.Culture Crush, Week of Nov. 30

San Anselmo

Marking Impressions

San Anselmo gallery Garvey|Simon presents a three-woman exhibition, Marking Impressions, featuring works by artists Melanie Parke, Claire McConaughy and Danielle Riede through Dec. 30. Paintings in the show are large in scale and embody each of the artists’ skill and creative vision “birthing exuberant environments rife with playful gesture and color,” according to a recent release. Claire McConaughy’s boldly expressive and vibrant landscape paintings evoke poetic moments connected to the present and past; Danielle Riede’s dreamy abstractions begin with a single intuitive gesture off of the canvas and then a recording of that same movement in paint; and Melanie Parke’s lush paintings combine landscape, interior and still-life elements. Garvey|Simon is located at 538 San Anselmo Ave., San Anselmo. For more information, visit garveysimon.com.

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


Merry Market

Oxbow Public Market ushers in the holidays with festive live music throughout the season, beginning with members of the Napa High Choir at 6 pm, Dec. 6. To underscore the holiday spirit, there will also be a 12-foot Christmas tree, a six-foot menorah, as well as two “Letters to Santa” mailboxes where children of all ages can drop off their letters to Santa. Additionally, the market has partnered with Community Action Napa Valley, NEWS and Napa Wildlife Rescue on a “Holiday Giving Tree,” where market customers can pick a tag off the tree and make a donation directly to the non-profit. Oxbow Public Market is located at 610 and 644 First Street in downtown Napa. For more information, visit oxbowpublicmarket.com.


Members Only at PAC

The 2022 Members Exhibition at the Petaluma Arts Center (PAC) kicked off pre-Thanksgiving with a well-attended reception for the annual showing, which has been a tradition of the Petaluma Arts Center since 2008. The show realizes PAC’s central mission: building community through the arts. This year’s exhibition, curated by Jennifer Bethke and Vicky Kumpfer, features a wide variety of media—from painting to sculpture, ceramics and beyond—showcasing a diverse range of stylistic approaches and subjects that highlight the talents of the city’s many local artists and makers. Petaluma Arts Center, 230 Lakeville St. 707-762-5600. Petalumaartscenter.org.

Santa Rosa

Drag Queen Christmas

For the eighth consecutive year, Murray & Peter present A Drag Queen Christmas. Hosted by RuPaul’s Drag Race alumna Nina West, who recently cameoed as director John Waters’ leading lady Divine in Weird: The Al Yankovic Story, the show features a calvary of talented queens, performing live music, dance and comedy numbers, dressed to the nines in glitzy costumes. A VIP “meet and greet” precedes the show, at which fans can meet the queens, take pics and ask for autographs, and obtain tour swag, including an official tour poster and laminate with lanyard. The performance begins at 8 pm, Dec. 2 at the Ruth Finley Person Theater, Luther Burbank Center for the Arts, 50 Mark West Springs Rd., Santa Rosa. Tickets are $41, up to $156 for the meet and greet. More info at lutherburbankcenter.org/event/drag-queen-christmas.


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