Wednesday, October 27, 2010

October 31: Cirque du Sebastopol at Hopmonk and Yard Dogs Road Show at Mystic Theatre

Posted By on Wed, Oct 27, 2010 at 1:48 PM

Bodices, sword swallowers, fishnets and fire eaters! Wax moustaches, burlesque dancers, top hats and musical saws! Hypnotists, banjos, parasols and washboards! Throw in a couple minor-key songs, and you’ve got the recipe for two back-to-back events this Halloween weekend. Cirque du Sebastopol returns with Kraddy, Nit Grit, Brothers Horse, the Jug Dealers and all manner of stilt walkers and magicians on Saturday, Oct. 30, at Hopmonk Tavern (230 Petaluma Ave., Sebastopol; 9pm; $30; 707.829.7300). On Sunday, the Yard Dogs Road Show return with their highly theatrical set sure to amaze even the most jaded former trick-or-treater on Halloween night. It’s a night to remember when the Yard Dogs Road Show play on Sunday, Oct. 31, at the Mystic Theatre (21 Petaluma Blvd. N., Petaluma; 8pm; $22–$25; 707.765.2121).
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October 29: Pigeon John at Broadway Niteclub

Posted By on Wed, Oct 27, 2010 at 1:38 PM

Sure, Pigeon John doesn’t swear much, he’s overly positive and he’s said in interviews that he got his name when Jesus Christ appeared in his car. See him live, however, and it’s evident that whatever motivates John in his personal life is working. In a constant pogo, Pigeon John delivers a steady stream of complex rhyme forms over never-stale beats, and always leaves a crowd wanting more. His latest album, Dragon Slayer, is a coup for indie label Quannum Projects, having been featured in a recent Volkswagen commercial, and his marriage to ex–porn star Harmony Dust can’t be all that bad either. See him pop off with lightning-fast opener Busdriver on Friday, Oct. 29, at 19 Broadway Niteclub. 19 Broadway, Fairfax. 10pm. $10–$12. 415.459.1091.
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October 29: Rob Schneider at Wells Fargo Center

Posted By on Wed, Oct 27, 2010 at 1:35 PM

When I first noticed that Saturday Night Live alumnus Rob Schneider had scheduled a show for late October, I couldn’t help but think: O ye of little faith! Schneider, a dedicated Giants fan often seen at the ball park, apparently could not have predicted his team would be in the World Series. Wouldn’t it have been funny if his show in Santa Rosa fell at the same time as a game against the Rangers? As it is, Schneider got very, very lucky, and he’ll be cracking jokes onstage during a travel day for the ballplayers. You’ve seen him in those ridiculous Deuce Bigalow movies and reciting a weirdly contagious line in The Waterboy; now see him live when Rob Schneider yuks it up on Friday, Oct. 29, at the Wells Fargo Center. 50 Mark West Springs Road, Santa Rosa. 8pm. $15–$30. 707.546.3600.
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October 29:Billy Bragg at the Uptown Theatre

Posted By on Wed, Oct 27, 2010 at 1:32 PM

The voice of the people, the heart of the working man—British songwriter Billy Bragg has had enough championing titles thrown at him to fill a dozen caskets of ale. No singer on the British isles combines issues of justice and love so fluently, and in every hue of Bragg’s distinct voice and electric-guitar strum lies the weight of human kindness. Who else but Bragg could release an album called Talking with the Taxman About Poetry? Who else could have collaborated so elegantly with Wilco on unrecorded Woody Guthrie songs for Mermaid Avenue? Sit with a devout following and don’t miss the opener, Napa Valley native Sean Garvey, when Billy Bragg plays Friday, Oct. 29, at the Uptown Theatre. 1350 Third St., Napa. 8pm. $37–$47. 707.259.0123.
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Oct. 28-30: Across the Bridge

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Somali-born rapper brings tales of tumult and redemption.

Oct 28 at the Fillmore.Unkle

James Lavelle’s ongoing dark electro project.

Oct 28 at the Regency Ballroom.Of Montreal The indie-disco version of Gwar, with dynamic opener Janelle Monae.

Oct 29 at the Warfield.Deerhunter To celebrate new album “Halcyon Digest,” Bradford Cox finally eats food.

Oct 30 at Slim’s.Omara Portuondo Legendary “Buena Vista Social Club” singer in 80th birthday concert.

Oct 30 at Herbst Theatre.Roy Ellis“Mr. Symarip” sings reggae anthem “Skinhead Moonstomp” and more.

