Culture Crush: Makers Markets, Art Openings, AJ Lee & Blue Summit and More

San Rafael

Take It Home

Earlier this month, Marin County music lovers were saddened to learn that San Rafael’s iconic Terrapin Crossroads was closing after nearly 10 years of live music and community. This weekend, the public can take a piece of Terrapin home when the venue hosts a garage sale at the adjoining Beach Park. Items for sale range from furniture to kitchenware to merch, and all proceeds go to the Canal Alliance and Ritter House. In addition, the bar will be open, the food truck will be on site and live music will be on hand to help say goodbye to Terrapin Crossroads on Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 20–21, 100 Yacht Club Dr., San Rafael. 11am. Ages 12 and up; proof of vaccination required. facebook.com/TerrapinCrossroads

Santa Rosa

Handmade Market

Discover a curated selection of handmade goods by more than 100 local makers, crafters and artists when the traveling Patchwork Modern Makers Festival returns to Sonoma County for a two-day outdoor shopping experience to help you prepare for the holidays. Attendees can find artisanal clothing, home goods, accessories, art, ceramics and even apothecary items. In addition, the festival features a vintage-record pop-up shop, DIY activities, Tarot and Reiki Healing, and even an ice-skating rink. Visit local makers on Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 20–21, at Old Courthouse Square, Fourth Street and Mendocino Avenue, Santa Rosa. 10am to 4pm each day. Free admission. dearhandmadelife.com

Napa

Eye-Opening

Oakland-based painter, printmaker and sculptor Oliver Lee Jackson creates complex artworks that take visual inspiration from the Renaissance, modern African cultures and American jazz. This weekend, the di Rosa Center for Contemporary Art collects an assortment of Jackson’s work in a new exhibition, “Oliver Lee Jackson: Any Eyes.” The show opens with several events on Saturday, Nov. 20, including a hands-on art session inspired by the exhibit at 1pm. Following that free activity, di Rosa hosts a Patrons Reception & Curator Tour with the artist at 4:30pm, and a Members’ Reception at 5:30pm. 5200 Sonoma Hwy., Napa. dirosaart.org

Novato

Coming Back

Since appearing on the Santa Cruz scene in 2015, bluegrass ensemble AJ Lee & Blue Summit performed around the world, though they still love to play the Bay Area, and they hit several spots in the region this month in support of their sophomore album, I’ll Come Back. Released in August of 2021, the band’s second album captures their live sound better than ever, with acoustic jams, mandolin-led romps, country and soul-inspired ditties and more. Prolific promoter KC Turner presents the band live in concert with support from the Coffis Brothers on Saturday, Nov. 20, at HopMonk Tavern, 224 Vintage Way, Novato. 8pm. $18. kcturnerpresents.com

—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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