We see them flying high over the fields, perched on telephone lines or nestled atop tree branches, but the impressive birds of prey that call Sonoma County home are rarely seen up close and personal, until now. The Bird Rescue Center in Santa Rosa this weekend opens its doors for its second annual Festival of Feathers, allowing for close encounters with the array of owls, falcons and hawks that reside at the rehabilitation and education center. This family-oriented afternoon will include a silent auction and raffle, and kid-friendly activities, all benefiting the nonprofit center dedicated to rescuing and releasing our orphaned and injured feathered friends. The Festival of Feathers takes place Saturday, April 26, at the Bird Rescue Center, 3430 Chanate Road, Santa Rosa. 11am—4pm. Free. 707.523.2473.
Most everyone has heard of Jack London, whose home is a state park in Glen Ellen. But few know about his wife, Charmian Kittredge London, who lived a full and spirited life herself. Charmian was ahead of her times—she packed a pistol, sailed the South Seas, boxed and wrote novels. Now is the chance to learn more about her adventures, as a series of docent-led tours at Jack London Park this summer will explore the cottage and museum on the grounds and shed light on the woman who helped London become the literary icon he is. The Life and Times of Charmian Kittredge London Tour happens throughout the summer, beginning April 24, at the Jack London State Park, 2400 London Ranch Road, Glenn Ellen. 11am. $50. 707.938.5216
The Eat My Heart Out Supper Club was born five years ago in New York City, when Eugene Ashton-Gonzalez first met chef Luke Davin. Ashton-Gonzalez produced live storytelling shows similar to the Moth organization and This American Life, and he and Davin dreamed of a dinner that acted as an edible complement to stories shared live onstage. The event immediately took off, and soon Ashton-Gonzalez was touring the country. This week, the Eat My Heart Out Supper Club debuts in the North Bay, pairing stories by Glen David Gold, Richard Dillman, Maria Muldaur and others with a five-course dinner prepared by chefs Eve Love and David Cook. Benefiting KWMR, West Marin’s community radio, Eat My Heart Out Supper Club takes place Saturday, April 26, at the Peace Barn, 70 Olema Bolinas Road, Bolinas. 7pm. $200. 415.663.8068.
While superstars like Elvis and the Righteous Brothers were taking all the credit, the unsung session musicians who played the actual music remained in the liner notes, rarely getting the notice they deserved. Now a group of West Coast musicians dubbed the Wrecking Crew get their turn in the spotlight in Denny Tedesco’s documentary focusing on the players behind the hits, including the filmmaker’s late father, guitarist Tommy Tedesco. Rarely screened since its premiere in 2008, The Wrecking Crew returns to the big screen with additional interviews for a special one-time showing presented by Tedesco on Sunday, April 27, at the Smith Rafael Film Center, 1118 Fourth St., San Rafael. 7pm. $12—$15. 415.454.1222.
If you want the best French pop music today, you need to go to the source. Straight from the city of love, Paris Combo effortlessly craft that distinct Parisian mix of bright jazz horns, smooth bass riffs and demure vocals, and their bubbly fun is never more apparent than on their latest release, 5. The band’s first album in as many years, 5 is also their most lauded effort, an eclectic and energized collection filled with all the romanticism and joie de vivre that has been their staple sound since they formed in the mid-1990s. Paris Combo appear April 17, at the Napa Valley Opera House, 1030 Main St., Napa. 8pm. $25-$35. 707.226.7372.
Digital Grange in Petaluma is a fine-arts service that specializes in (surprise!) digital imaging and graphic design. Their clients include the de Young in San Francisco and the Art Institute of Chicago, and now the collective opens its own gallery in the ivy-covered Burdell Building next door to their offices. IceHouse Gallery will feature Digital Grange’s impressive roster of artists, such as Chester Arnold (whose art is pictured below) and modern surrealist Don MacDonald. The gallery’s inaugural exhibit, “Landscapes,” opens with a reception April 18 at IceHouse Gallery, 405 East D St., Petaluma. 6pm. Free. 707.778.2238.
The historic Sebastiani Theatre screened its first movie on April 7, 1934. Fugitive Lovers, starring Robert Montgomery and the Three Stooges, brought out a crowd of a thousand people who lined the streets around the Sonoma Plaza and welcomed the impressive structure. Admission was 30 cents. Times have changed, but the theater remains a cultural and community landmark, and this year its 80th anniversary kicks off with a deservedly festive variety show and celebration. The party highlights performances from local musicians, dancing, magic and more. The first of a yearlong series of events, the 80th Anniversary Celebration happens on April 19 at Sebastiani Theatre, 476 First St. E., Sonoma. 7:30pm. $25. 707.996.9756.
Writer and political activist Barbara Ehrenreich has written more than 20 books since 1969. She is best known for her eye-opening 2001 account of trying to survive on minimum wage, Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America, and the author never shies from controversy to explore and expose social strife. Her new book, Living with a Wild God: A Nonbeliever’s Search for the Truth About Everything, is her most ambitious, personal and controversial work to date, as she endeavors to tackle nothing less than the meaning of life. Ehrenreich reads from her book and talks in conversation with KQED Forum radio host Michael Krasny on April 22 at Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 7pm. $10. 415.927.0960.
Comedian Anthony Jeselnik might be a sociopath. That’s the only way to explain how the razor-sharp humorist could dare say the things he says on his Comedy Central show, The Jeselnik Offensive, or on his recent comedy album Caligula, or on his many appearances on shows like Comedy Central Roast. Finding the funny in tragic times comes easy to Jeselnik, and the comic brings a red-hot iron poker of mockery to the Green Music Center for a night of skewering satirical insanity. Jeselnik appears on April 10 at the Green Music Center, 1801 East Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park. 7pm. $20—$35.