Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Sep. 1: Donald E. Lacy Jr. at Fenix in San Rafael

Posted By on Wed, Aug 28, 2013 at 3:40 PM

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Actor, director, comedian and devoted father Donald E. Lacy Jr. has the type of well-rounded talent making him one to watch. He’s been on TV’s Hangin’ with Mr. Cooper, announced for Bay Area radio stations and released several comedy albums. He also directed the film LoEshe, about his daughter’s life and untimely death at age 16; he subsequently founded the LoveLife Foundation. Performing alongside Lacy are Vallejo up-and-comer G. King, and Northern California comedian and Improv club regular David Lew. Get your laughs on when these three comedy pros take the stage on Sunday, Sep. 1, at Fenix. 919 Fourth St., San Rafael. 7pm. $10. 415.813.5600.

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Aug. 31: Junior Toots at the Hollydale Community Club

Posted By on Wed, Aug 28, 2013 at 3:25 PM

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Toots is in the house this weekend—Junior Toots, that is—in a fundraiser for the Taylor Atkins Memorial Scholarship. The night features a dinner, raffle and music by the reggae favorite and son of legend Toots Hibbert, of Toots & the Maytals. Junior’s latest album, A Little Bit of Love, fuses reggae, ska and R&B; he’s clearly inherited the dynamism and personality of his father. Also performing is Irae Divine and the Fyah Squad Band, a session group that frequently backs touring bands in the Bay Area. Get tickets early for this annual fundraiser on Saturday, Aug. 31, at Hollydale Community Club. 10250 Field Lane, Forestville. 5pm. $30. 707.887.0330.

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Aug. 31-Sep. 2: Sausalito Art Festival at Marinship Park

Posted By on Wed, Aug 28, 2013 at 3:21 PM

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When there’s so much art that it starts to pour from your ears, it must be time for the Sausalito Art Festival. The 61st annual fest arrives this weekend and never disappoints, with more art than often fits in a museum and, this year, a special nautical exhibit featuring the work of legendary marine photographer Diane Beeston. The live entertainment can’t be missed as well, with music by the Psychedelic Furs, Dave Mason, Lisa Marie Presley, former TV star Crystal Bowersox and many more right on the water. Whether canvas or lyric, bask in the art of life on Aug. 31—Sep. 2 at Marinship Park, Sausalito. Saturday—Sunday, 9am—6pm. Monday, 9am—5pm. $5—$25. 415.332.3555.

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Aug. 30: Lisa Marie Presley at the Uptown Theatre

Posted By on Wed, Aug 28, 2013 at 3:02 PM

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Stepping back to evaluate her career, Lisa Marie Presley came to a conclusion: stop hiding behind the noise. The result? Her current album Storm & Grace, which features a more tender side to Presley, puts the spotlight squarely on her own voice. (Obviously, singing is in her DNA.) Now, with a new record label, the songstress is back with a country, folk and blues bent, with songs like “You Ain’t Seen Nothin’ Yet.” Presley performs with openers the Deadlies, an Americana/surf band that frequents Napa, on Friday, Aug. 30, at the Uptown Theatre. 1350 Third St., Napa. 8pm. $30. 707.259.0123

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Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Aug. 27: The Gong Show at Bergamot Alley

Posted By on Wed, Aug 21, 2013 at 1:43 PM

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What is this American Idol and America’s Got Talent garbage on TV nowadays? I may be old, but these shows are just a pile of doggie doo-doo. What ever happened to the good ol’ days of contest shows that had liveliness and funny people? The Gong Show. Now that was a great ’70s show that persevered for many years. A contestant would perform an act before a panel of judges, who then decided whether or not to kill the performer’s chances by ringing a gong. Now The Gong Show comes to Sonoma County, where contestants can sign up and vie for the Golden Gong Award. The good times are back on Tuesday, Aug. 27, at Bergamot Alley. 328-A Healdsburg Ave., Healdsburg. Free. 8:30pm. 707.433.8720.

