The first student Cheryl Franklin ever taught was herself. As a child, she never needed goading or threats of a brussels-sprouts-only diet to pick up her music and practice. After performing a one-man band’s worth of instruments throughout her entirely self-taught youth, she attended Whitman College and The Juilliard School of Music, where she stoked her passion into the white-hot flame that it is today. Drawing from a quarter-century of teaching, performing, and recording, she teaches all ages and levels in more than 20 instruments, which range from piano and guitar to ukulele and voice. Lesson programs in her studio start with each student learning a song. Subsequent sessions advance their paces by covering such topics as reading music, music history, and theory. While spinning their melodies, pupils may encounter the music school’s adorable canine mascot, Daisy, a boston terrier known for her baked-bean recipe.
If you're a fan of movies that made you howl, shriek, or gasp, you'll be in good company at the Silver Scream Festival. Founded by the creative team behind the venerable Famous Monsters of Filmlandand the Santa Rosa Entertainment Group , this three-day celebration of Hollywood horror places the spotlight on the next generation of shockmasters. The awards-based festival will host screenings of new films, short and feature-length, as well as animations. The festival also accepted submissions for screenplays and graphic novels, which will be displayed. This year, the festival also honors yesterday's famous faces with a guest list, including longtime Freddy Krueger actor Robert Englund, famed director John Landis, and legacy monster Bela Lugosi, Jr. Attendees will also be treated to live art demos by Rob Prior, recently know for his Star Wars work, and a live werewolf makeup application from Face Off season 10 contender Walter Welsh.
The independently owned Roxy Stadium 11 regales patrons with the flickering pictures and digital sounds of the latest blockbusters and the sizable snack bar. A colorful lobby greets guests as they meander past towering pillars that stretch toward an arched ceiling swathed in neon lights and bold swaths of royal blue. Aisles of cushioned auditorium seats allow moviegoers to choose the spot closest to the screen or furthest from the person sobbing emphatically during coming attractions. High-tech projectors digitally unspool films in each theater, with RealD 3-D technology transmitting some flicks in three vibrant dimensions. To silence distracting mid-movie hunger pangs, staffers in the concessions area whip up fresh batches of Orville Redenbacher popcorn and Nathan's hot dogs alongside other traditional theater fare.
At Devi Yoga Center, experienced instructors draw on backgrounds in dance, psychotherapy, and somatic study to teach ancient poses that are both graceful and meditative. The 1,100-square-foot studio, complete with cathedral ceilings, radiant heat, and natural light, shelters students from everyday stress. Owner Kashi Ananda specializes in TriYoga, a system based in ancient yoga that features a sequence of kundalini-inspired postures synchronized with breath and focus, meant to boost physical, mental, and spiritual energy. Students can also cultivate strength, flexibility, and inner peace with other styles of yoga, from beginner-friendly aerial routines to relaxing prenatal sessions with a complimentary tea service.
Santa Rosa is happy to boast the theatrical stylings of Studio Gray.
Sit down for a savory meal at their in-house restaurant.
Grab the kids when you head to this club — its family-oriented atmosphere perfect for the whole clan.
Parking is plentiful, so visitors can feel free to bring their vehicles.
When you're ready to have some fun (and get a great workout), join a class at Santa Rosa's Studio Gray and get to dancing.
Guayaki in Sebastopol offers flavorful eats and tasty desserts.
Eat out with the little ones at Guayaki, and don't waste time scurrying for a sitter.
Getting online is easy with Guayaki's free and convenient wifi.
Music lovers can enjoy live performances at Guayaki as well.
Parking by the restaurant is a breeze, so feel free to bring your own set of wheels.
For those who travel by bike, Guayaki offers bike racks for diners.