Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Dec. 13: Eddie Money at the Mystic Theatre

Posted By on Wed, Dec 9, 2009 at 2:31 PM

You might want DJ Hero. You might want a flat-screen TV. You might even want, for reasons too vague to understand, an Amazon Kindle. Who wants two tickets to Paradise? Eddie Money, who gets his last name from the very currency that makes December go ’round, that’s who. In a benefit performance for the Marine Corps’ annual Toys for Tots campaign, the 60-year-old rocker and ex-cop drops in for a run-through of all his hits, including “Baby Hold On” and the 1986 smash “Take Me Home Tonight.” Too old to rock? Don’t worry, grandma—it’s an all-acoustic set. Bringing a new, unwrapped toy to the show gets you in a half-hour early for a meet-and-greet with Money himself, where you can congratulate him for completing, earlier this year, his most recent rehab stint. Be his little baby on Sunday, Dec. 13, at the Mystic Theatre. 23 Petaluma Blvd. N., Petaluma. 8pm. $30. 707.765.2121.

Gabe Meline

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Dec. 13: Charlie Hunter at Hopmonk Tavern

Posted By on Wed, Dec 9, 2009 at 2:25 PM

Always on the hunt for new sounds and new contexts, the Berkeley-bred eight-string jazz guitarist Charlie Hunter is something of a Pat Metheny for the funk generation; last year, he was seen with Meters drummer Zigaboo Modeliste at Yoshi’s, and for his upcoming album, Gentlemen, I Neglected to Inform You You Will Not Be Getting Paid, he picked up seasoned players from Antibalas and TV on the Radio. Always with a tight group, Hunter is an unstoppable touring machine with a bounty of musical ideas and great sidemen. This weekend’s show features Hunter along with jazz trumpeter Ron Miles, the Lounge Lizards’ Curtis Fowkes, trombonist Alan Ferber, and Eric Kalb, who’s guested with Sharon Jones’ band, the Dap-Kings, on drums. Get down to new tracks like “High Pockets and a Fanny Pack” and “Every Day You Wake Up New York Says No” on Sunday, Dec. 13, at the Hopmonk Tavern. 230 Petaluma Ave., Sebastopol. 8:30pm. $20. 707.829.7300.

Gabe Meline

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Dec. 12: Holiday Candlelight Tour at Uptown Theater

Posted By on Wed, Dec 9, 2009 at 2:21 PM

Since shutting its doors in the late 1980s, the Uptown Theater in Napa has been one of those dream projects of restoration—everyone wants to see it shine like the architectural diamond it once was when it first opened in 1937, but who’s got the money? Alas, good intentions and good benefactors have recently combined to save the decaying theater, and the Uptown is slated to reopen in early 2010, with full restoration to its original art deco splendor. The job hasn’t been easy (when it closed, its ceiling fresco was covered and the large auditorium was subdivided into four smaller theaters with separate screens), but the results are reportedly beautiful. The public gets its first chance to witness the restoration when Napa County Landmarks leads its 21st annual Holiday Candlelight Tour, which begins inside the grand theater with a full presentation and Q&A with the new owners before covering vernacular residential architecture northwest of town. Fulfill your curiosity and toast to historic preservation on Saturday, Dec. 12, at the Uptown Theater. 1350 Third St., Napa. 4pm to 8pm. $30. 707.255.1836.Gabe Meline
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Dec. 12: San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus at the Center for Spiritual Living

Posted By on Wed, Dec 9, 2009 at 2:13 PM

If you leaned over during New Edition’s “Mr. Telephone Man” on the roller rink and told me, in 1989, that Star Skate would one day turn into a Center for Spiritual Living and presented an annual concert by a Gay Men’s Chorus, I’d have eaten my skates in disbelief. But here we are 20 years later, Star Skate but a distant memory and the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus is back for its annual show at the hallowed former rink. You might not get to fall on your ass trying to do the hokey-pokey, but you will hear such classics this year as “Santa Claus Is Coming to Town,” the Mariah Carey-inspired version of “Joy to the World,” and “Fruitcake,” a humorous homage to Julia Child, reincarnated live onstage. Also, since 2001, the Gay Men’s Chorus has raised over $10,000 for Face to Face, the Sonoma County AIDS Network, simply by being jubilant in harmony. Make the yuletide gay on Saturday, Dec. 12, at the Center for Spiritual Living. 2075 Occidental Road, Santa Rosa. 7:30pm. $10–$25. 707.544.1581.Gabe Meline
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Dec. 10: Twisted Shorts at Rafael Film Center

