Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Feb. 17: Country Joe McDonald at Aubergine

Posted By on Wed, Feb 16, 2011 at 9:55 AM

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While even the game show Jeopardy! has been taken over this week by a computer, there are still a few human elements left floating around the world. One of them in its purest form is the music of Woody Guthrie, which in a spate of recent tributes sees another this weekend by none other than Country Joe McDonald. Best known for his “fish” cheer at Woodstock, McDonald has been a fixture at Northern California protests in recent years, carrying on Guthrie’s spirit. He gets in touch with his folk roots on Thursday, Feb. 17, at Aubergine. 755 Petaluma Ave., Sebastopol. 8pm. $18. 707.861.9190.
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Feb. 16-23: Across the Bridge

Posted By on Wed, Feb 16, 2011 at 9:48 AM

Twilight Singers

Afghan Whigs’ Greg Dulli brings new band to free in-store.

Feb 17 at Amoeba SF.Beach House

Dreamy Baltimore indie duo with latest record “Teen Dream.”

Feb 18 at the Fillmore.Streep Tease

Meryl Streep’s famous songs and monologues performed by all-male cast.

Feb 18 at the Great American Music Hall.Marijuana Deathsquads

Supergroup with rapper P.O.S. and, um, “sexy” singer Har Mar Superstar.

Feb 20 at the Bottom of the Hill.Dan Deacon

Electronic shimmy-shaker busts barriers between crowd and performer.

Feb 22 at the Independent.Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All

The scariest hip-hop group to come out of Los Angeles since N.W.A.

Feb 22 at Slim’s.

More San Francisco events at www.sfstation.com.

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Thursday, February 10, 2011

Feb. 14: Mick LaSalle and Carla Meyer at Silo's

Posted By on Thu, Feb 10, 2011 at 8:15 PM

The Oscar nominations have come again, stirring up the usual surprise and indignation. If you’re jonesing to listen to someone other than your cubiclemate’s opinions on the Oscars, forgo the candlelight dinner on Valentine’s Day and head to Napa, where San Francisco Chronicle movie critic Mick LaSalle and the Sacramento Bee’s Carla Meyer will hold court on their predictions for the big night on Feb. 27. They’ll also be answering pertinent questions from the audience, such as “Was Tron: Legacy really nominated for an Academy Award?” on Monday, Feb. 14, at Silo’s Jazz Club. 530 Main St., Napa.7pm. $20. 707.251.5833.—Shelby Pope
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Feb. 12: Bill Cosby at the Marin Center

Posted By on Thu, Feb 10, 2011 at 8:11 PM

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In 2008, none other than Karl Rove credited Bill Cosby with indirectly steering the American consciousness toward the historic act of electing a black president. Cosby set such a positive family example with The Cosby Show, Rove implied, that he paved the way for Obama’s victory. And yet Cosby—notoriously critical of modern lifestyle trends among young black men offstage—never talks politics in his act. Instead, he serves up the usual bits about dentists, doctors, children and wives on Saturday, Feb.12, at the Marin Center. Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. 5pm and 8pm. $38–$75.415.499.6800.
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Feb. 12: Hearts on Fire at the Arlene Francis Center

Posted By on Thu, Feb 10, 2011 at 8:09 PM

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There’s something burning up inside. I reach out for you, and you’re at Hearts on Fire, the dance club that eschews the see-and-be-seen superficiality of wannabe Vegas clubs and gets down to the basics of dancing one’s ass off. With DJs Sabin Cloud, Club Trev, Paul Timberman and CassiDJ, the night also features photography by Olivia Browning and a live set by electro-analog noisemakers Teenage Sweater. Leave the high heels and Chanel No. 5 at home on Saturday, Feb. 12, at the Arlene Francis Center. 99 Sixth St., Santa Rosa. 9pm. $5.707.528.3009.
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Feb. 13: The Hubbub Club Marching Band at Aubergine

Posted By on Thu, Feb 10, 2011 at 8:07 PM

The renegade Hubbub Club Marching Band can be found marching through the streets playing everything from Herbie Hancock to traditional Hungarian folk melodies. They’ve been a perfect example of why Santa Rosa’s new street performer ordinance is a good idea, and they’re raising money to represent Sonoma County at Honk TX in Austin. Join their guerrilla cause when they host a benefit with DJ Broken Record and the Easy Leaves on Sunday, Feb. 13, at Aubergine. 755 Petaluma Ave., Sebastopol. 5pm. Donations accepted. 707.861.9190.
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Feb. 11: SF Piano Trio at Healdsburg Community Church

Posted By on Thu, Feb 10, 2011 at 8:04 PM

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The newly formed SF Piano Trio is the latest group to present a free classical concert in the esteemed Russian River Chamber Music series. With members from Germany, France and the Bay Area, the trio are set to play a program of Haydn, Beethoven and Ravel, and the price is perfect for bringing along a classical music newbie. Pre- and post-concert receptions round out the free evening on Friday, Feb. 11, at the Healdsburg Community Church. 1100 University St., Healdsburg. 7pm. Free.707.524.8700.
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Feb. 9: Jason Webley at the Last Day Saloon

Posted By on Thu, Feb 10, 2011 at 7:56 PM

A true modern troubadour, Jason Webley has traveled the world playing accordion and singing his strange, beautiful songs everywhere from Seattle to Russia. A pioneer of what’s now a popular subgenre of goth-vaudeville, Webley comes to town with a brand-new album produced by Amanda Palmer from the Dresden Dolls. See him with the Crux and Ben Weiner from Fishbear at a special all-ages show on Wednesday, Feb. 9, at the Last Day Saloon. 120 Fifth St., Santa Rosa. 7pm. $7.707.326.5274.
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Feb. 9-16: Across the Bridge

Posted By on Thu, Feb 10, 2011 at 7:41 PM

Peter Himmelman

Songwriter presents evening of spoken word and song.

Feb 10 at Cafe du Nord.Mystik Journeymen

Long-running hip-hop group on home turf.

Feb 10 at the New Parish.Tom Morello, Jolie Holland, Jason Webley

All-star benefit to free those wrongly imprisoned in Iran.

Feb 10 at the Bottom of the Hill.Smith Westerns

Indie band with wildly acclaimed new record plays free in-store.

Feb 14 at Amoeba SF.The Decemberists

Conquering NPR and the Billboard charts simultaneously.

Feb 14 at the Fox Theater.Cake

Dry wit and drier vocals on new smash album, “Showroom of Compassion.”

Feb 14-17 at the Fillmore.More San Francisco events at www.sfstation.com.

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Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Feb. 5: Meklit Hadero at Osher Marin JCC

Posted By on Wed, Feb 2, 2011 at 11:44 AM

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Getting lost in the headphones was never so easy. Born in Ethiopia, the singer Meklit Hadero grew up in Brooklyn before moving to San Francisco to study political science. Luckily, someone convinced her to drop out of college, because her voice is a greater force for good than any Robert Dahl text could hope to be. With the richness of Nina Simone but the intimacy of Jolie Holland, Hadero’s phrasing feels like a conversation with a good friend and a couple of lowballs. With a new album, On a Day Like This, she’s taken NPR by storm; she also stays connected to social issues in her work. Catch her on Saturday, Feb. 5, at the Osher Marin Jewish Community Center. 200 N. San Pedro Road, San Rafael. 8pm. $22-$26. 415.444.8000.
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