Wednesday, May 22, 2013

May 29: Bruce Macgowan at 142 Throckmorton Theatre

Posted By on Wed, May 22, 2013 at 8:18 PM

What is an “A-List Conversation”? And more importantly, how does one have one? Those who’ve kept up with sports figure Bruce Macgowan know; this week, the uninitiated can discover just what these epic pow-wows are all about as Macgowan sits down with Michael Krasny. It might seem strange—Krasny is the longtime KQED host who usually discusses art, culture, health, business and technology, while Macgowan has a strong background in sports writing and broadcasting in the Bay Area going back nearly 30 years. Who knows what topics may arise when the two hit it off on Wednesday, May 29, at 142 Throckmorton Theatre. 142 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley. $12—$15. 7:30pm. 415.383.9600.

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Thursday, May 9, 2013

May 9: Never.Say.Die. at Copperfield's Books Petaluma

Posted By on Thu, May 9, 2013 at 11:34 AM

Looking for a way to celebrate the Giants recent three-game sweep of the blue losers from the south, i.e., the Dodgers? This month marks the release of ‘Never. Say. Die.,’ a coffee-table book featuring 125 photographs from the San Francisco Giants’ 2012 season by Sports Illustrated photographer Brad Mangin. For anyone with her head under a rock, the 2012 season ended in a series of nail-biting playoff games, culminating in a World Series victory against the Detroit Tigers. Published by Petaluma-based Cameron + Company, the book also features text by sports radio host Brian Murphy. Mangin and Murphy keep the spirit of ’12 alive on Thursday, May 9, at Copperfield’s Books. 140 Kentucky St., Petaluma. 7pm. 707.762.0563.

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Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Nov. 28: Former Giants first baseman J.T. Snow at 142 Throckmorton

Posted By on Wed, Nov 21, 2012 at 12:16 PM

World Series games are inherently tension-charged, but when you add a dramatic, last-minute rescue into the mix, things really reach fever pitch. That’s exactly what happened during the 2002 World Series, when Giants first baseman J. T. Snow plucked three-year-old batboy Darren Baker (son of Dusty Baker) up from home plate. The little boy had wandered onto the field at probably the worst time ever—just as Giants baserunner David Bell was heading full speed toward home plate. In addition to being a quick-thinking, one-man child-rescue team, Snow was a solid first baseman who even once successfully executed the famed “hidden ball trick.” See Snow in conversation with Bruce Macgowan on Wednesday, Nov. 28, at 142 Throckmorton Theatre. 142 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley. 7:30pm. $12—$15. 415.383.9600.

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Tuesday, July 3, 2012

July 7: San Rafael Twilight Criterium in Downtown San Rafael

Posted By on Tue, Jul 3, 2012 at 1:22 PM

It’s Tour de France time again, with Phil Liggett and Paul Sherwen excitedly announcing the sprints at the end of each stage. The San Rafael Twilight Criterium, once called cycling’s answer to NASCAR, takes the intensity of those sprinting Tour de France finishes and lengthens it to an entire event. Hundreds of cyclists whir through downtown San Rafael at 40 miles per hour; the crowd drinks beer and waves cowbells at this big bike party, more festival than race in the downtime between heats. Then, the sun sets; likely with a higher crash rate, the races continue into the early night. Put the fun between your legs on Saturday, July 7, in downtown San Rafael. Fourth and Fifth streets, between A and D streets. 2–8pm. Free. No phone.

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Wednesday, June 27, 2012

June 27: Michael McDonald at Wells Fargo Center

Posted By on Wed, Jun 27, 2012 at 11:03 AM

Though I discovered his name wasn’t Michael McDonald somewhere around kindergarten, Michael McDonnell was my childhood next-door neighbor and close friend, and became the star of my sister’s baptism party when he streaked through it as a pre-schooler. Mad TV’s Michael McDonald made middle school enjoyable as “Stuart,” and Michael McDonald of Modesto became World Extreme Cagefighting’s youngest fighter when he signed on at age 19. Of course, the most famous Michael McDonald is the goateed former Doobie Brother, who plays alongside Donald Fagen and Boz Scaggs as the Dukes of September on Wednesday, June 27, at the Wells Fargo Center. 50 Mark West Springs Road, Santa Rosa. $90.50–$140.50. 8pm. 707.546.3600.

