Thursday, November 17, 2011

Across the Bridge: Nov. 16- Nov. 21

Posted on Thu, Nov 17, 2011 at 10:39 AM

Lucinda Williams

Americana sweetheart returns to the scene of her excellent 2003 live album. Nov. 19-20 at the Fillmore.

Kimya Dawson

Former Moldy Peach and ‘Juno’ soundtrack star has new record label, Great Crap Factory. Nov. 21 at Amoeba SF.


With Rick Ross and Lex Luger on his side, D.C. rapper hints at accessibility with ‘Ambition.’ Nov. 22 at Mezzanine.

Crooked Fingers

After Archers of Loaf tour, Eric Bachmann promotes new LP, ‘Breaks in the Armor.’ Nov. 23 at Bottom of the Hill.


Musical iconoclast Merrill Garbus is behind one of the year’s most acclaimed albums, ‘w h o k i l l.’ Nov. 23 at Regency Ballroom.

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Thursday, November 10, 2011

Nov. 12 - 14: Santa Rosa Symphony at the Wells Fargo Center

Posted on Thu, Nov 10, 2011 at 10:51 AM


When talking classical music, visions of Beethoven’s wild hair, antique grand pianos and even traditional 19th-century garb come to mind. But since 2003, with the Magnum Opus series, the Santa Rosa Symphony has commissioned newly composed masterpieces from modern composers. David Carlson’s work The Promise of Time is the final work in the series, opening a set of Sibelius with guest violinist Tedi Papavrami on Saturday–Monday, Nov. 12–14, at the Wells Fargo Center. 50 Mark West Springs Road, Santa Rosa. Friday and Saturday, 8pm; Sunday, 2pm. $30–$65. 707.546.8742.

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Nov. 11: Gregory Maguire at Book Passages

Posted on Thu, Nov 10, 2011 at 10:47 AM


Redemption for the long-vilified Wicked Witch of the West finally came in 1995, at the compassionate hands of writer Gregory Maguire. His book Wicked reintroduced the witch as an easily relatable, misunderstood and recklessly teased youth just trying to find her footing as the outcasted “green girl”—to say nothing of the immensely popular Broadway musical it inspired. Maguire’s newest novel, Out of Oz, concludes the magical, heartfelt saga following the Wicked characters. Maguire reads and discusses on Friday, Nov. 11, at Book Passage. 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 7pm. Free. 415.927.0960.

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Nov. 9-13: Napa Valley Film Festival

Posted on Thu, Nov 10, 2011 at 10:42 AM


Though the physical resurrection of Chris Farley doesn’t seem likely in the near future, local fans can come see the next best thing, Chris’ equally offbeat brother Kevin Farley, who’s one of the celebrities at this year’s inaugural Napa Valley Film Festival. The assortment of others slated for the festival weekend include comedian Dane Cook, Entourage star Adrian Grenier, Party of Five heartthrob Scott Wolf and Ugly Betty favorite Freddy Lopez. Come for the celebrities and stay for the featured films, the slew of renowned chefs and seemingly endless selection of wines. The festival runs Nov. 9-13 and spans several venues throughout Napa Valley; for tickets and full schedule, see

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Nov. 9: Steel Pulse at the Phoenix Theater

Posted on Thu, Nov 10, 2011 at 10:35 AM

[image-1]It’s no secret that the Beatles were trend setters, even beyond popularizing the ever famous bowl-cut; their 1968 classic “Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da” marked one of the earliest rock tunes featuring a clear reggae rhythm. Flash forward more than 40 years, and roots reggae band Steel Pulse are still keeping the laid-back, soulful upstrokes of reggae alive. Formed in 1975, the band has long used music to fight the overwhelming powers of racism and prejudice. Steel Pulse bring the power back to the people Wednesday, Nov. 9, at the Phoenix Theater. 201 Washington St., Petaluma. 8pm. $26. 707.762.3565

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Across the Bridge: Nov. 9 - Nov. 15

Posted on Thu, Nov 10, 2011 at 10:20 AM


France’s most overboard cinematic producer, Anthony Gonzalez, on the tour of the month. Nov 10 at Mezzanine.

Ra Ra Riot

Ivy League-wave sextet from Syracuse high on violins and uplift. Nov 11 at the Great American Music Hall.

Poor Man’s Whiskey

Bluegrass tribute to ‘Dark Side of the Moon’ on 11-11-11 with stunning visual show. Nov 11 at the Fillmore.

David Murray

Saxophone colossus leads Cuban ensemble honoring Nat King Cole’s Spanish recordings. Nov. 11-13 at Yoshi’s SF.

They Might Be Giants

The Johns play free 4pm in-store between evening shows in the city (at the Fillmore, on Nov 12 and 13). Nov 13 at Amoeba SF.

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Thursday, November 3, 2011

Nov. 7: Filter at the Last Day Saloon

Posted on Thu, Nov 3, 2011 at 10:03 AM


Since 101.7 the Fox was taken over by a Top 40 radio station earlier this year, fans looking to find hard-hitting, metal-influenced rock are left very few outlets. The Last Day Saloon, long a standby for Fox-sponsored shows, continues the hard-rock tradition. This week, Filter, most recognized through their 2000 tune “Take a Picture,” comes to the venue bringing some much-needed rock influence back to Sonoma County. Bring your tape recorders and lighter on Monday, Nov. 7, at the Last Day Saloon. 120 Fifth St., Santa Rosa. 8pm. $20. 707.545.5876.

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Nov. 7: 'Home' premieres at the Sebastiani Theater

Posted on Thu, Nov 3, 2011 at 9:58 AM


Plane rides can be numbingly terrifying, especially that moment when you look out the tiny window to see the world a staggering 30,000 feet below. But producer-director Yann Arthus-Bertrand sees something that’s more disturbing—namely, the effect we are having on our planet. His film ‘Home’ features 217 days’ worth of 100 percent aerial footage, starring our deteriorating planet. Arthus-Bertrand shares his film, and talks about why he thinks we’re the world’s worst enemies, on Monday, Nov.7, at the Sebastiani Theatre. 461 First St. E., Sonoma. 7pm. Free. 707.996.9756.

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Nov. 5: Cinematic Titanic at the Wells Fargo Center

Posted on Thu, Nov 3, 2011 at 9:52 AM


While the saying “any publicity is good publicity” rings true in most circles, Mystery Science Theater 3000 always found the opposite. The show, starring a man and his robot sidekicks stuck on a space station blasting bad films, morphed into a cult classic through zany one-liners like “They must have spent tens of dollars on this.” Twelve years after the show’s demise comes Cinematic Titanic, with a full-length film and the original cast of MST3K—Joel, Servo, Crow, Frank and Pearl. The geek fest commences Saturday, Nov. 5, at the Wells Fargo Center. 50 Mark West Springs Road, Santa Rosa. 8pm. $35. 707.546.3600.

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Nov. 4: The Kings of Salsa at the Marin Center

Posted on Thu, Nov 3, 2011 at 9:45 AM


The roots of culture and passion as displayed through dance are definitely not American concepts. While the Argentineans developed the tango, Spain the flamenco and Brazilians the samba, Americans get to add the sprinkler, the running man and something called the “Molly Ringwald” to our list of uncultured accomplishments. The Kings of Salsa introduce their Cuban roots through Afro-Caribbean moves, world-class contemporary dance and Cuban classics on Friday, Nov. 4, at the Marin Center. 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. 8pm. $20–$45. 415.499.6400.

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