Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Sept. 22-29: Across the Bridge

Posted By on Wed, Sep 22, 2010 at 10:41 AM

The xx Langorous, lush London trio with roots in dubstep and branches in light pop.

Sep 23 at the Fox Theater.Big Boi OutKast’s calmer half with surprisingly deft new album plays with Camp Lo.

Sep 23 at the Regency Ballroom.McCoy Tyner Jazz piano giant, with trumpeter Roy Hargrove and bassist John Patitucci.

Sep 23-26 at Yoshi’s SF.Flying Lotus Reefer-loving nephew of Alice Coltrane fires up dizzying, burbling beats.

Sep 24 at Mezzanine.Dirty Projectors Longtime quirkiness coheres on band’s breathtaking album “Bitte Orca.”

Sep 25 at the Fillmore.Fennesz Rare US tour for Vienna-based experimental guitarist and producer.

Sep 28 at the Swedish American Hall.More San Francisco events at www.sfstation.com.

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Wednesday, September 15, 2010

September 22: Foreigner at Uptown Theatre

Posted By on Wed, Sep 15, 2010 at 10:45 AM

Foreigner are one of those classic rock bands occupying the “amnesia” suite in the musical skyscraper of most minds. Quick, name their hit! Can you? Okay, okay, I’ll give you one: “Hot blooded! Check it and see! Got a fever of a hundred and three!” Or how about “Cold as ice! You know that you are cold! Cold! As! As! Ice! As cold as ice to me!” Okay, now fast-forward to the power balladry of the’80s: “I wanna know what love iiiiiiiis! I know you can shoooooow me!” Or how about “I been waiiiting . . . for a guuurrrll like you, to come intoooo my liiiife!” See? You basically love Foreigner and you didn’t even know it. They play all the hits and more on Wednesday, Sept. 22, at the Uptown Theatre. 1350 Third St., Napa. 8pm. $75-$85. 707.259.0123.
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September 22: Slaid Cleaves at Studio E.

Posted By on Wed, Sep 15, 2010 at 10:43 AM

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It’s been a few years now since the deep honesty of folksinger Slaid Cleaves graced the wooden walls of Studio E, and he arrives this coming week with a new album in tow, cheerfully titled Everything You Love Will Be Taken Away. Raised on Springsteen and having worked every job from ice cream man to pharmaceutical guinea pig, paid to test new drugs, Cleaves routinely cuts through the nice and gets to the real. (Darkness isn’t just on the edge of town with this latest album; it’s clouded the entire city.) Cleaves has been on the road constantly ever since the first Bush was president, and his experiences inform his song-stories: “Breakfast in Hell,” “Horses and Divorces,” and the poignant portrait of busted-up love in “Broke Down.” Laugh to keep from crying when he performs on Wednesday,  Sept. 22, at Studio E. Address provided with tickets. 7:30pm. $25. 707.542.7143.
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September 22: Falling Into the Arts at Marin Arts Council

Posted By on Wed, Sep 15, 2010 at 10:40 AM

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The Marin organization TeamWorks is dedicated to keeping arts accessible to kids, and the Marin Arts Council is dedicated to helping them out by opening their doors to a swinging benefit in downtown San Rafael called Falling Into the Arts. Just steps away from the former glory of New George’s nightclub, the always-incredible Volker Strifler Band shakes the ceiling tiles at the Marin Arts Council gallery; Lau Paiva, Brian Byrnes and Kurt Huget also perform at the three-hour event. Collaborative works and art pieces by at-risk teens in TeamWorks will be on display, and catering by Bogie’s Café and An Affair to Remember gives you plenty to chew. It’s a rockin’ good time for a good cause on Wednesday, Sept. 22, at Marin Arts Council. 906 Fourth St., San

Rafael. 5-8pm. $20. 415.499.6014.

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September 19: West End Alley Cat Race at Toad in the Hole

Posted By on Wed, Sep 15, 2010 at 10:35 AM

If you’re in line at the market for bagels this Sunday and suddenly see some frenzied people approach in bike helmets, holding cans of soup, it might be a good idea to let them take cuts. Chances are they’re part of the West End Alley Cat Race and Scavenger Hunt. Now in its third year, the race, benefiting Redwood Empire Food Bank, puts contestants out on bicycles to various locally owned markets, where they buy designated food items from a list. The food is donated to charity, but the cyclist who makes it back first wins a trophy and a special bike-related prize (choosing the route is key). Some buy more food than is required, like Bret Gave of the Santa Rosa Trek Bicycle Store, who last year came back with ten times the amount of food on the list! It’s all for a good cause on Sunday, Sept. 19, at the Toad in the Hole. 116 Fifth St., Santa Rosa. Starts at 3pm. Free. 707.544.8623.
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September 18: Fiesta Independencia at Wells Fargo Center

