Thursday, January 30, 2014

Feb. 5: Ratdog at the Sweetwater Music Hall

Posted By on Thu, Jan 30, 2014 at 2:05 PM

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You might have heard the story: In March of last year, Bob Weir was annoyed by a loud-talking fan while performing at the Sweetwater Music Hall, and yelled a simple admonition: “Shut the fuck up.” The video hit YouTube, we mocked him in these pages as part of a fold-over joke, the Sweetwater started selling T-shirts based on the incident, and the rest is history. Bob Weir returns to the scene of the crime this week as he and Ratdog kick off their spring tour in an intimate hometown show that’s utterly sold-out. Our advice: stand outside, try to find tickets, and, by all means, don’t talk too loud. Wednesday, Feb. 5, at the Sweetwater Music Hall. 19 Corte Madera Ave., Mill Valley. 8pm. Sold-out. 415.388.1100.

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Feb. 3: Gavin Newsom at the Sebastiani Theatre

Posted By on Thu, Jan 30, 2014 at 2:01 PM

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At the time, it made a hell of a lot of sense. “The door’s wide open now,” said then—San Francisco mayor Gavin Newsom regarding gay marriage, after he decided to award marriage licenses to same-sex couples in the city. “It’s going to happen, whether you like it or not.” And though Proposition 8 supporters used this quote to make Newsom out as an opponent of democracy, He with the Majestic Hair was entirely correct: marriage equality is inevitable in the United States. Newsom will go down in history for his brave act, of course; this week, he and wife Jennifer Siebel Newsom (filmmaker of Miss Representation) speak in a benefit for Sonoma Mentoring Alliance on Monday, Feb. 3, at the Sebastiani Theatre. 476 First St., Sonoma. 7pm. $15—$25. 707.996.2020.

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FEb. 1: EDM Party at the Phoenix Theater

Posted By on Thu, Jan 30, 2014 at 1:58 PM

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As if familiarizing oneself with and identifying various genres like house, drum ’n’ bass, dubstep, trap, jungle and breakbeat were too, I don’t know, exhausting for everybody, the world has now settled on the catch-all phrase to end all catch-all phrases for electronic dance music: EDM. Which means, uh, “electronic dance music.” Vague, isn’t it? Indeed! (Which might explain why it’s so useful as an attraction to the masses.) Before our genres get ever more vague, until we just call everything “music,” Dennis the Menac3, Elbyne, Rule 62 and That Sober Kid Feenix play an EDM party on Saturday, Feb. 1, at the Phoenix Theater. 201 E. Washington St., Petaluma. 8pm. $10. 707.762.3565.

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Feb. 1: KWTF Comedy-Palooza at the Arlene Francis Center

Posted By on Thu, Jan 30, 2014 at 1:51 PM

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If you’re a standup comedian, the point of your act is to get people to laugh. But what if you inspire in an audience member a laugh that’s downright evil—a slow, honking bleat in a descending tone of diabolical plotting? That’s the quandary Sal Calanni found himself in recently, when during his set, a man in the audience repeatedly emitted an insane laugh that threatened to steal the show. Of course, Calanni rolled with it, as seasoned standups do. This week, Calanni heads a comedy festival featuring 16 comics and hosted by local funny girl Lila Cugini on Saturday, Feb. 1, at the Arlene Francis Center. 99 Sixth St., Santa Rosa. 6pm. $10. 707.528.3009.

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Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Jan. 24: Tim Flannery at Sweetwater Music Hall

Posted By on Tue, Jan 21, 2014 at 9:16 PM

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Whenever I’m blue in the off-season, I cue up the video of Angel Pagan, in May 2013, hitting a walk-off, inside-the-park home run in the 10th inning to beat the Rockies. The glory of Pagan’s achievement, however, must be shared by third-base coach Tim Flannery, who had the chutzpah to send Pagan to home plate as the throw came in from center field. Flannery has made plenty of similarly confident moves, a trait he brings to his side career in music. A devout Deadhead with a new solo album, The Wayward Wind, the Giants coach plays his own original songs on acoustic guitar on Friday, Jan. 24, at Sweetwater Music Hall. 19 Corte Madera Ave., Mill Valley. 8pm. $22—$24. 415.388.1100.

