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  JANUARY's regularly-scheduled dances

Thursday, January 1, 2-5; $6
Survivors' Day Dance at the Allegro Ballroom, 5855 Christie Avenue, Emeryville (Telephone: 1510/655-2888). Class at 7:30 and dance: $20, Students: $16. San Francisco Bay Bridge toward Sacramento then immediately into Right lane to exit at Powell Street. Right at light then Left at next two lights to park behind gas station. From Berkeley, take Powell Street exit. Left at first, second, fourth, and fifth lights to park behind gas station.

Saturday, January 3; 7-11: $56
THE MOODSWING ORCHESTRA plays for dancing at Mr. Rick's Martini Club's Annual New Years Gala at the Lake Merritt Hotel, 1800 Madison Street, Oakland (Telephones: 1800/933-4683; 510/832-2300). With three course meal: $112. Vintage or formal attire, please. Reservations required: telephone 566-2545.

Saturday, January 3; 8-?; $20
BANGERS & MASH play for A Victorian Twelfth Night Ball (The Dickens Fair Reunion Ball) at the San Mateo Masonic Temple, 100 North Ellsworth Avenue. Waltz and Victorian dances. Costumes, 1837-1870 or other vintage, or evening dress admired, not required. Food to share welcome. $15 through December 27 from The Period Events & Entertainment Re-Creation Society, 2144B Buena Vista Avenue, Alameda 94501 (Telephone: 1510/522-1731) or PayPal. Class at 7:15. - From Bayshore (101), Third Avenue toward hills; Right at light after railroad tracks; Left at end, venue on corner at Right. From Junípero Serra (280), San Mateo exit to second El Camino Real exit to Right on Second Avenue; Left on Ellsworth to Tilton.

Monday, January 5 — DEADLINE!
Full payment due for dancing through the Sierra Nevada aboard the Murder Mystery and Wine Tasting Fun Train a.k.a. Reno Fun Train (adults only) a.k.a. Michelle Kinkaid's Train Magic departing Friday, February 27 from Emeryville, Martinez, Suisun, or Sacramento, returning Sunday, March 1. Music for dancing in the dance car, listening in the piano lounge. Transportation, two light meals, two nights at Eldorado, and “Winners Book”: Price$ [PageDown]. Payable to Michelle Kinkaid, 671 Athens Street, San Francisco 94112 (Voice/Facsimile: 585-6282).

Tuesday, January 6 — SCHEDULE CHANGE
Swing Central is happening next Tuesday, January 13, at the Imperial Dance Club, 822 Cassia Street, Redwood City.

Wednesday, January 7; 9-12: $10
THE SOLOMON DOUGLAS QUARTET plays for the Wednesday Night Hop's high tempo Swing dancing at the Starlite Dance Club, 1160 North Fair Oaks Avenue, Sunnyvale (Telephone: 1408/745-7827). Classes at 7 and 9 and dance: $15. Answers?

Wednesday, January 7: 9:15-11:30: $6
Top of Beardsley's at the Peninsula Social Club, 100 North B Street, San Mateo, resumes its normal weekly schedule. Beginners' class at 7; intermediates' at 8, and dance: $12. - From Bayshore Highway (101), take Third Avenue toward hills. Right after railroad tracks; Venue at Right about a half-block before T-intersection. From Junípero Serra (280), San Mateo exit to second El Camino Real exit to Right on Second Avenue, Left on B Street (there's a market). Venue at Right about a half-block before T-intersection.

Wednesday, January 7; 9-12: $10 — Schedule Change!
West Coast Swing at the Chinese Performing Artists of America Arts Center, 6148 Bollinger Road, San José (Telephone: 1408/973-8276). Classes with Miguel de Sousa at 7 and 8. Answers?

Saturday, January 10; 3-6: Gratis!
Open House & Neighborhood Party at the Allegro Ballroom, 5855 Christie Avenue, Emeryville (Telephone: 1510/655-2888). Tour of facilities, refreshments, class, and dance. San Francisco Bay Bridge toward Sacramento then immediately into Right lane to exit at Powell Street. Right at light then Left at next two lights to park behind gas station. From Berkeley, take Powell Street exit. Left at first, second, fourth, and fifth lights to park behind gas station.

Sunday, January 11; 6:30-10: $10
Michelle Kinkaid's Anniversary Celebration XIX of her twenty years of Second Sunday Dances. The Imperial Dance Club (Telephone: 1650/366-0504), 822 Cassia Street, Redwood City. Michelle Kinkaid, 671 Athens Street, San Francisco 94112-3530 (Telephone: 585-6282). Class at 6.♦

Tuesday, January 13; 9-12: $5 — VENUE CHANGE
Swing Central has moved from Foresters of America Hall to the Imperial Dance Club, 822 Cassia Street, Redwood City. Beginners class at 7; Intermediates at 8 and dance: $12; Students/Seniors: $10. Dance only (recorded music): $5; Dance only (musicians): $7.

Thursday, January 15; 20:00-04:00: $10
Monterey SwingFest's EarlyBird class with Jordan Frisbee and Tatiana Mollman at 7 and Dance at the Hotel Hyatt Regency, 1 Golf Course Drive.♦

Wednesday, January 14; 9-12: $10 — Schedule Change!
West Coast Swing at the Chinese Performing Artists of America Arts Center, 6148 Bollinger Road, San José (Telephone: 1408/973-8276). Classes with Miguel de Sousa at 7 and 8. Answers?

January 16-18: $139
Monterey SwingFest at the Hotel Hyatt Regency ($129), 1 Golf Course Drive (Telephones: California: 1800/824-2196; Exterior: 800/492-8822; 831/372-1234; Facsimile: /375-3960). Through December, $119 payable to Central Coast Swing Dance, 333 Rice Ranch Road, Santa Maria 93455 (Telephone: 1805/937-1574). Answers? ♦

Wednesday, January 21; 9-12: $10 — Schedule Change!
West Coast Swing at the Chinese Performing Artists of America Arts Center, 6148 Bollinger Road, San José (Telephone: 1408/973-8276). Classes with Miguel de Sousa at 7 and 8. Answers?

Friday, January 23; 8:30-1:30: $5
Country and Swing Dance at Kodiak Jack's, 256 Petaluma Boulevard North, Petaluma (Telephone: 1707/694-9428). TwoStep class at 7:45 with Yvonne Benavidez-Wayne and Jason Wayne at 7:45 and dance: $8.

Friday, January 23; 9:30-12: $13
SWINGTHING plays for dancing at Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Avenue, Berkeley. Shows: 1510/525-5054; Office: -5099. Class with Swing Is The Thing's Nick Lawrence (Telephone: 1510/524-2546) and Shanna Palazzo at 8.

Saturday, January 24; 8-?: $39.25 in advance from 1866/55TICKETS
The Ninth Annual Edwardian Ball (Telephone: 435-7527) at the Regency Ballroom, 1300 Van Ness Avenue. Period dress/costumes admired, not required.

Saturday, January 24; 9-12: $9
The Allegro Ballroom's Invitational with 10:30 Standard and Latin show by UC Berkeley Ballroom Dancers at 5855 Christie Avenue, Emeryville (Telephone: 1510/655-2888). Class at 7:30 and dance: $20. San Francisco Bay Bridge toward Sacramento then immediately into Right lane to exit at Powell Street. Right at light then Left at next two lights to park behind gas station. From Berkeley, Powell Street exit. Left at first, second, fourth, and fifth lights to park behind gas station.

Sunday, January 25; 8-11: $12 (Minors welcome 'til 10)
THE FIL LORENZ SOUL-KESTRA plays for The Progressive Alliance's Concerts For Change featuring the music of James Brown, Tower Of Power, Ray Charles, Count Basie, Woody Herman, Maceo Parker, Eddie Harris, Jimmy Smith, Buddy Rich, Etta James, Maynard Ferguson, Billy Preston, Richard "Groove" Holmes, Stanley Turrentine, and Lou Donaldson. at Rassela's Jazz Club, 1534 Fillmore Street (Telephone: 346-8696). In advance: $9.

Saturday-Sunday, January 31-February 1;
Saturday-Sunday, JanuaMatinée: $20; Evening; $40; Reserved: $45; Front Row: $50 through January 3. After=$5 more.
City Lights Ball XI NDCA Ballroom Dance Competition & Show (Telephone: 1650/223-4950) at the Doubletree Hotel San José ($89 through January 15), 2050 Gateway Place (Telephones: 1800/222-TREE; 408/453-4000) Answers?

Saturday, January 31, 9-1; $30 (In advance: $25)
Gung Hay Fat Choy 4707! Welcome The Year of the Ox at the Allegro Ballroom, 5855 Christie Avenue, Emeryville (Telephone: 1510/655-2888). Asian buffet 7-9. Lion dance; any Traditional and/or Most Creative costume contest. Answers? San Francisco Bay Bridge toward Sacramento then immediately into Right lane to exit at Powell Street. Right at light then Left at next two lights to park behind gas station. From Berkeley, Powell Street exit. Left at first, second, fourth, and fifth lights to park behind gas station.♦

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    FEBRUARY's regularly-scheduled dances

Saturday. February 7; 8-12: $20 through January
Chinese New year Year of the Ox at Just Dance Ballroom, 2500 Embarcadero East, Oakland (Telephone: 1510/436-9888). Dinner served 7-8. Festive costumes/attire encouraged. From San Francisco Bay Bridge, Nimitz Freeway (880) toward San José; exit 23rd Avenue to Right at signal, Right into second driveway.

Saturday, February 7; 8-?; $20
BANGERS & MASH plays for Scarlet Pimpernel Ball at the San Mateo Masonic Temple, 100 North Ellsworth Avenue. Waltzes, Polkas, Schottisches, Mazurkas, Les Lanciers, and other popular mid-Victorian English and French couple and set dances, Congress of Vienna Waltz, Le Tango and La Samba. Late CCMM century, Directoire, or Regency attire admired, not required (the year is 1792). Food to share welcome. $15 through January 31 from The Period Events & Entertainment Re-Creation Society, 2144B Buena Vista Avenue, Alameda 94501 (Telephone: 1510/522-1731). Class at 7:15. - From Bayshore (101), Third Avenue toward hills; Right at light after railroad tracks; Left at end, venue on corner at Right. From Junípero Serra (280), San Mateo exit to second El Camino Real exit to Right on Second Avenue; Left on Ellsworth to Tilton.

Monday, February 9; 9-~12: $8 (Students: $5) — OPENING NIGHT of a WEEKLY Blues/Fusion Gig
Shades of Blues at the Polish Club of San Francisco, 3040 Twenty-second Street. Intermediates' class at 7; Beginners' class at 8 and dance: $15 (Students: $12). Hostess: Anna Fizyta.

Thursday, February 12; 8:00 'til the last dancer drops: $10
The public is welcome to attend the Capital Swing Dancers Presidents' Day Early-Bird Dance at the Radisson Hotel and Convention Center, 500 Leisure Lane, Sacramento.♦

Friday-Sunday, February 13-15; $140
Capital Swing Dancers' (Telephone 1916/271-2385) Presidents' Day Convention XVII (AANCE, AAU; NASDE; WSDC) at the Radisson Hotel and Convention Center ($99), 500 Leisure Lane (Telephones: 1800/333-3333; 916/922-2020), Sacramento. Event, three buffet-style meals, hospitality suite: $125; younger than 18: $65 payable to: Capital Swing Dancers, c/o Sheryl Zazzi, 1709 Lakewood Drive, West Sacramento 95691 (Tele: 1916/371-2385). Answers?

Friday, February 13; 9:30-?: $15
LAVAY SMITH and HER RED HOT SKILLET LICKERS play for dancing at Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Avenue, Berkeley. Shows: 1510/525-5054; Office: -5099. Lecture with Frankie Manning presented by Swing Is The Thing's Nick Lawrence (Telephone: 1510/524-2546).

Friday, February 13; 10-2: $10
THE CALIFORNIA HONEYDROPS play for Friday Night Blues at Studio Gracia, 19 Heron Street (Telephone: 701-1300). Classes at 8 and 9 and dance: $20. Answers?

