Things to do in Sonoma County, Jan. 28-Feb. 6, 2022

Head to a film screening or explore a maker’s fair in the North Bay over the next 10 days.|

Editor’s note: Sonoma County restrictions on indoor and outdoor gatherings are in place until Feb. 11, and many arts and entertainment venues have canceled or postponed scheduled events for January and early February as a result. Some events are proceeding, with adjustments such as limiting the number of people inside and capping ticket sales at 50 to stay within the limit set by the county for indoor gatherings.

It’s best to check websites and call ahead before heading out, to confirm events are proceeding as planned.

Friday, Jan. 28

Back pOrchEstra: “Voices in My Head (Genre Whiplash)” album release dance party starts at 6 p.m. at Reel & Brand, 401 Grove St., Sonoma. Band performs roots rock, Americana, country blues and Western swing. COVID-19 vaccination requested for indoor visitors. Admission is $10. More information at 707-938-7204,

“Fisherman’s Friends”: Sonoma Film Institute screens the 2019 feel-good film loosely based on a true story about a band of singing Cornish fishermen discovered by a London music executive. Showtime is 7 p.m. at Warren Auditorium, Ives Hall, Sonoma State University, 1801 E. Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park. (Also shows at 4 p.m. Jan. 30.) Proof of COVID-19 vaccination required. Suggested donation is $5. More information at 707-662-2606,

Saturday, Jan. 29

Online “NESTS” exhibit: Final day of sculptor Steve Tobin’s interpretation of bird nests, cast in bronze or steel, from miniature to monumental. Virtual exhibit available at More information at 707-933-1300.

LumaCon: Virtual programs include gaming sessions from 11 a.m. -noon and 2- 3 p.m., panelists throughout the day and crafts kits now available for pickup at Petaluma Regional Library, 100 Fairgrounds Drive. Live event postponed until April 30. Free. More information at

Gypsy Trio: Musicians Ian Scherer, Emily Froberg and Trevor Kinsel perform gypsy jazz in the style of Django Reinhardt from 5 -8 p.m. at the Hotel Healdsburg Spirit Bar, 25 Matheson St., Healdsburg. Free. More information at 707-433-4633,

Sunday, Jan. 30

Masters of Hawaiian Music: Four-time Grammy-winning master slack key guitarist and vocalist George Kahumoku Jr. joins Led Kaapana and Herb Ohta Jr. for performances featuring Hawaiian songs, storytelling and the aloha spirit of the islands. Concerts are at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. at Blue Note Napa, 1030 Main St., Napa. Proof of full COVID-19 vaccination required. Tickets are $29 -$49. More information at 707-880-2300,

Monday, Jan. 31

“Cesar Died Today”: The Scrip Tease public reading tells the story of a Latino family harboring secrets that are revealed under the stress of the same-day deaths of the patriarch, Cesar, and their political mentor, Cesar Chavez. Event begins at 7 p.m. at Raven Theater, 115 North St., Healdsburg. Proof of COVID-19 vaccination required. Free admission, reservations requested. More information at 707-433-6335,

Tuesday, Feb. 1

Santa Rosa Arts Center: Members’ art exhibit on display from 8 a.m.- 6 p.m. in the Person Senior Wing at Finley Community Center, 2060 W. College Ave., Santa Rosa. Free admission. Through April 27. More information at

Wednesday, Feb. 2

Art from the Heart: The 38th annual benefit for the University Art Gallery at Sonoma State University features artwork by more than 100 artists from Sonoma County and beyond. The exhibition is from 11 a.m.- 7 p.m. in the gallery, 1801 E. Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park. Bidding is online through Feb. 5. More information at 707-664-2295,

“Rigoletto”: Met Opera Live performs a new take on Verdi’s timeless tragedy, reset in 1920s Europe, with conductor Daniele Rustioni. Shows begin at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. at Rialto Cinemas, 6868 McKinley St., Sebastopol. Proof of COVID-19 vaccination required. Tickets are $18 -$26. More information at 707-525-4840,

Figurative ceramics: Works by ceramists Tony Natsoulas and the late Clayton Bailey. “Out of Our Minds” exhibit features satire, humor and irreverence in figurative ceramics. Visit from 11 a.m.- 5 p.m. at the Sonoma Valley Museum of Art, 551 Broadway, Sonoma. Admission is $5 - $10, free for kids 11 and younger. Through April 24. More information at 707-939-7862,

Thursday, Feb. 3

“Integrating Practice — Celebrating Teaching Artists of the North Bay”: Seven artists share their influences and showcase their various mediums, from painting to interactive installation. Visit from 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. at the Petaluma Arts Center, 230 Lakeville St. Proof of COVID-19 vaccination required. Admission is $4 -$5, free for children 12 and younger. Through March 26. More information at 707-762-5600,

Renegade Orchestra: Bay Area musicians showcase songs not typically performed by conventional orchestras. The group calls itself “the beauty of a symphony, and the soul of a rock band.” Showtime is 8 p.m. at Blue Note Napa, 1030 Main St., Napa. Proof of COVID-19 vaccination required. Tickets are $20 -$35. More information at 707-880-2300,

Yountville International Short Film Festival: The fifth annual event features 100 short films, 20 screening blocks, wine pairings and more at pop-up cinemas at the Yountville Community Center and Bardessono Hotel & Spa in downtown Yountville. Passes range from $15 for individual film blocks to $199 for VIP passes. Through Sunday. More information at

Friday, Feb. 4

Leslie Kirk Campbell: Author of “The Man with Eight Pairs of Legs” discusses her debut short story collection with author Scott Landers. Copperfield’s Books presents the free online program at 6 p.m. More information at

Open Mic and Maker’s Faire: Bring musical instruments to perform as part of First Friday at Middletown Art Center, 21456 Highway 175. Listen to live music or browse the works created by local artisans and crafters from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Free admission. More information at 707-809-8118,

Saturday, Feb. 5

“The Adventures of Tortoise and Hare — The Next Gen”: Tortoise Junior and Lil’ Hare encounter modern-day hurdles along the way to the finish line in this Lightwire Theater production. Clover Sonoma Family Fun Series presents the free, hour-long virtual show, available Feb. 5 and 6. More information at 707-546-3600,

Steve Moon Trio: A mix of jazz eras and styles of improvised music, plus original compositions. Chris Pimentel and Raj Sodhi perform with Moon from 5 -8 p.m. at the fireside lounge at Hotel Healdsburg, 25 Matheson St., Healdsburg. Free. More information at 707-433-4633,

Sunday, Feb. 6

Chanticleer: Ukiah Community Concert Association presents the Grammy-winning vocal ensemble at 2 p.m. at the Ukiah High School Cafetorium, 1000 Low Gap Road, Ukiah. Proof of full COVID-19 vaccination required. Tickets are $35-$40. More information at 707-463-2738,

Jack London Read-Aloud: Storyteller Jeff Falconer reads the short story “A Thousand Deaths” at 10 a.m. in the House of Happy Walls Museum at Jack London State Historic Park, 2400 London Ranch Road, Glen Ellen. A discussion follows the reading. Proof of full COVID-19 vaccination required. Sold out. More information at 707-938-5216,

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