Thursday, December 8, 2011

Dec. 10: Lee 'Scratch' Perry and the Wailers at the Uptown Theatre

Posted By on Thu, Dec 8, 2011 at 10:32 PM

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The term “secret weapon” is usually reserved for special ops. But Jamaica native Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry, the often-overlooked grandfather behind countless reggae and dub productions, is the true secret weapon behind the development and subsequent acceptance of the bass-heavy, bombastic genre of dubstep. Were it not for Perry’s mixing-board experiments and daring progression of reggae music, the heavy-hitting sounds of dubstep would have never come to fruition. Perry takes the stage along with the Wailers on Saturday, Dec. 10, at the Uptown Theatre. 1350 Third St., Napa. 8pm. $42. 707.259.0123.

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Dec. 8: Christian McBride at 142 Throckmorton

Posted By on Thu, Dec 8, 2011 at 10:20 PM

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The most influential people don’t always come in the form of politicians and humanitarians. American Jazz bassist Christian McBride is a wide-ranging virtuoso in his own right, having appeared on close to 300 recordings before reaching the age of 40. Though his résumé is a long list of collaborations with artists like Sting, Queen Latifah and James Brown, his unrivaled jazz chops speak for themselves. Join McBride with friends Bob Weir, Rob Wasserman, Jay Lane and more on Thursday, Dec. 8 at 142 Throckmorton Theater. 142 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley. 8pm. $75—$125. 415.383.9600.

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Dec. 11: 'Sutro's: The Palace at Land's End' at the Rafael Film Center

Posted By on Thu, Dec 8, 2011 at 10:17 PM

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Pee-laden swimming pools filled with unwashed, bratty kids are oftentimes the only option for those without oversized tubs of their own. San Francisco’s Sutro Baths, once the world’s largest indoor swimming pool establishment, burned down some 45 years ago, but in its heyday boasted seven pools, one freshwater and six saltwater, all with varying temperatures. ‘Sutro’s: The Palace at Land’s End,’ a documentary by Tom Wyrsch, explores the rise and fall of the once world-famous complex. Wyrsch appears in person to share the film on Sunday, Dec. 11, at the Rafael Film Center. 1118 Fourth St., San Rafael. 4:15pm. $10.25. 415.454.1222.

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Dec. 9: Charlie Hunter at the Mystic Theatre

Posted By on Thu, Dec 8, 2011 at 10:16 PM

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Mastering a six-string guitar is a daunting enough task on its own, but perfecting the art of playing an eight-string guitar—well, that’s just ridiculous, right? Mind-boggling jazz guitarist Charlie Hunter can usually be found playing bass lines, rhythm guitar and solos simultaneously on one of his custom-made, eight-string guitars. At the age of four, his mom packed him and his sister in a yellow school bus to head west, landing in Mendocino County. Their travels led them to Berkeley and, as they say, the rest is history. Watch the master at work on Friday, Dec. 9, at the Mystic Theatre. 23 Petaluma Blvd., Petaluma. 8pm. $21. 707.765.2121.

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Dec. 7-13: Across the Bridge

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

Erykah Badu
Anyone who reprises Graham Central Station’s “Happy to See You Again” is okay in my book. Dec 9 at the Warfield.

Dragon Smoke
Ivan Neville plus Eric Lindell plus Galactic’s rhythm section equals all-night NoLa boogie-down. Dec 9 at the Independent.

Ahmad Jamal
Eighty-one year-old jazz piano master retains probing sense of improvisational magic. Dec 10 at Herbst Theatre.

Scratch Acid
The reunion tour! Or, the only way such a weird band could ever be playing this venue. Dec 14 at the Fillmore.

Jesse Sykes & the Sweet Hereafter
Waifish alt-country songstress backed by heavy-ass stoner metal dudes plays free in-store. Dec 14 at Amoeba SF.

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Thursday, December 1, 2011

Dec. 3: San Francisco's Gay Men's Chorus at the Center for Spiritual Living

Posted on Thu, Dec 1, 2011 at 11:26 AM

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Though the most enticing aspect of the Christmas season may be the presents that Santa leaves under the tree, the most fulfilling aspect is the gift of giving, especially to those in need. The San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus ring in the season with Joyous, Jolly, Jingles: A Home for the Holidays Concert, where all proceeds benefit HIV testing and services at Face to Face. Highly acclaimed conductor Tim Seelig leads the fantastic chorus Saturday, Dec. 3, at the Center for Spiritual Living. 2075 Occidental Road, Santa Rosa. 7:30pm. $25–$35.

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Dec. 3: Deborah Winters at Throckmorton Theater

Posted on Thu, Dec 1, 2011 at 11:18 AM

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Music just isn’t what it used to be. What was once an industry for the artistically inclined has morphed into an enterprise primarily for making money. Lifelong San Francisco–area resident Deborah Winters keeps music’s original intention alive, exploring jazz from the 1940s and onward. With influences like Ella Fitzgerald and Duke Ellington, Winters reexamines the history of jazz on her latest album, Lovers After All. She sings on Saturday, Dec. 3, at 142 Throckmorton Theatre. 142 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley. 8pm. $26–$35. 415.383.9600.

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Dec. 1: The Nightmare Before Christmas at Spreckles

Posted on Thu, Dec 1, 2011 at 11:07 AM

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The allure of dark comedy and quirky, misunderstood characters are staples found throughout the career of legendary filmmaker Tim Burton. Classical & Contemporary Dance with Tamara Grose takes on the daunting task of translating ‘The Nightmare Before Christmas’ into a dance routine as captivating as the film. The dance group channels Nightmare favorites Jack Skellington, Sally and Sandy Claws on Wednesday, Nov. 30, and Thursday, Dec.1, at the Spreckels Center. 5409 Snyder Lane, Rohnert Park. 7pm. $15–$20. 707.588.3434.

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Across the Bridge: Nov. 30 - Dec. 6

Posted on Thu, Dec 1, 2011 at 11:01 AM

Johnny Mathis

Christmas just ain’t Christmas without a miraculously high falsetto. Dec 2 at the Paramount Theater.

Yo! Majesty

Florida’s dynamic lesbian hip-hop duo brings back the pulse of 2008 in small club. Dec 3 at the Hemlock Tavern.

Cass McCombs

Literature, Kodachrome and drug use all find a place in McCombs’ music. Dec 4 at Great American Music Hall.

Peter Murphy

No one takes a free apple and everyone wears black jeans when former Bauhaus frontman plays. Dec 4 at the Fillmore.

Chelsea Wolfe

Gothic folk artist with a penchant for drone and the scariest set of eyes you’ll ever see. Dec 4 at Bottom of the Hill.

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