These first few days of spring sure look fruitful. If you haven't filled out a bracket or are looking to get away from the madness of it all, then you have options, people! You can crowd surf with college students, groove to Cambodian rock, take a musical journey from Berkeley to Lake Wobegon, and more.
This is your Arts/Culture/Weekend:
In the Mood // It’s the 1940s, big band is all the rage, and swing is the latest dance craze to sweep America. In the Mood is a Broadway-style touring theatrical revue that takes a nostalgic look back at that time when “music moved the nation’s spirit.” Featuring music from The Andrews Sisters, Benny Goodman, Glenn Miller, and many more 40s greats, this is a one-time opportunity at the Marin Veterans’ Memorial Auditorium. Instrumental support comes from String of Pearls Big Band Orchestra. For tickets and more information about the show check out marincenter.org. // DETAILS: 3pm; 10 Avenue of the Flags; San Raphael; Cost: $25-$50
King Tuff and White Fence at UC Berkeley // King Tuff is the bewitching garage rocker “twin” of Vermont stoner metal front man Kyle Thomas. White Fence is the a hazy, neo-psych solo project of Bay Area native Tim Presley. Together, they form the perfect lineup for a sunny afternoon concert. Catch them on UC Berkeley’s Sproul Plaza. // DETAILS: 5pm; Upper Sproul Plaza at UC Berkeley; Cost: FREE
Positively Alphabet Street // If you think about it, Bob Dylan and Prince actually have a lot in common: they’re both legendary American musicians; they’re both from Minnesota; and they both really, really love harmonica. Check out art-funk ensemble PC Munoz’s Singing Blood mash up songs by the two music legends live at The Bancroft Library’s Friday night L@TE series. Come there for the mashups, stay for the chamber music from Rio Vander Stahl and a video piece by Christopher Ariza. Arrive early for best seating. // DETAILS: 7:30pm; The Bancroft Library; Berkeley; Cost: $7
popUP Gallery: CITY_LIVE //popUP Gallery is located in a former auto body repair shop--so it seems appropriate that the gallery has a new show featuring urban visions by eight Bay Area artists. The gallery provides free space for talented underexposed artists to gain visibility, A portion of proceeds from exhibition sales will be donated to local arts non-profits. An additional viewing is scheduled for April 5, and also by appointment. // DETAILS: 4pm-6pm; Autobody Fine Art; 1517 Park Street; Alameda; Cost: FREE
Directions in Sound with Dengue Fever // There is no cure for the infectious tunes pumped out by L.A. band Dengue Fever. Their unique, soulful 60s-era Cambodian psychedelic sound harkens back to a musical period most people aren’t aware ever existed--before Khmer Rouge, Cambodia had a vibrant pop scene. Dengue Fever is headlining a night of performances by emerging Asian American musicians presented by the Center for Asian American Media’s CAAMFest 2013. For more information about the festival visit caamedia.org. // DETAILS: 9:30pm; Rickshaw Stop; San Francisco; Cost: $30
Roots Country from “A Prairie Home Companion” Favorites Robin and Linda Williams // Known for playing American country music with soul, this musical partnership has produced a 40-year marriage and 21 albums. The Williams will perform crowd-pleasers from “A Prairie Home Companion,” the long running public radio show with which they have collaborated since nearly the beginning. // DETAILS: 8pm; Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse; Berkeley; Cost: $24.50 advance/$26.50 door