.Culture Crush, Week of May 31

Queer as Folk

Just steps away from the Sonoma County Pride Parade on Saturday, June 3 in downtown Santa Rosa is a matinee show at The Lost Church featuring queer singer-songwriters ready to belt out their truth. Hear Eli Conley, a queer transgender man from the South, sing stories that aren’t always reflected in roots music. Opening the show is Sonoma County local Lauren Arrow, a powerful singer whose life mission is to harness the power of the big sing-along. Doors open at 1pm, show from 1:45–4 pm, including a 20 minute intermission. Tickets are $15 at the show and online at tinyurl.com/EliConleyLaurenArrowJune3.


New Orleans Style

Petaluma’s Big Easy gets an injection of real deal New Orleans authenticity next Wednesday when nationally touring act Bon Bon Vivant delivers their uniquely New Orleans sound to town. As our colleagues at the Monterey Weekly put it, Bon Bon Vivant has an “eclectic, genre-bending style that combines elements of jazz, rock and up-tempo dance, plus haunting female vocals and original lyrics.” This is not to mention such descriptors as “carnival tunes” with a “bit of a Mardi Gras vibe,” all of which promises to be an evening of evocative music. Doors open at 6:30pm, show starts at 7:30pm, Wednesday, June 7 at The Big Easy, 128 American Alley, Petaluma. For more information, bigeasypetaluma.com. $10 suggested donation.


Drawn Together

Celebrating creativity as a community unifier, “Drawn Together: Celebrating DrawBridge Youth Artists” is an exhibition that features the works of children ages 5-18. Select works are currently being exhibited by local businesses and community organizations throughout the Bay Area. The exhibition concludes with a closing party for the public from 2 to 4 pm, Sunday, June 11 at the Marin Art and Garden Center, 30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Ross. This family-friendly event will feature a viewing of the artworks in the center’s studio and gardens, plus family art activities, picnic treats and an auction. Tickets are $25; free for children under 12

Napa Valley

Chardonnay Pinot Classic

Those who are ready for a weekend of indulgence curated by master sommeliers and acclaimed winemakers need look no further than the Napa Valley. The weekend-long third annual Chardonnay Pinot Classic includes iconic wine country experiences, gourmet lunches, luxury dinners and unique tastings. Among other rare selections, it will feature the 2016 Domain Nico Le Paradis, which marks only the the second time this wine has been poured at an event in the U.S. The Chardonnay Pinot Classic begins at 10am, Thursday, June 8, and continues through June 11 at Meritage Resort and Spa, 875 Bordeaux Way, Napa, To learn more or to purchase tickets, visit chardonnayclassic.com.


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