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2003 SPECIAL EVENTS ARCHIVE 2003
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SAN FRANCISCO and environs.
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 February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December
Months 	FEBRUARY 2003

Friday, February 7-Sunday 9
PACIFIC HUSTLE AND SALSA DANCE CLASSIC at the Airport Hyatt. This is Raúl Ante's first event.
He has a great lineup of Hustle dancers from across the country.

Saturday, February 15
Saint Valentine's Day Party: Dancing to the HAROLD JONES and the BOSSMEN Big Band. $25 includes
"full buffet" at 7, music 8-11 at the Mount Tamalpais Racquet Club, 1 Larkspur Plaza Drive (near
Magnolia and Dougherty) across from the Larkspur cinema. Information/reservations: 1415/924-
6226. You will never hear a better, nor harder swingin', band than Harold's. Maybe as good, but
not better. Mostly Basie.

Tuesday, February 25
REALISTIC ORCHESTRA (19 piece band) at Bruno's featuring Adam Theis, Joe Cohen DJ Aspect, Dublin,
Dave Chachere, Eric Garland, Rita Thies, Michael MNO, Mike Olmos, Dave Scott, Mike Rinta, Marty
Wehner, Joel Behrman, Alex Budman, Colin Stetson and more...
Although I know many of the musicians, I've never heard this band. In fact, I believe this might
be the first public performance of this experimental group combining jazz and electronics, defi-
nitely not a swingin' big band. The band's so big and the venue's so small, I'm anxious to see
how we'll all fit.

Months MARCH
2003

Saturday, March 1 - 8:30-11:30 - $5
MILONGA at City College of San Francisco's North Gym Dance Studio. Telephone: 239-3419x7.

Sunday, March 2 — Jazz and Java
NOEL JEWKES QUARTET with Noel, sax; Leonard Thompson, piano; Vince Lateano, drums; Michael
Zisman, bass.
Writers Center (above Folk Art Gallery)
1323 Fourth Street
San Rafael — Telephone: 1415/454-7171

Writers Center and AIWF members: $30
Non-members: $35 (new memberships accepted)
Proceeds go to the non-profit co-sponsors: the Writers Center;
the American Institute of Wine and Food Scholarship Fund.

AIWF Northern California Chapter
Post Office Box 640854
San Francisco 94164-0584
Telephone: 351-AIWF
info@AIWFNorCal.org — <http://www.AIWFNorCal.org>
Jazz and Java: <http://aiwfnorcal.homestead.com/Calendar.html>

Friday, March 7
MOODSWING ORCHESTRA, MISS DEE WITH JOHNNY NOCTURNE, STEVE LUCKY AND THE RHUMBA BUMS at Ashkenaz
Music & Dance Community Center
1317 San Pablo Avenue, Berkeley — Telephone 1510/525-5099. Yes,
all the same, that promises to be a knockdown dragout blast, fund-and-hell-raising night not to
be missed!
The MoodSwing Orchestra is usually a docette that succeeds at what it tries to do. Johnny Noc-
turne was a tremendous hit at the 2001 Monterey Jazz Festival and has consistently been one of
the most fun, hardest swingin' groups, often a nonette, on the local scene. Steve Lucky and the
Rhumba Bums has the lovely Carmen Getit, a fine musician, on guitar and vocals.

Saturday, March 8-Sunday, March 9
CITY LIGHTS BALL VII at the Regency Ballroom, 1300 Van Ness Avenue appears to be primarily an
International Style competition. Although it claims to have "general dancing throughout the day
and evening" we were extremely disappointed when we showed up last year prepared to dance the
night away to see the ballroom become deserted within minutes of the last of the day's competi-
tions. City Lights telephone: 681-9083.

Sunday, March 9 at 4
SWING JOINS COUNTRY, a day of Swing and Country Dancing hosted by Michelle Kincaid at the Imper-
ial Dance Club with Yvonne Benavidez, Arjay Centeno, Dennis and Connie McGuire, Ginger Pickerel,
and Mark Scolieri. Classes 4-6 and dance 'til 10, $25 through March 2 payable to: Michelle Kin-
kaid, 671 Athens Street, San Francisco 94112-3530
(Tel: 585-6282). After March 2, $30. Dance at
6 with DJ Linda Infante: $10. This has been, and promises to be, an excellent great-fun event.

