.Culture Crush

Hollywood comes to West County, J.Lately brings his signature beats to Hopmonk, heavy metal at the Phoenix and run for your life—oops, your beer—at the Barlow.

Rialto Cinemas


It’s time to get your lights, camera and action on for some  hyper-local cinema! This Thursday, Sept. 23, celebrate West County at a one-day-only fundraiser screening of the award-winning film Lost in the Middle, a feature comedy developed and shot in Sebastopol, Occidental and Forestville by Sonoma County local Angie Powers. Lost in the Middle won Best Feature in the Broad Humor Film Festival in Los Angeles 2019 and was named a Festival Favorite by Palm Springs’ Cinema Diverse. The star, Guinevere Turner—known for films like American Psycho (for which she wrote the screenplay) , The Notorious Bettie Page and the original television show The L Word, will be available for a Q & A after the show, along with other members of the cast and crew. Come see your home geography on the big screen, and support West County creativity! Proceeds go to the Occidental Arts & Ecology Center—where some of Lost in the Middle was filmed. 

The screening commences at 7pm, Sept. 23 at Rialto Cinemas, 6868 McKinley St., Sebastopol. 707.525.4840. Tickets at rialtocinemas.com. Please note: The Rialto requires proof of vaccination to attend.

Hopmonk Tavern


Come out to your favorite Sebastopol tavern and music venue this Saturday, Sept. 25, for a stellar set from Sebastopol-grown, Oakland- and L.A.-shaped artist J.Lately. The local phenom distinguishes himself as an emcee with a soulful style and laid-back flow. A true appreciation for music, along with the unique ability to put everyday life into a relatable perspective, has allowed him to flourish in the Bay Area scene and beyond. A relentless drive keeps Lately on tour across the country with artists such as Zion I, Andre Nickatina, Locksmith and A-Plus of the Hieroglyphics, and now he’s back in the area! What does this portend for the next chapter of his auspicious music career? Come grab a beer and vibe out to the scintillating next chapter. You will happily say “I knew him when…” Don’t miss your opportunity to say you saw J. Lately before he was cool. Just kidding—he’s already cool. 

HopMonk Sebastopol, 230 Petaluma Ave., Sebastopol. 707.829.7300. Doors open at 9pm. Ages: 21+, tickets $15 advance and $18 at the door. www.hopmonk.com/sebastopol

Phoenix Theater


The Phoenix has some sweet shows lined up for late September and early October.  Let your hair down and get ready to headbang Wayne’s World–style Sept. 24  with Unleash The Archers. UTA embraces a commercial appeal that attracts music lovers of all types while staying true to their death metal roots. Their Abyss album won the 2021 JUNO Award for “Metal/Hard Music Album Of The Year.” This is your show if you need a hardcore release and a night of solid moshing.  Municipal Waste, one of the bigger names in crossover thrash, plays locally Sept. 24 and Oct. 5. Born in the sewers of Richmond, Va. in  2000 with the aim of spreading the shred, Municipal Waste played their first gig at a Richmond New Year’s Eve keg party in 2000/2001. Their fast, raw thrash drew from the tradition of DRI and Suicidal Tendencies. Catch them in Petaluma and try not to start a riot. 

Shows are Sept. 24 and Oct. 5 at the Phoenix Theater, 201 Washington St., Petaluma. 707.762.3566. Buy tickets and view more events at thephoenixtheater.com. Please note: The Phoenix Theater requires proof of vaccination to attend.

Farmers Market


The Downtown Novato Community Farmers Market continues to offer online ordering with curbside pickup. Orders can be placed by 5pm the day before the market and pick up instructions will be provided. More information about this service is available at ilovefarmersmarkets.org. Additionally, COVID-19 guidelines will be in place in compliance with local and state guidance to protect the health and safety of all in attendance. They ask that you please comply with the following guidelines to keep our market safe and open: Stay home if you are sick. Wear your face covering at all times. Wash your hands before entering the market. There will be handwashing stations provided, as well as hand sanitizer. Customers may choose their own produce, at the vendor’s discretion, and food sampling is not allowed. Practice social distancing by always maintaining a 6-foot distance from others. Make a shopping list to help make your visit to the market as short as possible, and limit interactions with others. Be prepared with small bills to offer exact change to vendors when possible. CalFresh is also accepted at the market. 

4pm, Tuesday, Sept. 28 at 7th Street and Grant Avenue, Novato. For questions, email [email protected] or call (415) 999-5635. 

Jane Vickhttp://janevick.com
Jane Vick is a journalist, artist and writer who has spent time in Europe, New York and New Mexico. She is currently based in Sonoma County. View her work at janevick.com.
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