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Fall UPBEAT ENTERTAINMENT Guide ~ What’s Up! SONOMA COUNTY & BEYOND


UPBEAT TIMES, INC. • September 2018 • 13


Musical Notes in Sonoma County by Shekeyna Black • shekeyna@gmail.com


MarinMOCA presents “The Sky Is Falling”


Dream Farmer’s & more play in Cotati at Concert in the Hub September 8, 2018 S


NOVATO, CA. ~ MarinMO- CA presents “The Sky Is Fall- ing,” an exhibition of mixed media paintings by Marin- MOCA artist member, Gale S. McKee. Nature’s raw power is revealed through Gale’s visual interpretations


of volcanic eruptions. This ex- hibit is free to the public and on view now through October 14. Says McKee “There is no more convincing evidence that we inhabit a living planet than the unpredictable activity of volcanoes. Everywhere around the world, including under the oceans, the planet’s crust is constantly breaking open bringing fresh land from within”. This exhibit is timely considering current eruptions


ongoing in Hawaii and around the planet.


Originally inspired


by Iceland’s 2010 eruptions, Gale found herself drawn to the magnificent visual beauty that emanates from such a cata- clysmic event.


The colors, the textures, the historical and geological im- pact to the earth and humans, informs her work. On view now through October 14 with a reception on September 22, from 5:00-8:00pm. 500 Palm Drive, Novato, California, 94949 ~ www.marinmoca.org.


Media inquires: Susan Shar- man Public Relations Man- ager events@marinmoca.org 415-506-0137


ummertime fades as signs of Autumn tantalize our senses. Te last of the seasonal outdoor con- certs start to wind down


this time of year. Be sure to catch the Concert in the Hub as one of your end-of-sum- mer-begin- ning-of-fall experiences. Enjoy a fun aſternoon lis- tening to 4 Bands and 2 DJs playing great music in La Plaza Park as you spend pre- cious time with family and friends. Te concept for the Con-


cert in the Hub stems from the unofficial fact that Cotati is actually the “Musical Hub” of Sonoma County. Remem- ber those whimsical musical notes along the overpass and entrance to the freeway in Cotati? Additionally, La Plaza Park, located at the corner of Old Redwood Highway and West Sierra Avenue, is the hub


for the surrounding businesses and residential streets. Te City of Cotati’s website asks, “Inspi- ration for the Cotati Hub?” And it comes up with potential answers, “Te exact source of the design for the city center remains a mys- tery, but there are at least two very good pos- sibilities. First is that it was patterned aſter the hexagonal barn at the Page ranch, which in


turn may have been built along lines that were in fashion at the time of its construction. An- other possibility is that it was fashioned aſter the radiating star plan, which is prevalent in the layout of many European cities, as well as Washington, D.C. and Detroit, Michigan. Whatever the reason for its design, it was deemed unique enough to gain State Historical Landmark status in 1973.” DJ Loisaida explains, “Te


Concert in the Hub is a great place for people to gather to-


I don’t want other people to decide who I am. I want to decide that for myself. ~ Emma Watson UPBEAT TIMES, INC. • September 2018 • 13


gether as a community to enjoy the music and dance.” Te Peace & Justice Center of Sonoma County’s 3rd An- nual Concert in the Hub takes place on Saturday, September 8th from 12:30 to 6:00 PM at La Plaza Park in downtown Cotati. Te musical line-up in- cludes: Midnight Sun Massive, FunkNRoll, Dream Farmers, the Hubbub Club, DJ Loisaida and DJ Broken Record. For more info, visit pjcsoco.org/ concert-in-the-hub. Admission is free at this


family-friendly event. You are encouraged to bring a picnic or visit


Jam’s Joy Bungalow


food truck at the event or or- der something to go from the myriad of restaurants within walking distance of the stage. Beer and Wine will be for sale at the event with all proceeds benefitting


non-profit Peace


& Justice Center. Cotati’s own, Prairie Sun Live has generously donated the sound equipment and all of the talented musi- cians are donating their time. See you at the hub!








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