Major North Bay Cultural Institutions Reopen This Week After Wildfire

The courtyard at the Charles M Schulz Museum in Santa Rosa.

The courtyard at the Charles M Schulz Museum in Santa Rosa. (Photo: DJ Ashton)

The Tubbs fire completely destroyed the home of the Peanuts cartoon strip creator. But while the flames came close to the Charles M. Schulz Museum, they did not damage it.

The gallery and education space dedicated to the famous cartoonist’s work was able to reopen its doors on Sunday.

“We were evacuated and lost power, but otherwise the building was OK,” says museum marketing director Tracey Pugh.

Pugh says more than 160 people visited the museum opening day and that she and her colleagues are now focusing on their first major post-fire event, happening next Sunday, Nov. 12. “It’ll feature Snoopy and Peanuts,” Pugh says.

Also in Santa Rosa, the Luther Burbank Center for the Arts is returning to programming this Thursday, with Shopkins Live! — a family-friendly musical based on the popular children’s toy.

And elsewhere in wine country, the Napa Valley Film Festival is going ahead. The annual cultural event happening this week is one of the region’s biggest, as well as one of the first of its size to occur since the fire. The nonprofit festival plans to donate 10 percent of past sales to the Napa Valley Community Foundation Disaster Relief Fund. And a festival sponsor is planning to donate 1,000 free movie tickets to fire victims.

Major North Bay Cultural Institutions Reopen This Week After Wildfire 9 November,2017Chloe Veltman

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Chloe Veltman

Chloe Veltman covers arts and culture for KQED. Prior to joining the organization, she launched and led the arts bureau at Colorado Public Radio, was the Bay Area’s culture columnist for the New York Times, and was also the founder, host and executive producer of VoiceBox, a national award-winning weekly podcast/radio show and live events series all about the human voice. Chloe is the recipient of numerous prizes, grants and fellowships including both the John S Knight Journalism Fellowship and Humanities Center Fellowship at Stanford University, the Sundance Arts Writing Fellowship and a Library of Congress Research Fellowship. She is the author of the book “On Acting” and a guest lecturer at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. She holds a BA in english literature from King’s College, Cambridge, and a Masters in Dramaturgy from the Central School of Speech and Drama/Harvard Institute for Advanced Theater Training.
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