The Scene

By Gene Mahoney

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Yes, it’s a new column in the Herald, so hip that when you read it there will be electronic dance music playing in your head. Actually, it’s pretty much what people send me in the mail. Hope you like it…

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WHAT: CAPSULE Street Festival.
WHEN: Sunday, May 28th 11am-6pm WHERE: Hayes Valley in San Francisco. (115 fashion designers. Visit capsulesf.com for info.)

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Baby Doe and the Devil-Ettes emailed to announce there’s a new pinball arcade in Alameda. Visit ujuju.com for info.

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The Monday Night Make Em Ups: Improv every Monday at 9:00. Performers are asked to sign in by 8:30 at the San Francisco Comedy College Clubhouse, 414 Mason #705. $5.00 for performers and audience. Free for SFCC Improv Students. (502) 807-5029 for ticket reservations or online at http://www.spf7.com.

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ON LOÖQ RECORDS: Momu’s eagerly anticipated debut artist album includes several previously released singles (“The Dive” ... on Nick Warren’s Reykjavik GU compilation, music video on MTV, also “Sunsicle” released on Bedrock and on Hyper’s Fractured compilation), but is mostly new unreleased material that pushes their signature sound forward. Visit looq.com.

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Recently I walked into a women’s clothing store in Silicon Valley (I forgot if it was to sell an ad or to buy a new pair of pumps) and this cute young thang (she even told me she was a cute young thang) behind the counter handed me a flyer promoting her new book and told me to pass them out at hip cafes and dance clubs. Apparently her name is Lucabella and she has just published her first title, Ammunition of My Heart. Here’s the 411, dawg:

Deliciously erotic and vividly angry, sinfully arousing and addictive. These poems take you on a naked and visually graphic journey of love, lust, desire, pain, and the loss of love. Just as a poem begins caressing you, the next one cuts deeply. Organically raw and truthfully documented emotions.

Lucabella strangles and seduces the reader, combining poems of love laced with threads of anger, illuminating them with immense passion of sensuality and rage.

Candy Store

have I scared you away
my words you couldn’t swallow
my love you couldn’t digest
your heart ran faster
than your feet could follow
I was an explosion in your mouth
I awoke the dormant taste buds
and because you didn’t like all the flavors
you chose to spit it out
I only illuminated what was there
its yourself
that you don’t like the taste of
but its my heart that lies between your teeth

(AmmunitionOfMyHeart.com)

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The Flaming Lips

I received an email from Okie neo-psychedelic rockers the Flaming Lips announcing they have a new album out titled At War With The Mystics and that they will perform July 23rd at the Hollywood Bowl. I vaguely remember meeting the uh, feisty, manager/girlfriend of the lead singer one time, when this friend of mine and I were interviewing Mitch Easter, the guy who produced R.E.M.’s early albums, and his band Let’s Active. Ah yes, memories of my year of living in Broken Arrow (a suburb of Tulsa) in late ‘84/early ’85; years before the Lips made it big. I’ve only heard two songs by them. That song “Jelly” (or was it called “Vaseline”?) that was played on the radio over ten years ago, and this other one called “Box Full of Dreams” (I think that was the title) that was from a demo tape of theirs that my friend put on a cassette tape for me to listen to on the drive from Oklahoma to California. I wonder whatever happened to that tape. I spent the first 19 years of my life in New York, one year in Oklahoma, and the last 20 in California. What’s ironic is that I knew a lot of people in glamorous New York who were going to become big-time rock stars, and I’ve known a lot of people in glamorous California who were going to become big-time rock stars, but the only people I’ve known who became big-time rock stars were these guys in not-so-glamorous Oklahoma whom I never thought would amount to anything. Good for them.

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Flat-pack Philosophy, the Buzzcocks’ new album, is out on Cooking Vinyl. (buzzcocks.com)

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Remember Asia, the much-hyped rock “super-group” from 1981 consisting of members from Yes, King Crimson, and Emerson, Lake & Palmer? Then there was the punk Asia known as Lords of the New Church, which consisted of members from The Damned, Dead Boys, and Sham 69? (I saw them live in ’83 and the late lead singer Stiv Bators threw his gum at me. I was so thrilled that I actually saved it for a year. No joke.) Well, there may be a new 80s super-group playing now. It consists of the bass player from The Jam, the drummer from Big Country, and Simon Townshend (Pete’s brother who had a semi-hit single over 20 years ago). They’re called The Casbah Club and you can check them out at casbahclub.co.uk.

Man, I thought this was supposed to be a hip column. It’s pretty much just my reminiscing about the music of my adolescence.

On to something else…

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St. Paul, Minnesota-based singer-songwriter, Vicky Emerson, will be making stops on her tour “Head Full of Dreams” in the San Francisco area this May. Featured venues include the Larkspur Theater and the Brainwash Cafe. This tour comes after the release of her critically acclaimed album, REACH.

