An Entirely Out There
All Hallows Eve

By Out There Guest Blogger Susanne Dugan


Its almost Halloween! And if you're a fan of ghouls and gasps, we’re all asking, “Where’s The Party!?” I mean, I want the whole shebang! Ghosts, witches, monsters, devils, zombies! Where do all the freaks come out?!

Well, my fellow Goblins, look no further. I present to you the annual freak-show of Santa Rosa's ALL HALLOW'S EVE #4, on October 29 at Annie O’s Music Hall. Produced by Jake Ward Presents  and your local oddities, North Bay Cabaret.

Hosting the show for the first time, Annie O’s in Railroad Square has three unique settings. In the front room, epic Vinyl DJ’s Mister Element and Shifty Shey will be spinning hits all night. Upstairs in the lounge, you can get comfy and watch the show from a safe distance. While in the main room, brace yourself, for this is where only the daring proceed!

Royal Jelly Jive

Musical line-up for the night features headliner Royal Jelly Jive, local groove ambassadors, bringing swing, hip hop, rock and soul to the grave-yard bash! Also on the bill is Oakland’s Oinga Boinga, an all female Oingo Boingo tribute band, and For the Ladies, an Oakland rock band with live “Beansy" boy-lesque, an “algorithm of sounds that has been described as an audible aphrodisiac...A Fender amplified pheromone.“

Oinga Boinga

But at North Bay Cabaret, variety is the spice of life. So Jake Ward created a night filled with side shows to keep the spectator thrilled and spooked!  With circus acts, aerialists, amazing feats of human strength, an audience-judged costume contest, insect petting zoo, spooky puppetry by Shadow Circus Creature Theater, and Selfie Station Photo Booth!

That’s not all! There will be fiery burlesque featuring Eva D’Lusciousfounder of Cabaret De Caliente, returning to Sonoma County for this special occasion! And for the gamers… Pokemon-Go-Go Dancers!

This kind of spectacle only happens once a year. So, if you have a taste for the exciting and absurd, this night is your chance to be part of the show! Doors open at 7:00pm, pre-sale tickets are available at, and you can learn more about the event and North Bay Cabaret on Facebook.

susanned-copySusanne's Bio:

Susanne Dugan has been an active member of the Santa Rosa grassroots art and culture community since moving to Sonoma County in November 2011. As an organizing member of the Arlene Francis Center from 2012-2014, she was introduced to numerous aspects of local activity. Introduced to community activism and volunteerism at a young age, fostering and supporting local arts and encouraging freedom of expression, are parts of a personal philosophy, to help people and communities make positive, progressive changes. She works now as an audio engineer, equipment technician and events specialist at Diversified Stage in Santa Rosa.




Movie star sightings
on McDonald Avenue

By guest blogger Maja Woods

Have you ever wandered along McDonald Avenue in Santa Rosa and asked yourself, “Where have I seen that house before?”

Well…here’s where.

First, for those who haven’t ventured down this bucolic strip of Santa Rosa’s residential history, you really have to. Lined with stately homes and large, beautiful trees, it is a sight worth seeing. Which is probably why it caught the eyes of so many Hollywood producers. Here are just a few of the movies filmed along one three block stretch of McD Ave.


Much of Alfred Hitchcock's Shadow of a Doubt, written by Thornton Wilder, was filmed at this turn of the century Victorian. Hitchcock didn't typically film interiors on location. But the movie was made during World War II, and many materials, such as wood, were being rationed. So, Hollywood had to do without its elaborate sets. Hitchcock ended up spending three weeks in Santa Rosa. He grew so fond of the area that he later returned to Sonoma County to shoot The Birds in Bodega Bay. He also grew very fond of Shadow of a Doubt, and in later interviews he referred to it as his favorite of all the films he made.


While Hitchcock was filming Shadow of a Doubt, he would go next door to the home of Judge Donald Geary. The two would sit out on the porch, drink cocktails and discuss the day's events. Years later, this same porch, as well as a bedroom in the house, would be part of the setting for Wes Craven's Scream.


