Last year, Social Advocates for Youth (SAY) helped over 7,000 kids in Sonoma County, including helping homeless youth and their families get everything from shelter to employment opportunities. Spurned by the new administration’s spate of attacks on the less fortunate, several talented young bands and artists are holding a benefit for SAY. Hardcore heroes Acrylics headline the night, with post-punks Slow Bloom and other heavy hitters onstage. There will also be an art showcase, including a new zine by fiercely surreal artist J Party. Support local youth and rock out on Sunday, March 5, at Arlene Francis Center, 99 Sixth St., Santa Rosa. 6pm. $5–$10. 707.528.3009.
Returning for a second year, the Israeli Film Festival shows three diverse contemporary films from the country over three weeks. Hosted by the Jewish Community Center of Sonoma County, this springtime festival is an offshoot of JCC’s popular Jewish Film Festival, and like its predecessor, the Israeli Film Fest’s selections are handpicked by a committee of cinephiles. The festival’s first film is 2016’s Women’s Balcony, a rousing battle of the sexes that focuses on an Orthodox synagogue and a bar mitzvah mishap. Good-spirited and heartfelt, this entertaining comedy screens on Tuesday, March 7, at Rialto Cinemas, 6868 McKinley St., Sebastopol. 1pm and 7:30pm. $10 and up. 707.525.4840.
It’s fair to say that bassist, songwriter and bandleader Mike Watt put the Los Angeles neighborhood of San Pedro on the punk-rock map when he co-formed early ’80s outfit Minutemen with guitarist D Boon. In their brief time, Minutemen eschewed commercialism while also pioneering an eclectic style of punk. After Boon’s death in 1985, Watt carried the torch with bands like fIREHOSE and, most recently, Mike Watt & the Missingmen, who headline a blistering bill of rock and roll that also includes longtime L.A. pop-punks Toys That Kill and hometown heavyweights Decent Criminal on Thursday, Feb. 23, at the Arlene Francis Center, 99 Sixth St., Santa Rosa. 7pm. $10. 707.528.3009.
Founded in 2001, the Community Land Trust Association of West Marin (CLAM) works to maintain diverse communities through creating and sustaining affordable homes. In that vein, CLAM hosts a special screening of the film ‘Arc of Justice,’ which follows the path of the original community land trust, New Communities, in Georgia. Formed in the wake of the Civil Rights movement, the group’s mission is to help secure economic independence for African-American families. The filmmakers behind Arc of Justice, Helen Cohen and Mark Lipman, will be on hand for a discussion relating the film to Marin’s own situation on Friday, Feb. 24, at Dance Palace, 503 B St., Point Reyes Station, 6pm. Free. 415.663.1075.
After collaborating on conceptual art projects like Stairwell Video and Le Drama Club, Daedalus Howell and Karen Hell team up for their most political statement yet. ‘Airport Bar’ invites the public to “acknowledge what it means to be trapped in the bureaucratic purgatory of international travel in the only place where humanity still feels as one when traveling,” with drinks and whimsical fun. At the event, pre-printed letters to Rep. Jared Huffman will be available to sign and send, and luggage tags and visas will be handed out on Friday, Feb. 24, at La Dolce Vita Wine Lounge, 151 Petaluma Blvd. S., Petaluma. 7pm. Free. RSVP at storydept.co/airportbar.
Picking out your favorite chili bowl is almost as important as picking out your favorite chili. Do both this weekend, when Sonoma Ceramics hosts the Chili Bowl Express, the group’s largest fundraiser of the year. Over 700 handmade bowls will be available to fill with your choice of meat or vegan chili, provided by restaurants like the Girl & the Fig. Wash down the chili with beer or wine, and then work off the meal by dancing to live music, taking a studio tour and participating in silent auctions and raffles. Lunch and dinner seatings let you choose your time for chili on Saturday, Feb. 25, at Sonoma Community Center, 276 E. Napa St., Sonoma. 11:30am, 1:30 pm and 5pm. $30. 707.938.4626.
The Winemaker by Richard Peterson is a memoir about the Napa wine expert and author’s 50 years in the industry, his many inventive contributions still in use today and his tenure with Napa Valley wines like Atlas Peak Vineyards. But it’s a book about more than wine. It’s a personal look back at Peterson’s life, one that began in the Great Depression, and it traces California’s agricultural history from the vantage point of someone who saw it all. Peterson reads from The Winemaker on Sunday, Feb. 19, at Napa Bookmine’s Oxbow Market store, 610 First St., Shop 4, Napa. Noon. 707.726.6575.
Among the most celebrated bands in Ireland today, We Banjo 3 have spent two decades regaling audiences with a mix of Irish traditional tunes and Americana grass-fed folk for a sound steeped in history and infused with contemporary sensibility. Featuring banjo, fiddle, mandolin, guitar, vocals and percussion, We Banjo 3 give a new twist to old classics and invent modern takes on old sounds in a style they call “Celtgrass,” and this weekend, the banjo band make their way to the North Bay with a show on Sunday, Feb. 19, at Sweetwater Music Hall, 19 Corte Madera Ave., Mill Valley. 8pm. $20–$22. 415.388.3850.
Uli Jon Roth has secured his place in classic-rock history as a one-time lead guitarist of the Scorpions, joining the German headbangers in the ’70s for a stretch of four studio albums. After leaving the band, he formed his own heavy rock outfit, Electric Sun, and has performed solo ever since. The guitarist is also a composer who’s written symphonies and concertos, and is the inventor of the “sky guitar,” custom built with extra frets to mimic the tone of a violin. Uli Jon Roth brings his world of music to the stage on Tuesday, Feb. 21, at McNear’s Mystic Theatre, 8:30pm. $24. 23 Petaluma Blvd. N., Petaluma, 707.765.2121.
Healdsburg’s Shed is inviting local ranchers and harvesters to get out of the cold and rain and kick up their heels for the Farmers and Friends Movie Night, featuring a double bill of agricultural documentaries. First up is Unbroken Ground, which explores four ways to change our relationship with the earth. Next is Changing Season, a look at the famed Masumoto Family Farm, in which a father and daughter work to keep the farm afloat in transitional times. See the films and sip on fermented drinks on Wednesday, Feb. 22, at Healdsburg Shed, 25 North St., Healdsburg. 6:30pm. Free for farmers, $5 for friends. 707.431.7433.