Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Dec. 4-7: Phil Lesh and Friends at Terrapin Crossroads

Posted By on Wed, Nov 27, 2013 at 12:34 PM

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The golden age of rock ’n’ roll may be over if you’re looking at the Billboard charts, but the Bay Area remains a hub for icons that keep the timeless vibe alive. Phil Lesh created Phil Lesh and Friends for this very purpose: to pay homage to the Grateful Dead’s music by playing originals, common covers and songs from the members of his band. Back from their tour in New York and performing again at home in Lesh’s own spot, Lesh, Warren Haynes, Jimmy Herring, John Molo, Jeff Chimenti and Neal Casal perform Wednesday—Saturday, Dec 4—7, at Terrapin Crossroads. 100 Yacht Club Drive, San Rafael. 8pm. $79. 415.524.2773.

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Dec. 2: Amy Tan at Copperfield's Books

Posted By on Wed, Nov 27, 2013 at 12:31 PM

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Renowned for The Joy Luck Club, author Amy Tan has a new novel, The Valley of Amazement. Following the lives of an American mother and her half-Chinese daughter who are separated when the Qing Dynasty is overturned, the novel spans the collapse of China’s last dynasty to the beginning of the republic, and recaptures the lost world of Shanghai through the inner workings of courtesan houses. Tan reads from her story of trauma, desire, deception and the power of love on Monday, Dec. 2, at Copperfield’s Books. 140 Kentucky St., Petaluma. 7pm. Free.

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Nov. 30: Daniel Tosh at the Wells Fargo Center

Posted By on Wed, Nov 27, 2013 at 12:27 PM

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Comedy Central Tosh 2.0 host Daniel Tosh has the type of crude humor that makes it impossible not to laugh—no matter how obscene his material may be. Local fans of Tosh’s show noted last month his pick for “unfortunate high school name of the week”: Analy High School, which led into an onslaught of ass jokes. (“Located up your butt and around the corner, just off of the Hershey Highway in NorCal.”) Tosh brings his annual “Tosh Saves the World” comedy show to town on Saturday, Nov 30, at the Wells Fargo Center. 50 Mark West Springs Road, Santa Rosa. 8pm. $65—$75. 707.546.3600.

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Nov. 29: 'Village Music' screens at Sweetwater Music Hall

Posted By on Wed, Nov 27, 2013 at 12:18 PM

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In an age of disposable downloads, you can now hear kids asking, “Mommy, what’s a record store?” ‘Village Music: The Last of The Great Record Stores’ tells the story of Mill Valley’s own—John Goddard’s Village Music. Chronicling the final nine months of the store’s existence, the film documents Goddard through the evolution of American music and his building of a musical community. Featuring interviews and performances with Elvis Costello, Bonnie Raitt, Ry Cooder, Sammy Hagar, Bob Weir and Jerry Garcia, the film screens Friday, Nov. 29, at Sweetwater Music Hall. 19 Corte Madera Ave., Mill Valley. 2pm. Free.

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Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Nov. 25: Alice Cooper at the Wells Fargo Center

Posted By on Tue, Nov 19, 2013 at 8:07 PM

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What can you expect from an Alice Cooper show? You can count on Cooper onstage with mascara-streaked eyes performing violent stunts featuring gruesome props. On his lifelong mission to break taboos, the shock-rock icon and pioneer of theatrical rock concerts returns with his 25th studio album, Along Came a Spider. Cooper brings his unconventional stage antics to town on Monday, Nov. 25, at the Wells Fargo Center. 50 Mark West Springs Road, Santa Rosa. 8pm. $40—$64. 707.527.7006.

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Nov. 24: 'The Singularity' at Rafael Film Center

Posted By on Tue, Nov 19, 2013 at 8:05 PM

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Nano-robots. In less than 50 years, these tiny machines could change our world to a place where “the concept of one mind, one body will be obsolete.” Humans will live in a virtual world with control over aging, health and physical characteristics. Scientific evidence shows that ‘The Singularity’ has already begun: the point at which technology and its creator are no longer mutually exclusive. Bay Area filmmaker Doug Wolens presents his new film on Sunday, Nov. 24, at Rafael Film Center. 1118 Fourth St., San Rafael. 7pm. $10.75. 415.454.1222.

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Nov. 24: Ramblin' Jack Elliott at Hopmonk Tavern

Posted By on Tue, Nov 19, 2013 at 8:01 PM

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As a 14-year-old, Ramblin’ Jack Elliott learned to play guitar when he ran away from home to join the rodeo—and he hasn’t put it down since. A friend of Woody Guthrie, by 1969 he was on the Johnny Cash Show. The friends he influenced include Cash, Tom Waits, the Grateful Dead and the Rolling Stones. After generations of making timeless country folk music, Ramblin’ Jack plays a low-key performance on Sunday, Nov. 24, at Hopmonk Tavern. 224 Vintage Way, Novato. 7:30pm. $25. 415.892.6200.

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Nov. 22: Generation Esmeralda at Sausalito Seahorse

Posted By on Tue, Nov 19, 2013 at 7:57 PM

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Remember that band Santa Esmeralda, the ’70s one-hit wonder with the groovy disco remake of “Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood”? After more than 30 years MIA, the band has reunited as the older and groovier Generation Esmeralda. The band’s sound blends Latin rock dance grooves with melodic hooks, impressive guitar licks and cha-cha with a splash of gypsy-infused Flamenco. The band returns from their tour of Brazil to play on Friday, Nov. 22, at Sausalito Seahorse. 305 Harbor Drive, Sausalito. 9pm. $10. 415.331.2899.

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Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Nov. 16: Lego Building Contest at the Brick Hutt

Posted By on Wed, Nov 13, 2013 at 5:03 PM

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Maybe you used to create huge castles and dragons when you were a kid, and want to recapture that youthful creativity. Maybe you have kept up with ongoing developments and think you’ve got the ultimate plastic architectural creation. Or maybe you’re a parent who steps on the damn things in the middle of the night and wants to see if your kid can win a grand prize. Either way, the Lego Building Contest is nigh, with free entry, three skill levels and prizes ranging from Lego figures to a $200 gift certificate. Test your trickery on Saturday, Nov. 16, at the Brick Hutt. 420 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa. 1pm. Free. 707.479.3698.

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Nov. 14: The Meat Puppets at Sweetwater Music Hall

Posted By on Wed, Nov 13, 2013 at 4:57 PM

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Even if Kurt Cobain hadn’t sung a note, he’d have improved the world by introducing to the larger public the work of underground geniuses: Daniel Johnston, the Wipers, Scratch Acid, the Raincoats, the Butthole Surfers, the Vaselines, the Melvins and many, many others. Among those who benefited from Cobain’s imprimatur is the Meat Puppets, from Arizona, who joined Nirvana onstage for their MTV Unplugged performance and whose album Meat Puppets II will sell eternally to those seeking out the Cobain family tree. They play on Thursday, Nov. 14, at Sweetwater Music Hall. 8pm. $17-$22. 415.388.3850.

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