Saturday, February 14; 8-12: $45
STOMPY JONES and THE ROMANO MARCHETTI ORCHESTRA play the Valentine's Dance aboard the USS Hornet, docked at Pier 3, Alameda Point. In advance $40 at 1510/521-8448x282 from 10-4: reserved near floor, $55; reserved near stage, $75. Class with Jim Truesdale at 7:30. Answers?

Saturday, February 14; 8:30-?: $??
THE FIL LORENZ ORCHESTRA with vocalist Hale Baskin plays the Shiny Stockings Ball at Lake Merritt Dance Center, 200 Grand Avenue, Oalkand.

Saturday, February 14; 9:15-12: $??
Red and White Ball, the last dance at the Sunnyvale location of the Starlite Dance Club, 1160 North Fair Oaks Avenue, Sunnyvale (Telephone: 1408/745-7827). Class at 8.

Sunday, February 15 — CLOSING!
The Starlite Dance Club is closing its Sunnyvale location! Telephone: 1408/745-7827.

Sunday, February 15, 20:00-03:00; $10
The public is welcome to attend the Capital Swing Dancers' Post-convention Dance at the Radisson Hotel and Convention Center, 500 Leisure Lane, Sacramento.♦

Monday, February 16 — NEW LOCATION!
The Starlite Dance Club is opening at its new location, 1400 North Shoreline Boulevard, Mountain View. Telephone: 1408/745-7827.

Monday, February 16; 9-~12: $8 (Students: $5) — New WEEKLY Blues/Fusion Gig
Shades of Blues at the Polish Club of San Francisco, 3040 Twenty-second Street. Intermediates' class at 7; Beginners' class at 8 and dance: $15 (Students: $12). Hostess: Anna Fizyta.

Friday, February 20-Sunday, February 22: $246 (other options available.)
SF/Bay Area Salsa Rueda Festival at Hotel Whitcomb ($75), 1231 Market Street (MArket 6-8000; Reservation telephone: 1800/227-4747). Friday: Dinner and Timba; Saturday: JESUS DIAZ Y SU QBA and RUMBACHE. Through January 14: $220.

Saturday, February 21; ?-?: $?CANCELLATION
The Starlite Dance Club House Warming at its new location, 1400 North Shoreline Boulevard, Mountain View (Telephone: 1408/745-7827).

Saturday, February 21; 7-11: $25 - $20 in advance
The Fourth Annual Vima Ball at Vima Dance Studio, 560 Third Street (Telephone: 977-0203). Performances, refreshments. In advance: $20. Answers?

Saturday, February 21; 8-1: $25
DAVID HARDIMAN plays A Grand Ballroom Party with entertainment presented by Universal Culture Development Foundation (Telephone: 216-5158) at the at the Allegro Ballroom, 5855 Christie Avenue, Emeryville (Telephone: 1510/655-2888). Reserved seat with drinks and snacks: $35. Answers?

Saturday, February 21; 9-11:45: Gratis! Tonight, next week, and the one following!
The Cubberley Pavilion, 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. Class at 8.

Sunday, February 22 — CHANGE of SCHEDULE
The Starlite Dance Club in Mountain View is closed tonight.

Monday, February 23; 9-12: $12 at 9, $8 at 10:30 — CHANGE of VENUE
Richard Kear (Telephone: 1408/391-8607) has moved his Monday night Swing dance to Dance Boulevard (née San José DanceSport) at 1824 Hillsdale Avenue, San José (Telephone: 1408/264-9393). Beginners' class at 7 and dance: $12; Intermediates' class at 8 and dance: $12

Monday, February 23; 9-~12: $8 (Students: $5) — WEEKLY Blues/Fusion Gig
Shades of Blues at the Polish Club of San Francisco, 3040 Twenty-second Street. Intermediates' class at 7; Beginners' class at 8 and dance: $15 (Students: $12). Hostess: Anna Fizyta.

Friday, February 27-Sunday, March 1: $439; $678/2; $957/3
THE FUNATICS play for dancing through the Sierra Nevada aboard the Murder Mystery and Wine Tasting (a.k.a. Reno Fun) Train (adults only) for Michelle Kinkaid's Train Magic departing Emeryville (9:45), Martinez (10:35), Suisun (11), or Sacramento (12:05). Listen to MARK GUSTASON in the piano lounge. Transportation, chicken pot pie on Friday, deli lunch on Sunday; sausages (buy 'burgers, burritos, chips, etc. at snack bar), two nights at Eldorado Hotel Casino, and “Winners Book”. Payable to Michelle Kinkaid, 671 Athens Street, San Francisco 94112. Call (Voice/ Facsimile) 585-6282 to learn whether there's a space for you!

Saturday, February 28; 8-11: $8 — New FOURTH SATURDAY SWING Kick off Party
Kim Sifter's Fourth Saturday Swing Dance Kick off Party at Cheryl Burke Dance's Drew Lachey Room, 1500 Sixteenth Street (Telephone: 252-9000). Class at 7 and dance: $14. Answers?

Saturday, February 28; 9-11:45: Gratis! Tonight and next week!
The Cubberley Pavilion, 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. Class at 8.

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    MARCH's regularly scheduled dances

Monday, March 2; 9-12: $12 at 9, $8 at 10:30 — CHANGE of VENUE
Richard Kear (Telephone: 1408/391-8607) has moved his Monday night Swing dance to Dance Boulevard (née San José DanceSport) at 1824 Hillsdale Avenue, San José (Telephone: 1408/264-9393). Beginners' class at 7 and dance: $12; Intermediates' class at 8 and dance: $12

Saturday, March 7; 8-?: $20
LEE PRESSON AND THE NAILS play Waltzes and Victorian dance music at The Sting Swing Ball at the San Mateo Masonic Temple, 100 North Ellsworth Avenue. Costumes, vintage, or evening dress admired, not required. Food to share welcome. $15 through February 23 from The Period Events & Entertainment Re-Creation Society, 2144B Buena Vista Avenue, Alameda 94501 (Telephone: 1510/522-1731) or PayPal. Class at 7:15. — From Bayshore (101), Third Avenue toward hills; Right at light after railroad tracks; Left at end, venue on corner at Right. From Junípero Serra (280), San Mateo exit to second El Camino Real exit to Right on Second Avenue; Left on Ellsworth to Tilton.

Sunday, March 8, 6:30-10; $10 – Workshops at 4:30 and dance; $40
Swing Joins Country, a day of Swing and Country dancing and Show at the Imperial Dance Club, 822 Cassia Street, Redwood City (Telephone: 1650/366-0504). Workshops 4:30-6 and dance $30 through March 3 sent to Michelle Kinkaid, 671 Athens Street, San Francisco 94112-3530 (Telephone: 585-6282).♦

Saturday, March 7; 9-11:45: Gratis!
The Cubberley Pavilion, 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. Class at 8.

Monday, March 9; 9-12: $12 at 9, $8 at 10:30 — CHANGE of VENUE
Richard Kear (Telephone: 1408/391-8607) has moved his Monday night Swing dance to Dance Boulevard (née San José DanceSport) at 1824 Hillsdale Avenue, San José (Telephone: 1408/264-9393). Beginners' class at 7 and dance: $12; Intermediates' class at 8 and dance: $12

Saturday, March 14; 8:30-?: $12(?)
STEVE LUCKY & THE RHUMBA BUMS featuring Miss Carmen Getit at Rancho Nicasio, on the Town Square, 1 Old Rancheria Road, Nicasio. Reservations advised: 662-2219.

Saturday, March 21; 8-11: $5
Swing City Dancers Wearin' o'The Green dance (Telephone: 553-8680) in Room 307 at City College's Health and Wellness Center on Howth Street at Ocean Avenue. Class at 7. Answers?♦

Saturday, March 21; 8-11: $15
STOMPY JONES plays for dancing at Monroe Hall, 1400 West College Avenue, Santa Rosa. Class at 7. Answers?

Saturday, March 21; 8:45-11:45: $10
Mt.Tam Swing with Fred Loebenstein at the Mt.Tam Racquet Club, One Larkspur Plaza Drive, Larkspur (Telephone: 924-6226). Beginners' class with Kelly Casanova at 7:30; Intermediates' at 8:30 and dance, $15.

2009 date, 2008 INFO Friday, March 26-March 29; $Complex
San Francisco Open DanceSport Championships (NDCA) at the San Francisco Airport Marriott Hotel, 1800 Old Bayshore Highway, Burlingame (Tels: 1800/228-9290; 650/692-9100; Facsimile: -8016). Amounts pay- able to: Imperial Productions, LLC, 822 Cassia Street, Redwood City 94063 (Tel: 1650/780-9456). Hosts: Stephan and Denise Jourdaine-Krauel (Voice/Facsimile: 1650/366- 0504). Hostess: Nadia Eftedal (Tel: 1562/902-7657).

Thursday, March 26; 10-1:30: $15
LOUIE ROMERO Y SU GRUPO MAZACOTE plays for the 1st Annual San Francisco Salsa Festival's (Telephone: 1510/697-1892) Welcome Party at Café Cocomo, 650 Indiana Street (Telephone: 824-6910). Class at 8:30.

Friday, March 27-Saturday, March 28: $100 (other options available)
1st Annual San Francisco Salsa Festival (Telephone: 1510/697-1892) at the Cathedral Hill Hotel ($109), 1101 Van Ness Avenue (Telephones: 1800/622-0855; 776-8200; Facsimile: 441-2841).

Friday, March 27; 8:30-11: $5
Country Dance Party at Kodiak Jack's, 256 Petaluma Boulevard North, Petaluma. Line, TwoSteps, West Coast Swing, Waltz, ChaCha, etc. Classes at 7 and 7:45 and dance: $8.

Friday, March 27; 9-11: $10
Swing dance at Bay West Ballroom, 1133D East Francisco Boulevard, San Rafael (Telephone: 457-4619). Beginners' or Intermediates' class at 8 and dance: $20. Answers?

Saturday, March 28; 7-12: $16 – Minors: $10
The Redwood Empire Swing Dance Club's (HotLine: 1707/523-9477) annual Black & White Ball and Pot Luck Buffet (please take something) at the Petaluma Veterans Memorial Building, 1094 Petaluma Boulevard South. Via Redwood Highway (101) from Golden Gate Bridge, Petaluma Boulevard South, Left at signal, Right into second driveway.♦

Saturday, March 28; 8-11: $8 — New FOURTH SATURDAY Swing Dance
Fourth Saturday Swing dance at Cheryl Burke Dance's Drew Lachey Room, 1500 Sixteenth Street (Telephone: 252-9000). Class with hostess Kim Sifter at 7 and dance: $14. Answers?

Sunday, March 29; 6-10: $8
West Coast Swing Dance at WnY Warehouse at 64 Digital Drive, Novato. (Telephone: 828-3408). Class at 4:30. Answers?

Sunday, March 29; 6-10: $10
Top of Beardsley's celebrates the inception of its “Teaching and Promoting Swing Dancing” on February 19, 1978, thirty-one years ago with its celebratory dance, at the Peninsula Social Club, 100 North B Street, San Mateo. DJs: Michelle Kinkaid, Randy Krul, and Phil Trau. —From Bayshore Highway (101), Third Avenue toward hills. Right after railroad tracks; venue at Right about a half-block before T-intersection. From Junípero Serra (280), San Mateo exit to second El Camino Real exit to Right on Second Avenue, Left on B Street (there's a market). Venue at Right about a half-block before T-intersection.♦

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   APRIL's regularly scheduled dances

Thursday-Sunday, April 2-4: $500
Camp Blues. Event, twelve meals, lodging: $500.

Saturday, April 4; 6:30-12: $12
The Next Generation Swing Dance Club celebrates its Twentieth Anniversary, at the Allegro Ballroom, 5855 Christie Avenue, Emeryville (Telephone: 1510/655- 2888). San Francisco Bay Bridge toward Sacramento then immediately into Right lane to exit at Powell Street. Right at light then Left at next two lights to park behind gas station. From Berkeley, take Powell Street exit. Left at first, second, fourth, and fifth lights to park behind gas station.

