Saturday, November 28, 2009

Toshio Hirano @ the Rite Spot (Sat). Dirty Snacks, Mahala Live (benefit w/ Brass Liberation Orchestra), & Pale Hoarse Sunday (3 separate shows).

hello everyone, from wintery ohio. happy thanksgiving & buy nothing day!

here are a few things to start with, then please scroll down the events list:

1) we're having a holiday eco-craft fair at the yoga loft on saturday december 19th all day (if all the details are sorted out soon). if you would like to participate by making stuff (or if you just want more info), please let me know ASAP. 321 divisadero st. @ page st. can give you a sense of the space if you have't been yet.

2) next everything swap & sewing party will be in mid-january sometime, at the caretakers house again. save the good stuff you need to get rid of anyway! the one this past sunday was so much fun and very fruitful, so we wanted to get started planning the next one already. we think this will be a good time to have it as people can get rid of unwanted gifts or just do a general closet/house clean-out for the new year.

3) also, please save the dates for two big december holiday shows:

a) the next SEAWEEDSWAY SHOWCASE is SUNDAY DECEMBER 20th w/ kacey johansing, garrett pierce, ramon & jessica, & the wonderful jeremy dalmas mc'ing. 7:30-11pm.

b) the next CONSPIRACY OF VENUS choir show is the day before, SATURDAY DECEMBER 19th at the rickshaw stop with rupa & the april fishes & conspiracy of beards. 8pm doors, 9pm start. we (Conspiracy of Venus) go first!

thanks for your support,

list of events:

11-28 saturday.

Toshio Hirano at the Rite Spot Cafe. 17th & folsom.
9:00 pm

TOSHIO HIRANO was born in Tokyo in the 1950's. Postwar Japan embraced everything American, including American popular music. As a teenager he became interested in bluegrass and country music. One of his first loves was the great John Duffy and The Country Gentleman. He later became inspired by the Mississippi legend, Jimmie Rodgers. Toshio learned to play banjo, guitar and mandolin and started a family band with his brother and cousin, called The Sunny Bluegrass Boys. He continued playing music through college and then emigrated to the USA to pursue his love of this music. He has lived in Atlanta, Nashville, Minneapolis and Austin, Texas. San
Francisco has been his home since 1986 and he plays regularly in cafes and bars around town. The deep romantic nature of country music, its' tales of trains and cowboys and broken hearts continues to sustain Toshio's imagination and art.

"His faithful, respectful renditions of heartbreaking country tunes, with
substantial nods
to legends like Jimmie Rodgers, is something to behold."
Beth Lisick/SF Gate


11-29 sunday.

Dirty Snacks Ensemble at Blondies (540 Valencia, between 16th and 17th). 8pm $3, with TV Dinner and ZOO. Playing drums on compositions by Mark Clifford (vibes) with a great ensemble.

Mahala Live! A joint benefit for Voice of Roma and the Brass Liberation Orchestra.
Authentic Romani music with Rumen "Sali" Shopov (Bulgaria) and friends, and big
brass chaos with the cBrass Liberation Orchestra.

Sunday November 29th
$5-15 No one turned away
Amnesia Bar
853 Valencia St. (Between 19th & 20th) San Francisco

Voice of Roma (VoR) works to promote and present Romani
cultural arts and traditions in a way that counters both romanticized and
negative "Gypsy" stereotypes, and in so doing, to contribute to the
preservation of Romani identity and culture. VoR also works to heighten
awareness of human rights issues faced by Roma in today's world, and to
support efforts by Roma to (re)build and maintain their communities,
improve their lives, and to strengthen the Romani voice both nationally
and internationally.
"Mahala" means neighborhood or community in romanes and several balkan
languages. Let's come together as a community and get live to benefit
the work of Voice of Roma and the Brass Liberation Orchestra

The Sandwitches & Pale Hoarse at the Rite SPot. 17th & folsom.
EARLY SHOW 6:00 pm
$5 bucks (100% of the door to musicians)

The Sandwitches is the new project from Heidi Alexander + Grace Cooper, both formerly of like-minded SF band the Fresh & Onlys. They have been described as "what it would sound like for a band on Woodsist to cover Fleetwood Mac's...Tusk" and also "a Holy Communion of Roky Erickson and Stevie Nicks."

