HISTORIC DANCES OF ISADORA DUNCAN & HER CALL TO ARMS IN WWI: FEATURING SOLO DANCER LOIS FLOOD
April 27, 6pm
Isadora Duncan (1877-1927) is often credited with being the "Mother of Modern Dance." A remarkable and inspirational character, she was an international icon and a champion of women's rights. What is less well-known is that she was a champion for the United States to enter WWI. In this program, which will be part performance and part lecture, Lois Flood will interpret the original choreography of Isadora Duncan and will give a brief narrative of her life and her championship of a "Call to Arms." Click here for more information.
Art Museum of Sonoma County, 505 B Street
WHO'S GOT THE CHOPS LIP SYNC BATTLE
April 29, doors at 6:30
Get ready for some fun! Chop's Teen Club's first annual lip sync battle is a community-wide, no-holds barred evening of live lip sync performances and fun. Fundraising teams will take to the stage and bring out their inner rock (or pop!) star as they compete to find out Who's Got the Chops! Proceeds benefit the Performing Arts & Youth Sports Programs at Chop's Teen Club. Click here for more information.
Chop's Teen Club, 509 Adams Street
OUTSIDE VOICE: TARP PAINTINGS BY MARC KATANO
Exhibition open through April 30
Painter Marc Katano debuts his most recent series of signature abstractions on 9 x 12 foot canvas tarps. A half dozen painted tarps stretch across the gallery walls, punctuating the exhibition space with gestural marks of black acrylic and ink. Exhibited alongside works on handmade Nepalese paper, Katano's paintings are about mark-making and may remind the viewer of the visual language of Japanese kanji, based on Chinese characters. Katano expands his meditative practice of painting by scaling his work beyond the human body.
Art Museum of Sonoma County, 505 B Street
GALVANIZED IN DEFENSE OF LIBERTY: AFRICAN AMERICANS AND NATIVE AMERICANS IN WORLD
Lecture: May 4, 6pm
What roles did African Americans and Native Americans play in World War I? To explore this question, this presentation takes a person-centered ethnographic examination of the relationship between war and experience as discernible from the dynamic contributions made by African Americans and Choctaw Code Talkers that enabled allied victory. Click here for more information.
University of San Francisco Santa Rosa Campus, 416 B Street
GRACE FONG: SMALL WORKS SHOW
Artist reception: May 5, 4-6pm
Enjoy watercolors & pastels by Grace Fong, and music by Hank Levine.
So Co Coffee, 1015 4th Street
ART AT THE SOURCE COMMUNITY SHOWCASE
Reception: May 5, 5-7pm
May's First Friday at Corrick's and My Daughter the Framer will feature the Art at the Source Community Showcase. Sebastopol Center for the Arts is this month's featured nonprofit and is the nonprofit sponsor for both Art at the Source and Art Trails. Celebrate Sonoma County artists and enjoy wonderful, local artwork in the best possible setting - with the artists themselves!
The Galleries at Corrick's & My Daughter the Framer, 637 Fourth Street
FIRST FRIDAY ART WALK
May 5, 5-8pm
Downtown Santa Rosa art galleries and studios are open for the monthly First Friday event. Participating galleries include (Open 5-7pm): The Art Trails Gallery at Corricks, and Annex Gallery. (Open 5-8pm): Chroma Gallery and Studios at 312 S. A and Backstreet Studios. Free musical entertainment in the garden behind Chroma Gallery.
Various Downtown Galleries
THE CHILDREN'S HOUR
Show runs through May 7
One of the great successes of the American dramatic canon! After a malicious youngster starts a rumor about two women who run a school for girls, and the rumor soon turns to scandal. As the young girl comes to comprehend the power her lies wield, she sticks by her story, which precipitates potential tragedy for the women. The gossip is pure invention, but is it devoid of truth? Has irreparable damage been done? Don’t miss this American Classic in a rare revival at the Playhouse! Suitable for children aged 10 and older. Click here for tickets.
6th Street Playhouse, 52 West Sixth Street
IN THE HEIGHTS
Show runs through May 7
It may be impossible to score Hamilton tickets in San Francisco or New York, but you can see Lin-Manuel Miranda’s first blockbuster hit musical, In the Heights, right here in Santa Rosa. In the Heights tells the universal story of a vibrant community in New York’s Washington Heights neighborhood. It’s a community on the brink of change, full of hopes, dreams and pressures, where the biggest struggles can be deciding which traditions you take with you, and which ones you leave behind. Winner of the 2008 Tony Awards for Best Musical, Best Score, Best Choreography and Best Orchestrations. For tickets call (707) 527-4307 or buy tickets online.
Burbank Auditorium, SRJC, 1501 Mendocino Avenue
ARTSTART: SUMMER APPRENTICE PROGRAM
Applications accepted now through May 15
Artstart is accepting applications for the Summer Apprenticeship Program for young artists between the ages of 15 and 21 years. This is the 18th consecutive year that Artstart has awarded $500 scholarships to aspiring young artists based on a jury of the artists’ visual arts portfolio. Application deadline is Monday, May 15, 2017. For more information, click here.
Exhibition open though May 27
Nature Unbound art interprets and reacts to the awesome powers of nature; the effects of weather and the elements, wildfire, glaciers, roots breaking rocks, erosion, and entropy. It is about time beyond the human scale and extreme weather. This juried exhibit includes paintings, sculpture and photography from Sonoma County and greater Bay Area artists.
Chroma Gallery, 312 South A Street
MIXED MEDIA SUMMER CAMP WITH CAT KAUFMAN
Sign up now! First session starts June 9
Learn new techniques every week. Work on your own pieces. Create in whatever direction your muse takes you! Cat provides guidance, tools, and space for your artistic journey in her studio in the SOFA Arts Area of Santa Rosa. Ages 12 to adult. Participants get their own 6 ft table. Small classes of 7 people only. Weekly themes: Cat will provide instruction on a new technique during the first 30-45 minutes of each day. She provide materials to work with the technique. Click here for more information.
Cat's SOFA studio, Sebastopol Avenue
ROBERT P. McCHESNEY: 60 YEAR RETROSPECTIVE OF BAY AREA MASTER OF ABSTRACTION
Exhibition open through June 17
Robert Pearson McChesney (1913-2008) had a long and distinguished career as one of the Bay Area’s preeminent abstract painters. After completing his studies at Washington University and Otis Art Institute, he was employed painting murals for the Federal Art Project in San Francisco. Calabi Gallery represents the Robert P. McChesney Estate and will be showing a 60 Year Retrospective of his paintings, prints, and drawings, with examples of all styles and periods. The exhibition will run from April 22 - June 17, 2017.
Calabi Gallery, 456 Tenth Street
GLASERCENTER ART SHOW
Exhibition open through June 26
Currently gracing the walls at the Glaser Center is art by Karen Miller and Shonnie Brown. Their art is principally landscape pastels and will be on display through June 26, 2017. Call 707-481-0924 for questions.
Glaser Center, 547 Mendocino Avenue
FIGHTING THE GREAT WAR AT HOME AND ABROAD
Exhibition open through July 9
On April 2, 1917, Woodrow Wilson went before a joint session of congress and declared war on Germany. After three years of anxiously following the headlines from Europe, Americans were going to war. Marking the 100th anniversary of US entry into "the Great War," the History Museum of Sonoma County presents an exhibition exploring how the war touched so many lives, both at home and abroad.
History Museum of Sonoma County, 425 Seventh Street
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.