Emerson has done work with “Homes for Our Troops” (HFOT). Founded in February 2004, Homes for Our Troops is a non-partisan, non-profit organization whose mission is to provide handicap accessible homes for disabled and seriously injured veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. The organization is dedicated to helping those who have selflessly given to our country and have returned home with serious disabilities.

Last year Emerson release “Empty Boots” on her website and made it available for downloading. All of the proceeds made went directly to HFOT. Today, Vicky continues her pledge to this charity by also donating $1.00 from each CD sale. More info at vickyemerson.com.

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The Fuzz Band has a new album out called Collision. Visit thefuzzband.com.

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The Best American Erotica 2006, with stories by David Sedaris, John Updike, Tom Perrotta, and Lynn Freed (edited by Susie Bright) is available from Touchstone Books.

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Synapse Dance Theatre, July 2, 8 pm, Santa Monica College Pavilion, 1900 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica. Contemporary Dance Ensemble presents repertory & new works. $15/$12. 310-434- 4590.

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Ojai Music Festival Bus Trip, June 10. Big Blue Bus Getaway Trip. bigbluebus.com. 310-451-5444.

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“Fabulous Fiber Fest 2006” Bead & Fiber Show. August 18 - August 20. Friday - Sunday 10am - Friday & Saturday 6pm; Sunday 4pm. Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, 1855 Main Street, Santa Monica.$6 per day; $10 per three days. Children under 12 with adult $3.310-845-9111.

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Midsummer Mozart Festival:

Program I  - July 20 - 23

Serenade No.9 in D major, K.320 “Posthorn Serenade”
Concerto for Piano No.9 in E flat major K. 271  Andre Watts, pianist
JULY 20 7:30PM – Mission Santa Clara, SCU Campus, Santa Clara.
JULY 21 8:00PM – Herbst Theatre, San Francisco.
JULY 22 6:30PM – Gundlach Bundschu Winery, Sonoma (outdoors)
JULY 23 7:00PM – First Congregational Church, Berkeley

Program II   -  July 27 - 30

Symphony No.39 in E-flat minor, K.543
Symphony No.40 in G minor, K.550
Symphony No.41 in C major, K.551 “Jupiter”
JULY 27 7:30PM – Mission Santa Clara, SCU Campus, Santa Clara
JULY 28 8:00PM – Herbst Theatre, San Francisco
JULY 29 6:30PM – Gundlach Bundschu Winery, Sonoma (outdoors)
JULY 30 7:00PM – First Congregational Church, Berkeley

For more information our call 415-627-9141 or log on to midsummermozart.org.

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We Are Not These Hands, by Sheila Callaghan, July 24 – July 16, Ashby Stage, Berkeley.
crowdedfire.org

An intimate journey into the friendship of two young girls growing up amidst the wreckage of the only country they’ve ever known. Set in a fictional third-world nation, very slightly in the future, the play imagines a prosperous country divided by a river from a country where war, poverty, and dictatorship have reduced the inhabitants to a pre-technological state (with the exception of ubiquitous internet cafes). Two teenage girls, Belly and Moth, peer through the window at the computers, hoping to cross over into the mysterious realms they can glimpse on the screen. When Leather, a spoiled rich kid from the other side of the river, arrives to do research on their culture, their encounter threatens to explode everyone’s ideas of history, and forge a connection that will save them all. Directed by Kent Nicholson.

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Live at The Purple Onion begins June 14 at The Purple Onion, 140 Columbus, San Francisco. $5 cover (includes a mini Italian antipasto). 7-10 pm. 415-217-8400. Open mic hosted by The Kitchenettes: Lua Hadar & Linda Kosut; Barry Lloyd at the piano singers, please bring music in your key. For more info visit TheKitchenettes.com.

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Santa Cruz Vintners’ Festival 2006 - “A Taste of the Mountains”. June 3rd and 4th (Eastern Side), June 10th and 11th (Western Side), 11pm - 5pm, restaurant locations close at 4pm. Located at various area winery and restaurant locations to be determined. $25 in advance, $30 at the door. This two-weekend event includes attractions such as barrel tastings, food, music, art exhibits, winery tour and special tastings.  Purchase advance tickets by calling 831-685-VINE (8463), 831-685-VINE (8463).

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The 23rd Annual San Anselmo Art & Design Festival. July 24 & 25, 10AM to 6PM. Presented by the San Anselmo Chamber of Commerce, this annual festival is attended by over 50,000 people. Set in the heart of affluent Marin County, the event was recently voted “Best Citywide Festival” in the Pacific Sun’s Best of Marin issue. This year, a section of the Festival will again be devoted to Cooking, Home & Landscape Design and will include demonstrations, unique quality displays and hands-on projects. In addition there will be a large wine tasting at the event featuring wines from Marin County. The Festival is held on the town’s main street, San Anselmo Avenue between Tamalpais and Bolinas Streets and will feature 200 artists, 12 gourmet food booths, live entertainment, and a large family area. For more information contact 800-310-6563 or visit artanddesignfestival.com.