Saturday, April 4; 8-?: $20
AVALON RISING plays Waltzes, Celtic reels and jigs, and other Victorian dances for The Girl Genius Victorian Mad Science Ball – A Steampunk/Gaslamp Fantasy Ball at the San Mateo Masonic Temple, 100 North Ellsworth Avenue. Costumes, vintage, or evening dress admired, not required. Food to share welcome. $15 through March 28 from The Period Events & Entertainment Re-Creation Society, 2144B Buena Vista Avenue, Alameda 94501 (Telephone: 1510/522-1731) or PayPal. Class at 7:15. —From Bayshore (101), Third Avenue toward hills; Right at light after railroad tracks; Left at end, venue on corner at Right. From Junípero Serra (280), San Mateo exit to second El Camino Real exit to Right on Second Avenue;left on Ellsworth to Tilton.

Sunday, April 12 — CANCELLATION!
Michelle Kinkaid's regular Second Sunday dance isn't happening this month. It will resume next month.

Sunday, April 12; 8 and 10: $7
The 14-piece FIL LORENZ ORCHESTRA (listen to “The Plunger” — read our review), featuring organist Wil Blades with vocalist Hale Baskin, followed by 8 LEGGED MONSTER, a nonette, with guest vocalist Lavay Smith at the Makeout Room, 3225 Twenty-second Street. Answers?♦

Thursday, April 16; ?-?: $
Reno Dance Sensation Swing and Salsa Championships and Show's Welcome Dance (Telephone 1916/285-6557) at the Grand Sierra Resort ($94), 2500 East Second Street (Telephones: 1800/501-2651; 775/789-2000). Answers?♦

Friday-Sunday, April 17-19: $150; Students: $100; Younger than 18: $75
Reno Dance Sensation Swing and Salsa Championships and Show V at the Grand Sierra Resort ($94), 2500 East Second Street (Telephones: 1800/501-2651; 775/789-2000). WSDC. Event, Workshops, Show in advance: $125 through March payable to: Reno Dance Sensation, 702 Mangrove Avenue 328, Chico 95926 (Telephone: 1916/317-5450). Answers?♦

Saturday, April 18; 8-11: $10
BERNARD ANDERSON AND THE OLD SCHOOL BAND play A Saturday Night Swing Dance! for the Swing City Dancers dance (Telephone: 553-8680) in Room 301 at City College's Health and Wellness Center on Howth Street at Ocean Avenue. Class at 7. Answers?

Monday, April 20; 1-4: $3
Dance Party at the Emery Center, 4321 Salem Street, Emeryville (Telephone: 1510/596-3730). Refreshments.

Friday, April 24; Noon-1: Gratis! National Dance Week's Kick-off Event at Union Square.

April 25-May 3: National Dance Week

Saturday, April 25; 8-11: $8 — FOURTH SATURDAY Swing Dance
Fourth Saturday Swing dance at Cheryl Burke Dance's Drew Lachey Room, 1500 Sixteenth Street (Telephone: 252-9000). Class with hostess Kim Sifter at 7 and dance: $14. Answers?♦

Saturday, April 25; 8:30-12: $20
Special Showcase with Silke Miller, David Estrada, and Heintje Soriano (9:30) at the Allegro Ballroom, 5855 Christie Avenue, Emeryville (Telephone: 1510/655- 2888). San Francisco Bay Bridge toward Sacramento then immediately into Right lane to exit at Powell Street. Right at light then Left at next two lights to park behind gas station. From Berkeley, take Powell Street exit. Left at first, second, fourth, and fifth lights to park behind gas station.

Saturday, April 25; 8:30-12: $20
BRASSWORKS plays Victorian Waltzes, Polkas, Schottisches, Mazurkas, and set dances such as the Sir Roger de Coverley and the Congress of Vienna for Ye Gaskell Occasional Dance Society's Ball at the Scottish Rite Temple, 1547 Lakeside Drive, Oakland. Semi-formal Century XXI or period dress of Centuries XIX or XX. Class at 7:45. Answers?

Saturday, April 25; 9-12: $10
Friday Night Waltz and Scott Gamble sponsor the First Annual Oakland Free Dance Festival with free classes in many dances from 1-8 as part of National Dance Week at the Lake Merritt Dance Center, 200 Grand Avenue, Oakland. Answers?

April 26-May 3: National Dance Week

April 27-May 3: National Dance Week

April 28-May 3: National Dance Week

April 29-May 3: National Dance Week

April 30-May 3: National Dance Week

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   MAY's Regularly-scheduled dances

May 1-May 3: National Dance Week

Friday, May 1; 8-12: $8 — Not a dance gig
THE BLUES and BOOGIE BIG BAND from San Luís Obispo plays at Savanna Jazz, 2937 Mission Street (Telephone: 285-3369; Facsimile: -5967). Dine 'til 10:30.♦

May 2-May 3: National Dance Week

Saturday, May 2; 8-?: $20
AVALON RISING plays Waltzes, Celtic reels and jigs, and other Victorian dances for The Unseen University Wizard's Ball – A Graduation Ball for the Wizards of Ankh-Morpork at the San Mateo Masonic Temple, 100 North Ellsworth Avenue. Costumes, vintage, or evening dress admired, not required. Food to share welcome. $15 through March 28 from The Period Events & Entertainment Re-Creation Society, 2144B Buena Vista Avenue, Alameda 94501 (Telephone: 1510/522-1731) or PayPal. Class at 7:15. —From Bayshore (101), Third Avenue toward hills; Right at light after railroad tracks; Left at end, venue on corner at Right. From Junípero Serra (280), San Mateo exit to second El Camino Real exit to Right on Second Avenue; Left on Ellsworth to Tilton.

May 3: Last day of National Dance Week

Sunday, May 3; 11-11: $58
Yvonne and Jason Wayne (Telephone: 1707/694-3428) present The Biggest Little Dance Event In Northern California with workshops and competitions at Kodiak Jack's, 256 Petaluma Boulevard North, Petaluma. Event and dinner $50 through April 26. Answers?

Sunday, May 3; 5-11: $15 or 8-11: $10
Northern California Swing Dance Challenge IV at Kodiak Jack's, 256 Petaluma Boulevard North, Petaluma. Finalists from the Flamingo Hotel, The Station, Rhythm Street Dance Studio, The Dance Spectrum, and the San Rafael Community Center compete from 7. Event and dinner starting at 1, $50 through April 26. Answers?

Friday, May 8; 8-9 and 11-12: $40
Dance Fever III professional show 9-11 at Just Dance Ballroom, 2500 Embarcadero East, Oakland (Telephone: 1510/436-9888). In advance: $35. From San Francisco Bay Bridge, Nimitz Freeway (880) toward San José; exit 23rd Avenue to Right at signal, Right into second driveway.

Saturday, May 9; 8-12: $25
PULSE plays for dancing at Just Dance Ballroom, 2500 Embarcadero East, Oakland (Telephone: 1510/436-9888). Through April: $20. From San Francisco Bay Bridge, Nimitz Freeway (880) toward San José; exit 23rd Avenue to Right at signal, Right into second driveway.

Saturday, May 9; 8:30-1: $15
LAVAY SMITH & HER RED HOT SKILLET LICKERS play at Rancho Nicasio on the Town Square, 1 Old Rancheria Road, Nicasio. Reservations advised: 662-2219.

Saturday, May 9; 9:30-?: $5 or more suggested donation
FIL LORENZ SOUL-TET plays at Club DeLuxe, 1511 Haight Street: KLondike 2-6949.

Sunday, May 10; 6:30-10: $10
Michelle Kinkaid's regular Second Sunday dance resumes its normal schedule at the Imperial Dance Club (Telephone: 1650/366-0504), 822 Cassia Street, Redwood City. Class at 6.

Saturday, May 16; 7:30-1: $25
Dance Against Hunger fund raising dance with a class, silent auction, drawing, dessert bar, and performances. Proceeds donated to Alameda County Community Food Bank. At the Allegro Ballroom, 5855 Christie Avenue, Emeryville (Telephone: 1510/655- 2888). San Francisco Bay Bridge toward Sacramento then immediately into Right lane to exit at Powell Street. Right at light then Left at next two lights to park behind gas station. From Berkeley, take Powell Street exit. Left at first, second, fourth, and fifth lights to park behind gas station.

Sunday, May 17; 11:00 and 13:00: Gratis! ($15 to visit the Concours)
STOMPY JONES plays an hour before Noon, STEVE LUCKY & THE RHUMBA BUMS featuring Miss Carmen Getit an hour after Noon at the Marin Sonoma Coucours d'Elegance, a benefit for Hospice By The Bay, at the Marin County Fairgrounds, San Rafael (Telephone: 479-7727.).

Tuesday, May 19 - 07:00-20:00: Gratis if you do, costly if you don't!
VOTE BEFORE YOU DANCE DAY!

Thursday, May 21, 20:00-04:00: $10
The public is welcome to attend FreZno Dance Classic's Welcome Dance at the Radisson Convention Center Hotel, 2233 Ventura Street, Fresno.♦

Friday-Monday, May 22-25
FreZno Dance Classic XXVI The Wild, Wild West (1800s or 1980s/90s country attire Saturday night) at the Radisson Convention Center Hotel, 2233 Ventura Street, Fresno (Three nights ±$343 – Telephones: 1888/201-1718; 559/268-1000). Event, workshops, two dinners: $175; ages 13-19: $135; ages 5-12: $120; younger, Gratis! through April payable to: Dancin' Z Productions, Post Office Box 4274, Fresno 93744. Other options available; à la carte tickets at door. UCWDC/Q, WSDC. Host: Steve Zener (Telephone: 1559/486-1556).♦

Saturday May 23, 9-12:15: $20
THE WAVE with Alice Liu plays a variety of rhythms for dancing at Premier Ballroom Studio, 4181 Cushing Parkway, Fremont (Telephone: 1510/683-9228). DJ and Showcase at 8. Snacks. In advance: $17. Answers?

Sunday, May 24; 4:30-7:30: $25
SOUTH CITY BLUES BAND with “Boogie Woogie Queen” Wendy deWitt. Second set will have the floor open for dancing at the Bach Dancing and Dynamite Society, 307 Mirada Road, Miramar Beach, Half Moon Bay (1650/PAcific 6-4143).

Sunday, May 30; 11:30-15:00: Ages 18-64, $15 (Others, $10)
IN FULL SWING, a 20-piece band, plays the Hayward La Honda Music Camp's (Telephone: 1510/537-4871) fund raising Swing Dance at Premier Ballroom Studio, 1481 Cushing Parkway, Fremont (Tele: 1510/683-9228). Answers?

Sunday, May 31; 6-8: $10
Dancers' Sunday, Cowboy TwoStep, West Coast Swing, NiteClub TwoStep, ChaCha, Waltz, and Hustle at The Saddle Rack, 42011 Boscell Road, Fremont (Telephone: 1510/979-0477). Classes with Kurt Senser and Rick Evenskaas at 1:30, $35 and 3:20, $25; Rick Evenskaas and Robin Rebello at 4:40, $15. Answers?

Sunday, May 31; 6:30-10: $9
Lakeside Swing at the Lake Merritt Dance Center, 200 Grand Avenue, Oakland. Class with Mario Robau Junior at 6 and dance: $15. Tonight is a Fifth Sunday but Lakeside Swing will continue on Fourth Sundays. Answers?

Sunday, May 31; 8:45-11: $10
Forever 21 West Coast Swing Party at Susan's Dance Studio, 2146 Ringwood Avenue, San José (Tele: 1408/435-1889). Classes at 6:30 and 7:45 and dance: $15. Answers?


MAY MUSIC
Friday-Monday, May 22-25: $110
Sacramento Jazz Jubilee XXXVI, 2787 Del Monte Street, West Sacramento 95691 (Telephones: 1916/372-5277x3).

Saturday and Sunday, May 23 and 24: $100; Ages 12 and younger: $40
Santa Cruz Blues Festival XVII

Sunday, May 24; Seven o'clock: $20-$80 — Not a dance gig!
SFJazz presents a Battle of The BandsGlenn Miller Orchestra vs. Tommy Dorsey Orchestra at Louise M. Davies Symphony Hall.

