber Orchestra in the longest-running sing-along Messiah in the United States. Soloists will include Daniella Caveney, soprano; Margaret Starr, mezzo; Rodrigo Castillo, bass; and Ethan Williams, tenor. Musical scores will be available to assist the audience in singing such classics as the Hallelujah Chorus. Listeners are warmly welcomed as well. All proceeds benefit the Santa Rosa Symphony Institute for Music Education. Tickets: $25, ($20 Symphony League Members); $15 students, available online and at Stanroy's in Santa Rosa.
Info: srsymphonyleague.org. 4400 Day School Place, Santa Rosa.
Valley of the Moon voices The Valley of the Moon Chamber Ensemble returns to St. Andrew Presbyterian Church for their 12th annual holiday benefit concert on Dec.16 at 2 p.m. The Ensemble will also be performing a Gala Concert on Dec. 15, 6 p.m., at Jacuzzi Family Vineyards. All proceeds will benefit the Sonoma Community Center's arts and cultural education programs. These concerts will feature musical offerings from Renaissance masters Kirbye, Paleastrina, and Upsala, as well as interpretations of traditional holiday favorites. They will also include selections by notable 20th- and 21st-Century artists such as Whitacre, Lauridsen, Stroope and more. The Gala Concert includes a reception with wine and hearty hors d'oeuvres. Tickets for the Gala are $125; tickets for the sunday matinee are $35.
Info: www.svbo.org, 938-4626, ext. 1.
Winter Wonderland concert Under the direction of Cynthia Tarr, The Free Spirits Gospel Choir is having its yearly holiday Winter Wonderland concert on Dec. 16, 5:30 p.m., at the Sonoma Community Center. Joining the center's very own Free Spirits Choir will be the vocal trio The Quixotics and special guest Betty Ann Bruno with Hula Mai. Tickets are $20.
Info: www.sonomacommunitycenter.org. 276 East Napa St., Sonoma.
A dash of fiddle and a splash of moonshine Feathers will be flying on Dec. 20 when acoustic-folk band Foxes in the Henhouse come to Cloverdale Arts Alliance's Americana Night. Foxes in the Henhouse are five women with stunning three-part harmony and mad instrumental skills. It's Frankie and Johnny sipping lemonade under a shade tree with Nina Simone, a dash of fiddle, and a splash of moonshine. 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.
Happy Irish feet Take a journey through Christmas in Ireland with superb dancing, singing and traditional Irish music on Dec. 21 when An Irish Christmas comes to the Spreckles Performing Arts Center in Rohnert Park. The show features an award-winning cast of Irish dancers led by Caterina Coyne (principal dancer, Riverdance), World Champion Dancer Tyler Schwartz, and Connor Reider (principal dancer Celtic Fyre, St. Patrick's Day in Ireland, The Chieftains), as well as members of the Kerry Dance Troupe, The Kerry Voice Squad and the Kerry Traditional Orchestra in a memorable night that sparkles with the charm and magic. Show starts at 7 p.m. Tickets: $55, $50 for seniors and $40 for age 18 and younger.
Info: 588-3434. 5409 Snyder Lane, Rohnert Park.
Love, Linda The show starts late but the house opens early for a special New Year's Eve performance of Love, Linda: The Life of Mrs. Cole Porter on Dec. 31 at Cinnabar Theater. Love, Linda presents the songs of Cole Porter mixed with storytelling by his glamorous wife. Peek behind the glitter of her sensational life to experience a unique, sometimes difficult but always love-filled marriage. Musical numbers include “In the Still of the Night,” “I Love Paris,” “Love for Sale,” “Night and Day,” “Wunderbar,” and more. The 1930s-inspired evening begins with a cheese plate and hand-made Parisian desserts. Period attire encouraged and Best Dressed prizes available. Cocktails and wine available for purchase. After the show enjoy a champagne toast with noisemakers at midnight. Tickets $75.
Info: www.cinnabartheater.org. 3333 Petaluma Blvd. N., Petaluma.
