Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Dec. 23-30: Across the Bridge

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Members of Counting Crows play with McCabe & Mrs. Miller, featuring members of Camper Van Beethoven. Dec 26 at 9. $12. Cafe du Nord, 
2170 Market St, San Francisco. 415.861.5016.Mystery Lights

Did you see that incredible video of the crazy spiral blue lights in the Norwegian sky a couple weeks back? Amazing stuff. Dec 26 at 9:30. $6. Hemlock Tavern, 1131 Polk St, San Francisco. 415.923.0923.Arturo Sandoval

Famed trumpeter appeas with all-star Latin jazz band with Horacio 
“El Negro” Hernandez, Giovanni Hidalgo, Rebeca Mauleon and more. 
Dec 26-28 at 8 and 10. $30. Yoshi’s. 510 Embarcadero W, Oakland. 510.238.9200.Railroad Earth

Boots are made for stomping with this high-energy bluegrass band playing two nights at legendary venue. Dec 27-28 at 8. $25.50. The Fillmore, 
1805 Geary Blvd, San Francisco. 415.346.6000.X

All-original lineup returns for two nights of the greatest rock ’n’ roll ever to come from the cesspool of Los Angeles. Go to the cheaper, non-NYE show! Dec 30 at 9. $31. Slim’s, 333 11th St, San Francisco. 415.255.0333.Trombone Shorty

Lively-as-hell New Orleans trombonist pulls out all the tricks for entertaining and dynamic Dixieland-tinged hoedown. With Zigaboo Modeliste. Dec 30 at 9. $25. The Independent, 628 Divisadero St, San Francisco. 415.771.1422.Gabe Meline

More San Francisco events at www.sfstation.com.

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Dec. 26: Shotgun Wedding Quintet at Hopmonk Tavern

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You know, Christmastime is a lot like one big class reunion. Everyone who grew up and moved away is back in town visiting the family, and chances are they’ll call or text or message or Facebook each other to go out on the town for a night with the old crew. The Shotgun Wedding Quintet definitely represent a solid crew in Sonoma County, from the jumping days of bands like Cannonball and the Savoy Swingers, before all their members moved down to San Francisco and started playing tiny clubs with Stevie Wonder. Did you jitterbug the night away to Cannonball at First Night in 1997, but have lived in Boston ever since and hoped that maybe you’d run into that one sweet guy again, for old times’ sake? Then make it a joyful reunion when Adam Theis and the Shotgun Wedding Quintet play on Saturday, Dec. 26, at Hopmonk Tavern. 230 Petaluma Ave., Sebastopol. 9pm. $10. 707.829.7300.Gabe Meline
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Dec. 26: Kwanzaa Celebration at Bay Area Discovery Museum

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OK, so you’re done with Christmas and you need to take the kids somewhere. You don’t want to spend any more money, Lord knows, but you gotta take them some place exciting so they’ll get out of your hair. Of course! In celebration of the first day of Kwanzaa, the Bay Area Discovery Museum offers free admission, all day, on the day after Christmas. All throughout the museum will be art projects inspired by Africa, as well as a Kwanzaa altar in the main lobby. But most importantly, in two separate shows, drummer E. W. Wainwright will lead a jazz combo in the African Roots of Jazz, tracing the lineage of jazz, blues, spirituals and hip-hop with songs, theater and audience participation. Feel the umoja on Saturday, Dec. 26, at the Bay Area Discovery Museum. Fort Baker, 557 McReynolds Road, Sausalito. Open 10am–5pm; performances at 11am and 1pm. Free. 415.339.3900.Gabe Meline
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Dec. 24: Candy Canes for Ponies at Sunrise Stables

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Looking for a fun, nonshopping excursion on Christmas Eve with the kids? The annual Candy Canes for Ponies day at Sunrise Stables is the place to be, and it’s free! For two hours, kids are invited to feed and pet the ponies, who, it will be noted by digital-camera-wielding adults, will be wearing their finest holiday attire; the making of homemade treats rounds out the trip. Whether this excursion will soften or worsen the child’s repeated demands for a pony is your call, but it highlights a good cause: most of the horses at Sunrise Stables are rescued from abuse and neglect to be given proper care. Come see “Pebbles” and “Wall-E” up close and personal on Thursday, Dec. 24, at Sunrise Stables, 1098 Lodi Lane, St. Helena. Noon–2pm. Free. 707.337.5582.Gabe Meline
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Dec. 23: Ace-in-the-Hole Closing Party

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After 11 years in business, the casual, relaxation-inducing Ace-in-the-Hole Pub in Graton is closing, and with it goes the hearts of many regular drinkers, eaters and music makers. Sales for Ace Hard Cider are booming, and the production is moving to a larger, publess facility across town. Not one to go out with a whimper—the Ace is, after all, one of the few venues in the North Bay with live music seven nights a week—the jolly spot on the corner of Graton Road and Gravenstein Highway hosts a free-for-all Beatles sing-along on its last night of pulling pints. Christmas can be the cruelest time, and seeing the Ace go down would normally be crushing, but sources tell us they’re planning on staying open long past closing for the big boozy Beatle blowout at the end of a long and winding road on Wednesday, Dec. 23, at the Ace-in-the-Hole Pub. 3100 Gravenstein Hwy., Graton. 6pm–whenever. Free. 707.829.1101.Gabe Meline
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Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Dec. 16-23: Across the Bridge

