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5 Best Things to do This Week

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



 

 

1. San Rafael Lighted Boat Parade

The San Rafael Lighted Boat Parade takes place annually along the entire length of the San Rafael Canal and it’s happening this Saturday, December 15. The parade is built upon the spirit of the local boating community and is actively supported by four local yacht clubs including the San Rafael Yacht Club, The Loch Lomond Yacht Club, The Marin Yacht Club and the Classic Yacht association. The parade begins as boats converge at the east end of the San Rafael Canal, across from Pickleweed Park. The San Rafael police boat “Mission City” will emerge from the Marin Yacht Club marina to lead the parade. Boats will proceed east along the Canal to the Turning Basin behind Montecito Shopping Center, and back to Pickleweed Park.

 

 

2. Veiled Meanings: Fashioning Jewish Dress

This exhibition invites viewers to consider the history and language of Jewish clothing in all its complexity, from cultural dress codes to modes of self-expression. Through many sartorial symbols and signifiers, these items disclose information about gender, age, geography, background, and custom, while simultaneously leaving some meanings fluid or encoded. Regardless of origin, each ensemble tells a story-the story of its creator or wearer, of the community to which it belonged, or of its voyage across multiple generations, families, and channels of transit. These garments, dating primarily from the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, are drawn from the Israel Museum, Jerusalem, the repository of the most comprehensive collection of Jewish costume in the world.

 

 

3. Smuin presents The Christmas Ballet

Featuring a combination of long-time favorites and new surprises, this medley is set to holiday tunes and incorporates a variety of popular dance styles including ballet, tap, jazz, and swing. The first act, Classical Christmas, features dancers in snow-white ensembles performing time-honored holiday hits. The Cool Christmas second act delivers a red-hot costume change along with modern festive numbers, including the iconic “Santa Baby” featuring a 42-foot long feather boa. The Christmas Ballet will tour the Bay Area, beginning with shows in Walnut Creek, continuing in Carmel and Mountain View, and finishing up with its annual holiday run at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco.

 

 

4. Diego’s Umbrella at HopMonk Novato

Diego's Umbrella describe their own music as "a blend of traditional eastern European gypsy, Spanish flamenco, polka/ska rhythms, and good ol' rock & roll from the West.” The five member band is celebrated as San Francisco's Ambassadors of Gypsy Rock and will be playing a show at HopMonk Tavern in Novato this Friday. Our writer Emilie Rohrbach sat down with bassist Johann Hill (aka Red Cup) to get the inside scoop.

 

 

5. San Rafael Second Friday Art Walk

Art walks rarely disappoint. Not only to you get to check out cool (often local) art, there’s generally live music, pop-up restaurants or food trucks, plus you also get to go out with friends and meet new people, and wine. Lots of wine that’s often free. Even if it wasn’t for all those aforementioned features, the highlights of this Friday’s walk in San Rafael are not to be missed. Aside from Underground Gallery and Art Works Downtown, there’s at least 10 other galleries and businesses participating in the event ensuring something for everyone –– better than ordering food at home in the very least. Don’t forget about the wine.

 

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 is the associate editor at Marin Magazine. She enjoys sending and receiving postcards and perfect outfits for the right occasions. When she’s not busy writing and researching articles, you can find her with a crumpled New Yorker in her tote and enjoying the Bay Area music scene. Kasia supports National Public RadioPBS and the World Wildlife Fund  Follow her on Twitter and Instagram at @ohhkasia. 

 

 

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