Wednesday, September 8, 2010

September 15: Denny Zeitlin at Green Music Center

Posted By on Wed, Sep 8, 2010 at 9:00 AM

The Green Music Center at Sonoma State University still isn’t officially open, but a fantastic series of no-cost jazz lectures and performances led by SSU jazz director Doug Leibinger offers the public a sneak peek into both the new hall and the working mind of renowned jazz musicians each Wednesday this fall. Future performers include Lee Konitz and SlumGum, while this coming week sees angular pianist Denny Zeitlin and his acclaimed two-hour presentation, “Unlocking the Creative Impulse: The Psychology of Improvisation.” Both a recording jazz artist and a practicing psychiatrist, Zeitlin bridges the two careers in this musical journey through the synapses of the improvising mind; expect humor, insight, mentally puzzling knowledge and incredible piano playing on Wednesday, Sept. 15, at the Green Music Center, Room 1029. 6539 Rohnert Park Expressway, Rohnert Park. 1pm. Free. 707.664.3203.
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September 15: Ron Jeremy at Sonoma State University Cooperage

Posted By on Wed, Sep 8, 2010 at 9:00 AM

Having starred in over 2,000 films, ranked No. 1 in Adult Video News’ “50 Top Porn Stars of All Time” list and possessing a 9.75-inch you-know-what, porn star Ron Jeremy is well-equipped with the experience to defend his profession. But does he have the debating skills? In a titillating exchange called the ‘Great Porn Debate’ that already has everybody talking, Jeremy will appear opposite anti-porn crusaders Harmony Dust, ex-stripper and founder of a faith-based outreach to women in the sex industry, and Craig Goss, pastor and founder of, a website offering “spiritual solutions” to pornography. Jeremy and Goss have faced off before, discussing everything from violent video games to porn’s influence as de facto sex ed for children in the age of the internet, and there’s no telling what unexpected things may come up when Jeremy, Dust and Goss go at it on Wednesday, Sept. 15, at Sonoma State University Cooperage. 1801 E. Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park. 7:30pm. $5–$15. 707.664.2382.
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Wednesday, September 1, 2010

September 5: Lewis Black at the Uptown Theatre

Posted By on Wed, Sep 1, 2010 at 11:28 AM

Remember when comedians were actually worried about Barack Obama’s election? Remember when they’d make jokes about how they wouldn’t be able to make jokes anymore, when George W. Bush wouldn’t be providing them with a constant supply of material? Well, the joke’s on them! There are even stupider morons in the country now! Some are even angry about a proposed cultural center with a basketball court and swimming pool on the exact site of the former Burlington Coat Factory in lower Manhattan! Most of them think Obama is a Muslim! As long as tea partiers continue to loudly hate our freedom-hating socialist al-Qaida president, comedians like Lewis Black will have no end of material. Hear him sear the Palinites and worse on Sunday, Sept. 5, at the Uptown Theatre. 1350 Third St., Napa. 8pm. $65–$80. 707.259.0123.
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September 4-6: Sausalito Art Festival at Marinship Park

Posted By on Wed, Sep 1, 2010 at 11:23 AM

The annual Sausalito Art Festival always reliably promises plenty of quality art, great food and fine outdoor seaside mingling, but it’s this year’s music lineup that’s worth a double-take. Three of the great retro decades are covered, as Saturday’s performers form a veritable ’80s invasion with the Bangles, the Fixx and Modern English; Sunday it’s the ’70s with Pablo Cruise, the Tubes and Dave Mason; and Monday digs back into the ’60s with Sons of Champlin, Jefferson Starship and the great Mavis Staples. (The ’90s stage with Mother Love Bone, Dishwalla and Gin Blossoms may have to wait a few years.) With local acts on the side stage and hundreds of artist booths along Richardson Bay, it’s an event everyone should attend at least once. Grab an ice cream cone and pick your decade on Saturday–Monday, Sept. 4–6, at Marinship Park. Marinship Way, Sausalito. 10am–6pm. $5–$20. 415.331.3757.
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September 4: Cuban Dance Party at Monroe Hall

