Local fashion maven Lily Samii shares her latest creation, a memoir, Lily Samii: A Journey through Life and Fashion, at 1pm, Sunday, March 5 at Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. The event invites readers to step inside the mesmerizing world of San Francisco-based Iranian fashion designer Samii— from her upbringing in Iran to the runways of Paris to her retail boutique, L.Y.Z. Ltd. in Larkspur, and elegant showrooms on Union Square in San Francisco and in New York. Samii’s book takes readers through the designer’s 50 years in the fashion industry and reminds why she’s known as the “Grand Dame of Bay Area Fashion.”
The event is free.
Tea With Audrey Vardanega
Celebrating Women’s History Month, The Meritage Resort and Spa hosts a special “High Tea” from 11am to 1pm, Saturday, March 11, as part of the resort’s ongoing Women in the Arts speaker series in partnership with Festival Napa Valley. Honoring the accomplishments of nationally recognized female artists, Women in the Arts features a female artist as well as women leaders in the wine, spirits and beverage industries. In this case, it’s pianist, arts innovator and Festival Napa Valley favorite Audrey Vardanega who will share her story and the work of Arium, a multimedia platform she co-founded in 2020. A portion of the proceeds from each event supports scholarship programs in Napa County and beyond. Tickets for the event are $90, including a keepsake fine china teacup and saucer from UppercaseTea. Guests are invited to dress up for the occasion by wearing a fascinator or hat (imagine something Kate Middleton might wear on her head) to add some whimsy. More details at bit.ly/high-tea-meritage.
Art by and for Locals
The City of Santa Rosa Public Art Program, in conjunction with the National Arts Program, announces the opening of the 20th Annual National Arts Program Exhibition and Competition, from 3 to 5pm, Sunday March 12, at the Finley Community Center, 2060 W. College Ave., Santa Rosa. This program provides Santa Rosa artists of all ages with an opportunity to showcase their artistic accomplishments and encourages artistic growth. The exhibition features 160 works by artists of all ages and levels of experience, and participants are eligible for $4,000 in awards. It remains on display and open to the public through April 21. The National Arts Program was established in 1985 by the National Art Program Foundation to inspire, acknowledge and reward creative accomplishments throughout the nation. Learn more about the City of Santa Rosa arts programs at SRCity.org/arts.
The Santa Rosa Junior College Multicultural Museum is preparing a unique and rare collection of Pomo basketry, never before exhibited in its entirety since its arrival at Santa Rosa Junior College 20 years ago. Titled “Breaking Traditions, Saving Traditions: Elsie Allen and the Legacy of Pomo Basketry,” the exhibition opens on Friday, March 3 with a reception from 4 to 7pm, and will be displayed through the rest of the year. An opening reception will feature speakers from the local Pomo community, as well as a traditional blessing and song preceding the event. The Santa Rosa Junior College Multicultural Museum is located on-campus at Bussman Hall, 1501 Mendocino Ave. For detailed information, including information on other events in support of the exhibition, visit bit.ly/srjc-baskets.
— Daedalus Howell, editor