Saturday, March 15
SWING CITY in John Adams (formerly Lowell) school auditorium. Telephone: 239-3419x7. One-hour
lesson at 7, dance 8-11, $5

Friday, March 21
THE GREAT GUITAR EXTRAVAGANZA hosted by René Solis and The Persuaders at JJ's Blues Club, 3439
Stevens Creek Road, San José (Telephone: 1408/243-6441) featuring René Solis, Laura Chavez, Jr.
Deville. John Garcia, Jeramy Norris, and John Wedemeyer.

Saturday, March 22
BALLROOM DANCE PARTY in City College of San Francisco's North Gym Dance Studio. Telephone: 239-
3419x7. One-hour "concert" at 7, dance 8-10, $5.

Sunday, March 30
TOP OF BEARDSLEY'S (Swing Dancers Delight) 25th Anniversary of promoting Swing dancing, at the
Peninsula Social Club, 100 North B Street, San Mateo, 6-10, $8. Music by DJs Rupert Schroeder,
Kelly Buckwalter, Michelle Kincaid, and Mike Pyle. Regular Wednesdays information on Top of
Beardsley's.

Months APRIL
2003

Tuesday, April 1 at 9, $10
REALISTIC ORCHESTRA at Bruno's, about 20 pieces playing electronic and experimental, not tradi-
tional, big band music, breakbeats, drum 'n' bass, HipHop, and jazz under the leadership of Adam
Theis. The March 25 gig was a blast. Icono Clast's review - San Francisco Bay Guardian's review.

Saturday, April 5 at 7
Swing Into Spring at the Hayward Airport, 19990 Sky West Drive, in a Mather Aviation hangar with
a 1940s ambiance to benefit the Lorenzo Theater Foundation. Vintage 'planes and cars will be on
display. Music by Don Victor's 16-piece BLAST FROM THE PAST. The Lorenzo Theater Foundation is a
non-profit organization dedicated to preserving and restoring San Lorenzo's 1947 art deco gem,
the Lorenzo Theater, closed in 1982. Dance and hors d'oeuvres, $25. Reservations: 1510/278-2143
Lorenzo Theater Foundation information: 1510/247-2245.

Sunday, April 6 - 2-5, Gratis
HAROLD JONES AND THE BOSSMEN at San Geronimo Golf Course clubhouse. This is a great band and a
fun gig. Take Sir Francis Drake Boulevard through Fairfax and Woodacre. If you get to Nicasio
Valley Road, you can see the golf course clubhouse up the hill. Go back a couple of hundred feet
to the access road. From the North, go through Petaluma to the Reyes Petaluma Road to Nicasio
Valley Road to the end and it's just a bit to the Left.

Sunday, April 6 - 4-8, $5
SALSA DANCE PARTY in City College of San Francisco's North Gym Dance Studio. Tel: 239-3419x7.

Saturday, April 12 - 8-11
Spring Fling Big Band Dance, with refreshments and the MOODSWING ORCHESTRA, usually a docette,
presenting '30s and '40s Swing, Latin, & Ballroom dance music at El Cerrito Veterans Hall, 6401
Stockton Avenue, $25. $20 through April 2 payable to: Marilyn Bowe (Telephone: 1510/523-5587)
3004 Bayo Vista Avenue Alameda 94501 <MBowe2@aol.com> <http://www.dancewithme.info> East Coast
Swing class w/Marilyn Bowe at 7.

Thursday, April 17-Sunday, April 20
Coastal Country V at Hyatt Regency Monterey.

Friday, April 18-Sunday, April 20
San Francisco Open XXIV (DanceSport Super Bowl Series Region 6) at San Francisco Airport Marriott
Hotel.

Saturday, April 19 - 8-12:30, Men=$25; Women=$20
Leonard's "Come Dance The Night Away" Party (Telephone: 587-8847) at the South San Francisco Rec-
reation Center, 33 Arroyo Drive (Telephone: 1650/829-3800).

Sunday, April 20 - 2-2, $5
All day JAM SESSION to close Jazz at Pearl's after thirteen years. 256 Columbus Avenue (Tele-
phone: 291-8255). The Monday night CONTEMPORARY JAZZ ORCHESTRA is looking for another venue. If
you know of a suitable one, please let me, or one of the band members, know: IClast at SFbay Net

Sunday, April 20
The RUDY SALVINI ORCHESTRA's usual Third Sunday gig at the Lake Merced Boathouse is not happening
today but will next Sunday, q.v.

Saturday, April 26 - 8-11, $5
SWING CITY ALL-CITY DANCE in City College of San Francisco's North Gym Dance Studio. One-hour
lesson at 7. Telephone: 239-3419x7.

