News Column

Ten days of fun

June 6, 2014

By Dan Taylor and Crissi Langwell, The Press Democrat, Santa Rosa, Calif.

June 06--June 6-8

Djangofest: This 10th annual music festival features three days of performances by some of the most talented Gypsy Jazz musicians in the world, all celebrating the music of the iconic Django Reinhardt. Some of the bands and musicians performing this year are the Robin Nolan Trio, Hot Club d'Europe, Pearl Django, and more. Tickets range from $35 to $150, and will be held at the Throckmorton Theatre in Mill Valley. Find out more at

Friday, June 6

Rock Collection: The all-star Bay Area quintet features Melvin Seals, Stu Allen, Dan 'Lebo' Lebowitz, Greg Anton and Reed Mathis, at 8 p.m. at HopMonk Tavern, 230 Petaluma Ave., Sebastopol. $20. 829-7300,

Saturday, June 7

Anne Lamott: The bestselling author will be at Book Passage for an afternoon of inspiration when she shares everything she knows about writing. The event will feature an onstage interview, a lecture, and a Q&A session. Lamott will offer advice on the writing process, and reveal tidbits from her own writing process and experiences. The workshop is from 1-4 p.m. , and cost is $150. 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. Call (415) 927-0960 x.1 to register.

Through Sunday, June 8

Healdsburg Jazz Festival: The 10-day festival's live jazz continues today as vibraphonist Bobby Hutcherson joins the piano duo Bill Charlap and Renee Rosnes at 7:30 Friday at the Raven Theater, 115 North St., Healdsburg. $45-$65. The festival continues with shows all around the Healdsburg area through Sunday., 433-4644.

Saturday, June 7

Beerfest: Benefiting nonprofit Face to Face, the popular event runs 1-5 p.m. Saturday at Wells Fargo Center for the Arts, with food from local chefs and beer from more than 60 Northern California microbreweries, plus live music by Rovetti & Meatballs band. Tickets: $45, including Beerfest glass, beer and food tasting. 50 Mark West Springs Road, Santa

Saturday, June 7

Kris Delmhorst: The Boston native just released 'Blood Test,' her seventh album revealing the moody, heartbreaking side of indie folk music. The singer-songwriter is steering her musical tour to Sonoma County, and will perform Saturday at Occidental Center for the Arts. Doors open at 7 p.m.$25 in advance; $27 at the door. 3850 Doris Murphy Court, Occidental.

Saturday, June 7

Sonoma County Quilt Show: The Moonlight Quilters of Sonoma County exhibit hundreds of quilts, wearable fabric art, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Santa Rosa Veterans Memorial Building, 1351 Maple Ave., Santa Rosa. $10 for both days.

June 7-8

Art at the Source: The Sebastopol Center for the Arts presents the closing weekend of its 20th annual self-guided open studio tour, with more than 150 artists welcoming visitors, exhibiting artwork and demonstrating how they create it. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. For free catalogs, maps and details on related exhibits:, 829-4797.

Sunday, June 8

Lagunitas Beer Circus: Burlesque dancers, sword swallowers, plate spinners, oh my! The big top tent will be up at Lagunitas Brewery, with all sorts of sideshow acts and freak show performances for your viewing pleasure. And, of course, there will be craft brew tastings to quench your beer thirst. But if you don't have a ticket, you're out of luck. This 21-plus event has been sold out for a while, which is good news for the school music programs the event is benefiting. Check out all the details at

Sunday, June 8

Tom Robbins: The author of 'Even Cowgirls Get the Blues' talks about his new memoir, 'Tibetan Peach Pie: A True Account of an Imaginative Life,' at 2 p.m. Sunday at Copperfield's Books,140 Kentucky St., Petaluma.

Sunday, June 8

Poncho Sanchez: The closing concert of the Healdsburg Jazz Festival features Sanchez and his Latin Jazz Band, plus the Claudia Villela Trio at 3 p.m. Sunday outdoors at Rodney Strong Vineyards, 11455 Old Redwood Highway, just south of Healdsburg. $45-$65., 433-4644.

