Update from the Sonoma Community Center

Upcoming Events
New Theater Production
Lilla and Andy Recommend!
Conversations in Clay
More Theater!
Ox Roast
Nature Series

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Opening June 12!
Sonoma Community Center presents
Renegade Players’ production of
directed by
Aiden O’Reilly

Aidan O’Reilly was born in San Francisco in 1985. He has been working in the theater since he was eight years old and has performed on stages in England, Scotland, Switzerland and the U.S. He recently graduated from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London where he received his BA in Acting Studies. When he was fourteen he started his own acting company, The Renegade Players, with his friend Sacha Szwarc. Their first project was a production of Cabaret which scandalized his local high school faculty so much that the Renegade Players were banned from performing on campus. Since then they have produced many other productions including  an original piece, Blasphemous Filth, a comedy about the Apocalypse written by Aidan O’Reilly and Sacha Szwarc. O’Reilly’s last project was the sold-out production of Macbeth at the Sonoma Community Center last fall. He will be joining the American Shakespeare Center  in Staunton, Virginia this up-coming summer for their touring productions of Hamlet, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead and The Comedy of Errors.

The Company: Bob Smith, John O’Reilly, Rick Love, Julia Holsworth, Kate Horn, Marty O’Reilly, Jaime Love, Richard Thompson, Nancy Noleen, Gaberiel Velasco, Don Mahoney, Aidan O’Reilly, Nathalie Tedrick, Chris Wall and Philip Sales.

Sonoma Arts & Lectures
Lilla and Andy Recommend!

Louise Erdrichlouise erdrich
The Plague of Doves

Thursday, May 8, 7:00pm
Andrews Hall

Louise Erdrich’s mesmerizing new novel, her first in almost three years, centers on a compelling mystery: the unsolved murder of a farm family in small-town Pluto, North Dakota. The Plague of Doves is one of the major achievements of Louise Edrich’s considerable body of work, a quintessentially American story and the most complex and original of her books.

Saturday, May 10, 4:00pmPatricia Wells
Patricia Wells discusses her memoir,
We’ve Always Had Paris
, and

Provence: A Scrapbook of Our Life in France
co-written with her husband, Walter Wells
Note: held at Sonoma Valley Woman’s Club,
574 First Street East, Sonoma

Patricia Wells, long recognized as the leading American authority on French food, and her husband, Walter, have lived in France for more than a quarter century. They are as close to being accepted as “French” as any non-natives can be. In this delightful memoir they share in two voices their experiences–the good, the bad, and the funny–offering a charming and evocative account of their beloved home and some of the wonderful people they have met along the way.

For tickets, call the Center office, 707-938-4626, ext. 1.

Sonoma Arts & Lectures
Conversations in ClayAnnabeth ceramic

Annabeth Rosen In Conversation with Jim Melchert
Friday, May 9, 7:30pm

Join these two ceramic artists as they share their experiences in the studio when allowing the unexpected to happen.

Annabeth Rosen received her BFA from NYS State College of Ceramics at Alfred University and her MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art. Presently she teaches at University of CA, Davis holding the Robert Arneson Endowed Chair.

Private Tour of the di Rosa Preserve Collection
by Curator Michael Schwager

Saturday, May 10

A talk by di Rosa curator Michael Schwager on the evolution of Bay Area ceramic sculpture, followed by docent-led tours of the di Rosa Preserve collection focusing on ceramic sculpture.

Conversations In Clay is held in conjuction with the di Rosa Preserve exhibit, Bay Area Ceramic Sculpture: Collection In Context  which runs March 29-May 17 at the di Rosa Preserve. For more information about the exhibit, visit their website at http://www.dirosapreserve.org

Sonoma Community Center Backstage Theater presentsHigh Road
High Road to Doomsday

A One-Man Show with
Jeff Falconer
May 30 and Saturday, May 31
8:00 p.m.

High Road to Doomsday is a tragi-comic exploration of the Human Condition, full of music, loving satire, dark humor, and stubborn optimism. The tone of the show is mock-scholarly, with additional tips of the satirical hat to evangelical preachers and self-help luminaries. Think Joseph Campbell, Wayne Dyer and Jimmy Swaggert stranded on a desert isle with just one microphone.

Jeff Falconer calls his approach “loving satire” because he himself has
been, or is, guilty of all the human excesses and foibles he lampoons. Jeff
has been an active performer for most of his life and loving satire peppers
his three solo CDs, as well as a fourth with longtime collaborator Dennis
Cordellos. High Road to Doomsday is Jeff’s first one-man show.  Jeff is
married and lives in Sonoma Valley, California.

For more information or to register, call 707-938-4626, ext. 1.

