.Culture Crush: The Joyride Band in the SOFA

Glen Ellen

Paint by Nature

Raised in Santa Rosa, renowned Mexican-American multidisciplinary artist Maria De Los Angeles addresses issues of migration and identity in her paintings, printmaking and fashion. This weekend, she comes back to the North Bay to lead two full-day painting workshops amid the scenic surroundings of Jack London State Park. Open to all experience levels, the workshops will let nature inspire the art. The park will provide free registration for 10 students from local high schools, and attendance is limited, so sign up early for the workshops, happening on Friday and Saturday, March 18–19, at 2400 London Ranch Rd., Glen Ellen. 9am–4pm. $250. Jacklondonpark.com.

Napa

Salsa Train

Raised in Oakland, Sheila Escovedo is one of the most famous and prominent percussionists of the last 40 years. Known by her stage name Sheila E, the drummer has made her name playing funk, R&B and Latin pop with legends like Prince and Diana Ross. Now, she’s taking a new turn with a Salsa album that she has wanted to make her entire career. This week, Sheila E and her band, the E Train, come to Napa to perform shows that were originally scheduled for February. See Sheila E and the E Train play new and classic hits Friday to Sunday, March 18–20, at Blue Note, 1030 Main St., Napa. 6:30pm and 9pm each night. $65 and up. Bluenotenapa.com.

Santa Rosa

Ride On

Last November, upbeat rock outfit The Joyride Band played the SOFA Arts District Winterblast in downtown Santa Rosa when the power went out. Undaunted, the group switched to an acoustic set and kept the dancing going. This week, Joyride brings the joy back to the neighborhood when it plays the garden stage at Santa Rosa Arts Center in a benefit concert for the nonprofit center. Currently exhibiting the group show “Figures and Faces,” the arts center regularly offers space for local artists and a venue for events. Joyride plays on Saturday, March 19, at 312 South A St., Santa Rosa. 6:30pm. Free, donations welcome. Santarosaartscenter.org.

San Rafael

Mad Movies

A hit at the Mill Valley Film Festival, The Mad Hannans is a powerful and poignant film about brothers, musicians and band-mates Jerry and Sean Hannan. Following the brothers as they reconnect musically and personally after a decade-long hiatus, director Martin Shore tells the story of life’s joys, trials and the unbreakable bonds of family. The film–which also features appearances by Sean Penn, Eddie Vedder and Jerry Harrison–returns to the North Bay with a screening this week that boasts Shore and Jerry Hannan in conversation and musical performance on Saturday, March 19, at Smith Rafael Film Center, 1118 Fourth St., San Rafael. 7pm. $10-$15. Rafaelfilm.cafilm.org.

—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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