Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Oct. 19: Pink Floyd Laser Spectacular at the Lincoln Theater

Posted By on Wed, Oct 16, 2013 at 3:08 PM

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It’d be easy to make a joke connecting the Pink Floyd Laser Spectacular and psychedelic drugs, but that’d be doing the spectacle a disservice. A Pink Floyd laser show is awesome, even at age 10, even at age 70, and should be experienced at least once in everyone’s life. With a 50,000-watt stereo system, the Lincoln Theater is just the place to witness this glorious combination of audio and visual stimulation. And be sure to high-five the veterans in wheelchairs who might be there—the theater routinely gives free tickets for its events to residents of the nearby veterans home. Shine on Saturday, Oct. 19, at the Lincoln Theater. 100 California Drive, Yountville. 7pm. $20—$30. 707.944.9900.

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Oct. 19: Ruth Moody at the Sebastopol Community Center

Posted By on Wed, Oct 16, 2013 at 3:05 PM

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As a member of the Wailin’ Jennys, Ruth Moody has made a name for herself with a down-home vocal style and honest songs. She’s won two Juno awards (sorta like Canada’s Grammy, but with more integrity) and been featured several times on A Prairie Home Companion. Listening to her sing puts the mind at ease, stacking those troubles neatly on the shelf, in chronological order, not to be forgotten but to be managed. See her Saturday, Oct. 19, at the Sebastopol Community Center. 390 Morris St., Sebastopol. 8pm. $18—$23. 707.823.1511.

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Oct. 19: Rudolf Budginas at SRJC's Newman Auditorium

Posted By on Wed, Oct 16, 2013 at 3:02 PM

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Internationally renowned concert pianist Rudolf Budginas has an unassuming daily life as a music faculty member at Santa Rosa Junior College, but he’s about to bust out of the mold. This week, he plays in a concert with Steve Miller Band guitarist Kenny Lee and Kingsborough drummer John Whitney for a rock-themed concert called “Piano on the Edge.” His 21st-century arrangements vary from smooth-jazz versions of “Ave Maria” to dubstep-infused classical piano. Witness a rare vision on Saturday, Oct. 19, at SRJC’s Newman Auditorium. 1501 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa. 8pm. $20. 707.527.4011.

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Oct. 19: 'The Phantom Carriage' at the Jarvis Conservatory

Posted By on Wed, Oct 16, 2013 at 2:56 PM

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It sounds like a slow, moody interlude of an epic post-rock group like Explosions in the Sky or Not to Reason Why, but no—it’s the soundtrack to a 1921 silent film called ‘The Phantom Carriage,’ composed by 2013 Vintage High School grad Raja Orr. The film will screen with a live performance of this new composition from the pit orchestra, comprised of members of the Napa Valley Youth Symphony and conducted by Orr himself, on Saturday, Oct. 19, at the Jarvis Conservatory. 1711 Main St., Napa. 7pm. $15. 707.255.5445.

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Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Oct. 13: Paul Galbraith at the Occidental Center for the Arts

Posted By on Wed, Oct 9, 2013 at 1:38 PM

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An internationally renowned innovator, Paul Galbraith alters the physical form of the classical guitar and the way that it is played. Eschewing the traditional guitar for his eight-string Brahms Guitar, he plays a guitar supported by a metal endpin, similar to that of a cello, which rests on a wooden resonance box. On record, Galbraith’s back catalog includes critically acclaimed recordings of works by Bach, Haydn and Brahms, along with his own arrangements of folk tunes from various countries. In a concert presented by the Redwood Arts Council, Galbraith performs arrangements of Haydn, Ponce, Albéniz and Granados on Sunday, Oct. 13, at the Occidental Center for the Arts. 3850 Doris Murphy Court, Occidental. 4pm. $30. 707.874.9392.

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Oct. 13: Dave Chappelle at the Wells Fargo Center

Posted By on Wed, Oct 9, 2013 at 1:32 PM

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Best known for his eponymous TV show, Dave Chappelle’s stand-up comedy style is frequently raunchy, constantly hilarious, and oftentimes explores sophisticated issues surrounding race. At a recent performance in Hartford, Conn., Chappelle was drowned out by a predominantly white audience of crude hecklers that he later called an “arena full of suburban torturers and young, white alcoholics.” Chappelle had no problem plopping down onto a stool, lighting one up, and reading a few excerpts from a book tossed at him by an audience member to kill time, proving that an expensive ticket doesn’t give a crowd the right to be disruptive and rude. One of the most clever comedians of our time, Chappelle plays two sold-out shows on Sunday, Oct. 13, at the Wells Fargo Center. 50 Mark West Springs Road, Santa Rosa. 7pm and 10pm. Sold out (at press time, tickets on StubHub start at $100). 707.546.3600.

