.Culture Crush: Five North Bay Events to Consider This Week

Virtual Event

Get a Job

More than 95 businesses and employment recruiters will be on hand for the North Bay Regional Job Fair, which gathers virtually for the first time this year. This virtual format is different from a traditional on-site job fair, where a lot of time is spent waiting in lines. Instead, the interactive platform has been designed so job seekers can network efficiently, entering one booth while maintaining ongoing conversations with others. Attendees are encouraged to dress for success and be prepared for interviews during the virtual fair on Thursday, April 8, from noon to 4pm. Free. Careerpointnorthbay.org/virtual-job-fair.

Virtual Fundraiser

It Takes Two

music in the park san jose
music in the park san jose

Beloved Bay Area vocalists Daniela (Dani) Innocenti Beem and Julie Ekoue-Totou have sung together for almost 30 years in various musical theater and concert performances. This month, the two performers pair up for a fundraising night of music to support the Novato Theater Company. “Dynamic Duet,” the company’s second virtual fundraiser of the year, will be a cabaret-style show featuring Beem and Ekoue-Totou singing their favorite songs with musical accompaniment by San Francisco-based actor and musical director Jake Gale. A surprise guest will appear on the show; you’ll have to watch to find out who on Saturday, April 10, at 7pm. Novatotheatercompany.org.

Distanced Exhibit

Standing Out

The ArtStanding Popup Gallery is a new series of outdoor events that came about last year in response to Covid-19, when social gatherings were suddenly off limits. The popup series utilizes the North Bay’s outdoor spots to host socially distant art shows. This month, the next ArtStanding open-air art exhibit sets up within the picturesque setting of Gundlach Bundschu Winery in Sonoma to feature work from over 30 Bay Area artists. Come for the art, stay for the wine and celebrate local Bay Area artists in a live setting. Sunday, April 11, 11am to 4:30pm. Reservations and masks required. Artstandingpopupgallery.com.

Virtual Event

Considering Muses

As part of a packed spring season of online events, the Luther Burbank Center for the Arts is igniting creative curiosity with ‘The Muse Hour.’ The series of insightful conversations features well-known journalists, musicians, comedians and others who sit down to talk about their process and perspectives on many topics. This week, the LBC welcomes Audie Cornish, co-host of NPR’s ‘All Things Considered,’ for a moderated talk about the current political climate and the latest social justice movements on Sunday, April 11, at 3pm. $10; free for LBC members. Lutherburbankcenter.org.

Virtual Classes

Life of Learning

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at Sonoma State University celebrates 20 years of providing a wide range of educational offerings for adults who are 50 years old or older. This spring, the institute hosts a virtual schedule of classes in the arts, contemporary issues, food and wine, natural sciences, and social and political history. Older adults can choose between six-week, three-week and single-course offerings in subjects ranging from racial justice to rock-and-roll history, beginning Monday, April 12, and running through June 4, 2021. For information on classes and registration, go to olli.sonoma.edu or call 707.664.2691.

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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