Friday, May 29-Sunday, June 7: $???
Healdsburg Jazz Festival XI ticket telephones 1800/838-3006; 707/433-4644. Answers?


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    JUNE's regularly scheduled dances

Saturday, June 6; 8-11: $20
SARA & SWINGTIME play for dancing Lindy Hop, East Coast Swing, Waltz, FoxTrots, Tango, NiteClub TowStep, and Latin dances at the Secret Agents' Ball. Suggest '40s (Hitchcock) though '60s (“The Avengers”) or modern evening dress at the San Mateo Masonic Temple, 100 North Ellsworth Avenue. Food to share welcome. $15 through May 30 from The Period Events & Entertainment Re-Creation Society, 2144B Buena Vista Avenue, Alameda 94501 (Telephone: 1510/522-1731). Class at 7:15. - From Bayshore (101), Third Avenue toward hills; Right at light after railroad tracks; Left at end, venue on corner at Right. From Junípero Serra (280), San Mateo exit to second El Camino Real exit to Right on Second Avenue; Left on Ellsworthto Tilton.

Sunday, June 7; Noon-6: Gratis!
30 Year Dance Reünion in Memory of Joseph A. Zanger, Senior of, and at, Casa de Fruta, 10021 Pacheco Pass Highway, Hollister (Telephone: 1408/842-7282). Answers?

Sunday, June 7; 2-4: Gratis!
Tango in the Square, Milonga, Vals. Performances, classes. Union Square.

Saturday, June 13; 9-?: $20 (Minors welcome) — Reserved seating: $25
JULIUS MELENDEZ & HIS LATIN DANCE ENSEMBLE plays for dancing at the Mill Valley Events Center, 19 Corte Madera Avenue. In advance: $15 (Telephone: 389-5072). Answers?

Saturday and Sunday, June 13 and 14; Noon-10: Gratis!
San Francisco Free Folk Festival XXXIII, at Presidio Middle School, 450 Thirtieth Avenue.

Sunday, June 14; 4-7: $35
IN THE MOOD, a 25-piece band, plays for dancing and listening at the Lake Merritt Dance Center, 200 Grand Avenue, Oakland. In advance through June10, $30 payable to M. Bowe, Post Office Box 6438, Alameda 94501 (Telephone: 1510/523-5587). Answers?

Sunday, June 14; 6-10: $10
Michelle Kinkaid's 20th Annual John Duffy Memorial Dance (Telephone: 585-6282) at the Imperial Dance Club (Telephone: 1650/366-0504), 822 Cassia Street, Redwood City. Jack 'n' Jill Contest; Refreshments.♦

Friday, June 19; 9:30-?: $13
STEVE LUCKY & THE RHUMBA BUMS with Miss Carmen Getit play a Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Avenue, Berkeley. Shows: 1510/525-5054; Office: -5099. Class with Swing Is The Thing's Nick Lawrence (Telephone: 1510/524-2546) and Shanna Palazzo at 8.

Saturday, June 20; 8:30-12: $20
BRASSWORKS plays Victorian Waltzes, Polkas, Schottisches, Mazurkas, and set dances such as the Sir Roger de Coverley and the Congress of Vienna for Ye Gaskell Occasional Dance Society's Ball at the Scottish Rite Temple, 1547 Lakeside Drive, Oakland. Semi-formal Century XXI or period dress of Centuries XIX or XX. Class at 7:45. Answers?

Saturday, June 27; 8:45-11: $10
Forever 21 West Coast Swing Party at Susan's Dance Studio, 2146 Ringwood Avenue, San José (Telephone: 1408/435-1889). Classes at 6:30 and 7:45 and dance: $15. Answers?

JUNE MUSIC

Friday, May 29-Sunday, June 7: $???
Healdsburg Jazz Festival XI ticket telephones 1800/838-3006; 707/433-4644. Answers?

Wednesday, June 10; 6-8: Gratis!
NITECAPS BLUES BAND plays in Union Square.

Sunday, June 14; 2-4: Gratis!
CROSSCUT BAND plays in Union Square.

Wednesday, June 17; 6-8: Gratis!
ANTHONY BLEA Y SU CHARANGA plays Salsa in the Square. Class and dance.

Saturday, June 20; Noon-9: Gratis!
Chasing The Blues at the Cotati Jazz, Blues & Arts Festival XXIX a.k.a “The Biggest Little Jazz Festival in Sonoma County!” (Telephone: André at 1707/794-8100).

Saturday, June 20; 1-9: Gratis!
Fête de la Musique at Santana Row, San José

Saturday and Sunday, June 20 and 21; 12:30-6: $10 - Younger than 13, Gratis!
Salsa Saturday/Swing Sunday at the Marin Art Festival at Lagoon Park, Marin County Civic Center.

Friday-Sunday, June 26-28
Monterey Bay Blues Festival

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    JULY's regularly scheduled dances

Thursday, July 2; 6-12: Gratis!
Nora's Welcome Milonga (Telephone: 1650/348-1140) with DJ Mario Orlando of Buenos Aires in the Golden Gate Ballroom at the Clarion Hotel San Francisco Airport, 401 East Millbrae Avenue, Millbrae (Telephones: 1800/252-7466; 650/692-6363). Answers?

Friday, July 3-Sunday, July 5: $355
Nora's Tango Weekend at the Clarion Hotel San Francisco Airport ($95 through June 20), 401 East Millbrae Avenue, Millbrae (Telephones: 1800/252-7466; 650/692-6363). $320 through April 30 payable to Nora Olivera, 2841 Hillside Drive, Burlingame 94010. Answers?

Sunday, July 5; 2-4: Gratis!
Tango in the Square, Milonga, Vals. Performances, classes. Union Square.

Monday, July 6-Friday, July 10: $555
Nora's Tango Week at the Clarion Hotel San Francisco Airport ($95 through June 20), 401 East Millbrae Avenue, Millbrae (Telephones: 1800/252-7466; 650/692-6363). $505 through April 30 payable to Nora Olivera, 2841 Hillside Drive, Burlingame 94010.Answers?

Saturday, July 11; 9-2: $35
HOMBRES DE TANGO play at Nora's Celebration Tango! Gala Milonga and Show! in the Golden Gate Ballroom at the Clarion Hotel San Francisco Airport, 401 East Millbrae Avenue, Millbrae (Telephones: 1800/252-7466; 650/692-6363). Answers?

Sunday, July 12: 2:30-6:30: $12
Golden Gate Dance Club's Independence Day Dinner Dance Party at the South San Francisco Recreation Center, 33 Arroyo Drive. Hors d'oeuvres. Barbecued ribs dinner with wine at 5. Reserve with a check payable to Golden Gate Smooth Dancers, Inc., 1228 Hillcrest Boulevard, Millbrae 94030 (Telephones: 1650/697-2763, /455-2402).

Sunday, July 12; 5-8: $15 single/ $25 couple
Tuxedo Junction (aka the Rudy Salvini Sextette) plays for dancing at the Bellevue Club, 525 Bellevue Avenue, Oakland (Telephone: 1510/451-1000).

Saturday, July 25; 9:30-?: $15
STOMPY JONES plays for dancing at Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Avenue, Berkeley. Shows: 1510/525-5054; Office: -5099. Class with Swing Is The Thing's Nick Lawrence at 8. (Telephone: 1510/524-2546).

JULY MUSIC
Saturday, July 4; Noon-8: Included with Alameda County Fair admission
Red, White & Blues Festival

Saturday and Sunday, July 4 and 5; 10-6: Gratis!
Fillmore Jazz Festival between Eddy and Jackson streets.

Saturday, July 11 and Sunday, July 12; 11-7: $15/day; $10/day Students/Seniors
Hayward Russell City Blues Festival at City Hall Plaza, 777 B Street, Hayward.

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August 19, 1935
When Benny Goodman was arriving at McFadden's (née Sweet's) Ballroom
for the evening's gig in Oakland, there was a throng filling Broadway.
“What's going on?” he asked. “They're here to see you!”
Two days later, there was a national broadcast
of his performance at Los Angels' Palomar Theater thus creating the
erroneous impression that the Palomar, not
McFadden's is where the Swing Era began.

    AUGUST's regularly scheduled dances

Saturday, August 1; 1-4:30: Gratis!
River City Picnic – A Picnic in the Park with PEERS in Lincoln Park, 1450 High Street, Alameda, presented by The Period Events & Entertainment Re-Creation Society (Telephone: 1510/522-1731). Please take ground-cover, period-looking food and non-alcoholic beverages for the picnic that begins at 11:30. Edwardian or ‘teens summer afternoon (1900 to 1914), dress or artistic costume is admired but not required. Answers?

Sunday, August 2; 2-4: Gratis!
Tango in the Square, Milonga, Vals. Performances, classes. Union Square.

Thursday, August 6; 7-8:30: Gratis!
DON NEELY'S RHYTHM ACES, a sextette, play for dancing at the Presidio Officers' Club. Beginners' single-time Swing class with Cynthia Glinka at ?. Telephone: 485 - 5500

Saturday, August 8; 8:30-12: $20
NEW ASIA LIVE BAND plays for dancing at Just Dance Ballroom, 2500 Embarcadero East, Oakland (Telephone: 1510/436-9888). Dinner 6:30-7:30. From San Francisco Bay Bridge, Nimitz Freeway (880) toward San José; exit 23rd Avenue to Right at signal, Right into second driveway.

Saturday, August 15; 8:30-12: $20
BRASSWORKS plays Victorian Waltzes, Polkas, Schottisches, Mazurkas, and set dances such as the Sir Roger de Coverley and the Congress of Vienna for Ye Gaskell Occasional Dance Society's Ball at the Scottish Rite Temple, 1547 Lakeside Drive, Oakland. Semi-formal Century XXI or period dress of Centuries XIX or XX. Class at 7:45. Answers?

Saturday, August 15; 8:45-11:45: $10
Mt.Tam Swing with Fred Loebenstein at the Mt.Tam Racquet Club, One Larkspur Plaza Drive, Larkspur (Telephone: 924-6226). Beginners' class with Kelly Casanova at 7:30; Intermediates' at 8:30 and dance, $15.

Sunday, August 16; 7-9 $10
The 17-piece SAN FRANCISCO STARLIGHT ORCHESTRA plays Belinda's Sunday Swing (Telephone: 1510/893-4105) at Lake Merritt Dance Center, 200 Grand Avenue, Oakland. Class at 6. Answers?

Thursday, August 20; Time-'til the last dancer drops: $20
Grand Pacific Dance Championships Welcome Dance at the Doubletree Hotel ($110), 2050 Gateway Plaza, San José (Telephone: 1800/222-TREE).

Friday-Sunday, August 21-23: $185?
Grand Pacific Dance Championships at the Doubletree Hotel ($110), 2050 Gateway Plaza, San José (Telephone: 1800/222-TREE). Event, workshops, dinner, show, $165 through July 3 (other options available) payable to: Grand Pacific Dance Championships, Debra Hampton, 724½ North Croft Avenue, Los Angeles 90069 (Telehones: 1323/459-6713; 954/560-7068). Answers?

Friday, August 21; 9-'til the last dancer drops: $20
Swing Dance at Grand Pacific Dance Championships at the Doubletree Hotel, 2050 Gateway Plaza, San José (Telephone: 1800/222-TREE). Answers?

Saturday, August 22; 10-'til the last dancer drops: $20
Swing Dance at Grand Pacific Dance Championships at the Doubletree Hotel, 2050 Gateway Plaza, San José (Telephone: 1800/222-TREE). Answers?

Thursday, August 27; 7-9: Gratis!
Don Neely's ROYAL SOCIETY JAZZ ORCHESTRA, a dektette with vocalist Carla Normand, plays for dancing at the Presidio Officers' Club Exhibition Hall. Beginners' single-time Swing class with Cynthia Glinka at ?. Telephone: 485 - 5500

Saturday, August 29; 7-12: $18 - CANCELLED!!!
GALAXY BAND plays for dancing, and buffet dinner, at the Allegro Ballroom

Saturday, August 29; 8:30-12:30: $25
KICKBACK and PULSE play for dancing at Just Dance Ballroom, 2500 Embarcadero East, Oakland (Telephone: 1510/436-9888). In advance: $20. From San Francisco Bay Bridge, Nimitz Freeway (880) toward San José; exit 23rd Avenue to Right at signal, Right into second driveway.