Posted By on Wed, Dec 9, 2009 at 1:18 PM

He’s presented the quirky North Bay holiday show Twisted Christmas Live for seven years, and now, longtime Bohemian stage reviewer, playwright and general man-about-town David Templeton hosts Twisted Shorts, an evening of short films celebrating the offbeat side of the 25th of December. Combining live commentary with weird short films, Templeton and co-organizer Dan Zastrow are going for a vintage late-night-television, movie-show feel, and the results should prove to be hilarious. Among other films, the 90-minute program includes Santalicious, in which Santa’s reindeer investigate Mr. Claus’ sudden weight loss; Present Tense, a mock home movie in which a Christmas morning gift swap turns horribly awry; and the bright and chipper Suicidal Christmas Trees, a look into the various miseries and ailments of our arboreal companions. Take a walk on the wild side with Twisted Shorts on Thursday, Dec. 10, at the Rafael Film Center. 1118 Fourth St., San Rafael. 7pm. $10. 415.454.1222.Gabe Meline
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Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Dec. 9: Todd Snider at Mystic Theatre

Posted By on Wed, Dec 2, 2009 at 3:08 PM

It’s one of the sports world’s greatest stories, and one that deserves as many retellings as the world can stand. In 1970, Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Dock Ellis was called at the last minute to pitch a game against the San Diego Padres, and though he was already on LSD, decided to eat another hit of acid before taking the mound. In his dilated eyes, the umpire morphed into Richard Nixon, the batter turned into Jimi Hendrix, and the catcher . . . well, the catcher mysteriously disappeared from view. Time stretched and condensed, and the game was a blur, but at the end of the ninth inning, Ellis had amazingly thrown a no-hitter. Ellis’ achievement is reaching a whole new generation thanks to a quirky animated YouTube video that’s spreading like wildfire, and it’s immortalized in Todd Snider’s new song, “America’s Favorite Pastime.” The humorous, drug-friendly songwriter, also responsible for the taut, pointed anti-Bush anthem “You Got Away with It,” sings on Wednesday, Dec. 9, at the Mystic Theatre. 23 Petaluma Blvd. N., Petaluma. 8pm. $20. 707.765.2121.Gabe Meline
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Dec. 6: Dick Dale at 19 Broadway

Posted By on Wed, Dec 2, 2009 at 2:58 PM

From his early days blowing up Fender amplifiers and helping to invent surf rock in Balboa, Calif., the enduring 72-year-old electric guitarist Dick Dale has become a bona fide surf-guitar legend. After all, he was pictured actually surfing on the cover of his first album—something the Beach Boys could never claim. Now a reliable road performer still shredding his low E-string for vintage guitar nuts and Pulp Fiction fans alike, Dale has ridden the success of “Let’s Go Trippin’” and “Miserlou” with some classy touchstones along the way. Who knew, for example, that he recorded the version of Saint-Saëns’ Carnival of the Animals that plays inside Space Mountain at Disneyland? Dale plays often around these parts, but the perfect place to see him is in a small club. Shout for “Ghost Riders” when his huge tone crams the little stage on Sunday, Dec. 6, at 19 Broadway. 19 Broadway, Fairfax. 9:30pm. $20. 415.459.1091.Gabe Meline
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Dec. 5: Dragon Smoke at Hopmonk Tavern

Posted By on Wed, Dec 2, 2009 at 2:42 PM

With computer-savvy tech geeks freaking out over Google Wave and the limited number of exclusive invites going around for it, one can easily feel left out. Why sit around for an invitation to join a web-based communications platform (boooo-ring) when you can dance your ass off (whoo-hoo!) with other human beings (imagine!) to live music (bring it on!) with no ridiculous, manufactured, viral “velvet rope.” This weekend, Eric Lindell slides back into town with his New Orleans all-star group, Dragon Smoke, and the doors fly wide open to all. With Neville Brothers keyboardist Ivan Neville, Galactic drummer Stanton Moore and bassist Robert Mercurio, the red-hot group formed in 2003 has limited its in-person simmering solely to Louisiana venues. Until now. Whatever you do—even if you get invited to waste your evening on Google Wave—be sure to check out this bayou match-up made in heaven on Saturday, Dec. 5, at the Hopmonk Tavern. 230 Petaluma Ave., Sebastopol. 9:30pm. $20. 707.829.7300.Gabe Meline
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Dec. 5: American Christmas at Lincoln Theater

Posted By on Wed, Dec 2, 2009 at 2:35 PM

Attention all parents whose urge to control what their children view is superceded only by the urge to call networks and complain angrily about the blasphemous sacrilege that was the filthy and repulsive sight of Adam Lambert kissing another male while incidentally performing the most horrendously unlistenable crap under the guise of a “song” this side of the Black Eyed Peas, though no one seems to be outraged by the attack on our ears, my Americans, it’s all about the children! children! children! and protecting their innocent virgin eyes from the gays! gays! gays! although that keyboardist basically looked like a woman anyway, but holy bejeezus what’s with all the crotch-ramming and groin-sucking, ack, let’s all praise the FCC: there will be no offensive material for you or your precious family when American Christmas, featuring 12 runner-ups from American Idol, presents holiday classics for the public’s wholesome enjoyment on Saturday, Dec. 5, at the Lincoln Theater. 100 California Drive, Yountville. 8pm. $29–$49. 707.944.1300.Gabe Meline 
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