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Out, About & Around the County: 08/01/2017

Out, About & Around the County August 1, 2017

Conversation circles

This month, the Sonoma Valley Library will host weekly English conversation circles for adult learners who want to improve and practice their English speaking skills. These sessions will be held every Wednesday until Dec. 20 (no classes on Aug. 16 or Aug. 30). This program provides a safe, encouraging environment for participants to practice conversation. 7:30-8:30 p.m.

Info: 544-2622, 755 W. Napa St., Sonoma.

Boz Scaggs and Colbie Caillat at LBC

The Luther Burbank Center for the Arts has announced the addition of several new performances to its 2017-2018 lineup. Boz Scaggs will thrill Sonoma County fans on Aug. 1 with carefully handpicked songs from Al Green to The Band, and Grammy Award winning, multiplatinum songstress Colbie Caillat will present an evening of hits on Aug. 6. Ticket prices vary.

Info: 546-3600, 50 Mark West Springs Road, Santa Rosa.

Open Mic and more at HopMonk

Open Mic Night will take place every Tuesday night at The Abbey at HopMonk Tavern in Sebastopol, and during the Science Buzz Café, 7:30 p.m. on Aug. 2, guest speaker Harry Fleishman will discuss the topic of guitars since the '70s, which ushered in a sea change in the world of guitar making. Then on Aug. 10, catch Ismay, a Dark Americana band based out of coastal Northern California. Influenced largely by traditional American music, Ismay's songs connect themes of environmental and social justice with scenes of the American West. Also performing will be Misner & Smith and Hollis Peach. Doors: 7 p.m., Show: 7:30 p.m. Cost: $10).

Info: 829-7300, 230 Petaluma Ave., Sebastopol.

Summer of Love Art Night

The Sonoma Valley Museum of Art is hosting the Summer of Love Art Night on Aug. 4. There will be live music from Rubber Soul, a Beatles Tribute Band who will surely get you dancing, and Groovin'-up-slowly Arts & Crafts and Prohibition Spirits will be serving a signature cocktail, “Marmalade Skies.” Groovy threads (and moves) encouraged. 6-9 p.m. Tickets cost $25 and include bites and two drink tickets.

Info: 551 Broadway St., Sonoma.

Johnny Sansone, Naughty Professor play Cloverdale

Johnny Sasone

Cloverdale Arts Alliance continues its free Friday Night Live summer concert series with multi-award-winning bluesman Johnny Sansone on Aug. 4. Come on up for Sansone's howling, rip-through-the-plaster voice and deep grooved harmonica riffs. And on Aug. 11 enjoy Naughty Professor, an iconoclastic group whose high-energy live performances have earned them an enthusiastic fan base. They were recently nominated for “Best R&B/ Funk Artist” by Offbeat Magazine. Festivities begin at 6 p.m. Free.

Info: 894-4410, 204 N. Cloverdale Blvd, Cloverdale.

Zen waterscapes featured in Sonoma

painting of koi
“Celebration” by Jenny Whitfield

Meet the artist of the month, Jenny Whitfield, at the Arts Guild of Sonoma. She will be showcasing her extraordinary “William's Pond” series, which consists of acrylic mixed-media paintings. Many of Whitfield's Zen waterscapes are enjoyed by clients around the world. Other artists featured this month include Janie Coltrin, Cathleen Francisco, Andrea Leland, Suzanne Phillips, Julia Pozsgai, Julee Richardson, Vasily Spirin, and more. There will be an artists reception on Aug. 5, from 4-6 p.m. Show runs through Aug. 28.

Info: 996-3115, 140 E. Napa St., Sonoma.

The Comedy of Errors always entertaining

The Avalon Players begin their 37th Sonoma Shakespeare season with The Comedy of Errors by William Shakespeare. The show opens Aug. 9 and runs Wednesdays through Sundays until Aug. 20 at Buena Vista Winery. Directed by company founder Kate Kennedy, The Comedy of Errors is the bard's most farcical comedy, full of puns, slapstick, and plays on words. Tickets are $30. Performance begins at 7 p.m.

Info: 996-3264. 18000 Old Winery Road, Sonoma.

