La Gente SF’s dynamic front person, Rafa Sarria Bustamante, is as much fun to watch as any one is likely to see. From the Bay and now based in Spain, the high energy La Gente SF, influenced by funk, hip-hop, salsa (and more!), is back in the North Bay for a series of shows that may whip up the dance in every body in sight. Catch them 8pm, Saturday, Aug. 12 at Hopmonk Sebastopol, 230 Petaluma Ave. 21+. $20 general admission tickets available at wl.seetickets.us/HopMonkSebastopol.
Board the Schooner Freda B in downtown Sausalito and sail over to the waters in front of Gabrielson Park as a unique way to enjoy the city’s iconic annual event, Jazz and Blues by the Bay. Take in sights around the bay after listening to this weekend’s show, Blues is a Woman. “Six bodacious women tear up the stage in a celebration of blues and blues women” describes the musical. 6:15-8:30pm, Friday, Aug. 11, Slip 465, Sausalito Yacht Harbor. Book in advance. $99 tickets available at bit.ly/freda-b.
The Little Mermaid Jr. is a Disney branded production of the classic tale “about a mermaid who dreams of the world above the sea and gives up her voice to find love.” Though the framing is a little outre compared to more enlightened fare (Barbie, anyone?), the show features young actors, ages of 7–14, in two unique casts with two separate showtimes. It is said that the songs are among the best in the Disney canon. Cast A at 12pm and Cast B at 5pm on Friday, Aug. 11 at the Sebastiani Theatre, 476 1st St. East, Sonoma. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at www.sebastianitheatre.com.
The St. Helena Art Mural Project is putting out a call for artist submissions for the first of three planned downtown murals. The first mural, slated for summer 2024, is fully funded by the St. Helena Chamber and the beautification foundation committee. “This art collaboration aims to infuse more life downtown with a mural that we hope sparks curiosity and inspiration,” says Amy Carabba, CEO of St. Helena Chamber. Two to four semi-finalists will be invited to create a proposal and design for the project. Experienced artists across the West Coast are encouraged to submit their qualifications and complete the application by Sept. 29. www.sthelenachamber.com/sthelenaartmural.