Country Summer Music Festival among local events postponed due to coronavirus

Five Sonoma County festivals, including the Country Summer Music Festival, have been postponed due to the coronavirus. The Sonoma International Film Festival, Sonoma Valley Authors Festival and the Flatbed Music Festival in Sebastopol all have been moved to dates later this year. The Healdsburg Jazz Festival has been indefinitely postponed.

Here are the details about the new dates:

— The Country Summer Music Festival, billed as Northern California’s biggest annual country music festival, has been rescheduled for Oct. 23-25, from its original dates of June 19-21.

“With input from county officials, a festival of Country Summer’s size is not feasible

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John Krasinski reunites original ‘Hamilton’ cast on Zoom to surprise 9-year-old fan

A 9-year-old girl who was devastated she couldn’t see “Hamilton” due to coronavirus closures received a massive surprise when the musical’s original cast serenaded her on actor John Krasinski’s new online show “Some Good News.”

The girl, named Aubrey, was disappointed she couldn’t see the popular musical in Jacksonville, Florida, for her birthday, her mom tweeted in late March. After seeing the tweet, Krasinski invited Aubrey to his show via a Zoom call.

Krasinski and his wife, “Mary Poppins Returns” star Emily Blunt, had a few surprises for the girl, including tickets to see “Hamilton” in New York City after

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Museum of Sonoma County offers tour of landscape exhibit online

Photographer and installation artist Mercedes Dorame, a member of the Gabrielino Tongva Indians of California, stages her own symbolic interventions, conducting ritual ceremonies at sites of ancestral significance in the Los Angeles area and documenting them in photographs.

“She leaves her marks on the land where her performance has taken place, and she photographs where she has been,” Nathanson explained. For example, one photo shows spices and red string Dorame left on the rocks.

A classic example of an art installation remembered for its temporary impact on the landscape and the lasting impression it left in photos and documentation is

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Sean Penn wants to ‘save lives’ with free COVID-19 testing

MALIBU — After nearly a decade of helping communities in distress abroad, Sean Penn is joining the fight against the coronavirus much closer to home.

The Oscar winner’s disaster relief organization CORE has teamed up with Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti’s office and the city’s fire department to safely distribute free drive-thru COVID-19 test sites for those with qualifying symptoms. He along with his staff wearing hazard suits also are administering tests in his home city of Malibu.

Penn hopes the program can “save lives and alleviate depletion of resources” through the efforts of CORE, which stands for Community Organized

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Rihanna donates $2.1 million for domestic violence victims in coronavirus lockdown

Singer Rihanna is joining forces with Twitter Chief Executive Jack Dorsey to help victims of domestic violence living in Los Angeles during the coronavirus pandemic.

On Thursday, the “Needed Me” artist’s Clara Lionel Foundation announced that the duo is co-funding a $4.2-million grant to the Mayor’s Fund for Los Angeles. “to address a surge in domestic violence” in the city amid the coronavirus crisis.

Citing an increase in domestic violence incidents since last month’s implementation of LA’s Safer at Home order, the foundation will aid the Mayor’s Fund in providing 10 weeks of support for victims in the form of

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Burning Man committed to ticket refunds

LAS VEGAS — Organizers of the Burning Man Project say they are committed to providing ticket refunds after the event was canceled because of COVID-19. But they are asking purchasers to consider foregoing refunds because the organization faces layoffs, pay cuts and other belt-tightening measures.

Burning Man is a lifestyle and entertainment gathering that typically attracts 80,000 people from around the world. It had been scheduled for Aug. 30 to Sept. 7 in the northern Nevada desert.

Organizers said Friday in a Facebook post that cancellation was “in the interest of the health and well-being of our community.”

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