.Viano Quartet, Open Studios, and Sean Carscadden

Mill Valley

Viano Quartet

Chamber Music Marin spotlights the Viano Quartet in their 2023-24 concert series, offering audiences a transformative experience with some of the globe’s finest classical talent at pocket-friendly prices. This season, the quartet is set to bridge the gap between ensemble and solo performance, crafting a harmonious blend that highlights individuality within a unified sound. The upcoming performance features a compelling lineup of classical masterpieces, including Beethoven’s beloved and profound “String Quartet in E minor, Op. 59, No. 2, ‘Razumovsky.’” Each piece promises to showcase the quartet’s fiery, narrative-driven style, creating a musical journey that promises to resonate with new audiences and seasoned aficionados alike. 5pm, Sunday, May 5, Mt. Tamalpais United Methodist Church, 410 Sycamore Ave., Mill Valley. Tickets are $48 (youths 18 and under are always free). To purchase tickets, visit chambermusicmarin.org.

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Open Studios

The Marin Open Studios is back for its 31st edition, inviting art aficionados to explore over 250 local artists’ workspaces across Marin County. Scheduled from 11am to 6pm, May 4 and 5 and May 11 and 12, this self-guided tour offers a unique opportunity to interact with artists directly and purchase original creations. The diverse array of participants includes sculptors, painters, photographers and jewelers, with 22 new artists joining this year. Preceding the main event, the Marin Open Studios Preview Gallery is open through May 12 at the Sausalito Center for the Arts (750 Bridgeway, Sausalito), featuring a preview of the artists’ work. More details and studio directions can be found at marinopenstudios.org.


Carscadden Comes Home

Sonoma’s own Sean Carscadden, a three-time winner of the Norbays for “Best Americana,” returns to his old stomping grounds for a second annual birthday bash show at the venerable Sebastiani Theatre. The lauded performer turned 40 last year and put on a sold-out show at the venue. Spurred by this success, Carscadden intends to reprise the vibe with a new show beginning at 8pm, Saturday, May 11, at the Sebastiani, 476 1st St. East, Sonoma. Over the last 12 years, Carscadden has produced five sold-out shows at the Sebastiani. The upcoming date will feature a range of musical stylings from New Orleans funk, soul, blues and Americana. Tickets are $25 and are available online at seancmusic.com/shows. Special ‘surprise’ guest performers are promised…


Petalumans of Yesteryear

Beginning Saturday, May 4, and continuing every week through October, the Petaluma Historical Library & Museum offers “living history docents”—the “Petalumans of Yesteryear”—dressed in period attire and leading guided tours of historic downtown Petaluma. The docents will detail the history of the bustling river town from the Gold Rush to its days as the “Chicken and Egg Capital of the World.” Petaluma’s architecture (including eight sites listed on the National Register of Historic Places) will be explored, among other historic attractions. The tours are free, though a $10 donation is appreciated. To register for a tour and for more information, visit bit.ly/petaluma-living-history.


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