The upcoming History Becomes Art fundraiser has been a labor of love for several local artists and the St. Helena Historical Society for more than a year. The show features 30 original pieces of art inspired by historical photos, lending an artistic eye to past events and scenes of the Napa Valley. These works and a slew of other items are part of the action at the fundraiser, which will benefit the historical society’s ongoing project to establish a permanent home for its extensive collection. Get in on the art on Saturday, Feb. 11, at Brasswood Estate, 3125 St. Helena Hwy., St. Helena. 1pm. $150. 707.967.5502.
New Orleans–influenced big band the Dixie Giants have spent four years getting parties started throughout the North Bay with a traditional jazz sound full of high energy. This week, the band releases their giant new album of infectious instrumentals, Dressed & Ready to Go with an eclectic concert party. Joining the Dixie Giants are rockers Highway Poets and progressive jazz Gypsies Oddjob Ensemble, also releasing their debut EP at the show. The first 50 people in the door get a free album from either of the new releases on Saturday, Feb. 11, at the Mystic Theatre, 23 Petaluma Blvd. N., Petaluma. 7:30pm. $16. 707.765.2121.
Mendocino County artist Dianne Neuman has been obsessed with hearts lately. Over the last few months, her bold and colorful abstract acrylic paintings have been spreading the love with depictions of the international symbol for Valentine’s and romance, and this week she displays her new pieces in the ‘Let’s Make Some Love’ exhibit. Joining Neuman is collage artist and gallery owner Douglas DeVivo. Both artists will be on hand, and visitors can make their own love-filled heart art, when the show opens with a reception as part of the Guerneville First Friday Art Walk on Friday, Feb. 3, at Blue Door Gallery, 16359 Main St., Guerneville. 3pm to 8pm. Free. 707.696.5801.
For four decades, the engaging exhibits and educational opportunities at Sonoma State University’s University Art Gallery have made it a vital resource and cultural center. This weekend, you can do your part to keep the gallery’s mission moving forward by attending the Art from the Heart benefit auction. Art from more than 130 artists is available during a silent auction, and live music from the Dave Getz Trio and lots of delicious food and wine make for a festive evening. Fall in love with art on Saturday, Feb. 4, at the University Art Gallery, Sonoma State, 1801 East Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park. 6pm to 9pm. $25 suggested donation. 707.664.2295.
Best known as one half of the 1970s Hawaiian pop duo Cecilio & Kapono, Henry Kapono has spent a lifetime making the world a little more laidback through hugely popular island jams and sunny, positive vibes. A long-time solo performer, Kapono goes back to the beginning this weekend with a concert performance of the most beloved songs of Cecilio & Kapono. And he’s bridging the generation gap by welcoming special guest Blayne Asing, named the most promising artist of 2016 by Hawaii’s Na Hoku Hanohano Awards. A prolific songwriter in his own right, Asing joins Kapono for two classic sets on Saturday, Feb. 4, at the Blue Note Jazz Club, 1030 Main St., Napa. 7pm and 9:30pm. $25. 707.603.1258.
Two wildly different sisters must travel through a wondrous jungle of mystery and splendor in the African tale ‘Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters.’ Resembling the story of Cinderella, this fairy tale follows the sisters as they vie for the attention of a king. This month, the story comes to life in an exciting stage show filled with African drumming, colorful spectacles and expressive choreography, presented as part of the Clover Stornetta Family Fun Series. Come early and partake in arts and crafts projects and enjoy pizza and concessions before the show takes you on a magical journey on Wednesday, Feb. 8, at Luther Burbank Center for the Arts, 50 Mark West Springs Road, Santa Rosa. 6:30pm. $12–$17. 707.546.3600.
Snoopy was a real renaissance dog. Besides being a WWI flying ace and a “cool Joe” college student, the lovable beagle from Peanuts is also a world-famous author, borrowing English novelist Edward Bulwer-Lytton’s infamous opening line, “It was a dark and stormy night.” Starting this weekend, the Charles M Schulz Museum celebrates Snoopy’s love of literature with an exhibit that displays rarely seen books from Schulz’s personal library and highlights Peanuts comic strips where books and writing appear. There’s also an interactive element on hand when “It Was a Dark and Stormy Night” opens on Saturday, Jan. 28, at the Charles M. Schulz Museum, 2301 Hardies Lane, Santa Rosa. $5–$12. 707.579.4452.
The fifth annual Sebastopol Guitar Festival once again celebrates America’s favorite instrument with concerts, classes, panel discussions and more. Headlining this year’s fest is Gypsy-jazz band the Black Market Trust, who combine Django Reinhardt’s fingerpicking style and the Beach Boys’ vocal harmonies for a fresh mix of music. Also on the bill is veteran guitarist Mike Dowling, who will lead a workshop in which he shares fingerpicking tricks and slide-guitar techniques. Local performers include Kevin Russell, Teja Gerken and others, who all contribute for a full day of festive music on Saturday, Jan. 28, at Sebastopol Community Center, 390 Morris St., Sebastopol. Noon to 10pm. $28–$35. 707.823.1511.
With educational programming and year-round music instruction, the Napa Valley Music Associates have spent over two decades enriching the culture in the valley while developing young local talents. One of the associates’ most popular annual events returns this week with the Mozart in the Valley benefit concert performance, which helps keep the nonprofit organization’s scholarship fund thriving. Celebrating Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s 261st birthday, the concert features San Francisco soprano vocalist Emily Thebaut leading a program of Mozart’s most famous operatic compositions on Sunday, Jan. 29, at the Napa Valley College Performing Arts Center, 2277 Napa Vallejo Hwy., Napa, 707.256.7500. 3pm. $10–$25. napavalleymusicassociates.org.
The Sausalito Community Boating Center’s long-running Herring Celebration is switching things up this year with a film-centric event for 2017, while still offering delicious herring dishes from local restaurants. The award-winning film Of the Sea gets two screenings and features a talk with the local filmmakers behind it. A look at seafood and ocean sustainability, Of the Sea dives into the challenging and complex life on the waters and features several California fishermen. For the herring enthusiast, Osteria Divino, Restaurant Angelino and others present dishes and Fort Point Beer Company and Dry Creek Vineyards pour libations. Get your Herring on Sunday, Jan. 29, at Bay Model Visitor Center, 2100 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 11am. $40. cassgidley.org.