Sunday, April 27 - 6-9
The RUDY SALVINI ORCHESTRA continues its Third Sunday gig at the Lake Merced Boathouse ($15/$25)
except for this month. This band's been together so long that it's near perfect, swings nicely,
and has some of the best soloists you'll ever hear. The linoleum "dance floor" is usually awful
but not too bad if it's clean.

Months MAY
2003

Saturday, May 17 - 8-12, $?
SWING CITY in John Adams (formerly Lowell) school auditorium. Telephone: 239-3419x7. One-hour
lesson at 7, then dance to musicians.

Sunday, May 25
The Peninsula Dancers Co-Op's Fourth Sunday Variety Dance at San Mateo's Beresford Park is not
happening this date.

Saturday, May 31 9-2 - Ball, Beer, wine, sodas, hors d'oeuvres through May 30: Ages 21-30, groups
of at least 20, $150; others, $185. At door, $165/$200. Symphony Box Office: 864-6000. The San
Francisco Symphony's BLACK & WHITE BALL. This might be the biggest and baddest bash on the planet.
It consistently draws more than twelve thousand participants of all social and economic strata.
It happens in Civic Center's largest venues: Exposition Auditorium, City Hall, Marion Davies
Symphony Hall, the Veterans Building (Lobby and Green Room), and the State Building in addition
to tents and the streets. This year's band Leaders include Dick Bright, Dr. John, Poncho Sanchez,
Pete Escovedo, many more. The Midnight Surprise on Van Ness Avenue is always a great treat.

Months JUNE
2003

Friday and Saturday, June 6 and 7; Sunday June 8
Friday and Saturday dinner at 7:30 and SAM BUTERA & THE WILDEST, at 9 for $60 at the Italian-
American Social Club, 25 Russia Avenue (Reservation telephone: 585-8059). Sunday hors d'oeuvres
and wine at 2:30, Sam Butera & The Wildest at 3:30 for $45.

Sunday, June 8 - 6-10, $8
15th Annual John Duffy Memorial Dance (Michelle Kincaid - Tel: 585-6282; at the Imperial Dance
Club (Tel: 1650/366-0504), 822 Cassia Street, Redwood City. Jack 'n' Jill Contest; Refreshments.

Saturday, June 14 - 10-23:30, $15-$45 (youth discounts)
Western Regional Amateur DanceSport Championships and workshops at San José Civic Auditorium, 145
West San Carlos Street. Information: Alex Chan (Tel: 681-6009), James Kleinrath (Tel: 1650/591-
6757)

Saturday, June 14 - 8-12
The COUNT BASIE ORCHESTRA aboard the USS Hornet, docked at Pier 3, Alameda Point. Food available.
Tickets at 1510/521-8448x228 from 10-4, $35 General ($40 at door); $50 reserved near floor; $75
reserved near stage. Forty-five minute San Francisco Jitterbugs class at 7.

Sunday, June 22 - 2-5, Gratis

HAROLD JONES AND THE BOSSMEN at San Geronimo Golf Course clubhouse. This is a great band and a
fun gig. Take Sir Francis Drake Boulevard through Fairfax and Woodacre. If you get to Nicasio
Valley Road, you can see the golf course clubhouse up the hill. Go back a couple of hundred feet
to the access road. From the North, go through Petaluma to the Reyes Petaluma Road to Nicasio
Valley Road to the end and it's just a bit to the Left.

Months JULY
2003

Tuesday, July 1, 9:30-12 $10

REALISTIC ORCHESTRA at Bruno's, about 20 pieces playing electronic and experimental, not tradi-
tional,
big band music, breakbeats, drum 'n' bass, HipHop, and jazz under the leadership of Adam
Theis. The March 25 gig was a blast. Icono Clast's review - San Francisco Bay Guardian's review.

Thursday, July 3-Friday, July 11
Nora's Tango Weekend/Tango Week VI, Holiday Inn, 1800 Powell Street, Emeryville.

Friday, July 11, 9:30-12; $15 - East Coast Swing and Lindy Hop Swing Extravaganza with STEVE
LUCKY AND THE RHUMBA BUMS <http://www.luckylounge.com/> plus LAVAY SMITH AND HER RED HOT SKILLET
LICKERS at Ashkenaz Music and Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Avenue, Berkeley; Shows:
1510/525-5054; Office: -5099. Class with Nick Lawrence and Shanna Palazzo at 8.