"Imagined the shipwrecked lovechild of Karen Dalton and Nick Cave singing up from a watery grave, or Jesus and Mary hanging out at night, harmonizing under bright stars in the desert. Like any good ministry, Pale Hoarse has built a devoted following that is expanding gracefully, gleefully, with each show they play. This is music for lovers, for sinners, for makers and seers. It's tortured and tainted, it's gorgeous and glorious."

12-1 tuesday.

Stitchcraft at Cafe du Nord (2174 Market, at Sanchez) with the Conspiracy of Beards a giant all-male choir that sings Leonard Cohen arrangements! Some collaboration to happen, too!

Note: Caretakers House Yoga is cancelled this week - my flight gets in at 10pm, a bit too late for the 6:15 class. Please come next week (& practice on your own or let me know if you want a suggestion for another class)!

12-2 wednesday.

Long Night's Moon: A Songbird Festival Presentation at El Valenciano.

1153 Valencia St.

From Press Release:

Please join us for a very special gathering of east and west bay talents! Each act on this bill is not only a phenomenal performer but also a totally unique singer, songwriter, and instrumentalist approaching her music in a creative way -- be it on banjo, accordion, fiddle, or ukulele.

***Uni and her Ukelele***

Uni, the neo-vintage pop chanteuse/raconteur gathered up kickpants, a rockhawk and magical ruby slippers for the first time in 2004 and her 20’s punk movement has been gathering strength ever since. Her original and sincere take on the Ukelele coupled with her sweetly stirring and sometimes-haunting refrains unite to conjure the spectrum of catharsis.

***Dina Maccabee Band***

What do Wilco, Donovan, and Duncan Sheik have in common? Why, they've all shared a stage with Dina Maccabee of course. Dina has performed with countless Bay Area bands on fiddle and vocals, and now it's time to drop the curtain on her very own set of sad songs for rocking out.
with Roger Riedelbauer, guitar, Eric Perney, bass, and Eric Kuhn, drums

***Whiskey & Women***

Featuring members of Culann's Hounds and The Whoreshoes, the girls of Whiskey and Women dish up a tasty mix of old-timey, Cajun, and Irish music. Spawned from late nights of Jameson-influenced tunes and singalongs, as well as playing music on the streets of San Francisco and Edinburgh, Renee de la Prade and Joan Wilson Rueter create a delicious blend of fiddle, accordion, boot stompin' and hollerin' as Whiskey and Women.

***Paper Crocodiles***

"We're an old-timey, origami songwriting & noisemaking collaboration, a paper lagoon bubbling over with folk, rock, bluegrass, country, and americana." or to listen,

12-4 Friday.

Restorative Yoga at the Yoga Loft. 11-12:30. ongoing Fridays. $10 if you tell the front desk you saw the price here... (a savings of $7 from regular price) 321 divisadero st. @ page st.

Crack My Jaw at the Caretakers House.
(Harvey Rabbit's new music project.) 848 divisadero st. @ mccallister.

"Crack My Jaw is a BluesyJazzyFolksy musical collaboration between guitarist Andrew Kaluzynski and singer/lyricist Harvey Rabbit. You'll laugh! You'll think, "Ooo, pretty!" You might even sing along. This is our first time performing musically together and we'd love to see you there!
$5-$10 sliding scale, no one turned away for lack of funds. The event is BYOB."

Art Auction Benefit for Bay Area Girls Rock Camp.
7-10pm. 2049 San Pablo Ave. in Berkeley.

"Just in time for the holidays, Bay Area Girls Rock Camp will host its first ever silent auction featuring art, handmade crafts, and seasonal treasures donated by local artists and popular Bay Area institutions such as Pixar, Oaklandish, and more. All proceeds will go towards our programs that serve girls all over the Bay Area.

The night will be an exciting evening of art, music, and festivities and is open to the whole family. Do all of your holiday shopping while raising money for BAGRC! Camper alumni band Poison Apple Pie will play an enchanting set of original and cover songs and the female-owned and operated Local 123 Cafe will provide snacks and beverages."

12-6 sunday.

Alemany Farm Workday. 12-5pm. Workdays are on the 1st & 3rd Sundays of the month, and the Saturdays in between.

12-8 tuesday.

community yoga @ the caretakers house. 848 divisadero st. 6:15-7:45. donations/trades welcome but not required. gentle all-levels class.

