.Culture Crush—Christmas Classics at the Raven, Corte Madera Library Celebration, and More


Landmark Library

The Corte Madera Library celebrates 50 years at its location on Meadowsweet Drive, and the beloved book lender marks the occasion with an online presentation from local luminary Jana Haehl. A resident of the town since 1963, Haehl was elected to the Town Council three times and served two terms as mayor of Corte Madera. She is also the co-founder of the Corte Madera Community Foundation, and past president of the Marin Conservation League and other groups. Haehl gives a talk on the library’s past and present activities on Thursday, Dec. 9, at 6:30pm. Free. marinlibrary.org.


Double the Joy

Not satisfied with producing one holiday show, the Raven Performing Arts Theater presents two Christmastime classics on stage. First, five actors will portray over 40 roles in the live-radio play of It’s a Wonderful Life, adapting the classic movie into a new experience featuring live sound effects, and even a few catchy commercial jingles, opening Thursday, Dec. 9. Additionally, the theater presents the funny family show, The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, opening Friday, Dec. 10. The shows run on alternating dates through Dec. 19 at Raven Performing Arts Theater, 115 North St., Healdsburg. Times vary. $10–$25. raventheater.org.


Gift of Dickens

Marin Art & Garden’s holiday schedule of community gatherings continues this weekend with a special, staged reading of the Charles Dickens’ classic story, A Christmas Story, presented in cooperation with long-running theater company Ross Valley Players. Directed by Billie Cox, the production boasts a cast drawn from actors from the spectrum of Marin theaters, including Ross Valley Players, Marin Theater Company, College of Marin Drama and others. A Christmas Carol is presented outdoors on Saturday, Dec. 11, at Marin Art & Garden Center’s redwood amphitheater, 30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Ross. 11am and 2pm. $5–$10. Maringarden.org.

Santa Rosa

Show of Support

In Sonoma County, the Stop All Government Evictions (SAGE) campaign is urging the Board of Supervisors to pass a moratorium on Permit Sonoma evictions of low-income renters, including renters living in trailers, yurts, tents or tiny homes. Seventy-year-old musician Copperwoman Saso is one of those renters, and her tiny home—with its composting toilet—was red-tagged by Permit Sonoma in August. Now facing thousands of dollars in fines, Saso performs a benefit concert with Andy and Bob Culbertson to support SAGE and ease her own burden on Sunday, Dec. 12, at Arlene Francis Center, 99 6th St., Santa Rosa. 1pm. Sonomaindependent.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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