It’s hard to think of a cooler nickname than ‘the Pope of Foam,’ the title given to brewing scientist Charles Bamforth. Born in Britain and currently working at UC Davis, Bamforth has spent his life researching, educating and making beer, and he loves nothing more than to share his passion—and maybe a couple of pints—with as many people as he can. Bamforth is also the author of several books on the subject, and this week, the Healdsburg Literary Guild welcomes him for a talk and tasting event featuring Bear Republic brews on Thursday, Jan. 12 at Shed, 25 North St., Healdsburg. 7pm. $15. 707.431.7433.
Now in its third year, the grassroots, nonprofit Windsor International Film Festival once again features an exciting array of short films from independent filmmakers near and far. Not only does the festival screen works from over 20 different countries, it also spotlights more than a dozen North Bay filmmakers. With 50 films to choose from this year, the festival has organized its showings in thematic blocks, offering films in groups such as crime dramas, romantic films, relationship dramas, altered realities and more. See for yourself on Friday and Saturday, Jan. 13–14, at Windsor High School, 8695 Windsor Road, Windsor. windsorfest.com.
San Francisco playwright and performer Charlie Varon channels his inner grump in his funny one-man show, ‘Feisty Old Jew.’ Taking on the role of 83-year-old Bernie, Varon chronicles the rapidly changing landscape of San Francisco through the eyes of a lovable Luddite stuck in a car with three young techies. As Bernie rants against the fashion boutiques and cappuccinos of the younger generation, he also energetically convinces his car-sharing techie friends to let him try his hand at surfing for the first time in his life. Will Bernie catch a wave? Find out Friday through Sunday, Jan. 13–15, at Lucky Penny Community Arts Center, 1758 Industrial Way, Napa. Friday–Saturday, 8pm; Sunday, 2pm. $50. 707.266.6305.
West Sonoma County community radio station KOWS 107.3-FM is a big proponent of free speech. Maybe that’s why they’ve timed their annual fundraising show to fall on Martin Luther King Day for a party with plenty of music and fun. Songwriters Rachel Tree, Tami Gosnell and Kym Trippsmith will share the stage with lead guitar virtuoso Leesa Gomez while an extensive selection of food and drinks get the party in gear. Then, local DJs keep the good times going, as a raffle helps raise funds for KOWS. The party starts on Sunday, Jan. 15, at Barley and Hops Tavern, 3688 Bohemian Hwy., Occidental. 6:30pm. Admission by donation. 707.874.9037.
The art of collage and assemblage is a worldwide phenomenon, and this week, Sebastopol Center for the Arts brings an international collection of artists together for its ‘Marvelous!’ exhibit. The roster of artists whose work will be on display includes Koji Nagai (Japan), Jacques Muller (France), Mongobi Bibiana Mele (Italy), Deborah Oropallo (U.S.) and Deborah Wildenboer (South Africa). The juried show, running through Feb. 12, will also feature collage workshops later in January and opens with a reception and award ceremony on Friday, Jan. 6, at Sebastopol Center for the Arts, 282 S. High St., Sebastopol. 6pm. 707.829.4797.
New York City playwright and performer Dan Hoyle knows the best way to escape the “liberal bubble” is to get boots on the ground and see the Midwest, small-town America for yourself. That’s why he spent a hundred days driving through the Rust Belt, living out of a van, meeting locals and hearing their stories. Hoyle turns those honest encounters into his funny and poignant one-man show, ‘The Real Americans,’ which gets an updated telling in the wake of the presidential election. America gets real on Saturday, Jan. 7, at Throckmorton Theatre, 142 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley. 8pm. $25–$40. 415.383.9600.
North Bay artist and printmaker Sami Lange has spent 15 years developing her artistic vision: she sews small, detailed drawings together for a larger work that has the appearance of a paper quilt. On display in a new solo show, Lange’s drawings are inspired by everyday details of the world around her, as well as her personal relationships and memories, assembling works that reflect life’s balance between chaos and control. Lange’s display of colorful and intricate work opens with a reception on Monday, Jan. 9, at Shige Sushi, 8235 Old Redwood Hwy., Cotati. 5pm. Free. 707.795.9753.
Everyone knows the Harlem Globetrotters as the preeminent basketball entertainers of the world, but did you know that among their antics and action the team also holds over a dozen Guinness World Records? This past year alone, the Globetrotters claimed—or reclaimed—nine records, including longest basketball hook shot, longest basketball shot blindfolded and most basketball three-pointers made by a pair in one minute. See these crazy shots and more when the Globetrotters return to the North Bay for a family-friendly exhibition game on Wednesday, Jan. 11, at the Santa Rosa Junior College, 1501 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa. 7pm. $32 and up. 866.777.8932.
Seems like every holiday has a slasher film to go with it, from bloody Valentines to black Christmases. While New Year’s Eve typically doesn’t get much attention from horror filmmakers, the Roxy’s CULT film series has dug up two films to ring in the new year. First up, the series screens Terror Train, in which a masked killer stalks Jamie Lee Curtis aboard a train during a New Year’s Eve costume party. That’s followed by New Year’s Evil in which a killer (somehow) strikes at the stroke of midnight in each time zone across the country during a fatal New Year’s. Thursday, Dec. 29, at Roxy 14 Cinemas, 85 Santa Rosa Ave., Santa Rosa. 7pm. $10. 707.525.8909.
One of the North Bay’s most popular outdoor traditions is to start each New Year’s off with the refreshing and rejuvenating First Day Hike in the many parks and wilderness spots the region has to offer. There’s no excuse to not get out and get active this Jan. 1, as the Sonoma Coast, Armstrong Redwoods, Jack London State Park, Surgarloaf Ridge and many other places are hosting docent-led walks. There’s even a Christmas bird count happening on the first, hosted by Madrone Audubon Society for the 50th year in a row. Sunday, Jan. 1, at various locations.