Mark your Calendars
Sunday, June 1
Ox Roast 08
Tell your family and friends, it’s almost time for the 41st Annual Ox Roast! Ox Roast 2008 takes a saucy turn this year with the addition of a “Sauce Your Ox” competition.  This new competition was cooked up by food bosses Steve Jones and John Kelly who thought it would be fun to pair the traditional roasting of the beast with a contest pitting sauce makers against one another and letting the public decide who best sauces their ox. All you need to do to participate is come down to the Sonoma Plaza on Sunday, June 1, from 11:00a.m. until 5:00p.m., buy a plate of Ox Roast, choose your sauce, and cast your vote!

artwork by Elizabeth Tashman

Meal tickets for Ox Roast will be available for purchase in advance at the Community Center. Ox plates are $10. Proceeds from Ox Roast benefits the arts and cultural programming of the Sonoma Community Center.

For more information and to purchase Ox Roast tickets, call the Sonoma Community Center at 938-4626, ext. 1 or e-mail us at scc@vom.com or visit our website at http://www.sonomacommunitycenter.org.

Sonoma Arts & Lectures
Valley of the Moon Nature Lecture Series:snow leopard

Thursday, June 5, 7:30pm

Saving The Elusive Snow Leopard
Dr. Rodney Jackson, Founder & Executive Director
Winner of the Rolex Award

Rodney Jackson, Ph.D., director of The Snow Leopard Conservancy, is the leading expert on snow leopards and their high mountain habitat.  He has led the Conservancy in its efforts to develop direct partnerships with the local
people to create conservation and education activities that grow from within the communities.  Dr. Jackson is one of six finalists for the prestigious 2008 Indianapolis Prize for conservation.  Born in South Africa, Jackson
received his bachelor’s degree and doctorate from the University of London
and his master’s degree from the UC Berkeley.  When not roaming the
12-country territory of the snow leopard, he resides in Sonoma, California.

Sonoma Community Center
276 East Napa Street
Sonoma, California 95476


  1. Anne Shapiro said,

    January 3, 2009 at 1:06 pm

    Hi. Am looking for any dance classes..such as swing…that might be happening at the Center. Is there a current schedule of things like that. Why is there still a detailed schedule posted for April 2007? Kind of confusing.

    • eloheim said,

      January 3, 2009 at 3:13 pm

      Hi Anne, I post community events as I come across them or as they are sent to me. The blog archives all of my postings. I don’t have a current calendar for the Community Center. You may want to call them directly. I do know of one group that puts together dances in Sonoma County. Here is some information I received recently. I typically only post items that are actually being held in the Valley on my blog.

      1) “Motown, Disco, & Rock’n Roll Party” tonight!
      2) Zydeco Flames this Saturday
      3) “Country & Swing” this Sunday
      with Kelly, Joan, Edna & Dick

      No partner necessary at any event!

      * * * * * * * * *

      Friday, Jan. 2 at Monroe Hall
      1400 West College, Santa Rosa

      Motown, Disco,&
      Rock’n Roll Party

      with Edna,Dick,Steve & Michele

      This new theme is a big hit!
      Tonight you’ll be dancing to the
      great music of the 50s, 60s, & 70s!

      7:15 Beginning Hustle lesson with Edna & Dick
      7:15 Jitterbug Swing lesson with Steve & Michele

      8:15pm DANCING with DJ Steve


      * * * * * * * * *

      Saturday, Jan. 3
      Monroe Hall, 1400 West College, Santa Rosa

      Incredible dance music!
      Their rich voices are backed by
      a tight, driving rhythm section.

      7pm Zydeco Two-Step lesson with Cheryl McBride

      8-11pm Dancing to Zydeco Flames $13

      DJ Steve will provide additional dance music between band sets.

      * * * * * * *

      Sunday, Jan.4 at Monroe Hall
      Country & Swing Sunday
      with Kelly, Joan, Edna & Dick

      5 lessons & a BIG DANCE every Sunday. No partner necessary.
      Here’s the line-up for this Sunday:

      5pm – Line dance – Get Low with Joan
      5:30 – Beginning Salsa with Edna & Dick
      5:30 – Line Dance – Do You Love Me with Joan
      6:15 – Beginning Cha Cha with Edna & Dick
      6:15 – Intermediate West Coast Swing with Kelly Casanova

      7:15pm-9:30 DANCING – Swings, Country Two-Steps, Waltzes,
      Nightclub Two-Steps & Line Dances mixed in with other favorites.

      Lessons $7, Dance $7, Whole evening $10

      * * * * * * * * * *

      If you would like to receive a three month calendar of upcoming events by regular mail,
      please email your street or P.O. Box address information to steveluther@ap.net

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