Mike the Magician The Sonoma Valley Library presents award-winning Magician Mike Della Penna, Jan. 2, at 6 p.m. for children ages 4 and up. Formerly a stand-up comic, Della Penna's shows create laughter along with the wonder and amazement of magic. The event is free. Seating is limited and is first-come, first-served.
Info: 755 West Napa St., Sonoma.
The Rob Hart Trio The Rob Hart Trio blends traditional jazz, fusion, funk, latin and textural experimental music. On Jan. 5, at 2 p.m. the Rob Hart Trio plays at the Sonoma Valley Regional Library. Musicians Rob Hart, drums and percussion, Doug Pohorski, acoustic bass, and Scott Sorkin, guitar, combine to make the Rob Hart Trio a high-powered, on-the-edge jazz experience. This event is free and open to all.
Info: 755 West Napa St., Sonoma.
Take the improv plunge Improvisation is a form of storytelling where the entire story is being created at the very moment it is performed. Being good at improv is not acting talent in the conventional sense, but more a capacity for being fully attentive and “in the moment” with your fellow actors. A 10-week Beginning Improvisation class, running on Mondays 7:15-9 p.m., Jan. 7-March 11, will teach you all the basic rules while exercising those rules. In the last class, you'll share your new skills with an invited audience. At the Studio Theatre at 6th Street Playhouse. 14 student maximum. Tuition: $245.
Info: www.6thstreetplayhouse.com. 52 W. 6th St., Santa Rosa.
Yoga, baby On Mondays in January and part of February, the Sonoma Valley Library will offer yoga classes for babies and toddlers, ages 0-5. Classes start on Jan. 8, and continue through Feb. 4. Little Om Baby/Toddler Yoga will be taught by local yoga teacher Lesley Giovannelli. It incorporates gentle movement and songs to enrich development and deepen the bond with baby and toddler. Inspiration comes from animals in this fun, musical introduction to yoga. Each baby/toddler must be accompanied by one adult. Classes are drop-in basis and are first come, first served. All equipment is provided. The classes are free and open to all.
Info: 755 West Napa St., Sonoma.
Now what? Cuba, the U.S. and the Trump Administration On Nov. 2, the Trump administration announced a new set of sanctions against Cuba while the embargo of over half a century remains in place. For the post-Castro era leadership of the island, the question remains: how much longer will the U.S. maintain a “hard line” on Cuba? On Jan. 11, Alex M. Saragoza, author and Professor Emeritus of History, Department of Ethnic Studies at UC Berkeley, will discuss the current political, economic, and social situation of Cuba in light of new U.S.-Cuba relations. His talk will explore the challenges for the island and what may lie ahead for the new Cuban leadership. Sponsored by the World Affairs Council of Sonoma County at the Hyatt Regency Sonoma Wine Country in Santa Rosa. Members: $35; Non-members: $40.
RSVP: www.WACSC.org. 170 Railroad St., Santa Rosa.
Symphony explores Tiers of HeavenThe Santa Rosa Symphony presents “Tiers of Heaven,” a concert exploring heavenly realms and mortality with vibrant music evoking emotions from anguish, to peace, to exaltation. The program, Jan. 12-14 at the Green Music Center and conducted by new Music Director Francesco Lecce-Chong, opens with Signals from Heaven, an antiphonal work by Japanese composer Toru Takemitsu. Mozart's explosive Symphony No. 40 in G minor contrasts Mahler's sublime Symphony No. 4 in G major. Operatic and orchestral soprano Marie Plette sings the poem in the final movement of Mahler's symphony, which describes a child's view of paradise. Pre-concert talks with Lecce-Chong take place one hour prior to performances. In addition to the concerts, the Discovery Rehearsal, a general seating event, happens at 2 p.m. on Jan. 12. Tickets range from $24 to $87. For each adult ticket purchased, the ticket holder may request a free ticket for a youth, ages 7 to 17, to accompany them.
Info: 546-8742, srsymphony.org. 1801 E. Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park.