.CULTURE CRUSH—Mentalist magic, Comedy and More

Sausalito 

Mentalist Magic

Join the Sausalito Center for the Arts for a night of food, drink and magic with mentalist Jay Alexander at the Sausalito Pop Up Magic Show! A master magician, mentalist and comic,  Alexander has appeared on the Today show, TEDx talks, MTV and Good Morning America. His recurring “Mind Tricks Live!” show at San Francisco’s Marrakech Magic Theater is rated the #1 show on both Yelp and TripAdvisor. This week, North Bay residents can see this hit show, full of wonder and mind-boggling magic, closer to home. The Sausalito Pop Up Magic Show is Aug. 4 at the Sausalito Center for the Arts, 750 Bridgeway, Sausalito. Tickets $250. Seating is limited. Tickets to this event include a year of free membership to the center.  www.sausalitocenterforthearts.org 

Petaluma

Petaluma Music Festival 

Produced by a non-profit organization, the Petaluma Music Festival is held each year to raise money for music in Petaluma’s public elementary and secondary schools, ensuring that students have access to an education in the arts. Since 2008, the nonprofit has donated over $400,000 to Petaluma school music programs. This year’s lineup includes 14 musicians, including Dirty Cello, Rainbow Girls, La Gente SF and The Happys. The festival will also feature  booths for meet and greets with artists, merchandise for sale, beers from Lagunitas Brewing Company and Two Rock Brewing Company, and food from local vendors. This is a chance to support music in schools. This year, the festival will be held Saturday, Aug. 6 at the Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds, 175 Fairgrounds Dr, Petaluma. Gates open at 11:30am, and music runs until 9:30pm. Tickets start at $60. www.petalumamusicfestival.org 

Rohnert Park

Renegade Orchestra

An unconventional Bay Area orchestra is performing in a Rohnert Park redwood grove next week. Renegade Orchestra describes itself as “throwing out all the old conventions of a quiet, sleepy, stuffy show of musicians locked in straight jackets of tradition.” This 18-piece ensemble pairs a set of virtuosic orchestra musicians with a hard-driving rhythm section. Renegade will perform work by Nina Simone, Miles Davis, the Mamas and the Papas, and Donna Summer. This concert from a lively orchestra is set to get toes tapping and hips moving. An added bonus: The show will be held outdoors amidst redwood trees. Fresh air and fresher music. The Renegade Orchestra performs at the SOMO Village, 1100 Valley House Dr, Rohnert Park, on Aug. 7. Show starts at 7pm. Tickets $25-30. www.somovillage.com 

Kenwood

Larry Omaha 

Comedic legend Larry Omaha comes to Deerfield Ranch Winery for a night of wine and laughs. Omaha’s comical stories about his youth have been hailed by the Los Angeles Times as “refreshing, funny and universal.” An Indigenous Humanistic Native stand-up comedian born on the banks of the Missouri River, Omaha’s childhood was spent fighting flood waters, snakes and coyotes on the Midwestern plains. He has many television, film and performing credits, and is best known as the voice of Nightwolf in Mortal Kombat. The winery, in the heart of Sonoma Valley, is an award winning, organic winery. Bring a picnic and get ready to laugh! Omaha is performing at Deerfield Ranch Winery, 10200 Sonoma Hwy, Kenwood on Saturday, July 30. 7pm-8:30pm. Tickets $35. www.crushersofcomedy.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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