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“Marin/Scapes 2006: Art That Changes Lives”. Everything Marin--from beautiful beaches, bucolic rolling hills and hidden hamlets to its world famous vistas and landmarks--will be featured at the San Francisco Bay Area’s premiere art exhibit and sale, “Marin/Scapes: Art That Changes Lives,” at the historic Escalle Winery, 771 Magnolia Avenue, in Larkspur from Saturday, July 1 through Tuesday, July 4; noon to 6 p.m.

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Drum Downtown. First Saturday of every month, April 1 - September 2. 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM. Plaza at Music Center/Performing Arts Center of Los Angeles County , 135 N. Grand Avenue , Los Angeles . (213) 972-3660. Admission: First come, first serve. No RSVP required. Kid Friendly: Kids of all ages are welcome to attend.

http://www.musiccenter.org/drumdowntown.html.

Join us for this unique informal outdoor drumming experience on Saturday Mornings at the Music Center. NO EXPERIENCE NEEDED. Play with drummers and non-drummers alike who simply live life on the beat. Hand drums, shakers, tambourines, and other percussion instruments will be provided. You’re also welcome to bring your own. Photography, videotaping and recordings of any kind are strictly prohibited. Information subject to change. In case of rain, Drum Downtown will be cancelled.

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Former White House staffer and stock trader KIFF Gallagher has a new CD titled You Can’t Keep it Down. The San Francisco Examiner calls it “Maroon 5 with a dose of Stevie Wonder.” Kiff hails from San Francisco and his web site is kiffgallagher.com.

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This is Me, the debut CD from jazzy Silicon Valley chanteuse Monica Marquis is available at MonicaMarquis.com.

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Gina Livingston, a jazzy Sacramento chanteuse, has a CD out titled Beneath the Raging Water. Order it at ginalivingston.com.

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Self -described “Ever so slightly demented” San Francisco hard rock band Kineto has a CD titled Transform available at kineto.net.

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San Francisco Examiner critic Phil Elwood: “Kim Nalley’s singing is one of the best things that has happened on the Bay Area Music scene in years.”


Kim Nalley

She Put A Spell On Me, a CD of Nina Simone songs recorded live by Kim Nalley at Jazz at Pearl’s in San Francisco, is available at kimnalley.com.

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You Do Something To Me, the new CD from the Boilermaker Jazz Band is available at boilermakerjazzband.com.

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These Sub Pop bands are coming to San Francisco: Band of Horses: July 1st @ The Independent, The Album Leaf: July 22nd @ Café Du Nord, CSS: August 10th @ Mezzanine.

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Oh!, the new CD from Janet Klein and Her Parlor Boys is swell ragtime fun. See them perform at the Steve Allen Theater in Hollywood before they tour Japan.


Janet Klein

Check out their entertaining web site at JanetKlein.com.

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New York bass player Lizzie Boredom has joined San Francisco punk band Fabulous Disaster, who just played SF Indie Fest in their hometown.


Fabulous Disaster

Check out fabulous-disaster.com for future shows.

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Mark Knopfler announces tour dates: former Dire Straits frontman Mark Knopfler has announced the details of his North American tour with country legend Emmylou Harris. The old friends will start things off June 19th in Toronto, and their short run together wraps up June 30th in Berkeley, California. The dates are in support of their duets album called All The Roadrunning, which came out April 25th.Harris and Knopfler have been working on the album on-and-off for about seven years now. California dates: July 28 at Universal City’s Gibson Amphitheatre, June29 at Santa Barbara Bowl, June 30 at Berkeley’s Greek Theatre.

I’ve always liked Dire Straits. I remember listening to Brothers in Arms as I drove down Highway One along Half Moon Bay and Santa Cruz when I first moved to California over 20 years ago.


Uncle Mike

I also remember how much my Uncle Mike loved Dire Straits. He used to have a few drinks and listen to Alchemy, their great live album that had the Ralph Steadman-ish cover art. Maybe Ralph Steadman did draw the cover art, I forget. What I won’t forget is how two years ago Uncle Mike laid in bed dying, we were all waiting for the inevitable, but he was hanging on longer than expected. He was tough as nails, having grown up in New York City, the son of Irish immigrant parents, and an ex-Marine to boot. We were still surprised at how long he was hanging on, though. Then my dad answered the phone, and it went something like this:

“Oh, hi! How are ya? Na, he’s still hanging in there. I tell ya, this guy’s a pain in the ass. Heh heh. Huh? Oh yeah! I forgot about that! Hey, thanks. Bye”

Then Dad pulled out the Dire Straits Alchemy CD and played it. Uncle Mike passed away before the third track, Espresso Love, came on.

He was a great uncle. I’m pretty sure he loved me. But I know he loved Dire Straits.###

All contents © 2006 by Gene Mahoney