.Culture Crush—Napa Lighted Art Festival, MLK Day Family Concert and More


Poetic Art

Former Poet Laureate of Marin Prartho Sereno is best known for her written works, authoring several award-winning poetry collections. This month, she shows off her visual art with an exhibit of watercolor paintings in the lobby of the Dance Palace in Point Reyes Station. The art on display is described as “painted poems,” and each work is inspired by one of her poems, creating a visual accomplice to her writings. This week, Sereno appears in a virtual-artist reception that includes a conversation about several pieces, followed by a Q&A session on Thursday, Jan. 13, online at 5pm. Free. Registration required at dancepalace.org.


Get Schooled

Before becoming a published author, North Bay-resident Lenore Hirsch spent more than three decades working as a teacher and school administrator at elementary and middle schools. Now, she employs those school memories to bring her latest book to life. Hirsch’s novel Schooled: Confessions of a Rookie Vice Principal gives readers a funny, fictional look behind the scenes at school life with equal parts hilarity and angst. This week, Hirsch joins Napa County Superintendent of Schools Barbara Nemko in a conversation hosted by Napa Bookmine on Thursday, Jan. 13, online at 7pm. Free; donations welcome. Registration available at napabookmine.com.


Civil Rights Songs

Healdsburg Jazz welcomes powerhouse blues singer and bandleader Terrie Odabi and her group to perform at the organization’s MLK Day Family Concert and celebration. Healdsburg Jazz Artistic Director Marcus Shelby will give a presentation on the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the importance of music during the Civil Rights Movement. Then, Odabi will cover a wide range of music from the Civil Rights Movement, including a feature on the songs recorded by the Staple Singers. Friday, Jan. 14, at St. Paul’s Church, 209 Matheson St., Healdsburg. 7:30pm. $35–$50. Masks and proof of vaccination are required. Healdsburgjazz.org.


Light It Up

Existing at the crossroads of art and technology, the Napa Lighted Art Festival returns in 2022 for an eight-week celebration of illuminated creativity. The walkable outdoor event offers “Art After Dark” at eight lighted art sculptures installed throughout downtown Napa. These pieces include the interactive Angels of Freedom, the Electric Dandelions sculptures that resemble giant flowers by day and turn into digital fireworks displays by night, and the suspended Cloud Swing. The Napa Lighted Art Festival happens daily from Sunday, Jan. 15, to March 13. Monday to Thursday, 6–9pm; Friday to Sunday, 6–10pm. Free. donapa.com.

—Charlie Swanson

Charlie Swanson
Charlie Swanson is a North Bay native and an arts and music writer and editor who has covered the local scene since 2014.


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