Saturday, August 29, 9-12: $9
Dance! Dance!! Dance!!! Hustle come dance it!!! at the Allegro Ballroom, 5855 Christie Avenue, Emeryville (Telephone: 1510/655-2888). Classes with Scott Patterson at 3, 4, and 7 $15 each or 2 for $25; Class with Keith Gussoni at 8 and dance: $12. San Francisco Bay Bridge toward Sacramento then immediately into Right lane to exit at Powell Street. Right at light then Left at next two lights to park behind gas station. From Berkeley, take Powell Street exit. Left at first, second, fourth, and fifth lights to park behind gas station.

Saturday, August 29; 9-12: $15 - Students: $12
LAVAY SMITH and HER RED HOT SKILLET LICKERS present a CD release party at Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Avenue, Berkeley. Shows: 1510/525-5054; Office: -5099. Answers?

Sunday, August 30; 6-9: $20
Don Neely's ROYAL SOCIETY JAZZ ORCHESTRA, a dektette with vocalist Carla Normand, plays for dancing at Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Avenue, Berkeley. Shows: 1510/525-5054; Office: -5099.

Sunday, August 30; 7-10:30: $10
Fifth Sunday [Lakeside] Swing at the at Lake Merritt Dance Center, 200 Grand Avenue, Oakland. Class with with Glenn and Sue Cravalho at 6 and dance, $14.

AUGUST MUSIC
Friday-Sunday, August 7-9: $30
San José Jazz Festival XX at and near César Chávez Plaza. Friday: $10; Saturday, Sunday: $15 each.♦

August 20 ($20), 21, 22 ($22); 8 and 10
Brass, Bows & Beats, A Hip-Hop Symphony by Adam Theis at Yoshi's, 1330 Fillmore Street. Advance sale at telephone: 655.5600.

August 29-30; Noon Saturday 'til 6-Sunday 'til 5: $12; Age 61+ $10; Ages 12-16 $8; Younger Gratis!
Bodega Seafood, Art & Wine Festival XV at Watts Ranch,16855 Bodega Highway

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    SEPTEMBER's regularly scheduled dances

Thursday, September 3; 8:30-11: $?? CHANGE OF VENUE!!!
West Coast Swing University
(Telephone: 1707/694.3428) has moved from the San Rafael Community Center, 618 B Street (Telephone: 485-3333) to WnY Warehouse, 64 Digital Drive in Novato (Telephone: 828.3408). Classes at 6:30 and 7:30. Answers?

Thursday, September 3; ?-?: $15
Earth Quake Dance Party in three ballrooms at the Wyndham Hotel, 1350 North First Street, San José (Telephone: 1408/453-6200), the opening dance of South Bay Dance Fling XXV. Answers?

Friday, September 4-Monday, September 7: $145
South Bay Dance Fling XXV in three ballrooms at the Wyndham Hotel ($90), 1350 North First Street, San José (Telephones: 1408/453-6200; California, 1800/662-9896; Exterior, 800/538-6818). Event, workshops, dinner/show: $125 through July 14, $145 after payable to South Bay Dance Fling, Post Office Box 1384, Oakdale 95361 (Telephone: 1209/608-1414). Other options available. UCWDC WHDC WSDC Answers?

Saturday, September 5; 8-11: $20
BANGERS & MASH plays Victorian Waltzes and Polkas, etc., at The Space Cowboys' Ball at the San Mateo Masonic Temple, 100 North Ellsworth Avenue. Century XIX (1860-1900) or neo-19th century costume or science fiction/fantasy costume from any universe; creative blending of past and future styles; Chinese/Indian, browncoats, and modern evening dress admired, not required. “We don’t care what you wear, ’long as it’s legal.” Food to share welcome. $15 through August 29 from The Period Events & Entertainment Re-Creation Society, 2144B Buena Vista Avenue, Alameda 94501 (Telephone: 1510/522-1731). Class at 7:15. — From Bayshore (101), Third Avenue toward hills; Right at light after railroad tracks; Left at end, venue on corner at Right. From Junípero Serra (280), San Mateo exit to second El Camino Real exit to Right on Second Avenue; Left on Ellsworth to Tilton.

Thursday, September 10; 8:30-11: $?? CHANGE OF VENUE!!!
West Coast Swing University
(Telephone: 1707/694.3428) has moved from the San Rafael Community Center, 618 B Street (Telephone: 485-3333) to WnY Warehouse, 64 Digital Drive in Novato (Telephone: 828.3408). Classes at 6:30 and 7:30. Answers?

Friday-Sunday, September 11-13: $105
GORDON WEBSTER plays in the Sutter Room at the Regency Center at 1290 Sutter Street, Friday (also DAVE WORKMAN); BIG BONES, FIL LORENZ LITTLE BIG BAND, and JOHNNY BONES and the PALACE OF JAZZ Saturday; THE CALIFORNIA HONEYDROPS née The Jelly Roll Souls Sunday at the Annunciation Cathedral, 245 Valencia Street, for dancing at the San Francisco Lindy Exchange. In advance: $75 through July 11, $85 through August 11, $95 through September 4, payable to: San Francisco Lindy Exchange, 1849 Oak Street, San Francisco 94117. Housing deadline September 4. Answers?

Friday, September 11; 9-12: $8
27th Anniversary Dance of the Friday Night Dance at the Cubberley Pavilion, 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto (Telephone: 1650/329-2418). Class with Robin Rebello at 8.

Saturday, September 12; 7:30-12: $22
Third Anniversary on the Embarcadero Cove Waterfront at Just Dance Ballroom, 2500 Embarcadero, Oakland (Telephone: 1510/436-9888). Dinner at 6:30, showcase, dance. From San Francisco Bay Bridge, Nimitz Freeway (880) toward San José to 23rd Avenue; right at signal; enter second driveway.

Saturday, September 12; 8-12: $50
GLENN MILLER ORCHESTRA plays for dancing aboard the USS Hornet docked at Pier 3, Alameda Point. In advance Reserved near stage: $98; Reserved near floor: $68; General: $45 at 1510/521-8448x282 from 10-4. Class with Jim Truesdale at 7:30. Answers?

Saturday, September 12; 8-1: $15
Upscale Ballroom Dance Party (Bachata, ChaCha, Mambo/Salsa, NiteClub TwoStep, Rumba, West and East coast Swings, etc.) presented by the Bay Area Young Social Group at the Chinese Performing Artists of America Center, 6148 Bollinger Road, San José. In advance: $10. From Junípero Serra Freeway (280), South Wolfe Road to Wolfe Road that becomes Miller to left on Bollinger then immediately right into the Safeway Shopping Center.

Saturday, September 12; 9-?: $??
LAVAY SMITH & Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers' record release party at Café du Nord, 2170 Market Street (Telephone: 861-5016.

Sunday, September 13; 1-6: $70
Don Neeley's ROYAL SOCIETY JAZZ ORCHESTRA, with vocalists Carla Normand and Frederick Hodges, plays for dancing for The Gatsby Summer Afternoon XXV at the Dunsmuir House & Gardens, 2960 Peralta Oaks Court, Oakland (Telephone: 1510/615-5555). Circa 1920-1940 afternoon attire, or similar, required. Tickets in advance: $50 from Art Deco Society of California, 100 Bush Street, 511, San Francisco 94104 (Telephone: 982-DECO).

Sunday, September 13; 6-8:30: $10
Boogie Woogie Ballroom's First Anniversary (Telephone: 1650/571-0836) with performances, prizes, food, and dessert at the Burlingame Masonic Center, 145 Park Road (Telephone: 1650/347-7787). Beginners' class at 5, Intermediates' at 5:30. Answers?

Thursday, September 17; 8:30-11: $?? CHANGE OF VENUE!!!
West Coast Swing University
(Telephone: 1707/694.3428) has moved from the San Rafael Community Center, 618 B Street (Telephone: 485-3333) to WnY Warehouse, 64 Digital Drive in Novato (Telephone: 828.3408). Classes at 6:30 and 7:30. Answers?

Saturday, September 19; 8-11: $5
Swing City Dancers at City College's Health and Wellness Center, Howth Street at Ocean Avenue, Room 307 (Telephone: 452-5353).. Class 7. Answers?

Saturday, September 19; 8-2: $25
PULSE and MAMBO STREET play for dancing at Just Dance Ballroom, 2500 Embarcadero East, Oakland (Telephone: 1510/436-9888). In advance: $20. From San Francisco Bay Bridge, Nimitz Freeway (880) toward San José to 23rd Avenue; right at signal; enter second driveway.

Saturday, September 19; 9:30-12: $10 — NEW GIG!!!
Inception of The Rent Party, a weekly Lindy Hop and Blues dance at ODC Dance Commons at 351 Shotwell Street (Voice: 863-6606; Facsimile: -9833). Class at 8:30. Answers?

Saturday-Sunday, September 26-27; Times: Price$
Pacific Grand Ball, American and International styles competitions and dancing at Premier Ballroom Studio, 4181 Cushing Parkway, Fremont (Telephone: 1510/683-9228). Answers?

Saturday, September 26; 2-2: $20
6th Annual Dance-A-Thon at Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Avenue, Berkeley. Shows: 1510/525-5054; Office: -5099. Answers?

Saturday, September 26, 8-12: $15; Age 20 and younger: $8; Spectator: $5
The Redwood Empire Swing Dance Club's South Pacific Swing — Invitational Jack 'n' Jill XIV (HotLine: 1707/523- 9477) at the Petaluma Veterans Memorial Building, 1094 Petaluma Boulevard South (Tel: 1707/876-3308). Class at 7. Answers? Redwood Highway (101) to Petaluma Boulevard South; venue behind bowling alley about two miles farther at left.

Saturday, September 26; 8:30-12: $30
Anniversary XV with hors d’oeuvres, cake, and dancing at the Allegro Ballroom. Performances by Ross Pearce with Lucy Yoo and Frank Flores with Christina Musser. Class with Jeff Chandler and Lucy Yoo at 7:30. In advance: $25. 5855 Christie Avenue, Emeryville (Telephone: 1510/655-2888). San Francisco Bay Bridge toward Sacramento then immediately into Right lane to exit at Powell Street. Right at light then Left at next two lights to park behind gas station. From Berkeley, take Powell Street exit. Left at first, second, fourth, and fifth lights to park behind gas station.

Saturday, September 26; 9:30-12: $10 — NEW GIG!!!
The Rent Party, a weekly Lindy Hop and Blues dance at ODC Dance Commons at 351 Shotwell Street (Voice: 863-6606; Facsimile: -9833). Class at 8:30. Answers?

SEPTEMBER MUSIC
Friday-Sunday, September 18-20: $110 and more
Monterey Jazz Festival LII

MONTHLY
TUESDAYS
8-11:30: No cover! (Minors OK) – Take a partner!*
CONTEMPORARY JAZZ ORCHESTRA, under the leadership of Tod Dickow at Rasella's Jazz Club, 1534 Fillmore Street, (Telephone: JOrdan 7-5010). Not a dance gig. Answers?

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      OCTOBER's regularly scheduled dances

Thursday, October 1; 9:20-12:30: Gratis!
9:20 Special's Open House and performances at the Russian Center, 2460 Sutter Street (Telephone: 921-7631). Class at 8:20. Answers?

Saturday, October 3 – SCHEDULE CHANGE!
The Next Generation Swing Dance Club's monthly dance is not happening at the Allegro Ballroom tonight. Dance with us next Sunday at the Regency Hotel in Burlingame, the closing dance of Boogie by the Bay, q.v. below.

Saturday, October 3; 9-12: $9
Invitational with performance by Tadas and Heather Jonyla at 10:30 at the Allegro Ballroom, 5855 Christie Avenue, Emeryville (Telephone: 1510/655-2888). Class at 7:30 and dance: $20, Students: $16. San Francisco Bay Bridge toward Sacramento then immediately into Right lane to exit at Powell Street. Right at light then Left at next two lights to park behind gas station. From Berkeley, take Powell Street exit. Left at first, second, fourth, and fifth lights to park behind gas station.

