.Culture Crush—Marin Arts & Craft Fair, Emilia Clarke, and More

Santa Rosa

Holiday Food Drive 

This holiday season, give back to the community with Operation End Hunger. Local veterans, in partnership with the Redwood Empire Food Bank and City Councilmember Natalie Rogers, are hosting this event, in which civilians and veterans alike are invited to collect food donations and bring them to Bridge Church to be distributed to those experiencing food insecurity. “Food drive food is the best quality food we receive because it is hand-picked by our community members for those in need,” said Erika Carstensen, supply chain manager at the Redwood Empire Food Bank. “When food is being donated from your pantry, at one point in time, that food was chosen to feed your family and is now being given to a family in need.” Each military branch will have their own donation bin, to see who collects the most donations. Operation End Hunger is accepting food donations Friday, Nov. 11 from 9am-12pm at Bridge Church, 301 Fulton Rd., Santa Rosa. Visit www.refb.org for a list of most needed foods. 

San Rafael

Marin Arts & Crafts Show 

It’s back! The annual Marin Arts & Crafts Show, inspired by the Arts & Crafts movement of the late 19th century, focuses on handcraft in all forms and is a one-stop-shop for holiday season gifts. It features over 200 artisan exhibits showcasing handcrafted wares, fine art, jewelry, ceramics, woodworks and antiquities, as well as specialty food and chocolate sampling, wine tasting and live music. There’s nothing dull about this gift-purchasing experience. Or, rather than buying something already made, take part in a series of interactive workshops such as plein air painting, decorative painting and mixed media, to bring home a one-of-a-kind gift. This craft show seeks to capture the romance of a bygone era and to showcase the brilliance of our local makers. Attend the Marin Arts & Craft Show Friday, Nov. 4-Sunday, Nov. 6 at the Marin Center Exhibit Hall, 10 Ave. of the Flags, San Rafael. 10am-6pm Friday and Saturday, 10am-5pm on Sunday. Free. www.MarinArtsAndCraftsShow.com 

Sonoma

Raymond Saunders Conversation 

Join Sonoma Valley Museum of Art (SVMA) for Raymond Saunders in Context: A Conversation about Black Artists and Art in America. This lively discussion on their current exhibition of the work of African American artist Raymond Saunders will be led by Cheryl Finley, Ph.D. inaugural director, Atlanta University Center for Art History and Curatorial Studies Collective, and distinguished visiting professor, Spelman College, also in Atlanta. Finley will be joined by Leigh Raiford, Ph.D., professor, African American studies department, University of California, Berkeley; Jacqueline Frances, Ph.D., chair, graduate visual and critical studies program, California College of the Arts, San Francisco; and Bay Area artist Demetri Broxton, senior director of education at Museum of the African Diaspora (MOAD), San Francisco. “Raymond Saunders in Context: A Conversation about Black Artists and Art in America” is Sunday, Nov. 6 at SVMA, 551 Broadway, Sonoma. 2pm. $10 for students, $20 members, $25 non-members. www.svma.org 

Larkspur

The Seagull

Join the Lark Theater for two theatrical cinema presentations of Anton Chekhov’s The Seagull, 

starring Game of Thrones actress Emilia Clarke, in her West End London debut! The Seagull, written in 1985 by Russian dramatist Chekhov, has been adapted to a modern version by Anya Reiss and is produced by the Jamie Lloyd Company. It follows four characters: the famous middlebrow story writer Boris Trigorin, the ingenue Nina (played by Clarke), the fading actress Irina Arkadina, and her son, the symbolist playwright Konstantin Treplev, through their relationships with romantic and artistic conflict. The show is part of The Lark’s National Theatre Live 2022-2023 season. See The Seagull Thursday, Nov. 10 and Sunday, Nov. 12 at the Lark Theater, 549 Magnolia Ave, Larkspur. Thursday 7pm, Sunday 1pm. Tickets $12-30. www.larktheater.net 

—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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