Wednesday, July 20, 2011

July 23: Sean Hayes at Hopmonk Tavern

Posted By on Wed, Jul 20, 2011 at 10:22 AM

“Oh, yes, this is powerful stuff.” So sings Sean Hayes on his latest album, and although he is not talking about his own music, he may as well be. The singer-songwriter’s lyrical, lilting sound is reminiscent of Jack Johnson with a slightly funkier twang, and his songs are both calming and energizing at the same time. His album Run Wolves Run was released last year, and his songs have recently been featured on TV shows and Subaru commercials. Sing along when Arann Harris and the Farm Band open on Saturday, July 23, at Hopmonk Tavern. 230 Petaluma Ave., Sebastopol. 9pm. $15. 707.829.7300.
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July 22-23: Cast of Clowns at Aubergine and San Geronimo Music Festival

Posted on Wed, Jul 20, 2011 at 9:53 AM

There’s nothing like rock veterans coming together to make new music. The members of Cast of Clowns have played with the likes of Santana, Ray Charles, Sly Stone and the Jerry Garcia Band, and together, they jam to lyrics from the Grateful Dead’s Robert Hunter and the original tunes of founder Craig Wright. With bassist extraordinaire Bobby Vega, the band tours this summer between recording sessions for their new album. Catch them at one of the shows this weekend on Friday and Saturday, July 22 and 23, at 9:30pm at Aubergine (755 Petaluma Ave., Sebastopol; $12–$15; 707.861.9190) and Saturday, July 23, 4:30pm, at the San Geronimo Music Festival (San Geronimo Valley Community Center, 6350 Sir Frances Drake Blvd., San Geronimo; $20–$25; 415.488.8888).

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July 22: the Marshall Tucker Band at Uptown Theatre

Posted on Wed, Jul 20, 2011 at 9:45 AM

Sometimes we all need a good dose of old soul. They’ve been playing since 1973 (although only one of the original members, Doug Gray, remains) and they always promise to bring some Southern spirit. The Marshall Tucker Band have toured the country for the last four decades, and recently played for the troops in Iraq and Kuwait while campaigning to bring the Iraq Memorial located in Kirkuk back to the United States. Kick back, relax and enjoy some classic boogie rock while the Marshall Tucker Band bring a little bit of the south to Northern California. Moonalice open on Friday, July 22, at the Uptown Theatre. 1350 Third St., Napa. 8pm. $40. 707.259.0123.

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July 21-24: "These Amazing Shadows" at Sixth Street Playhouse

Posted on Wed, Jul 20, 2011 at 9:40 AM


It’s easy to classify the films that have defined America. They feel like home—and they’re all preserved in the National Film Registry, the subject of a new documentary on film preservation. As an official selection of the Sundance Film Festival as well as various others across the country, These Amazing Shadows takes a place next to many of the movies it commemorates. The documentary tells the story of the Registry, which preserves “culturally, historically or aesthetically significant” films as ordered by the Library of Congress. From The Sound of Music to Charlie Chaplin to independent documentaries and even home movies, these meaningful films represent American cultural history. The collection is explored in the documentary, with interviews from many prominent filmmakers such as Christopher Nolan (Inception, The Dark Knight), John Lasseter (Toy Story, Finding Nemo) and many more. Pay tribute to the classic films that touched you most at one of three screenings on Thursday, July 21, at 8:15pm; Saturday, July 23, at 3pm; Sunday, July 24, at 5:15pm. Sixth Street Playhouse, 52 W. Sixth St., Santa Rosa. $8–$10.
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July 22: O.J. Simpson lawyer Marcia Clark at Book Passage

Posted on Wed, Jul 20, 2011 at 9:31 AM


If you’re not sick of murder cases after the recent Casey Anthony trial, here’s another. Lawyer Marcia Clark, who rose to fame as prosecutor in the O. J. Simpson case—perhaps the only in recent history to top Anthony’s—knows a few things about murder trials and, lucky for us, is willing to share them in fictionalized form. Her novel Guilt by Association was published in April and a sequel is forthcoming. The timing is perfect given the recent reading of the Anthony case verdict, which Clark has publicly denounced. Talk about crime both real and fictitious with Clark on Friday, July 22, at Book Passage. 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 7:30pm. 415.927.0960.

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Across the Bridge: July 20-27

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

Portugal the Man

Recent major-label signees celebrate release of “In the Mountain In the Cloud” with in-store. Jul 20 at Amoeba SF.Bettye LaVette

High-kicking, full-force soul belter takes down entire skyscrapers with a single note. Jul 21 at Yoshi’s Oakland.Earth

Glacial stoner metal courtesy of the guy who bought the shotgun for Kurt Cobain. Jul 22 at Slim’s.Odd Future

The music blogosphere’s favorite argument. Rescheduled from June. Jul 22 at the Regency Ballroom.Cults

New York two-piece owes to classic girl-group sound with a dash of Animal Collective. Jul 25 at Bottom of the Hill.

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Wednesday, July 13, 2011

July 16: Farmageddon at Songbird Community Healing Center

Posted on Wed, Jul 13, 2011 at 10:51 AM

Protect your produce and secure your sheep. It’s coming: ‘Farmageddon,’ a documentary about the attack on American’s access to healthy, safely grown food. Filmmaker Kristin Canty was searching for healthy food for her children when she stumbled upon evidence of policies favoring agribusiness and restricting citizens’ access to healthy food; the film researches the tension between factory organizations and family-owned farms. It screens on Saturday, July 16, as part of the HopeDance Film Festival at the Songbird Community Healing Center. 8280 Old Redwood Hwy., Cotati.7pm. $7–$10. 707.921.7081.

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July 16: Calistoga's 125th Anniversary

Posted on Wed, Jul 13, 2011 at 10:37 AM

They’ve been around a while, and they’ve still got wooden sidewalks to prove it. The city of Calistoga celebrates the 125th anniversary of its founding with live music, a wine and beer garden and an extended farmers market. Bouncy houses, dunk tanks, barbecued oysters and even a commemorative postage stamp offered for one day only round out the festivities. Stop by and congratulate Calistoga at its 125th anniversary celebration on Saturday, July 16, in Downtown Calistoga and Pioneer Park. 308 Cedar St., Calistoga. 11am–5pm. Free. 707.942.6333.

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July 15: American Steel at Arlene Francis Center

Posted on Wed, Jul 13, 2011 at 10:18 AM


Speaking of history, this band has had an interesting one. Founded in 1995 in Oakland, American Steel became a popular punk rock band, touring across the country. Influenced by a more danceable brand of indie, they changed their name to Communiqué in 2002 with a more synthesized and less punk approach. In 2007, American Steel returned, along with their classic sound. They’ve since released two newer albums and toured the U.S. and Europe. Sing along to “Maria” on Friday, July 15, at the Arlene Francis Center.

99 Sixth St., Santa Rosa. 6:30pm. $13.

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July 15: Far West Fest at Pt. Rays Love Field

Posted on Wed, Jul 13, 2011 at 10:11 AM


The best music festival in Marin is back. This year’s Far West Fest hosts the New Mastersounds, Zion-I, the Jazz Mafia, Brothers Comatose, Crystal Monee Hall and others, as well as local art and craft vendors, kids’ music and storytellers, and a “Localization Zone.” A fundraiser for local charities, including KMWR Community Radio, Marin’s only local radio station, the festival has raised over $100,000 since its inception. Come celebrate and support the community on Saturday, July 15, at the Love Field. 11191 Sir Frances Drake Blvd., Point Reyes. 10:30am–7:30pm. $12–$
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