Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Across the Bridge: March 21 - 28

Posted By on Wed, Mar 21, 2012 at 11:01 AM

Sharon von Etten
Indie-crooning ‘It Girl’ from Brooklyn drives a tumbling emotional thread on latest, ‘Tramp.’ Mar 21 at the Independent.

Of Montreal
Kevin Barnes’ ongoing glam-disco-goth experiment involves unpredictable theatrics. Mar 22 at the Fillmore.

Casual
Heiroglyphics rapper and Bay Area rep behind ‘Fear Itself’ plays the jazz club. Mar 22 at Yoshi’s SF.

Classics of Love
In the wake of thier strongest album yet, featuring Jesse Michaels from Operation Ivy. Mar 24 at Bottom of the Hill.

Quantic with Alice Russell
Genre-trotting producer is at his funkiest and most soulful with powerhouse female vocalist. Mar 24 at Mezzanine.

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Wednesday, March 14, 2012

March 18: Little Feat at the Uptown Theatre

Posted By on Wed, Mar 14, 2012 at 10:53 AM

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What’s it called when you put 30 years of California rock, funk, folk, jazz, country, rockabilly and New Orleans swamp-boogie music together? It’s Little Feat—and that has nothing to do with the Land Before Time dinosaur movies. A distinctively American rock band, the group was created after Frank Zappa fired Lowell George and told him to start his own band. Thanks, Frank! In the years since, Little Feat has jammed all over the country with artists like Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson, Bonnie Raitt, Robert Plant and John Lee Hooker, just to mention a few. Though George is no longer with us, Little Feat is still going strong. Catch them on Sunday, March 18, at the Uptown Theatre. 1350 Third St., Napa. 8pm. $35—$40. 707.259.0123.

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March 17: Peter Frampton at the Marin Center

Posted By on Wed, Mar 14, 2012 at 10:49 AM

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(Attention: The following must be read through a “talk box.”) Well, I woke up this morning with a wine glass in my hand. Who’s wine? What wine? Where the hell did I dine? And can I get in on this week’s old-fashioned Peter Frampton action? Playing live this weekend in celebration of the 35th anniversary of his multi-platinum-selling double-live album Frampton Comes Alive!—in “a highly-spirited and expertly played recreation of the live album”—Frampton brings back memories of being stoned and wondering what the hell he was saying in that extended guitar-voice solo. Maybe find out this year on Saturday, March 17, at the Marin Center. 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. 8pm. $50—$90. 415.499.6400.

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March 22: Bart Schneider at Reader's Books

Posted By on Wed, Mar 14, 2012 at 10:44 AM

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In local author Bart Schneider’s novel Nameless Dame, a mysterious murder is the talk of the town in Guerneville. Without giving too much away, this gripping mystery travels around Sonoma County in search of information linked to the crime. It’s just like getting in the middle of a real police investigation in the local neighborhood, without having to deal with the actual life-risking danger that’s involved. It’s up to Minnesota private investigator Augie Boyer to uncover the strange schemes happening up and down the coast before it’s too late. Get even closer to the action when Schneider reads and discusses his book on Thursday, March 15, at Readers’ Books (130 E. Napa St., Sonoma; 7:30pm; free; 707.939.1779) and Thursday, March 22, at Guerneville’s own River Reader (16355 Main St., Guerneville; 7pm; free; 707.869.2240).

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March 18: I'm Here at Rafael Film Center

Posted By on Wed, Mar 14, 2012 at 10:38 AM

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The hard drive of a computer is a mysterious place that most humans dare not attempt to fully understand. Is it all wires and hardware? Or is it the computer’s soul? This week, robotics professor Ken Goldberg from UC Berkeley will screen the short film ‘I’m Here,’ a computer love story from director Spike Jonze (Where the Wild Things Are, Being John Malkovich, various kickass music videos). In this short science-fiction romance between two computers in the everyday world, professor Goldberg presents his examples of new robots in relation to his research in “superhuman surgery” and “cloud robotics.” In other words, computers might have feelings too, so think twice before calling your computer every name in the book when it’s running really slow. See the film on Sunday, March 18, at the Rafael Film Center. 1118 Fourth St., San Rafael. $12. 7pm. 415.454.1222.

