Sonoma International Film Festival
Mar. 27–31, 9 a.m.–11 p.m.
SIFF Village, Sonoma
WHY YOU SHOULD GO The festival’s blend of captivating independent films, premium wines and delicious cuisine all make for a memorable experience. The event is entirely walkable and lets guests interact with filmmakers, celebrities and fellow festivalgoers. Films are screened all day Thursday through Sunday at seven screening venues located in and around the historic Sonoma Plaza, accompanied by spirited evening parties and dinners.
Soiree pass $950, cinema pass $325, punch card $35, individual tickets $15
Find out more: sonomafilmfest.org
Brain, Art and Music Gala
April 13, 5:30–10 p.m.
Osher Marin JCC, 200 N. San Pedro Road, San Rafael
WHY YOU SHOULD GO Experience an elegant evening of life-changing community connection at the 8th annual BAM Gala, featuring emcee Joan Ryan, a New York Times best-selling author, award-winning sports journalist and media consultant for the San Francisco Giants. The evening will be accompanied by live music from Sarah Herzog; delicious appetizers and a light buffet dinner prepared by Comforts; premium wine tastings poured by Wilson Artisan Wines, Stringer Cellars and Estate 1856 Wines; plus, champagne, cocktails, live and silent auctions. Diane Barnes, stroke survivor, advocate, and writer and solo performer of “My Stroke of Luck,” will also be honored. Proceeds benefit The Karen Schurig Scholarship Fund for low-income clients at the Schurig Center for Brain Injury Recovery.
$200, $175 early bird
Find out more: schurigcenter.org/bam-gala