Magic Circle Cycle (in development) is a collaboration with composer/musician Kalei Yamanoha & the Imaginists. Played out in four movements, Magic Circle Cycle exorcises age old cycles and their offspring - current events. Inspired by, and in conversation with, Brecht’s Caucasian Chalk Circle, Genet’s The Maids, the harrowing & magic journeys of female protagonists in fairy tales and the current political moment, the piece continues to evolve into a new hybrid form of storytelling; an invented ritual intervention, song cycle, biting satire and poem-play. Kalei Yamanoha plays the lyrical spine on banjo, piano, accordion and base drum. The songs are spells. Tickets are "pay what you can." Reserve a seat here.
The Imaginists, 461 Sebastopol Avenue
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EARTH DAY ONSTAGE April 21, 12-4pm
Enjoy Santa Rosa's 9th Annual Earth Day OnStage Festival at Courthouse Square. This fun, FREE, family-friendly festival features over 75 exhibitors and is a great way to inspire awareness and build community through environmental protection. Earth Day On Stage Schedule: 12:30pm- Redwood Empire Chinese Association | Marshall Arts, Cultural Dances 1:15pm- Chalkboard Player | Earth Day Skit for Kids 2:00pm- Ballet Folklórico Jazmin | Cultural Dances 2:45pm- Hubbub Club | Marching Band 3:30pm- Sonoma County Taiko | Japanese Drumming
Courthouse Square, 4th Street and Santa Rosa Avenue
FIRE WALL WORKSHOP At Earth Day April 21, 12-4pm
Visit the Musuem of Sonoma County booth at Earth Day and participate in their Fire Wall Workshop. Local artist Martín Zuñiga will guide visitors through exercises to create works for the Museum's online Fire Wall. Click here for more information.
Courthouse Square, 4th Street and Santa Rosa Avenue
DEATH OF A SALESMAN Extended through April 28
Willy Loman is a fading salesman who cannot understand how he failed to win success and happiness in business and in life. Through a series of soul-searching revelations of the life he has lived with his wife, his sons, and his business associates, we discover how his incessant quest for the "American Dream" kept him blind to the people who truly loved him. A thrilling work of deep and revealing beauty that remains one of the most profound classic dramas of the American theater. It is the winner of the 1949 Pulitzer Prize and the Tony Award for Best Play, and 6th Street Playhouse is honored to announce that the role of America’s most famous salesman will be portrayed in this stirring revival by Charles Siebert. Click here for tickets.
6th Street Playhouse, 52 W. 6th Street
MARCH MELANGE Exhibition open through April 28
Calabi Gallery will be showing a March Mélange featuring a Retrospective of Beatrice Benjamin. Also showing work by: Adela Akers, Alan Azhderian, Joyce Ertel Hulbert and Bambi Waterman, as well as new gallery inventory. A special Life Retrospective of Beatrice Benjamin's artwork will be represented by her intaglio prints, watercolors and multimedia, including both abstracts and representational works emphasizing the natural world.
Calabi Gallery, 456 Tenth Street
BLASTED ART GALLERY: DEMPSTER, LEON & RISCH Exhibition open through May 4
Blasted Art Gallery is excited to present Sonoma County artists Nancy H Dempster, Dayana Leon, and Michael Dirk Risch for their upcoming show. Leon's work emerges from a socio-political narrative, whereas Dempster and Risch are working from a more intuitive, experimental place. Aside from differing aesthetics and creative pursuits, these three artists have in common a spirit of invention, refinement and exploration in their work. Click here for gallery hours and more information.
Blasted Art Gallery in the Backstreet Building, Art Alley off of South A Street
SANTA ROSA ARTS CENTER: 1ST ANNUAL MEMBERS SHOW Exhibition open through May 20
The Santa Rosa Arts Center presents its first annual members show.
Chroma Gallery, 312 South A Street, Santa Rosa
CHLELE GUMMER: RECOLLECTION Exhibit runs through May 31
Recollection shows the work of Chlele Payne Gummer, done over her lifetime as an artist. It contains examples of watercolor, acrylic, collage, fabric and monoprint. It shows her familiarity with various media and styles from what she calls “intuitive", nonrepresentational, abstract, impressionistic to utter realism. When she paints, she mixes on the canvas; she refines with each session, gradually reaching the realism she desires. Seeing the subject closely requires much scrutiny, which becomes more clear as she adds her paint. She includes in her training the study of the color of shadows on a wall. Currently she is working on stylization and abstraction in her paintings.
City Hall Council Chambers, 100 Santa Rosa Avenue, Suite 10
ONGOING SANTA ROSA EXHIBITION Santa Rosa Room now open at the History Museum East Gallery
In 2018, the city of Santa Rosa celebrates the 150th anniversary of its incorporation, but the story of this place goes back much farther than that. From the settlement of Native people, to the devastation of the 1906 earthquake, to the indispensable advocacy of Santa Rosa’s leaders in the construction of the Golden Gate Bridge, Santa Rosa has reached many milestones over its history. In this exhibition, we present a selective look at the people, places and events that form Santa Rosa, its past 150 years and more.
History Museum, 425 Seventh Street
THE SONOMA COUNTY FIRE PROJECT
In response to the firestorms that ravaged much of the North Bay region in October 2017, the Museums of Sonoma County have two projects in development under the banner of The Fire Projects: The Fire Wall and The Fire Collection.
The Fire Collection: Preserving our Stories. How to submit: If you have an object, photograph, recording or other documentation that you believe is representative of the fires and would like the Museum to consider for the Fire Collection, please click here for the submission form and guidelines.
The Fire Wall: Now LIVE. We would like to thank everyone who contributed their personal stories and images for the launch of the Sonoma County Fire Wall. We invite you to visit the Fire Wall and share your own creative response. The Fire Wall is an online searchable display and digital repository of the Sonoma County community's creative reflections and personal stories of the 2017 wildfires and their aftermath. The Fire Wall is designed to be inclusive, broad in scope, and empowering to all who participate and experience it.
CREATIVE SONOMA FIRE RECOVERY RESOURCES FOR ARTISTS
The Wine Country Fires of 2017 remind us that natural disasters are indiscriminate in who they impact individually, yet also of the depth of our inherent instincts to help collectively. Recovery will be a long and difficult journey, but will surely also be filled with miracles of many shapes and sizes. Creative Sonoma has developed new resources for our creative community members who have been affected by the fires, together with ways you can help. Click here to see Creative Sonoma's list of resources, or visit CreativeSonoma.org
Public Art Master Plan Adopted
After nearly 3 years of development including securing an Our Town grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Santa Rosa City Council unanimously adopted The Santa Rosa Public Art Master Plan on February 24, 2015. For more information about the development of the plan or email Tara Thompson, Arts Coordinator or call her at 707-543-4512.