Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Across The Bridge

Posted By on Wed, Feb 17, 2010 at 10:54 AM


Always-on-point Minneapolis MC known for rhyming over hardcore samples tours on majesterial new album “Never Better.” Feb 18 at 9. $10-$12. Bottom of the Hill, 1233 17th St, San Francisco. 415.621.4455.Mirah

Portland multi-instrumentalist and unique songstress brings lo-fi ruminations on love and loss to in-store show. Feb 18 at 6. Free. Amoeba Music, 2455 Telegraph Ave, Berkeley. 510.549.1125.Alkaline Trio

Dropped from a major and just signed to Epitaph, Matt Skiba and fellow pop-punk legends still pump away at it. With Cursive. Feb 18 at 8. $20-$23. Regency Ballroom, Sutter and Van Ness, San Francisco. 800.745.3000.Peter Rowan

Bluegrass legend last seen sharing a joint with David Rawlings & Gillian Welch behind the Mystic plays with Eric & Suzy Thompson. Feb 20 at 9. $16-$18. Slim’s, 333 11th St, San Francisco. 415.255.0333.A Great Night in the Fillmore

Bobby Hutcherson, John Handy, Denny Zeitlin, Linda Tillery, Tuck & Patti, Wayne Wallace and more play benefit hosted by Rita Moreno. Feb 21 at 7. $45-$50. Yoshi’s, 1330 Fillmore St, San Francisco. 415.655.5600.Yoko Ono & the Plastic Ono Band

One of very few live dates this year for the notoriously eccentric musician, accompanied by Cornelius, Yuka Honda and Sean Lennon. Deerhoof open. Feb 23 at 8. $40. Fox Theater, 1807 Telegraph Ave, Oakland. 510.302.2277.

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Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Feb. 14: Baguette Quartette at Rancho Nicasio

Posted By on Wed, Feb 10, 2010 at 2:53 PM

Long drives through the rolling hills of West Marin can be utterly romantic on a clear night, and never more so than after having dinner and dancing to the Baguette Quartette. One of the first hot-jazz ensembles to hit the Bay Area, the group has been featured on NPR’s All Things Considered and Putumayo’s French Café compilation for its authentic blowback to the espresso-and-Gauloises music of 1920s Paris. You might have even noticed their music in the smash-hit animated feature Monsters, Inc. Such exposure doesn’t come without hard work, and since the early 1990s, the Quartette have been building their vast repertoire and honing their chops with Django Reinhardt tunes, valse musette styles, foxtrots, tangos and more. A special Valentine’s Day dinner menu from the roadhouse’s acclaimed kitchen will be in effect, and with European melodies in the air, romance should prevail on Sunday, Feb. 14, at Rancho Nicasio. Town Square, Nicasio. 7:30pm. $15. 415.662.2219.Gabe Meline
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Feb. 14: Zumba-Thon for Haiti at Monroe Hall

Posted By on Wed, Feb 10, 2010 at 2:48 PM

You’ve got it all perfectly planned. The dinner reservation, the vase of roses, the handmade valentine, the box of chocolates. The stereo primed with some Teddy, some Luther, some Usher. There’s just one thing left, and that’s a good, hearty fitness warm-up for your Valentine’s night workout. That’s why, on Valentine’s Day morning, Monroe Hall hosts its Zumba-Thon for Haiti. Lovers, take note! Ramp up that cardio while helping those in need! Train for your evening’s mission(ary) by bouncing around to favela booty beats! Feel like a Brazilian person of unspecified gender on a Carnavale float while sending assistance down to those in need! With its resilient “sprung” wood floor and inception born from fundraising for the Red Cross in WW I, Monroe Hall is the perfect spot to spend two hours huffing and puffing to cumbia, merengue, salsa and more. Go home afterwards feeling like a million bucks, take a shower, splash on that Old Spice and you’re set on Sunday, Feb. 14, at Monroe Hall. 1400 W. College Ave., Santa Rosa. 10:30am–12:30pm. $15 donation. 707.570.0670.Gabe Meline
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Feb. 13: Poor Man's Whiskey at the Sebastopol Community Center

