.Culture Crush: Fog Holler, Mindful Eating Film Festival, and More

Petaluma

Fog Holler 

Head over to The Block this weekend for a night of music and coordinated outfits from Fog Holler. Formed in 2018, the group claims to pair “raw, honest poetry with keening brother duo harmonies reminiscent of the Stanley Brothers and the Blue Sky Boys.” They describe their original music as “at once a poignant, self-reflective reaction to modernity and a vibrant celebration of American roots music.” The group recently released their fourth album, Fog Holler, which explores themes including mental health, climate crisis, gender identity and more. Tough content becomes easily digestible when paired with the right melody. Come have a night out and explore the world through Fog Holler’s eyes! The show is this Friday, Aug. 5, at The Block, 20 Grey St, Petaluma. Show from 6-9pm. Free. www.theblockpetaluma.com 

Marin

Mindful Eating Film Festival

Spend this weekend in an entertaining and meaningful way by attending the 3rd Annual Mindful Eating Food & Film Festival at the Marin County Civic Center and Fairgrounds. This event is produced by Rancho Compasión in Nicasio, a Bay Area urban animal sanctuary for misused farm animals. The film festival offers an opportunity to sample plant-based food, meet humanitarian changemakers, view documentaries, and learn about animal welfare and the food we eat. Opening night includes a “Green Carpet Gala” and the West Coast premiere of The Smell of Money, produced by actress Kate Mara. Food from Miyoko’s, OmniPork and Souley Vegan will be available. Proceeds from the festival will support the lives of over 90 rescued sanctuary animals, as well as students and community members engaging in the humane education programs. The festival opens Saturday, Aug. 6 and runs through Sunday, Aug. 7 at the Marin County Civic Center and Fairgrounds, 3501 Civic Center Dr., San Rafael. Tickets for a 5pm VIP reception and film screening of The Smell of Money on Saturday at Dominican University are $100. Tickets for films on Sunday are sold separately. www.ranchocompasion.org 

Cloverdale

Fruits of Labor

Fruits of Labor, a film that documents a Mexican American teenager’s struggle to graduate high school when increased ICE raids take place in her community, is showing this weekend in Cloverdale. Set in an agricultural town on the central coast of California, this is a coming-of-age story about a teenager facing circumstances that keep her family trapped in poverty. Following the film, Dr. Daniela Domínguez will moderate a Q&A with director Emily Choen Ibañez. Funds raised through ticket sales and donations will go directly to La Familia Sena’s emergency relief funds, which provide an emergency safety net for the most vulnerable community members. Fruits of Labor screening and Q&A is Saturday, Aug. 6, 6pm, at the Cloverdale Performing Arts Center, 209 N Cloverdale Blvd. Tickets are $25 pre-purchased on the website or $30 at the door. www.lafamiliasana.org 

Healdsburg

John Jorgenson

Calling all music lovers for a night of elite guitar playing from John Jorgenson and his quintet at the Raven Performing Arts Center. A globally renowned guitar player, Jorgenson has recorded and/or toured with Elton John, Tommy Emmanuel, The Byrds, Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, Emmylou Harris, Barbra Streisand, Luciano Pavarotti, Roy Orbison, Patty Loveless, Michael Nesmith, John Prine and Bonnie Raitt, to name but a few. He and his quintet are known as the “U.S. ambassadors of gypsy jazz.” Their sound is reminiscent of the Django Reinhardt style that came out of Paris in the 1930s. In fact, Jorgenson himself played Reinhardt in the Hollywood feature film Head in the Clouds. Hear the legend Saturday, Aug. 6 at The Raven Performing Arts Center, 115 North St., Healdsburg. Show starts at 8pm. VIP: 1st six rows center, $45; general admission, $25. www.raventheater.org 

—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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