.Culture Crush — Head West, Irish Comedy Festival and More

Healdsburg & Mill Valley

Lucky Laughs

Just in time for St. Patrick’s Day, The Real Irish Comedy Festival showcases the best of today’s Irish comedic talents and accents. This year’s tour features Dublin comedian Dave Nihill, the first Irish winner of the San Francisco International Comedy Competition; Longford comic Sean Finnerty, the first Irish comedian to perform on the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon; and “Irish national treasure” Martin Angolo. The comedy comes to the North Bay on Thursday, March 10, at the Raven Theater (115 North St., Healdsburg. 7:30pm. $25–$40. raventheater.org) and Tuesday, March 15, at Throckmorton Theatre (142 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley. 8pm. $25–$30. throckmortontheatre.org).


New View

Award-winning artist and sculptor Marc Foster is interested in changing the viewer’s way of regarding, understanding or interpreting art through use of shapes, color and illusions. This week, art lovers can experience Foster’s latest contemporary sculptures as Acumen Wine Gallery unveils his exhibit, “Perception.” The immersive show works in contrast to many typical exhibits, down to painting the gallery walls black instead of white to enhance Foster’s use of reflection and dimensionality. “Perception” opens with two receptions on Friday and Saturday, March 11–12, at 1315 First St., Napa. Fri, 5pm; Sat, 11am. Free, RSVP required. Black attire requested. acumenwine.com.


Head Back

In 2018, Bay Area-retailer Jimmy Brower went from creating a brand to creating community when he founded Head West Marketplace. The traveling pop-up show regularly features diverse local purveyors selling their wares like an arts-and-crafts farmers market. After two years of uncertainty and canceled markets, Head West is making a comeback in March, including a two-day extravaganza in the North Bay. Find handmade, locally sourced, small-batch, eco-friendly and socially conscious offerings and products on Saturday and Sunday, March 12–13, at the Barlow, 6770 McKinley St., Sebastopol. 11am to 5pm each day. Free. headwestmarketplace.com.

Santa Rosa

Art Nation

The City of Santa Rosa Public Art Program, in conjunction with the National Arts Program, is currently hosting the 19th annual National Arts Program exhibition and competition, which displays work from Santa Rosa artists and offers $3,450 in awards. This year’s exhibition features 185 works by artists of all ages and levels of experience, available to view Monday to Friday through April 29. This weekend, the exhibition presents its awards ceremony and reception on Sunday, March 13, at the Finley Community Center, 2060 West College Ave., Santa Rosa. 3pm. Free. Registration required. Find more information and register at srcity.org/NAP.

—Charlie Swanson

Charlie Swanson
Charlie Swanson is a North Bay native and an arts and music writer and editor who has covered the local scene since 2014.


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