Saturday, October 3; 9:30-12: $10 — NEW weekly GIG!!!
The Rent Party, a weekly Lindy Hop and Blues dance at ODC Dance Commons at 351 Shotwell Street (Voice: 863-6606; Facsimile: -9833). Class at 8:30. Answers?

Sunday, October 4; 3:45-8: $15
People Who Love Dancing present a benefit for The Make-A-Wish Foundation in memory of Dylan Johnson, part of its Sunday Charity Dance Series, (Telephone: 1510/453-1641) Answers? at The Saddle Rack, 42011 Boscell Road, Fremont (Telephone: 1510/979-0477). Doors open at 1; classes 1:45-3:45.

Sunday, October 4, 6:30-10 – SCHEDULE CHANGE!
Michelle Kinkaid's regular Second Sunday dance is tonight at the Imperial Dance Club, 822 Cassia Street, Redwood City. Next Sunday we'll be dancing at Boogie by the Bay, q.v.

Thursday, October 8; 9-'til the last dancer drops: $10
The Next Generation Swing Dance Club's Boogie by the Bay Early Bird Dance at the Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport, 1333 Old Bayshore Highway, Burlingame (see below for more information).

Friday-Sunday, October 9-11; $145; Age 17 and younger: $75
Boogie by the Bay XVII (NASDE, WSDC) at the Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport, 1333 Old Bayshore Highway, Burlingame - $127 through August (Telephones: 1800/233-1234; 650/347-1234). Event, workshops, buffet through September, $125; Age 17 and younger, $65. Payable to: The Next Generation Swing Dance Club, Post Office Box 2747, Dublin 94568. Answers?

Saturday, October 10; 4-6: $5
Swing City Dancers' Mostly Waltz (Telephone: 553-8680) in Room 307 at City College's Health and Wellness Center, Howth Street at Ocean Avenue. Answers?

Saturday, October 10; 9-12: $8 — NEW Second Saturday GIG!!!
East Bay Waltz and Polka and Lindy and Blues and Schottish and Irish and Tango and … at the at the Lake Merritt Dance Center, 200 Grand Avenue, Oakland. Classes at 7 and 8 and dance: $12. Answers?

Sunday, October 11 – SCHEDULE CHANGE!
Michelle Kinkaid's monthly dance was last week at the Imperial Dance Club in Redwood City. We're dancing at Boogie by the Bay, q.v., tonight.

Sunday, October 11; ≈8 'til the last dancer drops: $10
The public is invited to attend the closing dance of the The Next Generation Swing Dance Club's Boogie by the Bay at the Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport, 1333 Old Bayshore Highway, Burlingame.

Thursday-Sunday, October 15-18: $90
Sundance Stompede (IAGLCWDC) at The Golden Gateway Holiday Inn, 1500 Van Ness Avenue (call 447-3025; to reserve for $136). Thursday, 6:30-11: Kick-off Dance at Sundance Saloon, 550 Barneveld Avenue; Friday, 7:30-1: Welcome Dance at hotel; Saturday, 7:30-1: Hoedown at the Regency Ballroom, 1300 Van Ness Avenue; Sunday, 5-11: Stompede Ball at the Sundance Saloon. Workshops at hotel: Friday: 1–6; Saturday and Sunday: 10–4. Advance sale tickets from The Sundance Association, 2261 Market Street, PMB 225, San Francisco 94114. Answers?

Saturday-Sunday October 16-18: $149
San Francisco Collegiate Shag Jam III A 1930s Music, Dance, and Culture festival with workshops and dinner (Telephone: 314-9142) at Club Verdi, 2424 Mariposa Street (Telephone: 239-7002). Without dinner: $99. Answers?

Friday-Sunday, October 16-18; Price$
Autumn Dance Classic (NDCA) at the Cathedral Hill Hotel ($???), 1101 Van Ness Avenue (Telephones: 1800/622-0855; 776-8200). Entries due by September 18. Payable to: Gene Jennings, 1469 Sacramento Street, 4, San Francisco 94109 (Voice/Facsimile: 771-4748).

Saturday, October 17; 7-1:30: $42
Cool Black Ball, a 1920s-1950s black costume ball on Fillmore Street between Eddy and Post streets and in Yoshi's, Bruno's, Rasselas, and Sheba. Dance class at Fillmore Center Plaza at 7. In advance: $31.74 from Brown Paper Tickets. Answers?♦

Saturday, October 17; 8-11: $5
Swing City Dancers' Mostly Swing (Telephone: 553-8680) in Room 307 at City College's Health and Wellness Center, Howth Street at Ocean Avenue. Class at 7. Answers?♦

Saturday, October 17; 8-12: $20
GALAXY BAND plays for dancing at Just Dance Ballroom, 2500 Embarcadero East, Oakland (Telephone: 1510/436-9888). In advance: $15. From San Francisco Bay Bridge, Nimitz Freeway (880) toward San José; exit 23rd Avenue to Right at signal, Right into second driveway.

Saturday, October 17; 10-1: $80 ($40 without dinner, $35 in advance)
Don Neeley's ROYAL SOCIETY JAZZ ORCHESTRA, with vocalists Carla Normand and Frederick Hodges, plays for dancing at The San Francisco Mobsters Ball Part III (Telephone: 1650/544-4862) at the Verdi Club, 2424 Mariposa Street (Telephone: 861-9199). Five course dinner with wine at 6:45; recorded music and entertainment at 9. Other ticket options available. Answers?

Friday, October 23-Sunday, October 25: $275 for lodging, food, workshops, dances
STOMPY JONES (née The Swing Session) plays for dancing for Camp Swing XIV, a weekend of Lindy, Balboa, Shag, Blues, Tango, Salsa, East Coast Swing, Charleston, etc. at the Mendocino Woodlands Camp. Payable to: Camp Swing, c/o Shufina English, 4434 Seventeenth Street, San Francisco 94114, or PayPal. Answers? From Mendocino take Little Lake Road 5½ miles to end of pavement. Turn Right onto gravel road 3 miles to camp.

Friday, October 23, 9-12: $8
Friday Night Waltz's Annual Hallowe'en Party at First United Methodist Church's Fellowship Hall, 625 Hamilton Avenue, Palo Alto. Performance by Decadance. Munch on shrimp, meats, vegetables, cakes, candy, cookies, pies, ice cream, and chocolate malteds. Classes at 7 and 8 and dance: $12. Telephone: 1650/326-6265. Answers?

Saturday, October 24, 5:30: Gratis!
Thrill The World 2009 by dancing as a Zombie to Michael Jackson's “Thriller” choreography with dancers around the world! Please arrive at 4:30! ALAMEDA: 1402 Park Street; OAKLAND: 365 Forty-fifth Street; SAN JOSÉ: 1202 Lincoln Avenue; SANTA CRUZ: 301 Center Street. You know it ain't easy: Be sure to attend rehearsals!

Saturday, October 24; 8:30-12: $20
BRASSWORKS plays Victorian Waltzes, Polkas, Schottisches, Mazurkas, and set dances such as the Sir Roger de Coverley and the Congress of Vienna for Ye Gaskell Occasional Dance Society's Fancy Dress Ball, a costume Victorian ball at the Scottish Rite Temple, 1547 Lakeside Drive, Oakland. Semi-formal Century XXI or period dress of Centuries XIX or XX, please. Class at 7:45. Answers?

Sunday, October 25 — HIATUS!
Boogie Woogie Ballroom isn't happening tonight at the Burlingame Masonic Lodge. Please come next Sunday.

Friday, October 30; 8:30-1:30: $8
Halloween Bash, A Swingin' Country Dance Party at Kodiak Jack's, 256 Petaluma Boulevard North, Petaluma (Telephone: 1707/694-9428). Costume contest at 9:30. Class at 7 and dance, $10.

Friday, October 30; 9-12: Gratis!
Lindy at Fright at University of California's Upper Sproul Plaza, Berkeley. Costume contests. Class at 8.

Friday, October 30; 9-11: $20
Swing Masquerade Ball at Bay West Ballroom, 1133 East Francisco Boulevard, D (upstairs), San Rafael (Telephone: 457-4619). Class with Joanna Meinl at 8.

Friday, October 30; 9-12: $8
Hallowe'en Dance Party at the The Cubberley Pavilion, 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. Silly stuff, ghoulish gastronomic goodies; costume contest ≈9:40. Class at 8 (Telephone: 1650/856-9930). Answers?

Friday, October 30; 9-12: $12
Halloween Party with prizes for best costumes, carved pumpkin, and winners of the Jack 'n'Jill Balloon Dance at the Allegro Ballroom. 5855 Christie Avenue, Emeryville (Tel.: 1510/655-2888). San Francisco Bay Bridge toward Sacramento then immediately into Right lane to exit at Powell Street. Right at light then Left at next two lights to park behind gas station. From Berkeley, take Powell Street exit. Left at first, second, fourth, and fifth lights to park behind gas station.
HALLOWE'EN

Six o'Clock-Witching: $55
Masquerade III benefit, buffet, and dance at at the Allegro Ballroom. 5855 Christie Avenue, Emeryville (Telephone: 1510/655-2888). Prizes for best costumes. San Francisco Bay Bridge toward Sacramento then immediately into Right lane to exit at Powell Street. Right at light then Left at next two lights to park behind gas station. From Berkeley, take Powell Street exit. Left at first, second, fourth, and fifth lights to park behind gas station.

Seven:Thirty-Witching: $25 – Ages 5-17: $10
THE COCKTAIL MONKEYS play for dancing at the Monster Bash aboard the Grey Ghost docked at Pier 3, Alameda Point. Costumes encouraged. In advance at 1510/521-8448x282: $20. Answers?

Eight o'Clock-11: $5
Swing City Dancers' Ballroom Halloween Party (Telephone: 553-8680) in Room 307 at City College's Health and Wellness Center, Howth Street at Ocean Avenue. Class at 7. Answers?♦

Nine o'Clock-Witching: $?
East Bay Waltz's Special Halloween Swing Ball at the at the Lake Merritt Dance Center, 200 Grand Avenue, Oakland. Classes at 7 and 8 and dance: $12. Answers?

Eight o'Clock-Witching: $18
NEW ASIA LIVE BAND plays for Just Dance Ballroom's Masquerade with refreshments and prizes. 2500 Embarcadero East, Oakland (Telephone: 1510/436-9888). Traditional dinner at 6:30. From San Francisco Bay Bridge, Nimitz Freeway (880) toward San José to 23rd Avenue; right at signal; enter second driveway.

Nine o'Clock-?: $12
Halloween Party at Two Left Feet Dance Center, 194 Diablo Road, Danville (Telephone: 1925/831-8111). Best Costume Wins A Month Free Pass. Classes at 7 and 8 and dance: $13.

OCTOBER MUSIC
Friday-Sunday, October 2-4; 2-7: Gratis!
Hardly Strictly Bluegrass IX, Speedway, Lindley, and Marx meadows.

October 10-November 21
San Francisco Jazz Festival XXVII

Saturday-Sunday, October 17-18: ≈$115
Treasure Island Music Festival. No parking. Shuttle, gratis, from China Basin Stadium.

MONTHLY
Third Sunday; 7-9: $5
The CLASS ACT BIG BAND plays for dancing at the Lake Merritt Dance Center, 200 Grand Avenue, Oakland. Class at 6 and dance: $10. Answers?

SUNDAYS
8-11:30: Two-drink Minimum! (Minors OK)Gig lost due to lack of support!
CONTEMPORARY JAZZ ORCHESTRA, under the leadership of Tod Dickow at Rasella's Jazz Club, 1534 Fillmore Street, (Telephone: JOrdan 7-5010). Not a dance gig despite the nice floor. Answers?

THURSDAYS
7-10: No cover! – Partner advised!*
THE MARTINI BROTHERS (Telephone: 566-2545) at Le Colonial's Bamboo Lounge, 20 Cosmo Place (Telephone: 931-2933).