Way back in 1960, Walt Disney's classic film Pollyanna was filmed at one of Santa Rosa’s most iconic residences. The McDonald Mansion (a.k.a. Mableton Mansion) is Santa Rosa's most prominent historic home. The 14,000-square-foot house was built in the late 1870s by Col. Mark Lindsay McDonald, owner of Santa Rosa's water company, builder of the Santa Rosa Street Railway, and one of the town's most eminent early citizens. He had it built in a style to evoke the plantations along the Mississippi. The National Register of Historic Places, in which the mansion is recorded, lists the style as Stick-Eastlake, a type of Victorian architecture. Back in McDonald's day, many notable visitors came to the house, including Mark Twain, and railroad magnates Leland Stanford and Charles Crocker.

There are no tour buses (yet) rolling down McDonald Ave. or flocks of paparazzi. But if you’re any kind of a film buff, a stroll through this stretch of town might feel like a trip down movie memory lane.


The Bard Under The Stars

By Guest Blogger Estefany Gonzalez

Shakespeare in the Cannery offers something that other plays do not – an outdoor venue put together by members of the Santa Rosa Community.

The Cannery not only brings performance art to life, but it also brings a sense of sharing and looking out for one another. shakespeare in the canneryWhile most play venues offer cushy seats, climate controlled rooms and fancy overpriced wine, this hand built theatre makes you forget you need any of those luxuries. On play days you’ll find the audience sitting in the grass drinking boxed wine while the summer sun beats down on both actors and patrons. After intermission, once the cold summer night wind takes it’s toll on attendees, you can find an area to borrow an extra blanket.shakespeare in the canneryThis alternative venue was first built in 2014, on the remains of what used to be the California Packing Company’s Plant No. 5, on Third Street. Like a phoenix, the Cannery rose from the ruins of an old broken down building. Passionate actors, artist and hardworking locals spent their time to create a place for theatre arts in the heart of our town. Located in the Historic Rail Road Square district, the venue burst with true Santa Rosa culture.DSC_0123What makes this non-profit  theatre project special is that it’s done completely by donations and vaulters. Two of the biggest contributors are The Loading Zone, a collective of actors and playwrights and The Arlene Francis Center.shakespeare in the canneryThe first year offered a performance of Romeo and Juliet with the Shakespearian comedy Twelfth Night performed following year. This season locals are spoiled with two different plays. The Shakespeare classic Macbeth, a tale of betrayal, murder and greed, ran from July 1 to 23. But if you missed it, you can still catch an original comedy titled The Plot Against Shakespeare from August 12 to 27.shakespeare in the canneryFor more information on Shakespeare in the Cannery click here: www.ShakespeareInThCcannery.comestafany

Estefany Gonzalez is a writer and photographer from Santa Rosa. She spends most of her time at local concerts and taking pictures. She’s written for The North Bay Bohemian, The Bay Bridged, KQED and other publications. You can see her photography portfolio and find links to her social media

Live At Juilliard

By Guest Blogger Estefany Gonzalez

The first Time I attended Live at Juilliard was last summer. I was hanging out with a bunch of broke college students who like me, couldn't afford a night of bar hopping. When we walked up, there were people of all ages dancing, families eating picnics and people laying out in the grass drinking beer.


For 23 years, Live at Juilliard has put on a lively summer concert series and offered free performances featuring local talent. The live music rotates each week and offers a wide range of musical genres. One week will showcase mellow singer-songwriters and others, like the first time I went, band’s like The Crux will play unique blends reminiscent of punk and gypsy sounds.


We attended the event because it was something free to do on Sunday’s, but continued to go because it gave us a sense of community. We enjoyed seeing couples in their 60’s dance together and kids running around on the playground while their parents watch the band.


Each event offers something for both the young and the young at heart. On show days you can find small children getting their faces painted by Clementine The Amazing, as well as an older crowd sipping on beer and wine at the Artstart booth.


A unique part of this concert series is that it’s all solar powered. As you watch local acts on an impressive stage placed in the heart of Juilliard park, you can see large solar panels powering the performance.


Each event takes place Sunday from 5-7 p.m. and lasts the whole summer. The list of performers for this season includes blues and R&B musicians The Lucky Losers, Funk and soul band Afrofunk Experience and Americana babes The Bootleg Honeys.

The 2016 concert dates include July 10, 17, 24, 31 and August 7 and 14. For a full list of scheduled performers and the park’s address, click here.

estafanyEstefany Gonzalez is a writer and photographer from Santa Rosa. She spends most of her time at local concerts and taking pictures. She’s written for The North Bay Bohemian, The Bay Bridged, KQED and other publications. You can see her photography portfolio and find links to her social media