Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Dec. 1: Free Space in Yountville

Posted By on Wed, Nov 30, 2016 at 6:10 AM

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The upcoming film ‘The Space Between Us,’ a sci-fi romantic drama, envisions a really long-distance relationship between a teenage boy born on Mars and a girl living on Earth. Set for theatrical release mid-December, the film gets an advance screening this week, hosted by San Rafael–based nonprofit Roots for Peace and the Napa Valley Performing Arts Center. This showing was recently made free to all and includes a post-screening discussion with the film’s producer and co-writer Richard B. Lewis, all happening on Thursday, Dec. 1, at Lincoln Theater, 100 California Drive, Yountville. Doors at 6pm; screening at 7pm. Free. 707.944.9900.
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Dec. 2: Hot Winter Night in Sebastopol

Posted By on Wed, Nov 30, 2016 at 6:06 AM

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Anyone looking for a holiday-themed event that’s both a little bit naughty and a little bit nice need look no further than this week’s Winter Masquerade, the annual holiday performance from the long-running Cabaret de Caliente. Featuring a lineup of burlesque, belly dance, circus acts and an array of vendors, the cabaret joins forces with several local DJs spinning throughout the night. The show will also raise funds for the Russian River Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence through a raffle. Guests are invited to dress in winter-white attire, including masquerade masks, and join the fun on Friday, Dec. 2, at HopMonk Tavern, 230 Petaluma Ave., Sebastopol. 9pm. $15–$20; $50–$60 VIP (21 and over). cabaretdecaliente.com.
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Dec. 3: Bookish Birthday in Corte Madera

Posted By on Wed, Nov 30, 2016 at 6:03 AM

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Though it doesn’t look a day over 39, Marin’s literature-selling institution Book Passage is officially 40 years old, and celebrates the anniversary with a day of events this Saturday. First up, students from around the county will be reading their works in a showcase of tomorrow’s writers. Then, the bookstore’s cafe and gallery holds a reception for artist Tom Killion’s new collection of graphic woodcut prints. Finally, Isabel Allende and others speak about the history of the bookstore and what it means to them and the community. The party takes place on Saturday, Dec. 3, at Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 10am to 6pm. 415.927.0960.
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Dec. 3-4: Humbug-Proof in Santa Rosa

Posted By on Wed, Nov 30, 2016 at 6:00 AM

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Got a Scrooge in your family who claims to hate the holidays? Turn his frown upside down this weekend with the inaugural Wine Country Winter Festival. This massive display of holiday cheer will feature a carefully selected range of arts and crafts, and plenty of entertainment. Three stages of live music from local favorites and lots of local food, beer and wine tastings lighten the mood as vendors selling gifts and goodies galore lighten the wallet on Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 3–4, at Sonoma County Fairgrounds, 1350 Bennett Valley Road, Santa Rosa. Saturday, 10 to 6; Sunday, 10 to 5. $12–$15; kids 12 and under are free. winecountrywinterfestival.com.
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Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Nov. 25: Skip the Stores in Healdsburg

Posted By on Wed, Nov 23, 2016 at 6:30 AM

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Thanksgiving is almost upon us and that means the dreaded Black Friday is right around the corner. If you would rather skip the mall crowds and indulge in wine country views instead, the family-owned winery collective Taste Destination 128 is hosting its Alexander Valley Black Friday Open House at eight participating wineries. Festive food and wine pairings, and lots of unique gifts and discounts await at Field Stone Winery & Vineyard, Hanna Winery & Vineyards, Medlock Ames and several other spots on Thursday, Nov. 25, at various locations in Healdsburg. 11am to 4pm. $35; $15 designated drivers. Tastedestination128.com.
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Nov. 25-27: Oh, Mycology in Pt Reyes Station

Posted By on Wed, Nov 23, 2016 at 6:25 AM

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Point Reyes National Seashore is teeming with fungi right now, a boon for local mushroom foragers. No one knows the fungal world better than author, instructor and explorer David Campbell, who leads his adventurous Mushroom Camp this weekend. Beginning and intermediate level foragers will learn about the diverse populations of local wild mushrooms and will foray into the woods to get their hands dirty. Accommodations at the Clem Miller Environmental Education Center make this a great getaway weekend, happening FridaySunday, Nov. 25-27, at Point Reyes National Seashore, 1 Bear Valley Road, Point Reyes Station. $180$200. ptreyes.org.
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Nov. 29: Elegance on a Plate in Napa

Posted By on Wed, Nov 23, 2016 at 6:20 AM

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Since 2008, Silver Oak Cellars chef Dominic Orsini has excelled in presenting cuisine that showcases Napa Valley bounty. He grows most of the herbs, vegetables and fruits used in his dishes and takes inspiration from his surroundings and the season. This week, Orsini presents his Silver Oak Cookbook with a tasty reception at the new home of the Culinary Institute of America at Copia. Watch the chef prepare his mushroom and kale farrotto, taste samples of his Dungeness crab arancini and fried quail and get your hands on the new cookbook on Tuesday, Nov. 29, at the CIA at Copia, 500 First St., Napa. 6pm. $50. 707.967.2530.
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Nov. 30: Testify in San Rafael

Posted By on Wed, Nov 23, 2016 at 6:15 AM

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He backed Bob Dylan and played one of the most famous concerts in history, the Last Waltz, which occurred 40 years ago this week in San Francisco. Guitarist and songwriter Robbie Robertson looks back on his storied musical career in his recent memoir, Testimony, as he talks with writer, producer and digital magazine Radio Silence founder Dan Stone as part of the Institute for Leadership Studies Fall Leadership Lecture Series on Wednesday, Nov. 30, at Dominican University of Californias Angelico Hall, 50 Acacia Ave., San Rafael. 7pm. $38. Tickets available at Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 415.927.0960.
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Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Nov. 18–19: Get Well Harvest in San Rafael

Posted By on Wed, Nov 16, 2016 at 6:14 AM

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San Francisco guitarist David Nelson, best known as a co-founder and longtime member of the New Riders of the Purple Sage, recently had surgery on his shoulder and is still recovering at home. The bad news is that Nelson will miss the David Nelson Band’s Get Well Harvest Tour, coming to the North Bay this week. The good news is that Vince Herman from Leftover Salmon joins the rest of Nelson’s longtime jam band to perform Nelson’s songs and select covers on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 18–19, at Terrapin Crossroads, 100 Yacht Club Drive, San Rafael. 8pm. $49. 415.524.2773.
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Nov. 19: Heritage & History in Petaluma & Healdsburg

Posted By on Wed, Nov 16, 2016 at 6:11 AM

November is National Native American Heritage Month, an ongoing celebration of the culture and traditions of native tribes that have lived here for over 12,000 years. All month, the Sonoma County Library is celebrating, with various performances and presentations designed to educate and entertain. This weekend, naturalist and storyteller Alicia M. Retes, who works as a guide for the Museum of the American Indian in Novato, offers a Native Stories lecture at two library locations, honoring the indigenous people of America on Saturday, Nov. 19, at the Petaluma Library (100 Fairgrounds Drive, Petaluma) and the Windsor Library (9291 Old Redwood Hwy., Windsor). 11am and 2pm. Free. sonomalibrary.org.
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