May 2019

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Prolific Benicia Writer Sheri Hoffmann Finds Joy in the Mundane

Hoffmann’s creative nonfiction style informs her personal narratives, humorous essays and memoir-type pieces, winning her many fans.

BOTTG’s Spring Production Ends May 11

Get tickets now to Benicia Old Town Theatre Group’s spring production of SWEAT, a Pulitzer-prize winning play by Lynn Nottage

Farmers Market Denizen Lands Brick and Mortar Bakery

Tara Allen, owner of Fox and Fawn Bakehouse, is moving her farmer’s market vegan cupcakes to her new shop at 305 First Street.

Upscale Eatery Includes the tasty Impossible Burger

Benicia’s Lucca Bar and Grill serves up mouthwatering burgers and seasonal specials

Three Prominent Women Wine Makers in the Napa and Sonoma Valleys

Women are increasingly making their way into top wine industry positions, including Stephanie Putman at Raymond, Margo Van Staaveren at Chateau St. Jean and Stephanie Jacobs at Cakebread.

Benicia Old Town Theatre Group’s Fundraiser, Bras for a Cause

During production of BOTTG’s spring play SWEAT, the group is teaming up with the Tim and Jeannie Hamann Foundation for a cancer fundraiser

Mother’s Day Performance of Carmina Burana by GGSO&C

The Golden Gate Symphony Orchestra & Chorus presents Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana in its entirety, for a special afternoon at 4pm at the historic Benicia Clock Tower.

Mother and Son Line up for Iconic Talk Show

While in New York City, Christina Strawbridge and son Christopher share giggles and sarcasm as they sit in on a taping of The View.

Local Live Music In and Around Benicia

Music you love at local venues continues in May 2019. Check out your favorite bands at Lucca Beer Garden, Vallejo’s Empress Theatre, Uptown Theatre in Napa and Freight & Salvage in Berkeley.

Benicians comprise half of Vallejo Choral Society

Derek Tam, the new Artistic Director of the VCS, will bring his deft direction and infectious enthusiasm to upcoming June concerts.

Painting and Photography Merge in Love of the Land

Artist Judy Neal and photographer Philip Venable share a common love of the landscape, and will be exhibiting their separate works at Downtown Benicia’s Arata Gallery in June.

Acrylic Paintings by Erika Hoffe

Hoffe’s acrylic paintings will be on view at the Milinda Perry Gallery this month, with an artist reception Thursday, May 16, 5-7pm

Benicia Artist paints stories, not just pretty pictures

Nikki Basch Davis, Gallery 621’s featured May artist, taps into her personal experience to paint stories reflecting the human tragedy at the southern U.S. border

Benicia Historical Society Hosts Memorial Day Event

The oldest U.S. Military Cemetery, located in Benicia, is the site for Memorial Day services. The public is encouraged to attend May 27, 10am.

Heavy Winter Rains Yield Abundant Wildflowers and Waterfalls

The Bay Area offers many cascading waterfalls and wonderful wildflower displays, accessed in regional parks throughout the Bay from Sunol to Sugarloaf.