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Aug. 25: Mother Hips at Long Meadow Ranch

Posted By on Wed, Aug 21, 2013 at 1:39 PM

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Hey man, have you checked out Mother Hips’ new album, Behind Beyond? It makes you feel gooood, man. Perfect ’70s nostalgia, am I right? Tim Bluhm and Greg Loiacono are the real deal, man. I mean, this band is two decades old but they’re still singin’, rockin’ and makin’ music. This stuff is actually heavy, man. They talk about political junk and real issues, but in a soothing, makes-you-wanna-zone-out way. Seriously, the songs talk to you, man. “Jefferson Army” is heavy with politics, but hypnotic and relaxing at the same time. “Behind Beyond” gives off the same vibe that makes you forget all your troubles, man, and just go with the flow. Ride that trippy wave, man, when Mother Hips perform at the summer concert series on Sunday, Aug. 25, at Long Meadow Ranch. 738 Main St., Saint Helena. $35—$45. 3:30pm. 707.963.4555.

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Aug. 24-25: 19th Annual Bodega Seafood, Art & Wine Festival

Posted By on Wed, Aug 21, 2013 at 1:36 PM

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Fans of seafood, art and wine—welcome to the 19th Annual Bodega Seafood, Art & Wine Festival. Nonfans, get outta here! Only joking, but to really assess one’s love of this event, attendees may want to be ready to try some new cuisine. On the menu this weekend are plenty of seafood plates and vegetarian options, while new this year are octopus and swordfish dishes. Ever wanted to try the eight-legged creature of the deep? Now’s your chance. That leaves the art, which features over 70 artists displaying various beading, pottery, sculptures and paintings. Live music is provided by Gypsy swing band Beso Negro, street theater and gymnastics group Daredevil Chicken, Americana band Slim Jenkins and many others. The festival runs Saturday—Sunday, Aug. 24—25. 16855 Bodega Hwy., Bodega. $8—$15. 10am—6pm, Saturday; 10am—5pm, Sunday. 707.824.8717.—Anna Hecht

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Aug. 21: Kermit Ruffins & the Barbecue Swingers at Sweetwater Music Hall

Posted By on Wed, Aug 21, 2013 at 1:27 PM

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Hey everybody, wait no more! Kermit’s back with barbecue in store! New Orleans jazz favorite, Kermit Ruffins & the Barbecue Swingers, is headed to Mill Valley once again for another crowd-pleasing performance. Fans who know Ruffins know to arrive with an empty stomach. With his band’s name a mix of his two favorite things—swing and food—Kermit is known to fire up the barbecue and cook for his fans between sets. Influenced by Louis Armstrong at a young age, Kermit’s passion for jazz has never ceased, and now he’s back to deliver jazz, barbecue and his lively personality to fans on Wednesday, Aug. 21, at Sweetwater Music Hall. 19 Corte Madera Ave., Mill Valley. $22. 8pm. 415.388.1100.

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Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Aug. 18: Sonoma County Bicycle Expo in Downtown Santa Rosa

Posted By on Tue, Aug 13, 2013 at 8:53 PM

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It has a bike swap, a cargo race, BMX tricks, a track-stand contest, a marching band and a tractor pull. Seriously, is this not just a crazy bike festival all ’roided up? All kidding aside: the Sonoma County Bicycle Expo jams every fun thing to possibly do with a bike into a one-day event, starting with the bike swap, where riders and collectors gather to buy, sell, trade and discuss bikes and accessories from every era. Also at the expo is the track-stand contest, where a judge will record how long each competitor can go on their fixed or freewheel bikes without putting a foot down. Other attractions include the crowd—pleasing flatland BMX stunts, performances by the Hubbub Club and a race of silly, practical and creative cargo bikes. All of this and more on Sunday, Aug. 18. Fifth Street between B Street and Mendocino Avenue, Santa Rosa. Free. 10am—4pm. 707.545.0153.

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Aug. 17-Aug. 18: The 22nd Annual Accordian Festival at Cotati's La Plaza Park

Posted By on Tue, Aug 13, 2013 at 8:53 PM

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Where’s the only place in Sonoma County that rolls out the red carpet to the accordion every year? Cotati, of course! The 22nd Annual Accordion Festival makes its appearance this weekend, exciting the hearts of diehard accordion lovers and players. The featured performer is Renzo Ruggieri, Italy's jazz accordion legend. This sunglass-wearin’ accordionist founded an acclaimed organization of music schools, has collaborated with and arranged music for dozens of artists, and tickles a mean squeezebox. The two-day fest includes many other performers (don’t miss Polkacide), dance parties and a play—along to “Lady of Spain.” Led by honorary director John Volpi, who frequently plays his accordion in the back bar at Volpi’s in Petaluma, the festival fun runs Saturday, Aug. 17, to Sunday, Aug. 18, at La Plaza Park. 60 West Cotati Ave., Cotati. $15—$23. 9:30am. 707.664.0444.

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