Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Dec. 5: Jill Sobule at Sweetwater Music Hall

Posted By on Wed, Nov 28, 2012 at 12:13 PM

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Katy Perry may have kissed a girl in 2008, but Jill Sobule beat her to the punch way back in 1995. Sobule’s quirky, story-driven folk-rock anthem “I Kissed a Girl” may not have the dirty pop gloss of Perry’s song, but if forced into the unfortunate decision of having to listen to either one over and over, in Guantanamo-style musical torture, I’d definitely go with Sobule. Originally part of the Lilith Fair—era of women-in-music that also produced Juliana Hatfield and Lisa Loeb, the singer-songwriter has released quite a few albums since her underground hit. She continues to write smart, sardonic songs for a dedicated cadre of fans. Jill Sobule plays on Wednesday, Dec. 5, at the Sweetwater Music Hall. 19 Corte Madera Ave., Mill Valley. $15. 8pm. 415.388.3850.

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Dec. 2: "Drinking Diaries: Women Serve Their Stories Straight Up" Reading at Book Passage (Featuring Pam Houston)

Posted By on Wed, Nov 28, 2012 at 12:07 PM

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Come on, ladies, it’s time to admit it. We all have a drinking story or two, or 20. What about the New Year’s Eve you got so drunk that you made out with the wrong boy and lost your red heels in the bushes next to 7-Eleven? Or the time you gulped down a pint of Jägermeister like it was soda, followed by too many slugs of cheap whiskey, only to end up puking outside the venue while the raddest lineup of the year was just getting started? Enter Caren Osten Gerszberg and Leah Odze Epstein, who created their Drinking Diaries blog as a forum for women to “share, vent, express and discuss their drinking stories without judgment.” Now those stories are available in book form with ‘Drinking Diaries: Women Serve Their Stories Straight Up.’ In a celebration of the book’s release, contributors Joyce Maynard and Pam Houston share their drinking tales on Sunday, Dec. 2, at Book Passage. 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 7pm. Free. 415.927.0960.

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Dec.1: San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus Performs "SantaConcert" at the Center for Spiritual Living

Posted By on Wed, Nov 28, 2012 at 12:03 PM

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In my humble opinion, you can truly never have too many gay Santas in one place. So how great is it that the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus bring their “SantaConcert,” a choral performance by 250 gay Santas, to Santa Rosa on Dec. 1? The performance benefits Face to Face, the Sonoma County AIDS network, and falls on World AIDS Day, but we all know the real draw. That’s right: the 250 gay Santas. It’s a night that promises to be fun, festive and full of glee, and we can only hope for a repeat of last year’s mid-show can-can dancing elves. The San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus performs for the holidays on Saturday, Dec. 1, at the Center for Spiritual Living. 2075 Occidental Road, Santa Rosa. 7:30pm. $25—$35. 707.544.1581.

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Nov. 29: The Mickey Hart Band at the Uptown Theatre

Posted By on Wed, Nov 28, 2012 at 12:02 PM

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While his ex—band mate Phil Lesh celebrates the reopening of the Grate Room at Terrapin Crossroads with a two-week extravaganza and $150 admission, Mickey Hart plays further north this week at Napa’s Uptown Theatre for the reasonable price of $35. The former Grateful Dead drummer isn’t afraid of pushing the boundaries of sound, as demonstrated by his 2012 album Mysterium Tremendum, for which the Sebastopol resident takes inspiration from the sonic images of the formation of the universe and transforms them into sound vibrations. Yeah, it sounds pretty trippy, but what else would you expect from a member of the world’s foremost space-dancing jam band? The Mickey Hart Band plays on Thursday, Nov. 29, at the Uptown Theatre. $35. 8pm. 1350 Third St., Napa. 707.259.0333.

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Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Nov. 28: Former Giants first baseman J.T. Snow at 142 Throckmorton

Posted By on Wed, Nov 21, 2012 at 12:16 PM

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World Series games are inherently tension-charged, but when you add a dramatic, last-minute rescue into the mix, things really reach fever pitch. That’s exactly what happened during the 2002 World Series, when Giants first baseman J. T. Snow plucked three-year-old batboy Darren Baker (son of Dusty Baker) up from home plate. The little boy had wandered onto the field at probably the worst time ever—just as Giants baserunner David Bell was heading full speed toward home plate. In addition to being a quick-thinking, one-man child-rescue team, Snow was a solid first baseman who even once successfully executed the famed “hidden ball trick.” See Snow in conversation with Bruce Macgowan on Wednesday, Nov. 28, at 142 Throckmorton Theatre. 142 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley. 7:30pm. $12—$15. 415.383.9600.

