Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Oct. 24: Greg Evans at the Schulz Museum

Posted By on Wed, Oct 21, 2009 at 2:58 PM

There are just too many questions that longtime readers of the comic strip “Luann” would have for its creator, Greg Evans, that he can’t answer them all. When will Tiffany finally get her full comeuppance? When will Luann finally clean her room? Will Puddles ever stop peeing on the floor? And when, oh when, will Aaron finally some to his senses, sweep Luann off her feet and carry her off into the sunset? Like Charlie Brown kicking the football, these things may never happen, but Evans is at least willing to discuss why. The artist appears in Santa Rosa for a special “Adult Master Class” on how to develop strong concepts and characters in comic strips this weekend, and for an hour and a half, he reveals the methods that make Luann such a success. Advance registration is required; consider it a one-day apprenticeship from one of the most popular cartoonists in the country when Evans teaches a class on Saturday, Oct. 24, at the Schulz Museum. 2301 Hardies Lane, Santa Rosa. 10am. $40. Registration required; 707.579.4452, ext. 263.Gabe Meline  
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Oct. 24: Jesse Olsen at Sebastopol Center for the Arts

Posted By on Wed, Oct 21, 2009 at 2:49 PM

Most people know Jesse Olsen as the grandson of Tell Me a Riddle author Tillie Olsen, or as the tuba player and “leader” of the rambunctious Hubbub Club Marching Band. Most don’t know about his solo projects, like Ojito, which was recorded over a year in the high desert of New Mexico. With only a stream for water and limited solar electricity, Olsen used a hand-held cassette recorder to record pensive, smart, intricate compositions—sometimes with the rain falling in the background—and using those cassettes, the album was finalized with economically layered acoustic instruments and sparse, intimate vocals. Some of the songs sound like Guided by Voices outtakes, others recall the Mountain Goats; all of them evoke empty landscape and arid solitude with telltale sounds of the clunky “record” button being pushed. Olsen celebrates Ojito’s release with Reverent Sisters, a new duo with Joni Davis and Faun Fables’ Dawn McCarthy, on Saturday, Oct. 24, at Sebsatopol Center for the Arts. 8pm. $10. 707.829.4797.Gabe Meline 
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Oct. 24: World Entertainment War at 19 Broadway

Posted By on Wed, Oct 21, 2009 at 2:39 PM

You know who you are. You pick up the Bohemian, flip past the news stories and arts features and go straight to the back of the paper to Rob Brezsny’s Free Will Astrology column. The man has a way with words, if we may say so ourselves, both in print and in the years he fronted his agit-pop, off-kilter rock band World Entertainment War. It’s true! Brezsny, as lead singer, with songs like “Furnace of Nuclear Love,” “Pagan Jake’s Dream Girl” and “Kick Your Own Ass!” The band fizzled in the early 1990s, but since there’s now a rule that every band from the ’90s has to get back together, they’re merely following orders from on high—with all original members—when World Entertainment War bring their “pagan revival meeting mixed with a dance therapy session and a cynics’ pep rally and a tribal hoedown and a lecture at the ‘Anarchists Just Wanna Have Fun’ think tank” on Saturday, Oct. 24, at 19 Broadway. 19 Broadway, Fairfax. 9pm. $18–$20. 415.459.1091.Gabe Meline 
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Oct. 22: Brubeck Brothers at Lincoln Theater

Posted By on Wed, Oct 21, 2009 at 2:28 PM

While Dave Brubeck’s son Matt has splintered off on an experimental path as cellist with Evan Parker, Tom Waits, the Club Foot Orchestra and his acclaimed spazz-jazz group Oranj Symphonette, his other sons, Chris and Daniel, are content to walk the straight jazz line as the Brubeck Brothers. Both accompanied their father for many years, playing classics like “Take Five” and “Blue Rondo a la Turk” around the world, and their chemistry is rhythmic as well as brotherly. In their quartet, the melodic pianist Chuck Lamb and the tasteful guitarist Mike DeMicco are often overlooked, but the quartet’s originals, plus a few well-placed compositions by Brubeck Sr., wouldn’t be as fluid with any other players. Take time out and see them on Thursday, Oct. 22, at the Lincoln Theater. 100 California Drive, Yountville. 8pm. $25–$35. 707.944.1300.Gabe Meline 
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Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Oct. 19: Joan Osborne at the Mystic Theatre

Posted By on Wed, Oct 14, 2009 at 1:14 PM

Forever associated with the hypothetical question “What if God was one of us?” from an unrepresentative song about seeing the divine on the bus, the eruptive singer Joan Osborne has, like the boy named Sue, overcompensated for her mawkish 1995 hit ever since. After stealing the show in Standing in the Shadows of Motown and guest-starring with the surviving members of the Grateful Dead, Osborne has started to live down “One of Us” by vocally exploding on the stages of small clubs and theaters. Truly a wonder of nature, Osborne digs down into her soul this week with two openers—worthy headliners in their own right—the Holmes Brothers and Paul Thorn, on Monday, Oct. 19, at the Mystic Theatre. 23 Petaluma Blvd. N, Petaluma. 8pm. $35. 707.765.2121.Gabe Meline
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Oct. 17: Pixar Studios at Charles M. Schulz Museum

