Altered BooksHumans read them, they ban them, they burn them—and sometimes they make art out of them: books. Artist and instructor Nathalie Valette will offer her “Book Altering Mini Workshop” from 2:30 to 5:30pm, Sunday, March 12, at Studio 64, 64 Louise St., San Rafael. “An altered book is a form of mixed media artwork that changes a book from its original printed form into something completely new,” explains the event’s press release (if only there were a workshop for newspapers). Class size is limited to 10. To bookmark a spot, send a check for $50 to Nathalie Valette, ℅ Studio 64 (address above) or Venmo @Nathalie-Valette. Materials are included.
Step aside, planes, trains and automobiles—author Ed Davis sees the ante and raises with trains, hobos and carnies. He’s not bluffing, and to prove it he will read from The Last Professional, his new novel inspired by all the above (and a mad person to boot) at 4 pm, Sunday, March 26 at Occidental Center for the Arts, 3850 Doris Murphy Ct. Admission is free; donations accepted; refreshments for sale. A Q&A follows a selection of readings, as well as a book sale and signing. occidentalcenterforthearts.org.
Sonoma’s Sebastiani Theatre plays host to the valley’s glitziest Academy Awards screening and party on Sunday, March 12. The live event will be projected on the big screen, with hors d’oeuvres and drinks covered by the $50 price of admission (theater concessions, beer, wine and champagne will also be available for purchase). Doors open at 4pm, and attendees are encouraged to come in costume as their favorite actors or movie characters (with prizes awarded to the best costumes). The theater is located in Sonoma on The Plaza at 476 First St. East. sebastianitheatre.com.
Without picking up a guitar, one may start a career in music by bringing a resume to BottleRock Napa Valley’s job fair from 4 to 7pm, Tuesday, March 21 at Zinfandel Hall in the Napa Expo RV Park, 601 Silverado Trail, Napa. Positions for the late May music fest include spa assistants, food & beverage, ticketing services and more. Applicants must be 18 years or older. For more information, visit bottlerocknapavalley.com.
— Daedalus Howell, editor