The Agenda: Sonoma’s Green Music Center, Artisan Travis McFlynn, And The Newland House



Buena Vista Social Club

The legendary jazz band is making one of the final stops for its Adios Tour in Sonoma County before returning to Cuba. Now’s your chance to experience Sonoma State’s new music center designed by Boston architect William Rawn. With 1,400 handcrafted seats in a striking blonde wood interior, there’s not a bad seat in the house. A retractable rear wall opens up the venue to the lawn for its spectacular summer concert series. 

When: 4pm, Sunday, 8/16

Where: Green Music Center at Sonoma State University, 1801 East Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park


Artisan Dinner

Travis McFlynn

As this month’s featured maker at Workshop Residence, artisan Travis McFlynn, of OSO Studios in East Oakland, will be handcrafting mahogany-handled high-fire (and naturally nonstick) skillets intended for cooking on gas burners or over an open flame. Workshop Residence is celebrating with two dinners, featuring an array of foods cooked on the skillets. 

When: 6:30pm, Thursday, 8/13 and 6:30pm, Thursday, 8/20

Where: Workshop Residence, 833 22nd Street, San Francisco

Joseph Holtzman exhibit, photo by Brian Forrest



“Hammer Projects: Joseph Holtzman”

Nest magazine founder Joseph Holtzman has transformed a gallery hall at LA’s Hammer Museum into a living room interior with wooden chairs, toile sofas, and emerald green felt-covered walls. Accenting the décor are recent works on marble by the famed artist and interior designer himself. The site-specific installation is a glimpse into the artist’s design aesthetic in a rare museum setting. 

When: Through Sunday, 9/20

Where: Hammer Museum, 10899 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles



Newland House Museum

Huntington Beach’s oldest residence opens its doors to the public every first and third weekend of the month. Maintained by the Huntington Beach Historical Society, the building dates back to 1898, when it was built for Western pioneers William and Mary Newland (and their 10 children). See what it was like to live on this once 500-acre property. 

When: Noon-4pm, Saturday, 8/15 and Sunday, 8/16

Where: Huntington Beach Historical Society, 19820 Beach Boulevard, Huntington Beach


Art Walk

First Thursdays

Every first Thursday of the month, Santa Barbara’s State Street galleries keep their doors open late and the streets turn into outdoor stages for various performance groups. Meet at 5:30pm on the back steps of City Hall for a curated art crawl, courtesy of the Santa Barbara Arts Collective and SB Downtown. 

When: 5pm-8pm, Thursday, 8/6

Where: De La Guerra and Anacapa Streets, Santa Barbara 

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