Out, About and Around the County
The fairer sex and the cityGirl power comes to Spreckels Theatre with a musical adaptation of Little Women, the classic 1869 novel by Louisa May Alcott, running now through Dec. 17. Set in Concord, Massachusetts, and New York City during the Civil War, Little Women The Musical charts the struggles and triumphs of aspiring writer Jo March, her mother, and three sisters, Meg, Beth and Amy. The drama of their transition from girlhood into womanhood takes place against the backdrop of a city torn apart by war, and just as in the novel, the sisters will be deeply changed when the curtain falls. Showtimes are 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Tickets: $25.
Info: spreckelsonline.com. 5409 Snyder Lane, Rohnert Park.
Holiday green thumbs host workshopsOn Dec. 2, the Sonoma County Master Gardeners will host workshops on making holiday decorations from your garden. Sue Lovelace, at the Rincon Valley Library, will cover the variety of seasonal flora for holiday arrangements, wreaths and garlands. At the Healdsburg Library, Ellyn Pelikan discusses everything you want to know about holiday decorations. Classes run 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Party like Luther BurbankEnjoy a 38-year tradition and begin the season's celebrations by visiting the historic home and gardens of famous horticulturalist Luther Burbank. On Dec. 2 and 3, experience a charming reminder of bygone days and tour the historic home decked out in old-fashioned holiday finery. Enjoy complimentary spiced tea and cookies (provided by Chops Teen Club). Shop for unique Burbank- and Santa Rosa-related items in the Carriage House Museum & Gift Shop. Runs 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free parking and free rides on “Rosie the Trolley” to and from the Handmade Holiday Crafts Fair held at the Finley Community Center.
Info: 524-5445. email@example.com. Santa Rosa Ave. and Sonoma Ave., Santa Rosa.
A classical holidayThe Santa Rosa Symphony welcomes Andrew Grams as the next of five Music Director Candidates at the Green Music Center, Dec. 2-4. A Luscious Euro Sound features Stewart Goodyear, described as “one of the best pianists of his generation” (Philadelphia Inquirer), playing Ravel's Piano Concerto in G major. The program begins with Berlioz' Overture to King Lear and finishes with Rachmaninoff's Symphonic Dances and Debussy's Clair de lune. Tickets: $29. The Symphony has dedicated its 2017-2018 season to first responders and people who have lost their homes because of the fires. Both groups may request free tickets for each of the remaining Classical Series concerts. Call the box office for more information.
Info: www.srsymphony.org. 546-8742. 1801 E. Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park.
Get your hands artsySpend a day in clay during a hands-on exploration with sculptor Lisa Reinertson on Dec. 3, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., at the Sonoma Valley Museum of Art. Known for both her life size figurative ceramic sculptures and her large-scale public sculptures cast in bronze, Reinertson's work has an underlying poetic humanism which often reflects her ideals of peace and social justice. Her sculpture, “Wolf Rider,” is currently on display in SVMA's Forge and Stone exhibition. Working small-scale, and with the theme of animal/human relationships, students will sculpt using their imagination and/or an animal photo as a visual reference. Bring a lunch. Cost: $75 members, $85 nonmembers.
Info: www.svma.org. 551 Broadway, Sonoma.
Music in the MansionThe holidays aren't complete without The Cinnabar Theater's annual Victorian Mansion concert on Dec. 3 at 7:30 p.m. This season, violinist Claire-Jeanne Martin and pianist Nancy Hayashibara present an enticing musical evening of old favorites, from sentimental salon gems to operatic arias, charming café ballads to sacred songs, and tuneful movie scores, with a gypsy tango or two thrown in for flair. Beautiful music in a beautiful mansion. Tickets are $25.
Info: www.cinnabartheater.org. 920 D St., Petaluma.
A capella holiday concertThe Maria Carrillo High School Choir will be performing on Sunday, Dec. 3, at 2 p.m., as part of the Roses Signature Concert Series in the Presbyterian Church of the Roses. The a cappella choir is under the direction of Gail Bowers. A portion of their program will be jazz and popular music, with the remainder of the concert being Holiday tunes. It's a marvelous way to start your holiday season. Free, with donations welcomed.
Info: 542-4272. 2500 Patio Ct., Santa Rosa.
Remembering loved onesEveryone is invited to attend a community gathering of inspiring messages, candle lighting, music and reflection. On Dec. 3, Hospice by the Bay hosts its 32nd annual “Lights of Remembrance” tree lighting ceremony on the Sonoma Plaza, starting at 6 p.m. These lights will illuminate the winter darkness, each one a shining tribute to someone special. To sponsor a tribute light in honor or in memory of a loved one, call the number or visit the website below.
Info: (415) 526-5500. www.hospicebythebay.org. Sonoma Plaza.
“New” Jack Benny on the “radio”Enjoy dinner and a live show - and raise money to support local firefighters when Silver Moon Theater puts on an old-time radio dinner show at Murphy's Irish Pub in Sonoma on Dec. 3 and 4, at 6 p.m. The evening will feature two “new” Jack Benny holiday-themed comedies with Jack Benny and his gang, plus vintage commercials, sound effects, songs, and lots of fun. Tickets: $30, includes two-course dinner and show.
Info: www.eventbrite.com, search “Silver Moon Theater.” 464 First St. East, Sonoma.
Mrs. Bob takes the reins6th Street Playhouse presents a zany new version of A Christmas Carol, with Scrooge's tale of redemption and transformation turned completely on its head in Mrs. Bob Cratchit's Wild Christmas Binge. This time, Mrs. Bob takes center stage. No longer loving and long suffering, she is sick of the goody-goody Tiny Tim, hates her 20 other children, and just wants to get drunk and jump off London Bridge. To make matters worse, the Ghost of Christmas Past's magic is malfunctioning, and somehow the plots of Oliver Twist, The Gift of the Magi, and It's a Wonderful Life all get caught up in the snow flurry of holiday hilarity. Suitable for the whole family, the comedy runs Dec. 8-23. Tickets: $18-$28.