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.
Dancing doesn’t always have to be a waltz. If you’ve ever wanted to break out of the mold and try on a new routine for size, Petaluma’s international folk dance class kicks off this New Year with instructor Carol Friedman. The classes include folk dances from all over the world, including Serbia, Turkey, Bulgaria, Greece and Israel. The evening starts with a beginner lesson so all skill levels can participate and each class promises fun and exercise while you experience an assortment of world music. Classes run every Monday through April, starting on Jan. 2, at Hermann Son’s Hall, 860 Western Ave., Petaluma. 7pm. $65 for all classes, $7 drop-in. carolfriedmanfolkdance.blogspot.com.
Playwright Harold Pinter’s dramas are marked by his often understated tension, examining characters on the fringe with provocative and intricate dialogue that reveals deeper motivations than what’s on display. Such is the case with ‘The Lover’, a one-act look at modern marriage seen through the eyes of a married couple openly dealing with extramarital affairs. The Lover gets a limited run from the Valley Players in an intimate theater setting that’s sure to produce laughs and tears on Tuesday, Jan. 3, through Thursday, Jan. 5, at the Napa Valley Performing Arts Center at Lincoln Theater, 100 California Drive, Yountville. 7pm. $20. 707.944.9900.
Sebastopol-based songwriter and educator Buzzy Martin is staying busy this year. His book Don't Shoot! I'm the Guitar Man, about his experiences teaching music to inmates at San Quentin prison, is being turned into a feature film that just wrapped shooting this month. Amid the excitement of that project, Martin continues to write inspiring songs dedicated to those in the prison system and their families, including the new holiday-themed tune, “I’ll Be Coming Home for Christmas, Mama.” This week, Martin performs a special holiday show on Thursday, Dec. 22, at the Redwood Cafe, 8240 Old Redwood Hwy., Cotati. 8pm. Free. 707.795.7868.
Narada Michael Walden’s Love, Gospel and Christmas Concert spreads joy and cheer for the 20th year this week with a great lineup of performers sharing the stage. Walden headlines the show with his Great Gospel Band, and special guests include Maria Muldaur, Dan Ashley, Jeanie Tracy and even Santa Claus. Proceeds from the concert will go to Walden’s nonprofit foundation, which encourages and inspires North Bay students through engaging music programs and productions. Christmas comes early on Friday, Dec. 23, at Throckmorton Theatre, 142 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley. 8pm. $100 and up. 415.383.9600.