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    NOVEMBER's regularly scheduled dances

Tuesday, November 3; 07:00-20:00
Gratis, and gratifying, when you do, costly and shameful, if you don't!
VOTE BEFORE YOU DANCE DAY!


Wednesday, November 4; 8-?: $10 NEW Wednesday GIG!!!
Dancing like the Stars at Casa Del Mar, 3660 Stony Point at Todd Road, Santa Rosa (Telephone: 1707/541.6140). Class at 7 with Gene Russo (Telephone: 1707/579.2480). November special=2/$10 Answers?

Thursday-Sunday, November 5-8; $130; Age 17 and younger, $95
Michelle's Mountain Magic Swing & Hustle Dance Convention XI (IHDA, WSDC) at MontBleu Resort Casino & Spa (Friday and Saturday: $86; Thursday and Sunday: $61 through September), 55 Highway 50, South Lake Tahoe (Telephones: 1888/829-7630; 775/588-3515). Event and workshops $110; age 17 and younger $75 through October 15 payable to Michelle's Mountain Magic, 671 Athens Street, San Francisco 94112 (Voice/Facsimile: 585-6282).♦

Friday, November 6; 7-10: $10
California Dreaming Welcome Party (additional information below) at Vima Dance Studio, 560 Third Street (Telephone: 977-0203). Answers?

Saturday, November 7 – SCHEDULE CHANGE!
The Next Generation Swing Dance Club's monthly dance is not happening at the Allegro Ballroom tonight. We're dancing at Michelle's Mountain Magic, q.v.

Saturday, November 7; 08:00-17:00: $10 and 20:00-23:59: Price$
California Dreaming [Same Sex] DanceSport Festival at Hotel Whitcomb ($79), 1231 Market Street (Telephones: MArket 6-8000; 1800/227-4747). Purchases payable to California Dreaming DanceSport Festival – 1388 Haight Street, 83 – San Francisco 94117 (Telephone: 204-7879). Answers?

Saturday, November 7; 7:45-12; Advance only! $20 through September; $25 to October 24; $30 'til November 6
BANGERS & MASH play for a Le Bal des Vampires at the Elks' Club Lodge Room and Dracula's Daughter Discotheque & Bar, 2255 Santa Clara Avenue, Alameda. Waltz and other Victorian dances. Costumes, food to share welcome. Payable to PayPal or The Period Events & Entertainment Re-Creation Society, 2144B Buena Vista Avenue, Alameda 94501 (Telephone: 1510/522-1731). Class at 7.

Saturday, November 7; 8-11: $20 – Ages 17-13: $10 – Younger: Gratis!
The San Francisco Starlight Orchestra plays Jazz Age ('20s-'30s) dance orchestrations for its Starlight Dance at the Strawberry Recreation Center, 118 East Strawberry Drive, Mill Valley. Class with Cynthia Glinka at 7. From Redwood Highway (101), East Blithedale toward Tiburon. Right from Tiburon Boulevard at Strawberry Drive about 1½ block to park in the lot.

Sunday, November 8 – CHANGE of VENUE!
Michelle Kinkaid's Second Sunday dance is happening tonight at the MontBleu Resort Casino & Spa, 55 Highway 50, South Lake Tahoe (Telephones: 1888/829-7630; 775/588-3515). Please see Mountain Magic Swing & Hustle Dance Convention XI above.

Wednesday, November 11; 8-?: $10 NEW Wednesday GIG!!!
Dancing like the Stars at Casa Del Mar, 3660 Stony Point at Todd Road, Santa Rosa (Telephone: 1707/541.6140). Class at 7 with Gene Russo (Telephone: 1707/579.2480). November special=2/$10 Answers?

Saturday, November 14; 6:30-10:30: $8
Berkeley Ballroom Dancers host the Bears' Ball in the Pauley Ballroom of the Martin Luther King Student Union building on Bancroft Way at Telegraph Avenue. Performances, balloons, water bottles, and prizes might be involved! Salsa, Swing, ChaCha, and Hustle classes during the evening. If unaffiliated with the University of California's Berkeley campus, please ask to be a guest.

Saturday, November 14, 6:30-12: $12 – SCHEDULE CHANGE!
The Next Generation Swing Dance Club's (HotLine: 979-4456) First Saturday dance is tonight at the Allegro Ballroom, 5855 Christie Avenue, Emeryville (Telephone: 1510/655-2888). Class at 7. San Francisco Bay Bridge toward Sacramento then immediately into Right lane to exit at Powell Street. Right at light then Left at next two lights to park behind gas station. From Berkeley, take Powell Street exit. Left at first, second, fourth, and fifth lights to park behind gas station.♦

Saturday, November 14; 9-12: $8 — NEW Second Saturday GIG!!!
East Bay Waltz and Polka and Lindy and Blues and Schottish and Irish and Tango and … at the at the Lake Merritt Dance Center, 200 Grand Avenue, Oakland. Classes at 7 and 8 and dance: $12. Answers?

Saturday, November 14; 8:30-12:30: $85-$135
SARATOGA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA, conducted by Jason Klein, plays for the San Francisco Waltzing Society's Annual Autumn Viennese Waltz Ball at the Regency Center, Van Ness Avenue at Sutter Street. Dessert buffet. Advance sale only from The San Francisco Waltzing Society, Post Office Box 2461, Walnut Creek 94549 (Telephone: 1925/284-1003). Answers?

Sunday, November 15 – SCHEDULE CHANGE!
Michelle Kinkaid's regular Second Sunday dance was last week at Michelle's Mountain Magic Swing & Hustle Dance Convention XI.

Sunday, November 15; 2-5: Gratis!
Harold Jones and the Bossmen play for dancing on the San Geronimo Golf Course Club House's small floor, 5800 Sir Francis Drake Boulevard (Telephone: 488-4030).

Wednesday, November 18; 8-?: $10 — NEW Wednesday GIG!!!
Dancing like the Starsat Casa Del Mar, 3660 Stony Point at Todd Road, Santa Rosa (Telephone: 1707/541.6140). Class at 7 with Gene Russo (Telephone: 1707/579.2480). November special=2/$10 Answers?

Wednesday, November 18; 8:30-11: $5 — Hiatus!
Frat Party Swing at West Coast Swing University isn't happening tonight at WnY Warehouse in Novato.

Thursday, November 19; 8-1:30: $15
San Francisco Bay Area Salsa Congress VII, q.v. below, pre-event party at Café Cocomo, 650 Indiana Street (Telephone 824-6910). Floor show at 11. Answers?

Friday-Sunday, November 20-22: Event and Hotel Price$
San Francisco Bay Area Salsa Congress VII at the Oakland Marriott City Center Hotel and Convention Center, 1001 Broadway (Telephones: 1800/771-LOOK; 510/451-4000). Payable to PB&G Productions 1707, South Bascom Avenue, Campbell 95008 (Telephones: 1408/265-3774; español : /218-4088). Answers?

Saturday, November 21, 09:30-22:00; $5 for spectators
San José State University Ballroom Dance Club's Classic XIII Ballroom, Latin, Club, Jack 'n' Jill, Formation Team, and Team Match competition in the Barrett Ballroom, San José State University Student Union at One Washington Square. University bounded by South Fourth, South Tenth, East San Fernando, and East San Salvador streets. Competition registration $25 through October 19; $40 after. Payable to: San José State University Ballroom Dance Club – Student Involvement, Box 10 – Clark Hall 140 – One Washington Square - San José 95192. Telephone: 1408/924-SPIN.

Saturday, November 21; 8-11: $8 – SCHEDULE CHANGE!
Swing in da City, usually the Fourth Saturday, is tonight and on the Third Saturday next month, at Cheryl Burke Dance's Drew Lachey Room, 1500 Sixteenth Street (Telephone: 252-9000). Class at 7 and dance: $14. Answers?

Saturday, November 21; 8-11: $10
BERNARD ANDERSON and the OLD SCHOOL BAND plays for Swing City Dancers at City College's Health and Wellness Center, Howth Street at Ocean Avenue, Room 307 (Telephone: 452-5353). Class at 7. Answers?

Wednesday, November 25; 9:15-11:30: $6
Top of Beardsley's at the Peninsula Social Club, 100 North B Street, San Mateo presents local US Open Swing Dance Championships competitors dancing their 2009 routines. Beginners' @ 7, Intermediates' @ 8 and dance @ 9:15, $11. From Bayshore Highway (101), take Third Avenue toward hills. Right after railroad tracks; Venue at Right about a half-block before T-intersection. From Junípero Serra (280), San Mateo exit to second El Camino Real exit to Right on Second Avenue, Left on B Street (there's a market). Venue at Right about a half-block before T-intersection.

Saturday, November 28; 9:30-?: $??
LAVAY SMITH & Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers at Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Avenue, Berkeley. Shows: 1510/525-5054; Office: -5099. Class at 8:30. Answers?

Sunday, November 29: 7-10:30: $10
Fifth Sunday Lakeside Swing at the Lake Merritt Dance Center, 200 Grand Avenue, Oakland. Class at 6 and dance: $14. Lakeside Swing will continue on Fourth Sundays.

NOVEMBER MUSIC
October 10-November 21
San Francisco Jazz Festival XXVII

Saturday, November 14; 8:30-12:30: $85-$135
SARATOGA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA at the Autumn Viennese Waltz Ball, Regency Center. See details above.

Saturday, November 14; ?-?: $??
FIL LORENZ' BIG SOULTET with Wil Blades at Club deLuxe, 1511 Haight Street (KLondike 2-6949).

Sunday, November 15; 2-5: Gratis!
Harold Jones and the Bossmen play for dancing at the San Geronimo Golf Course Club House. Please see details above.

Saturday, November 21; 8-11: $10
BERNARD ANDERSON and the OLD SCHOOL BAND at City College. Please see details above.

Saturday, November 28; 9:30-?: $??
LAVAY SMITH & Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers at Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center. See details above.
MONTHLY
Third Sunday; 5-8: $20/$35 for two — Partner advised!* Gig lost due to lack of support!
The RUDY SALVINI ORCHESTRA plays mostly FoxTrots suitable for Swing. Also Rumbas, Waltzes, and ChaChas at the Elks' Club Lodge Room, 2255 Santa Clara Avenue, Alameda. Dinner buffet served between first and second sets: $9. 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.♦

First Wednesday: JAZZ MAFIA 10-12; $14 — Not a dance gig!
Yoshi's, 1330 Fillmore Street. In advance, $10 at telephone: 655.5600. - San Francisco Bay Guardian's review.
ODD numbered months Shotgun Wedding HipHop Symphony.♦
EVEN numbered months Realistic Orchestra. About 18 musicians playing electronic and experimental, not traditional, big band music; breakbeats, drum 'n' bass, HipHop, and jazz under the leadership of Adam Theis. This band's gigs have been total blasts (Icono Clast's reviewSan Francisco Bay Guardian's review)♦

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   DECEMBER's regularly-scheduled dances

Thursday, December 3; 7:30-11:30: $10
San Francisco Balboa & Swing Festival V pre-party at TO BE ANNOUNCED. Last year: The Top o'The Mark. See THURSDAYS in Music section.

Friday, December 4-Sunday, December 6: $150 through October; $160 through November 24
San Francisco Balboa & Swing Festival V at the Hotel Whitcomb ($79), 1231 Market Street (Telephones: MArket 6-8000; 1800/227-4747) or on line. Payable to: QDBA, 151 Potrero Avenue, San Francisco 94104 or PayPal. Answers?

Saturday, December 5; 3-6: $5
Swing City Dancers' Salsa Party (Telephone: 553-8680) in Room 307 at City College's Health and Wellness Center, Ocean Avenue opposite Howth Street. Class at 2. Answers?

Saturday, December 5; 9-?: $18
The Nutcracker Ball and Performances at Two Left Feet Dance Center, 194 Diablo Road, Danville (Telephone: 1925/831-8111). Semi-formal dress. Sweets, sparkling wine. Classes at 7 and 8. Answers?

Sunday, December 6; 6-8:30: $10
Boogie Woogie Ballroom's Holiday Party and non-perishable Food Drive at the Burlingame Masonic Center, 145 Park Road (Telephone: 1650/347-7787). FoxTrot class at 5 and dance: $12. Answers?

