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The Everything-In-Between Calendar

April 14
Divisadero Art Walk
Let’s be honest here, everybody comes and goes to the city’s art walks, not really for the art, but an excuse to mob around local neighborhoods with your friends.  Granted, the art can be pretty decent, but the dancing on the streets stands out more.  If last week’s  Lower Haight art walk was a Dali’s cauldron of free form jazz, D.I.Y punks, and  aerosol paint spray, the Divis art walk is the folk, funk, and acrylic paint equivalent.  If you want to see some quality art, just to say you saw some: go to Big Umbrella Studios.  Then trap yourself in the giant crowd in front of Bean Bag cafe, twirling to some crazy hippy-folk.

April 16
Record Store Day
If you have only shopped at Amoeba records since moving into the city, then you need to work on loving your local music community.  Amoeba is the best big record store chain in California, but the little ones give out so much big love.  While there will be some excellent deals going on please check out these record stores, if you have not already:  Aquarius Records (Strictly for the adventurous, eclectic, and open minded listeners), GROOVES Records (great rock and jazz selection, something for everybody), and Groove Merchant Records (they are keeping the funk alive).

April 17 Civic Center -  Cherry Blossom Parade And Festival
Cherry blossoms always chime in the arrival of spring.  Celebrate the season of rejuvenation and rebirth with a festival going all the way from the Civic Center to Japantown! Floats, Japanese folk music, and chicken teriyaki galore, Bonzai!

April 18 – Independent – !!!
Their latest album: “Strange Weather, Isn’t It?”, isn’t that great.  !!! have been for the past decade restyling the sound of NY disco infused art-rock, but seem to be dulling their cowbells as “Strange Weather” doesn’t reflect any growth.  However, this won’t stop from them being great live performers, keeping the people dancing on and on.

April 20
Fillmore – Dengue Fever
After my roommate, Billens Crow, showed me these guys for the first time, in sophomore year, I became hooked on Cambodian psychedelic rock and pop.  It’s so catchy, dreamy, and absolutely funky.  Dengue Fever, a reincarnation of Cambodia rock’s golden years, is one part L.A. white boys, one part native Cambodians.  The cross-cultural result is a truly heart-felt Cambodian rock that’s both in English and Khmer.

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The Everything-In-Between Calendar

November 18
Bottom of The Hill – Wild Flag / Grass Widow
The old generation and the new generation of women punk rockers tag team for a bold tour.
111 Minna Gallery – Skate Night!
Zine release by Skullz Press, debut decks by Nick Tedori, Djs, and drink specials. Go and meet your local street trashers, make a crew, get famous.

November 19
Warfield – Blonde Redhead / Oolof Arnalds
Blonde Redhead is more delicately seductive than ever with the tour for their new album “Penny Sparkle”. Enthrall in velvety electronic-pop as they play with Swedish folk wonder Oolof Arnalds.
Embarcadero Center – Lighting Ceremony & “Disney On Ice” Show
Free show of “Disney on Ice” followed by a firework bonanza…go wake up your child-like imagination again!

November 20
Terry Francois Blvd – SFX Music Festival
3rd Annual SFX Music Festival featuring local indie-rock acts: Music For Animals, The Hundred Days, The Ferocious Few, and Mister Loveless. For $10 you get to see a boat-load of bands/djs, BBQ and live art from The Workshop and San Franpsycho.
Verdi Club – Hi Rhythm Hustlers/B Stars/Slim Jenkins
Shake down to three solid bands that preserve the degenerately classic feel of old-school R&B, rockabilly, and swing.

November 21
Regency Ballroom – Gwar/Casualties
An epic night of angry jesters. Make sure whether your mosh partner’s blood is real or red dye syrup.
SF Public Works – Jesse Rose/ Claude Von Stroke
Two local techno producers holding your grooves down at San Francisco’s premier club/ art gallery. A beautiful space bringing in the best electronic dance music every weekend and for cheap, too!

November 22
Café Du Nord – Rriicccee
Witness the ego and the charming good looks of cinema’s poster boy Vincent Gallo play experimental rock with ex-members of Hole.
Yoshi’s, Fillmore – Booker T.
This might be the last leg for the quintessential blues/funk organist; go experience a rock legend.

November 23
Coda – Musical Art Quintet
A quartet rooted in the Conservatory of Music trying to bring classical music to a contemporary audience by infusing salsa, tango, and jazz.

November 24
Slim’s – Souls of Mischief
Go check out big underground hip-hop act Souls of Mischief with local hip-hop acts.
Fox Theatre – Pretty Lights/Thunderball/Gramatik
Break beats that go boom-bap with soul samples that sail you into the night.

Chris Moore’s Artist of the Week: Sergei Prokofiev

Throughout next month, the San Francisco Ballet will perform the masterpiece: “Romeo & Juliet.”  Don’t let the senior fans that mostly go to these performances, deter you from going.  And yes, the price of the tickets will probably place a black hole in your account.  It’s worth it, you only get to love and live once, as Shakespeare poignantly said.

However let us be real here, choreographed dancing is for the birds; or maybe for the swans.  The real reason I want to go to “Romeo & Juliet” is for one of ballet’s most compelling scores by Russian composer, Sergei Prokofiev.  Written in 1935, Prokofiev’s composition of “Romeo And Juliet” (Op. 64) proves as one of his beloved works alongside with his interpretation of “Cinderella” and “Peter And The Wolf.”  Originally the ballet actually had a “happy ending”.  Thankfully, people had the audacity to shun such an inglorious ending, forcing Prokofiev to return to the tragically beautiful conclusion.

One could listen to the whole musical instrumentation of the ballet, and still lucidly imagine the strife, the yearning and the compassion.  Prokofiev infuses so much emotion, optimizing all the string, brass, wind and percussion instruments.

Scene two of Act I of the ballet features some of Prokofiev finest compositions.  “The Dance of the Knights”, the scene when Romeo and the boys go to the Capulet ball, would initially think to be adventurous and exciting.  Actually, it is quite maddening and sinister.  The bass trombones, timpani and bass cello give a resounding and proud march; so startling, it is like a boulder being bounced like a basketball.  The violins waltz over the bass, but so nefariously, it is as if a goliath is raising the earth beneath an unsuspecting village.  Then in the middle, parts to a serenity, as Juliet first makes her appearance in the ballet. A curious flute melody perfumes the suite while a simple guitar and tambourine waft the sweet fragrance. Romeo’s knees shake under the violin’s pizzicato, Count Paris thinks he got the girl.  Finally Juliet and Romeos’ lock eyes for the first time, which gets quickly interrupted by the machismo of the Capulets; Prokofiev ushers in the terror refrain again as Juliet and Romeo stare each other down from opposite ends of the ballroom.

You’re wondering, where are the real sounds that burn passion to love? Of course Prokofiev saves it for the scene that marks the beginning of the end: the infamous balcony scene.  Harps and a celesta (a very pretty piano) intertwine Juliet’s yearning gaze.  But, lo, out of the night comes the bassoon feet of Romeo.  Cellos and violins go up the melodic scale as they finally embrace.  Sweeps of violins pronounce undying promises till they climax to their absolute realization of how infatuated the two are.  Their first kiss, but alas, their departure, brings the whole orchestra to a harmonious closure.

As you can tell, I’m a sucker for melo-dramatics.  Hey, “Phantom of the Opera” is one my guilty pleasures.  Whether youtube the “Romeo and Juliet” ballet or, hopefully, physically go see the ballet next month, Sergei Prokofiev’s composition will poison your heart for better.