5 Best Things to Do This Week: December 30 – January 6

Hand-picked events and happenings you won't want to miss.

Winter Wetland Birds

The tidal wetlands at the edge of San Pablo Bay are a fantastic place to appreciate winter birds. Ducks (in gaudy breeding plumage), shorebirds, raptors, and many types of land birds should keep attendees entertained all day on Sunday, January 5. The road sometimes gets quite muddy, so bring appropriate footwear. Remember to bring binoculars if you have them. Rain may cancel. If questionable weather, call (415) 893-9527 after 8 a.m. on the morning of the event to hear a recorded message if cancelled.

MycoMarin 2nd Annual “Wild in Marin” Fungus Festival

MycoMarin will be holding its 2nd Annual “Wild In Marin” Fungus Festival on Saturday, January 4 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Mill Valley Community Center. Visit a variety of booths showcasing all things fungi from mushroom kits, cookbooks, forage guides, textiles, apparel, tasty treats, hands-on workshops, cooking demonstrations, and more. Come learn about what mushrooms you can forage in the Bay Area, how to prepare, store, and cook with them. There will be cooking demonstrations, speaker presentations, raffle and auction items, an expansive mushroom identification table, and a mushroom habitat exhibit on display, as well.

Live on Stage with Michael Krasny

Come to the Kanbar Center for the Performing Arts for an on-stage conversation with Ronn Owens followed by an audience Q&A on Monday, January 6. In this premier presentation of the Kanbar Center’s new “Live On Stage with Michael Krasny” Series, KQED Forum Radio Talk Show host Michael Krasny welcomes his old friend and colleague, Ronn Owens, to the stage for a lively conversation from two of the Bay Area’s iconic radio personalities. With more than a thousand on-air and on-stage interviews between the two of them, they will take the stage together to share a bit of their past, two lifetimes of broadcasting current and cultural events, highlights of their careers and views on present issues. Their on-stage conversation will be followed by the opportunity to take questions from audience members.

For Your Consideration Foreign Film Series

Each year the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences invites countries to submit a single film for consideration in the competitive category of Best International Film. This year 92 films have been accepted for competition and for the 16th consecutive year, the Smith Rafael Film Center offers a sampling. This is a rare opportunity to view some of the most distinguished and award-winning works in international cinema. The series is curated by Joāo Federici and Karen Davis and will run from Friday, January 3 to January 9.

Moonalice at Terrapin Crossroads

Come see local favorites Moonalice with special guests T Sisters and The New Chambers Brothers this Saturday, January 4 at Terrapin Crossroads. Moonalice is a psychedelic, roots-rock band of seasoned musicians mixing a variety of genres with extended musical improvisations. Everyone is a part of the experience. Moonalice was the brainchild of the producer, T Bone Burnett, started in 2007 based on his desire to create a band with a San Francisco ‘60s sound. Moonalice plays mostly original material mixed with some covers, and during their extended freeform jams the band moves as one, drawing from many musical genres honed from years of experience playing with various major acts.

All listings are correct at the time of posting. Please be aware that events may occasionally be canceled or postponed. We always suggest contacting the promoter or venue to confirm details haven’t changed since the of publishing.


Kasia PowlowskaKasia Pawlowska loves words. A native of Poland, Kasia moved to the States when she was seven. The San Francisco State University creative writing graduate went on to write for publications like the San Francisco Bay Guardian and KQED Arts among others prior to joining the Marin Magazine staff. Topics Kasia has covered include traveltrendsmushroom hunting, an award-winning series on social media addiction, and loads of other random things. When she’s not busy blogging or researching and writing articles, she’s either at home writing postcards and reading or going to shows. Recently, Kasia has been trying to branch out and diversify, ie: use different emojis. Her quest for the perfect chip is a never-ending endeavor.

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