Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Dec. 8-15:Across the Bridge

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Andrew Jackson JihadRambunctious punk-inspired agit-folk at its finest.

Dec 8 at the Bottom of the Hill.Taylor EigstiYoung lion of the piano with incredible drummer Eric Harland.

Dec 8 at Yoshi’s Oakland.Peter HookBassist from New Order and Joy Division plays “Unknown Pleasures.”

Dec 10 at Mezzanine.Chaka KhanTimeless soul diva brings the classics with opener Christette Michele.

Dec 11 at the Warfield.Bassnectar

Area diehards will catch both this show and one in February at the Phoenix.

Dec 11 at the Fox Theater.The Grouch“How the Grouch Stole Christmas” tour with Brother Ali and Eligh.

Dec 15 at the Independent.
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Wednesday, December 1, 2010

December 7: Big Bad Voodoo Daddy at Wells Fargo Center

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The everything-grandma-likes-we-like-too swing revival of 10 years ago always did benefit greatly from cross-generational appeal, which makes the uptempo retro swing of Big Bad Voodoo Daddy the perfect Christmas serenade. For a time, it seemed like BBVD’s job was to quell the pre-millennial tension of 1999, riding high on a wave that began with “You and Me and the Bottle Makes Three Tonight” from the cult movie Swingers and culminating in a Superbowl halftime show. Don’t say that their current Christmas tour is a sad decline, though; the band actually self-released a Christmas album ages ago, before being signed to Capitol Records. It’s in their blood with songs like “’Zat You, Santa Claus?” and it’s all onstage for the family to enjoy on Tuesday, Dec. 7, at the Wells Fargo Center. 50 Mark West Springs Road, Santa Rosa. 8pm. $37–$47. 707.546.3600.
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December 5: African-International Music Festival at Sebastopol Veterans Memorial Hall

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Despite the recent announcement that the Sebastopol Community Center will no longer host the annual Celtic Music Festival, the town this weekend hosts a new tradition in the African-International Music Festival. Benefiting more than 10 local nonprofit organizations, the event sees a wealth of music representing Africa and beyond within the wood-paneled walls of the center. With headliners the “Masters of World Music” living up to their title—Stephen Kent, Gurdeep Singh, Sukhawat Ali Khan and Mamadou Sidibe are truly masters—the afternoon and evening are rounded out by Midnight Sun, Dgiin, Onye Onyemaechi, Daouda, Andy Graham, Cuycuy, Carnaval Spirit, the Sweet Penny royals, the Linda Ferro Band, Mr. Music, Sena, the Wildcard Bellydancers and the Sonoma County Pomo Indian Dancers. Food, beer and a raffle complete the fundraiser on Sunday, Dec. 5, at the Sebastopol Veterans Memorial Hall. 282 High St., Sebastopol. 4–9:30pm. $15. 707.565.2041.
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December 3: A Christmas Carol at Cloverdale Performing Arts Center

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Elsewhere in these pages this week you’ll read about the recently renovated Rio Nido Lodge, but there’s a brand new stage opening this week as well. The Cloverdale Performing Arts Center has for the past few years stood along Main Street as an almost-completed vision, replete with laminated blueprints posted on the front of the building and projected completion dates that never saw completion—until now. The new quaint space befits the plucky town that’s done nothing but bounce back from a crippling freeway rerouting over 10 years ago, and its impressive slate of upcoming plays serves to bring even more art to an increasingly art-friendly burg. Starting this weekend, it’s A Christmas Carol, while a ribbon-cutting ceremony followed by live music and a tour gets underway on Friday, Dec. 3, at the Cloverdale Performing Arts Center. 209 N. Cloverdale Blvd., Cloverdale. 4pm. Free. 707.894.2214.
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December 2:Miracle in a Box at Bay Model Visitor Center

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Pianos have souls, and if anyone doubts it, the documentary ‘Miracle in a Box’ should set the record straight. Covering the drama and aftermath of the First Berkeley Piano Competition, the film glides over the winner to turn the camera on the bequeathed prize: a 1927 Steinway grand piano in need of repair. Piece by piece and string by string, the piano is restored with delicacy, care and measurements down to the tenth of a gram. Anyone who’s given time and love to once-beautiful works of art, be it furniture, automobiles, bikes or instruments will find much in common with the craftsmen in the film, and John Lithgow’s narration helps Oscar-winning documentarian John Korty’s film drive home the triumph of restoration. Korty appears in person to screen the film on Thursday, Dec. 2, at the Bay Model Visitor Center. 2100 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 6pm. Free. 415.381.4123.
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Dec. 1-7: Across the Bridge

Posted By on Wed, Dec 1, 2010 at 12:55 PM

Wu-Tang Clan Last-minute booking promises all surviving members at small club.

Dec 2 at Mezzanine. Pegi Young Neil’s wife plays tiny basement club show for just 10 bucks.

Dec 3 at Cafe du Nord. Ravi Coltrane Jazz royalty steps even further out of his father’s shadow.

Dec 3-5 at Yoshi’s Oakland. Marco Benevento Trio Incredible pianist behind this year’s best crossover jazz-indie album.

Dec 4 at the Independent. The Bad Plus Unbelievable jazz trio plays free in-store before Herbst Theatre show.

Dec 4 at Amoeba SF. Heiroglyphics Seeing the full entire crew on East Bay soil doesn’t get much better.

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