After an awful pair of weeks, arts venues in Napa and Sonoma Counties are trying to  resume programming, even as their employees mourn their losses. My co-host this week, Ariana Proehl, grew up in Santa Rosa. She said how inspiring it’s been to see the community coming together, with generous help from first responders and volunteers. “My aunt, who’s a painter living in Sebastopol immediately emailed her artist friends looking to organize an art show to raise money for victims of the fires, and I trust we’ll be seeing lots more of that spirit in the days and weeks to come,” she said.

Rene and Irish Mike are hosting a fundraiser Saturday afternoon Oct 21, at the Longboard Margarita Bar in Pacifica. It’s free, but they’re passing the hat for the Sonoma Humane Society, with music by The Sam Chase, wunderkind Matt Jaffe and others. Details here.

Dean Biersch owns the The Hopmonk Taverns in Sonoma, Sebastopol and Novato. He’s scheduled shows this week so his clubs can be a gathering place for the community again. “And a close second for us,” Biersch told me by phone, “is to keep the staff employed. You know most of these people are working for hourly wages and tips, and this is going to hit very hard.”

The Green Music Center at Sonoma State in Rohnert Park plans to resume its regular schedule Sunday Oct. 22 with a concert by the jazz band Hudson. Director Jacob Yarrow says the center is offering free tickets for the rest of October to anyone impacted by the fire: “Pay as you can, come as you are, please come and just be with your community.” 

An image from the exhibit 'Bittersweet Harvest,' about the U.S. Bracero program, at the Napa Valley Museum.
An image from the exhibit ‘Bittersweet Harvest,’ about the U.S. Bracero program, at the Napa Valley Museum. (Photo Courtesy of the Smithsonian Museum)

The Luther Burbank Center in Santa Rosa is still standing, but the fires badly damaged the east wing, including a smaller auditorium. Luther Burbank plans to resume regular concerts Nov. 11 with a show by Air Supply.

Across the Mayacamas Range, the di Rosa Center for Contemporary Arts, south of Napa, reopens Sunday October 22nd, The Napa Valley Museum in Yountville has just reopened. No damage there or to the Napa Valley Performing Arts Center, also in Yountville, which plans to resume shows in November. And Blue Note Napa is scheduled to reopen Nov. 7 with a show by Dennis Quaid and the Sharks.  

Now for the rest of the show:

Oct. 25-29: Mariza, the queen of fado, brings her songs of longing to Bing Hall and SFJAZZ

Oct. 28: The YBCA Summit is like a Ted Talk times 100 on the themes of culture, politics, truth, and equity.

Oct. 26-29: Axis Dance welcomes a new artistic director and celebrates a 30th anniversary

Oct. 26: Open Mike Eagle raps about housing projects and iPads

 

On the Air: Cy and Ariana’s Do List Picks for Oct. 20, 2017 14 February,2018Cy Musiker

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Cy Musiker

Cy Musiker co-hosts The Do List and covers the arts for KQED News and The California Report.  He loves live performance, especially great theater, jazz, roots music, anything by Mahler. Cy has an MJ from UC Berkeley’s School of Journalism, and got his BA from Hampshire College. His work has been recognized by the Society for Professional Journalists with their Sigma Delta Chi Award for Public Service in Journalism. When he can, Cy likes to swim in Tomales Bay, run with his dog in the East Bay Hills, and hike the Sierra.

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