Posted By on Wed, Sep 1, 2010 at 11:20 AM

In what’s being called “Dancing for the Stars,” Santa Rosa’s Monroe Hall this Saturday hosts a benefit to raise funds for the Elsie Allen drama department, selected from a pool of 2,000 other schools, to attend the world-class Edinburgh Fringe Festival. And what better way to send kids to Scotland . . . than by hosting a Cuban dance party? Presented by former city attorney Brien Farrell, ArtStart coordinator Marlene Ballaine and artists Mario and Liz Uribe, among others, and with live music by Batacha and Cuban food from the historic hall’s kitchen, the evening even hints at local city and county officials out on the dance floor gyrating to Latin rhythms—loosened, likely, by mojitos from the no-host bar. It’s a hot night of undulating bodies for a good cause on Saturday, Sept. 4, at Monroe Hall. 1400 W. College Ave., Santa Rosa. Lessons 7pm; dancing ’til 11pm. $25. 707.539.5507.
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September 3: Earl Thomas at Cloverdale Plaza

Posted By on Wed, Sep 1, 2010 at 11:16 AM

Last week at Pick’s Drive-In, the girls working talked about college and boys. Out on Main Street, jumpy houses heralded the festivities, with booths for hummus, BBQ, flowers, ice cream and more. Modern sculpture dots the plaza where Big Sandy sang about blackberry wine, and on the patio between the post office and the fire station, couples swung, two-stepped and hopped to the music. Yes, Cloverdale sure lights up on Friday nights in the summertime. “There aren’t too many small towns like this left anymore,” Big Sandy noted, “but I guess if there were, the ones like this wouldn’t be so special.” This week, it’s fantastic soul belter Earl Thomas who brings the diverse community together with outstanding pipes and a great onstage demeanor. Enjoy a little slice of Americana way up in the little city that could on Friday, Sept. 3, at the Cloverdale Plaza. Main and Broad Streets, Cloverdale. 8pm. Free. 707.894.4410.
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September 2: Our Other Weapon Is a Zine at Peep Show

Posted By on Wed, Sep 1, 2010 at 11:11 AM

Blogs may have dethroned zines as the immediate outlet of choice for writers, but Petals and Bones zinemakers and Bohemian contributors Leilani Clark and Dani Burlison aren’t so sure. “It’s nice to have something tangible to hold in your hands,” says Clark of photocopied zines, which she’s cut-and-pasted since the mid-’90s. “It’s not something that necessarily will last forever, and it’s meant to be passed around.” The two are currently on a week-long zine tour they’re calling Our Other Weapon Is a Zine, doing readings with other writers and would-be zinemakers, and their Santa Rosa stop features Clark’s own band the 50/50s, along with plenty of beer and whatever cutting-edge art happens to be on the walls at Peep Show, the new hip spot in town. Celebrate the power of self-publishing and pick up a copy of Petals and Bones on Thursday, Sept. 2, at Peep Show. 530 McConnell Ave., Santa Rosa. 7pm. Free. No phone.
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September 1-8: Across the Bridge

Posted By on Wed, Sep 1, 2010 at 11:03 AM

On Land Festival

Grouper, Oneohtrix Point Never and 24 more in four-day noise extravaganza.

Sep 2-5 at Cafe du Nord.Kenny Burrell

Jazz guitar legend leads quintet with Tivon Pennicott and Mike Wofford.

Sep 3-5 at Yoshi’s Oakland.La Plebe

A Mission District mix of Che Guevara, Woody Guthrie and Black Flag.

Sep 4 at 924 Gilman.Panda Bear

Shaggy-haired Pitchfork darling from Animal Collective plays solo show.

Sep 6 at the Fox Theater.Titus Andronicus

New Jersey’s rowdiest behind this year’s incredible album The Monitor.

Sep 8 at the Independent.Beak

Geoff Barrow from Portishead offers a new Krautrock-tinged side band.

Sep 8 at Amoeba SF.More San Francisco events at

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