Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Feb 25: Ives Quartet at The Dance Palace

Posted By on Wed, Feb 22, 2012 at 11:02 AM

Do you have an appreciation for music that’s pure sound? Where when it’s played in a room, it becomes so overwhelming and entrancing that you can tune out all your other thoughts and lose yourself completely? No, it’s not dubstep—I’m talking about classical music! Remember? With real instruments and composers? Beethoven? Dvórak? Not sure? Well, maybe it’s time to freshen up your iTunes, or at least open up your musical tastes to the Ives Quartet, a four-person string quartet that integrates classical pieces and their own interpretations. Based in the Bay Area, the Ives Quartet plays annually in San Jose, San Francisco and the Peninsula, but also travels to festivals and performances both nationally and globally. See them on Saturday, Feb 25, at the Dance Palace. 503 B St., Point Reyes. 8pm. $33. 415.663.1075.

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Feb. 22 - March 2: Across the Bridge

Posted By on Wed, Feb 22, 2012 at 10:56 AM

Sleigh Bells
Brooklyn buzz duo with a new, more aurally palatable album, ‘Reign of Terror.’ Feb 23 at the Regency Ballroom.

Mac McCaughan
Cofounder of Merge Records and Superchunk frontman plays sharp solo set. Feb 23 at Swedish American Hall.

Dave Holland Quartet
Master bassist plays with Jason Moran, Eric Harland and Chris Potter. Feb 24 at Palace of Fine Arts.

DJ Krush
Japanese hip-hop producer and creator of textural universes plays 20th Anniversary show. Feb 25 at Mezzanine.

The Dodos
Hometown heroes fronted by Meric Long strum and hum up a melodic storm. Feb 26 at the Great American Music Hall.

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Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Feb. 18: Benefit Hike at Sugarloaf State Park

Posted By on Wed, Feb 15, 2012 at 11:14 AM

Whether we’re active hiking-and-biking nature lovers or not, North Bay residents generally know that we’re spoiled rotten with unbelievable scenic beauty. Unfortunately, due to staff reductions and budget cuts (are you even phased by hearing those words anymore, California?) our lovely little Sugarloaf Ridge State Park is currently closed. Known for its 25 miles of trails for hiking and horseback riding, Sugarloaf is nature at its finest, complete with deer, foxes, wildflowers and, on clear days, a view of the Golden Gate Bridge. Dave Chalk and Bill Myers have taken it in their own hands to try and do something about its closure. Join them for a hike of the closed park in exchange for a donation benefiting reopening efforts on Saturday, Feb. 18, at Sugarloaf Ridge State Park. 2605 Adobe Canyon Road, Kenwood. 10am. $25. 707.833.5712.

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Feb. 22: Willie Brown at SRJC

Posted By on Wed, Feb 15, 2012 at 11:10 AM

You think you’ve accomplished a lot in your life? Former San Francisco mayor Willie Brown has done it all: law school, journalism, radio, podcasting, written his autobiography, been named the best-dressed man in San Francisco, appeared in Disney films—you name it, he’s probably already beaten you to it. (I liked when he was in George of the Jungle, personally.) Unlike other big-city mayors, Brown knows how to make complicated and frustrating topics bearable, and even enjoyable. (Hmm, now I think I prefer The Princess Diaries, when he jokes about the rain. Remember?) This Texas-native, proud San Francisco convert has an answer to everything, and a genuine personality that’s worth seeing and listening to in real life. (All right, I’m going to go prepare myself for this and watch The Hulk.) Break out your cigars for his lecture on Wednesday, Feb. 22, at the Santa Rosa Junior College Student Activities Center. 1501 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa. 4pm. Free. 707.527.4647.

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Feb. 16: Dweezil Zappa at the Uptown Theatre

Posted By on Wed, Feb 15, 2012 at 11:04 AM

When I was in middle school, I was always on the honor roll. Bringing home good grades would make my parents proud, but it seems like ever since I was a kid, there isn’t much that I can do anymore to give both my parents that loving look in their eyes, filled with pride and approval. Dweezil Zappa, son of Frank Zappa, evidently took that same quest of parental approval to heart. Dweezil’s now out performing his father’s songs live, right along with videos of his father playing the same songs on a screen behind him. No, it’s not weird, it’s Zappa playing Zappa. Watch Dweezil and his intangible dad strum away together (sort of . . .) to the mind-bending songs of Zappa Sr. on Thursday, Feb. 16, at the Uptown Theatre. 1350 Third St., Napa. 8pm. $45—$55. 707.259.0333.

