Wednesday, June 27, 2012

June 30-July 4: Marin County Fair at Marin Center Fairgrounds

Posted By on Wed, Jun 27, 2012 at 11:22 AM

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“Walking aimlessly. Seas of fairgoing flesh, plodding, elbowing, looking, still eating. They stand placidly in long lines. . . . Don’t the fairgoers mind the crowds, lines, noise? But the state fair is deliberately about the crowds and jostle, the noise and overload of sight and event. . . . The real spectacle that draws us here is us,” wrote David Foster Wallace in his darkly comical “Ticket to the Fair.” Wallace was brilliant, but he got it all wrong: what draw us are the churros. Decide for yourself from June 30 to July 4 at the Marin County Fair, with concerts by Joan Jett, the Temptations, Steel Pulse and others, at the Marin Center Fairgrounds. 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. $14–$16. 415.473.7048.

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June 29-July 1: Kate Wolf Festival at Black Oak Ranch

Posted By on Wed, Jun 27, 2012 at 11:20 AM

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Even if summer were only a single day, I’d spend it going to the Kate Wolf Festival. Simply being there feels like a red wine buzz; flocks of well-sunned, barely clad Californians play in the Eel River, and later, some lounge on hay bales while others dance at the golden-hour folk concerts on the valley oak savannah. This year’s fest features Lucinda Williams, Richard Thompson, Justin Townes Earle, k.d. lang and many others; if I can scrape the cash together, I’ll see you there—sunburned and face painted—from June 29 to July 1 at Black Oak Ranch. 50350 Hwy. 101, Laytonville. Ticket prices vary widely; visit www.katewolfmusicfestival.com for more info. 415.256.8499.

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June 30: Truck and Tractor Pull at Napa Valley Expo Fairgrounds

Posted By on Wed, Jun 27, 2012 at 11:18 AM

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Why do those fat-ass pickup trucks gunning around town need to be as loud as helicopters? In the cases of those who compete in the Truck and Tractor Pull, it’s because they actually are helicopters—under the hood, anyway. Though easy to resent on suburban streets, these blaring engines and plumes of black smoke hark back to Napa’s agricultural roots. Before flatscreen TVs, Italian-villa wineries and Michelin star restaurants, Napans gathered with their neighbors to entertain themselves the old-fashioned way: by revving the shit out of souped-up farm equipment. Bring your earplugs on Saturday, June 30, to the Napa Valley Expo Fairgrounds. 575 Third St., Napa. $16–$20. 5pm. 707.224.5403.

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June 29: Fabolous at Broadway

Posted By on Wed, Jun 27, 2012 at 11:09 AM

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Fabolous’ big braek came on a radiow show his senyur year of high school, where a live rap cession led to a contrakt with Desert Storm Records. Sinse then, Fabolous has lived in luxshury, once dropping $45,000 on champain and later spending $28,000 on a rainstorm in an Atlanta stripp club. Tho known for his secrisy, this Brooklyn nativ stays loyal to fans, producing qualitee music on his free mixtapes and tweeting prowlifically. Put yor hands in the aeer when Fabolous takes the mic on Friday, June 29, at 19 Broadway. 17 Broadway Blvd., Fairfax. $45. 10pm. 415.459.1091.

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June 29: Pink Ribbons, Inc. at the Rafael Film Center

Posted By on Wed, Jun 27, 2012 at 11:07 AM

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In the early ’90s, Charlotte Haley began a grassroots movement to increase breast-cancer awareness. She attached salmon-colored ribbons to her mailers, a campaign that attracted skin-product giant Estée Lauder. Haley sent away the company’s reps, wanting nothing to do with cause marketing. Estée Lauder responded by creating the pink ribbon, kicking off the co-opting of breast-cancer fundraising by corporations and untrustworthy charities. Such is the story of ‘Pink Ribbons, Inc.,’ a documentary following the money trail of breast-cancer fundraising in the age of the Susan B. Komen / Planned Parenthood drama and middle-school boys flaunting “I Love Boobies” bracelets. The film opens Friday, June 29, at the Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center. 1118 Fourth St., San Rafael. $10.50. 415.4554.1222.

