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Healdsburg Weekend has Odd Couples, Daddy Squeeze and Adoptable Pups

Attention turns to fine arts this weekend, as a Neil Simon play opens and an accordion maestro comes to town; plus a Green Dog adoption day.

You would think that in a town where international cuisine is as everyday as PopTarts (does anyone eat those anymore?) there'd be a ready audience for a talent who embraced Cajun and Tex-Mex among his influences. That, plus French musette, gypsy swing, jug band and cumbia is the give-away: it could only be an accordion player.

Dan Newton calls himself "Daddy Squeeze," and calls this global gumbo “ethnoclectic” music. He'll be at Garagiste, the little-microwinery-that-could, on Friday starting at 6 p.m. A $5 donation (for the artist) is requested, which sounds frankly like a good deal - a musical gumbo pairs well with the Stark and Cartograph wine lists.

If you think that sounds odd, it's not as odd as Felix and Oscar sharing an apartment. The Neil Simon play "The Odd Couple" has been one of Neil Simon's most successful plays, and he's had quite a few. But from Broadway (Walter Matthau and Art Carney), Hollywood (Walter Matthau and Jack Lemmon), TV (Jack Klugman and Tony Randall), and now to Healdsburg (Tim Shippey and Stephen Cannon), the archetypal comedy of the mismatched roommates never fails to deliver the laughs.

The Raven Players version at the Raven Theater opens Friday and Saturday night this weekend with 8 p.m. performances, and Sunday matinee at 2. The show, directed by John Green, continues on the same schedule through Feb. 10.

Saturday could be a good day to meet your new best friend. Green Dog Rescue Project, the animal training and kennel alternative to the "dog pound," is having an Adoption Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Relish Culinary parking lot. Each pup has been socialized, microchipped, vaccinated, and spayed or neutered; adoption fees are $275. If you want a preview of who will be there, visit Green Dog online.

Also Saturday, the Boys and Girls Club of Central Sonoma County is having a group-wide Benefit Crab Feed down at their Windsor headquarters. One of its 24 sites is in Healdsburg, and the Crab Feed will doubtless attract local parents with children and an appetite. Starts at 5 p.m., and the $50 donation includes an all-you-can-eat dinner of cracked crab, pasta, salad and bread; plus silent& live auction, a no host bar, and dancing to a DJ.

This is the week the SSU Extended Education classes start in Healdsburg. Classes include "Great Cities: Capitals of Western History" taught by Bruce Elliott on successive Tuesdays, from Jan. 22 - Feb. 26; "World Cultures: The Anthropology of Tradition and Custom" class from Dianne Smith on Wednesday afternoons from Jan. 23 - Feb. 27; and Len Lyons' "Exploring Jazz: An American Music" on Thursday afternoons, Jan. 24 through Feb. 28. All classes are 3 -5 in the afternoon at the Villa Chanticleer. Registration is still available online at the OLLI at SSU site.

At the Raven Film Center, "Hyde Park on the Hudson" will leave town on Thursday night, to be replaced by Anthony Hopkins and Helen Mirren in "Hitchcock," a behind-the-image look at the famous director as he struggles with his age, weight and personal obsessions in the making of "Psycho."

Other films at the Raven will stick around, including "Lincoln," "Zero Dark Thirty" and surprise multi-nominee "Silver Linings Playbook." Times and other info online at this website.

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