Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Aug. 4: Mark Hamill and the San Francisco Symphony at the Green Music Center

Posted By on Wed, Jul 31, 2013 at 1:40 PM

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What do Luke Skywalker and the San Francisco Symphony have in common? Not much, until now! Mark Hamill, who played the famous Star Wars hero that got with his sister, hosts the symphony in a concert featuring music from the movies. Get excited to hear the themes from popular movies, such as Titanic, Batman and Jurassic Park, as well as scores from classics including Psycho, Superman and Star Trek. With conductor Sarah Hicks leading and Mark Hamill slaying the rebel forces with his light saber (just kidding, he won’t be doing that), the experience is sure to be more fun than an X-Wing fighter on Sunday, Aug. 4, at Green Music Center. 1801 East Cotati Ave, Rohnert Park. $25—$100. 4pm. 866.955.6040.

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July 25-Aug. 11: Sonoma County Fair

Posted By on Wed, Jul 31, 2013 at 1:40 PM

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With the No. 5 album in the country, it’s no surprise Florida Georgia Line’s show at the Sonoma County Fair is sold out. While the diehards scour Craigslist, “Wanted” singer Hunter Hayes performs on Aug. 6; Disney Channel star-turned singer Bridgit Mendler appears on Aug. 8 and Tejano/Norteño musical group Intocable gets jumpin’ on Aug. 9. Besides concerts, the fair offers the annual rides, games and exhibits aimed to keep both kids and adults entertained, including X-Treme AirDogs sports, a live butterfly exhibit and the ever-popular horse racing. The fun runs through Sunday, Aug. 11, at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds. 1350 Bennett Valley Road, Santa Rosa. $5-$20. 707.545.4200.

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Aug. 3-4: Asleep at the Wheel at Rancho Nicasio

Posted By on Wed, Jul 31, 2013 at 1:36 PM

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Though not a great motto for driving responsibly, nine-time Grammy winning Asleep at the Wheel still holds strong as a good-time-bringin’, country-swingin’-and-don’t-forget-the-singin’ fan favorite. During its 40-year span, the “Kings of Texas Swing” have toured with the Dixie Chicks, Tim McGraw, Lee Ann Womack and Dwight Yoakam—to name a few—in tribute to the country-swing musician Bob Wills. Now, Asleep at the Wheel brings its liveliness to the little ole’ town of Nicasio on Saturday, Aug. 3 and Sunday, Aug. 4 (with a BBQ on the lawn) at Rancho Nicasio. Town Square, Nicasio. $37—$40. Saturday at 8:30pm; Sunday at 4pm. 415.662.2219.

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Aug. 1: Turn Up the Bass Tour at 19 Broadway

Posted By on Wed, Jul 31, 2013 at 1:07 PM

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The party gets started this week when the Turn Up the Bass Tour 2013 comes to town, and it’s giving its all with a crew ready to tear the roof off: Z-Man, Zyme and Luck & Lana featuring DJ Nykon, with special guests Big Green and Cisum Tomorrow featuring Wes Nyle. Showcasing the ultimate partnership of EDM and hip-hop, this crew of Bay Area rappers, artists and dubstep producers create a mixture of energetic, loud, crazy music. Wear comfortable shoes, as you’ll surely dance until your feet hurt at this tour-closing performance on Thursday, Aug. 1, at 19 Broadway Club. 19 Broadway, Fairfax. $10—$15. 9pm. 415.459.1091.

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Wednesday, July 24, 2013

July 31: Magician Alex Ramon at Marin Center Showcase Theatre

Posted By on Wed, Jul 24, 2013 at 1:48 PM

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Poof! It’s magic! I’m now among the most talented journalists in the nation. Ha! I wish it worked that easily. Alex Ramon wouldn’t have any problem with this, however, since in his profession of magic, he’s on top right now. Raised in Richmond, Ramon developed a passion for magic at age 13 after learning a few card tricks. He continued on this path, performing at parties and receiving awards and titles while still in his teens. Keeping on the wavelength of success, Ramon has toured worldwide with Disney LIVE! presents “Mickey’s Magic Show,” performed for Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey and is now focused on his own Lake Tahoe show, ‘Illusion Fusion.’ Fortunately, Ramon alakazams his way to our neighborhood on Wednesday, July 31, at Marin Center Showcase Theatre. 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. $25. 7pm. 415.499.6800.

