Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Feb. 5: A Capella Extravaganza at Napa High School

Posted By on Wed, Feb 2, 2011 at 11:43 AM

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Time was that college a capella groups existed mainly in nerdy hamlets of dorm rooms and YouTube channels, performing David Bowie and Of Montreal songs for the camera and each other. Glee, of course, has changed all that, but the innate thrill of arranging a song for voices hasn’t been dulled—and probably never will. Napa hosts an annual A Capella Extravaganza which pulls from the best cavalcades of California croon, and this year’s lineup is top-notch: The Scattertones, from UCLA, sing Lady Gaga’s “Telephone” and Kanye West’s “Stronger”; Naked Voices do “Superfreak” and “Bohemian Rhapsody”; and the UC Berkeley Men’s Octet do Seal’s “Kiss From a Rose” and who knows what else on Saturday, Feb. 5, at Napa High School. 2475 Jefferson St., Napa. 7:30pm. $20. 707.253.3705.
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Feb. 5: 'New Life at Sturgeon's Mill' in Sebastopol

Posted By on Wed, Feb 2, 2011 at 11:41 AM

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Sturgeon’s Mill is a working mill that sawed its first redwoods in 1914, and a group of preservationists in Sonoma County are hoping to restore it and keep it open to the public as a museum dedicated to early logging. Located on Green Hill Road, it’s really quite a site, redolent of all those burl- and sawblade-scattered roadside stops in Humboldt County, and it deserves restoration. To that end, a documentary film called 'New Life at Sturgeon’s Mill' has been made, and concurrently, the West County Museum opens its new exhibit, “Logging in Western Sonoma County.” It’s like Sebastopol all of a sudden digs cutting down trees! See the film on Saturday, Feb. 5, at the Sebastopol Veterans’ Auditorium. 282 S. High St., Sebastopol. 4pm. Free. 707.829.6711.
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Feb. 4: Rodney Crowell at Copperfield's Books

Posted By on Wed, Feb 2, 2011 at 11:39 AM

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When you see Hank Williams at the age of two, you know you’re destined for a life in country music. At least that’s the way it was with Nashville star Rodney Crowell. Most know Crowell from his great records (Diamonds & Dirt), his marriage to Roseanne Cash (1979-1992) and his tenure in Emmylou Harris’ legendary Hot Band. No one really knew about the fistfights, guns, preachers, sex, drinking, infidelity and drugs of Crowell’s youth, however, until the release of his new book Chinaberry Sidewalks. Chronicling an essentially white-trash upbringing outside of Houston, Tex., Crowell writes remarkably about his early struggles, especially with his parents, who it’s clear he still loves deeply. Meet him when he blows through town on Friday, Feb. 4, at Copperfield’s Books. 2316 Montgomery Drive, Santa Rosa. 7pm. Free. 707.578.8938.
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Feb. 4: Shawn Mullins at Hopmonk Tavern

Posted By on Wed, Feb 2, 2011 at 11:37 AM

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You’ve got to be pretty bold to write a song claiming to know what everybody on the face of the Earth wants. If you go for it, make sure it’s something vague, okay? Tears for Fears tried it with “Everybody Wants to Rule the World.” The Party of Five theme song announced everybody wants to be “closer to free.” Dean Martin sang that everybody needed somebody sometimes; R.E.M. averred that everybody hurts; Billy Joel remarked that everybody has a dream. But Shawn Mullins, whose 1998 one-hit-wonder “Rockabye” has been carbon-copied into his new single “Light You Up,” declares: “everybody wants a flatscreen.” Why, Shawn, why? Find out when he plays a free KRSH-FM radio-promotion show on Friday, Feb. 4, at Hopmonk Tavern. 230 Petaluma Ave., Sebastopol. 6pm. Free. 707.829.7300.
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Feb. 2-9: Across the Bridge

Posted By on Wed, Feb 2, 2011 at 11:29 AM

Dead Kennedys & Flipper

The remnants of both bands relive glory days with new singers.

Feb 4 at Oakland Metro.Little Dragon

Yukimi Nagano brings Swedish electro-pop to free in-store.

Feb 5 at Amoeba SF.Tommy Guerrero

Pro skate legend and electronic musician celebrates record release.

Feb 5 at Cafe du Nord.Sebadoh

Lou Barlow & Co. bring the bake sale back on tour; with Quasi.

Feb 8 at Great American Music Hall.Big Boi

Where’s Andre 3000? In the meantime, this dude’s running things.

Feb 8 at the Independent.Al B. Sure

New Jack Swing artist hits the jazz club in effect mode.

Feb 9 at Yoshi’s SF.More San Francisco events at www.sfstation.com.

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