Culture Crush: The North Bay Stays Connected with Virtual Events

Nonfiction Film

The 14th annual Sebastopol Documentary Film Festival, presented entirely online for the second year in a row, presents 67 feature and short films that address diverse subjects from a range of perspectives. Among these titles are Academy Award nominees, Pulitzer Prize winners, jury awards, premieres and audience favorites from the festival circuit. The festival lineup also includes the OUTwatch Film Festival as part of Sonoma County Pride, a number of exclusive filmmaker interviews and discussions which address topics of interest to both filmmakers and film patrons. The festival takes place online Thursday, June 10, to Sunday, June 13. sebastopolfilmfestival.org.

Pride Panel

Napa Valley Pride Month continues this week with two family-friendly activities. First, teens and their parents can participate in an online LGBT Q&A Panel, led by the 2021 youth leadership team at LGBTQ Connection, on Friday, June 11, at 5:30pm. The online panel will be a safe space to ask any and all questions about queer identity and experiences. Then, LGBTQ and ally families can come together for the annual Pride Month Rainbow Play Date at Fuller Park in Napa on Saturday, June 12, at 10am. The play date includes a short parade, arts and crafts, and more. The play date is limited in capacity, so register online at napavalleypride.org.

At the Table

Nonprofit organization Food For Thought provides healthy meals to more than 4,000 residents in Sonoma County. To do so, the organization depends on the support of the community, and this weekend, Food For Thought hosts its biggest fundraising event of the season, Our Virtual Table. This live-streaming event will include music by King Street Giants, an inspirational keynote speaker, engaging videos and giving opportunities. There will also be to-go food and wine options and a great online auction that the public can bid on from the comfort of home. Join the virtual table on Sunday, June 13, at 7pm. fftfoodbank.org.

Listen In

Recently, the crew at the Railroad Square Music Festival teamed up with Prairie Sun Recording to create a new compilation album of diverse Sonoma County artists. The album, Live at Prairie Sun 2021, features popular artists like hip-hop star Kayatta, surf punks The Happys, funk outfit Bronze Medal Hopefuls, electro-jazz performer Eki Shola and many more. Now, in lieu of the live-music festival, RSMF is hosting an online listening party for local music lovers on Facebook and YouTube so fans can listen in and digitally enjoy this fresh creation together. Tune in to the party on Sunday, June 13, at 4:20pm. Facebook.com/RSMFest.

New Heights

Before the hip-hop musical Hamilton became a global phenomenon, Lin-Manuel Miranda shook up Broadway with a little show called In the Heights. In a new book, In the Heights: Finding Home, Miranda and co-writers Quiara Alegría Hudes and Jeremy McCarter tell the story of the show’s humble beginnings and how it rose to success. This month, Copperfield’s Books hosts Miranda, with Quiara Alegría Hudes and Jeremy McCarter, in a virtual book launch for In the Heights: Finding Home on Tuesday, June 15, at 5pm. $43-$47, includes the book shipped to available for pickup. Copperfieldsbooks.com.

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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