Saturday, July 12
Christy Coté's All Night Milonga, announced for this date, will happen on Saturday, July 19. The
Oscar Mandagaran Workshops, announced for 10:30-Noon this date and July 13, 3-6:15 July 20, will
happen July 19 and 20.

Saturday, July 12, 8-11
Summer Big Band Dance, with refreshments and the MOODSWING ORCHESTRA, usually a docette, present-
ing '30s and '40s Swing, Latin, and Ballroom dance music at Lake Merritt Dance Center, 200 Grand
Avenue, Oakland; Class at 7, and Dance $18 through June 28, $23 after ($17 each for 10 or more)
payable to: Marilyn Bowe (Telephone: 1510/523-5587), 3004 Bayo Vista Avenue, Alameda 94501.
ChaCha class w/Marilyn Bowe at 7. Class and dance at door, $25.

The prior information that follows is invalidated by the above: Barbecue, class, and the Summer
Big Band Dance, with refreshments and the MOODSWING ORCHESTRA, usually a docette, presenting '30s
and '40s Swing, Latin, and Ballroom dance music at El Cerrito Veterans Hall, 6401 Stockton Avenue;
Barbecue 46:30, Class at 7, and Dance $30 through June 20, $20 without barbecue payable to: Mari-
lyn Bowe (Telephone: 1510/523-5587), 3004 Bayo Vista Avenue, Alameda 94501. ChaCha class w/Marilyn
Bowe at 7. Class and dance at door, $25.

Wednesday, July 16, 9-11:15; $9 - West Coast Swing
BRENDA BOYKIN AND BIG SOUL COUNTRY at Ashkenaz Music and Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo
Avenue, Berkeley; Shows: 1510/525-5054; Office: 525-5099. Class with Nick Lawrence and Shanna
Palazzo at 8.

Saturday, July 19, 23:59-05:00
Christy Coté's All Night Milonga, Metronome Ballroom, 1830 Seventeenth Street (Tel: 252-9000).

Friday, July 25, 9:30-12; $13 - East Coast Swing, Lindy Hop
MOODSWING ORCHESTRA at Ashkenaz Music and Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Avenue,
Berkeley; Shows: 1510/525-5054; Office: -5099. Class with Nick Lawrence and Shanna Palazzo at 8.

Friday, July 25-Sunday, July 27; $146-$200
International Grand Ball Championships XXXV San Francisco Airport Marriott, 1800 Old Bayshore
Highway, Burlingame.

Months AUGUST
2003

Tuesday, August 4, 9:30-12 $10
REALISTIC ORCHESTRA at Bruno's, about 20 pieces playing electronic and experimental, not tradi-
tional,
big band music, breakbeats, drum 'n' bass, HipHop, and jazz under the leadership of Adam
Theis. The March 25 gig was a blast. Icono Clast's review - San Francisco Bay Guardian's review.

There is no place to dance.

Wednesday, August 13, 9-11:15; $9 - West Coast Swing
MZ. DEE AND THE ANTHONY PAULE BAND at Ashkenaz Music and Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo
Avenue, Berkeley; Shows: 1510/525-5054; Office: -5099. Class with Nick Lawrence and Shanna
Palazzo at 8.

Saturday, August 16, 8-12
LES BROWN'S BAND OF RENOWN aboard the USS Hornet <http://www.uss-hornet.org/dance/> (docked at
Pier 3, Alameda Point). Food available. Tickets at 1510/521-8448x228 from 10-4, $35 General ($40
at door), $50 reserved near floor, $75 reserved near stage. Forty-five minute San Francisco Jit-
terbugs class at 7.

Friday, August 29-Monday September 1; $125 and less
South Bay Dance Fling XX at Wyndham Hotel, 1350 North First Street, San José.

Months SEPTEMBER 2003

Tuesday, September 2, 9:30-12 $10
REALISTIC ORCHESTRA at Bruno's, about 20 pieces playing electronic and experimental, not tradi-
tional,
big band music, breakbeats, drum 'n' bass, HipHop, and jazz under the leadership of Adam
Theis. The March 25 gig was a blast. Icono Clast's review - San Francisco Bay Guardian's review.
NOTICE: This is the last Special Events reminder of this gig. The orchestra performs every First
Tuesday. Please see the Music Calendar.

Saturday Friday 12-Sunday September 14
GALAXY DANCE FESTIVAL at Hotel Wyndham in San José.

