.Culture Crush – Week of May 11, 2022

Isabelle Allende
This Thursday, spend an evening hearing from Latinx author Isabel Allende Live at College of Marin. The evening will begin with students in the College of Marin’s Drama Department performing an excerpt from The Stories of Eva Luna, dramatized and directed by instructor Erin McBride Africa. Following the performance, Allende will be interviewed on stage by College of Marin English professor Dave King, and will take questions from the audience. This will be a celebration of Allende, Spanish, Latinx cultures, feminism and democracy, and of bilingual, immigrant and refugee families. Isabel Allende Live at College of Marin will be held at the James Dunn Theater, 835 College Ave., Kentfield, Thursday, May 12, 6:30-8:30pm. Free. For more information visit www.marinarts.org.

Album Release
The joy of hearing music continues with the release of San Francisco Bay Area’s The Things of Youth (aka Jon Fee)’s latest album, The Things of Youth Volume 2. Fee has been active in the indie community since the early ’90s, playing bass and fronting Bay Area indie rockers The Rum Diary and post-rockers Shuteye Unison, and founding indie-eco label Parks and Records. Along the way, he has managed to grow a family and have a career at Salesforce and BlackRock. The Things of Youth was born as a solo project while Fee was between bands, filling the void on business trips and looking to push his song writing in new directions. The new album, Volume Two, comes seven years after Volume One. Although Jon Fee and friends may be getting long in the tooth and soft in the middle, still they continue the musical musings of The Things of Youth. Release show is Sunday, May 14, at 7pm, at the Fairfax Barber Shop, 67 Broadway, Fairfax. All ages. Free.

Rohnert Park
String Quartet
Hear powerful music in an idyllic location this Sunday with the St. Lawrence String Quartet, live at the Green Music Center. Known for the intensity of their performances, breadth of repertoire and commitment to concert experiences that are at once intellectually stimulating and emotionally alive, the St. Lawrence String Quartet offers an in-concert presentation that explores one of the seminal quartets of Franz Josef Haydn, the “father” of the string quartet. The Green Music Center is the performing arts center at Sonoma State University. As a cornerstone of the university’s commitment to the arts, the center is a place to witness artistic inspiration through year-round programming, serving as home to the Sonoma State University Music Department, the Santa Rosa Symphony and Sonoma Bach. The St. Lawrence String Quartet is playing Sunday, May 15, at 3pm, at the Green Music Center, 801 E Cotati Ave, Rohnert Park.Tickets $25-85. Visit www.tickets.sonoma.edu to purchase.

music in the park san jose
music in the park san jose

Mariachi Party
Come out for a day on the Windsor Town Green! El Mercadito de Windsor presents Mariachi & Mimosas, sponsored by Barefoot Bubbly—to celebrate Mom all month long. This event offers family entertainment for all ages. Join in as the summer series kicks off with Children’s Museum of Sonoma County’s Museum on the Go, Story-time in Spanish with Encanto’s short story, Mariachi, DJ Vino Manny, Makers Market with over 50 vendors, food vendors, swag bags for the first 50 guests and free children’s Mercadito bags with free scoop cards from Baskin-Robbins, Sunday, May 15, Windsor Town Green, 701 McClelland Dr., Windsor, 5-9pm. Free. For more information, visit www.happeningsonomacounty.com.

—Jane Vick


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