Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Jan. 15: Albert Lee at Sweetwater Music Hall

Posted By on Wed, Jan 15, 2014 at 3:26 PM

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When one can rack up their credits in life and count among them collaborations with Deep Purple, Emmylou Harris, George Harrison and Eric Clapton, it’s time for a celebration. The phenomenal British guitarist Albert Lee plays this week at Sweetwater, and there’s no telling what myriad styles he may unleash on his adoring fans. Having backed the Everly Brothers and played in the Crickets, Lee could go full 1950s—or he could fingerpick his way through early ’70s-style prog rock. Who knows? He’s that versatile. Watch him bend strings and blow minds with his full band on Wednesday, Jan. 15, at Sweetwater Music Hall. 19 Corte Madera Ave., Mill Valley. 8pm. $25—$30. 415.388.3850.

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Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Jan. 12: J. Hanrahan Quartet performs 'A Love Supreme' at Sweetwater Music Hall

Posted By on Wed, Jan 8, 2014 at 10:57 AM

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San Francisco is lucky enough to have the St. John Coltrane African Orthodox Church, where, every Sunday, devotees of Coltrane’s probing form of spiritual jazz gather to honor his music and spirit. Mill Valley, however, gets a little slice of Coltrane this week with Chicago’s J. Hanrahan Quartet performing the landmark album A Love Supreme in its entirety. Now together for over 20 years, Hanrahan’s quartet knows the album better than a saxophonist knows his spit valve; a second set promises Coltrane standards, while a third set is the audience’s choice. Sounds like a sermon from the mount, if you ask me; be there on Sunday, Jan. 12, at Sweetwater Music Hall. 19 Corte Madera Ave., Mill Valley. 7pm. $12—$14. 415.388.1100.

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Jan. 11: Wu Man at the Green Music Center

Posted By on Wed, Jan 8, 2014 at 10:56 AM

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The pipa is a four-stringed instrument looking somewhat like a lute, or an oud, and though you’ve likely never heard of the pipa, the stunning musician Wu Man plays the hell out of it. As a member of Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble, Wu Man brings the traditional Chinese pipa to worldwide audiences with elegance and skill—she was named “Instrumentalist of the Year” at the 2013 Musical America awards. In an American premiere, the Santa Rosa Symphony performs Zhao Jiping’s “Concerto for Pipa and Orchestra” alongside Mozart’s Symphony No. 15 and Beethoven’s Pastorale symphony on Saturday, Jan. 11, at the Green Music Center. 1801 E. Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park. 8pm. $20—$80. 707.546.8742.

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Jan. 9 -11: French Film Celebration at the Jarvis Conservatory

Posted By on Wed, Jan 8, 2014 at 10:53 AM

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If the words “French Cinema” don’t make you salivate with anticipation, read no further. But if you’re one of the many who can’t get enough of the country’s pioneering styles, daring scripts and risqué plot twists, then settle in for three days of Francophile heaven at Jarvis Conservatory’s French Film Celebration. On offer are Mariage à Mendoza (dir. Edouard Deluc), about two brothers on a road trip; Au Galop (dir. Louis-Do de Lencquesaing), about a torrid affair; Comme un Lion (dir. Samuel Collardey), about a teenage footballer; and J’Enrage de Son Absence (dir. Sandrine Bonnaire), about an awkward family reunion. Films run Thursday—Friday, Jan 9-11, at the Jarvis Conservatory. 1711 Main St., Napa. Times vary. $10. 707.255.5445.

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Jan. 10: Nipsey Hussle at the Phoenix Theater

Posted By on Wed, Jan 8, 2014 at 10:50 AM

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For a relatively underground rapper from Los Angeles, Nipsey Hussle has covered a lot of ground in the industry. His 2008 mixtape Bullets Ain’t Got No Name resulted in features with Drake and Snoop Dogg and a nod in XXL magazine. Unfortunately, his major-label Epic Records debut achieved “infinitely shelved” status, and now Mr. Hussle hustles for himself. In October, his mixtape Crenshaw was available in a limited editon of 1,000 copies, priced at $100 each. Twenty-four hours later, he’d sold them all—100 of them to Jay-Z. Needless to say, the buzz on this guy is huge. Catch him on Friday, Jan. 10, at the Phoenix Theater. 201 E. Washington St., Petaluma. 8pm. $20. 707.762.3565.

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