Five Ways to Stay Virtually Engaged in the North Bay This Week

As the Covid-19 pandemic continues to halt many in-person gatherings in February, several North Bay organizations are hosting online events boasting music, art, and family-friendly delights. Here’s a round up of what’s worth looking forward to for the next several days.

Virtual Lecture

In the midst of Black History Month, the Sausalito Public Library is looking back on some local history with a special online presentation, “The Salt and Pepper Talks: School Desegregation in Sausalito in the 1960s.” Doctoral student David Duncan of the University of California, Santa Cruz shares his research into a voluntary desegregation of the Sausalito–Marin City schools that began in 1965. The presentation will include recordings of interviews with locals who were students during that time and clips from a 1970 BBC television program about the integration experience. Wednesday, Feb. 17, at 7pm. Free. RSVP at sausalitolibrary.org.

Virtual Concert

San Francisco’s Kronos Quartet—currently made up of David Harrington (violin), John Sherba (violin), Hank Dutt (viola) and Sunny Yang (cello)—traces its history back 45 years, though the classically trained string quartet is looking towards the future with it’s recently launched “50 for the Future: The Kronos Learning Repertoire.” The project is commissioning 50 new works for string quartet composed by 25 women and 25 men, and digitally distributing the performances for free online. This weekend, the Kronos Quartet performs online as part of the Green Music Center’s “Green Room” virtual season on Saturday, Feb. 20, at 7pm. $10. Gmc.sonoma.edu.

Virtual Performance

Under normal circumstances, Luther Burbank Center for the Arts in Santa Rosa regularly hosts world-class performers and artists on its stage and fosters family programs such as the Clover Sonoma Family Fun Series. As Covid-19 keeps events online, this year’s Clover Sonoma Family Fun Series offers free virtual performances. This month, the series mixes science and comedy with the bombastic Doktor Kaboom. The educational and engaging one-man performance showcases the scientific method using humor and explosive experiments that are actually tied directly to curriculum standards. The Doktor goes kaboom this weekend, and the performance is available online Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 21–22. Free. Sign up at lutherburbankcenter.org.

Virtual Exhibit

Last Fall, the Introverts Collective of local artists installed a public art piece in Depot Plaza titled “Perspectives: Past, Present, Future.” Consisting of three doors adorned with art and writings that challenged perceptions on racism in Marin County, the installation was a conversation starter. Now, the conversation continues when “Perspectives” opens for a showing at Gallery Route One in Point Reyes Station. Featuring the doors, accompanied by photos and writings that focus on the artists’ process, the installation—as well as photography by Charles Anselmo and sculpture by Joe Fox—opens virtually on Sunday, Feb. 21, at 3pm at galleryrouteone.org.

Virtual Discussion

In an effort to reverse the effects of climate change, industries are going green; and they need conservation-minded professionals to fill these emerging environmental positions. Young people interested in green career paths should join the Early Career Conservationist Series, kicking off with a panel discussion featuring women in the environmental field. The Laguna Foundation hosts the virtual event, which brings together Taylor Acosta (Ag + Open Space), Annie Madden (Laguna Foundation), Sophie Noda (Point Blue), Shelly Spriggs (Laguna Foundation, Sonoma Water) and moderator Allison Titus (Community Education Manager at the Laguna Foundation) on Wednesday, Feb. 24, at 2pm. Free, pre-registration required at lagunafoundation.org.

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