Saturday, September 13, 08:00-02:00
Dottie's Just Dancin' presents the inaugural West Coast Swing "California's State Dance"
Champion-ships at the Radisson Woodlake Hotel, 500 Leisure Lane, Sacramento (Rooms: $84, 1800/
333-3333). A day of competitions, dancing, and dinner: $70 through August 13, $80 after, payable
to: Ron and Tyoni Martin 3620 Candlewood Drive Bakersfield 93306 Telephone: 1661/864-0480; Fac-
simile: -0482.

Sunday, September 14
The 29th SOLANO AVENUE STROLL's <http://www.solanostroll.org/>theme is "Imagine" to help the
world bloom with hope. The Next Generation Swing Dance Club has an elevated dance floor to pre-
sent California's State Dance, West Coast Swing, to the general public. Solano Avenue in Albany
and Berkeley.

Wednesday, September 24, 9-11:15; $9 - West Coast Swing
MZ. DEE AND THE ANTHONY PAULE BAND at Ashkenaz Music and Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo
Avenue, Berkeley; Shows: 1510/525-5054; Office: -5099. Class with Nick Lawrence and Shanna
Palazzo at 8.

Saturday, September 27, 7-11 - $30 in advance, $35 at door. Senior discount: $5
Former Count Basie drummer HAROLD JONES AND THE BOSSMEN at San Rafael Recreation Center, 618 B
Street, with vocalist JAMIE DAVIS. Dance contest. Silent auction. Dance class with On The Dance
Floor's Cynthia Glinka. Events Hotline at 1415/485-3327 or pay to the Falkirk Cultural Center
Post Office Box 151560, Mission at E Street, San Rafael 94915-1560.

Sunday, September 28
The Peninsula Dancers Co-Op's Fourth Sunday SWING/VARIETY DANCE at San Mateo's Beresford Park
has been suspended.

Months
OCTOBER 2003

EVERY Wednesday in October; 9-?, $7
Salsa at Sweet's Ballroom, 1933 Broadway, Oakland (Telephone: 1510/893-3500). Class at 8.

Saturday, October 4
The Next Generation Swing Dance Club's regular monthly dance will not happen tonight! It will be
happening on Sunday, October 12, at 7 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Burlingame. The public is,
as always, welcome. Michelle Kinkaid's monthly dance is tomorrow and will not happen on the reg-
ular Second Sunday this month.

Sunday, October 5; 6-10, $8
Michelle Kinkaid's monthly dance, usually on the Second Sunday, is tonight! We'll be dancing at
Boogie By The Bay next week.

Tuesday, October 7; 8-?, $12-$15
MARCUS SHELBY 16-piece JAZZ ORCHESTRA at Intersection for the Arts, 446 Valencia Street. Tele-
phones: 626-2787; Reservations/Box Office; 626-3311.

[After the preceding, run six blocks to the following]

Tuesday, October 7, 9:30-12 $10
REALISTIC ORCHESTRA at Bruno's, about 20 pieces playing electronic and experimental, not tradi-
tional,
big band music, breakbeats, drum 'n' bass, HipHop, and jazz under the leadership of Adam
Theis. The March 25 gig was a blast. Icono Clast's review - San Francisco Bay Guardian's review.

There is no place to dance.

Thursday, October 9-Sunday, October 12; $125 ($100 in advance)
The Next Generation Swing Dance Club's BOOGIE BY THE BAY XI at the Airport Hyatt Regency in
Burlingame. The public is welcome to tonight's workshop at 8 and dance at 9, $5, and Sunday's
dance at 7, $10.

Saturday, October 11, 8-12
THE SWING SESSION and MARK RUSSO AND HIS CLASSY CATS aboard the USS Hornet (docked at Pier 3,
Alameda Point). Food available. Tickets at 1510/521-8448x228 from 10-4, $35 General ($40 at
door), $50 reserved near floor, $75 reserved near stage. Forty-five minute San Francisco Jit-
terbugs class at 7. From an August 16, 2002 post to UseNet:
. . . The [headline] band quit at 23:00, an hour earlier than
expected, but the Master of Ceremonies told us that another band
would be playing as soon as they were set up. What? Who knew
about that? What band? THE CLASSY CATS. Who ever heard of them?
At about 23:20, the white-jacketed onette, fronted by MARK RUSSO,
blasted open and tore up just about any- and every-thing within
hearing with a full and phat sound unexpected from such a small
group. What had been frowning faces were smiling and the
consensus, stranger to stranger, was unquestionably "They're
better'n [the Big Name draw]" and "They shoulda been on earlier".
They played only forty minutes or so in spite of our desperate
pleas for more.