12-11 friday & 12-12 saturday.

Restorative Yoga at the Yoga Loft (friday only). 11-12:30. ongoing Fridays. $10 if you tell the front desk you saw the price here... (a savings of $7 from regular price) 321 divisadero st. @ page st.

Dirty Snacks Ensemble at Adobe Books (3166 16th, between Guerrero and Valencia). FREE. Music and Dance collaboration with choreographer Samantha Stone on a piece based on Borges' short story "The Library of Babel". Andrew Maguire on percussion.

Alemany Farm Workday. (Saturday only) 12-5pm. Workdays are on the 1st & 3rd Sundays of the month, and the Saturdays in between.

12-13 sunday.

men of the Loft Yoga class - donations go towards the Women's Building - with Marni, Lauren, KT, & Carlin probably 5-7pm. check to confirm details.

Sound... in Search of a Word. Benefit Show for Big Umbrella Studios (art gallery) at 906 1/2 Divisadero st. @ McCallister.

featuring performances by:

eric noonan
jennifer barone (with daniel heffez)
even taylor (with lisa foster)
justin tisdale
rose johnson & jessie woletz
& the one and only rock shaman - anne carol mitchell

***bring a pillow or lawn chair if you have one as we're taking over an art gallery! there will be wine, beverages, and some local, organic food made fresh by apothocurious!

check out some of the performer's sites:
anne carol:

suggested donation: $5-10 to support the performers and keep the gallery going. no one turned away for lack of funds.

first act starts at 7:15.

doors open at 3pm.. it is an art gallery after all.

12-16 wednesday.

adam stephens, two sheds, & honey at the rickshaw stop.

12-18 friday.

blue rabbit @ bottom of the hill.

12-19 saturday.

eco-craft fair at the yoga loft. details to come. get in touch ASAP if you'd like to make stuff for this (have a booth) or if you want more info!

holiday formal w/ rupa & the april fishes, conspiracy of beards, & conspiracy of venus @ the rickshaw stop.
$10. DRESS UP. tickets on sale now at

12-20 sunday.

SEAWEEDSWAY SHOWCASE #3 with Kacey Johansing, Garrett Pierce, Ramon & Jessica, & Jeremy Dalmas @ the make-out room.
7:30-11:30pm. holiday party & celebration of Dina Maccabee (of Ramon & Jessica)'s birthday.

Come to the 3rd SEAWEEDSWAY SHOWCASE at the Make-Out Room... a new show series happening 3rd Sundays of the month

This one falls during the holiday season, so it will be a little more festive - perhaps a holiday party! Also, it's Dina Maccabee (of Ramon & Jessica, the opening band)'s birthday -come celebrate!


"i am a freebird sing songs for my supper and i want to roar as loud as thunder like i know i can."

"He manages a mix of the delicate, the folky, and the starry eyed" (SF Weekly)

"Ramon and Jessica is the alter-ego duo of songwriters Jesse Olsen and Dina Maccabee. The R&J collaboration has continued to evolve since its viola-and-casio-keyboard driven inception in 2003, but at the center of the RJ sound remain two constants: intertwining vocal harmonies and unmistakably quirky tunes."

Interactive music & MC'ing
"Absurdity... is creativity unburdened by meaning." -

at the
3225 22nd St. in SF (right across from Revolution Cafe)

1-2 saturday - 1-8 friday.

/ / 2010 t i p p i n g p o i n t s / /
new years dance intensive at KUNST-STOFF arts (downtown SF)

January 2 – 8

frey faust -axis syllabus
sara shelton mann-movement alchemy
kira kirsch-axis syllabus
special guests from alternative conservatory


limited participants!

go to: for details & information on:


-->for more dancing and phenomenal teachers to make it a two week intensive --> check out the Alternative Conservatory Intensive with Kathleen Hermesdorf, Albert Mathias, Yannis Adoniou & Keith Hennessey Dec 28 - Jan 1!!!

details on facebook:


everything swap & sewing party. at the caretakers house.


WomenRock Showcase at Dolores Park Cafe with Vanessa VerLee hosting. Singer-Songwriters in the Round. Corner of dolores & 18th st. $7.

silian rail, white cloud, & boomsnake @ the hemlock tavern.


thanks for reading!

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