Wednesday, June 13, 2012

June 18: Terry Tempest Williams at Book Passage in Corte Madera

Posted by on Wed, Jun 13, 2012 at 5:30 PM

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When President Bill Clinton dedicated the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument in 1996, ending a battle between mining interests and environmental activists, he held up Terry Tempest Williams’ anthology Testimony: Writers Speak on Behalf of Utah Wilderness and said, “This made a difference.” Both as an activist and a prolific writer, Williams, a sixth-generation Utah Mormon, has become a leading voice for the desert West. Williams presents her latest work, When Women Were Birds, on Monday, June 18, at Book Passage. 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. Free. 5pm. 415.927.0960.

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June 16: TEDx Sonoma County at the Jackson Theater

Posted by on Wed, Jun 13, 2012 at 5:25 PM

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In a comical effort to reverse-engineer the ultimate TED Talk, bioinformatics expert Sebastian Wernicke recently analyzed over 500 TED transcripts, comments and presentations. His deduction? The best possible subject for a TED Talk is French coffee’s effect on happiness in the brain. (Other tidbits: TED presenters would do well to go over the time limit, but not to cite the New York Times.) Though not officiated by TED, this weekend’s TED-style TEDx Sonoma County boasts an impressive lineup, including former astronaut Joseph Allen, YouTube sensations Pomplamoose, Pepperwood Preserve’s Ben Benson, poet and former National Endowment for the Arts chairman Dana Gioia, Healdsburg author and farmer Dan Imhoff and many others. Hear from the experts on Saturday, June 16, at the Jackson Theater. 440 Day School Place, Santa Rosa. $25–$40. 1pm. 707.284.3200.

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June 16: Jon Anderson at the Napa Valley Opera House

Posted by on Wed, Jun 13, 2012 at 5:19 PM

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In 1983, the year of the “Owner of a Lonely Heart” video, all it took for Yes lead singer Jon Anderson to transform into an eagle was a trench coat and a bird call. He was soon followed by Chris Squire, transforming into a large black snake with nothing but the sound of a rattle. In 1983, we demanded so much less of our special effects crews. How are you gonna turn into a monitor lizard with a twist of your foot? What does that guy’s suit have to do with transforming into a cat? In any case, Anderson has returned to human form, and is currently touring solo and acoustically. See Anderson play, and possibly transfigure, on Saturday, June 16, at the Napa Valley Opera House. 1030 Main St., Napa. $40. 8pm. 707.226.7372.

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June 15: Bastard Sons of Johnny Cash at the Cloverdale Plaza

Posted by on Wed, Jun 13, 2012 at 5:12 PM

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Under a sliver of moon, the Bastard Sons of Johnny Cash wander into town. Leather boots clunking, flannel shirts rippling in the wind, one of the Bastards tilts his 10-gallon hat to shield his eyes. Cue tumbleweed blowing across Main Street. Named as such with Johnny Cash’s blessings, the Bastard Sons of Johnny Cash blend Americana and alternative country to complement Cloverdale’s small-town summer market well. Truckers? Amphetamines? Small Southern cities? It’s all in there on Friday, June 15, at the Cloverdale Plaza. First and Main streets, Cloverdale. Free. 7pm. 707.894.4410.

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Thursday, June 7, 2012

June 13: Unknown Hinson at Hopmonk Tavern

Posted by on Thu, Jun 7, 2012 at 11:55 AM

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Liquid chicken, bayby! You have problems with your dentalware? Does your gums bleed and getcha infected? Well, the answer to all your prawblems is in this lil’ bottle. You can eat liquid chicken with a straw. It got all the vitamins and minerals of solid chicken, but it don’t promote tooth decay . . . Enter Unknown Hinson, everything you thought was weird about country-music culture in concentrated form. Muttonchop sideburns of questionable authenticity, oft-indecipherable redneck dialogue, twangy geetar and all the rest take the stage on Wednesday, June 13, at Hopmonk Tavern. 230 Petaluma Ave, Sebastopol. $18. 8:30pm. 707.829.7300.

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June 9-10: Novato Festival of Arts, Wine, and Music at Grant Avenue in Novato

Posted by on Thu, Jun 7, 2012 at 11:42 AM

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Novato. Land of abandoned airport hangars and ’80s suburban sprawl . . . or so it would seem. Long inhabited by the Coast Miwok, Novato was settled by whites via Mexican land grant issued in 1839—and soon after, with what this writer considers the most photogenic oak-to-grassland ratio in California on surrounding hillsides, the Novato Festival of Arts, Wine and Music attracted a crowd exactly 116 percent larger than the population of the city. Beer. Wine. Food. Music. You know the drill. Get your summer on with headliners Chuck Prophet, Cold Blood and others on Saturday and Sunday, June 9–10, in downtown Novato. Grant Avenue between Redwood Boulevard and Seventh Street. 10am–7pm. $5. 415.897.1164.

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June 9: Burning Spear at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds

Posted by on Thu, Jun 7, 2012 at 11:37 AM

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Yeah, so Harmony’s cancelled this year. Without sounding like I’ve been going since way back when, I thought it was getting a little watered down anyway: the festivities were shifting toward smuggled 40s and away from Hula Hoops, you know? While Harmony Festival organizers figure out what to do next year, the Sonoma County Fairgrounds won’t sit idly by this weekend. Behold Burning Spear, returning to Sonoma County after many years to satisfy those summer reggae cravings at the Higher Vision Festival. Experience this rastafari icon playing with Tinariwen (profiled in last week’s Bohemian) on Saturday, June 9, at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds. 1350 Bennett Valley Road, Santa Rosa. 11am–10pm. $32–$47. 707.322.3595.

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June 9: Kenny Burrell at the Raven Theater

Posted by on Thu, Jun 7, 2012 at 11:32 AM

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What does the University of California in Los Angeles have in common with Dizzy Gillespie? Kenny Burrell, consummate jazz guitarist and director of jazz studies at UCLA. Referred to by those types who hang out at record stores as “true jazz royalty,” Burrell’s been picking guitar as sideman to other big jazz names since the ’50s, and led recording session dates for more albums than you can read out loud in a minute. A Blue Note veteran and one of the last living links to John Coltrane, Burrell plays both solo and with his trio as part of the Healdsburg Jazz Festival on Saturday, June 9, at the Raven Theater. 115 North St., Healdsburg. 8pm. $45. 707.838.3006.

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June 7: AfriCali eXperience at Aubergine

Posted by on Thu, Jun 7, 2012 at 11:23 AM

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Around these parts, permaculture normally means mandala gardens, bare feet, western Sonoma County and tree kale. But it’s more than an alternative farming method; as a portmanteau of “permanent culture,” it’s a way of observing social and agricultural systems holistically, and of studying the relationships between the parts of a whole. The AfriCali eXperience shines light on the oft-neglected social side of permaculture, with music by South African–bred artist Eyezon and the People Like Us Band, Inner Riddim, King Hopeton and more. Art and sustainable social systems come together on Thursday, June 7, at Aubergine. 755 Petaluma Ave., Sebastopol. 8pm. 707.861.9190.

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