.CULTURE CRUSH—MARK MARON, LUMACON!, AND MORE

Photo courtesy Uptown Theatre Napa

THIS MAY BE THE LAST TIME Veteran comedian, podcast host, actor and author Marc Maron appears in Napa as part of his current standup tour on Sunday, Jan. 30, at Uptown Theatre. Proof of vaccination and masks required. Uptowntheatrenapa.com.

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Digital Art

Petaluma Regional Library’s eighth annual LumaCon! Comic Convention for Youth goes online this weekend in response to Covid-related city and county health guidance. As the event grows and expands in a virtual format, it now will include exclusive videos, activities, contests,  take-and-make crafts and presentations that are uniquely suited to the online environment. LumaCon! will still happen live at the Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds in Petaluma on Saturday, April 

30, with all the fun and excitement of past live events. For now, LumaCon! offers digital excitement on Saturday, Jan. 29. Free. Get details and sign up for activities at lumacon.net.

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Virtual Reading

Acclaimed author Isabel Allende won worldwide acclaim in 1982 with the publication of her first novel, The House of the Spirits. Since then, she has authored 26 bestselling and critically acclaimed books, which have been translated into more than 42 languages. In addition to her work as a writer, Allende devotes much of her time to human rights causes. This weekend, Allende appears online, courtesy of Book Passage, to read from her latest novel, Violeta, that is both fiercely inspiring and deeply emotional. Allende reads from the book on Saturday, Jan. 29, at 4pm. $40. Register at bookpassage.com.

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Mozart’s Birthday

Celebrating 31 years of concerts, music training and other programs, Napa Valley Music Associates returns to live performances that enrich the community when it presents the 27th annual Mozart in Napa Valley concert. In honor of the classical composer’s 266th birthday, the Associates once again offer an exhilarating program at a beautiful historic Victorian home, featuring mezzo-soprano vocalist Taraneh Seta, pianists Mark Osten and Elena Akopova, and violinist Jassen Todorov in concert on Sunday, Jan. 30, at Churchill Manor in Napa. 1:30pm. $10–$20. For further information, visit napavalleymusicassociates.org.

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Hawaiian Style

Four-time Grammy-winning master slack-key guitarist George Kahumoku Jr., known as “Hawaii’s Renaissance Man,” is also a vocalist, storyteller, songwriter, author, world-traveling performer and teacher. This weekend, he brings his music to the North Bay for two performances of “Masters of Hawaiian Music,” which features the distinctly Hawaiian style of open-tuning slack-key guitar and the down-home spirit of the islands. Veteran musician Led Kaapana and ukulele virtuoso Herb Ohta Jr. join Kahumoku Jr. in concert on Sunday, Jan. 30, at Blue Note Napa. 4pm and 7pm. Proof of vaccination and masks required. Bluenotenapa.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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