Wednesday, July 11, 2012

July 17: Ray Davies at Uptown Theatre

Posted By on Wed, Jul 11, 2012 at 2:35 PM

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Once the Kinks’ lead singer, Ray Davies is still going strong on his own, finishing up yet another album See My Friends. In addition, this Brit’s also been touring solo in both his tea-guzzling homeland and all over our coffee-addicted America. But he’s not completely alone—his supporting band is the 88, a young Californian band, Kinks aficionados themselves who ‘auditioned’ by sending him their recordings of some of his songs. They’ve been together for quite a while, so I wonder if they ever have backstage fights over what biscuits and chips really are. Whatever the case, Ray Davies plus the 88? Do the math—it’s going to be smashing. You really got me on Tuesday, July 17, at the Uptown Theatre. 1350 Third St., Napa. $52. 8pm. 707.259.0123.

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July 17: Brews and Bites at Lagunitas Brewing Co.

Posted By on Wed, Jul 11, 2012 at 2:34 PM

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Chill at Lagunitas’ Beer Sanctuary for some Brews and Bites. Enjoy Lagunitas beer and wine with Rosso’s brick-oven pizza, and some fresh picked community grown salad from the Bounty Farm. The Lexicon of Sustainability project will be exhibiting some riveting photography and the steel-hided, gold-hearted Highway Poets will be playing their sweet muses. Get drunk and enjoy good music with a good conscience—all proceeds will be donated to Petaluma Bounty’s programs to make healthy and affordable food available to everyone. Oh, and bring the kids—ages 6 and under are free. Just don’t fill their baby bottles with IPA on Tuesday, July 17, at Lagunitas Brewing Co. 1280 North McDowell Blvd., Petaluma. $20. 5:30pm. 707.778.8776.

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July 14: Healdsburg Water Carnival at Memorial Beach

Posted By on Wed, Jul 11, 2012 at 2:32 PM

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If there’s one thing that Healdsburgers do well, it’s bringing parties to the water. Join them at the Healdsburg Water Carnival when the White Swan and other floats come down the Russian River. Live music, food vendors, sales booths, and activities will follow—are those people paddling on wine barrels? Nothing finishes off this all-day event like a good dinner, drinks, and a live music by the fearless Jazz Mafia (an offer you definitely can’t refuse). And don’t forget the fashion! Be the best-dressed bather for the Vintage Bathing Suit Contest, and grow out those whiskers for the Whiskeroo Contest! It’s wet and wild on Saturday, July 14, at Memorial Beach, Healdsburg. 11am. Daytime activities free; evening concert $25. 707.565.2041.

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July 13: Melvin Seals and the JGB at Cloverdale Plaza

Posted By on Wed, Jul 11, 2012 at 2:30 PM

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If you moved to Cloverdale to escape from the tofu-eating liberal hippie horde that is everything south of Cloverale, then the joke’s on you. You’d better lock your doors and hide your kids if you don’t want them smoking the crazy reefer and running off as groupies with Melvin Seals and the JGB. For those of you who aren’t nudist hippie shamans and don’t know, Melvin Seals and members of the JGB played with that total stoner guy Jerry Garcia as the Jerry Garcia Band. The band’s arrival marks a six-percent jump in Cloverdale’s total African American population, and a 100-percent increase in the city’s hella-long-beard-and-dreadlocked-guy community. Watch the local truckers recoil from the patchouli on Friday, July 13, at the Cloverdale Plaza. Broad St. at N. Cloverdale Blvd., Cloverdale. Free. 7pm. 707.894.4410.

