.Kingsborough, Leo + Lea, and More

Larkspur 

Leo + Lea 

Join author Monica Wesolowska for a reading and signing of her new picture book, Leo + Lea. Wesolowska’s new book is a Fibonacci sequence-inspired story of two kids becoming friends at the beginning of the school year despite differences and anxieties. Leo is a boy who prefers counting to talking and, through the book’s illustrations, readers are shown just what his counting adds up to. Leo + Lea is a beautiful homage to the beauty and art found in both math and friendship—and how both can be found all around us. Wesolowska is the author of the memoir Holding Silvan: A Brief Life, named a Best Book of 2013 by The Boston Globe and Library Journal, and a Lit Pick by the San Francisco Chronicle. Her essays and short stories have appeared in numerous publications. Leo + Lea reading and signing is this Saturday, Aug. 13, 10:30am, at Copperfield’s Bookstore, 2419 Larkspur Landing Circle, Larkspur. Free. www.copperfieldsbooks.com

Monte Rio

Raise the Roof 

The nonprofit Peace & Justice Center of Sonoma County hosts its annual Raise the Roof Festival this weekend. Held amid the towering redwoods of the Monte Rio Amphitheater, the festival features musical acts including Momotombo SF, Midnight Sun, THUGZ, Un AmOur Band, Ben Roots and DJ Loisaida. All proceeds go toward the yearly initiatives of the Justice & Peace Center, which is dedicated to creating a world where conflict is resolved nonviolently and human beings live in harmony with the earth. Capacity for this event is limited to allow attendees ample space to spread out and enjoy the music. Raise the Roof Music Festival is Saturday, Aug. 13, at the Monte Rio Amphitheater, 9925 Main St., Monte Rio. Noon to 8pm. Tickets $50 in advance, $60 day of. www.pjcsoco.org

Sonoma

Kingsborough 

Enjoy wood-fired pizza, Primal Cuts BBQ and a glass—or two—of wine while listening to the rhythmic, rock ’n’ roll sound of Kingsborough at the latest performance in Cornerstone Outdoor Kitchen’s music series, showcasing music talent every weekend through the end of October. Kingsborough features frontman Billy Kingsborough and lead guitarist Alex Leach. Together the two offer a bluesy sound that is both danceable and emotionally stirring. “On stage, we try to recreate the energy and emotion that inspired the songs, all with the hope that we can connect with people,” Leach says. Come enjoy a late lunch and a healthy dose of rock ’n’ roll. Kingsborough plays Sunday, Aug. 14, at Cornerstone Sonoma, 23570 Arnold Drive, Sonoma. Noon to 3pm. Music is free, food is available for purchase. www.cornerstonesonoma.com 

Mill Valley
Two Gentlemen of Verona 

One of the Bard’s lesser-known plays, but not a whit less brilliant for it, Two Gentlemen of Verona graces the Curtain Theatre’s stage this weekend. Two Gentlemen tells the story of star-crossed lovers, friendships betrayed and redeemed, and the staying power of strong women. As is often the case in Shakespearian comedies, stratagems and mishaps abound, promising nothing short of a barrel of laughs and potential aisle-rolling. The show is directed by Steve Beecroft and includes original songs and dance tunes by Don Clark and Hal Hughes. Two Gentlemen of Verona is playing Saturday, Aug. 13 at 2pm at the Old Mill Park Amphitheatre, 375 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley. Free. www.curtaintheatre.org

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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