Friday, May 9, 2014

May 10: Ballet Zempoalxochitl at Jarvis Conservatory

Posted By on Fri, May 9, 2014 at 10:00 AM

Named for the Mexican marigold, the Ballet Zempoalxochitl reflects the traditional cultures of Mexico in their movements and style. This week, Napa Valley’s Ballet Folklorico dance company unveils its new production, Bailes de Mi Tierra (“Dances of My Country”). The show is choreographed and directed by Pete Peralez and accompanied by live mariachi music. The performance is set for May 10 at the Jarvis Conservatory, 1711 Main St., Napa. 7pm. $10. 707.255.5445.

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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

April 3: Alonzo King Lines Ballet at Sonoma State University

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For more than 30 years, San Francisco dance company Alonzo King LINES Ballet has re-imagined the essence of ballet with challenging choreography and spectacular talent. Formed by Alonzo King in 1982, the company has toured the world while maintaining a residency at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, garnering universal acclaim year after year. In advance of the company’s upcoming Spring 2014 season, Alonzo King LINES Ballet previews their new, still untitled, work—followed by a talk with King —on April 3, at the Evert Person Theater at Sonoma State University, 1801 E Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park. 7:30pm. Free (advanced ticket required). 707.664.4246.


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Wednesday, March 12, 2014

March 14: Savion Glover at Marin Center's Veteran's Memorial Auditorium

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Since being taught to tap at age 14, master tap dancer Savion Glover has made it his life’s work. Forming the HooFeRzCLuB (TLHS) dance ensemble in his hometown of Newark, N.J., Glover is most known as the Tony Award—winning choreographer of the 1996 Broadway hit Bring in ’da Noise, Bring in ’da Funk. Equal parts virtuoso and innovator, Glover brings his latest production, STePz, to the North Bay. Combing the best of traditional dance and Glover’s own young and funk styling, and backed by a versatile ensemble, this exuberant dance celebration happens Friday, March 14, at the Marin Center’s Veterans Memorial Auditorium. 10 Avenues of the Flags, San Rafael. 8pm. $20—$45. 415.499.6800.


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Thursday, January 30, 2014

FEb. 1: EDM Party at the Phoenix Theater

Posted By on Thu, Jan 30, 2014 at 1:58 PM

As if familiarizing oneself with and identifying various genres like house, drum ’n’ bass, dubstep, trap, jungle and breakbeat were too, I don’t know, exhausting for everybody, the world has now settled on the catch-all phrase to end all catch-all phrases for electronic dance music: EDM. Which means, uh, “electronic dance music.” Vague, isn’t it? Indeed! (Which might explain why it’s so useful as an attraction to the masses.) Before our genres get ever more vague, until we just call everything “music,” Dennis the Menac3, Elbyne, Rule 62 and That Sober Kid Feenix play an EDM party on Saturday, Feb. 1, at the Phoenix Theater. 201 E. Washington St., Petaluma. 8pm. $10. 707.762.3565.

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Wednesday, March 13, 2013

March 14 and 17: 'Rhythm of the Dance' and 'Celtic Fire'

Posted By on Wed, Mar 13, 2013 at 11:07 AM

What’s lightning fast with thunder to match? Irish step dancing, that’s what! The Napa Valley Opera House and Wells Fargo Center both celebrate Saint Patty’s day with modern interpretations of the classic Irish tradition, brought to popularity with Riverdance. ‘Celtic Fire’ offers traditional Irish music by Michael Londra along with a performance by world-class Irish dancers on Sunday, March 17 (Wells Fargo Center, 50 Mark West Springs Road, Santa Rosa; 3pm; $30—$50; 707.546.3600), and ‘Rhythm of the Dance’ provides a two-act, 23-song show on Thursday, March 14 (Napa Valley Opera House, 1030 Main St., Napa; 8pm; $40—$45; 707.266.7372).

