.Culture Crush, Week of Jan. 11

San Rafael

8th Graders, Equity & Alabama!

How does one make the civil rights movement and ongoing racial inequity in America relevant to 8th graders in Marin County? Send them to Alabama—where such luminaries as Rosa Parks, John Lewis and Dr. Martin Luther King shaped key events in American history. To support this transformative field trip, educator Katherine Sanford and the staff and parents of the Lagunitas Middle School have launched a GoFundMe campaign (gofund.me/7d1fe056) that will enable all of its 8th grade students to participate. Parents have also organized a fundraiser concert to subsidize the funding efforts, featuring live music performed by The Kevin Meade Band, The Red Carpet and Rebecca Chourre and Liz Pisco beginning at 1pm, Sunday, Jan. 15 at Pond Farm Brewing Company, 1848 4th St., San Rafael. Tickets are $20 and are available at the door and in advance at shop.leap4education.org.


Community Collectibles

What’s the difference between a collector and a hoarder? One ends up with an exhibition at the Petaluma Arts Center. Working from the concept that every collection tells a story, “Petaluma Collects” depicts what members of the community collect and why. Curated by Llisa Demetrios, the exhibit is complemented by a corollary exhibit in “Multiplicities,” which features works by Marilyn Dizikes and Kris Ekstrand curated by Carin Jacobs. A dual reception for both exhibits commences at 5:30pm, Thursday, Jan. 19 at the Petaluma Arts Center, 230 Lakeville St. Admission is free.

Corte Madera

‘Still No Word‘

Stationed in the South Pacific during World War II, Seymour Orner wrote a letter every day to his wife, Lorraine. She seldom responded, leading him to plead in 1945, “Another day and still no word from you.” Seventy years later, author Peter Orner writes in response to his grandfather’s plea: “Maybe we read because we seek that word from someone, from anyone.” To celebrate the publication of Orner’s latest work, Still No Word from You—a collection of pieces on the work of such writers as Lorraine Hansberry, Primo Levi and Marilynne Robinson—Book Passage will present Orner in conversation with fellow author Tom Barbash at 4 pm, Sunday, Jan. 22, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. bookpassage.com.


‘Jewels of the Playa’

Just when thinking one is out, it’s time to get pulled back in… to Burning Man. This time, however, the commute is only as far as Sausalito, and instead of days of cultic revel, how about a three-artist exhibit featuring the photographs from documentarian Eleanor Preger, works by artist Laura Kimpton and festival couture from local designer Rebecca Bruce? Titled “Jewels of the Playa. The Photography, Art and Fashion of Burning Man,” the exhibition opens with an artists’ reception 6pm, Saturday, Jan. 14 at the Sausalito Center For The Arts, 750 Bridgeway. An appetizer buffet will be provided by Sushi Ran, and live music and adult beverages will be available. Free tickets can be reserved at bit.ly/jewels-playa.


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