Posted By on Wed, Oct 14, 2009 at 1:08 PM

Bob Peterson may not be a household name, but you’ve certainly heard his voice. As a jack-of-all-trades animator at Pixar Studios, Peterson wrote the screenplay for Finding Nemo, wrote and co-directed Up, and has performed voices for multiple Pixar features, including Roz in Monsters, Inc. Peterson comes to town to share his knowledge and experience with digital animation in a panel discussion with fellow Pixar workers. Finally, all those questions about how to bring magic to life so effortlessly can be answered on Saturday, Oct. 17, at the Charles M. Schulz Museum. 2301 Hardies Lane, Santa Rosa. 2–4pm. Free with admission. 707.579.4452.Gabe Meline
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Oct. 17: Bernard Fowler at Tradewinds

Posted By on Wed, Oct 14, 2009 at 12:55 PM

Friends with Privileges has a double meaning for the dynamic singer Bernard Fowler. His new album’s title could refer humorously to people who don’t wanna say they’re dating but still hit the sack, but it also hints at his role for the last 20 years singing backup vocals on tour and in the studio with the Rolling Stones. Part soul, part funk, part rock ’n’ roll, Fowler can sing with just about anyone, from Yoko Ono to Philip Glass to Herbie Hancock. He brings to small clubs his experience with one of the biggest bands in the world, hoping to live as long. “I wanna be 62, and I still want to rock,” he said recently, “and I’m getting the best lesson I could ever get right now.” Fowler and his band tear it up on Saturday, Oct. 17, at the Tradewinds. 8210 Old Redwood Hwy., Cotati. 9pm. $10. 707.795.7878.Gabe Meline
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Oct. 16-17: El Radio Fantastique at the Dance Palace

Posted By on Wed, Oct 14, 2009 at 12:46 PM

Giovanni and June DiMorente blew into the Bay Area after the flood in New Orleans, but they brought with them all of the heavy haunt and intangible intrigue from the levees with their avant-cabaret ensemble El Radio Fantastique. Like a traveling Bertolt Brecht revue with Miklos Rosza and Charles Laughton as directors, the Inverness-based group captured, in 2008, the attention of Tom Waits, who brought their [TK] upright bass player on tour. Clarinet, Theremin and xylophone all factor in their occasionally and intentionally out-of-tune ramshackle serenades, which conjure a different world where clothes don’t fit and water is dirtier. Horns, strings and dancers evoke cinematic episodes when El Radio Fantastique play two nights, Friday and Saturday, Oct. 16–17, at the Dance Palace. 8pm. $14–$16. 415.663.1075.Gabe Meline
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Oct. 16: Parno Graszt at Napa Valley Opera House

Posted By on Wed, Oct 14, 2009 at 12:38 PM

Riding a resurgence in Eastern European brass music, from the young arrangements of Beirut to the reckless “Gypsy punk” of Gogol Bordello, the Hungarian nonet Parno Graszt has been on tour around the world from Los Angeles to India spreading awareness of the true roots of Romani. As Songlines magazine declared, “They do not use sources of Gypsy music, they are the source itself.” With spoons, a milk jug, guitars, accordion and double bass, the group aims for a tearing down of the fourth wall between performer and audience, where spectators become participants and concerts become parties. Be there when North Eastern Hungary comes to the Napa Valley on Friday, Oct. 16, at the Napa Valley Opera House, 1030 Main St., Napa. $30–$35. 707.226.7372.Gabe Meline
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Friday, October 9, 2009

Oct. 14: Buju Banton at the Casbar

Posted By on Fri, Oct 9, 2009 at 11:13 AM

When he was 15, Buju Banton recorded a song, “Boom Bye Bye,” which advocated killing gay men with an uzi and burning them. It has dogged him ever since, but perhaps never so much as in the year 2009, when a sudden uprising from gay rights groups over the song—and Banton’s involvement in a Kingston beating—has caused over 15 of his current tour dates to be canceled by promoters Live Nation and AEG and rescheduled elsewhere. There appears to be little to no local protest about his show in Santa Rosa, a last-minute rescheduling for a cancellation in Los Angeles, because maybe we don’t know about it or maybe we don’t care. Nonetheless, Banton performs on Wednesday, Oct. 14, at the Casbar. 3345 Santa Rosa Ave., Santa Rosa. 8pm. $25. 707.568.1011.Gabe Meline
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