UPDATED: Healdsburg Enters February with Feasting and Football

List of food and wine fests, guitar hootenanny in West County, and some kind of football game on Sunday.


It's the first weekend of the new exhibit at the Healdsburg Museum and Historical Society, titled "Healdsburg: 100 Years, Past and Present." Slip into the time capsule in the exhibit room and see the world of a century ago reveal itself in photos, mementoes, newspaper clippings and the usual imaginative displays the museum offers.   Admission is free, open 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays.

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Throughout this weekend and next, the Raven Players bring back the stage classic "The Odd Couple" at 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, 2:00 p.m. on Sundays. Tim Shippey and Stephen Cannon do Felix and Oscar justice, and the supporting cast is aptly cast. Regular admission is $23, less if you're young or old.

If you're more a movie type of person, now at the Raven Film Center is "The Impossible," the tsunami drama with Naomi Watts and Ewan McGregor; last night for "Hitchcock" is Thursday. Continuing for another week are "Lincoln," "Silver Linings Playbook" and "Zero Dark Thirty." Showtimes here.

Or consider the Spoke Folk Winter Film Festival, with Saturday's offering of "The Flying Scotsman: (2006), a feature film based on the remarkable true story of Scottish cyclist Graeme Obree. It shows at Spoke Folk at 6 p.m., all tickets $5, proceeds benefit Sonoma County Bicycle Coalition and the Healdsburg High Mountain Bike Team. 

Now this is really stretching our hyper-local coverage, but since Tom Ribbecke is involved we'll tell you about the Sebastopol Guitar Festival on Saturday, noon to 10 p.m. A full day of exhibits, workshops, talks and music, with the Healdsburg luthier holding a roundtable open discussion on guitar making at 6.

Closer to home on Saturday, the not-so-new Christopher Hill Gallery opens in town with a reception from 4 - 8 p.m. at 326 Healdsburg Ave.  Actually the gallery has been open since November, but now is a good time for the community to turn out and welcome the collector, who adds Healdsburg to his other galleries in St. Helena and back home in Austria. Phone 795-4646 for more information.

Saturday night at 6:30, Spoonbar at H2Hotel launches an ambitious four-part chefs-and-sommelier program, cleverly called "Chefs and Somms." They're also trying to brand it as a “forks and corks” event, too, in the hope you get the point: culinary stars at work in the kitchen to create meals enhanced by sommelier-selected wines.

Held once a month until late spring, these gatherings will bring innovative culinary stars to collaborate in the kitchen with Spoonbar’s  Executive Chef Louis Maldonado to create exceptional offerings, enhanced by rare selections of wine assembled by top local sommeliers.

This weekend's event has a "Going Global" theme, with Chef James Syhabout (of Hawker Fair, Oakland) and Sommelier Mark Bright (of Saison, San Francisco). Tickets are $110 for the six-course meal, featuring local fare and exotic recipes. Although it may be too late to get a seating for this weekend's event, check this page on the web for upcoming dates and themes in the series.

Crab Feed Season Redux: Not one but two crab feeds this weekend (that we know of), one family-oriented and one wine-related. The American Legion Sotoyome Post 111 has their annual Crab Feed Saturday at the Villa Chanticleer, serving fresh crab, salad and garlic bread, with beer and wine available. Door (and bar) opens at 3 p.m., dinner is served from 4 to 7. Cost is $45, call Frank or Carol Teuschler for tickets at 431-2328.

The other crab feed is also Saturday, 'way up at the end of Dry Creek Rd. at Sbragia Winery, starting at 5 p.m. On the menu is fresh crab from San Francisco Bay, fresh baked bread, salad, and Sbragia wines. Tickets are $90, or $75 for Wine Club members. Contact events@sbragia.com or call (707)473-2992 ext. 10 to make your reservation or for answers to your questions.

Relish keeps bringing us culinary adventures, including Saturday's Snout-to-Tail butchery (they call it dissection in medical school) of an 80-pound pig by Chef Dino Bugica of Diavola Pizzeria in Geyserville. During the five-plus hour class (10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.), participants will work in teams of two on a single pig, following Dino’s butchering process by separating the "primals", then identifying and trimming specific cuts of pork on their individual pigs.

There will be a pork-inspired lunch, including one glass of premium wine per person served to all participants over 21 years of age. Cost is $525 ($565 for 2 people sharing one pig), reserve now or put your name on the wait list for the next one, 431-9999.

Sunday the calendar has been cleared for a single event in New Orleans. No, not Mardi Gras (which arrives unseasonably early this year, Feb. 12) but the where the San Francisco 49ers attempt to re-establish their one-time dominance of the NFL. Standing in the way are the Baltimore Ravens, a team not to be trifled with, and looming over it all is the made-for-TV matchup between brother coaches Jim Harbaugh (49ers) and John Harbaugh (Ravens).

Best places to watch: the Healdsburg Bar & Grill, with its panoply of screens; Bergamont Alley, with a single big screen but a reliably civilized party atmosphere;  The Wurst, because nothing says football like a hot dog and beer; DiVine Pizza, because nothing says football like pizza and beer; and the Bear Republic, because nothing says football like beer. Then there's your own living room, where your secret favorite team can remain a secret.


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