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Easily the area’s most vibrant lightning rod for the current youth explosion of energy and creativity, the Arlene Francis Theatre
this weekend hosts a five-band bill that’s anything but usual. Why? Because no matter who’s playing, the atmosphere at the large brick building in Railroad Square, formerly known as the North Bay Film and Art Collective, is always freely inventive. Chalk that up to Martin Hamilton, whose patient stewardship this weekend hosts the bands Writer, Garden & Villa, Starskate, Guy Henry and locals Mystery Invention, celebrating the release of their new album. Art by Zohn Mandel, Julia Davis and Saif Azzuz will be on display, too, but what matters is the spirit of the place, and you can’t fit that into a press release. See what I mean on Thursday, Nov. 11, at the Arlene Francis Theatre. 99 Sixth St., Santa Rosa. 7pm. $5. No phone.