Monday, June 9

Garrison Keillor: The legendary 'Prairie Home Companion' host and New York Times bestselling author will read from 'The Keillor Reader,' a new career-spanning collection of his stories, essays and poems, at 7 p.m. Monday at the Lincoln Theater, 100 California Drive, Yountville. $20; $35 including book. 944-9900,

June 8 & 10

'Henry IV: Part 1': Go back through the centuries to hang out with Hal and Falstaff. Summerfield Cinemas in Santa Rosa screens the Royal Shakespeare Company's production of the Bard's classic at 1 p.m. Sunday and 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. $16-$18. 551 Summerfield Road, Santa Rosa. 522-0719,

Wednesday, June 11

Aimee Mann: Ever since her 1985 MTV award for best new artist, she has kept fans rapt with her intelligent lyrics. The singer-songwriter and Ted Leo, her collaborator on this year's album 'The Both,' at 8 p.m. Wednesday at the City Winery, 1030 Main St., Napa. $35-$45. 260-1600,

June 12-15

'Peggy Sue Cruise': Four days of fun, nostalgia and vintage automobiles, headquarted at A Place to Play Park, 2375 W. Third St., Santa Rosa. It starts with early sign-in from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, peaks with a downtown cruise from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday and closes with an awards ceremony at 2 p.m. Sunday. Don't miss the "Show and Shine" car display Saturday and Sunday., 575-3267.

Thursday, June 12

National Brass Ensemble: This new collection of musicians from across the country, featuring 24 brass players and two percussionists from the nation's most prestigious orchestras, performs at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in Weill Hall at the Green Music Center, 1801 E. Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park. Tickets start at $45., 866-955-6040.

Thursdays -- Sundays, through June 29

"Trenchcoat in Common": Main Stage West in Sebastopol opens playwright Peter Sinn Nachtrieb's story of a teenage girl who starts writing a blog about the strange inhabitants of her apartment building. 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 5 p.m. Sundays until June 29. $15-$25. 104 N. Main St., Sebastopol. 823-0177,

June 12-15

Country Summer: The two-day country music festival features current top names in the genre, with Hunter Hayes and Joe Nichols the first day, and Darius Rucker, Dustin Lynch and the Eli Young Band on the second day, plus many more. Gates open at 2 p.m.June 13 and 11 a.m.June 14. $49-$119. Sonoma County Fairgrounds, 1350 Bennett Valley Road, Santa Rosa., 800-514-3849.

June 13-14

Huichica Music Festival: The annual summer festival at Gundlach Bundschu Winery in Sonoma jumps into its fifth year. Doors open for the Friday Night Kickoff at 5 p.m., and will feature bands Vetiver and Mount Eerie. Saturday's event begins at noon with Golden Gram, Houndstooth, The Blank Tapes, and more. $30-$120. Festival-goers 21-plus will receive complimentary tasting of three Gundlach Bundschu wines. 2000 Denmark St., Sonoma.

Saturday, June 14

Heroes and Villains: The rock band heads a lineup that includes EDM, Dennis the Menac3, JLarson and JAX, with the music starting at 8 p.m. at the Phoenix Theater, 201 Washington St., Petaluma. Doors open at 7:30 p.m.$10-$15. 762-3565,

Saturday, June 14

Tainted Love: The colorfully clad San Francisco septet brings the music of the 1980s to life at 9:30 p.m. at the Mystic Theatre, 23 Petaluma Blvd. N., Petaluma. There'll be as much to see as there is to hear. $21. 765-2121,

Saturday, June 14

Oysters and Whites Experience: Kick off summer and celebrate Father's Day a day early, with your choice of a flight of three white wines, paired with three oysters. Decide for yourself which is best: Riesling, Pinot Blanc or Gewurztraminer. Flight is complimentary with your $100 wine purchase; otherwise, $20 per person. Dutton-Goldfield, 100 Gravenstein Highway N., Sebastopol. 823-3887,

June 14-15

Sonoma County Hot Air Balloon Classic: Bundle up in warm clothing, bring blankets and come out at 5:30 a.m. both mornings to see the glowing balloons of "The Dawn Patrol" go up, followed by the main launch of some 30 balloons at 6:30 a.m. The public balloon rides are reserved and sell out in advance, so check the website soon. Keiser Park, 700 Windsor River Road, Windsor. $5-$10.

Sunday, June 15

Chardonnay and Croquet: Score a wicket with glass in hand at 11 a.m.June 15 at Sonoma-Cutrer Vineyards. The winery's monthly event starts with a croquet tournament, followed by a gourmet buffet lunch. Tickets: $50. Tee-off starts at 11 a.m. Call 237-3489 or email to reserve your spot. 4401 Slusser Road, Windsor.


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