Wednesday, August 17, 2011

August 20-21: Cotati Accordion Festival at La Plaza Park

Posted on Wed, Aug 17, 2011 at 10:48 AM


A Sonoma County classic, the Cotati Accordion Festival is in its 21st year of playing, celebrating and giving back through the wheezing sound of the bellows. The festival raises money to support performing-arts programs for local youth, all while raising the spirit of Myron Floren and clustering for a group rendition of “Lady of Spain.” This year’s extravaganza features Those Darn Accordions, Polkacide, the Mad Maggies and many others on Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 20–21, at La Plaza Park. Old Redwood Highway and West Sierra Avenue, Cotati. $15–$17. 9:45am–

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August 20: Napa Valley Art Festival

Posted on Wed, Aug 17, 2011 at 10:46 AM


In Timothy Horn’s oil painting Wires, a yellow Victorian house sits stately in the late afternoon; the juxtaposition of its timelessness and an SUV parked in front give it a quality that earned the Artists’ Choice Award for the Napa Valley Art Festival. A juried exhibit and sale featuring work from 27 local artists, the free outdoor festival features two artists’ demonstrations and plenty of wine. All the works are new, completed in the past year; head to the festival on Saturday, Aug. 20. 6516 Washington St., Yountville. Free. 10am–4pm. 707.256.3828.

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August 18: Jane Fonda at Book Passage

Posted on Wed, Aug 17, 2011 at 10:43 AM

How many times have you eaten breakfast with a two-time Oscar winner? Well, now’s your chance—Jane Fonda is just waiting to meet you. Her new book, Prime Time: Love, Health, Sex, Fitness, Friendship, Spirit—Making the Most of All Your Life, explores how 73-year-old Fonda has learned to love the latter part of life. Learn some lessons over breakfast with the legendary star, fitness guru and activist on Thursday, Aug. 18, at Book Passage. 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. $55. 9am. 415.927.0960.
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Across the Bridge: August 17-23

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Master DJ and Jurassic 5’s former secret weapon appears with the rappers Edan and Mr. Lif. Aug 18 at Mezzanine.Nick 13

Ukiah-born tough punker now obsessed with Morrissey and eyeliner plays free in-store. Aug 18 at Amoeba SF.Bell Biv Devoe

Relive “Poison,” “Do Me” and “B.B.D.” with all original members in New Jack Swing party. Aug 18-19 at Yoshi’s SF.Public Enemy

With a live band and incendiary as ever, despite goofiness of “that reality-show star.” Aug 19 at Regency Ballroom.Be Good Tanyas

Enduring Canadian folk trio hits all the right notes, from early hit “The Littlest Birds” to now. Aug 20-21 at the Independent.

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Wednesday, August 10, 2011

August 13: South Park Summer Day and Night Festival at Martin Luther King Jr. Park

Posted on Wed, Aug 10, 2011 at 11:02 AM

The theme of the decade is community, so come celebrate with yours! The annual South Park Summer Day and Night Festival is back for a third year, helping light up a tucked-away neighborhood and showcase an overlooked part of town. The festival will feature music from Sangre Azteca, Estreno Misucal and Half After; dancing, sports, games, a health fair, a raffle and a screening of the film Rango. It’s time for fun and the ever-present game of basketball on Saturday, Aug. 13, at Martin Luther King Jr. Park. 1336 Temple Ave., Santa Rosa. Free. 2–11:30pm. 707.544.6911.
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August 16: Amos Lee at Wells Fargo Center

Posted on Wed, Aug 10, 2011 at 10:56 AM

An elementary school teacher turned rocker, Amos Lee has gathered a faithful following in the last 10 years, fueled by support from the likes of Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson, Lucinda Williams and Norah Jones. His soulful crooning and penetrating lyrics are a perfect match for his onstage personality—understated but rich. Listen to Amos play songs from his latest, Mission Bell, and more on Tuesday, Aug. 16, at the Wells Fargo Center. 50 Mark West Springs Road, Santa Rosa. $33. 8pm.707.546.3600.San Geronimo
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August 13: Scavenge di Rosa at di Rosa

Posted on Wed, Aug 10, 2011 at 10:42 AM

It’s not a secret that a quick recipe for happiness is food, wine, art and music. Scavenge di Rosa has it all in one place, and they’re even throwing in a scavenger hunt spread across the di Rosa grounds. Indie band Deluna will play, and participants will have access to the “Zombie-Proof House” exhibition. Food trucks from Le Truc, Kingdom Cake and Yo el Rey Roasting supply the eats. Get your scavenge on this Saturday, Aug. 13, at di Rosa. 5200 Sonoma Hwy., Napa. $25 for members; $45 general. 6–9pm. 707.226.5991.
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August 12: Uke-A-Palooza at Oxbow Public Market

Posted By on Wed, Aug 10, 2011 at 10:37 AM

Nothing conveys the feeling of summer sun quite like ukulele music. The folks at Napa Valley’s Oxbow Public Market know how much we all wish we were in Hawaii, so they’ve teamed up with Judd’s Hill Winery to bring Uke-A-Palooza to Napa. Denny Moynahan, aka King Kukulele, internationally renowned comedian and musician, will headline the Polynesian music event, complete with his straw hat, lei and grass skirt. Proceeds from a raffle will benefit the Napa Valley Youth Symphony. Hula on over on Sunday, Aug. 12, to the Oxbow Public Market. 610 First St., Napa. Free. 6–9pm. 707.253.0868.


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August 13: The Kalahari Experience at San Geronimo Valley Community Center

Posted on Wed, Aug 10, 2011 at 10:37 AM

Get in touch with your wild side! If you can’t travel to go on safari, this is the next best thing. The Kalahari Experience: Voices of South Africa, with members of Zulu Spear, brings the sounds, beats and spirits of the Kalahari Desert to the North Bay. Band Zulu Spear was founded in Northern California and over the course of a long career once performed for Nelson Mandela. Succumb to the experience on Saturday, Aug. 13, at the San Geronimo Valley Community Center. 6350 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., San Geronimo. $16. 8pm. 415.488.8888.

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Across the Bridge: August 10-16

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Consistently underrated project of Mark Everett, the Randy Newman of his time. Aug 11 at Great American Music Hall.Outside Lands Festival

Arcade Fire, Deadmau5, Phish, Muse, Black Keys, the Roots and many more. Aug 12-14 in Golden Gate Park.Buffy Sainte-Marie

Classic folk songstress makes rare small-club appearance. Aug 14 at Yoshi’s SF.Bomb the Music Industry

Do you know their songs? Band policy says you can show up and join the band onstage. Aug 15 at Bottom of the Hill.The Go-Go’s

Or, in other words: remembering all the songs that were so much better than “We Got the Beat.” Aug 16 at the Fillmore.

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