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Feb. 18: Dan Bern at Sweetwater Music Hall

Posted By on Wed, Feb 15, 2012 at 10:56 AM

Ah, rebirth. The sweet, cleansing release of the past, and a new and hopeful approach into the future. I know, maybe that’s a little too philosophical, but it’s what the Sweetwater Music Hall had in mind when it recently resurrected the hallowed Mill Valley name this January for a new venue. This 107-year-old Masonic Hall (yes, where the Freemasons would meet) is better then ever after major renovations. As the old Sweetwater was known for artists such as Sammy Hagar, Carlos Santana and Bob Weir, Sweetwater Music Hall is hoping to bring back the “original Marin culture” with the music. This week, join folk singer-songwriter Dan Bern with his guitar and harmonica on Saturday, Feb. 18, at the Sweetwater Music Hall. 19 Corte Madera Ave., Mill Valley. 9pm. $22—$24. 415.388.3850.

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Feb. 16-23: Across the Bridge

Posted By on Wed, Feb 15, 2012 at 10:51 AM

Quirky YouTube sensations in danger of being usurped by even-more-twee Karmin. Feb 18 at Great American Music Hall.

Trey Songz
“Bottoms Up,” “Neighbors Know My Name,” “I Invented Sex”—hits galore, here. Feb 19 at the Paramount Theater.

Hot Chelle Rae

Interminably peppy boy-toy rock band pose for cameras, sing about love, invade tweens’ hearts. Feb 20 at Slim’s.

The Fray
Piano-rock torchbearers from Colorado deliver majestically on Christian-church roots. Feb 20 at the Fox Theater.

Long-running Omaha emo powerhouse returns with new album “I Am Gemini” and free in-store. Feb 21 at Amoeba SF.

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Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Feb. 16: Fred Eaglesmith at Studio E

Posted By on Wed, Feb 8, 2012 at 11:41 AM

Look out Sonoma County, he’s crossing the U.S. border again. Yes, it’s Frederick John Elgersma, commonly known as Fred Eaglesmith, the one-of-a-kind Canadian singer-songwriter and entertainer. Presenting a true alternative type of folk concert, Fred sings and plays onstage , together with his harmonious backup singers the Ginn Sisters, as well as telling his own stories about farmin’, ranchin’, shootin’ and drinkin’—to mention a few. One never knows what to expect when seeing Eaglesmith, and a good time is always guaranteed. Hell, you might even want to move to Canada afterward. Join the other “Fredheads” on Thursday, Feb. 16, at Studio E. Address provided with tickets, Sebastopol. 7:30pm. $25.

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Feb. 13: 'Dr. StrangeLove' at Mill Valley Library

Posted By on Wed, Feb 8, 2012 at 11:33 AM

Did someone call for a doctor? After the inevitable candy-eating binge from Valentine’s Day weekend, some of us might soon be feeling a little sick to the stomach. What might make a proper preemptive prescription is the 1964 cult classic ‘Dr. Strangelove.’ Screening for free as part of the Political Satire Series at the Mill Valley Library, this black comedy pokes more than a little fun at the nuclear-warfare scare of the Cold War era. The black-and-white cinematography provides a classic feel to the timeless film that contrasts with its heavy, heady message. It’ll make you laugh, think and likely theorize a bit about our current era. Whether you’ve seen it 20 times or not at all, mark the calendar for Monday, Feb. 13, at the Mill Valley Library. 375 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley. 7:30pm. Free. 415.389.4292.

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Feb. 10: Los Lonely Boys at Uptown Theatre

Posted By on Wed, Feb 8, 2012 at 11:20 AM

Remember that warm summer a few years ago when you had your car windows down and the radio up, singing along to “Heaven” by Los Lonely Boys? Whatever happened to them after that? Their music was upbeat and always fun to hear in the grocery store while browsing the aisles. Did they go the way of the Baha Men or Dishwalla? Wonder no more. Los Lonely Boys grew into a raucous live band, as documented on their Live from the Fillmore album, and the boys are back in town to play more of their Texas rock 'n' roll this week. Roll those windows back down, break out your dusty CD and get ready to have a heavenly time on Friday, Feb. 10, at the Uptown Theatre. 1350 Third St., Napa. 8pm. $45—$70. 707.259.0333.

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