.Block Parties and Art Galas

Expression Ball

Join art, fashion, food and wine lovers for an evening under the stars at the Expression Ball, a fundraising gala to benefit the di Rosa Center for Contemporary Art in Napa. Hosted by honorary co-chairs Christian Cowan and Jock McDonald, the event takes place on Saturday, June 22. At the fusion of imagination, art and nature amidst di Rosa’s galleries and sculpture gardens, revelers are encouraged to dress to impress, from flamboyant to funky. The evening begins at 5:30pm with a red-carpet arrival, followed by a culinary palette from top Sonoma-Napa chefs and wineries. A live auction will also feature unique works by artists like Francis Collins and Gordon Heuther, plus exclusive experiences like a VIP New York Fashion Week and a harvest dinner at Opus One Winery. Details and tickets at dirosaart.org/expression-ball.

Santa Rosa

Block Party

Santa Rosa Urban Arts Partnership is establishing a new summer tradition with the opening of its West End Block Party and Summer Market beginning Sunday, June 30, from 11am to 3pm, and running the last Sunday of each month through September. Food vendors for the inaugural occasion include the Tri Tip Trolley, Good Vibes Lemonade and the Brunch Boys. Crafters in attendance range from Kim Dow Made This to the Blackout Rage Room, Stafford Makes, Serpent & Bow, Creative Crayons and Crafts, Beachmix, Sonoma Sauces, White Warrior Studios, Studio Dejavoo and Savvycakes Studios. The Joy Riot Hoop Clowns keep the atmosphere light, and Bourbon Street Brass Band and Parson Jones share the tunes. Bikeable Santa Rosa will be on hand with great bicycle resources to get one out on two wheels in the most fun and safe way possible. West End Block Party and Summer Market, 11am to 3pm, the last Sunday of every month starting June 30, at 819 Donahue St., Santa Rosa. More information at srurbanarts.org.

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Wine & Song

Summer weekdays at the Cuvaison 3rd Annual Summer Music Series feature live music every Thursday evening through Sept. 26. Music and wine fans are invited to partake in an idyllic sunset view from the Cuvaison winery patio and tasting salon, accompanied by celebrated local musicians (Nick Foxer, Chance McCauley, Courtney Kelly, Smorgy, Jason Morvich and Vincent Costanza among them) and a glass of wine handcrafted from the vineyards. Thursday evenings throughout the summer from 4 to 7pm at Cuvaison Estate Tasting Room, 1221 Duhig Rd., Napa. Tickets are $35 and include the aforementioned glass of wine. For more information, visit cuvaison.com/winery-events.

Mill Valley

Asher Belsky

Catch guitar prodigy, songwriter and vocalist Asher Belsky at Sweetwater Music Hall from 8 to 11pm, Friday, June 28. Endorsed by Gibson Guitars and an inaugural member of the Gibson Generation Group, Belsky will perform his original music, with roots in rock and R&B. The evening will kick off with singer-songwriter Rachel Barton opening the show. In addition to leading his own band, Belsky has performed alongside Michael Franti & Spearhead, Darryl “DMC” McDaniels (Run DMC), the Marcus King Band, Isaiah Sharkey, MC Hammer, ALO and Maurice “Mobetta” Brown, among other luminaries. Sweetwater Music Hall is located at 19 Corte Madera Ave., Mill Valley. Tickets range from $17 to $22. Get tickets at sweetwatermusichall.com.


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