Wednesday, February 29, 2012

March 6: In the Mood at the Wells Fargo Center for the Arts

Posted By on Wed, Feb 29, 2012 at 3:02 PM

Members of all generations get together this week for swing music and live dancing with In the Mood, featuring a ’40s swing band full of upbeat jumping and jiving. Everyone knows the hits—“Tuxedo Junction,” “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy,” “Sentimental Journey”—the songs that got thousands of U.S. soldiers (and girlfriends) through WWII. Replete with period wardrobe and Oh! That! Hair!, the show is a nonstop tour de force through what’s known as the Greatest Generation. Get in the mood on Tuesday, March 6, at the Wells Fargo Center for the Arts. 50 Mark West Springs Road, Santa Rosa. 2pm. $35—$50. 707.546.3600.

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March 4: Contino at Rancho Nicasio

Posted By on Wed, Feb 29, 2012 at 2:57 PM

A good combination of the right things can bring out the best of both worlds. Peanut butter and chocolate. Wine and cheese. A warm drink on a cold day. Good music and the right place. Put them all together and it could be a really good day. Get the good music and the right place this weekend at Rancho Nicasio with blues band Contino, and the rest is up to you. The band’s Americana and zydeco-blues style blends perfectly with the rural landscape of West Marin. Slow down from the busy routine and enjoy the simpler things in this old pioneer town on Sunday, March 4, at Rancho Nicasio. 1 Old Rancheria Road, Nicasio. 4pm. Free. 415.662.2219.

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March 4: Javier Colon at the Uptown Theatre

Posted By on Wed, Feb 29, 2012 at 2:52 PM

Fans of NBC’s The Voice enjoy the show for three reasons. First, it’s basically an updated American Idol; second, hosts Christina Aguilera, Cee-Lo Green, Adam Levine and Blake Shelton are a great team; finally, and most importantly, it’s the contestants—whether at the beginning of the show, with the unfortunate and ridiculous people who don’t make it, or in the middle with a clear division between friends fighting over their favorite performers. Anyone in the North Bay who loved last year’s season should be even more excited, because winner Javier Colon performs with special guest Kevin Daniel on Sunday, March 4, at the Uptown Theatre. 1350 Third St., Napa. 7pm. $25. 707.259.0123.

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March 3: Jeff Clements at Book Passage

Posted By on Wed, Feb 29, 2012 at 2:47 PM

How can corporations seemingly show up everywhere? Why can they get away with virtually everything? This Saturday, Jeff Clements answers those questions—and takes on Mitt Romney’s “corporations are people, my friend” comment—with his book Corporations Are Not People, informing readers of current corporate rights and their effect on the environment and the public at large. Clements’ book even provides some solutions to the issue. Yes, this book is going to be the survival kit in the case of a corporation apocalypse. Drive away from Wal-Mart and head down to Marin this Saturday, March 3, at Book Passage. 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 1pm. $17.95. 415.927.0960.

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March 3: Krug's 187th Birthday Bash at Charles Krug Winery

Posted By on Wed, Feb 29, 2012 at 2:40 PM

An adult birthday party can range from a “crazy night = painful morning” situation to a “refusal to acknowledge that the earth actually did complete its orbit, which means I’m older” affair. What happened to the simplicity of the kid’s party, where there’s cake and a performing clown? This weekend at Charles Krug Winery, the owners celebrate the 187th birthday of its founder, Charles Krug, in a very, um, intimate way. After a three-course meal with fine wines, the celebration takes an otherworldly turn as spirit medium Leanne Thomas attempts to contact Krug himself to wish him happy birthday in the afterlife. That’s right—dinner and a medium. Join Charles and other birthday guests on Saturday, March 3, at Charles Krug Winery. 2800 Main St.,St. Helena. 6pm. $100. 707.967.2200.

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Feb 29-March 6: Across the Bridge

Posted By on Wed, Feb 29, 2012 at 11:54 AM

SF heroes play with basically every member of the Dead Kennedys except Jello Biafra. Mar 2 at the New Parish.

South Bronx disco pioneers play special show with all four Scroggins sisters. Mar 3 at Mezzanine.