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July 27: Far West Fest at Love Field in Point Reyes Station

Posted By on Wed, Jul 24, 2013 at 1:45 PM

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Now in its eighth year, the Far West Fest, rollin’ around the bay (Tomales Bay, I mean) this weekend, is a no-brainer on the fun scale. Presented by West Marin Youth Programs and KWMR community radio (West Marin’s only radio station), the festival brings patrons of all ages together. With a musical lineup sure to awaken your funk, bluegrass and rock souls, performers include: Zigaboo Modeliste and the New Aahkesstra, FogDub, John Doe, Paige Anderson & the Fearless Kin, Beso Negro, Asheba and many more. Besides the musical entertainment, there are oysters, fresh produce, grass-fed meats and baked goods; a Kidz Zone features healthy snacks, kid-friendly music, storytellers, clowns and jugglers. Since it’s voted best music festival in Marin County, it’s almost required to attend this party (that is, if you favor music over rubber duckies) on Saturday, July 27, at Love Field. 11171 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Point Reyes Station. $15—$75. 11am. 415.663.8068.

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July 27: Healdsburg Water Carnival at Veterans Memorial Beach

Posted By on Wed, Jul 24, 2013 at 1:41 PM

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The Healdsburg Water Carnival, where you can swim all day, eat good food and see who will be first to splash flat on their ass during the floating wine-barrel races! And did we mention that you can float a rubber duckie in an actual competition? The carnival has all of these frills to offer when it sets down at sunny Memorial Beach Saturday for its third-annual fest. Bringing a swimsuit and towel is a must, and activities include a river parade of whimsical floats, Sonoma County’s only floating wine-barrel races, the Great American rubber duck dash with prizes, delicious food prepared by local food truck chefs, children’s games and live music by Big G and Friends. Carnival proceeds go to Regional Parks and the Rotary Club. Have the sunscreen ready on Saturday, July 27, at Veterans Memorial Beach. 13839 Old Redwood Hwy., Healdsburg. Free. 11am. 707.565.2041.

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July 27: Jimmy Cobb leads Miles Davis Tribute at Lincoln Theater

Posted By on Wed, Jul 24, 2013 at 1:38 PM

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Jazz great Miles Davis was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame only seven years ago, though his music has captivated fans for decades. His iconic 1959 quadruple-platinum album Kind of Blue showcased the talents of the famous sextet: Davis, John Coltrane, Jimmy Cobb, Cannonball Adderley, Paul Chambers and Bill Evans. Cobb, a legendary jazz drummer and the last surviving member of this group, headlines a Miles Davis tribute concert this weekend, joined by Larry Vuckovich, Doug Miller, Steve Heckman, Joel Behrman and Andrew Speight. It’s also the last chance to catch the exhibit of his paintings at the Napa Valley Museum. Get ready for some Master Class when the boys come to town on Saturday, July 27, at Lincoln Theater. 100 California Drive, Yountville. $25—$65. 7pm. 707.226.8742.

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July 25: Majical Cloudz at Last Record Store

Posted By on Wed, Jul 24, 2013 at 1:34 PM

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Don’t let the name fool you. Majical Cloudz are anything but rainbows, magic and those fluffy things in the sky. The Canadian synth-pop duo is the work of songwriter Devon Welsh and collaborator Matthew Otto, and by no means are their songs lighthearted and fun. The raw emotional energy portrayed in the lyrics lends a brutally honest tone to the group’s music. Popular among their Montreal scene, Majical Cloudz are now on a West Coast record store tour, making a stop at the Last Record Store this week. With atmosphere provided through synths, loops, samples and snippets, and Welsh delivering strong vocals, the group’s second album, Impersonator, perfectly encompasses the their minimalist charm. Majical Cloudz perform on Thursday, July 25, at the Last Record Store. 1899 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa. 6:30pm. 707.525.1963.

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Wednesday, July 17, 2013

July 20: The 24 Hour Plays at Lincoln Theater

Posted By on Wed, Jul 17, 2013 at 4:12 PM

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Surely taking a cue from the Bohemian’s 24-Hour Band Contest, Festival del Sole this week presents its own version: The 24 Hour Plays. In an evening of “extreme theater,” the players, writers and directors must create, write, rehearse and perform four 10-minute plays in 24 hours. Perhaps the best part is the lineup of stars involved: Law & Order: SVU’s Christopher Meloni, The View’s Star Jones, The West Wing’s Allison Janney, The Newsroom’s Thomas Sadoski, four-time Emmy award winner Alfre Woodard and Ally McBeal herself, Calista Flockhart, are among the actors taking part. Witness the results of spontaneous collaboration on Saturday, July 20, at Lincoln Theater. 100 California Drive, Yountville. $45—$75. 5:30pm. 707.944.9910.

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