Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Apr. 6: Andrew Jenks at the SSU Cooperage

Posted By on Wed, Mar 30, 2011 at 8:59 AM

The 25-year-old filmmaker Andrew Jenks was raised in New York, has lived in Belgium, founded a film festival when he was 16 and hired James Earl Jones when he was still a teenager. His father, assistant secretary general for the United Nations Bruce Jenks, might have helped with certain opportunities, and Jenks has already established himself as an award-winning documentary director. This February, MTV premiered his show World of Jenks, in which Jenks moves in for one week with people from all walks of life—a homeless man, a rapper, an NFL cheerleader—and documents his experiences with them. He speaks on Wednesday, April 6, at the SSU Cooperage. 1801 E. Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park. 7:30pm. $5–$15. 707.664.2832.
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Apr. 1: Jil Aigrot at the Dance Palace

Posted By on Wed, Mar 30, 2011 at 8:50 AM

For all the acclaim and awards showered on Marion Cotillard and her lead role in the Edith Piaf biopic La Vie en Rose, it bears repeating that her performance was certifiably acting. In other words, it wasn’t Cotillard’s voice on the soundtrack, but rather that of Jil Aigrot. A Cannes-based singer and actress herself, Aigrot couldn’t help but feel somewhat upstaged by Cotillard, quietly releasing a solo CD in the wake of the film’s success and sporadically touring. There are many Edith Piaf impersonators in the world, but few who can attain the emotional wallop of Piaf’s delivery. Aigrot is an exquisite exception; she performs Friday, April 1, at the Dance Palace (503 B St., Point Reyes Station; 8pm. $30–$32; 415.663.1075) and Saturday, April 2, at the Napa Valley Opera House (1030 Main St., Napa; 8pm; $35–$40; 707.226.7372).
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Apr. 1: Occidental Fools Day Parade; 'Pubs & Roses' Pub Crawl

Posted By on Wed, Mar 30, 2011 at 8:47 AM

Since 2004, the Occidental Fools Day Parade has celebrated all things zany, nutty and tie-dyed on or around the first of April, culminating with live music and a block party in the parking lot of the Occidental Center for the Arts. This year, “grumps and frowners may be transformed” on Saturday, April 2, starting at the Occidental Community Center (Graton Road at Bohemian Highway, Occidental; 1pm; free; 707.874.9392). Meanwhile, the grand tradition of the Rose Parade in Santa Rosa sees a benefit bar crawl called Pubs & Roses to keep the parade alive; Christy’s on the Square, Stout Brothers, Chrome Lotus and Gary’s at the Belvedere all pitch in drink specials for a $10 donation on Friday, April 1, starting at the Belvedere. 727 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa. 6–9pm. $10 donation. 707.523.3728.
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Mar. 31: Prezident Brown at Chrome Lotus

Posted By on Wed, Mar 30, 2011 at 8:39 AM

When you’re a young MC in Jamaica performing on local mobile sound systems, and none other than reggae legend Jack Ruby recognizes your talent and bestows upon you a nickname, that nickname is going to stay for good. So it was with Fitzroy Albert Cotterell, whom Ruby dubbed Prezident Brown as the resident DJ on his Hi-Power sound system. Since, Brown has emerged as one of reggae’s finest performers, usually making the festival circuit on large outdoor stages. This Thursday, he hits a small club backed by a full live band from Jamaica, and it’s bound to be hot, steamy and packed. Don’t miss it on Thursday, March 31, at Chrome Lotus. 501 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa. 9pm. $15. No phone.
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Mar. 30-Apr. 6: Across the Bridge

Posted By on Wed, Mar 30, 2011 at 8:35 AM

My Chemical Romance

Tight pants, neat hair and a slow burn into commercial accessibility. Mar 31 at the Fox Theater.Stanley Clarke

Jazz bassist adept at both electric and upright leads small band. Apr 1-3 at Yoshi’s Oakland.Hunx & His Punx

The most fun you’ll have with your clothes off and, yes, you read that right. Apr 2 at the Bottom of the Hill.Immortal Technique

Blisteringly political hip-hop artist pulls no punches in his quest for justice. Apr 3 at the New Parish.Talib Kweli

The Bert to Mos Def’s Ernie, Brooklyn MC perpetually burbling across genre lines. Apr 5 at the Fillmore.