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Wednesday, July 18, 2012

July 21: Cali Swag District and New Boyz at Phoenix Theater

Posted By on Wed, Jul 18, 2012 at 11:09 AM

Did you forget how to Dougie? Have your joints rusted a bit since the last time you danced the Jerk? Well, let Cali Swag District and the New Boyz remind you that 2009 was actually kind of a long time ago when they come to Petaluma this week. That’s fine with them, though; shedding one-hit wonder status would be a relief. “Hopefully, [fans] can transition from the Dougie thing to our real music; like, we really have songs,” said Cali Swag District’s C-Smoove recently, with a hint of irritation. It’s the new style when they take the stage with Clyde Carson, New Boyz, LoveRance, and the Finnaticz on Saturday, July 21, at the Phoenix Theater. 201 Washington St., Petaluma. $25. 8pm. 707.764.3565.

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Tuesday, July 3, 2012

July 5: Boogie Nights Dirty Disco at Hopmonk Tavern

Posted By on Tue, Jul 3, 2012 at 1:10 PM

One would think, here and now, that disco has faded to a goofy relic of the past. For those born after the 1970s, disco exists only through YouTube videos of Soul Train and excerpted scenes from Saturday Night Fever and Thank God It’s Friday. Yet disco lives on, its flame carried in the heart of one local man, a Swiss immigrant past retirement age who frequents Cal Skate in Rohnert Park. If you’ve been roller skating there lately, you’ve seen him, often still decked out in beige bell bottoms and a matching polo. He weaves through the children stumbling around the rink with impressive grace, skating backwards and lifting legs, always faithful to the disco groove. Let his carefree demeanor and timeless shoulder-shrugging inspire dancers at Boogie Nights Dirty Disco, a ’70s-themed dance party organized with help from Sebastopol’s Funk and Flash. Dig the groove on Thursday, July 5, at the Hopmonk Tavern. 230 Petaluma Ave., Sebastopol. 10pm. $5. 707.829.7300.

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Wednesday, March 7, 2012

March 9: Rennie Harris Puremovement at Wells Fargo Center

Posted By on Wed, Mar 7, 2012 at 12:05 PM

Here’s a different kind of movement that doesn’t have to do with camping on public property and concerned citizens. It’s the Rennie Harris Puremovement dance group. Founded in 1992, the group strives to illustrate to the public what real hip-hop dancing is, rather than the stereotypical hip-hop scene in the media. Puremovement challenges the boundaries of hip-hop and expands the notion further with its uses of dance and acrobatics. They are internationally recognized and do their part to show their enthusiasm by holding workshops, classes, mentoring programs and public performances. Watch them, jump, dance, spin and virtually fly around onstage on Friday, March 9, at the Wells Fargo Center. 50 Mark West Springs Road, Santa Rosa. 8pm. $20—$30. 707.546.3600.

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Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Jan. 21: Decadance at Flamingo Hotel

Posted By on Wed, Jan 18, 2012 at 2:00 PM

For a certain era, Friday nights at Michele’s Restaurant in Santa Rosa meant pulsating rhythms and gyrating bodies. Decadance, the long-running dance club, was the hottest thing around in local DJ culture. After a hiatus, the night returns in full style at the Flamingo Hotel this weekend, featuring “the Bay Area’s most wompy duo” LowRiderz, An-ten-ae and resident DJs Zak Darling, Damian and Malarkey. For those who want to relive the glory days, Decadance’s Facebook page hosts over a thousand photos from the Bush years; for those eager to step into a new era, be there Saturday, Jan. 21, at the Flamingo Hotel. 2777 Fourth St., Santa Rosa. 9pm. $10. 707.545.8530.

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Thursday, December 1, 2011

Dec. 1: The Nightmare Before Christmas at Spreckles

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The allure of dark comedy and quirky, misunderstood characters are staples found throughout the career of legendary filmmaker Tim Burton. Classical & Contemporary Dance with Tamara Grose takes on the daunting task of translating ‘The Nightmare Before Christmas’ into a dance routine as captivating as the film. The dance group channels Nightmare favorites Jack Skellington, Sally and Sandy Claws on Wednesday, Nov. 30, and Thursday, Dec.1, at the Spreckels Center. 5409 Snyder Lane, Rohnert Park. 7pm. $15–$20. 707.588.3434.

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