Saturday, October 11; 9-12, $20
THE 17-piece LYRATONES and performances by Students, Staff, and Special Guests of the Starlite
Dance Club, 1160 Fair Oaks Avenue, Sunnyvale (Telephone: 1408/745-STAR) to celebrate its new
owners. Choose among four beginners' classes at 8.

Sunday, October 12; 7-2, $10
The public is welcome to attend The Next Generation Swing Dance Club's monthly dance, usually
on the First Saturday in Emeryville, at the Airport Hyatt Regency in Burlingame.

Sunday, October 12
Michelle Kinkaid's monthly dance, usually on the Second Sunday, was last week.

Wednesday, October 15; 9-11:15; $9 - West Coast Swing
BRENDA BOYKIN & BIG SOUL COUNTRY at Ashkenaz Music and Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo
Avenue, Berkeley; Shows: 1510/525-5054; Office: -5099. Class with Nick Lawrence and Shanna
Palazzo at 8.

Friday, October 17, 9-11:15; $9 - East Coast Swing
STEVE LUCKY AND THE RHUMBA BUMS at Ashkenaz Music and Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo
Avenue, Berkeley; Shows: 1510/525-5054; Office: -5099. Class with Nick Lawrence and Shanna
Palazzo at 8.

Sunday, October 26
The Peninsula Dancers Co-Op's Fourth Sunday SWING/VARIETY DANCE at San Mateo's Beresford Park
has been terminated.

Sunday, October 26; 2-5, Gratis
HAROLD JONES AND THE BOSSMEN at San Geronimo Golf Course clubhouse. This is a great band and a
fun gig. Take Sir Francis Drake Boulevard through Fairfax and Woodacre. If you get to Nicasio
Valley Road, you can see the golf course clubhouse up the hill. Go back a couple of hundred feet
to the access road. From the North, go through Petaluma to the Reyes Petaluma Road to Nicasio
Valley Road to the end and it's just a bit to the Left.


Friday October, 31; 9-12, $20 ($15 in advance)- Hallowe'en Masquerade Ball Latin and Brazilian
Dance Party with performances by Capoeira Mandinga and by the Samba do Coração Carnaval Contin-
gent for whom this is a fund raiser. Raffle, Costume Contest, Food, and Prizes! Classes in
ChaCha, Salsa, Brazilian Samba at 7:30. Metronome Ballroom, 1830 Seventeenth Street, Potrero
Hill (Telephone: 252-9000).

Months NOVEMBER
2003
Saturday, November 1; N
oon-Midnight, $15 (Age 17 and younger: $5)
USABDA NorCal Dance Tournament, Elks' Lodge, 4249 El Camino Real, Palo Alto. Workshops: $10
or $15 for two. Host: James Kleinrath, Telephone: 1650/591-6757.

Thursday, November 6; 9-1, $10

CITY RHYTHM ORCHESTRA (“High energy Swing”) at Biscuits and Blues, 401 Mason Street (Theatre)
(Telephone:
292-BLUES)

Thursday, November 6; 10-2:30, $15

Pre-Congress Party and Celebration at Café Cocomo, 650 Indiana Street (Potrero Hill/Dogpatch
[Telephone: 824-6910]). Classes at 8:30.

Friday-Sunday, November 7-9
San Francisco International Salsa Congress, Airport Marriott Hotel, 1800 Old Bayshore High-
way, Burlingame. Hostess: Michelle Castro

Friday-Sunday, November 7-9
Michelle Kinkaid's MOUNTAIN MAGIC Swing Dance Convention, Horizon Resort & Casino
(Rate:
$75 'til block filled)
, 50 Highway 50, South Lake Tahoe (1800/648-3322; 1775/588-6211).
Event and workshops: $110. Aged 17 and younger: $60.

Saturday, November 8; 8-1, $30
CITY RHYTHM ORCHESTRA (“High energy Swing”) at
Sweet's Ballroom, 1933 Broadway, Oakland
(Telephone: 1510/893-3500). $25 in advance from Swing Time Productions, c/o David Allan,
17590 Rancho Tehama Road, Corning 96021 (Telephone: 1530/585-2308). Dance class at 7.


Wednesday, November 12, 9-11:15; $9 - West Coast Swing
NC BLUES CONNECTION at Ashkenaz Music and Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Avenue, Ber-
keley; Shows: 1510/525-5054; Office: -5099. Class with Nick Lawrence and Shanna Palazzo at 8.

