Wednesday, April 27, 2011

May 1: That Ghost at the Arlene Francis Center

Posted By on Wed, Apr 27, 2011 at 8:57 AM

Born in 1990, Santa Rosa native Ryan Schmale has been a prolific and acclaimed songwriter of the last five years. Yet strangely, his lo-fi classicism under the name That Ghost is discussed and cherished more on East Coast blogs than in his own hometown. That will change with Songs Out Here, his latest and best work yet, which sheds his pop leanings for a more antique aesthetic. See him play with Amir Coyle, Teenage Sweater and Laughters on Sunday, May 1, at the Arlene Francis Center. 99 Sixth St., Santa Rosa. 7pm. $5. 707.528.3009.
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May 1: Galax Quartet at Healdsburg Community Church

Posted By on Wed, Apr 27, 2011 at 8:52 AM

Rounding out the Russian River Chamber Music season this weekend is the Galax Quartet, who present compositions set to the poetry of Pulitzer-winning poet Gary Snyder as sung by contralto Karen Clark. With music by the likes of downtown New York guitarist Fred Frith and Duke Ellington arranger Allaudin Mathieu, this isn’t your grandma’s classical concert—there’s even an afterparty with the artists at Spoonbar. Bring the family on Sunday, May 1, at Healdsburg Community Church. 1100 University Ave., Healdbsurg. 4pm. Free. 707.431.7622.
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May 1: Blossoms, Bees & Barnyard Babies from Healdsburg to Petaluma

Posted By on Wed, Apr 27, 2011 at 8:46 AM

It’s time to scratch that winterlong itch to get outside—why not do it with cows, goats, chickens and bees? This week, Sonoma County Farm Trails presents Blossoms, Bees & Barnyard Babies, a farm tour including over two dozen farms, local food producers, ranches, seed suppliers and more, all throwing open their steel gates and giving behind-the-scenes tours to visitors. The per-vehicle pass covers “as many people as can safely fit,” so cram your friends in a VW Bug and milk some goats on Sunday, May 1, at various farms from Healdsburg to Petaluma. 11am–5pm. $25. 707.837.8896.
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Apr. 28: Philip Glass at the Napa Valley Opera House

Posted By on Wed, Apr 27, 2011 at 8:45 AM

Any live performance by Philip Glass is an event, and although one can count on certain pieces being played (the Metamorphoses, the Etudes, Mad Rush), the preeminent modern minimalist often throws curveballs. Last year at Carnegie Hall, that meant unlikely guests Iggy Pop and Regina Spektor; this year in Napa, it means something called The Napa Trilogy, a medley of previous works. Glass’ charming wit is drier than the Sahara, but his playing is watery as ever; see him in the intimate hall on Thursday, April 28, at the Napa Valley Opera House. 1030 Main St., Napa. 8pm. $35–$45. 707.226.7372.
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Across the Bridge: April 27-May 3

Posted By on Wed, Apr 27, 2011 at 8:41 AM

Thee Oh Sees

Sweaty, unbridled rock toned down for a promised “mellow set.” Apr 28 at Cafe du Nord.Accept

German heavy metalers still best known for 1983 hit “Balls to the Wall.” Apr 28 at the Regency Ballroom.Mike Watt

San Pedro represent with the van-driving, bass-playing, spiel-spouting great. Apr 29 at Bottom of the Hill.Ghostface Killah

While other Wu-Tang alumni descend into caricatures, Ghostface remains a vital exception. Apr 29 at Mezzanine.Mark McGuire

Member of Emeralds and pioneering hero in underground noise circles. May 3 at Hemlock Tavern.

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Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Apr. 23: Susan Werner at the Dance Palace

Posted By on Wed, Apr 20, 2011 at 9:26 AM

In the early 1990s, singer-songwriter Susan Werner began making a name for herself in the contemporary folk world. With an acoustic flair, Werner has recorded a total of 10 albums, the latest of which, Kicking the Beehive, was released in March of this year with guest appearances by Keb Mo’ and Vince Gill. She sings her jazzy folk tunes on Saturday, April 23, at the Dance Palace. 503 B St., Point Reyes. 8pm. $20–$22. 415.663.1075.
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Apr. 23: Film Festival Petaluma at the Mystic Theatre

Posted By on Wed, Apr 20, 2011 at 9:23 AM

New foreign and indie films abound for resident movie lovers at the third-annual Film Fest Petaluma. Twenty-three short animated films and live-action cinema from around the world will be showcased, including films about an impregnated bathtub, a meeting with God and the conformity of Healdsburg. Following each showing will be a Q&A with the filmmakers. April 23 at the Mystic Theatre. 23 Petaluma Blvd., Petaluma. 2:30pm. $10–$25. 707.778.3687.
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Apr. 22: Jello Biafra at the Arlene Francis Center

Posted By on Wed, Apr 20, 2011 at 9:18 AM

He’s a punk rock musician, a spoken-word artist, a Green Party politician and his name is Jello Biafra. Best-known as the lead singer and songwriter of the Dead Kennedys, Biafra steps out as a solo artist with his new band, the Guantanamo School of Medicine, playing songs from their album The Audacity of Hype alongside Dead Kennedys classics on Friday, April 22, at the Arlene Francis Center. 99 Sixth St., Santa Rosa. 8pm. $12. 707.528.3009.
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Apr. 21: Maya Soetoro-Ng at Book Passage

Posted By on Wed, Apr 20, 2011 at 9:14 AM

Maya Soetoro-Ng
, sister of President Barack Obama, has published a children’s book called Ladder to the Moon, a story that evokes fantasy and folklore with personal elements included. At a literary luncheon, Soetoro-Ng discusses the inspiration behind her book—as well as fields inevitable questions about her brother—on Thursday, April 21, at Book Passage. 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. Noon. $55 includes lunch and a signed book. 415.927.0960.
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Apr. 21: Randy Newman at the Napa Valley Opera House

Posted By on Wed, Apr 20, 2011 at 8:54 AM

Winner of five Academy Awards, five Grammy Awards and two Emmys, acclaimed singer and songwriter Randy Newman is most popular for composing the score of six Disney films, including the Toy Story series, A Bug’s Life, Monster’s, Inc. and Cars. But he’s also produced groundbreaking work in the field of popular music—with albums like Sail Away and Little Criminals—and luckily for locals, he performs Thursday, April 21, at the intimate Napa Valley Opera House.1030 Main St., Napa. 8pm. $55–$65. 707.226.7372.
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