Culture Crush — Plein Air Paint Out, comedian Rant King Lewis Black, Winterblast, and more.


Artistic outing

Given the natural beauty of North Bay, many local artists practice “outdoor” art, in which they paint landscapes and nature in the open air. This week, the Calistoga Art Center brings these artists together for the sixth edition Painting Outdoors. Celebrating the fall colors of Napa Valley, the three-day painting competition invites artists of all skill levels to step out, finish a new painting, and submit the work to judging and an art sale. The Plein Air Paint Out runs Friday through Sunday, November 5-7, with the exhibit and sale on November 7, noon to 4 p.m., at 1435 N Oak St., Calistoga. Get details at


Time of harvest

Presented by Trek Winery and Pods Brews, the Novato Harvest Festival comes back to town for an outdoor afternoon of family fun. The seasonal celebration features award-winning wines, craft beers, and food trucks to feed the masses as they enjoy activities like the big grape-stomping competition and games. Meanwhile, local bands like the Humdinger Band, Factor 11, Sonoma Shakers and the Doc Kraft Band rock the festival scene on Saturday, November 6 at Trek Wine, 1026 Machin Ave., Novato. 12: 30-6: 30 p.m. $ 15 – $ 20; free children. Tickets include a commemorative drink and four tastings.

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Have fun

Anchored by the Santa Rosa Arts Center, the SOFA Santa Rosa Arts District presents its popular local Winter explosion festival to kick off the holiday season this week. The kid-friendly evening street festival rolls its parade of decorated sofas around the block, and the neighborhood’s range of galleries and businesses offer open-plan studios. The event also features food and drink, live music and theater, and other winter-themed street entertainment. Winterblast returns to the SOFA Arts District on Saturday, November 6 at 312 South A St., Santa Rosa. 5 pm-9.30pm Free.

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New Classic

A conductorless chamber ensemble performing both classical and newly commissioned works, New century chamber orchestra returns to the stage for a 2021-2022 season of concerts across the Bay Area. This weekend, New Century welcomes acclaimed cellist Jeffrey Zeigler for a performance featuring contemporary works for solo cello, percussion, electronics and strings. The concert includes the world premiere of New Century’s recent co-commissioned piece, Last year, a cello concerto by Mark Adamo on Sunday November 7 at Osher Marin JCC, 200 N San Pedro Rd, San Rafael. 3 p.m. $ 15 and more.

—Charlie Swanson

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