“There might be one lamb chop left. It would not be good by noon. I would eat it cold for a secret breakfast, with a glass of red wine, after the family had scattered.” So was the world of venerated 20th century food writer M.F.K. Fisher. The new documentary film, The Art of Eating: The Life of M.F.K. Fisher, explores the thrilling life of the California native who elevated food writing to fine art. Special event screens at 4pm and 6:30pm, Wednesday, Nov. 15. Rialto Cinemas Sebastopol, 6868 McKinley St. Post film discussion with Sonoma County food writer Michelle Anna Jordan, director Greg Bezat and producer Gary Meyer. $15.
Sonoma County poet laureate Elizabeth C. Herron will be hosting a poetry workshop called “Being Brave” in Occidental. The workshop pays special “attention to acceptance and affirmation” as Herron facilitates community through a series of exercises in the rawest of creative acts, putting one’s own words out into the world. The workshop is inspired by—and a vital part of—the current era’s growing awareness of poetry and its power. Two and a half hours, the workshop is ideal for those who have written little or no poetry before. 1pm, Sunday, Nov. 19. Occidental Center for the Arts, 3850 Doris Murphy Ct. Advance reservations required. occidentalcenterforthearts.org/upcoming-events.
First dreamed up as a way to support local producers after the fires of 2017 by the community-minded Barber Cellars, the Petaluma Holiday Food Fair has become a new tradition anchored the way all beloved traditions are, in food. There is no shortage of it in Sonoma County. Vendors will be offering food and beverages for purchase in the courtyard of the Hotel Petaluma. Required free tickets in half-hour increments to reduce lines. Kids do not require tickets, and Santa will be on site for photos. 3:30 to 7:30pm, Tuesday, Nov. 21. Hotel Petaluma, 205 Kentucky St. Reserve spot at holidayfoodfair.com.
Every year on Thanksgiving weekend, local artists in Point Reyes Station, Inverness Park, Inverness, Olema and Marshall open their studios to the public. The featured artists include ceramicists, photographers, sculptors in stone and wood, painters, printmakers, fiber artists, glass artists, jewelry-makers and more. Created by the Point Reyes Open Studios Group as a way to feature the distinct art of west Marin, the biannual Point Reyes Open Studios is bound to surprise visitors with its wide range of styles and themes. 11am to 5pm, Friday to Sunday on Thanksgiving weekend, Nov. 24-26. Find studios at pointreyesart.com/map.