Rin Tin Tiger
A little wistful crooning, a little head-banging, a lot of strumming. That's Rin Tin Tiger, an alternative San Francisco trio specializing in rock-flavored folk and folk-flavored rock.
Lyrics are big, and occasionally so is the hair. Songs may include the sentiment "I think I'll cut my losses and go get drunk in the park" or entreaties to a distant girl: "My peach, my daffodil," "My almond, my pear, my cotton ball for a head of hair." You may have heard these lyrics on Live 105, 107.7, or KOFY TV.
Last year, the band released the album "Toxic Pocketbook," after recording it live to 2-inch tape. They eschewed computers and other newfangled editing machines in the process.
On Friday, March 15, the band is scheduled to play an 8 p.m. Peninsula gig, at Red Rock Coffee at 201 Castro St. in downtown Mountain View. Admission is free, but hey, buy yourself an espresso, whydontcha. For more information, go to redrockcoffee.org or call 650-967-4473.
Hailing from a Kentucky family of traditional singers, James Reams leads his band the Barnstormers with his guitar and voice. He's been immersed in bluegrass and Americana music for decades: performing, recording and organizing the Park Slope Bluegrass Oldtime Music Jamboree in Brooklyn.
In 2011, the band released an album called "One Foot in the Honky Tonk (and the Other In the Blues)." The musicians say the title describes their sound to a T. Besides Reams, the group features Billy Parker on mandolin, Tyler Wells on banjo and Ted Sistrunk on bass. All contribute their voices as well.
The whole band will be in town this month for a concert on Saturday, March 9, at the First Presbyterian Church of Mountain View at 1667 Miramonte Ave. Part of the Redwood Bluegrass Associates concert series, the show starts at 7:30 p.m. after a 5 o'clock jam session. Desserts, tea and coffee will be for sale.
Tickets are $20 in advance and $22 at the door. Youth ages 13 to 18 pay half-price, with admission free for children under 13 (accompanied by a paying adult). Any student currently taking instrumental or vocal bluegrass lessons gets in free with a paying adult. Go to rba.org or call 650-691-9982.
'Youth Speaks Out'
Local students try out their artistic voices in two exhibits this month, jointly called "Youth Speaks Out."
Hosted by the Palo Alto Art Center and the Palo Alto City Hall, the show will feature oil and acrylic paintings, drawings and photos from March 9 through March 24. At an opening reception on March 9, young performing artists will speak out as well, through singing and guitar-playing, East Indian hip-hop dance and the spoken word. All the participating students attend Palo Alto or Gunn high schools.
The project is headed by Gunn visual-arts teacher Deanna Messinger, with participation by Gunn English teacher Tarn Wilson and Paly photography instructor Margo Wixman. It's a culmination of a year-long artmaking effort in the classroom.
The art center, located at 1313 Newell St., is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (with additional Thursday hours until 9 p.m.), and Sundays from 1 to 5.
City Hall, where the art will be displayed in the ground-floor lobby, is open weekdays from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (8 to 5 every other Friday), and closed from noon to 1 p.m.
For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 650-386-5709.
The book "Two Among the Righteous Few: A Story of Courage in the Holocaust" centers on a Christian couple in the Netherlands during World War II. Frans and Mien Wijnakker reportedly saved at least two dozen Jews from the horrors of the Holocaust,
San Mateo author Marty Brounstein tells their story, both in his book and at author talks at synagogues, community centers, churches, libraries and other venues. A management consultant and the writer of several business books in the "For Dummies" series, he also has a background as a history teacher.
This month, he will present free author talks on the book at three Peninsula locations: 5:30 p.m. March 1 at the Menlo Park Presbyterian Church at 950 Santa Cruz Ave.; 2 p.m. March 2 at Stanford's Bechtel International Center at 584 Capistrano Way; and 7:30 p.m. March 7 at the Oshman Family Jewish Community Center at 3921 Fabian Way in Palo Alto.
For more information, go to martyabrounstein.com.