SPRECKELS’ FANTASTICAL STAGING OF ‘SLEEPING BEAUTY’ TO FEATURE SEVEN FUTURE STARS FROM PETALUMA: Disney’s timeless tale of fairies, dragons, heroes, princesses, curses, and spinning wheels - plus one VERY long nap - will spring to life for two weekends, with help from 36 youthful performers (age 11-17) as part of the Youth in Arts summer camp at Spreckels Theater Company. Directed by Denise Elia-Yen, with musical direction by Petaluma’s Lucas Sherman, the show includes a septet of young singing-and-dancing Petaluma actors - Kyndall Carpenter, Tony Cavallero, Trey Hansen, Madison Lewis, Addie Lowe, Elisabeth Petro, and Harlow Shinn. Disney’s ‘Sleeping Beauty KIDS’ runs Friday-Sunday August 11 to 20. Friday shows are at 7 pm. Saturday and Sunday shows are at 1 p.m. Call 701-588-3400 for tickets.
WRITER DAEDALUS HOWELL AND ARTIST KAREN HESS TEAM UP FOR LOCALLY-FIMED SCIENCE-FICTION THRILLER: A pair of local artists, with a habit of staging offbeat performance art events in Petaluma (Le Drama Club, Airport Bar), are joining forces to make an “art house” science fiction movie on the streets of our town. Titled ‘Pill Head,’ the film is described by Hess and Howell as “an irreverent psychoactive psychodrama … with a touch of the French New Wave,” and is set to begin filming soon. But first, this being an independent movie, they need to raise some money. $20,000, to be specific. An Indiegogo campaign has just been launched (check out the off-the-wall video “ask” by Howell & Hess), and to kick it off, the pair are throwing a launch party, with the full cast and crew swigging wine and telling stories, on Friday, August 11, 7 p.m. at La Dolce Vita Wine Bar, 151 Petaluma Blvd. To score an invite, visit IndieGogo.com, search for “Pill Head,” and make a donation, then add your name to the RSVP list.
‘CHUM BUCKET’ TAKES FIRST PLACE IN RIVERTOWN REVIVAL BOAT COMPETITION: Organizers say that far fewer boats floated up this year to participate in the annual Rivertown Revival “art boat” competition, but of those who did make their watery way to the event (held on July 22), the clear winner was Chum Bucket. Said co-organizer Elizabeth Howland, “That family clearly put so much effort into their boat.” The cleverest part of Chum Bucket, one could argue, is not the “bucket,” skippered by Petaluma’s Ryan DeBaeke, so much as the “chum,” which was the red-garbed crew itself, Trent and Lynessa DeBaeke. Taking first place in the Corporate category was Butterfly Boat, sponsored by Macken Instruments of Santa Rosa.
The vessel was skippered by Jim Macken, with crewmates Elizabeth Crowley, Elsie Macken, Zern Macken, and Annika Crowley.
Also participating were Dan Lyke and Charlene Marie, with their boat Exuberant Calamity.
Says Howland, acknowledging that only three boats participated this year, “These people stepped up and really came out for the river in a big way.
“Now,” she says, “we just have to figure out how to get the boating part of Rivertown Revival back on its feet - or in the water, I guess - for next year.”
American Idol auditions coming to Bay Area: Petaluma singers with dreams of fame should know that “American Idol” is having auditions for an upcoming season at Jack London Square in Oakland, on Sunday, August 20. Singers must be 15 years or older to audition. For full requirements and information, visit Americanidol.com.