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March 12 - 19: Across the Bridge

Posted By on Wed, Mar 14, 2012 at 10:34 AM

Willie Nelson
Pockmarked guitar, road-worn tour bus, bottomless bag of songs, sweet leafy aroma. Mar 15 at the Fox Theater.

Michael Gira
Frontman for messy proto-revivalist quintet Swans tours on latest, ‘Songs for a Dog.’ Mar 15 at Great American Music Hall.

?uestlove
Billed as a DJ set, but you never know what to expect with famed hip-hop drummer. Mar 16 at the Independent.

Chrisette Michele
R&B singer takes calssic turn with jazz standards and more. Mar 17 at the Paramount Theatre.

Skream & Benga
Early-aughts UK dubstep pioneers from Croydon show new breed how it’s done. Mar 19 at Regency Ballroom.

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Wednesday, March 7, 2012

March 11: Ivan Neville at Hopmonk Tavern

Posted By on Wed, Mar 7, 2012 at 12:09 PM

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Coming from a family in which musical talent is engraved in the genetic code, Ivan Neville’s success as a singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist with his band Dumpstaphunk is probably inevitable. Add the rich musical culture of New Orleans that’s influenced him since childhood, and you’ve got a recipe as flavorful as a pot of gumbo. Unlike the soft-rock hits of his crooning-falsetto father, Neville’s music is rock and soul with a kick. Go join what’s now known as “one of New Orleans’ most prestigious modern funk ensembles” on Sunday, March 11, at the Hopmonk Tavern. 230 Petaluma Ave., Sebastopol. 8pm. $18-$20. 707.829.7300.

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March 9: Rennie Harris Puremovement at Wells Fargo Center

Posted By on Wed, Mar 7, 2012 at 12:05 PM

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Here’s a different kind of movement that doesn’t have to do with camping on public property and concerned citizens. It’s the Rennie Harris Puremovement dance group. Founded in 1992, the group strives to illustrate to the public what real hip-hop dancing is, rather than the stereotypical hip-hop scene in the media. Puremovement challenges the boundaries of hip-hop and expands the notion further with its uses of dance and acrobatics. They are internationally recognized and do their part to show their enthusiasm by holding workshops, classes, mentoring programs and public performances. Watch them, jump, dance, spin and virtually fly around onstage on Friday, March 9, at the Wells Fargo Center. 50 Mark West Springs Road, Santa Rosa. 8pm. $20—$30. 707.546.3600.

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March 10: Yasmin Golan at the Schulz Museum

Posted By on Wed, Mar 7, 2012 at 11:59 AM

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Can you draw? Animals? Stick figures? I’m not any good at it myself, honestly. Luckily, there’s a Cartoonist—in-Residence program at the Schulz Museum for the artistically challenged to engage with a professional. This weekend, cartoonist Yasmin Golan will be meeting and drawing with the public; one of her larger pieces of work is an illustrated book called My Kitchen, composed of drawings from real-life encounters of the many hard-working people in the food industry. Anyone who’s waited tables certainly knows how Golan’s ink-blotted, faceless characters feel; get out and learn how to turn emotions into illustrations on Saturday, March 10, at the Schulz Museum. 2301 Hardies Lane, Santa Rosa. 1pm. Free. 707.579.4452.

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March 7: Cafe Theatre Comedy Series at the Napa Valley Opera House

Posted By on Wed, Mar 7, 2012 at 11:50 AM

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Ha-ha, very funny. Jokes can be repetitive and dull after you hear about the chicken crossing the road for the hundredth time. Still, everyone can all use a good laugh from time to time, and finding one is as simple as the Cafe Theatre Comedy Series. Mike Pace has excelled at cracking up a crowd with jokes about childhood bullies, awkward restaurant situations and other controversies. Mike knows what he’s doing—he’s already been on shows such as Curb Your Enthusiasm, Comedy Club All Stars and Very Funny Live, and has worked with other comedians like Dana Carvey, Chris Rock and Rodney Dangerfield. He’s joined by standup performer and storyteller Dhaya Lakshminarayanan on Wednesday, March 7, at the Napa Valley Opera House. 1030 Main St., Napa. 7:30pm. $15. 707.226.7372.

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