SMITH: On Sunday, you'll say, 'I'll be yarned'

Knitters and crocheters with a sense of humor are working on colorful yarn creations that they'll use Sunday to dress up trees, sculptures and other objects at Old Courthouse Square.

Show up and you can help out with downtown's first big Yarn Bomb, a global public-art phenomenon that adorns civic objects with knit socks, caps, scarves, wraps, booties, bikinis, whatever strikes a needle-artist's fancy.

From 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., yarn-bombers will apply temporary knit "cozies" to the trunks of the sidewalk and median trees. They'll also swaddle Darrell Horn's stainless steel sculpture in large granny-square blankets.

Just what else may be yarned is hard to say.

GUTSY PERFORMANCE: Madeline Rouverol, who just graduated from Santa Rosa High and its ArtQuest program, was not cucumber-cool before taking the stage at San Francisco's Club Fugazi the other night to compete for a $10,000 acting scholarship.

"To be honest," she said, "like an hour before, I threw up."

But when her turn came to go before the nine judges and large audience with a three-minute monologue — she chose hers from the stage play "Mud" by Maria Irene Fornesa — she dazzled.

Madeline said the scholarship from the Beach Blanket Babylon stage revue and late founder Steve Silver's foundation will be most handy at the University of Michigan, where she'll study theater.

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