Making The Rounds - Ken Brown


A very busy to-do list

The next show in the 2013 Sonoma Theatre Alliance season in Andrews Hall, Sonoma Community Center, 276 East Napa Street, is “The Lonesome West,” by Tony-nominated playwright Martin Mcdonagh. It tells the story of two brothers living together in Leeane, Ireland. In the wake of their father’s death, Coleman and Valene find any semblance of a peaceful life impossible, and old demons are dredged up to be reconciled through a feud that reaches near biblical proportions. A pretty young woman and a priest with issues of his own are all that stands between the two as they careen towards their inevitable fate. For tickets go to Svbo.org or call 938.8623. The show opens on Thursday June 13, and is produced by the Narrow Way Stage Company and directed by Chris Ginesi.

Here’s a very cool series of events called Fresh: Summer Nights in Sonoma produced by SOS, Sonoman’s Offering Support. Every Thursday night from 4 to 8 p.m. come for an easy, relaxing evening — wood fired pizza, wine, food for kids — outdoors in the courtyard of The General’s Daughter, 400 West Spain Street. Each week there is a different charity or school that benefits from the funds raised. On Thursday, June 13, the benefit dollars go to El Verano Elementary School. Please call 933-0450 for details. My grandsons Anthony and Jimmy attend that school and they will put the funds raised to good projects. You can learn about Sonoman’s Offering Support by checking them out on Facebook

Get ready for Gay Wine Weekend in Sonoma June 14-16. I’ll be in front of City Hall in the Plaza at 4 p.m. to welcome the folks who are participating, and the City of Sonoma will be flying the Rainbow Flag from the balcony of City Hall. For more information contact Mark Volger at mark@outinthevineyard.com. June is also LGBT Pride Month and Gabe Kearney from the Sonoma County Stonewall Democrats will speak at the Sonoma Valley Democrats’ General Meeting, on Monday, June 24, 6:30 p.m., Seven Flags Club House, 300 International Boulevard, in the Seven Flags Mobile Home Park, off Watmaugh Drive in Sonoma. The Stonewall Democrats’ mission is to advance equal rights for all people, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, or expression. Everyone is invited and there is no charge to attend. Please bring a potluck snack to share. For more information contact Beth Hadley atbethh@sonic.net.

It’s officially Hula Mai Day in Sonoma on Friday June 14. Share The Aloha Spirit as Hula Mai presents its annual Hula on the Plaza from 5-7 p.m. in the Grinstead Amphitheater. This is Hula Mai’s gift to the people of Sonoma, a spectacular show of authentic Hula, Chant and Hawaiian music. You can call 938-3162 for more information.

The very next day, on Saturday, June 15, is the Annual Native Sons of the Golden West’s Chicken BBQ. Included in the day’s events is the most stellar reenactment of the Bear Flag Revolt directed by George Webber. Do not miss this event right in the Plaza where the Republic of California was born. I can’t tell you all how excited I am to be once again a member of this stellar troop of actors. Bring the kids and see live history reborn.

Sonoma’s Quilts For the Troops, Benefit Dinner and Dance, is Saturday June 15, at Father Roberts Hall, 6-11 p.m., 369 3rd Street West, Sonoma. For more information contact Irene Morgan at 307.3433 and sonomairene@yahoo.com. This dance features local favorites Showcase the Band with that true country sound.

Stay with the high road all ways, in life and in politics. For 15 years I have held the office of Sonoma City Council Member and I am a far better public servant than ever before. Please join me and your community every Tuesday evening through October at the Farmers Market in Sonoma Plaza from 5:30-7:30 p.m. where I hold my Office Hours. You can find me on the west side of the horseshoe. It’s an amazing scene, full of life, local color, organic produce, foods and music to just round things off. It’s very well run and family safe for all ages.

During my last week on the Mornings In Sonoma show my friend Irma Kay brought on the Laura Benward, who I think is the most wonderful singer/guitarist in Sonoma Valley. She sang “Suzanne” written by Leonard Cohen. It touched my heart. Check out the whole set of lyrics but I will include my favorite part to share with you all.

And Jesus was a sailor
When he walked upon the water
And he spent a long time watching
From his lonely wooden tower
And when he knew for certain
Only drowning men could see him
He said “All men will be sailors then
Until the sea shall free them”
But he himself was broken
Long before the sky would open
Forsaken, almost human
He sank beneath your wisdom like a stone

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