Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Nov. 3: Omar Sosa at the Osher Marin JCC

Posted By on Wed, Oct 30, 2013 at 2:16 PM

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Have you ever heard of the guembri, oud, djembe or balafon? Such exotic instruments are heard in the music of Omar Sosa; with explosive playing and adventurous writing, Sosa mixes the folkloric music of Esmeraldas, an Arican-rooted culture in Ecuador, with Cuban marimba roots to create a blend of music loosely labeled as Afro-Cuban. Sosa mixes his eclectic roots with Miles Davis’ classic recordings to create Kind of Blue, a tribute performance with Sosa’s Afri-Lectric Sextet, on Sunday, Nov. 3, at the Osher Marin JCC. 200 North San Pedro Road, San Rafael. 6:30pm. $25—$35. 415.444.8000.
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Nov. 1: George Scribner at the Healdsburg Center for the Arts

Posted By on Wed, Oct 30, 2013 at 2:10 PM

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The art of George Scribner is so enchanting that it hangs on the walls in “the happiest place on earth” in the Disneyland Gallery on Main Street. If you’ve ever seen The Lion King, Fantasia Continued, Dinosaur or Oliver and Company, which he directed, you’ve experienced the magic of Scribner’s works. This rare breed of Disney directors and animated artists will be illustrating his experiences in an appearance called “Working at Disney” on Friday, Nov. 1, at the Healdsburg Center for the Arts. 130 Plaza St., Healdsburg. 7:30pm. $5. 707.431.1970.

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Nov. 2: Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell at Wells Fargo Center

Posted By on Wed, Oct 30, 2013 at 2:10 PM

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Miley Cyrus came in like a wrecking ball, but the less-hyped Wrecking Ball is a far more tasteful album by Emmylou Harris. After the death of her singing partner, Gram Parsons in 1975, Harris released Pieces of the Sky, which opened with a song by a virtually unknown artist, Rodney Crowell. Now, after almost 40 years of friendship and working together, they have released their first duo album, Old Yellow Moon, selections from which they’ll perform on Saturday, Nov. 2, at the Wells Fargo Center for the Arts. 50 Mark West Springs Road, Santa Rosa. 8pm. $49-$69. 707.546.3600.

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Nov. 1: Coco Montoya at Hopmonk Tavern

Posted By on Wed, Oct 30, 2013 at 2:05 PM

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Coco Montoya, a lefty who plays his “icy hot” guitar style on an upside-down, right-handed guitar like Albert King, never took one lesson. A self-taught guitarist, Montoya learned by mirroring some of the best guitarists of his time, with artists like King who taught him, “Don’t think about it, just feel it.” His heartfelt musical style caught the ear of John Mayall at a bar gig, and Montoya was recruited to his band to follow in the footsteps of former Bluesbreaker guitarists like Eric Clapton, Peter Green and Mick Taylor. Montoya plays solo on Friday, Nov. 1, at Hopmonk Tavern. 230 Petaluma Ave., Sebastopol. 8:30pm. $17. 707.829.7300.

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Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Oct. 29: Silk Road Ensemble at the Green Music Center

Posted By on Wed, Oct 23, 2013 at 2:56 PM

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Just a few weeks ago, the FBI finally shut down the Silk Road, the infamous online black market site where one could buy all manner of illegal contraband from around the globe. Just as worldly, but it’s moral opposite, Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble traverses borders, just like the classic trade route, with a group of distinguished performers from over 20 countries in Asia, Europe and the Americas. The crosscultural group’s most recent recording, Off the Map, was nominated for a Grammy award; they come to town (note: without Yo-Yo Ma himself) on Tuesday, Oct. 29, for a performance at the Green Music Center. 1801 E. Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park. 7:30pm. $30—$70. 866.955.6040.

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Oct. 26: 'The Right Stuff' Q&A and showing with director Philip Kaufman

Posted By on Wed, Oct 23, 2013 at 2:53 PM

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If you thought Gravity kept you on the edge of your seat, try ‘The Right Stuff,’ Philip Kaufman’s film about Project Mercury, America’s first attempt at manned spaceflight. The film follows the journey of seven men who have the fearless character required to cross into the unknown threshold of space, from the launch of Sputnik to the successful Earth orbit by John Glenn. Packed with action, romance and comedy, the film won four Oscars. This week, to celebrate the film’s 30th anniversary, writer-director Kaufman presents his film in-person followed by a Q&A on Saturday, Oct. 26, at the Rafael Film Center. 1118 Fourth St., San Rafael. 7pm. $15 (CFI members $12). 415.454.1222.

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Oct. 25: Alton Brown at the Wells Fargo Center

Posted By on Wed, Oct 23, 2013 at 2:49 PM

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Alton Brown’s Edible Inevitable Tour: standup comedy, talk show antics, multimedia lecture, live music, food experimentation and . . . ponchos? Brown’s quirky humor and clever personality take the stage for a show that at one point requires ponchos to be distributed to people in the first few rows. Hmmm . . . As a renowned television personality and author of seven novels, Brown is sure to put on a good show. See Brown work his weird magic and enter the “poncho zone” on Friday, Oct. 25, at the Wells Fargo Center. 50 Mark West Springs Road, Santa Rosa. 8pm. $45—$85. 707.546.3600.

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Oct. 25: Zero at the Mystic Theatre

Posted By on Wed, Oct 23, 2013 at 2:46 PM

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On Aug. 15, Zero lead vocalist Judge Murphy passed away in his mountain home surrounded by loved ones. After Murphy was diagnosed with liver cancer in 2011, Dennis Cook of JamBase profiled Murphy for a feature, with a final moving quote from Murphy: “Take what you get from this life, work hard for what you want and be happy with it, because if you don’t, you’re not going to be a very happy person.” His positive outlook and shining life will be celebrated at a benefit concert for his daughter’s college fund when Zero headlines on Friday, Oct. 25, at McNear’s Mystic Theatre. 23 Petaluma Blvd., Petaluma. 9pm. $30. 707.765.2121.

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Oct. 24: The Moody Blues at the Marin Center

Posted By on Wed, Oct 23, 2013 at 2:41 PM

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There aren’t enough mood swings in the world to get one through Timeless Flight, the newly released 17-disc box set of the Moody Blues, but watching one show can do the trick to take fans to that happy place. The former “Playboy Vocal Group of the Year” may have aged a little, but they’re still rocking like it’s 1972. With classics like “Tuesday Afternoon” and “Nights in White Satin,” the band has outlived most of their fellow classic rockers; see them on Thursday, Oct. 24, at the Marin Center. 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. 8pm. $55—$115. 415.473.6400.

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Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Oct. 22: UFO expert Jim Ledwith at the Sonoma Community Center

Posted By on Wed, Oct 16, 2013 at 3:12 PM

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The phrase “parental discretion advised” is a surefire attention-grabber. When it’s used in conjunction with a lecture about alien abductions titled “Strange Harvest,” it’s begging it. This week, UFO expert Jim Ledwith talks about the 10,000 animal abductions since 1967—why are farms the target of alien research? Are extraterrestrials curious, or just really hungry? With actual footage of a bovine abduction and substantiating FBI files on the subject, the answers will surely be revealed on Tuesday, Oct. 22, at the Sonoma Community Center. 276 E Napa St., Sonoma. 7pm. $5—$10. 707.938.4626.

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