music // Huichica Music Festival 2011
It was June in Sonoma—when all everyone expects is sunshine and blue skies for miles—but it rained. And rained. And every event in the area was cancelled. Except one: the second annual Huichica Music Festival. In fact, it's our belief that the inclement weather made an outstanding music festival that much more "rock and roll." "The music was mesmerizing, the vibe was infectious, and Mother Nature was awesome," says Gun Bun president and festival co-producer Jeff Bundschu.
WATCH TWO OTHER VIDEOS FEATURING PERFORMANCES BY J MASCIS AND FRUIT BATS HERE
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film // Sonoma International Film Festival 2011

day four:

We rode headlong into the Sonoma International Film Festival on our (t)rusty ol’ bikes—cameras slung over our shoulder, reporter’s pad in our front pocket, pens gripped between our teeth.  We’ve posting a little recap of each day of the film festival, and here’s yesterday: day four.

Is it really over? We forget what it’s like to exist without the film festival . . . can we survive on non-street food? Welcome back to the real world!

Day four of the festival brought us fascinating Q&A’s with thoughtful filmmakers, comparing notes on favorite films and some last minute screenings of inspiring films. Take a look at the video to hear from some of the award-winners!

Click through to see the other three videos from the other three days . . .

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fashion // Trashion Fashion Show 2011

How do you make used coffee filters, old shopping bags, disposed drinking straws, discarded turkey inseminators and tin cans more flashy than trashy? You commission a talented group of artists and designers to create haute couture from the refuse. The Sonoma Community Center did just that and the event culminated in their first annual Trashion Show and Accessory exhibit.

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epicurean // A Good Baker : [the bejkr]

There is gravity to a good bit of bread—it carries a sort of sacramental heft that doesn’t fool around. The way the outside shatters like a mosaic as you take a carnal rip off the crust, or the way it springs forth like a cloud into your mouth, swirled with a slug of olive oil. Great bread tethers you to your mortal coil—to your teeth and tongue and bones and blood and the all the things and conversations going on around you. It keeps you from floating away into the zeitgeist and leaving nothing but status updates to show for it. Pair it with nice beer, friendly people and some amicable herbs and vegetables and you pretty much have another reason to live.

This is why we have vaulted Sonoma’s Mike [the bejkr] Zakowski to the echelon of artisanal god. What can we say? He maketh good loaves, the sort of bread that bores into your psyche, the sort that would keep ancient fishermen alive when adrift at sea or something. I guess what we’re trying to say is that there are a lot of breads out there, but his breads feels divinely necessary.

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music // Storming the Barn : Ra Ra Riot, Givers + Pepper Rabbit : Gundlach Bundschu : 2011.01.27

So, here’s the question: what good is a 125-something-year-old tractor barn if you can’t clear it out once in a while, bring in a wildly popular East Coast art pop band and throw a boot-stomping, jaw-dropping, twinkly-lit, Gewurz-fueled, utterly sold-out show that surely must have blown at least a few historic rafters somewhere off into the eucalyptus trees of sleepy Lovall Valley?

The answer to this question apparently ran through Jeff Bundschu’s head one day, as he stood contemplating the mechanical entrails of a nondescript rustic storage facility on the grounds his family’s esteemed 150-year-old winery. What happened in the weeks leading up to the show (and we take it there was much hauling and rearranging and gutting and maybe even some curse words) isn’t so consequential as what happened that night—which was, by and large, magic.

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art // an evening at di Rosa

Just over a couple rolling, vineyard-covered hills from Sonoma, you’ll find the lovely di Rosa preserve—an incredible collection of unique and stunning art by over 800 Bay Area artists. We were sad to hear of the recent passing of founder and collector Rene di Rosa. Sonoma and the world have lost a great supporter of artistic vision, but his legacy will live on through the collection. We had the chance to capture a small part of the art and experience of di Rosa for this short video.

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epicurean // An Evening at the Hacienda : 2010.07.21 : Scribe Winery

“If you spend a lot of time here, you start to lose track of . . . everything,” laughs Andrew Mariani, proprietor of Scribe Winery. Standing on the balcony of an old hacienda, a colony of swallows catching the updrafts around us and dusk settling on the vineyards, we couldn’t agree more.  Andrew, his family, his friends and a cadre of artists, musicians and chefs are collaborating to continue the story of this colorful and historic winery and farm.  Scribe Winery is continually and actively engaging in the relationship between land, history, wine, food and arts in a fresh, thoughtful and—dare we say—magical way.

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happening // The Mix : 2010.06.26 : Sonoma Valley Museum of Art

Take two parts fuzzy fuschia pipe cleaner, 1 part glitter, five parts wine and a stunning and provocative art exhibition. Marinate in the rock n’roll and coarse-ground attitude of the Static People. What more could you ask for on a Saturday night in Sonoma?  The Sonoma Valley Museum of Art hosted its regularly-occuring Mix—this time with a masquerade theme replete with a room of glue, glitter and grand intentions. Be sure to check out the Museum’s Silence, Exile and Cunning exhibit before it’s gone forever.  And, of course, don’t miss the next Mix!

music // Huichica Music Festival : 2010.06.05 : Gundlach Bundschu Winery

Expanding on Gundlach Bundschu Winery’s summer indie rock concerts, Jeff Bundschu and Eric Johnson (of the Fruit Bats) curated and produced the first annual Huichica Music Festival in Sonoma, California. The weather was incredible, the winery grounds were glowing and the bands were some of the Bay Area’s brightest rising musical stars. Oh and the flatbreads were DELICOUS (thank you, Mike “the Bejker”!) Music, in order of appearance: Tussle, Citay, Vetiver and Fruit Bats.
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fashion // Heels & Wheels Fashion Show : 2010.06.04 : Jacuzzi Family Winery

Once again, Jacuzzi Family Winery transformed into a NYC runway as Bay Area fashionistas flocked to Sonoma for a glimpse of collections from some of the industry’s hottest new designers. The Second Annual Bryant Park West show—Heels & Wheels—shimmered with flash bulbs, sleek clothes, excellent wine and classic cars—all in the name of Sonoma Valley Teen Services.  Sonoma’s own Sarah Haggberg produced another spectacular event.

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music // High Noon Sons : 2009.11.25 : furniture workshop


This is not garage rock. This is workshop rock. With grist, greatness and more raw edge than a compound miter saw, High Noon Sons and their guitars ripped through the fluorescent vacuum of a warehouse on Eighth Street East last Friday, taking the lucky audience (and a few Coronas) along for the ride.


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art // an evening at di Rosa
art // an evening at di Rosa

Just over a couple rolling, vineyard-covered hills from Sonoma, you’ll find the lovely di Rosa preserve—an incredible collection of unique and stunning art by over 800 Bay Area artists. We wer…

music

music // Huichica Music Festival 2011
music // Huichica Music Festival 2011

It was June in Sonoma—when all everyone expects is sunshine and blue skies for miles—but it rained. And rained. And every event in the area was cancelled. Except one: the second annual Huichica Mu…

happening

epicurean // An Evening at the Hacienda : 2010.07.21 : Scribe Winery
epicurean // An Evening at the Hacienda : 2010.07.21 : Scribe Winery

“If you spend a lot of time here, you start to lose track of . . . everything,” laughs Andrew Mariani, proprietor of Scribe Winery. Standing on the balcony of an old hacienda, a colony of …

epicurean

epicurean // A Good Baker : [the bejkr]
epicurean // A Good Baker : [the bejkr]

There is gravity to a good bit of bread—it carries a sort of sacramental heft that doesn’t fool around. The way the outside shatters like a mosaic as you take a carnal rip off the crust, or th…