Posted By on Wed, Dec 16, 2009 at 2:40 PM

El Vez

You haven’t celebrated Christmas unless you’ve witnessed the flamboyant madness of the “Mexican Elvis” Christmas show. Dec 17 at 8. $20. The Independent, 628 Divisadero St, San Francisco. 415.771.1422.Preservation Hall Jazz Band

SF Symphony presents long-running New Orleans institution in special “Creole Christmas” show. Dec 19 at 8. $15-$65. Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco. 415.864.6000.Velvet Teen

Santa Rosa invades Berkeley with local favorites, now a four-piece, headlining a bill with Litany for the Whale. Dec 19 at 8. $8. 924 Gilman, 924 Gilman St, Berkeley. 510.524.8180.Robin Thicke

Blue-eyed soul hitmaker and son of actor Alan Thicke appears to support new album “Sex Therapy” with R&B up-and-comer Ryan Leslie. Dec 19 at 8. $43-$60. The Warfield, 982 Market St, San Francisco. 415.775.7722.Rickie Lee Jones

L.A. songstress returns with brilliant poetry and strategically out-of-focus cover photo on new album “Balm of Gilead.” Dec 19 at 9. $37. The Fillmore, 1805 Geary Blvd, San Francisco. 415.346.6000.Slum Village

Long-running Detroit hip-hop group bouyed by Dilla and “Office Space” but beseiged by tragic passing plays late show at jazz club. Dec 23 at 10:30. $25-$30. Yoshi’s, 1330 Fillmore St, San Francisco. 415.655.5600.Gabe MelineMore San Francisco events at www.sfstation.com.

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Dec. 20: Napa Guerrilla Gay Bar

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With no official “gay” bar in Napa County, a group of fun-loving philanthropists have come up with a dahh-ling idea: the Napa Guerrilla Gay Bar. Floating from location to location, the group announces a night, sets up a DJ, busts out the food, and jokes with you, the bartender, and all your wonderful friends before cutting a mean rug to some saucy tunes. The money goes to good causes, and for “Rockin’ Around,” their holiday party in Napa this weekend, the causes couldn’t be better. Half the dough goes to Napa Valley Shelter Project, a homeless services organization, and the other half goes to the Napa Valley Food Bank. Reads their website: “It doesn’t matter if you’re gay or straight, male or female, single or coupled, owner of a cat or a dog, a Raider fan or a 49er fan, wearer of boxer or briefs, a coffee or tea or Coke or Pepsi drinker. EVERYONE is welcome.” Get down on Sunday, Dec. 20, at the Centre Café. 388 Devlin Road, Napa. $20–$35. From 3pm to 8pm. 707.603.3260.Gabe Meline
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Dec. 18: San Quinn at 19 Broadway

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In one short verse of the party track “San Francisco Anthem,” the 32-year-old Baghdad-by-the-Bay rapper San Quinn manages to shout out Hunters Point, Hayes Valley, Candlestick Park, Twin Peaks, Barry Bonds, the Fillmore District, Jerry Rice and the Golden Gate Bridge. Add a sample from Scott McKenzie’s “If You’re Going to San Francisco” in the background, and you’ve got a Bay jam. All things Ess Eff come easy to Quinn, who’s also recorded songs such as “Bay Luv,” “Northern California,” and named an entire album, The Rock, after Alcatraz. Unmistakable on the mic with a low, gruff timbre, Quinn’s destined to be one of the survivors of Bay Area rap; he was in the game before it was big, and he’ll be here if it ever dies down. He performs with DJ Amen on Friday, Dec. 18, at 19 Broadway. 19 Broadway, Fairfax. 9pm. $15–$20. 415.459.1091.Gabe Meline
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Dec. 18: Dan Hicks at the Raven Theater

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Do you travel religiously to Christmas Jug Band performances, only to be let down by the absence of your main man? Do you wear out your copy of Where’s the Money?, pining for the actual thing, live and in person? Do you desperately watch on constant repeat the McDonald’s commercial from the 1970s that features said main man and actual thing, Dan Hicks? (YouTube “Very old Big Mac 70’s commercial”; he’s at :09!) Well, your chance for a guaranteed appearance by Mr. Country-Swing Christmas is here, as Hicks himself brings his Christmas show, “Holidaze in Hicksville,” live and onstage. You’ll be sleighed by Hicks’ original tunes like “My Main Man Santa,” “A Yule That’s Cool” and “Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Christmas Card.” Pile on a preshow dinner of Big Macs, and you’ll be looking like Santa soon enough yourself! Hicks hos and hos and hos on Friday, Dec. 18, at the Raven Theater. 115 North St., Healdsburg. 8pm. $25–$35. 707.433.6335.Gabe Meline
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Dec. 17: Ethan Russell at Book Passage

Posted By on Wed, Dec 16, 2009 at 2:14 PM

With all the focus on the 40th Anniversary of Woodstock this summer, most stayed away from the imminent shadow of Altamont, an event possibly with more cultural significance but with absolutely zero celebration. The story by now is familiar: more than 300,000 rock fans trekked to see the free concert by the Rolling Stones, only to witness the deteriorating situation with a security force supplied by the beer-fueled Hell’s Angels, who stabbed a man, Meredith Hunter, high on meth and brandishing a revolver, in front of the stage during the Stones’ set. As Hunter died, so did the hippie dream; the paradigm shift is examined in Ethan Russell’s timely new book 'Let It Bleed: The Rolling Stones, Altamont, and the End of the Sixties.' Russell reads from the book, and discusses what we in the Bay Area like to forget, on Thursday, Dec. 17, at Book Passage. 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 7pm. Free. 415.927.0960.Gabe Meline
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