5 Best Things to Do This Week: February 17 – 23
Hand-picked events and happenings you won't want to miss.
Back by popular demand, Texas singer-songwriter Lyle Lovett and his Acoustic Group are returning to Marin Center on Sunday, February 23 for a very special all new acoustic performance. A singer, composer and actor, Lyle Lovett has broadened the definition of American music in a career that spans 14 albums over three decades. Coupled with his gift for storytelling, the Texas-based musician fuses elements of Americana, swing, jazz, folk, gospel and blues in a convention-defying manner that breaks down barriers. Whether touring as a ‘Duo’ or with his ‘Acoustic Group’ or ‘The Large Band’, Lovett’s live performances show not only the breadth of this Texas legend’s deep talents, but also the diversity of his influences, making him one of the most compelling and captivating musicians in popular music.
Expect plenty of picking-and-grinning when music-loving friends and family join forces for the Hellman Winter Stomp at Sweetwater Music Hall on Sunday, February 23. The evening of American roots music will feature musical members of the Hellman family along with a host of special guest musicians, a deliciously prepared buffet from the Sweetwater café and lots of merriment. The Hellman Winter Stomp players consist of three generations of siblings, offspring and grandchildren of Warren Hellman (the late financier that founded the annual, free Hardly Strictly Bluegrass music festival). The evening will be a blend of the Hellman bands, including The Well Known Strangers, Marco and the Polos, Nancy and the Lambchops, Purple Glaze, Coyote Rose and include their musical cohorts who have played with Elvis Costello, Elvin Bishop, Bonnie Raitt, The Waybacks, Poor Man’s Whiskey, and many more.
Beloved Academy Award-winning actress Diane Keaton will be coming to the Osher Marin JCC on Friday, February 21 for a candid talk about her new book Brother and Sister: A Memoir, a poignant exploration of her relationship with her younger brother and the divergent paths siblings’ lives can take.
The event brings more than 25 of the finest wineries from the “Top of Napa Valley” to San Francisco’s historic Presidio for the opportunity to enjoy and purchase hard-to-find Calistoga AVA wines. The tasting will showcase exclusive wines from premium Calistoga wineries, such as Chateau Montelena, as well as boutique wineries that do not have tasting rooms. Also, it’s a chance to meet proprietors and winemakers pouring and talking about their hand-crafted Cabs, Sauvignon Blancs, Chardonnays and more. In addition, there will be an array of artisan cheeses, charcuterie and other small bites to pair with the wines. The event will be taking place on Saturday, February 22.
Come celebrate the 32nd year of Russian festivities. Enjoy all the flavor and fun of the Russian-American experience in one wild weekend. Sample piroshki, borsch, pelmeni and the ever popular flavored vodkas. The three-day performance spectacular will include plenty of music including ballads, folk songs, ballet, folk dance, and much more; featuring such popular groups as the Slavyanka Russian Chorus, the San Francisco Balalaika Ensemble, Konevets quartet from St. Petersburg, Russia, local favorites Nikolai Massenkoff-world renowned bass, Natalia Borisova’s Russian Collection, Russian Center Dancers, Vladimir Riazantsev, and the Firebird Dance Ensemble. Be sure not to miss the face painting and crafts for the kids, souvenirs like Russian scarves, Baltic amber, lacquer boxes and matryoshka dolls.
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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 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 travel, trends, mushroom 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.