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Jan. 23: San Francisco Symphony at the Green Music Center

Posted By on Tue, Jan 21, 2014 at 9:13 PM

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The Green Music Center is usually home to the Santa Rosa Symphony, but this week sees two visiting outfits. On Thursday, Jan. 23, the San Francisco Symphony rolls into the space with violinist Alexander Barantschik, who’ll perform Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto in D Minor and conduct works by Mozart, Britten and Piazzolla. On Saturday, Jan. 25, Harry Bicket conducts the English Concert in Handel’s opera Theodora, featuring Sarah Connolly, Andrew Kennedy and others (7:30pm; $40—$85). Green Music Center, 1801 E. Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park. 866.955.6040.

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Jan. 22: Olivia Laing at Book Passage

Posted By on Tue, Jan 21, 2014 at 9:09 PM

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Ernest Hemingway. F. Scott Fitzgerald. Tennessee Williams, John Berryman, John Cheever. Raymond friggin’ Carver. What do these authors have in common? (“They were all overrated white males” is not the answer we’re looking for.) They all ordered booze by the boatful, and in her new book The Trip to Echo Spring: On Writers and Drinking, author Olivia Laing explores why. Having grown up in an alcoholic family herself, Laing removes the romance from drinking to reveal just how destructive the famous men’s habits became; she appears Wednesday, Jan. 22, at Book Passage. 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 7pm. Free. 415.927.0960.

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Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Jan. 18: Sean Hayes at Hopmonk Sebastopol

Posted By on Wed, Jan 15, 2014 at 3:35 PM

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When it comes to that lazy, loping, drunk-style drumming, it’s hard to beat Sean Hayes’ “When We Fall In.” A combination of folk guitar, doo-wop-style call-and-response and Hayes’ own elegant tenor voice, the song is a standout on Hayes’ 2010 album Run Wolves Run, and showcases everything that’s right with this Bay Area tunesmith who once played Jesus in a film. (These are beardy times, and half the fun of seeing Hayes live is guessing how out of control his facial hair may be at any given time.) Hayes plays this week with locals Trebuchet—who are set to release their (excellent) second album—on Saturday, Jan. 18, at Hopmonk Sebastopol. 230 Petaluma Ave., Sebastopol. 8:30pm. $22—$26. 707.829.7300.

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Jan. 17: 'Thinking Outside the Bottle' at the Napa Valley Museum

Posted By on Wed, Jan 15, 2014 at 3:32 PM

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Winery owners come from all areas of the world—both geographically and anthropologically. We’ve got retired dentists, Wall Street bankers, practicing lawyers, Oscar-winning filmmakers and at least 10 artists. At least that’s what the Napa Valley Museum is telling us with its new exhibit, ‘Thinking Outside the Bottle.’ Shining a light on winemakers, viticulturalists and winery owners who refuse to relegate themselves to one art form, the show includes painters, ceramicists and sculptors from Charter Oak, Mendelson, Zacherle and others. Both Margrit Mondavi and Eleanor Coppola are included in the show, too, which opens with a reception on Friday, Jan. 17, at the Napa Valley Museum. 55 Presidents Circle, Yountville. 5:30—7pm. $5. 707.944.0500.

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Jan. 16: Colin Quinn at the Wells Fargo Center

Posted By on Wed, Jan 15, 2014 at 3:29 PM

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You might think the 1987 classic Three Men and a Baby is all about Steve “hunkalicious” Gutenberg, but you’d be overlooking the scene-stealing Colin Quinn, credited in his first film role as “Gift Shop Clerk.” Of course, over the years, Quinn would go on to expected greatness—most notably trying, in trademark affected grouchiness, to fill the enormous shoes left by Norm MacDonald on Saturday Night Live’s “Weekend Update.” Never known to say nice things about his time working for the SNL Rockefeller Peacock, Quinn turned to comedy clubs, where good Lord, he shines. See him cover 226 years of American history in his show “Unconstitutional” on Thursday, Jan. 16, at the Wells Fargo Center. 50 Mark West Springs Road, Santa Rosa. 8pm. $37. 707.546.3600.

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