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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
“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, [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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.
Harvest moon, quiet fall evening, the smell of citrus and marigolds and a beautiful homage to lives passed. Yesterday’s Dia de los Muertos festivities capped off the Halloween weekend with a meaningful glow. Thank you to the Sonoma Community Center, the Sonoma Valley Museum of Art and La Luz for hosting.
Blazing sun, live outdoor music, tamales, bicycles and beer. It could’ve been summer. But the pumpkins, Day of the Dead altars, hay rides, gourd masks and changing colors meant it was none other than the Sonoma Garden Park’s Harvest Festival. Thank you to the Sonoma Garden Park and Sonoma Ecology Center for a wonderful afternoon! [...]
Had a blast last night—seemed like everyone was out at the Veterans Hall to witness the Battle of the Bartenders. Congratulations to all the winners! And by “winners” we mean all the bartenders. www.sonomabarbattle.com
“If I may make a suggestion,” announced Indian Valley Line guitarist and local musician Ryan Lynch, “everyone should get a glass of the Sebastiani Barbera—one of the best wines ever!” A perfect pairing for this superb red? Indian Valley Line’s dreamy Americana, which closed out the wonderful evening of indie folk music at Sebastiani Winery [...]