Thursday, October 25, 2012

Oct. 27 and Oct. 28: Zombie Walk at Copperfield's Books

Posted By on Thu, Oct 25, 2012 at 11:59 AM

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The cool thing about zombies is you can get totally creative with them. For example, last year my Halloween costume was Zombie Laura Ingalls. The costuming possibilities abound! Zombie Buster Posey! Zombie Mitt Romney! Zombie Beyoncé! In honor of Halloween, Copperfield’s Books hosts two Zombie Walks through Petaluma and Sebastopol, where people have permission to terrorize humans in the farmers market and lumber through town moaning, “Brains! Brains!” Make sure to stay for the party afterwards and get some treats and maybe an award or two. The zombies walk on Saturday, Oct. 27, at Copperfield’s Petaluma (140 Kentucky St., Petaluma; 2pm. 707.762.0563) and Sunday, Oct. 28, at Copperfield’s Sebastopol (176 N. Main St., Sebastopol; 11am; 707.823.2618).

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Oct. 26: John Mayall at the Uptown Theatre

Posted By on Thu, Oct 25, 2012 at 11:59 AM

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The music scene in 1965 London must have been a mind-blowing thing to witness. That’s when Peter Green, Eric Clapton, Keith Richards and Steve Winwood began to discover the blues of American greats like John Lee Hooker, Sonny Boy Williamson, Buddy Guy and the like. John Mayall, with his vicious multi-instrumentalist talents and ear for the blues, was at the head of the pack. Just listen to the classic album John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers with Eric Clapton and be transported back to a bloody good musical epoch. At almost 80 years of age, Mayall continues to rock the stage, backed up by decades of experience. He plays Friday, Oct. 26, at the Uptown Theatre. 1350 Third St., Napa. $30—$35. 8pm. 707.259.0123.

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Oct. 25: Glenn Matlock at 19 Broadway

Posted By on Thu, Oct 25, 2012 at 11:55 AM

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There’s no argument against the fact that in the realms of punk-rock history, the Sex Pistols were super-important. Glenn Matlock was the bass player until he was kicked out in 1977, replaced by Sid Vicious. More than 30 years later, he continues to tour as “Glenn Matlock of the Sex Pistols.” Interestingly, PiL, Johnny Rotten’s “other band,” plays the same night in San Francisco. Perfect opportunity for a clandestine, midnight Pistols reunion at the midway point of the Golden Gate Bridge! Glenn Matlock shows off punk rock’s ancient history on Thursday, Oct. 25, at 19 Broadway. 17 Broadway Blvd., Fairfax. $10—$12. 9pm. 415.459.1091.

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Oct. 25: Daniel Coshnear at the River Reader

Posted By on Thu, Oct 25, 2012 at 11:51 AM

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Learning about the closing of another independent bookstore is one of the most heartbreaking things to hear as a book lover. So it’s with heavy heart that we watch the River Reader, Guerneville’s only independent bookstore, shut its doors at the end of October. “Despite my best efforts and your support, I am going to have to close,” says Susan Ryan, the store’s proprietor. Fortunately, October events will go as planned, including a reading by Daniel Coshnear, award-winning Guerneville writer whose latest collection, Occupy and Other Stories, is out this month on Kelly’s Cove Press. Coshnear reads Thursday, Oct. 25, at the River Reader. 16355 Main St., Guerneville. 7pm. Free. 707.869.2240.

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Thursday, October 18, 2012

Oct. 20: Bill Maher at the Green Music Center

Posted By on Thu, Oct 18, 2012 at 11:47 AM

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Bill Maher definitely has a problem with religion, as seen in his 2008 film Religulous. Does he have the same issue with being sponsored by MasterCard? Apparently not, since Maher’s bringing his particular brand of sarcastic, comedian-politics to Weill Hall this week. The former TV host and standup veteran doesn’t seem to shirk from taking on the big guns, so it’ll be interesting to see what he addresses in his latest show, billed as “Countdown to Election 2012.” Bring a flask and make a “Poking Fun at Romney” drinking game out of the night! Bill Maher appears on Saturday, Oct. 20, at the Green Music Center. 1801 East Cotati Ave., Santa Rosa. $49.75—$89.75. 8pm. 866.955.6040.

