.Culture Crush—Jenner Fox at Lost Church, a New Memoir by Meredith Keller, MarinMOCA, and More.


Timely Story

When a letter arrives at her Northern California vineyard saying, “I think you may be my grandmother,” local author Meredith Keller is transported to a tragic memory from 50 years earlier. In her new memoir, The Unraveling: The Price of Silence, Keller revisits her darkest moments—a sexual assault and unwanted pregnancy during 1950s America. The book reflects on a time when women had no say in their own productive rights—an issue that remains relevant today—and Keller discusses all that and more during a virtual author event on Thursday, Nov. 11, hosted by Napa Bookmine. 7pm. Free, $5 donation appreciated. Napabookmine.com.

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


Worth the Wait

Made up of several Sonoma County actors and directors, Off The Page Readers Theater celebrates the written works of local authors with staged readings that include stories, plays and poems. Each performance follows a theme, and the troupe chose the appropriate theme of “Detour” for their delayed autumn offering, happening this weekend. Off The Page Readers Theater performs works by 10 local writers, Friday–Sunday, Nov. 12–14, at Church of the Oaks, 160 W. Sierra, Cotati. Friday and Saturday, 7pm; Sunday, 3pm. $15 at the door. Proof of vaccination and masks required. Offthepagetheater.com.


Art Encounters

Two engaging exhibitions of thought-provoking art open at the MarinMOCA this weekend. The museum’s Main Gallery features a group show, “Happenstance,” that celebrates the artistic process and the unexpected outcomes involved. In the Second Floor Gallery, the museum’s artist-in-residence Orin Carpenter presents the culmination of his year-long residency at MarinMOCA, “Bridges and Walls,” a solo exhibition of mixed media works inspired by humanity’s ability to both build connections or create borders. Both shows open with a reception on Saturday, Nov. 13, at 500 Palm Dr., Novato. 2pm. Free; RSVP required. Marinmoca.org.

Santa Rosa / Sebastopol

In Season

Two North Bay groups dedicated to classical and chamber music welcome audiences back indoors this week with live concerts. Note: Proof of vaccination and masks required. The all-volunteer Sonoma County Philharmonic presents its Fall Masterworks concert, “Memories,” on Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 13–14, at Sonoma Country Day School, 4400 Day School Place, Santa Rosa. Saturday, 7:30pm; Sunday, 2pm. $15. Socophil.org. Redwood Arts Council opens its 42nd season of concerts with a performance from the Telegraph Quartet on Sunday, Nov. 14, at Community Church of Sebastopol, 1000 Gravenstein Hwy N., Sebastopol. 4pm. $30. Redwoodarts.org.

—Charlie Swanson

Charlie Swanson
Charlie Swanson is a North Bay native and an arts and music writer and editor who has covered the local scene since 2014.
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