.Culture Crush, Week of 4/17

Santa Rosa

Zine Scene

The Northwest Santa Rosa Library is set to host the dynamic and ever-expanding Santa Rosa Zine Fest (SRZF24) on Saturday, April 20. This year marks the festival’s fourth anniversary, a testament to the burgeoning interest in zine culture. Co-presented by the Sonoma County Library and the Santa Rosa Zine Collective, the festival will feature over 60 exhibitors from Sonoma County and beyond. This free outdoor event showcases do-it-yourself publications and the creative minds behind them. Attendees can have interactive experiences with workshops conducted by notable artists like Rayona Lovely Wilson, Amanda Ayala and Gladys Ochoa, who will host a session in Spanish. Print.Organize.Protest will be on-site offering free screen-printing. Participants are encouraged to bring items for personalization. The festival, which has tripled in size, will provide a map detailing exhibitor locations and language capabilities, enhancing accessibility with ASL interpreters for the deaf community.  Free DIY zine kits will be available, ensuring participants can start their zine-making journey. For more details and registration, visit sonomalibrary.org/zinefest2024.

Sonoma

Garagiste Fest

Returning for its sixth year, Garagiste Festival: Northern Exposure on Saturday, April 27 promises a unique gathering of over 40 micro-production wineries from Northern California. The event invites attendees to savor over 100 wines from over 20 grape varieties sourced from regions as diverse as Sonoma, Napa and the Sierra Foothills to lesser-known locales like Suisun Valley and El Dorado County. Taking place at the Sonoma Veterans Memorial Hall, the festival is within strolling distance of the picturesque downtown plaza, making it an easily accessible destination for wine lovers. The festival kicks off with a Rare and Reserve Early Access, offering exclusive tastings of library and reserve selections. The Grand Tasting follows, featuring a bounty of wines paired with complimentary cheese, charcuterie, local artisanal treats and a souvenir crystal wine glass for each guest. Tickets are limited and traditionally sell out in advance, underscoring the festival’s allure among wine aficionados and casual enthusiasts alike. To secure a spot and experience the small-lot winemaking scene that captivates connoisseurs nationwide, visit the festival’s official website for tickets and more information: garagistefestival.com.

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

Napa

Spin to Win

The festivities abound at Folklore Napa for Record Store Day on Saturday, April 20—an international tribute to independent record stores. Doors open early at 9am and close late at 11pm, offering an extended opportunity to explore an array of exclusive and limited-edition music releases. Not just a shopping experience, Folklore turns Record Store Day into a full celebration with cocktails, food and great company available all day. The happenings begin on Friday, April 19, with new album releases from iconic artists Pearl Jam and Taylor Swift. Then, the main event on Saturday features special giveaways, discounted pricing on select box sets and releases, and a chance to acquire rare music treasures. And finally, the celebration continues into Sunday, April 21, with an evening DJ set by Derek Bongaarts, aka Rook’s Nest, spinning records from 6 to 9pm. Folklore is not just a record store but a vibrant local gathering spot located in a charming 1910 building in downtown Napa, close to cultural landmarks like the Uptown Theatre and Napa Opera House, and a short stroll from the Riverwalk. Folklore is the perfect destination this Record Store Day to sip, shop and revel in the community spirit of music enthusiasts. Folklore Napa, 1226 Third St., Napa. 707.812.5506. folklore-napa.com.

Larkspur

Sondheim
for a Lark

“I love the theater as much as music, and the whole idea of getting across to an audience and making them laugh, making them cry—just making them feel—is paramount to me,” said the legendary Stephen Sondheim, whose work is revisited at Larkspur’s The Lark Theater in the Tony Award-winning revue, Side by Side by Sondheim. Celebrating the legacy of one of the most influential figures in musical theater, this show presents some of Sondheim’s most memorable songs. The revue showcases classics such as “Send in the Clowns,” “Side by Side” and “I’m Still Here,” performed by a cast including Ashley Rae Little, Ken Brill, Maureen McVerry, Simon Barrad and Emma Roos. Side by Side by Sondheim runs from May 2 through May 25, starting with a special opening night and reception on Thursday, May 2 at 7:30. Additional performances are scheduled for Sundays and Saturdays, culminating in a final show on Saturday, May 25. Tickets are priced at $50, available for purchase via the Lark’s website, larktheater.net.

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