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July 13: Tangerine Dream at Uptown Theatre

Posted By on Wed, Jul 11, 2012 at 2:29 PM

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July 12: Richard Heinberg at Spring Lake Village Auditorium

Posted By on Wed, Jul 11, 2012 at 2:26 PM

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If the recession’s taught us anything, it’s to maximize happiness rather than pursue economic growth, which is known to falter. But what if it’s faltering permanently? Richard Heinberg, the author of ten books including The Party’s Over, Peak Everything and The End of Growth, is regarded as one of the world’s most effective communicators of the urgent need to transition away from fossil fuels. This avid violin player is also a leading educator on Peak Oil—the point where we reach maximum global oil production—and is a senior fellow-in-residence at the Post Carbon Institute. Come hear Heinberg speak on the economy of the future for the World Affairs Council of Sonoma County on Thursday, July 12, at Spring Lake Village Auditorium. 5555 Montgomery Dr, Santa Rosa. 7:30pm. 707.538.8899.

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July 11: Dan Imhoff and the Cahoots at Redwood Cafe

Posted By on Wed, Jul 11, 2012 at 2:14 PM

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Dan Imhoff, editor of the graphic coffe table book CAFO: The Tragedy of Industrial Animal Factories, doesn’t just call for reform of industrial animal food production in his free time—he also plays jazz! Like their 2012 album’s namesake, Dan Imhoff and the Cahoots live off the Fat of the Land, blending country, rock, blues and jazz in original compositions titled “Drill Baby Drill,” “The Sun Shines for All,” and “Long Lonely Road.” Who knows what else Imhoff has up his sleeve? No cahoots about it, Imhoff takes us back to the farm with bandmates Eric Neilson, Mike Brunson, Craig Anderson, and Dru Rodgers on Wednesday, July 11, at the Redwood Cafe. 8240 Old Redwood Highway, Cotati. 8pm. 707.795.7868.

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Tuesday, July 3, 2012

July 7: San Rafael Twilight Criterium in Downtown San Rafael

Posted By on Tue, Jul 3, 2012 at 1:22 PM

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It’s Tour de France time again, with Phil Liggett and Paul Sherwen excitedly announcing the sprints at the end of each stage. The San Rafael Twilight Criterium, once called cycling’s answer to NASCAR, takes the intensity of those sprinting Tour de France finishes and lengthens it to an entire event. Hundreds of cyclists whir through downtown San Rafael at 40 miles per hour; the crowd drinks beer and waves cowbells at this big bike party, more festival than race in the downtime between heats. Then, the sun sets; likely with a higher crash rate, the races continue into the early night. Put the fun between your legs on Saturday, July 7, in downtown San Rafael. Fourth and Fifth streets, between A and D streets. 2–8pm. Free. No phone.

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July 7: Hot Buttered Rum at Osher Marin Jewish Community Center

Posted By on Tue, Jul 3, 2012 at 1:21 PM

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Pour half a cup boiling water into a mug; add a fingerpicking acoustic guitarist. Stir in a teaspoon of brown sugar and a tablespoon of butter. Cue bass line, plucked on a standup. Stir in a couple ounces of rum, and top off with equal parts mandolin and banjo players. Sprinkle nutmeg, vocals on top; garnish with slide guitar or fiddle if desired. Wonderful—you’ve just scalded the band Hot Buttered Rum and then doused them with liquor in a cheesy recipe metaphor. Just let them play bluegrass on Saturday, July 7, at the Osher Marin Jewish Community Center. 200 N. San Pedro Road, San Rafael. $20 nonmembers. 7pm. 415.491.1235.

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July 6: Lyle Lovett at the Uptown Theatre

Posted By on Tue, Jul 3, 2012 at 1:19 PM

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That’s right, Lyle Lovett, I’m not from Texas. But why mess with Texas? Californians are ranked happier than Texans, probably because our state’s prettier and smarter; the California Floristic Province is one of the most ecologically important regions in the world, and we’ve got more top-ranked universities than any other state. Sure, our government’s a mess, but why pride yourself on low Texas taxes when you’ve got one of the highest poverty rates in the country and rank among the least healthy? I’m sure, someday, our states will settle their differences over dinner at a taqueria. Still, Lyle Lovett, California wants you anyway. Lyle Lovett and his acoustic group play on Friday, July 6, at the Uptown Theatre. 1350 Third St., Napa. $85. 8pm. 707.259.0123.

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