Wednesday, June 29, 2011

July 2-3: Napa Valley Art and Music Festival at Trinchero Family Estates

Posted on Wed, Jun 29, 2011 at 10:40 AM

Something new is happening in Napa. Featuring what’s being called “100 of the nation’s best artists,” the first annual Napa Valley Art and Music Festival showcases art from all media, painting and sculpture to jewelry, accessories and furniture. It also features Bay Area–based rock bands like D’Giin, David T. Carter and Crazy Famous. Hosted at a winery nestled in the beautiful Napa Valley, the event promises regional wine and food and enjoyment all around—and, of course, the classic wine country setting. Check it out Saturday–Sunday, July 2–3, at the Trinchero Family Estates. 100 St. Helena Hwy S., St. Helena. 10am–6pm. $8–$30.

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July 2: The Princess Bride at San Anselmo Creek Park

Posted on Wed, Jun 29, 2011 at 10:35 AM

It is inconceivable that there could exist in this world a person who doesn’t love ‘The Princess Bride.’ It has everything one could possibly want in a movie: romance, action an inconceivable plotline, Robin Wright before she met Sean Penn—and of course, the inconceivable Peter Falk. Whether you want to be transported back to the inconceivable glory days of the ’80s, introduce your kids to the inconceivable classic or simply hear the word “inconceivable” a few more times (I hope you’re reading this with a lisp), mount your horses and ride to Film Night in the Park on Saturday, July 2, at Creek Park. Sir Francis Drake Boulevard at Center Boulevard., San Anselmo. 8pm. Free. 415.272.2756.—Justine McDaniel

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July 1: The Melodians at Mystic Theatre

Posted on Wed, Jun 29, 2011 at 10:25 AM

They sing a song of joy—and of good old-fashioned rocksteady reggae. The Melodians, Jamaican-bred legends, are still performing over 40 years after forming, bringing their quintessential Rastafarian sound all over the world. Best known for the feel-good anthem “Rivers of Babylon” from The Harder They Come (“Carry us away captivity / Require from us a song”), the Melodians are exuberant, sincere and sentimental. Since founding member Brent Dowe suffered a heart attack in 2006, original members Tony Brevett and Trevor McNaughton have soldiered on. Groove with them on Friday, July 1, at the Mystic Theatre. 23 Petaluma Blvd, Petaluma. 8:30pm. $21–$23. 707.765.2121.
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June 30-July 4: Marin County Fair

Posted on Wed, Jun 29, 2011 at 10:21 AM

The Marin County Fair is back, trusty as ever, and it’s celebrating the upcoming 75th anniversary of one of the Bay Area’s most trusty landmarks, the Golden Gate Bridge. With fireworks every night and the Shangri-La Chinese Acrobats every day, the fair also boasts free carnival rides with admission. Daily concerts add to the fun, with Three Dog Night (June 30), Toots and the Maytals (July 1), 7 Walkers (July 2), Ozomatli (July 2), United States Air Force Band of the Golden West (July 3), the Pointer Sisters (July 3), Preservation Hall Jazz Band (July 4) and the Temptations (July 4). Catch it from June 30 to July 4 at the Marin County Fairgrounds, Civic Center Drive, San Rafael. 11am–11pm daily. $13–$15. 415.499.6800.

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June 30: You Are Plural at Arlene Francis Center

Posted on Wed, Jun 29, 2011 at 10:03 AM

Googling the band You Are Plural leads to a Wikipedia page explaining rules of the English language, but don’t be put off by the grammar lesson: You Are Plural simply ask you to listen. With their sweet, almost haunting duets and perfect harmonizing, members Ephraim Nagler and Jen Grady fall somewhere between soundtrack music (think Yann Tiersen with more vocals) and indie (think A Fine Frenzy, plus a boy). The duo’s emotional intensity brings their mellow music up from the standard indie formula; playful yet profound, serene yet full of energy, You Are Plural play in support of their debut album Hand It Over on Thursday, June 30, at the Arlene Francis Center. 99 Sixth Street, Santa Rosa. 8pm. $7. 707.528.3009.