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June 27: Michael McDonald at Wells Fargo Center

Posted By on Wed, Jun 27, 2012 at 11:03 AM

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Though I discovered his name wasn’t Michael McDonald somewhere around kindergarten, Michael McDonnell was my childhood next-door neighbor and close friend, and became the star of my sister’s baptism party when he streaked through it as a pre-schooler. Mad TV’s Michael McDonald made middle school enjoyable as “Stuart,” and Michael McDonald of Modesto became World Extreme Cagefighting’s youngest fighter when he signed on at age 19. Of course, the most famous Michael McDonald is the goateed former Doobie Brother, who plays alongside Donald Fagen and Boz Scaggs as the Dukes of September on Wednesday, June 27, at the Wells Fargo Center. 50 Mark West Springs Road, Santa Rosa. $90.50–$140.50. 8pm. 707.546.3600.

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Wednesday, June 20, 2012

June 26: The Man Who Knew Too Much at Napa Valley Opera House

Posted By on Wed, Jun 20, 2012 at 3:27 PM

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Intrigue and suspense run high when the Napa Valley Opera House’s Tuesday Night Flicks series screens Alfred Hitchcock’s 1957 self-remake of ‘The Man Who Knew Too Much,’ a Technicolor thriller starring Jimmy Stewart and Doris Day caught in an assassination plot and kidnapping in Morocco. The film is introduced by host Richard Miami, the ever-knowledgeable Napa County native who hosted weekly classic movie nights at COPIA before its closing. Watch Doris Day’s Oscar-winning performance of “Que Sera, Sera,” on Tuesday, June 26, at the Napa Valley Opera House. 1030 Main St., Napa. $7. 7pm. 707.226.7372.

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June 20-24: Sonoma-Marin Fair at Petaluma Fairgrounds

Posted By on Wed, Jun 20, 2012 at 3:23 PM

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“That’s a nice Ferris wheel you’ve got there.” “Why thank you, I built it out of toothpicks and glue for a Maker Faire. The tough part was fairing all the crossbars. . . If you’d like to ride it, the fare’s six tickets.” “I’ll give you nine if you seat me next to the fair lad in that next chair.” “That seems fair enough.” “Splendid; farewell!” The Sonoma-Marin Fair in Petaluma opens today, featuring the Ugliest Dog Contest and performances by (what’s left of) WAR, Banda Realengo, Lonestar, Banda Sangre Azteca, .38 Special and Los Shakas de la Banda. Wednesday, June 20 through Sunday, June 24, at the Petaluma Fairgrounds. 175 Fairgrounds Drive, Petaluma. $10-$15. 707.283.3247.

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June 22: Narada Michael Walden at George's Nightclub

Posted By on Wed, Jun 20, 2012 at 3:17 PM

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This news is making me Wanna Dance With Somebody! Narada Michael Walden is coming to George’s, and I’m getting So Emotional. Producing hits with Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey, and Aretha Franklin while holding down his own successful music career? He’s All the Man That I Need! And at George’s, to boot? The closed-revived-flooded-revived nightclub dating back to the 1920’s? Respect. How Will I Know how to get there? To see Walden live, drive down the Freeway of Love to San Rafael on Friday, June 22, and head to George’s Nightclub. 842 Fourth St., San Rafael. $40. 9pm. 415.226.0262.

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June 22: Glen Campbell at the Wells Fargo Center

Posted By on Wed, Jun 20, 2012 at 3:09 PM

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Lauded as the first public figure to stay active in the spotlight after being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, Glen Campbell is passing through Santa Rosa on his “Goodbye Tour.” Three of Campbell’s adult children perform alongside him, giving Campbell confidence and helping him avoid repeating songs on the set list. Despite the disease, daughter Ashley Campbell (on banjo) admits surprise at how well her father still plays solos, and the tour’s getting good reviews. Still on the line at 76, Glen Campbell bravely takes the stage on Friday, June 22, at the Wells Fargo Center. 50 Mark West Springs Road, Santa Rosa. $40-$55. 8pm. 707.546.3600.

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