.Culture Crush—New Yorker Cartoons and Wine, Jazz and Art, and More


Cartoons + Wine 

What better a combination than wine and cartoons? For those with a creative inkling and a love of wine, join New Yorker cartoonist, author and filmmaker Hilary Fitzgerald Campbell at the La Prenda Tasting Room for Cartooning Classes. Fitzgerald’s debut memoir, Murder Book, has been nominated as the best non-fiction mystery novel in this year’s Bouchercon World Mystery Convention, and she has illustrated books like Feminist Fight Club and Are You My Uber? Her second memoir, The Joy of Snacking, is scheduled to come to bookstores in 2023. Though she resides in New York, Fitzgerald is a Sonoma-born artist, and is looking forward to bringing her cartooning gifts to her hometown. Join Fitzgerald at the La Prenda Tasting Room, 535 1st St W, Sonoma, on Thursday, July 21 at 6:30pm, or Thursday, Aug. 25 at 6:30pm. $50, including supplies and a glass of La Prenda wine. www.laprendawines.com  


Jazz and Art

Yet another great combination—art and jazz! Join the Sonoma Valley Museum of Art (SVMA) for Jazzin’ It Up at ArtNight, a lively night of music, food, art and cocktails, inspired by the museum’s current exhibition, “Dancing with Charlie: Bay Area Art from the Campbell Collection.” Featuring music from A Band for All Seasons—a group formed specifically for this occasion—including Roy Blumenfeld, Jef Labes, Richard Olsen, Joni Maxx, Paul Robinson and Paul Smith. Take a trip through the evolution of jazz during Charlie Campbell’s lifetime, including the Charleston, Lindy Hop, Swing and the jazz sounds of North Beach. Enjoy the art, have a drink and shake a leg! This event is held at the Sonoma Valley Museum of Art, 551 Broadway, Sonoma, from 6pm-9pm. $35 SVMA members, $40 for non-members. One cocktail is included with admission. Reservations are required. www.svma.org 


Rivertown Revival 

This Petaluma staple returns for 2022. Come celebrate the slough at Rivertown Revival

Food, art and drinks for all are guaranteed. And this year, to make up for lost time, Rivertown Revival is offering even more.This year’s festivities include two days packed with $5 weddings, curios, and performances by Sean Hayes, La Gente, The Musers and many more. There will be a family area for all ages, including crafts and dancing, and a quiet area for tired little ones. Proceeds from the Rivertown Revival benefit Friends of the Petaluma River, a local non-profit dedicated to educating the community about the Petaluma River and its watershed. Throughout the year, the nonprofit hosts river cleanups, free boating programs, nature camps for kids, environmental education courses, community celebrations and much more. Rivertown Revival is held at 100 E D St, Petaluma. July 23-24. 11am-7pm. Tickets from $5-$40. www.rivertownrevival.com 

San Rafael

Married, Single, Mingle! 

Looking for something new to do this weekend? Head over to Ounces Outdoors for Married, Single, Mingle! Join a group of strangers waiting to be friends at the outdoor beer garden for light snacks, mixer games that make mingling easy and all kinds of opportunities. The event is co-sponsored by The Society of Single Professionals, the world’s largest nonprofit singles organization, and benefits the Seva Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to preventing and treating blindness. Ounces Outdoors, which opened this summer, is dog friendly, and features craft beer, cider, wine and bocce courts. Come check out a new venue, try a new beer and make a new friend. Dressy casual attire is suggested for this event, held on Sunday, July 24 at Ounces Outdoors, 5800 Northgate Dr, San Rafael. From 3pm-5pm. Tickets $10. www.stayhappening.com 

—Jane Vick 

Jane Vickhttp://janevick.com
Jane Vick is a journalist, artist and writer who has spent time in Europe, New York and New Mexico. She is currently based in Sonoma County. View her work at janevick.com.


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