.Culture Crush: Week of 06/08/22


Art and Seaweed

Come to The Marin Art and Garden Center this Thursday for That Other Flora: An Artist’s Journey into the Science of Seaweed, an evening with artist Josie Iselin, who’s exhibition The Curious World of Seaweed is up now through July 10. Iselin is an artist and ocean activist who researches and writes about seaweed, kelp and sea otters, and works with scientists and nonprofit groups dedicated to salvaging the kelp forests along the Pacific Coast. Over the course of the evening Iselin will explain the complex life cycle of bull kelp, why seaweeds are the vibrant colors they are, and the current situation with the kelp forests of Marin County and the Northern California coast. There will be a wine reception and various Iselin books for sale—have a copy signed! That Other Flora: An Artist’s Journey into the Science of Seaweed is Thursday, June 16 at the Marin Art and Garden Center, 30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, Ross. 6pm-8pm. Tickets $15. www.maringarden.org


Party for a Cause

Head out to Crooked Goat in The Barlow for a night of food and drinks, to support a meaningful cause—the Sage Casey Fundraiser. It will be a parking lot wide party full of music for dancing and connecting with the community. Family activities and crafts will be available all day long, with ample opportunities to raise money for the cause. The Sage Casey Foundation is a nonprofit founded in the memory of Sage Casey, who lost their life to suicide at only 14. Their mission is to bring awareness to suicide prevention and reduce the stigma surrounding conversations about mental health, while also providing positive support and encouragement to local youth by empowering them to find and pursue their own passions, and to follow Casey’s example by always being a rainbow in someone else’s cloud. For more information on The Sage Casey Foundation, visit www.sagecaseyfoundation.com. The Sage Casey Fundraiser is Saturday, June 11 at Crooked Goat Brewing, 120 Morris St #120, Sebastopol. 11:30am-5:30pm. Free. www.crookedgoatbrewing.com


Comedy Night

707 Stand-Up is back this Sunday for another night of belly laughs! Come enjoy Comedy Night at Hopmonk Sebastopol, featuring headliner Marcus Williams, a stand-up comedian posing as a structural engineer. Williams was a semi-finalist in the 2016 Sacramento Comedy Festival and is a regular in San Francisco comedy clubs, including Cobb’s Comedy Club and San Francisco Punch Line. Also on the roster are James Mwaura, comedian and writer based in Oakland who has performed in SF Sketchfest, and Sara DeForest, a Petaluma-based comedian whose comedy has been described as “sassy” and “intellectual.” DeForest has performed at SXSW, Sketchest, and frequents seedy dive bars. 707 Stand-Up is made up of hosts Jefferson Mars and Jon Lehre, long-running hosts of the popular Comedy Open Mic, every third Sunday of the month at Hopmonk. Comedy Night is Sunday, June 12 at Hopmonk Tavern, 230 Petaluma Ave, Sebastopol. 8pm. Tickets $15 or $17 at the door. www.hopmonk.com

Mill Valley


Enjoy a night of music at Sweetwater Music Hall with Alejandro Aranda, aka Scarypoolparty. 

An American singer, songwriter, musician and reality television personality, Aranda was a runner up on American Idol and released his debut album, Exit Form, in 2019. In 2017, Aranda won Artist of the Year with CSUN and Five of Five Entertainment, and he is the only contestant in American Idol history to play seven original songs. Hear his signature sound, inspired by everything from Beethoven to Nine Inch Nails. Scarypoolparty will play Saturday, June 11 at Sweetwater Music Hall, 19 Corte Madera Ave, Mill Valley. Doors 9:30pm, show 10pm. Tickets $29.50. www.sweetwatermusichall.com

—Jane Vick


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