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Monday, March 28, 2011

Mar. 29: Tatjana Soli at Book Passage

Posted By on Mon, Mar 28, 2011 at 8:57 AM

Tatjana Soli
’s debut novel The Lotus Eaters takes place during the Vietnam War and captures the tale of three photographers, one of whom is intriguingly “addicted to the narcotics of violence.” Called haunting, ambitious lyrical and . . . well, just fill in the blanks with the standard words that get attributed to really excellent first books, Soli’s writing is gaining much deserved notice in the literary world, including a nomination for an Los Angeles Times Book Award. And yes, the title is an allusion to those island-dwellers in The Odyssey who get all caught up and dreamy eating the magic fruit. Tatjana Soli discusses The Lotus Eaters on Tuesday, March 29, at Book Passage. 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 7pm. Free. 415. 927.0960.
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Mar. 27: SQUART! at Headlands Center for the Arts

Posted By on Mon, Mar 28, 2011 at 8:50 AM

The reality cooking show Top Chef always starts with a “quickfire challenge.” The competing chefs are provided ingredients, and one hour to create something that is edible and inventive. SQUART! (short for spontaneous queer art) takes this concept and applies it to art world. Created by San Francisco–based dancer Laura Arrington, a spring artist in residence at Headlands Center for the Arts, the concept of the performance is simple. Preselected participants divided into teams of four are given two themes and 24 hours to generate four original works on-site. At the end of the allotted time, the pieces will be performed for the public and a team of “celebrity” judges. Harrington says the results are “creative, inspiring and bizarre.” Check out the creations on Sunday, March 27, at Headlands Center for the Arts. 944 Fort Barry, Sausalito. 3pm. $10–$5 members. 415.331.2787.
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Mar. 26: Sell the Heart Records Festival at the Arlene Francis Center

Posted By on Mon, Mar 28, 2011 at 8:48 AM

Sell the Heart Records aims to keep the indie-rock spirit alive and kicking in the North Bay. Inspired by labels of yore like Dischord Records and founded by a group of musicians, Sell the Heart’s goal is to “put out records by artists that work hard and create great art.” This weekend, the independent record label celebrates its mission with a music festival featuring nine bands, including the drone metal orchestrations of Cold Blue Mountain and the Gypsy burlesque punk of Brothers Horse (pasties not included). Support local music at the Sell the Heart Records Festival on Saturday, March 26, at the Arlene Francis Center. 99 Sixth St., Santa Rosa. 6:30pm. $7. 707.528.3009.
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Mar. 25: Moira Scar at Unity Music

Posted By on Mon, Mar 28, 2011 at 8:43 AM

It’s not for nothing that California has a reputation for providing a playground for the boundary-breaking and the bizarre. Maybe it’s our proximity to a Pacific Ocean that gives Golden State artists and thinkers a license to fuck with societal tropes. Moira Scar fit like a glove into the West Coast freakalicious tradition. They wear masks. They play strange Sun Ra–esque punk. They embrace theatricality and fractured rhythms with abandon. San Francisco distilled into a band, really. Moira Scar strap on the cat masks and headgear on Friday, March 25, along with Love Dimension, Shrew Florist, Anti Ear, Pristine, and Spiral Bombs at Unity Music. 840 Piner Road, Ste. 8, Santa Rosa. 8pm. $6. No phone.
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Mar. 24: Los Lobos at the Uptown Theater

Posted By on Mon, Mar 28, 2011 at 8:40 AM

Los Lobos
have been playing their rootsy blues-tinged rock and roll since the early ’70s. The Chicano rockers went back to where it all began and recorded their latest album, Tin Can Trust, at Manny’s Estudio in East Los Angeles. One of the songs on the new album, “Twenty Seven Spanishes,” tells the story of the Spanish conquest of Mexico in its entirety, the kind of thing a band can get away with when they’ve been around as long as these guys. Los Lobos rock en Espanol y Ingles on Saturday, March 24 at the Uptown Theater. 1350 Third St., Napa. 7pm. $37–$47. 707.259.0123.
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