Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Oct. 17: Howlin Rain at the Mystic Theatre

Posted By on Wed, Oct 10, 2012 at 2:09 PM

howlin_rain_hi_res.jpg
Once upon a time there was a band called Comets on Fire, and they fucking ruled. But the band came to an end when Ethan Miller, the guitarist and singer decided to switch direction toward a more mellow, ’70s rock sound, and started Howlin Rain. Miller once told Arthur magazine that he wanted to “sonically channel the history of California bands.” Songs like “The Firing of the Midnight Rain,” off the group’s 2007 album, could have been played to a crowd of gauze-laden, beard-wearing flower children in a 1972 Redwood grove. Their latest album, produced by Rick Rubin, hasn’t received the best reviews (Spin magazine called it “big-budget bloat”), but watching them live will be worth it just to see Isaiah Mitchell, also of Earthless, tear it up on guitar. Howlin Rain play on Wednesday, Oct. 17 at the Mystic Theatre. 21 Petaluma Blvd., Petaluma. 8pm. $16. 707.765.2121.

  • Pin It
    favorite

Tags: , ,

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Oct. 7: Calabash-A Festival of Gourds, Arts and Gardens at Food for Thought

Posted By on Wed, Oct 3, 2012 at 2:38 PM

gourds.jpg
In the words of the McSweeney’s column by Colin Nissan, it’s decorative gourd season, motherfuckers! It’s time to get out those multicolored leaves and fill the house with mutant squash. It’s time to perform an all-gourd reenactment of an episode of Different Strokes. It’s time to jam a wicker basket with an insanely ornate assortment of shellacked vegetables. It’s time to make that that shit look so seasonal. But it’s also time to get serious and go see some actual gourd art, all to benefit Food for Thought, the HIV/AIDS food bank. Something tells me Colin Nissan will not be a guest speaker when Calabash: A Festival of Gourds, Art and Gardens gets underway on Sunday, Oct. 7, at Food for Thought. 6550 Railroad Ave., Forestville. 1pm. $45—$50. 707.887.1647.

  • Pin It
    favorite

Tags: , ,

Oct. 7: Word Up! Community Learning Fair at the Marin Center

Posted By on Wed, Oct 3, 2012 at 2:33 PM

WordUp.jpg
One of my least favorite songs from the ’80s has got to be “Word Up!” by Cameo. When I hear that synthesized Wild West whistle leading into an ugly “ow,” followed by the painfully affected singing of Larry Blackmon, it’s time to change the station. Luckily, the Word Up! Fair at the Marin Center Exhibit Hall has nothing to do with Cameo and everything to do with an appreciation of lifelong learning. The festival features five “Learning Lounges,” with information and workshops on community adventures for kids and adults, arts and crafts, writing, health, happiness, science and space. This year’s speakers include Ian Morris and Jane Smiley, and it’s all sponsored by Literacyworks. Book it to the Word Up! Fair on Sunday, Oct. 7, at the Marin Center. 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. Free. 11am—5pm. 707.981.8086.

  • Pin It
    favorite

Tags: , ,

Oct. 7: Doris Bailey Murphy Book Celebration at Occidental Center for the Arts

Posted By on Wed, Oct 3, 2012 at 2:32 PM

headshot12.jpg
Doris Bailey Murphy was a beloved figure around Occidental when she died in 2011. But before moving out West, Murphy lived a life of adventure from early on. Amazingly, Occidental’s late grand dame began keeping diaries when she was just 15 years old—by her own account, a wild, skirt-raising, boy-chasing child of the Roaring Twenties. Murphy’s grand-niece, journalist and blogger Julia Park Tracey, has taken on the task of preserving her aunt’s legacy by collecting those early journals, along with commentary, footnotes and original photos from Murphy’s fun-filled days of yore during the prime years of the Jazz Age. The result is the book I’ve Got Some Lovin’ to Do: The Diary of a Roaring Twenties Teen 1925—1926. Celebrate the launch of volume one of the Doris diaries on Sunday, Oct. 7, at the Occidental Center for the Arts. 3850 Doris Murphy Court, Occidental. 4pm. Free. 707.874.9392.

  • Pin It
    favorite

Oct. 6 and 7: Michael McDonald and the Doobie Brothers at the B.R. Cohn Fall Music Festival

Posted By on Wed, Oct 3, 2012 at 2:21 PM

michael-mcdonald-haiku-1.jpg
You know how everybody has at least one star impersonation that they can pull out as party entertainment? I’m just gonna come out and humble-brag about my damn good Michael McDonald, especially from the “What a Fool Believes” era. It’s a crowd pleaser. Of course, the Michael McDonald played by the dude on sensational YouTube hit “Yacht Rock” blows my Michael out of the water, if only in his ability to grow a truly thick beard, but he kind of cheats since he gets to lip-sync his way through the “World’s Greatest Back-Up Singer.” (That’s true, by the way—just listen to Steely Dan’s “Peg.”) Try it for yourself! Close up your throat a little and force those notes to come out low, deep and smooth. Or just go see the real Michael McDonald when he sings with the Doobie Brothers for the first time in years on Saturday, Oct. 6, at the B.R. Cohn Fall Music Festival. (Festival runs Oct. 6—7; other performers include Buddy Guy, Kenny Loggins, Dave Mason and others.) 15000 Sonoma Hwy., Glen Ellen. 11:15am-6pm. $85. 888.330.4064.

  • Pin It
    favorite

Find It

Submit an event

Facebook Activity

Twitter

Read more @nbaybohemian

Copyright © 2016 Metro Newspapers. All rights reserved.

Website powered by Foundation