Oct 30 at Oakland Metro.More San Francisco events at

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Wednesday, October 20, 2010

October 26: Vince Gill at the Wells Fargo Center

Posted By on Wed, Oct 20, 2010 at 11:28 AM

Whoops—did we say two country superstars were coming to town this weekend? Make that three, pardner! ’Cause just as sure as cows graze in Bodega, this weekend sees the return of rootin’-tootin’ twanger Vince Gill. Having gotten his start in the traditional bluegrass scene surrounding then-fledgling label Rounder Records and skyrocketing to superstardom of the award-winning, sharp-suit wearing, fisheye-lens-video-starring sort, Gill has covered the gamut to nearly become a walking history of country music itself. Gill, who still goes to see the local hockey team every time they play in town, has 20 Grammy awards, more than any other male country singer. Take that, Garth Brooks! See Gill live and up close on Tuesday, Oct. 26, at the Wells Fargo Center. 50 Mark West Springs Road, Santa Rosa. 8pm. $50–$70. 707.546.3600.
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October 24: Kenny Rogers at Lincoln Theater; Randy Travis at Uptown Theatre

Posted By on Wed, Oct 20, 2010 at 11:24 AM

Don’t call it the Napa Valley anymore, folks. This weekend, the valley officially becomes the Napa Holler when two—count ’em, two—country stars croon tales of horses and heartbreak to Cab-soaked crowds. First it’s the tanned-and-toned Kenny Rogers singing about holding ’em and folding ’em, about taking your love to town and buying roses. Relive the magic of “The Gambler,” “Islands in the Stream” and “We’ve Got Tonight” on Thursday, Oct. 21, at the Lincoln Theater (100 California Drive, Yountville; 8pm; $59–$99; 707.944.9900). A few days later, it’s none other than rich-voiced troubadour Randy Travis, whose country classicism and perfect drawl opened a new traditionalist movement in country music in the 1980s. He straps on his boots and strums and hums such hits as “On the Other Hand” and “1982” on Sunday, Oct. 24, at the Uptown Theatre (1350 Third St., Napa; 8pm; $70–$85; 707.259.0123).
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October 23: Robert Reich at the Dance Palace

Posted By on Wed, Oct 20, 2010 at 11:18 AM

So from what we can gather, the Great Recession is more than just a dip in the economy that’ll bounce back to normal. There is no more “normal.” There is, in its place, an entire new set of driving economic forces to explore, and few do so more presciently than Robert Reich in his newest book Aftershock: The Next Economy and America’s Future. As a columnist on the Huffington Post, Reich sparks lively debate with his populist stance, and as an occasional contributor to the Bohemian, he’s tackled Goldman Sachs and the exploitation of financial reform. The former Secretary of Labor argues in his latest book that no stimulus package is powerful enough to address the income disparity between the super-rich and the poorer-by-the-minute masses; he appears in conversation with Peter Barnes on Saturday, Oct. 23, at the Dance Palace. Fifth and B streets, Point Reyes Station. 7:30pm. $20. 415.663.1542.
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October 22-24: Petaluma International Film Festival at Boulevard Cinemas

Posted By on Wed, Oct 20, 2010 at 11:11 AM

Much was made last year over Katherine Bigelow’s Best Director Oscar for The Hurt Locker, and rightly so. Finally, the question was raised: Where are all the female directors? The answer, as evidenced by the Petaluma International Film Festival, seems to be: beneath the mainstream. Among the 40-odd films showing this weekend, there are 10 made by women. They range from the 15-minute vignette Walking by Jeanne Herry, who got her start working with the great Louis Malle, to the full-length Beijing Taxi, a slice-of-life documentary by Miao Wang. Of special note is Chrystene Ells appearing in person with her film Sisu, based on the true story of a Finnish immigrant in Canada who is driven so mad by the Great Depression that he builds a boat to sail home—1,200 miles inland. The festival runs Friday–Sunday, Oct. 22–24, at Boulevard Cinemas. 200 C St., Petaluma. Times vary. $10 per screening. 415.381.4123.
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October 22: Blame Sally at Cornerstone Sonoma

Posted By on Wed, Oct 20, 2010 at 11:10 AM

For the last eight months or so, Cornerstone Sonoma has been hosting acoustic concerts in an intimate setting befitting the word-of-mouth it’s generated around the county. This weekend, local house concert impresario Drew Pearce moves the whole operation to the (heated) outdoor barn to make room for an evening with Blame Sally. The four women of the Bay Area–based band are used to playing outdoors; their recent CD, Live at Stern Grove Festival, was recorded among the trees while opening for Joan Baez last year. Blame Sally’s music is a perfect fit for Cornerstone’s outdoor gardens, as well. San Francisco–themed songs like “Fillmore Street” are rich with piano flourishes and four-part harmonies, while traditional songs like “La Llorona” drip with passion and romance. Catch them when they play Friday, Oct. 22, at Cornerstone Sonoma. 23570 Arnold Drive, Sonoma. 8pm. $25. 415.706.3800.
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