Posted By on Wed, Sep 15, 2010 at 10:22 AM

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Sure, you could go to the Wells Fargo Center this week and be swooned off your feet by Englebert Humperdink. You could relive some of the gritty classic rock of the John Fogerty-less Creedence Clearwater Revisited. Or you could not spend a dime and expose yourself to new cultural horizons with the Fiesta Independencia, celebrating Mexico’s bicentennial anniversary, with music by Omar Arreola, Lucy Diaz, Jackie Contreras, Trio Nuevo Amanecer and more. (There’s even a group called El Bohemio de la Banda, which the Bohemian naturally endorses.) Art, ballet folklórico, mariachi and piñatas are all on the menu, and don’t miss the salsa contest. It’s all happening Saturday, Sept. 18, at the Wells Fargo Center. 50 Mark West Springs Road, Santa Rosa. 3-7pm. Free. 707.546.3600.
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September 15-22: Across the Bridge

Posted By on Wed, Sep 15, 2010 at 10:18 AM

Menomena

Three dudes from Portland, two nights in SF, one fine new album.

Sept. 15 at the Great American Music Hall.Nomeansno

Bellow-heavy, senior-citizen punk at its barraging, horrified best.

Sept. 18 at the Bottom of the Hill.KeleBloc Party’s lead singer steps out with electronic-inflected solo career.

Sept. 18 at Mezzanine.MelvinsAn evening with tireless purveyors of howling buzz.

Sept. 19 at Slim’s.The CharlatansCharming UK popsters with new album “Who We Touch” play free in-store.

Sept. 20 at Amoeba SF.Charles Lloyd New QuartetWith Jason Moran, Reuben Rogers and Eric Harland, Lloyd is unbeatable.

Sept. 22-23 at Yoshi’s Oakland.More San Francisco events at www.sfstation.com.

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Wednesday, September 8, 2010

September 11: "Save Tibet...Why?" at Throckmorton Theatre

Posted By on Wed, Sep 8, 2010 at 12:16 PM

Ten years ago, photographer Joe Mickey met with a lama in Mendocino and engaged correspondence with an exiled Tibetan monk in India. From their exchange, Mickey formed the Tibetan Photo Project, sending point-and-shoot cameras to Tibetans dedicated to rebuilding their culture. An outgrowth of this project stops in Marin this Saturday, with a film series called ‘Save Tibet . . . Why?’ Featuring five films—two about the photo project, three by Tibetans living in exile in India—the subject matter ranges from a visit by the Dalai Lama to a remote Muslim village at the Pakistani border (Prayers Answered) to a 17-minute train journey across India with Tibetan rock musicians (Music on Wheels). Mickey himself presents and takes a Q&A, and all proceed go toward sending more cameras to exiled Tibetans on Saturday, Sept. 11, at 142 Throckmorton Theatre. 142 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley. 4pm to 9pm. $16–$20. 415.383.9600.
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September 11: Cartoonist Sketch-a-Thon at Schulz Museum

Posted By on Wed, Sep 8, 2010 at 11:36 AM

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The Charles M. Schulz Museum’s fantastic cartoonist-in-residence program gets a shot of adrenaline this weekend, as not one, not two, but 16 cartoonists appear together in a blowout Cartoonist Sketch-a-Thon inside the hallowed halls of all things “Sparky.” For two hours, visitors will be able to observe and talk to pencil-wielding wizards of animation, including Dan Piraro (of the comic panel “Bizarro”), Paul Madonna (the San Francisco Chronicle’s “All Over Coffee”), Alexis Fajardo (“Kid Beowulf”), Debbie Huey (“Bumperboy”), Mike Gray (Nickelodeon) and more. At 3:30pm, Piraro speaks about his career with “Bizarro”, for which he recently won the Reuben Award for Outstanding Cartoonist of the Year. It’s a chance to see the funny little oval-with-crosshairs that cartoonists draw with a blue pencil before inking in a face up-close and personal on Saturday, Sept. 11, at the Schulz Museum. 2301 Hardies Lane, Santa Rosa. 1pm. Free with $5–$10 admission. 707.579.4452.
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September 8-15: Across the Bridge

Posted By on Wed, Sep 8, 2010 at 11:25 AM

Trey Songz

Hit machine behind “Neighbors Know My Name” and  “I Invented Sex.”

Sep 9 at the Warfield.Grass Widow

Bay Area all-female post-punk band readies move to Kill Rock Stars.

Sep 11 at Amoeba SF.Scissor Sisters

Cocaine, cell phones, alcohol, cologne, regret, rhythm, tongues, lips.

Sep 12 at the Fox Theater.Sleep

You will smoke weed and you will watch this band and you will freak out.

Sep 12-13 at the Regency Ballroom.Sam Amidon

Nouveau folkie’s latest album, “I See the Sign,” is one of this year’s best.

Sep 13 at Cafe du Nord.The Walkmen

New York group plays imposing, fractious rock on vintage instruments.

Sep 14 at the Fillmore.More San Francisco events at www.sfstation.com.

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