Downpour of Cool Events


Love this rain in Redding, California. Love it!

And the perfect scenario would be for it to come on down for a couple days, then clear right on out. By the weekend? That’s not too much to ask, is it?

Regardless, there are lots of weather proof activities going on inside (and a few not so weather proof gigs happening outside):

• If you haven’t seen artist Sean Randall’s excellent exhibit at the Vintage Wine Bar and Restaurant, Tuesday’s a great chance. The reception runs from 6 to 8 p.m. and you can meet the artist. There’s a raffle for gifts and original work by S.A. Barone, Mickey Theobald, Linda Garcia, Irina Stroup and Randall.


Sean Randall’s painting of his wife Tanya.

There’s a chance to win Randall’s terrific painting of Jackie Robinson. There’s also live music by Andy Ooley.

• The Shasta College play “Metamorphoses” by Mary Zimmerman and directed by Robert Soffian opens at 7:30 p.m. Thursday (Oct. 15) at the college’s theater. Tickets are $10 general, $7 for students. The audience will be seated on stage around a 12-by-18-foot pool, which will aid in the retelling of Ovid’s ancient myths.

• Back to the Vintage for a sec — San Diego musician (by way of Texas) Derek Evans performs there on Saturday night (8 p.m. start time). Free.

• Here’s an event that will benefit from the weather clearing up this weekend: The Harvest Musicfest at Hawes Farms. Sacramento’s Wooden Nickel Band and two of my favorite bands from Redding — Eric Day/Steve Huff and the Salamanders, and Wild Bill and the Mud Whompers.


The event runs from 5 to 11 p.m. and features microbrews by North Star Brewery and wines by Vintage. Tickets are $7 for the all-ages event.

• The Downtown Eatery (now rolling with some staffing changes) continues to have a packed music lineup: 8 p.m. Sunday (Oct 18), Seattle indie rock by Navigator vs Navigator, Sticks & Strings Not to Reason Why and Tatton White ($5); Oct. 22, Hillstomp ($7); Oct. 23 Five Eyed Hand and the Montana Slim String Band ($10 advance/$15 door); Oct. 24, John Brandenburg and Stephanie Foos; Oct. 31, Halloween Party with the Mystic Roots Band, The Americas and the Dixon Chicks ($15).

The Eatery has a ton more music in November, a show with Blue Turtle Seduction in December and a possible show with the Devil Makes Three in January. The Devil Makes Three is such an interesting band and I’ll be writing more about their music soon.


I didn’t exactly tear around to every Art Hop destination on Saturday, but I made it to a few. It was quality over quantity.

At Maritime Seafood and Grill, I enjoyed hearing a little bit about Haruko Sasaki’s process of controlling paint on silk. The Toyko-born artist now lives in Mount Shasta and I purchased a couple of her greeting cards to keep her images fresh in my mind.

I walked over to GMAC Real Estate (1647 Court St.), where Chuck Prudhomme’s landscape and cityscape paintings looked beautiful on the office’s walls.

Busted a move over to Tapas Downtown to see John Stewart’s (not Jon Stewart) sensational variety (and quality) of artwork. Check out this guy’s work .

OK, time to look for those rain boots.

Jim Dyar

is a journalist who focuses on arts, entertainment, music and the outdoors. He is a songwriter and leader of the Jim Dyar Band. He lives in Redding and can be reached at jimd.anewscafe@gmail.com

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