.Culture Crush: Five North Bay Events Near You This Week


After the last year of pandemic stress, a wellness weekend is just what the North Bay needs. Thankfully, that is exactly what the Meritage Resort and Spa, and its neighboring sister property, Vista Collina Resort, are planning for the first-ever Moondance Napa Wellness Weekend. Opening with a reception and drum circle on June 24, the four-day series of packages include yoga and other outdoor activities, spa treatments, meditation, a “Celebration of Spring” concert, healthy meals, artisan markets with wellness vendors and more. Sign up for individual packages, or the whole weekend, Thursday through Sunday, June 24–27, 875 Bordeaux Way, Napa. Meritagecollection.com.

St. Helena

Blue Note Napa and Another Planet continue to present headlining entertainment outside at the Charles Krug Winery, Napa Valley’s Oldest Wine Estate this summer. Normally, the groups present live music; this week, they welcome standup comedian and actor Fortune Feimster– whose first one-hour special, Sweet & Salty, is currently streaming on Netflix and was nominated for Best Comedy Special for the Critics’ Choice Awards–to the outdoor stage for two shows on Friday, June 25, at 2800 Main St., St. Helena. 5:30pm and 8:30pm. Bluenotenapa.com.


As part of Pride Month, Marin County nonprofit organization the Spahr Center—which serves the LGBTQ+ community and supports those affected by HIV—is holding an LGBTQ+ Pride Rally this weekend at Novato City Hall. The event is being held to thank City and Town Councils throughout Marin, as well as the Board of Supervisors, for flying the LGBTQ+ Pride Flag during the month of June, and to present the center’s LGBTQ+ agenda for Marin. Limited seating is available, and a pop-up tent will accommodate some rally goers. As with all events, masks and social distancing are encouraged for the rally on Saturday, June 26, at 901 Sherman Ave., Novato. Noon. Free. thespahrcenter.org.


The weather is not the only thing heating up in Healdsburg. This week, recently-opened gallery Legion Projects opens “Heatwave,” a duo show featuring works by San Francisco-based artist Anoushka Mirchandani and Oakland-based artist Taylor Smalls. Mirchandani examines her experiences navigating a multiplicity of identities as an Indian, a woman and an artist in her work. Smalls centers her paintings around the kaleidoscopic range of Black and Brown skin through highly pigmented colors. “Heatwave” runs June 26–Aug. 6 and opens with a reception featuring complimentary wine and a food pop-up on Saturday, June 26, at Legion Projects, 711A Healdsburg Ave., Healdsburg. 1–5pm. Free. Legionsf.com.


With in-person events making a comeback, local venues like HopMonk Tavern are welcoming bands back for much-needed live music. This weekend, Sonoma County five-piece party-starters Burnside are at HopMonk in Sebastopol and ready to make the crowd move with original tunes that incorporate soul, folk, indie-rock and Americana. Joining Burnside for the show is another popular local figure, singer-songwriter Caitlin Jemma, who will likely perform some songs off her upcoming record True Meaning, due out later this summer. Catch up with the music on Saturday, June 26, at HopMonk Tavern, 230 Petaluma Ave, Sebastopol. 8pm. 21 and over. $18. Hopmonk.com/sebastopol.

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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