Environmental conservation non-profit Audubon Canyon Ranch hosts a benefit luncheon featuring celebrated chef, author and farm-to-table visionary Alice Waters. Dubbed “Afternoon with Alice,” the fundraising event will be held at author M.F.K. Fisher’s Last House on Glen Ellen’s Bouverie Preserve on Saturday, July 29. Seating is limited to 30 guests. Tickets are $2,000 per person (of which $1,800 is tax-deductible). Waters will create a seasonal, locally-sourced three-course meal prepared by her Chez Panisse staff. The program includes a conversation with Waters moderated by foodie media impresario Clark Wolf, where she’ll talk about her friendship with acclaimed writer Fisher, and how Fisher inspired her commitment to revolutionizing food systems to benefit biodiversity. Tickets for the 18 and over luncheon are available at bit.ly/lunch-alice or by contacting director of philanthropy Jen Newman at [email protected] or 415-868-9244, ext.119. Location details disclosed upon purchase.
In need of some “zinspiration?” Look no further than Sebastopol’s Gravenstein Grill, as its Summer Wine Series continues with a celebration of California’s own varietal, zinfandel. All of the featured zins are grown and produced in Sonoma County and boast a huge range of styles—from the soft elegant cold climate coastal zins, to the bold, in your face juicy ripe zins from Dry Creek and the gnarly, unique old vine zins that have grown in the region for over a century. Twenty select, world class producers will be represented, including Gamba, Limerick Lane, Nalle Winery, Woodenhead, Jeff Cohn and Biale. Passed appetizers from locally-sourced meats and produced by Chefs Simontacchi & Colunga will also be featured. Alan Watt will perform live music. The event goes from 5 to 7pm, Wednesday, July 19, Gravenstein Grill, 8050 Bodega Ave., Sebastopol. Tickets are $45 and available at bit.ly/zins-july.
The Lawn at Marin Art and Garden Center invites music lovers to enjoy the jazzy, funky, rocking, soulful cabaret sounds of Royal Jelly Jive as part of its Summer Concerts in the Garden series. Bring a water bottle, blanket and low-backed chairs (folding chairs provided). Picnics are encouraged, and boxed meals are available. The band performs live from 5 to 7pm, Thursday, July 27 at The Lawn at Marin Art and Garden Center, 30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Ross. Gates open at 4:15pm. Tickets are $20 (youth 17 and under are free). Parking is $10. Purchase tickets ar bit.ly/marin-art-concert.
The Smith Rafael Film Center presents an exclusive one-day engagement of 20 Days in Mariupol—a visceral, first-person view of the early days of Russia’s invasion of the city of Mariupol, Ukraine. In the film, a team of Ukrainian journalists trapped in the besieged city of Mariupol struggle to continue their work documenting atrocities of the Russian invasion. As the only international reporters who remain in the city, they capture what later become defining images of the war: dying children, mass graves, the bombing of a maternity hospital and more. A Q&A with the filmmaker Mstyslav Chernoe and Mill Valley Film Festival programmer Sterling Hedgepeth follows the screening, which commences at 4:30pm, Sunday, July 23 at the Smith Rafael Film Center. Tickets are available at bit.ly/ukraine-doc.