.High Time for Pride

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Santa Rosa

SoCo Pride

It’s almost Sonoma County Pride time again! This year’s theme is “Heroes, Sheroes and Queeroes.” The 39th annual parade kicks off at 11am on Saturday, June 1, in downtown Santa Rosa. Over 50 festive floats will roll through city streets, followed by a giant Pride festival at Courthouse Square until 5pm. Festival headliners include Kiesza (of “Hideaway” fame), Rêve and Grant Knoche. The dance party will continue into the wee hours at the Flamingo Resort. For details, visit sonomacountypride.org.

San Rafael

LGBTQ+ on Screen

CAFILM announces the launch of Pride Month in the Bay Area with a weekend series at the Smith Rafael Film Center showcasing LGBTQ+ films. The weekend, from June 7 to 9, is curated by MVFF world cinema programmer João Federici. Program highlights include Common Threads: Stories from the Quilt, the story behind the NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt; Pride, the true story of LGBTQ+ activists supporting striking miners in 1984 Wales; Toll, a tale of a mother entangled in a criminal gang while trying to send her son to a gay conversion therapy program; Tomboy, an exploration of gender identity; and Queer Women’s Stories, a selection of short films celebrating the voices and experiences of queer women, in partnership with Frameline. In partnership with the National AIDS Memorial Grove, a 12×12 foot section of the iconic AIDS Memorial Quilt will be displayed in the Rafael lobby throughout the weekend. For dates, times, tickets and location, visit rafaelfilm.cafilm.org.

Sonoma County

Library Love

The Sonoma County Library celebrates Pride Month with queer book lists, LGBTQIA+ events at various branches and parade participation. The library will participate in the Sonoma County Pride Parade on Saturday, June 1, in downtown Santa Rosa, with librarians marching, an information booth and the BiblioBus stocked with LGBTQIA+-focused materials. Members of the Here + Queer project will also be available to chat with parade watchers. For more information and inspiration, visit sonomalibrary.org/pride.

Marin County

Call for Artists

Marin County artists are invited to submit their work to the exhibition, Are We There Yet?, a collaboration between Cedars and the San Anselmo Arts Commission. The exhibition is inspired by the notion of journeying and arriving at a destination. Think cars, trains, staycations, postcards, gas stations, monuments and landmarks. The art submission deadline

is June 7—sculpture, painting, drawing, photography, collage, mixed media and fiber art are accepted. The exhibition runs from July 12–Aug. 22. All submissions will be subject to selection by a jury of Cedars and San Anselmo Arts Commission staff, artists and curators. Art sales will share a 50% commission with Artist Within: A Cedars Gallery. For more information and an entry form, visit cedarslife.org/artsubmission2024.

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