In the wake of fires sweeping Sonoma County this week, many previously scheduled events have been canceled or postponed, either because the venues have been destroyed or because the venues have been converted to evacuation centers.
Other events have been canceled or postponed because participants have been evacuated from their homes, or simply out of respect for those coping with the crisis. If you’ve prepaid for an event, check event websites for the most up-to-date information on refunds and rescheduling.
Some key cancellations and schedule updates include:
Luther Burbank Center for the Arts: The main theater is still standing, but the east wing, including a smaller auditorium, has been destroyed. Events through Sunday, including Friday’s Yandel concert, are canceled. The venue’s website has yet to be updated, but look for future updates at lutherburbankcenter.org.
Luther Burbank Home and Gardens: The downtown Santa Rosa home of the famed horticulturist, now a museum, is undamaged but will close its tour season now instead of continuing through Oct. 31, out of consideration for fire-related hardships faced by the venue’s volunteers. lutherburbank.org
Green Music Center: Friday’s Garrison Keillor show is canceled, as well as Saturday’s performance by the Academy of St. Marin in the Fields. gmc.sonoma.edu
Sonoma County Fairgrounds: The fairgrounds in Santa Rosa, serving this week as an evacuation center, has canceled all events for this weekend, including Saturday’s Les Schwab Monster Truck Rally. sonomacountyfair.com.
Santa Rosa Junior College: All events at the Santa Rosa and Petaluma campuses have been canceled. Lumafest and the Shone Farm Festival, both originally set for Saturday, and performances of “It Can’t Happen Here,” meant to run through the weekend, all have been canceled. Look for updates at facebook.com/santarosajc, twitter.com/SantaRosaJC and instagram.com/santarosajc, or call 707-527-4011.
The Mystic Theatre: The live music venue in Petaluma offered a daytime evacuation center Tuesday through Thursday. Free meal schedule: breakfast, 9-11 a.m.; lunch, noon-3 p.m.; dinner, 5-8 p.m. Check for show information at mystictheatre.com.
6th Street Playhouse: The Santa Rosa theater has canceled this weekend’s opening performances of “Steel Magnolias.” 707-523-4185, 6thstreetplayhouse.com
Occidental Center for the Arts: The Lisa Lynne & Aryeh Frankfurter Concert set for Saturday is postponed and will be rescheduled. occidentalcenterforthearts.org
Sonoma County Art Trails: The annual two-weekend open studio tour, featuring more than 140 artists throughout Sonoma County, has been delayed from Oct. 14-15 and Oct. 21-22. The event will now run Oct. 21-22 and Oct. 28-29. sonomacountyarttrails.org.
Tolay Fall Festival: The first of two weekends planned for this event is canceled. No event Saturday and Sunday. Check parks.sonomacounty.ca.gov for updates on the Oct. 21-22 weekend.
Sonoma Valley Museum of Art: The downtown Sonoma museum has canceled Saturday’s opening reception for two new exhibits: David Ligare’s “Magna Fide (The Great Belief)” and “Forge and Stone: Works by Contemporary California Women Sculptors.” A statement from the museum added: “In the coming weeks, Sonoma Valley Museum of Art will be open to the public free of charge as a safe place to gather.” 707-939-7862, svma.org.
Paradise Ridge Winery: This venue has been destroyed by fire. Press Democrat columnist Gaye LeBaron’s “History of Food & Wine in Sonoma County” talk, originally slated for Friday and sponsored by the History Museum of Sonoma County, will be rescheduled. The winery’s Wednesday night concert series is suspended. 707-579-1500, museumsc.org
Film Fest Highlights
Here are some favorites of the Sebastopol Documentary Film Festival’s directors. All films will show between March 22 and 25. For more details, see sebdocs.org.
“Almost Heaven”: An observational film that follows a 17-year-old Chinese girl training to become a mortician in one of China’s largest funeral homes, 72 minutes. 11:45 a.m. March 24 at the Rialto.
“Among Wolves”: An intimate portrait of a biker club in Bosnia and Herzegovina, 87 minutes. 2:15 p.m. March 25 at the Rialto.
“Bee Nation”: Follows the challenges and triumphs of six students competing in Canada’s inaugural First Nations spelling bee, 81 minutes. 7 p.m. March 23 at the Sebastopol Center for the Arts.
“The Cinema Travelers”: Honored at Cannes, traces India’s traveling films as they reach distant villages in what may be their last days due to today’s ubiquity of technology, 96 minutes. 5 p.m. March 24 at the Sebastopol Center for the Arts.
“City of Joy”: Traces a group of girls who suffered unspeakable abuse as they reclaim their lives in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, 74 minutes. 7:30 p.m. March 23 at the Rialto.
“Donkeyote”: Follows a rural Spanish man who comes to the U.S to walk the historic Trail of Tears — with his pet donkey. “It’s charming and sweet,” said festival director Desiree Andrews, “a really good example of a film you’ll see at this festival and nowhere else,” 86 minutes. 7:15 p.m. March 23 at the Sebastopol Center for the Arts.
“Knife Skills”: Witnesses the launch of an upscale restaurant in Cleveland, staffed by ex-cons. Nominated for an Academy Award for documentary short subject, 40 minutes. 12:15 p.m. March 24 and 1:15 p.m. March 25 both at the Rialto.
“Letters from Baghdad”: Tells the story of Gertrude Bell who some say was as influential as Lawrence of Arabia and shaped Iraq’s destiny after World War I, 95 minutes. 7:30 p.m. March 24 at the Rialto.
“Negative Space”: Oscar-nominated short about a son and his frequent-flier father who teaches the boy how to pack light and tight. At his father’s funeral the protagonist sees his father “laid out in this big carton” and thinks: “Look at all that wasted space.” 6 minutes, 6:15 p.m. March 23, 6:30 p.m. March 24 and 1:15 p.m.March 25, all at the Rialto.
“Rebels on Pointe”: The closing film, is a cinéma vérité documentary featuring Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo, the all-male ballet company with a cult following, 90 minutes. 4 p.m. March 25 at the Sebastopol Center for the Arts.