Wednesday, May 2, 2012

May 5: Cinco de Mayo in Roseland

Posted By on Wed, May 2, 2012 at 1:47 PM

Cinco de Mayo is the perfect excuse to celebrate like it’s summer when it’s not yet. The weather is usually nice, everyone’s generally happy, and there’s always a lot going on to celebrate Mexico’s independence—except that’s not what it’s about at all! On the anniversary of el Dia de la Batalla de Puebla (“the Day of the Battle of Puebla”), take time to enjoy the seventh annual Roseland Cinco de Mayo Celebration, filled with food, dancing, music, performances from local bands, a breakdance contest and even a lowrider car show. There are a number of Cinco de Mayo celebrations in the North Bay, but Roseland’s alcohol-free, family event is always the biggest. Enjoy the evening with horchata and without margaritas on Saturday, May 5, in Santa Rosa. 665 Sebastopol Road, Santa Rosa. 3–10pm. Free.

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May 3: Vintage Lingerie Show at Aubergine

Posted By on Wed, May 2, 2012 at 1:45 PM

It’s said that to make public speaking less nerve-wracking, it helps to imagine that everyone watching you is sitting in their underwear. Somehow, allegedly, this makes it funny and not intimidating. However, if there is an event designed for dressing up in lingerie and watching people display lingerie, does that make it still funny? Even if it’s vintage lingerie? This weekend, catch Aubergine’s Vintage Lingerie Fashion Show followed by live music from the band Q. The motto for this show is “sexy yet classy,” but feel free to see for yourself firsthand—or at least ask the band if they feel more or less comfortable playing to a bunch of people in their underwear. It’s all happening on Thursday, May 3, at Aubergine After Dark. 755 Petaluma Ave., Sebastopol. 8pm. $10–$15. 707.827.3460.

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May 6: Open House at Bohemia Preserve

Posted By on Wed, May 2, 2012 at 1:39 PM

According to legend, vampires aren’t allowed to enter a home unless welcomed inside. Whether vampire or no, encroaching on someone else’s property unwelcomed never has a happy ending. Luckily, this weekend LandPaths opens its new 554-acre Bohemia Ecological Preserve to the public, where anyone can go on a guided hike, explore and learn more about the land. Music, dancing, food and more round out the open invitation. Just be careful of traipsing on the land next door—it’s the Bohemian Grove, and we hear they’re not so friendly to uninvited visitors. Check it out on Sunday, May 6, at the Bohemia Preserve. Shuttles run every 15-20 minutes from Westminster Woods, 6510 Bohemian Hwy, Occidental. Free. 11:30am–7pm. 707.544.7284.

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May 4: Bob Dylan Tribute at Sebastopol Community Center

Posted By on Wed, May 2, 2012 at 1:36 PM

If there was ever a holiday called Bob Dylan Day, it might go like this. People dress up like characters from a Bob Dylan song. People sing Bob Dylan songs. People talking about Bob Dylan songs. Maybe people dressing up like Bob Dylan. People quoting Bob Dylan songs all day. Overall, a “times they are a-changin’” vibe happening throughout the duration of Bob Dylan Day. For diehard fans, the closest thing to a Dylan holiday just might be the Bob Dylan Tribute Night in Sebastopol. Dressing up as a character from one of his songs is requested, but not mandatory. A diplomat, who carries on his shoulder a Siamese cat, perhaps? See if anyone can guess your costume while the band plays Dylan songs galore on Friday, May 4, at the Sebastopol Community Center. 390 Morris St., Sebastopol. 7pm. $5–$10. 707.823.1511.

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May 5: 'Jesus Phreak' at Thanksgiving Lutheran Church

Posted By on Wed, May 2, 2012 at 1:35 PM

It’s a lot of pressure performing as a one-man show. If any mistakes are made, there’s only one person to blame. It may not be that hard for comedians or politicians (is there any difference?), but when it comes to telling the public about living as a gay Christian, the pink elephant in the room might as well start dancing and singing. R. Dale Smith, aka Jesus Phreak, is here to tell the world about his coming out—as a Christian. In his very honest one-man show, Smith tells of his experiences with faith and struggles growing up in a funny way. Good thing Jesus Phreak has a sense of humor. Catch his one-man show on Saturday, May 5, at the Thanksgiving Lutheran Church. 1225 Fulton Road, Santa Rosa. 4pm and 7pm. $5. 707.544.0241.

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May 2-9: Across the Bridge

Posted By on Wed, May 2, 2012 at 1:29 PM

Washed Out
When Ernest Greene was born in 1983, little could he know chillwave was in his future. May 4 at Mezzanine.

Johnny Otis Celebration
Lucky Otis, Nicky Otis, Jackie Payne, Barbara Morrison and more—no Shuggie, though. May 5 at Yoshi’s Oakland.

The Weeknd
Dirty, dramatic R&B from elusive Canadian Abel Tesfaye, who offers his music online for free. May 8 at the Fillmore.

Death Cab For Cutie
It’s true: their music has gotten better since Ben Gibbard and Zooey Deschanel broke up. May 8-10 at the Fox Theater.

Silversun Pickups
SoCal band with hit album “Carnavas” plays free in-store for new release. May 9 at Amoeba SF.

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