Cloud Nothings
Cleveland band ditches pop for darker feel on acclaimed album ‘Attack on Memory.’ Mar 3 at Bottom of the Hill.

Andrew W.K.
Once a bloody-nosed party animal, now the most unpredictable man in rock. Mar 6 at the Regency Ballroom.

From the suburbs of Rohnert Park to Matador Records, innovative hardcore masters play free in-store. Mar 6 at Amoeba SF.

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Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Feb. 25: The Jacka, Husalah and J Stalin at The Phoenix

Posted By on Wed, Feb 22, 2012 at 11:34 AM

Bay Area rap music has its own special charm that most of us have come to know and love in one way or another. Whether it’s booming out of the truck next to you on the road or out of your iPod headphones, chances are a local rapper has influenced your life in one way or another. (I know I’m not the only one who was “going dumb” at high school dances.) Some Bay Area MCs have even been around since before the hyphy explosion of yesteryear, and it’s those who have been most well-equipped for the future, like the Mobfigaz’ the Jacka, Husalah and J Stalin. Step into a new era with true veterans of the game on Saturday, Feb. 25, at the Phoenix. 201 Washington St., Petaluma. 8pm. $25. 707.762.3565.

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Feb. 25: North Bay Hootenanny at Arlene Francis Center

Posted By on Wed, Feb 22, 2012 at 11:29 AM

Locals who caught Taylor Swift at the Grammys might have noticed a familiar aesthetic. Yes, with her raggy-looking dress, banjo and back-porch set, Swift’s performance was a dead ringer for the North Bay Hootenanny at the Arlene Francis Center this weekend. Though Swift herself won’t be attending (of that we’re sure), there’ll be at least 18 other local performers playing on two stages, including Les Bon Temps, Waters, Brothers Comatose, the Blushin’ Roulettes, the Timothy O’neil Band and many others. Jam sessions are included, so bring an instrument; in Hootenanny tradition, bringing a pie offers a discount on admission to a pure guitar-playin’, boot-stompin’, beer-drinkin’ time. Bring the whole gang on Saturday, Feb 25, at the Arlene Francis Center. 99 Sixth St., Santa Rosa. 1pm. $10—$15. 707.326.5274.

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Feb. 24: Eve Ensler & Isabel Allende at Dominican College

Posted By on Wed, Feb 22, 2012 at 11:21 AM

There are two special words in the English language that can cause either intrigue or intimidation: “vagina” and “monologue.” Those on the side of intrigue are in luck, because this weekend, Vagina Monologues creator Eve Ensler is teaming up with Isabel Allende at Dominican College for an inspiring conversation together about activism, women and the power of storytelling. A benefit for V-Day, the global movement to end violence against women and girls, the evening includes a sneak peak of Ensler’s newest play, I Am an Emotional Creature, which opens in June. Join the dynamic duo on Friday, Feb. 24. at Angelico Hall at Dominican College. 50 Acacia Ave., San Rafael. 7pm. $35. 415.927.0960.

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Feb. 25: Mr. Healdsburg Pageant at The Raven Theater

Posted By on Wed, Feb 22, 2012 at 11:08 AM

Ladies and gentlemen, it’s back. Behold, the annual Mr. Healdsburg Pageant! One of the best known fundraisers in town, this pageant never disappoints, with competitions in beachwear, formalwear, talent and an onstage interview with gentlemen hopefuls. This year’s theme is the ’60s, so feel free to break out the love beads, tie-dye attire and peace signs while rooting in the battle for the plastic crown of glory. This year’s competitors include “Mr. Heartbreaker,” “Mr. Sexy and I Know It,” “Mr. Wrinkly Realtor,” “Mr. Thumbprint,” “Mr. Nick of Time” and “Mr. Six String.” (I’m rooting for Mr. Nick of Time, who says he’s “so hot that he spontaneously combusted and had to spend three weeks in the burn unit.”) Get the gang together for a hilariously unserious night out on Saturday, Feb. 25, at the Raven Theater. 115 North St., Healdsburg. 7:30. $40—$45. 707.431.8385.

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