Posted By on Wed, Feb 10, 2010 at 2:44 PM

It wasn’t enough for the members of Poor Man’s Whiskey to cover “Bohemian Rhapsody.” It wasn’t enough to learn the entire 10 minutes of “Freebird.” No, the Santa Rosa string band finally reached their all-time novelty high by recording an entire bluegrass version of Pink Floyd’s opus, Dark Side of the Moon. With innovative arrangements and three-part harmonies, the Poor Man’s take on the classic album is more artistic than humorous, although this weekend they acknowledge two of the record’s most enduring spawns: laser-light shows and the dubious but entertaining connection to The Wizard of Oz. The venue will be decked out in Oz décor, the band members dressed like the Tin Man, the Cowardly Lion and the Scarecrow, and revelers can experience multiple meta-levels of cultural onslaught under a haze of laser-kissed fog when Poor Man’s Whiskey performs Dark Side of the Moonshine in its entirety with an all-ages show on Saturday, Feb. 13, at the Sebastopol Community Center. 390 Morris St., Sebastopol. 8:15pm. $20–23. 707.823.1511.Gabe Meline
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Feb. 12: The California Bad Boyz at the Last Day Saloon

Posted By on Wed, Feb 10, 2010 at 2:38 PM

Oh my god Taylor, look at these guys on this flyer. The ‘California Bad Boyz.’ Oh. My. God. Male strippers. Let’s go. Let’s totally go. You have to come with me! Who cares about your stupid singles mixer that night?! This is girl’s night out. I’m not sitting at home alone on Valentine’s Day weekend watching TiVos of Days and feeling sorry for myself. Here, look at this guy. Total Rico Suave, with the bandana and the rosary. Audrey’d like him. This other guy’s your type, the one three to the right, the fitness instructor. Shut up! He totally is! Remember that Atkins diet guy you dated for way too long? Or look, how about this guy? The “I’m using this black-and-white headshot from 1987 with my gelled hair and Local Motion tank top because I’m 44 now and not as hot” guy? Look look look look look. It’s two hours long. Shut up. I wonder if they serve mojitos! We’re totally going. Call Audrey and Michelle and tell ’em it’s on Friday, Feb. 12, at the Last Day Saloon. 120 Fifth St., Santa Rosa. 9pm. $15–$20. 707.545.2343.Gabe Meline
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Across the Bridge

Posted By on Wed, Feb 10, 2010 at 2:25 PM

Eyedea & Abilities

Minneapolis hip-hop legends and Rhymesayers veterans unleash tracks from their latest album “By the Throat.” With Anticon weirdo Dosh. Feb 10 at 9. $12. Bottom of the Hill, 1233 17th St, San Francisco. 415.621.4455.Alice in Chains

Quasi-grunge outfit with new album in tow stage the world’s most unlikeliest comeback. With openers Creature With the Atom Brain. Feb 11 at 8. $39.50. Fox Theater, 1807 Telegraph Ave, Oakland. 510.302.2277.Merl Saunders

Organist pays tribute to Norton Buffalo with all-star lineup including Bonnie Hayes, Lorin Rowan, Greg Anton, members of Zero and It’s a Beautiful Day and more. Feb 12 at 8:30. $25. Slim’s, 333 11th St, San Francisco. 415.255.0333.De La Soul

Hip-hop legends raise the already high ceiling of the jazz club in continuing series of hip-hop bookings in the Fillmore nightspot. Feb 12 at 10:30 and Feb 13 at 8 and 10. $40. Yoshi’s, 1330 Fillmore St, San Francisco. 415.655.5600.Girls

San Francisco’s surf-fuzz indie darlings return for a night of bleary-eyed haze-rock. With openers Hunx & the Punkettes. Feb 14 at 8:30. $16. Great American Music Hall, 859 O’Farrell St, San Francisco. 888.233.0449.Dirty Dozen Brass Band

New Orleans party band keeps oomphing along in special Fat Tuesday celebration with the Meters’ Zigaboo Modeliste. Feb 16 at 8. $22. The Independent, 628 Divisadero St, San Francisco. 415.771.1422.More San Francisco events at

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Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Feb. 6: Michael Ondaatje and Robert Hass at the Dance Palace