Saturday, November 15; Noon-11
San José State University Ballroom Dance Club's Classic VII, Barrett Ballroom, SJSU
Student Union. University bounded by South Fourth, South Tenth, East San Fernando, and
East San Salvador streets. Individuals must register by November 7, teams by November 2.
Information. Telephone: 1408/924-SPIN.


Saturday, November 15; 8-11, $23
BIG BAND BLACK & WHITE BALL with the
MOODSWING ORCHESTRA, a docette playing Swing, Ballroom
and Latin favorites of the 1930s and '40s. Refreshments.
Dressy, sem-iformal, Black & White
attire suggested.
Grand Ballroom, Lake Merritt Dance Center, 200 Grand Avenue, Oakland.
Advance tickets $17 through November 8 via PayPal or check to:
Marilyn Bowe 3004 Bayo Vista
Avenue,
Alameda 94501
(Telephone: 1510/523-5587}. East Coast Swing class w/Marilyn Bowe at 7.

Saturday, November 15; 8-11, $10
Mystic Ball III with THE MYSTICS, City College of San Francisco's John Adams Campus Third
Floor Auditorium, 1860 Hayes Street. Advance tickets for $8 payable to Swing City Dancers,
740 Natoma Street 1, San Francisco 94107
. Beginners' and Intermediates' classes at 7.

Saturday, November 22; 7-10, $10
THE CLASS ACT SWING BAND at the Berkeley City Club, 2315 Durant Avenue (Telephones:
1510/848-7800,
Facsimile: -5900). Food available.

Saturday, November 22; 9-2, $12
STOMPY JONES (née The Swing Session
) at Metronome Ballroom, 1830 Seventeenth Street (Tele-
phone: 252-9000). Ninety-minute East Coast Swing class at 7:30. Class and dance: $16. Dance
to recorded music 9-10 and 1-2.

Thursday, November 27; 8-2, $10
The public is welcome to attend the US Open Swing Dance Championships Pre-convention Dance
at the San José Civic Auditorium, 135 West San Carlos Street.

Friday-Sunday, November 28-30
US Open Swing Dance Championships at San José Civic Auditorium, 135 West San Carlos Street.

Saturday November 29; 8-1, $40
TRIO GARUFA and ESSENTIAL TANGO at Tango By The Bay! at The Oakland Asian Cultural Center
Ballroom, 88 Ninth Street (Telephone: 1510/637-5105)
. Latin cold h'ordeurves buffet; no-host
wine, soft drink, and vodka bars.
Tickets at door or from the Bay Area Argentine Tango Asso-
ciation.


NOVEMBER 2003—————NOTES
  

CARMA Big Band plays Mondays, 8-12, at Shanghai 1930, 133 Steuart Street (Telephone: 896-
5600). $5 cover plus 2-drink minimum per person per set.

The Mondays at 9 CONTEMPORARY JAZZ ORCHESTRA gig ($5, no minimum) has returned to Jazz at
Pearl's, 256 Columbus Avenue (291-8255) under the management of Kim Nalley and Steve Sher-
aton. Food available 'til Midnight.

The Tuesdays at 9:30 COLLECTIVE WEST JAZZ ORCHESTRA, usually a docette, continues at Foley's
Cellar and Speakeasy through November 25 ($3), 243 O'Farrell Street. There is room to dance
but be sure to take your own partner. Foley's Inn, Irish House, and Cellar and Speakeasy is
closing to bring the premises into conformity with the building code. The band is expected
to return on completion of the job in late March or early April.

Months DECEMBER 2003

Friday, December 5, 9:30; $?
MOODSWING ORCHESTRA at Ashkenaz Music and Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Avenue, Ber-
keley; Shows: 1510/525-5054; Office: -5099. Class with Nick Lawrence and Shanna Palazzo at 8.


Tuesday, December 9, 9-12; $15
STEVE LUCKY AND THE RHUMBA BUMS with Carmen Getit at Forester's Hall, 1204 Middlefield Road,
Redwood City. All ages welcome. Class at 8 with 2003 USOpen winners Kevin and Carla.


Wednesday, December 10, 9-11:15; $9 - West Coast Swing
NC BLUES CONNECTION at Ashkenaz Music and Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Avenue, Ber-
keley; Shows: 1510/525-5054; Office: -5099. Class with Nick Lawrence and Shanna Palazzo at 8.


