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Let’s sing together! Common Voice celebrates group harmony singing and call-and-response chanting through a special collection of uplifting songs from around the world. The program includes guidance for improving vocal technique, expression and awareness. Tim Weed and Debbie Daly create a welcoming space for everyone, and absolutely no music or singing experience is necessary. Info and registration at www.singwestmarin.com or 415-663-4018.
 

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Happy Holidays!  The Dance Palace is closed December 25 and January 1.

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AMERICAN MUSIC FOR TWO PIANOS / BRITISH ART SONGS
FREE piano-duo concert

Bay area pianist (and KWMR Classical Wednesday host) Paul Smith is joined by British pianist (and frequent Marin County performer) Ronald Cavaye in a FREE concert of three works for two pianos by American composers with interludes by Petaluma soprano Eileen Morris singing love songs of Virgil Thomson and Erich Wolfgang Korngold.

The program opens with turn of the century African American composer Nathaniel Dett’s exuberant Juba Dance. Frederic Rzewski’s Winnsboro Cotton Mill Blues is a virtuoso tour de force based on an early twentieth century union song. The evening concludes with the lavish Fantasy on Themes from Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess by Percy Grainger.
In between the piano duo works, soprano Eileen Morris celebrates the Valentine’s Day weekend by performing Virgil Thomson’s song cycle Mostly About Love and Erich Korngold’s settings of four Shakespeare texts.

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“Be whimsical, be functional, be sustainable,” is the inspiration for the Second Annual Birdhouse Auction. An amazing selection of handcrafted birdhouses of all sizes and varieties made by local artisans, crafters and friends of the Dance Palace will be auctioned off to the highest bidder. All funds raised by the auction will benefit Dance Palace scholarships, programs, and events. Beverages and tasty treats will be available for all bidders.

Auction starts at 3 PM / Free event

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The first Bird Ball at the Dance Palace will include Rhythmtown Jive, an exciting American roots combo featuring accomplished San Francisco Bay Area musicians recognized nationally for their versatility and outstanding skill. With rich vocal harmonies and tasty saxophone-based instrumentals, they offer infectious dance music, delivering inventive, original ’40s- and ’50s-influenced rhythm & blues, zydeco, jump-swing, rock & roll, and New Orleans gems. They were the featured house band at the 15th annual Sacramento Blues Festival in 2012. The band is fronted by Tim Eschliman (founding member of the Christmas Jug Band), vocalist and bassist, who was formerly with Etta James, Commander Cody, and the Moonlighters. Wear your finest plumage and your dancing shoes to the first Dance Palace Bird Ball!
 

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Meet live owls and learn from The Hungry Owl Project how these gorgeous creatures with voracious appetites do the important work of rodent control in Marin. This program will introduce the local community to the owls living all around us—their habitats, nesting sites, and how they hunt. Co-sponsored by the Inverness Garden Club and the Dance Palace.

Call 415-663-1075 for tickets. Go to www.hungryowl.org for additional information or to www.invernessgardens.org.
 

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Soup, Salad and Food for Thought
Please join us for dinner on this Monday evening and bring a pot luck dessert. We will be looking for feedback and your thoughts on how to make the Dance Palace an even better place prior to creating a new three-year strategic plan this spring.
 

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DANCE-DANCE-DANCE! Born out of dissatisfaction with post-Jungian dream analysis and failed sand tray practice, Cheap Therapy is your solution to the 45-minute hour.   Sonic rolfing from your out-of-network provider.   What’s more fun than dancing?” High Energy Polyrhythmic Cover Band loving to play songs just below typical cover-band radar. Featuring former Invernessian, Kerry Rose.

 

 

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A preview reception to kick off the Birdhouses and Beyond exhibit and celebrate the wonderful builders and artisans.

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