Posted By on Wed, Feb 3, 2010 at 1:00 PM

The average Joe who reads a book or two every year might only know author Michael Ondaatje as a novelist behind the film-adapted and Booker Prize-winning The English Patient. But Ondaatje’s minimalist prose is deeply informed by poetry, having published more than twice as many books of poetry as novels. Ondaatje sits down this weekend to talk poetry with fellow word sculptor Robert Hass, who served as poet laureate of the United States from 1995 to 1997 and whose collection Time and Materials stands as a modern masterwork. Ondaatje and Hass have appeared together before to discuss their own work together, although as with most meetings of creative minds, tributaries have always been explored—they’ve chatted about everything from British imperialism to The Seventh Seal to Robert Rauschenberg. See what unexpected topic pop up when the two literary giants appear in conversation on Saturday, Feb. 6, at the Dance Palace. Fifth and B streets, Pt. Reyes Station. 7pm. $20. 415.663.1075.Gabe Meline
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Feb. 5: I See Hawks in L.A at Studio E. Rural Sebastopol

Posted By on Wed, Feb 3, 2010 at 12:53 PM

The malaise of the desert, the heat of the asphalt, the heartbreak of sprawl—these are the fuels for L.A.’s country songwriters, from Clarence White to Dave Alvin. The Southern California country scene is not and never will be as huge as Nashville’s, but it sure does influence everything around it. Who could have predicted the Byrds’ twang-tinged Sweetheart of the Rodeo or seminal punk band X regrouping as the bluegrass outfit the Knitters? Or, for that matter, the singer for the Strawberry Alarm Clock joining the outstanding roadhouse ensemble I See Hawks in L.A.? With the Strawberry Alarm Clock’s Paul Marshall—yes, that’s him singing in Beyond the Valley of the Dolls—I See Hawks in L.A. have grown into what Alvin himself calls “one of California’s unique treasures.” With high three-part harmonies and a psychedelic bent that would make Gram Parsons proud, the band celebrates their new collection Shoulda Been Gold: 2001–2009 on Friday, Feb. 5, at Studio E. Rural Sebastopol, map provided with ticket. 8pm. $22. 707.542.7143.Gabe Meline
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Feb. 5: Pat Jordan at the Hopmonk Tavern

Posted By on Wed, Feb 3, 2010 at 12:49 PM

When you’ve fronted one of Sonoma County’s most dependable club acts and won annual awards left and right for dance-rock ditties like “Hugs Not Drugs,” what’s the next step? Become a spiritual mentor and open a rock ’n’ roll ashram? Found a chain of strip-mall Mexican restaurants? Those are all well and good, but if you’re Pat Jordan, leader of the Pat Jordan Band, you author a book and call it My Penis Is in This Book, Please Read It. Now, even if we knew what the book was about, it’s seems better to simply let the mystery hang. Maybe there’s a reference to his penis in the book. Maybe the entire story is about his penis. Maybe, good God, there’s some pulp-making process for the book’s pages that is better left unconsidered. Either way, Jordan celebrates the release of his book by singin’ and strummin’ with the Pat Jordan Band, with Partner and Tommy Rickard from Wonderbread 5 opening, on Friday, Feb. 5, at the Hopmonk Tavern. 230 Petaluma Ave., Sebastopol. 8pm. $12–$15. 707.829.7300.Gabe Meline
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Feb. 5: Garrick Ohlsson at the First United Methodist Church

Posted By on Wed, Feb 3, 2010 at 12:38 PM

The Grammy-winning pianist Garrick Ohlsson, who became the first American to win the International Frédéric Chopin Piano Competition in 1970, is a world-renowned star of classical piano. With an enormous repertoire and a dizzying finger span (a 13th in the left hand; 12th in the right), Ohlsson, a resident of San Francisco, has turned ever more frequently to Beethoven’s sonatas in recent annual trips to Napa. This year, he celebrates Chopin’s bicentenary by returning to the work of the composer who helped him make his name 40 years ago in the classical world in an all-Chopin program that’s promised to include the delightful 24 Preludes. As for the rest of the program, the sky’s the limit; after all, Ohlsson’s 16-CD set Chopin: The Complete Works on Hyperionshows no sign of being toppled as the definitive complete piano recordings of one of the instrument’s finest composers. He appears on Friday, Feb. 5, at the First United Methodist Church. 625 Randolph St., Napa. 7:30pm. Tickets available only by subscription at $100 for four-concert series. 707.226.2190.Gabe Meline
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