Thursday, October 18, 2012

Oct. 20: Bill Maher at the Green Music Center

Posted By on Thu, Oct 18, 2012 at 11:47 AM

Bill Maher definitely has a problem with religion, as seen in his 2008 film Religulous. Does he have the same issue with being sponsored by MasterCard? Apparently not, since Maher’s bringing his particular brand of sarcastic, comedian-politics to Weill Hall this week. The former TV host and standup veteran doesn’t seem to shirk from taking on the big guns, so it’ll be interesting to see what he addresses in his latest show, billed as “Countdown to Election 2012.” Bring a flask and make a “Poking Fun at Romney” drinking game out of the night! Bill Maher appears on Saturday, Oct. 20, at the Green Music Center. 1801 East Cotati Ave., Santa Rosa. $49.75—$89.75. 8pm. 866.955.6040.

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Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Oct. 15: Mary Matalin and James Carville at Wells Fargo Center

Posted By on Wed, Oct 10, 2012 at 2:14 PM

Famous duos, both real and imagined, abound throughout Western cultural history. Abbott and Costello. Romeo and Juliet. Hall and Oates. Tristan and Isolde. Rodgers and Hammerstein. Kid ‘n Play. Bonnie and Clyde. Kirk and Spock. Antony and Cleopatra. Gilbert and Sullivan. Lewis and Clark. Siskel and Ebert. Sonny and Cher. But none have sold themselves as polar opposites who meet somewhere in the middle as much as Washington, D.C., political operatives James Carville and Mary Matalin. It was big news when the two married, what with him being a Clinton adviser and raging Democrat, and her being an adviser to the Bush administration. Yet somehow, they’ve made it work, and lived to write a book about the whole deal, All’s Fair: Love, War, and Running for President. Carville and Matalin joust about on Monday, Oct. 15, at the Wells Fargo Center of the Arts. 50 Mark West Springs Road, Santa Rosa. 8pm. $65—$100. 707.546.3600.

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Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Sept. 25: Jill Stein at SSU

Posted By on Wed, Sep 19, 2012 at 1:26 PM

Though the Vegas odds are decidedly not in her favor, Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein is in it to win it. Hell, after the total breakdown of Mitt Romney’s campaign, who knows what could happen in November? Stein, a medical doctor who once ran against Romney for governor of Massachusetts, is touting a platform of a “Green New Deal,” which would create jobs while simultaneously solving environmental problems. If that sounds markedly close to Obama’s stated goals, consider this: Stein also vows to end all drone strikes. With strong convictions—which recently resulted in an arrest at a Fannie Mae protest in Philadelphia—Stein makes her case on Tuesday, Sept. 25, at the Evert B. Person Theater at Sonoma State University. 1801 E. Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park. 1pm. Free. 415.425.3733.

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Wednesday, July 18, 2012

July 20: Ernesto Olivares at SoCo Coffee

Posted By on Wed, Jul 18, 2012 at 11:03 AM

SoCo Coffee hosts Santa Rosa Mayor Ernesto Olivares next week for a casual sit-down chat with the public, giving folks a chance to ask him what’s new. “Do you take cream and sugar, Mr. Mayor?” “What’s your sign, Mr. Mayor?” “Do you keep up with ‘Game of Thrones,’ Mr. Mayor?” “Mr. Mayor, wasn’t it a little harsh to demote the Design Review Board chair for asking Simon Malls to work towards more pedestrian access through the Santa Rosa Plaza while they redevelop?” “Yo, Mr. Mayor, you got good Measure O gang crime stats yet for the Mayor’s Gang Prevention Task Force?” Don’t burn your tongue, Mr. Mayor, on Friday, July 20, at SoCo Coffee. 1015 Fourth St., Santa Rosa. Free. 9am. 707.433.1660.

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