Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Sept. 14: Fiesta de Independencia at Wells Fargo Center

Posted By on Wed, Sep 11, 2013 at 2:08 PM

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Not to be confused with Cinco de Mayo, Fiesta de Independencia is the most important patriotic holiday in Mexico, celebrating the day Mexico won independence from Spanish colonials in 1810. Now, over two centuries later, this day is celebrated with live mariachi bands, piñata-whacking, salsa contests and more at the Wells Fargo Center, which has continually supported the area’s Latino community (in the past two years alone, the venue has hosted shows by Jenny Rivera, Paquita and Los Tigres del Norte). Get your best dance shoes on and bring along your family and friends for a day of lively celebration on Saturday, Sept. 14, at the Wells Fargo Center. 50 Mark West Springs Road, Santa Rosa. 1pm. Free. 707.546.3600.

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Sept. 14: Rogue Wave at Sweetwater Music Hall

Posted By on Wed, Sep 11, 2013 at 2:05 PM

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After losing his job in the dot-com bust, Zach Schwartz decided to ditch the leagues of the great unwashed to become Zach Rogue, the brilliant musical artist. Since then, his band Rogue Wave’s songs have played on the soundtracks to movies such as Love Happens, Napoleon Dynamite, Just Friends and Rachel Getting Married, and have been featured on TV shows like Heroes, Friday Night Lights and Weeds. The band’s popularity is so apparent that even in the 2009 blockbuster hit Love Happens, the main character is disappointed that the Rogue Wave concert is sold-out, until Jennifer Aniston manages to get her hands on a couple of tickets. Now it’s your chance to snatch a few tickets before they’re sold-out again on Saturday, Sept. 14, at the Sweetwater Music Hall. 19 Corte Madera Ave., Mill Valley. 9pm. $30. 415.388.3850.

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Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Sep. 11: Grand Opening of the Napa Valley 9/11 Memorial Garden

Posted By on Wed, Sep 4, 2013 at 4:05 PM

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Avid Bohemian readers may remember our 2011 cover story on Napa artist Gordon Huether’s creation of a 9-11 memorial using steel from the fallen World Trade Center towers. Six pieces of steel from the buildings, totaling 30 tons, now make up the memorial in Napa. When he received the steel, “It was caked with concrete. There were coffee cups in it. It was quite a moment,” says Huether. Despite the public relations disaster when a group made flyers announcing the completion of “Napa’s 30-Ton Erection,” emotions are sure to run high at the grand opening of the Napa Valley 9/11 Memorial Garden on Wednesday, Sept. 11, on Main Street between First and Pearl, Napa. 7pm. Free. 707.226.7372.

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Sep. 10 and 13: Tom Barbash at Book Passage and Copperfield's

Posted By on Wed, Sep 4, 2013 at 4:04 PM

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The characters in Tom Barbash’s new short story collection, Stay Up with Me, are tied together by their navigation of a new world, entered into either by poor choices or loss of some kind. How do we connect to each other? How do we connect to the world around us? These are the questions Barbash explores in his excursion into the heart of humanity. The Marin-based author of the New York Times bestseller 9/11: A Story of Loss and Renewal is introduced by Dave Eggers for a reading on Tuesday, Sept. 10 at Book Passage. 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 7pm. Free. 415.927.0960 and Friday, Sept. 13 at Copperfield’s Petaluma. 140 Kentucky St., Petaluma. 7pm. Free. 707.762.0563.

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Sep. 8: Robert Walter's 20th Congress at Sweetwater Music Hall

Posted By on Wed, Sep 4, 2013 at 3:59 PM

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“The Hammer of the Hammond,” the “Pulverizer of the Piano,” the “Razer of the Rhodes”—no matter what nickname Robert Walter is given, he shines as one of the heaviest jazz-funk keyboardists this side of Philadelphia. The founding member of the Greyboy Allstars now plays with his own group, Robert Walter's 20th Congress, known for their funky shows bursting with energy. This is the kind of funk that hurts not to dance to. They play with openers the Heavy Guilt on Sunday, Sept. 8, at the Sweetwater Music Hall. 19 Corte Madera Ave, Mill Valley. 8pm. $17. 415.388.3850.

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Sep. 10-12: National Heirloom Exposition at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds

Posted By on Wed, Sep 4, 2013 at 3:54 PM

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Giant pumpkins can grow to be bigger than humans. Forget jack-o’-lanterns—one could carve a nice little reading nook out of a giant pumpkin. But these and other amazing plants might not be around forever. Seed preservation is becoming more and more important in the world of monoculture and bioengineering of our food, a fact that led Dr. Vandana Shiva to create Navdanya almost 20 years ago. She and over a hundred other food experts speak at the National Heirloom Exposition, a three-day festival featuring over 3,000 heirloom varieties and 300 food vendors (and, yes, a giant pumpkin contest), on Sept. 10—12, at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds. 1350 Bennett Valley Road, Santa Rosa. 11am. $10. 707.545.4200

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Sep. 7: The Beach Boys at the Wells Fargo Center

Posted By on Wed, Sep 4, 2013 at 3:50 PM

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Sometimes life is stranger than fiction. The only member of the iconic 1960s American surf rock group the Beach Boys who actually surfed with any regularity, Dennis Wilson, drowned in the ocean in 1983. The band’s former creative leader, Brian Wilson, was kicked out of the band again after a brief reunion last year. Not to be derailed, Mike Love and friends have been traveling the country singing hits like “Surfin’ USA,” “Surfer Girl,” and “Surfin’ Safari” for decades, and no matter the lineup, people still love ’em. They return to Santa Rosa on Saturday, Sept. 7, at the Wells Fargo Center. 50 Mark West Springs Road, Santa Rosa. 8pm. $65—$85. 707.546.3600.

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Sep. 4: 'School Projects' opens at the Schulz Museum

Posted By on Wed, Sep 4, 2013 at 3:47 PM

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It’s back to school time! You know what Miss Othmar says: Wah, wah wah wahhhwahh wah wahhh. Wah wahhh wahwahwah, wah wah, wah WAH wah wahwahhhhh wahwah, wah wah. Wah wah, wah wahhhhhhhhhhh wahwah, wah. Wah? Wahwah? Wah! WAH! Wah. Wah wahwah, wah wahwah, wahwah, wah. Wahwah, wah wah. Wah wah, wah. Wah. Wah. Wah wah wah wah wahwah, wah wah wahwahwah wah waaaaaah wah. Wah wah wah. ‘School Projects,’ a new exhibit, follows the Peanuts gang as they struggle through a typical school year in original comic strips from Charles Schulz. Sept. 4—March 2, Schulz Museum. 2301 Hardies Lane, Santa Rosa. 707.579.4452.

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