.Culture Crush, Week of June 21

Taste of Sonoma

What does Sonoma taste like? The area’s premiere tasting event has the answer. Taste of Sonoma, the annual juggernaut showcase of the best SoCo has to offer, includes a walk-around wine tasting, guided wine seminars (over 60 wine varietals from 19 unique growing areas!), garden tours, premium wine experiences, food trucks and themed lounges, among other sensual delights…like frosé at Rodney Strong Vineyard’s Destination Rosé Lounge. And so much more… Start early, stay for the day and post to pics to your Insta to inspire #SonoFOMO in your friends. Taste of Sonoma runs from 12 to 4pm (VIP Club Reserve ticket holders may come at 11am), Saturday, June 24 at Kendall-Jackson Wine Estate & Gardens, 5007 Fulton Rd., Santa Rosa. Attendees must be at least 21 years of age. No pets (service animals are allowed). Tickets are $180 to $245 and are available at TasteofSonoma.com.

Mill Valley

For Undead Heads

The Junction launches its first outdoor summer concert with Los Angeles-based instrumental supergroup Circles Around the Sun next Wednesday, June 28. The band was initially formed with the purpose of creating music for “Fare Thee Well,” a series of reunion concerts played by the surviving members of the Grateful Dead. The response was so positive that they continued. Revelers are encouraged to arrive early for dinner and drinks before the show. A free shuttle service is provided from the nearby Manzanita Park N Ride at Highway 101 at the Mill Valley exit. Doors open at 5 pm, show from 7 to 10pm, at The Junction, 226 Shoreline Highway, Mill Valley. Tickets are $30 and available at simpletix.com. For more information, visit thejunc.com.


Virtual Town Hall

Local radio KSVY 91.3 FM and SonomaTV will be hosting State Sen. Bill Dodd in another of his “virtual town hall” meetings at 6pm, Wednesday, June 28. Dodd will be joined by Lt. Gov. Eleni Kounalakis; University of California president Michael Drake; and Larry Galizio, president and CEO of Community College League of California. “We’re really proud to be able to present these town hall meetings to interested parties, as it aligns with our mission of keeping residents informed and educated with what is happening in their local government and gives people a chance to interact as well,” says KSVY program director Ronny Joe Grooms. The town hall will be streamed live on SonomaTV’s YouTube channel and broadcast over the air at 91.3FM and online at ksvy.org. Dodd and his guests will take questions via email and phone. The call-in line phone number is 707-933-9133. Interested parties can email questions as well to: [email protected].


Comedy Flashback

Comedian, actor, “most downloaded” podcast host and ’90s media stalwart Adam Carolla brings his comic stylings to Napa this Saturday. Here’s a refresher—Carolla was the co-host of syndicated radio call-in program Loveline with Dr. Drew Pinsky, as well as the show’s television incarnation on MTV through the late ’90s. He was also the co-host and co-creator of the cable TV venture, The Man Show with Jimmy Kimmel, as well as the co-creator of the early aughts puppet/prank call show Crank Yankers, which was reincarnated in 2019. His book, In Fifty Years We’ll All Be Chicks, debuted on The New York Times Best Seller list in 2010, and his second book, Not Taco Bell Material, also reached bestseller status. Carolla’s gig begins at 8pm, Saturday, June 24, at the Uptown Theatre, 1350 3rd St., Napa. Tickets are $35 to $45 and available at uptowntheatrenapa.com.


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