Saturday, December 13; ?-?, $32
TOWER of POWER at
The Fillmore Auditorium, 1805 Geary Street (Telephone: 346-6000)

Saturday, December 13; 8-12, $21
Christmas Dance Party with gift drive, Santa Claus, games, prizes, and appetizers at the
Allegro Ballroom, 5855 Christie Avenue, Emeryville (Telephone: 1510/655-2888). $18 in advance.

Sunday, December 14; 2-5, Gratis!
HAROLD JONES AND THE BOSSMEN at San Geronimo Golf Course clubhouse, 5800 Sir Francis Drake
Boulevard (Telephone: 488-4030). This is a great band and a fun gig. Take Sir Francis Drake
Boulevard through Fairfax and Woodacre. If you get to Nicasio Valley Road, you can see the
golf course clubhouse up the hill. Go back sixteen hundred feet to the access road. From the
North, go through Petaluma to the Point Reyes-Petaluma Road to Nicasio Valley Road to the end
and it's just 1600 feet to the Left.

Wednesday, December 31 — New Year's Eve
San Mateo County New Years Eve Gala, 6-1:30, $75; Age 62+: $50
The GLENN MILLER ORCHESTRA, SISTERS SWING, JOANIE BRANT and the KNOB HILL KNIGHTS, and buffet
dinner at the San Mateo County Exposition Center's (Bay Meadows) Expo Hall 2495 South Delaware
Street, San Mateo. (Telephone: 1650/574-3247). A benefit for City Arts of San Mateo by Broadway
By The Bay (Telephone: 1650/579-5568x1).

New Year's Eve Dance, 8-1, $28
At the Allegro Ballroom, 5855 Christie Avenue, Emeryville (Telephone: 1510/655-2888). With hors
d'oeuvres, favors, etc. $25 in advance.

Extravaganza, 8-1, $75; with Dinner, $155; with Dinner and lodging, $195
Call 1650/780-9456 for additional information. Airport Marriott Hotel, 1800 Old Bayshore High-
way, Burlingame (Telephones: 1650/692-9100; Facsimile: 692-8016).

The Top Hat Waltz Ball, 9-12:30, $25
Beau Davis' THE BRASSOWRKS BAND with vocalist Jesse Merlin. Decorations and dress evoking the
period of the Fred and Ginger movie "Top Hat". Chevron Auditorium in the International House,
2299 Piedmont, Berkeley. Dance performance by "The Top Hats". Chocolate Fest plus Straw-
berries & Cream. Fashion Show from the '20s, '30s, and '40s by the Art-Deco Society and Great-
er Bay Area Costumers' Guild. Formal attire admired, not required. Non-alcoholic event; all
ages welcome. In advance received by 12/27: $20 payable to Scott Gamble, Post Office Box 1555,
Palo Alto 94302 (Telephone: 1650/326-6265) or PayPal by 12/30.

New Years Eve Starlight Affair, 9-1
THE AMERICAN SWING ORCHESTRA presents: A Musical Tribute to Benny Goodman aboard the USS
Hornet (docked at Pier 3, Alameda Point). Food available. Tickets at 1510/521-8448x228 from
10-4, $75 General, $125 reserved near floor, $150 reserved near stage. Forty-f
ive minute
San Francisco Jitterbugs class at 8.

Starlite Dance Club, 9-1, $20 ($18 in advance.)
1160 North Fair Oaks Avenue, Sunnyvale (eMail or Telephone: 1408/745-STAR). Hors d'ouevres,
favors sparkling cider toast. Dress to impress. Waltz lesson at 8:00

New Year's at the Club, 9:30-12:30, $45; with dinner from 6:30, $85
STOMPY JONES (née The Swing Session) at the Berkeley City Club, 2315 Durant Avenue (Telephone:
1510/848-7800). Class at 8:30 with Michael and Persephone.

JOHNNY NOCTURNE with KIM NALLEY at Jazz at Pearl's, 256 Columbus Avenue (291-8255)

NOTES NOTES NOTESSS
Every First Tuesday; 9:30-12, $10
REALISTIC ORCHESTRA at Bruno's, about 20 pieces playing electronic and experimental, not
traditional, big band music, breakbeats, drum 'n' bass, HipHop, and jazz under the lead-
ership of Adam Theis. The March 25 gig was a blast. So were the subsequent ones. Icono
Clast's review
- San Francisco Bay Guardian's review. There is no place to dance.
Having attended many of this band's gigs, a conclusion:
It is not the cutting edge of modern music: It's the goddamn tip o' the knife!
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