Friday, December 11, 9-12: $8
Friday Night Waltz's Annual Christmas Party at First United Methodist Church's Fellowship Hall, 625 Hamilton Avenue, Palo Alto. Performance. Munch on shrimp, meats, vegetables, cakes, candy, cookies, pies, ice cream, and chocolate malteds. Classes at 7 and 8 and dance: $12. Telephone: 1650/326-6265. Answers?

Saturday, December 12; 9-12: $8 — NEW Second Saturday GIG!!!
East Bay Waltz and Polka and Lindy and Blues and Schottish and Irish and Tango and … at the Lake Merritt Dance Center, 200 Grand Avenue, Oakland. Classes at 7 and 8 and dance: $12. Answers?

Sunday, December 13; 6:30-10: $10
Michelle Kinkaid's Second Sunday Dance resumes her Holiday Dance at the Imperial Ballroom in the Carpenters Hall at 822 Cassia Street, Redwood City. Holiday attire suggested; yummy treats. Class at 6.♦

Friday, December 18; 8:30-11: $8
Santa Swings & Concerns of Police Survivors Benefit at Kodiak Jack's, 256 Petaluma Boulevard North, Petaluma. Classes at 7 and 7:45 and dance: $10. Answers?

Saturday, December 19; 8-11: $8 – SCHEDULE CHANGE!
Swing in da City, usually the Fourth Saturday, is tonight at Cheryl Burke Dance's Drew Lachey Room, 1500 Sixteenth Street (Telephone: 252-9000). Class at 7 and dance: $14. Answers?

Saturday, December 19; 8-12: $20
GALAXY BAND plays for the Christmas Dance Party at Just Dance Ballroom, 2500 Embarcadero East, Oakland (Telephone: 1510/436-9888). In advance: $15. From San Francisco Bay Bridge, Nimitz Freeway (880) toward San José; exit 23rd Avenue to Right at signal, Right into second driveway.

Saturday, December 19; 8:30-12: $20
BRASSWORKS plays Victorian Waltzes, Polkas, Schottisches, Mazurkas, and set dances such as the Sir Roger de Coverley and the Congress of Vienna for Ye Gaskell Occasional Dance Society's Ball at the Scottish Rite Temple, 1547 Lakeside Drive, Oakland. Semi-formal Century XXI or period dress of Centuries XIX or XX. Class at 7:45. Answers?

Saturday, December 19; 9-12:30: $25
Christmas Party with showcase, Santa Claus, and prizes. Traditional holiday dinner buffet at 7:30 at the Allegro Ballroom, 5855 Christie Avenue, Emeryville (Telephone: 1510/655-2888). San Francisco Bay Bridge toward Sacramento then immediately into Right lane to exit at Powell Street. Right at light then Left at next two lights to park behind gas station. From Berkeley, Powell Street exit. Left at first, second, fourth, and fifth lights to park behind gas station.♦

Saturday, December 19; 10-?: $
LAVAY SMITH and HER RED HOT SKILLET LICKERS play for dancing on the fully open floor at Café du Nord's Special Holiday Ball, 2170 Market Street. Dinner reservations: 861-5016.

Tuesday, December 22 — DEADLINE!
Full payment of $339 each of two (other options available) due for dancing through the Sierra Nevada aboard the Country Western and Wine Tasting Fun Train a.k.a. Reno Fun Train (adults only) a.k.a. Michelle Kinkaid's Train Magic departing Friday, February 26 from Emeryville, Martinez, Suisun, or Sacramento, returning Sunday, February 28. Music for dancing in the dance car, listening in the piano lounge. Transportation, two light meals, two nights at Silver Legacy Resort Casino, and “Winners Book”. Payable to Michelle Kinkaid, 671 Athens Street, San Francisco 94112 (Voice/Facsimile: 585-6282).

Wednesday, December 23; 8:30-11:15: $10
BUMPY ROAD BAND plays for dancing at Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Avenue, Berkeley. Shows: 1510/525-5054; Office: -5099. Blues dance class at 8.

Friday, December 25; 9-12: $9
Christmas Day Dance at the Allegro Ballroom, 5855 Christie Avenue, Emeryville (Telephone: 1510/655-2888).

Saturday, December 26 – Hiatus!
The Redwood Empire Swing Dance Club's (HotLine: 1707/523-9477) fourth Saturday dance isn't happening today.

Wednesday, December 30 – Break!
Top of Beardsley's is not happening tonight at the Peninsula Italian-American Social Club of San Mateo.

Wednesday, December 30; 8-11: $8
Pre-New Year's Swing & Variety Dance at the Imperial Dance Club (Telephone: 1650/366-0504), 822 Cassia Street, Redwood City. Food to share encouraged. NiteClub TwoStep class with Michelle Kinkaid (Telephone: 585-6282) at 7:15 and dance: $10.♦

Wednesday, December 30; 8-11:15: $13
THE MOODSWING ORCHESTRA plays for high-tempo Swing dancing at Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Avenue, Berkeley. Shows: 1510/525-5054; Office: -5099. In advance: $10. Class with Swing Is The Thing's Nick Lawrence (Telephone: 1510/524-2546) at 8.
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NEW YEAR'S EVE

Eight o'Clock-1: $40
New Year’s Eve Extravaganza at the Allegro Ballroom, 5855 Christie Avenue, Emeryville (Telephone: 1510/655-2888). Showcase, champagne, sparkling cider, dessert, conga line, countdown, balloon drop. In advance: $30. San Francisco Bay Bridge toward Sacramento then immediately into Right lane to exit at Powell Street. Right at light then Left at next two lights to park behind gas station. From Berkeley, take Powell Street exit. Left at first, second, fourth, and fifth lights to park behind gas station.

Eight o'Clock-1, $55
The 16-piece 3 O'CLOCK JUMP plays ChaCha, Rumba, Swing, Waltz, etc. for the Dance Like A Star New Year's Eve aboard the USS Hornet docked at Pier 3, Alameda Point. Buffet at 7:30: $55 through December 27. Tickets in advance reserved near stage: $90; near floor: $65; general: $48 at 1510/521-8448x282 or Facsimile: -8327 from 10-4. Answers?♦

Eight o'Clock-1: $60
Oldies But Goodies New Year's Eve at Just Dance Ballroom, 2500 Embarcadero East, Oakland (Telephone: 1510/436-9888). In advance: $45 through November. From San Francisco Bay Bridge, Nimitz Freeway (880) toward San José; exit 23rd Avenue to Right at signal, Right into second driveway.

Eight o'Clock-1:30: $60
A Swingin' New Year's Eve with LEE PRESSON AND THE NAILS, BIG SANDY AND HIS FLY-RITE BOYS, and THE COTTONTAILS at Bimbo's 365 Club, 1025 Columbus Avenue (GReystone 4-0365). Hats, favors, sparkling wine, balloon drop. "Cocktail" attire or Black Tie.

Eight o'Clock-?: $85
STARDUSTER ORCHESTRA plays for dancing at a Vegas New Year's Eve with the Rat Pack at the Alameda Theatre, 2317 Central Avenue (Telephone: 1510/769-3456), a benefit for Alameda charities. Appetizers, glass of beer or wine, movie pass. In advance: $75. VIP option available for $140, $125 in advance.

Nine o'Clock-12:30: $30 via PayPal through December 24 – All ages welcome.
BRASSWORKS plays for the The Sound of Music Ball, Friday Night Waltz's Eighth Annual New Year's Eve Ball. Chevron Auditorium at the International House, 2299 Piedmont, Berkeley. Mostly Waltz and Polka, with some Swing, Latin, Tango, Congress of Vienna, and Bohemian National Polka; mixers. Refreshments include raspberry cheesecake, lemon meringue pie, apple tartes, triple chocolate cake, fruit, vegetable and meat platters. Formal attire preferred.

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DECEMBER MUSIC
Wednesday, December 23; 8:30-11:15: $10
BUMPY ROAD BAND plays for dancing at Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center. Please see details above.

Wednesday, December 30; 8-11:15: $13
THE MOODSWING ORCHESTRA plays for high-tempo Swing dancing at Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center. Please see details above.

MONTHLY
Third Sunday; 7-9: $5
The CLASS ACT BIG BAND plays for dancing at the Lake Merritt Dance Center, 200 Grand Avenue, Oakland. Class at 6 and dance: $10. Answers?

Last Tuesday; 8-10: $5 – Partner advised!*
DAVE'S SWINGTIME BAND (Telephone: 1510/521-3219) featuring vocalist Janese Powell at Temple Israel, 3183 Mecartney Road, Alameda (Telephone: 1510/522-9355). From San Francisco Bay Bridge: Nimitz Free- way (880) toward Alameda/San José to High Street Bridge into Alameda. Left at fifth signal (Otis Drive); right lane across bridge to immediately take right fork onto Island Drive to shopping center;  right onto Mecartney Road at STOP sign, right into the shopping center at gas station; left (before drug store) to end of parking lot at Temple Israel.

WEEKLY
SUNDAYS
9:30-1:30: No cover! Partner advised!*
Ed Ivey Blues Jam at Swig, 561 Geary Street (Telephone: WAlnut 1-7392).

MONDAYS
6-10: $15 – Partner advised!*
BILLY DUNN's Blue Monday Blues Jam at the Sausalito Cruising Club, 300 Napa Street (Telephone: 332-9349). Cover includes dinner buffet. Answers?

7-11: No cover – Take a partner!*
LAVAY SMITH and Her Trio, when she's not on The Road with Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers, at Enrico's Sidewalk Café, 504 Broadway (Tel: 986-9166). Not a dance gig but there is some space.

TUESDAYS
9:30-12: $10
STOMPY JONES plays The Tuesday Night Jump when they're not on The Road. Club Verdi, 2424 Mariposa Street (Telephone: 861-9190). Intermediate Lindy Hop and Balboa classes at 7; Beginners' class at 9.

JAZZ MAFIA 9-1; $7 — Not a dance gig!
Coda Jazz Supper Club, 1710 Mission Street (Telephone: 551-CODA) - San Francisco Bay Guardian's review.
First Tuesday: Joe Bagale.
Second Tuesday: Spaceheater
Third Tuesday: The Shotgun Wedding Quintet
Fourth Tuesday: Jazz Mafia Presents

WEDNESDAYS
7:30-10: No cover! – Partner advised!*
KIM NALLEY sings for dancing at Le Colonial's Bamboo Lounge, 20 Cosmo Place (Telephone: 931-2933) through November 18.

7-11: No cover! – Partner advised!*
Redwood City Blues Jam (Telephone: 1650/369-4119) at the Little Fox, 2209 Broadway. Answers?

7:30-11:30: $10 – Partner advised!*
BEN MARCATO and the MONDO COMBO at the Top o'The Mark, 898 Mason Street. Jazz, Swing, R&B. Call 616-6916 for general, 616-6940 for specific, information.

10-1: $5 'til 9:30, $10 after
Various groups rotate to play for Cat's Corner's high-tempo Swing dancing at Savanna Jazz, 2937 Mission Street (Telephone: 285-3369; Facsimile: -5967). Class at 9 and dance: $10. Dine 'til 10:30. Answers?

THURSDAYS
7:30-11:30: $10 – Partner advised!*
STOMPY JONES (née The Swing Session) play for dancing at the Top o'The Mark, 898 Mason Street. Call 616-6916 for general, 616-6940 for specific, information. When on The Road, The New Morty Show.

FRIDAYS
5-8:45; Ages 13-17: $6; Ages 18-64: $10; Ages 65+: $7
Friday Nights at the de Young's fourth season. Demonstrations; punk, jazz, opera to avant-garde, hip-hop, etc.

9-1: $10 – Partner advised!*
BLACK MARKET JAZZ ORCHESTRA sextette at the Top o'The Mark, 898 Mason Street. Music from the '40s to today. Call 616-6916 for general, 616-6940 for specific, information.

SATURDAYS
9-12:30: $10 – Partner advised!*
RICARDO SCALES and COMPANY at the Top o'The Mark, 898 Mason Street. Call 616-6916 for general, 616-6940 for specific, information.

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