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Nov. 28: Phil Lesh and The Deep Dark Woods Free Bar Show at Terrapin Crossroads

Posted By on Wed, Nov 21, 2012 at 12:13 PM

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The Deep Dark Woods hail from Saskatoon, where frozen nights can make a day feel like a year, and they’ve channeled that icy inspiration into a cozy roots-prairie-goth sound. On Nov. 28, the band helps Phil Lesh kick off a two-week extravaganza to celebrate the debut of the Grate Room at Terrapin Crossroads. Moreover, it’s free! (Tickets for the rest of the fortnight’s shows run up to $150.) The spankin’ new Grate Room boasts a world-class sound system and promises to be a diverse venue with trivia nights, big-band and salsa dance nights and, of course, tons of live music. Get there early, because Dead fans will be lining up at the door on Wednesday, Nov. 28, at Terrapin Crossroads. 100 Yacht Club Drive, San Rafael. 8:30pm. Free. 415.524.2773.

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Nov.27: Trapt at the Last Day Saloon

Posted By on Wed, Nov 21, 2012 at 12:09 PM

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As a genre, hard rock means different things to different people. For your Midwestern Uncle Pete, Van Halen’s “Panama” might be the epitome of the genre. For your mom, it’s probably Whitesnake or Winger. Los Angeles—based Trapt, on the other hand, come from the Pantera school, all growling vocals and cranked up, sharp-edged Gibson guitar riffs with plenty of bombastic drumming. But there’s an accessibility around Trapt’s edges, and they scored a hit in 2002 with “Headstrong,” which was featured in multiple video games and used to promote the short-lived television show Redneck Island. See where they’re at now when Trapt play with Venrez, Shotgun Harlot and Our Vinyl Vows on Tuesday, Nov. 27, at the Last Day Saloon. 120 Fifth St., Santa Rosa. 7pm. $15—$18. 707.545.2343.

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Nov. 25: The Third Man screens at the Rafael Film Center

Posted By on Wed, Nov 21, 2012 at 12:08 PM

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I’d like to cut you in, old man. There’s nobody in Marin County that I can really trust, and we’ve always done things together. When you make up your mind, I’ll send you a message, any place, any time. And when we do meet, old man, it’s you I want to see, not the police. Maybe we could meet up on a Ferris wheel in Vienna, old man, where’ll I’ll complain of indigestion, before opening up the door in a mildly threatening manner high above the dots—you know them as people—talking of Anna, false death and the futility of human existence. For I’m Harry Lime, old man, and one thing I know for sure is that the great Orson Welles film ‘The Third Man’ screens on Sunday, Nov. 25, at the Rafael Film Center. 1118 Fourth St., San Rafael. $10.50. 7pm. 415.454.1222.

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Thursday, November 15, 2012

Nov. 18: Yemen Blues at the Osher Marin JCC's Kanbar Center

Posted By on Thu, Nov 15, 2012 at 11:35 AM

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Certain bands simply need to be seen live. Yemen Blues, a band anchored in the forceful, gorgeous singing of frontman Ravid Kahalani, falls into this category, without a doubt. With a blend of Yemeni, Jewish and African traditions, the global band takes the idea of fusion to an entire new level. Kahalani sang Yemenite chants as a child, but as he grew older he began to explore West African music, jazz and funk. The result is a danceable, percussive brew, built around an orchestra of sounds from a menagerie of instruments, both Western and African. Yemen Blues plays on Sunday, Nov. 18, at the Osher Marin JCC’s Kanbar Center. 200 N. San Pedro Road, San Rafael. 7:30pm. $30—$40. 415.444.8000.

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Nov. 17: Winterblast in the SOFA district

Posted By on Thu, Nov 15, 2012 at 11:32 AM

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The South A Street neighborhood in Santa Rosa is a great place to spend an afternoon, what with its blend of coffee shops, restaurants and art galleries, but when Winterblast kicks off every November, the street really comes alive. In addition to the annual sofa parade (yes, it’s a parade of sofas, just like it sounds), the annual street party offers open galleries, live music, a kids zone, street performers, coffee, beer and local food vendors. It’s the perfect opportunity to break out the hot toddies and celebrate community. Winterblast takes over A Street on Saturday, Nov. 17, in the SOFA district. Sebastopol Avenue at A Street, Santa Rosa. 5—8pm. Free. 707.695.1011.

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