.Culture Crush: BUGBEE BOPS

SonomaArt Appreciation

Join the Sonoma Valley Museum of Art this Wednesday for the monthly Look Club, focused this month on art in the current exhibition, Out of Our Minds: Clayton Bailey and Tony Natsulas. Look Club offers a fun opportunity to explore and discuss the exhibition’s pieces in more detail, with fellow art appreciators, SVMA docents and wine! Out of Our Minds: Clayton Bailey and Tony Natsulas is a dynamic and playful show of two major Bay Area ceramicists. Both practice a satirical, often irreverent style of ceramics born out of California Pop Art and often known as Funk Art. Dada and California traditions can both be seen in these inimitable pieces. Join Look Club Wednesday, April 13 at Sonoma Valley Museum of Art, 551 Broadway, Sonoma. 6pm. $10 general admission. Register online at svma.org 

Rohnert ParkBitter Buddha 

Head out for an evening of good eats and great laughs from Barrel Proof Comedy and DNA this Thursday. Eddie Pepitone, from Conan, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia and the Sarah Silverman Show takes the stage with his signature dark and wise comedy. Pepitone has been hailed as a cross between Eckart Tolle, Don Rickles and Jackie Gleason. He channels blue collar rage, cynical enlightenment, furious cultural perspective and self doubt, all in one dynamite show that will invoke both contemplation and laughter. The evening also includes a multi-course dinner with multiple different entree options, including rigatoni with sausage and stuffed breast of chicken. This will be a night to remember; don’t miss it! Thursday, April 14, at Sally Tomatoes, 1100 Valley House Dr, Rohnert Park. 7-9pm. Tickets from $20-55. www.barrelproofcomedy.com 

HealdsburgBugbee Bangs 

This Friday, get in the groove with Todd Bugbee and the Bugbee Project. Hailing from Petaluma, front man Todd Bugbee is joined by a group of fellow rockers—Emily Froberg on guitar and vocals, Fran Vives on keys and Alex Garcia on saxophone —for a night of movin’ and shakin’ at Elephant in the Room in Healdsburg. Bugbee himself composes all the music, and creates sounds from reggae to rock to funky blues and soul. Elephant in the Room is a rocking venue captained by proprietors KC Moss and Paul Stokeld—Mosso is a legendary barperson and event promoter of nearly 30 years and Stokeld is a beer aficionado who opened the beloved Toad in the Hole in Santa Rosa. These two have brought their connections and venue sensibility to their venue, which boasts a beer garden with outdoor music in the summer, and an inside stage. Check out the Bugbee Project Friday, April 15, at Elephant in the Room, 177 Healdsburg Ave, Healdsburg. 8-11pm. $10. www.elephantintheroompub.com

Tomalas Drag Brunch 

This brunch is going to be one for the books. Get tickets while they last for this Saturday’s Dolly’d Up Drag Brunch! Hosted by drag queen Ava Lashay—the Doll of the East Bay—and the William Tell Cowgirls, this event picks up participants from their location in either Oakland or San Francisco in a Dolly Parton-themed party bus. Ride up spectacular Highway One in this party bus, as dragged out and boozy as desired, and get ready for the main event upon arrival at the William Tell House in Tomales, the oldest bar in West Marin. Upon arrival, guests will be served Dolly-themed mimosas or bloody Mary’s, a delicious brunch and the drag show of their life from this inimitable team of queens. Cash is recommended to tip the performers, and a bus ride back to all pick up destinations is provided! DJ Romii will be spinning beats, and more fun won’t be had anywhere else this Saturday. Get Dolly’d Up Saturday, April 16 at The William Tell House, 26955 State Route 1, Tomales. 11am-4pm. $10. Information at tickets at williamtellhouse.com 

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