Wednesday, June 12, 2013

June 19: All-Female Comedy Night Hosted by Helen Pachynski at Gaia's Garden

Posted By on Wed, Jun 12, 2013 at 1:12 PM

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Ever heard that song “Where the Boys Are?” Well, I’ll tell you where they aren’t—and that’s in comedy. I mean, can men even be funny? Let’s be serious here. Males traditionally make a living in masculine, serious jobs, like business and sports. There’s nothing funny about the stock market or getting a concussion during football, so it’s no surprise that men simply aren’t the funnier of the sexes. It’s just not the environment they’ve been nurtured for. Though it’s sad that men can’t give laughter to others, hopefully someday they will. In the meantime, at least there’s the ladies: the All-Female Comedy Night hosted by Helen Pachynski is on Wednesday, June 19, at Gaia’s Garden. 1899 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa. $4. 9pm. 707.544.2491.

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June 18: Angela Davis film 'Free Angela Davis and All Political Prisoners' at Summerfield Cinemas

Posted By on Wed, Jun 12, 2013 at 1:11 PM

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Angela Davis is best known as an educator and activist for civil rights who, in 1970, became involved with a group of prison inmates called the Soledad Brothers. When the men were accused of murder, Davis also found herself being accused for her alleged role in the event. Her name even made it on the FBI’s 10 Most Wanted list. After being freed from jail and acquitted in 1972, Davis became an author, writing books on gender equality and other social issues, such as Women, Race and Class and Are Prisons Obsolete? She now teaches at UC Santa Cruz. ‘Free Angela and All Political Prisoners’ is a documentary of Davis’ experiences with activism, discrimination and accusation during a time when equality and rationality were hard to come by. See it on Tuesday, June 18, at Summerfield Cinemas. 551 Summerfield Road, Santa Rosa. $12. 7:30pm. 707.528.4222.

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June 14: 102 Annual Hooligan Street Faire at the Arlene Francis Center

Posted By on Wed, Jun 12, 2013 at 1:06 PM

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This weekend, various street-marching brass bands join together for the 102nd Annual Hooligan Street Faire to produce some epic music on drums and horns. With a lineup of the Black Sheep Brass Band, Orchestra Euphonos, the Hubbub Club, the Dixie Giants, Soup Sandwich and Church Marching Band, the fair is a fundraiser for the Arlene Francis Center as well as a final send-off for Church Marching Band before they attend HONK! Fest West in Seattle. Oh, and for those who need a little liquid courage to dance barefoot in the street (who cares!), Lagunitas IPA will be on tap. The fun starts on Friday, June 14, at Arlene Francis Center. 99 Sixth St., Santa Rosa. $8—$12. 6pm. 707.528.3009.

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June 12: Adam Lashinsky at Book Passage

Posted By on Wed, Jun 12, 2013 at 11:23 AM

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Recently, my total idiot of an editor soaked his iPhone in the ocean. He did the whole shebang with the bag of rice, then rinsed it, dabbed it with alcohol, threw it in rice again—and it worked! This allowed him to be thankful for all the hard work that Apple puts into its—whoops! Scratch that. I meant to say the hard work that poor workers in China put into iPhones. Anyway, the company actually does important things, too, according to Adam Lashinsky, author of Inside Apple: How America’s Most Admired—and Secretive—Company Really Works. His book explains the systems and strategies used by Steve Jobs that allowed Apple to accumulate a cult following to their products. Lashinsky reads on Wednesday, June 12, at Book Passage. 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. Free. 6pm. 415.927.0960.

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June 14: White Trash Summer Bash at Hopmonk Tavern

Posted By on Wed, Jun 12, 2013 at 11:20 AM

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Hey, Cletus! Get yer beat-up truck ready for a wild ride wit’ lots of boobies and beer! I know ya’ll been waitin’ for the White Trash Summer Bash, so dress in yer nice ol’ cutoffs and tuxedo T-shirt and c’mon down—there ain’t gonna be no hog tyin’ going on, dagnabbit, but there are other buck-wild contests, like biggest hair, best mullet, an’ you know I’m’a enter the men-only wet T-shirt contest! Ya’ll comprende how crazy them ladies will go for our sexy farmer tans! Then’s the rootin’-tootin’ good times with some perrty ladies, like the iCandy Burlesque Dancers, and dancin’ wit’ DJs Will Magid and Malarkey. Ya’ll better not miss it on Friday, June 14, at Hopmonk Tavern. 230 Petaluma Ave., Sebastopol. $10—$15. 8pm. 707.829.7300.

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Wednesday, June 5, 2013

June 12: Cheap Trick at the Uptown Theatre

Posted By on Wed, Jun 5, 2013 at 12:01 PM

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No one wants to think about mom and dad rolling around on the couch with their makeout records playing in the background—unless the record is “Surrender” by Cheap Trick. (The twisted yet catchy lyrics can get stuck in your head for hours.) Then there’s “I Want You to Want Me,” the perfect song to have on repeat when crushing on a summertime hottie. It’s true, Cheap Trick songs are classic anthems—so classic, in fact, that they’re also in too many movie soundtracks to count. Flip your hat’s brim up and break out the bowtie on Wednesday, June 12, when Cheap Trick play the Uptown Theatre. 1350 Third St., Napa. $55—$70. 8pm. 707.259.0123.

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June 9: Pixar in Concert at the Marin Center

Posted By on Wed, Jun 5, 2013 at 11:55 AM

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Disney characters are a part of nearly everyone’s childhood, and they come with no age limit—hello, adults at Disneyland! But if someone suggested that Disney-Pixar characters could come to life for a concert, they might have been sent off for “help”—until now. The Marin Symphony has put together ‘Pixar in Concert,’ a program from classic and recent films—Brave, Up, Cars, Toy Story, Finding Nemo, Monsters Inc. , A Bug’s Life, WALL-E, Ratatouille and The Incredibles—with images from the movies screening behind the orchestra. To get a dose of Disney without a 10-hour drive, bring your Woody doll on Sunday, June 9, to the Marin Center. 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. $20—$75. 3pm.

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June 8: Aqus Foundry Festival in Petaluma

Posted By on Wed, Jun 5, 2013 at 11:55 AM

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It’s not officially summer until the outdoor music festivals start. And though the Aqus Foundry Festival is no Coachella, the daylong music fest gives the North Bay a small fix of music and sun while raising money for homeless services. The lineup includes the Rowan Brothers, pop-folksinger Lauren O’Connell, the sassy women of Foxes in the Hen House, the Incubators, Side O’ Smokehouse and the Mighty Groove. Proceeds benefit COTS, who provide 350 beds every night to the homeless and serve over 124,000 meals per year. Break out the shorts and dance in the grass on Saturday, June 8, at Foundry Wharf Business Park. 625 Second St., Petaluma. 11:30am—7pm. $10—$20. 707.762.5999.

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June 7: Alexandra Jacopetti Hart exhibit at Occidental Center for the Arts

Posted By on Wed, Jun 5, 2013 at 11:39 AM

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Alexandra Jacopetti Hart is credited for the rise of “funk and flash”—not the Sebastopol clothing store, but the art of turning hippie garb into high fashion with her book Native Funk & Flash. Now 73, Hart first learned to sew by taking apart her aunts hand-me-downs to make them fit right; once she realized she didn’t have to stick to the patterns she was taught, there was no turning back. An exhibit of her work, as well as a celebration of the re-release of Native Funk & Flash, takes place Friday, June 7, at the Occidental Center for the Arts. 3850 Doris Murphy Court, Occidental. 6pm. Free. 707.874.9392.

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