.Culture Crush—Garage A Tois in Mill Valley, Youth in Arts Concert, and More


Song Night

Serving thousands of students across Marin County and beyond, Youth In Arts builds skills and confidence in young people, and they can’t do it alone. This week, Youth In Arts hosts its annual SING OUT! concert, a scholarship fundraiser for high school a cappella ensemble ’Til Dawn. The event will be held both in-person—with masks, proof of vaccination or negative Covid rapid test required—and online. Headlined by ’Til Dawn alums Lilan Kane (in-person) and Laura D’Andre (virtually), the concert happens on Friday, Jan. 21, at Marin Country Mart, 2401 Larkspur Landing Circle, Larkspur and online. 6pm. $20–$30. youthinarts.org.


Star Talk

Veteran celebrity profiler Ruthe Stein covered movies for the San Francisco Chronicle from 1970–2020. In those 50 years, she interviewed seemingly every Hollywood celebrity there is to interview, speaking to icons ranging from Cary Grant to Julia Roberts, and even newcomers like Timothée Chalamet. Now, Stein collects a lifetime of these one-on-one encounters in the new book, Sitting Down with the Stars: Interviews with 100 Hollywood Legends. This week, she joins Barbara Lane, books columnist at the San Francisco Chronicle and director of events at Copperfield’s Books, to talk about the book on Friday, Jan. 21, at 7pm. Register at copperfieldsbooks.com.

Napa County

Eat Out

Culinary wonders never cease in Napa Valley, where visitors can find award-winning restaurants and inventive eateries in each of the valley’s towns. This month, the region celebrates its delicious heritage and foodie community during the Napa Valley Restaurant Week. Whether you’re looking for Michelin-rated destinations or farm-to-table goodness, this week will provide a chance to nosh at dozens of spots. Per Napa County mandate and to help protect visitors and residents, masks are required in indoor settings regardless of vaccination status. Napa Valley Restaurant Week begins on Friday, Jan. 21. Find a directory of participating restaurants at visitnapavalley.com.

Mill Valley

Classical Kickoff

Under the artistic direction of longtime board member and classical-music enthusiast Bill Horne, the Mill Valley Chamber Music Society opens its 49th season of presenting world-renowned musicians in an intimate setting. This weekend, the society welcomes Russian pianist Ilya Yakushev for a concert program featuring works from Haydn, Beethoven and others. The pianist received his first award at age 12, and he regularly wows audiences on three continents. See him in-person on Sunday, Jan. 23, at Mt. Tamalpais United Methodist Church, 410 Sycamore Ave., Mill Valley. 5pm. $40. Proof of Covid vaccination and masks required. chambermusicmillvalley.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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