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Oct. 11: A Tribute to Mike Bloomfield at Sweetwater Music Hall

Posted By on Wed, Oct 9, 2013 at 1:24 PM

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Bob Sarl has spent 20 years putting together a 60-minute documentary about in the life of guitarist Mike Bloomfield. In ‘Sweet Blues,’ Bloomfield attests to his obsessions in a long-ago tape recording that plays throughout the film, while his life story, milestone performances and commentary from associates paint a portrait of a tortured genius of rock. After playing with Paul Butterfield, Bob Dylan and Stephen Stills, among many others, Bloomfield’s hard-living, heroin-heavy lifestyle ultimately took his life in 1981. But his legend lives on in Carlos Santana, B.B. King and Charlie Musselwhite, all of whom recall Bloomfield’s influence in the film. Following this week’s screening is a tribute concert featuring Elvin Bishop, Harvey Mandel, Nick Gravenites, Maria Muldaur, Barry Goldberg and others on Friday, Oct. 11, at Sweetwater Music Hall. 19 Corte Madera Ave., Mill Valley. 7pm. $67. 415.388.3850.

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Oct. 12: Biketoberfest at FairAnselm Plaza

Posted By on Wed, Oct 9, 2013 at 1:24 PM

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Bikes, beer and music galore—it’s Biketoberfest! Offering 35 varieties of beer from 20 West Coast brewers and live performances by Moonalice, Tom Finch Group, Tiny Television, Dogtown Ramblers and the Cradle Duende duo, this annual festival is one-of-a-kind, serving our mass of bike-lovers right in the birthplace of the mountain bike. After a pre-festival group ride from San Francisco or Marin, there’ll be 70 bike exhibitors and a handmade bike show with an array of classic bikes from the good old U.S.A.—you might even catch a glimpse of some of the very first mountain bikes. The kiddos can decorate their bikes at the bike art table and join the parade around the festival grounds while adults wash one (or three) down; get your helmets on and gear up on Saturday, Oct. 12, at FairAnselm Plaza. 765 Center Blvd., Fairfax. 11am. Free; beer tasting $25—$30. 415.272.2756.

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Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Oct. 8: 'This Ain't No Mouse Music' at the Sweetwater Music Hall

Posted By on Wed, Oct 2, 2013 at 3:46 PM

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Chris Strachwitz of Arhoolie Records doesn’t “produce” music for his label—he captures it as it is. A collector, preserver and seller of authentic music, Strachwitz’s label offers a catalogue of blues, Cajun, wild hillbilly country, Tex-Mex and New Orleans R&B—and that ain’t no mouse music. (mouse music (n): from Mickey Mouse; jazz term in the 1930s for schmaltz and pop.) In ‘This Ain’t No Mouse Music,’ filmmakers Chris Simon and Maureen Gosling explore the musical cultures from New Orleans to Appalachia, falling right into the lap of Arhoolie Records. With live performances by Los Cenzontles, Eric and Suzy Thompson and Creole Belles, the film screens on Tuesday, Oct. 8, at Sweetwater Music Hall. 19 Corte Madera Ave, Mill Valley. 8:30pm. $32. 415.388.3850.

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Oct. 5: Mollie Katzen at Toby's Feed Barn

Posted By on Wed, Oct 2, 2013 at 3:43 PM

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Berkeley local Mollie Katzen is a pioneer in the farm-to-table movement. With years of experience in the garden and the kitchen, and with over 6 million books in print, the author of the Moosewood Cookbook helped bring the vegetarian palate to the American dinner plate. Katzen’s most recent book, The Heart of the Plate, offers inventive vegetarian fare for the new generation. Her early recipes packed with rich ingredients like butter, cheese and sour cream have been replaced with healthier and tastier alternatives; learn some of Katzen’s techniques when she talks about her new book on Saturday, Oct. 5, at Toby’s Feed Barn. 11250 Hwy. 1, Pt. Reyes Station. 10am. Free. 415.663.1223.

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