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Across the Bridge: June 29-July 6

Posted By on Wed, Jun 29, 2011 at 10:01 AM

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Angular, atmospheric New York trio plays in support of new album ‘Penny Sparkle.’ Jun 30 at the Independent.Pink Martini

Cosmopolitan loungesters appear with San Francisco Symphony. Jun 30-Jul 1 at Davies Symphony Hall.Rihanna

Cee-Lo drops out of the tour; wild mix-ups at BET Awards; it’s been a crazy week for Rihanna. Jun 30 at Oracle Arena.Sonny & the Sunsets

Globetrotting San Francisco tunesmiths play with Calvin Johnson. Jul 1 at Gream American Music Hall.Grandmaster Flash

Hip-hop turntable legend from the Bronx appears in jazz club lounge. Jul 2 at Yoshi’s SF.

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Thursday, June 23, 2011

June 28: Eva Gabrielsson at Book Passage

Posted on Thu, Jun 23, 2011 at 1:02 PM

Eva Gabrielsson has a few things to get off her chest. In There Are Things I Want You to Know About Stieg Larsson and Me, her new memoir about her lifelong relationship with the late author, she tells a story only she could tell. Larsson, author of The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest and the subsequent books in the Millennium trilogy, died suddenly in 2004, leaving Gabrielsson alone. Based on the themes of justice, human rights and activism found in both the trilogy and in his life work, Gabrielsson’s book is a must-read for Larsson fans; she reads and signs on Tuesday, June 28, at Book Passage. 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 11am. Free. 415.927.0960.

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June 24: Albino! at Cloverdale Downtown Plaza

Posted on Thu, Jun 23, 2011 at 12:48 PM

The music of the band Albino! may represent the most entertaining form of protesting out there. Born out of the Afrobeat movement pioneered by Fela Kuti, Albino! live up to their radical roots. With an underlying funk essence of “heavy, heavy” beats, a dominating horn section and pounding percussion, the San Francisco–based band creates a danceable conglomeration of sounds sure to get anyone’s feet tapping—or stomping, as the case may be. The band’s shows come complete with African dance and costumes to seal the deal. Albino! appear as part of the Cloverdale Arts Alliance’s Friday Night Live series on Friday, June 24, at the Cloverdale Downtown Plaza. Cloverdale Boulevard at Broad Street, Cloverdale. 7pm. Free.

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June 26: Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys at Rancho Nicasio Town Square

Posted on Thu, Jun 23, 2011 at 12:44 PM

If you’ve found yourself pining for some good old-fashioned swing and rockabilly music like they used to play it back in the day (whether you were alive then or not), Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys can offer you a good dose of head-bopping nostalgia. Around since 1988 and having played such venues as the Grand Ole Opry and the stage at Late Night with Conan O’Brien, the traditional rockabilly and Western swing combo serves up vintage tunes that appeal to all. Find them at Rancho Nicasio’s BBQ on the Lawn, along with some horseshoes and hot grilling action, on Sunday, June 26. Rancho Nicasio, Town Square, Nicasio. 4pm. $15. 415.6621.2219.

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June 23: Spencer Day at the Napa Valley Opera House

Posted on Thu, Jun 23, 2011 at 12:37 PM


In the words of rising star Spencer Day, nothing so perfect as summer can last. Lucky for us, the singer has dedicated an evening of his summer to making ours a little more perfect. The singer-songwriter boasts two songs on the Billboard Top 100 chart; has opened for Rufus Wainwright; and his soft piano accompaniment dances smoothly under jazzy, poetic lyrics, telling not only the story of the songs but of his extensive experience in the music world. If you haven’t heard his beautiful song “Last Train to New Jersey,” there’s one way to remedy that problem: see him on Thursday, June 23, at the Napa Valley Opera House. 1030 Main St., Napa. 8pm. $22–$30. 707.226.7372.

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