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Oct. 19-21: Petaluma International Film Festival at Boulevard Cinemas

Posted By on Thu, Oct 18, 2012 at 11:43 AM

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The nice thing about film festivals is that they provide access to work that might otherwise be hard to find. The Petaluma international Film Festival celebrates four years with a selection of movies from all corners of the globe. The award-winning Siberia, Monamour uses Siberia as a location to explore familial love and the ties that bind. And if you’ve ever wanted to learn more about the illicit opium trade and it’s trajectory from Afghanistan to Vancouver, make sure to check out Peter Findlay’s Raw Opium. The Petaluma Film Festival runs Oct. 19—21 at Boulevard Cinemas. 200 C St., Petaluma. $10; $150 for a festival pass. 707. 762. SHOW.

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Oct.19: Los Pinguos at 142 Throckmorton Theatre

Posted By on Thu, Oct 18, 2012 at 11:38 AM

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Travelers to Buenos Aires usually come back raving about the steaks, the culture and the nightlife in Argentina’s cosmopolitan capital. It’d be nice to take a trip down there, wouldn’t it? To soak in the theaters, the street art and the European-style architecture. Maybe do a little red-dressed tango in a back-alley club. But since a ticket to southernmost South America costs a hefty bit, the second best thing might be to go check out Los Pinguos, a band that uses Spanish guitars, a Cuban tres and a Peruvian box-drum to create sounds steeped in Latin rhythms. Los Pinguos play Friday, Oct. 19, at 142 Throckmorton Theatre. 142 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley. $20—$30. 8pm. 415.383.9600.

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Oct. 17: Dick Binge at the Arlene Francis Center

Posted By on Thu, Oct 18, 2012 at 11:28 AM

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Back in the day, there was an entire genre of punk called “homo-core.” Bands like the Mukilteo Fairies and Pansy Division sang songs with titles like “Queer Enough for You?” and “Smells Like Queer Spirit,” forging the way for an LGBT-safe space in a traditionally male, heterosexual arena. Dick Binge, out of Olympia, Wash., aim to keep the homo-core spirit alive. They formed out of the “necessity to amplify queer and trans voices in the hardcore punk scene and having a gay ol’ time doing it,” all with a combination of flamboyance, critical analysis and fierce action. Dick Binge, along with Rainbow Noir and M Section, keep the dream alive on Thursday, Oct. 17, at the Arlene Francis Center. 99 Sixth St., Santa Rosa. $8. 8pm. 707.528.3009.

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Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Oct. 14: Dark Star Orchestra at the Uptown Theatre

Posted By on Wed, Oct 10, 2012 at 2:17 PM

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I have this game I like to play called “Guess That Cover Band.” Let’s try it. What ’80s metal band does Atomic Punks pay tribute to? Early Van Halen of course! How about Aja Vu? Without a doubt, you’re looking at a band that knows Steely Dan inside and out. For those who miss the days of trading tapes, eating burritos out of the back of a dirty VW van while “waiting on a miracle,” Dark Star Orchestra just might fill the void. These guys don’t just learn a couple of songs and call it a day; they recreate entire Dead shows, song for song. Want to hear the set list played on Feb. 2, 1971, at the Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, N.Y.? You got it. Pretend the Dead are still alive when Dark Star Orchestra jams through the Uptown Theatre on Sunday, Oct. 14. 1350 Third St., Napa. $30—$35. 6:30pm. 707.259.0333.

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Oct. 15: Mary Matalin and James Carville at Wells Fargo Center

Posted By on Wed, Oct 10, 2012 at 2:14 PM

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Famous duos, both real and imagined, abound throughout Western cultural history. Abbott and Costello. Romeo and Juliet. Hall and Oates. Tristan and Isolde. Rodgers and Hammerstein. Kid ‘n Play. Bonnie and Clyde. Kirk and Spock. Antony and Cleopatra. Gilbert and Sullivan. Lewis and Clark. Siskel and Ebert. Sonny and Cher. But none have sold themselves as polar opposites who meet somewhere in the middle as much as Washington, D.C., political operatives James Carville and Mary Matalin. It was big news when the two married, what with him being a Clinton adviser and raging Democrat, and her being an adviser to the Bush administration. Yet somehow, they’ve made it work, and lived to write a book about the whole deal, All’s Fair: Love, War, and Running for President. Carville and Matalin joust about on Monday, Oct. 15, at the Wells Fargo Center of the Arts. 50 Mark West Springs Road, Santa Rosa. 8pm. $65—$100. 707.546.3600.

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