.Culture Crush—Environment Art in Marin, Bastille Day in Larkspur, and More


Bastille Day Celebration 

Vive la France! Join the celebrations at Left Bank Brasserie this Thursday through Sunday, in the spirit of Bastille Day. The celebratory vibes will be in full swing with rustic, authentic French additions to the restaurant’s lunch, dinner and beverage menus, plus festive bleu, blanc and rouge decorations. There will be live music, a stilt walker, a mime, a magician, and staff ensembles and costumes. Francophiles seeking food, Champagne and an all-around entertaining time need look no further. Bastille Day is hosted at Left Bank Brasserie, 507 Magnolia Ave., Larkspur. Visit www.leftbank.com for more information. 

Santa Rosa

Wreckless Strangers on Tour 

The Krush 95.9 Backyard Concerts are in full swing. This Thursday, see Wreckless Strangers and check out their new album, When the Sun and a Blue Star Collide, produced by Grammy Award-winner Colin Linden, who has produced such names as Bruce Cockburn, Alison Krauss and Bob Dylan. The first single, “Sun State,” is currently making waves on AAA and Americana Radio and stars blues legend Charlie Musselwhite on harmonica. The band features Amber Morris (premier vocal coach noted for her work with members of Journey and Mr. Big) on vocals; David Noble (Poor Man’s Whiskey, Pardon the Interruption) on lead guitar and vocals; Joshua Zucker (The Jones Gang, Rowan Brothers) on bass; Austin de Lone (Nick Lowe, Elvis Costello, The Fabulous Thunderbirds) on keys; Mick Hellman (The Go to Hell Man Band) on drums and vocals; and Rob Anderson (repeat world champion cyclist) on guitar. Wreckless Strangers is playing Thursday, July 14 at 3565 Standish Ave., Santa Rosa. Doors at 5:30pm; music starts at 6pm. Free. 


Reflections on Climate Change 

Join the Marin Art and Garden Center for Confluence: Reflections on Our Shifting Environment. In this climate-focused exhibition, artist Laura Corallo-Titus presents multi-media paintings addressing how the historic expectations of landscape painting have been hijacked by a more chaotic and disrupted visual conclusion. Cindy Stokes’ installation and wall sculpture urge one to contemplate the now ever-present threat of wildfire while acknowledging our dependence on and enjoyment of fire’s domesticated form. Arminée Chahbazian creates large multi-media imagery on paper to explore how recent environmental shifts modulate our desires for nature’s beauty and drama, leading to a sense of displacement. The thread tying these artists’ work together is an intentional examination of humankind’s evolving perceptions about our responsibility to care for the planet. Confluence: Reflections on our Shifting Environment is at Marin Art and Garden Center, 30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, Ross. The opening reception is Sunday, July 24, 1pm-3pm. Free. Registration required. www.maringarden.org 


Jerry’s Middle Finger 

Step out this Saturday for a night of rocking rock and roll at Hopmonk Tavern in Sebastopol with Jerry’s Middle Finger (JMF).  It’s generally undisputed that JMF delivers the best Jerry Garcia Band tribute experience in the world. Conceived in 2015 by a group of professional musicians passionate about Jerry Garcia and the Grateful Dead, JMF has graced Los Angeles speakeasies and beachside dive bars for the last seven years, honing their signature sound and getting the party started. JMF has played all along the West Coast, packing legendary venues like Sweetwater Music Hall, Terrapin Crossroads and Pappy & Harriet’s—dazzling new fans on the scene and pulling even the most discerning Jerry fanatics out of their seats for the first time in decades. Come rock out this Saturday night! JMF plays at Hopmonk Tavern, 230 Petaluma Ave., Sebastopol. Doors 8pm; show starts at 9pm. Tickets $30. www.hopmonk.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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