FairyWorlds! at 6th Street Playhouse

Starting on Aug. 10, FairyWorlds! is a new adaptation of William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, presented by 6th Street Playhouse. Directed by renowned Shakespeare director Jared Sakren, FairyWorlds! is a fully-professional production that features the top actors from the North Bay Area. Enjoy a night of thwarted lovers, transfigured humans, comic rustics, and war, in the enchanting and magical fairy worlds of Oberon and Titania. Tickets $10-$36.

Info: 52 W. 6th St., Santa Rosa.

Jazz benefit at St. Andrew

St. Andrew Presbyterian Church will host their second annual concert to benefit Habitat for Humanity on Aug. 10. Danny Coots, a Grammy-award-winning drummer, will be playing alongside pianist extraordinaire Brian Holland. “Exciting, exhilarating, and exhausting!” is probably the best (and most alliterative) way to describe the duo of Holland & Coots. With a mix of jazz, blues, stride, boogie, pop, and ragtime, Holland & Coots have something for everyone. The concert begins at 7 p.m. Donations accepted at the door.

Info: 16290 Arnold Dr., Sonoma.

Schulz Museum 15 and going strong

The Charles M. Schulz Museum turns 15 this year. Since August 2002, the museum has preserved, displayed, and interpreted the art of Charles M. Schulz while bringing his Peanuts characters to life. On Aug. 12, there will be special events all day long, including meet-and-greets with a variety of professional cartoonists. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Ticket prices vary depending on age.

Info: 2301 Hardies Lane, Santa Rosa.

Tales from a traveling gardener

On Aug. 12, the Sonoma Valley Regional Library hosts Yvonne Horn, award-winning travel writer and photographer, who searches out gardens with a compelling tale to tell, gardens that could not be any other place than where they are, gardens that reflect their creator's gardening passion, gardens that sometime have a bit of wacky embedded in their beauty. Join Horn as she explores the world one garden at a time. Starting at 2 p.m. Free.

Info: 996-5217. 755 West Napa St., Sonoma.

Make your novel impossible to put down

New York Times best-selling author Selden Edwards (The Little Book, The Lost Prince) will lead an exploration of creative plot structure on Aug. 13, 2-4:30 p.m. at the Flamingo Hotel. Clever plot construction and wording can make all the difference in selling your manuscript, no matter the genre. When Edwards wrote his first novel, he received a call from an agent after only a few days. The agent said he “just couldn't put it down.” Why? Because his book had great pacing. Most authors don't even realize that this dollop of zing is essential. If you have good pacing, you can write about watching paint dry and make it impossible to put down. Open to the public. Cost: $10.

Info: 2777 Fourth St., Santa Rosa.

You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown

On Aug. 18, 6th Street Playhouse opens its 2017/2018 season with the 50th anniversary production of You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown. This month-long celebration is being hosted with the Charles M. Schulz Museum and is a true, hometown revival celebrating the classic Broadway Musical based on the famous “Peanuts” comic strip by Santa Rosa's own Charles M. Schulz. Immerse yourself in the world of Charlie Brown and his Peanuts gang for the most excellent gift our community has to offer. Running through Sept. 27, tickets are $15-$38.

Info: 52 W. 6th St., Santa Rosa.

Summer Festivals in Rohnert Park

On Saturday, Aug. 19, come to Rohnert Park to enjoy a day of nationally acclaimed Sonoma grown blues with living legend Charlie Musselwhite, Santa Rosa High School Alumnus Doyle Bramhall II, award winning Bay Area blues vocalist Taylor P Collins, Vallejo based gospel sensations The Sons of The Soul Revivers, veteran guitarists Levi Lloyd and Volker Strifler, and more. There will also be a fine art gallery to browse. Then, on Aug. 24-27, the Flynn Creek Circus, Mendocino County's charmingly nostalgic, surprisingly fresh all-human circus, will be raising their vintage big top tent. They create an offbeat 'film noir' world filled with tightrope walkers, aerialists, jugglers, acrobats, and comedians for the new 2017 show. Ticket prices vary.

Info: 1100 Valley House Dr., Rohnert Park.

Music of the desert

Los Gu'achis, a Petaluma-based quintet that plays instrumental music of the American Southwest, Early California, and Mexico, will be performing at the Sonoma Valley Library on Aug. 19. They take their name from the Gu-Achi Fiddlers from the Papago Indian Reservation in southern Arizona. Their music has roots in Native American, Mexican, and European music. Performance begins at 2 p.m. Free.

Info: 996-5217, 755 W. Napa St., Sonoma.

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