.Culture Crush—Beethoven by Kern, Buster Keaton at the Smith Rafael, and More


Climate Action

With diverse agriculture and robust university-level science programs, California is uniquely positioned to develop and enact community-based solutions to widespread challenges posed by climate change. The book Climate Stewardship: Taking Collective Action to Protect California, written by California Naturalist Program founder and author Adina Merenlender with Brendan Buhler, gives readers the tools to get involved in climate action in their communities. This week, Copperfield’s Books hosts an online event with Merenlender reading from the book and sharing stories of everyday people making a difference on Thursday, Jan. 6. 7pm. Free. copperfieldsbooks.com.


Music Virtuoso

In addition to collaborating with superstars like Elton John and Bob Dylan, multi-instrumental master John Jorgenson leads his own internationally acclaimed ensemble, the John Jorgenson Quintet. The band performs a swinging gypsy jazz brand of music that pays tribute to legends like Django Reinhardt, with Jorgenson playing everything from acoustic guitar to clarinet to a Greek lute known as a bouzouki. The John Jorgenson Quintet comes to the North Bay for a concert on Friday, Jan. 7, at the Raven Theater, 115 North St., Healdsburg. 8pm. $25–$45. Proof of vaccination required. Raventheater.org.

Mill Valley

Healing Songs

In 2010, four-year-old Joey Gomoll died after suffering from a form of epilepsy known as Dravet Syndrome. Each year since then, Gomoll’s family puts on a benefit concert, known as Joey’s Song and featuring Grammy-winning and chart-topping artists, in Madison, Wisconsin. This year, the Epilepsy Foundation of Northern California brings Joey’s Song to the North Bay with a show broadcasting the Madison concert and featuring live music from Tom Conneely & Birds of Paradise, Silent Way and Matt Jaffe on Saturday, Jan. 8, at Sweetwater Music Hall, 19 Corte Madera Ave., Mill Valley. 7pm. $10. Proof of vaccination required. Sweetwatermusichall.com.

San Rafael

Classic Film

In 1924, silent film star Buster Keaton starred in the comedy Sherlock Jr. as a humble movie projectionist who dreams of becoming a great detective. In 2022, movie audiences can see the film on the big screen with live music accompaniment, just like it was shown nearly 100 years ago. Sherlock Jr. displays Keaton’s physically demanding and perfectly timed visual comedy with a live soundtrack by violist Ruth Kahn and violinist Mads Tolling on Sunday, Jan. 9, at Smith Rafael Film Center, 1118 4th St., San Rafael. 3pm. $15–$20. Proof of vaccination or negative Covid test required. Cafilm.org.

—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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