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Studio E evolves, Rock 'n' Roll Sunday School ends

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After 130 shows at Studio E in rural Sebastopol—an orchard-bound shed which has doubled as a haven for deadhead parties and a rehearsal space for Tom Waits—Laurie Schaeffer is looking for a new venue.

"I need somewhere easier to use," the North Bay Live promoter says. "Hopefully requiring less volunteers."

Schaeffer, who began putting on concerts 15 years ago and has been at Studio E for the past eight years, says she wants to "invent" a venue starting in early 2013. "I'm looking at old buildings like granges, and I have some exciting potentials." This week, Kinky Friedman (pictured) closes Schaeffer's run at the iconic listening room on Friday, Dec. 14, at 8pm. $40. Directions provided with tickets; see www.northbaylive.com for details.

Meanwhile, the long-running dance night Rock 'n' Roll Sunday School this week stops just short of a mammoth 10-year run. Since its inception at the Roaring 20s dive bar in Roseland, the weekly party has made lovers out of strangers, DJs out of dancers, miracles out of martinis and rapture out of rhythm at nearly a half-dozen venues as one of the county's most enduring institutions. Organizers say this week's will be the last; a playlist heavy on classic jams and a bittersweet kiss to 10 years of memories is guaranteed on Sunday, Dec. 16, at Society:Culture House. 528 Seventh St., Santa Rosa. 9:30pm. 707.336.2582.

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