Culture Crush — Napa Lighted Art Festival, MLK Day Family Concert and more

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Poetic art

Former Poet Laureate of the Sailor Prartho Sereno is best known for her written works, author of several award-winning collections of poetry. This month, she shows off her visual art with a watercolors exhibit in the lobby of the Dance Palace at Point Reyes Station. The art on display is described as “painted poems” and each work is inspired by one of his poems, creating a visual accomplice of his writings. This week, Sereno appears in a virtual artist reception that includes a multi-piece conversation, followed by a Q&A session on Thursday, January 13, online at 5pm. To free. Registration required on

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Be educated

Prior to becoming a published author, a resident of North Bay Lenore Hirsch has spent over three decades working as a teacher and school administrator in elementary and middle schools. Now she is using those memories from school to bring her latest book to life. Hirsch’s novel Schooled: Confessions of a junior vice-principal gives readers a funny, fictional look behind the scenes of school life with as much hilarity as it does anguish. This week, Hirsch joins Napa County Schools Superintendent Barbara Nemko in a conversation moderated by Napa Bookmine on Thursday, January 13, online at 7 p.m. To free; donations welcome. Registration available on


Songs for Civil Rights

Healdsburg Jazz welcomes powerful blues singer and conductor Terrie Odabi and her band to perform at the organization’s MLK Day Family Concert and celebration. Healdsburg Jazz Artistic Director Marcus Shelby will give a presentation on the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the importance of music during the civil rights movement. Next, Odabi will cover a wide range of music from the civil rights movement, including an article on songs recorded by the Staple Singers. Friday January 14, at St. Paul’s Church, 209 Matheson St., Healdsburg. 7:30 p.m. $ 35 to $ 50. Masks and proof of vaccination compulsory.


Illuminate this

Existing at the crossroads of art and technology, the Napa Illuminated Art Festival returns in 2022 for an eight-week celebration of illuminated creativity. The walkable outdoor event features “Art After Dark” in eight light-up art sculptures set up throughout downtown Napa. These pieces include the Interactive Angels of Freedom, the Electric Dandelion Sculptures that look like giant flowers by day and turn into digital fireworks at night, and the Hanging Cloud Swing. The Napa Lighted Art Festival takes place daily from Sunday January 15 to March 13. Monday to Thursday, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. From Friday to Sunday, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. To free.

—Charlie Swanson

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