Last year this time, Bootleg Honey was one of five bands that received funds from Creative Sonoma’s Next Level Grant Program. This week, the Sonoma County Americana outfit takes the stage to unveil their new single, “Colorado Calling,” that they recorded with the help of that grant. In addition to the new tune, Bootleg Honey also welcome back founding member Hannah Jern-Miller to the lineup, rounding out the harmonizing ensemble’s soulful sound. Opening the show is Mendocino native Gwyneth Moreland, and she’s also unveiling new music in the form of her album, Cider April, out on Blue Rose Music. Friday, April 21, at HopMonk Tavern, 230 Petaluma Ave., Sebastopol. 8pm. $15–$18. 707.829.7300.
Born in 1913, artist Robert Pearson McChesney first came to the Bay Area in 1937 and painted murals for the Golden Gate International Exposition. Though he studied art in academic settings, his lifetime of exploration and experimentation formed what is considered one of the preeminent bodies of work in abstract expressionist art. This weekend, art collector and curator Dennis Calabi presents a 60-year retrospective of McChesney’s paintings, prints and drawings that offers a look into the artist’s evolution through his varied styles and mediums. The exhibit opens with a reception on Saturday, April 22, at Calabi Gallery, 456 Tenth St., Santa Rosa. 4pm. 707.781.7070.
April is Autism Awareness Month, and this weekend the nonprofit group See Beneath hosts the second annual Animation 4 Autism Day event. The afternoon includes a showcase of several animated films made specifically for children with autism and features See Beneath’s own Aiko & Egor, an animated app about a pair of cute sea creatures who explore the ocean and teach skills. Families can participate in several other activities and meet with professionals and community members on Sunday, April 23, at Dragonfly Farms, 425 Westside Road, Healdsburg. 3:30pm. Free. animation4autismday.eventbrite.com.
Whether they are escaping violence or famine, many refugees immigrating to the Bay Area come with almost nothing. In the spirit of fellowship, Slow Food Russian River is hosting a fundraising dinner event, Making Welcome Real, that will go toward helping refugees get necessary items for setting up their households. At the fundraiser, Nawar Laham, chef and owner of Santa Rosa’s East West Cafe, and chef Ali Akbar Raufi, a recent immigrant from Afghanistan living in the East Bay, prepare a buffet meal of Syrian and Afghani cuisine on Sunday, April 23, at Laguna de Santa Rosa Foundation’s Heron Hall, 900 Sanford Road, Santa Rosa. 4pm. $25–$35. slowfoodrr.org.
The Tiburon International Film Festival is known as the United Nations of cinema, showcasing independent film selections from across the globe. This year’s 16th annual festival is highlighted by a tribute to two-time Oscar-winning Czech director Milos Forman, whose body of work includes One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest and Amadeus. Celebrating Forman’s 85th birthday, the tribute features a screening of the recent documentary, Milos Forman: What Doesn’t Kill You . . . . Closer to home, Marin and Bay Area filmmakers also get a spotlight. A world of film comes to the North Bay Friday, April 14, through Thursday, April 20, at the Playhouse Theater, 40 Main St., Tiburon. tiburonfilmfestival.com.
Guitarist Max Kakacek and drummer Julien Ehrlich formed indie-rock outfit Whitney in 2014, after living together in Chicago. Both musicians were already accomplished players in bands like the Smith Westerns and Unknown Mortal Orchestra, and they joined forces to create a sound that resembles the melancholy melodies of Townes Van Zandt and Bon Iver and the electrically charged rock of bands like Pavement and Foxygen. Since forming, the duo has expanded Whitney to a seven-piece ensemble that’s been getting rave reviews from all corners of the music world. Whitney
plays an intimate concert on Friday, April 14, at Gundlach Bundschu Winery,
2000 Denmark St., Sonoma. 7pm. $37. 707.938.5277.
In the immortal words of one-hit wonders the Proclaimers, “I would walk 5,000 miles” for a great IPA. Thankfully, the organizers behind the IPA 10K & Beer Mile Invitational won’t make you go quite that far, though the event does get you moving with a 6.2-mile course to run. The Beer Mile follows the morning run, with participants chugging a beer every quarter mile lap until they complete the circuit. Don’t feel like running? No problem, the festival is open to the public for a reception and expo on Friday, April 14, and a beer garden packed with local brewers and live music on Saturday, April 15, at the Barlow Event Center, 6770 McKinley St., Sebastopol. ipa10k.com.
Did you know that the late actor Leonard Nimoy wrote and starred in a one-man play about Vincent van Gogh? It’s logical. First opening in the early 1980s, ‘Vincent’ became a smash hit on Broadway and is still a favorite at festivals around the world. Since 1994, actor Jim Jarrett has taken on the role of Vincent, and this weekend he brings the impressionist artist’s passion and intensity to the stage for a one-night-only performance to benefit Napa’s new Sightglass Theater Company. A VIP wine lounge precedes the performance, taking place on Saturday, April 15, Napa Valley College Performing Arts Center, 2277 Vallejo Hwy., Napa. 7pm. $25–$100. sightglasstheater.org.
Formed 10 years ago in Forestville, Sinkyone Animal Sanctuary has made it its mission to rescue animals ranging from cats to cows and help them live free onsite or at forever homes they help find. This week, Sinkyone is hosting a massive fundraising party, Freedom for All, with music and merriment galore. Local singer Lester Chambers leads an all-star band, Humane Minds, which also features members of California Honeydrops, Dirty Red Barn, Stone Cold Mollie and more. A silent auction, raffle and vegan/vegetarian buffet completes the evening, taking place on Friday,
April 7, at Sally Tomatoes, 1100 Valley House Drive, Rohnert Park. 6pm. $15–$25. sassonomacounty.com.
The West Coast’s best breweries are once again presenting their top beers for the 21st annual Battle of the Brews. The day starts with the revered Craft Cup, a juried tasting event that also features the Sandwich Showdown, in which local chefs compete to make the tastiest concoctions between two slices of bread. The battle’s main event is a People’s Choice competition where you get to decide whose suds are studs. Presented by the Active 20-30 Club of Santa Rosa, the event also benefits kids in need. Raise a glass on Saturday, April 8, at Sonoma County Fairgrounds’ Grace Pavilion, 1350 Bennett Valley Road, Santa Rosa. 1pm. $50–$95. battleofthebrews.com.