Wednesday, April 9, 2014

April 10: Anthony Jeselnik at Cotati's Green Music Center

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Comedian Anthony Jeselnik might be a sociopath. That’s the only way to explain how the razor-sharp humorist could dare say the things he says on his Comedy Central show, The Jeselnik Offensive, or on his recent comedy album Caligula, or on his many appearances on shows like Comedy Central Roast. Finding the funny in tragic times comes easy to Jeselnik, and the comic brings a red-hot iron poker of mockery to the Green Music Center for a night of skewering satirical insanity. Jeselnik appears on April 10 at the Green Music Center, 1801 East Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park. 7pm. $20—$35.

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April 12-13: Apple Blossom Festival in Sebastopol

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Sebastopol’s Apple Blossom Festival is as American as a particular pie, and this year’s fest, now in its 68th year, celebrates the tradition and funky spirit of the weekend event. Adopting “Red, White & Blues” as the theme, the festival kicks off with a parade down Main Street on Saturday morning, and continues through Sunday with music from headlining acts like the Gator Nation Band on Saturday and Blues Hall of Famer Joe Louis Walker on Sunday. The Apple Blossom Festival takes place rain or shine on April 12—13, at Ives Park (Jewell Avenue and Willow Street) and the Sebastopol Center for the Arts, 282 High St., Sebastopol. 10am—6pm on Saturday; 10am—5pm on Sunday. $5—$10. 707.823.3032.

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April 16-17: Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde at the Robert Louis Stevenson Museum

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As universally known as Dracula and as terrifying as Frankenstein, Robert Louis Stevenson’s Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde has been the source of inspiration for a century of adaptations in film, television, theater and comic books. Now the Robert Louis Stevenson Museum presents the 1912 short silent film, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, the first known adaptation of the novella and one of the first horror movies in cinema history. Allison Fox will be on hand for a discussion of Stevenson’s influence, which includes a look at the Bugs Bunny take on the classic tale. April 16-17. Robert Louis Stevenson Museum, 1490 Library Lane, St. Helena. 7pm. Free. 707.963.3757.

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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

April 3: Napa Valley Collects at Napa Valley Museum

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April equals art in Napa Valley, and all month the region celebrates with private collections open to public viewing and exclusive events at dozens of venues. For its part, the Napa Valley Museum presents Napa Valley Collects, displaying significant works from various Napa Valley collections, and featuring works by Joan Brown, Marc Chagall and Pablo Picasso. This week, the museum kicks off the festivities with the Napa Valley Collects Preview Gala. Live music and fine wines accompany the outstanding art, and proceeds benefit the Arts Council Napa Valley. The Gala takes place on April 3, at the Napa Valley Museum, 55 Presidents Cir., Yountville. 6pm. $50-$60. 707.944.0500.

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April 3: Alonzo King Lines Ballet at Sonoma State University

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For more than 30 years, San Francisco dance company Alonzo King LINES Ballet has re-imagined the essence of ballet with challenging choreography and spectacular talent. Formed by Alonzo King in 1982, the company has toured the world while maintaining a residency at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, garnering universal acclaim year after year. In advance of the company’s upcoming Spring 2014 season, Alonzo King LINES Ballet previews their new, still untitled, work—followed by a talk with King —on April 3, at the Evert Person Theater at Sonoma State University, 1801 E Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park. 7:30pm. Free (advanced ticket required). 707.664.4246.

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April 6: Annabella Lwin at Hopmonk Tavern

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Singer Annabella Lwin stunned the world when she debuted, at the age of 13, with New Wave band Bow Wow Wow in 1980. After three albums and a number of chart-topping hits, Lwin left the band and embarked on a solo career that continues today. In between, Lwin formed her own band, the Naked Experience, and has collaborated with everyone from the Go-Go’s to Billy Corgan. Still writing material and often lending her talent to disaster relief efforts and charity benefits, Annabella appears on April 6, at Hopmonk Tavern, 230 Petaluma Ave., Sebastopol. 8pm. $15. 707.829.7300.

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April 6: Willie Wonka at the Lark Theater

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There's no earthly way of knowing which direction we are going. There's no knowing where we're rowing, or which way the river's flowing. Is it raining? Is it snowing? Is a hurricane a-blowing? Not a speck of light is showing, so the danger must be growing. Are the fires of Hell a-glowing? Is the grisly reaper mowing? Yes! The danger must be growing! For the rowers keep on rowing! And they're certainly not showing any signs that they are slowing! AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAUUUUUUUUGHHHH! The original Willie Wonka & the Chocolate Factory , starring Gene Wilder, screens April 6, at Lark Theater, 549 Magnolia Ave., Larkspur. 3pm.

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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

March 26 and 28: The Americans at Sweetwater Music Hall and Bergamot Alley

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A young band with an old soul, the Americans are four friends born and bred under the Southern California sun and rooted in the white T-shirts and pomade-styled hair of classic Americana folk music. The band’s latest release, Home Recordings, captures the rambling essence of old-fashioned rock-and-roll. Familiar with the touring life in their four years together, the Americans appear in the North Bay twice this week, first sharing the stage with brother-sister songwriting duo Mandolin Orange at a free show March 26 at Sweetwater Music Hall (19 Corte Madera Ave., Mill Valley; 8pm; 415.388.3850), then on their own on March 28 at Bergamot Alley (328-A Healdsburg Ave., Healdsburg; 10pm; $12, 707.433.8720).

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March 30: Emancipator Ensemble at Hopmonk

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Emancipator Ensemble is the definition of chill, downtempo, relaxabeat, headbobble, groovetaste, and other, as-of-yet nonexistent genres. They could be the backing band for Sting's more recent efforts—if they were a less interesting, that is. Live drums, violin, guitars and prerecorded sounds generated via laptop make up the sonic swell, and, in some concerts, visual projections gives another dimension to the experience. The Portland-based group performs with Slow Magic and Nym Sunday, March 30 at Hopmonk. 230 Petaluma Ave., Sebastopol. $30. 707.829.7300.

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March 28: Alfredo Rodriguez at the Lincoln Theater

Posted by on Wed, Mar 26, 2014 at 12:52 PM

One of the most prolific jazz pianists working today, Alfredo Rodríguez eats, sleeps and breathes Cuba, his homeland and the inspiration for his improvisational, celebratory compositions. Born in Havana, where he received a formal music education, Rodriguez knew from an early age that he was meant to play piano, though he is proficient in all kinds of percussion instruments as well. Introduced to jazz as a teenager, Rodriguez moved to rock and roll, Latin dance and Afro-Cuban music, melding his influences into a new and exciting exploration of sound. Alfredo Rodríguez brings his creative artistry March 28 to Napa Valley’s Lincoln Theater, 100 California Drive, Yountville. 7pm. $20. 707.226.8742.

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