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Thursday, April 12, 2012

April 14: Peggy Fleming at Schulz Museum

Posted By on Thu, Apr 12, 2012 at 12:09 PM

Everything’s cooler when it’s done on an ice skating rink. Literally! All joking aside, bringing home an Olympic gold medal and being able to say “I am a three-time world champion figure skater” probably isn’t something everyone gets to announce on the daily. Peggy Fleming, however, is someone who does. She’s also co-owner of Fleming Jenkins Vineyards in Los Gatos, and an ambassador for ice-skating around the world. The 1968 Olympic champion will be meeting with other ice skating enthusiasts this weekend in Santa Rosa, tied to the Schulz Museum’s current exhibit about women in sports. Be there on Saturday, April 14, at the Schulz Museum. 2301 Hardies Lane, Santa Rosa. Free with museum admission. 1pm. 707.579.4452.

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Thursday, September 1, 2011

Sept. 1: Talkin' Baseball at Lincoln Theater

Posted on Thu, Sep 1, 2011 at 11:59 PM

Baseball season is starting to wind down, making early September the perfect time to reflect on America’s favorite pastime. ‘Talkin’ Baseball’ brings together Mark Ibañez, sports director at KTVU Channel 2, and the San Francisco Giants’ Nate Schierholtz, Brandon Crawford and Tim Flannery to talk about the Giants’ season as the 2010 World Champions. Bring a camera, because photos can also be taken with the illustrious World Series trophy on Thursday, Sept. 1, at the Lincoln Theater. 100 California Drive, Yountville. 6:30pm. $39–$100. 707.944.9900.
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Tuesday, June 8, 2010

June 11-13: Ray Barbee, Omar Hassan, Tommy Guerrero and John Cardiel at the Harmony Festival

Posted By on Tue, Jun 8, 2010 at 2:13 PM

Though this weekend’s Harmony Festival won’t feature the gigantic MegaRamp from last year, it will have four bona fide legends of skateboarding at the street course: Ray Barbee, Omar Hassan, Tommy Guerrero and John Cardiel. Cardiel, in particular, is an inspiring innovator with a sad story: a famously death-defying skater whose sheer balls helped him land many a seemingly impossible trick, he was severely injured when a friend accidentally ran over him. His career and eventual recovery are chronicled in the amazing documentary Epicly Later’d: John Cardiel (it’s on Netflix Instant Watch, yo), and his still-able body will be at the mini ramp and car-jump street course, riding, DJ-ing and judging with Barbee, Hassan and Guerrero—and you, if you bring your board!—on Friday and Sunday, June 11–13, at the Harmony Festival at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds. 1350 Bennett Valley Road, Santa Rosa. 2–10pm Friday; 10am–10pm Saturday and Sunday. Free with $30–$35 admission. 707.721.7515.
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Friday, October 9, 2009

Oct. 10: Biketoberfest 2009 in Fairfax

Posted By on Fri, Oct 9, 2009 at 10:59 AM

While Santa Rosa recovers from Levi’s GranFondo, Marin hails its two-wheeled heroes this weekend with Biketoberfest 2009, a bike expo with beer, a vintage bike show, beer, frame builders, beer, pizza and paella, beer, live music from Honeydust, Sons of the Pacific and the Philip Der Stein Quintet, beer, and custom designers and bike riders galore. A morning ride with mountain bike pioneers Otis Guy and Charlie Kelly opens registration at 9:15am, and other rides and bike-related activities culminate in a five-year anniversary party of Iron Springs Brewery, right next door. It’s all happening on Saturday, Oct. 10, at the FairAnselm Plaza parking lot. 765 Center Blvd., Fairfax. 11am–6pm. $20–$25. 415.453.4333.Gabe Meline
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Wednesday, April 15, 2009

April 18: Sonoma County Roller Derby at Cal Skate

Posted By on Wed, Apr 15, 2009 at 2:08 PM

Grab yer hot dog, grab yer beer, but don’cha stand too close to the wall! The girls of the Sonoma County Roller Derby could very well come crashing off the rink, tumbling booty shorts-over-helmet, at any given time when the racing gets rough. That’s right, it’s roller derby time again, and the very first home game of the season gets underway this weekend with the Wine Country Homewreckers vs. the Santa Cruz Roller Girls. For just the price of a few containers of Tiger Balm muscle rub, the thrill of witnessing Injury Anna Jones clobber Foxee Firestorm or cheering on Rosie Road Rash as she outskates Cleopatra Catastrophe can be yours ringside at the unforgiving hard oval floor of the rink. It’s thrills, chills and spills galore—with a full bar!—on Saturday, April 18, at Cal Skate, 6100 Commerce Blvd., Rohnert Park. 8:30pm. $10-$15. 707.584.2890.
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