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Soul Kitchen
Thursday, April 12, 2012
7pm
Regular: $30 (food + movie) / $8 (movie)

UCSD Student: $24 (food + movie) / $4 (movie)

Purchase by clicking the link below, or calling the UCSD Box Office at 858.534.TIXS (8497) M-F, 10am-4pm.

Acclaimed director Fatih Akins latest film is
a deliciously overstuffed comedy that follows
Zinos, the owner of a no-frills pub in Hamburg
called Soul Kitchen. Zinos juggles a working class
clientele alienated by his new gourmet
chef, a larcenous brother, tax inspectors, health
officers, and real-estate sharks. His biggest
concern, aside from pleasing palates, is mending
the broken heart he was left with when his
girlfriend moved to Shanghai. [Fatih Akin, 2009,
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MENU Greek Salad, Mixed Greens, Tomato,
Cucumber, Kalamata Olive, Feta, Balsamic
Vinaigrette; German Sausage; Red Jacket Potatoes;
Beer Braised Cabbage; Baklava. Drinks not included.

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L.O.L (Loft Out Loud)
Wednesday, April 11, 2012
8pm
Loft Member: Free UCSD Student: $3 Regular: $5

L.O.L is Laugh Out Loft: a monthly series at The Loft featuring top stand-up comics from Comedy Central, Showtime, Last Comic Standing, and dozens of smash-hit TV shows. They're all coming to San Diego for one wild night of comedy you won't want to miss!



The show also features San Diego's top comics, including UCSD alumni Feraz Ozel, who will regularly host the show. To add to the fun, there will be live bands, food, and drink specials!



Stay tuned for more info, we'll be announcing the comedians shortly.

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Rusted Root
Tuesday, April 10, 2012
8pm
Loft Member: $10 Advance; Free at the Door
UCSD Student: $15
Regular: $30 Reserved; $22 General Admission

Purchase by clicking the link below, or calling the UCSD Box Office at 858.534.TIXS (8497) M-F, 10am-4pm.

Rusted Root released Stereo Rodeo, their first studio album since the band's 2002 release, Welcome To My Party on May 5, 2009. The album became available digitally on March 13, 2009. "We named our record Stereo Rodeo after a song that I started writing back when we were recording our last studio record. Its really just a great name, says band founder and leader Michael Glabicki. We were all just so into the music, says vocalist, percussionist Liz Berlin about the recording process, the synergy and excitement on this album is so fresh and energizing. It is one of the most powerful albums we have ever recorded, agrees Patrick Norman, who holds it down with bass, vocals and yes -more percussion.



[Stereo Rodeo] is filled with all the different styles youve come to expect from Rusted Root, definitely having all the elements you want. From the energetic dance euphoria that Dance in the Middle evokes to the powerful epic sound of Weary Bones writes Evan Levy, (CBS Radio) of the long awaited eleven-song collection. We are getting a lot of positive feedback from fans, says Michael Glabicki, vocalist, guitarist, founding member and primary songwriter, We are definitely heading in a lot of different directions with this new CD.

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Anais Mitchell
Friday, April 6, 2012
8pm
Loft Members: $5 Advance; Free at the Door
UCSD Students: $10
Regular: $12

Purchase by clicking the link below, or calling the UCSD Box Office at 858.534.TIXS (8497) M-F, 10am-4pm.

In case you havent met her, Anas Mitchell is not a man. Shes a woman, quick to laugh and to cry, a fan of Jane Austen and miniskirts. She came of age reading the diaries of Anas Nin and blasting early Ani Difranco records. So it may catch a few listeners off-guard when Mitchell cries out, in the opening sequence of her latest album, Im a young man! And it may come as a surprise when, over the course of eleven songs, she seems to be channeling spirits from the Old Testament to modern Americabut mostly, well, from the Y chromosome.<br/><br/>

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Who is the Young Man in America? The hero of the title track, who Mitchell says shows up in a few songs, is a restless character on a feverish hunt for pleasure and success. Alcohol, fame, money, sexnothing satisfies him.I think of him as mythological, a Coyote figure, says Mitchell, but theres a lot of men I know in him. Hes very desirous and very sad. The America he inhabits is an every-man-for-himself frontier country, a place Mitchell caught a glimpse of during the recent recession: I was watching the news, a family getting evicted from their home, all their furniture out in the street. And this word came into my head: Wilderland. This is a wild place. Theres not a lot of trust that you will be taken care of.

But there are other voices on the album. My dad is one of them, says Mitchell. From him I get my earliest understanding of what it means to be a man. Also my love of language, and my anxiety. Her father is a writer, and her song Shepherd is based on the first chapter of a novel he published in the late seventies, The Souls of Lambs. Its the story of a modern-day farmer whose wife dies in childbirth as an indirect result of his preoccupation with his work. He was a young man, about the age I am now, when he wrote it, she says. Some of what he was wrestling with in that storywork, family, the feeling of racing the clock, the question of whats really importantI wrestle with myself now. Whats it like to pick up on a theme her father introduced three decades ago? Like having a conversation with my dad, she says, except that were both thirty years old.

Taking on voices other than her own is not exactly new for Mitchell. In 2010 Righteous Babe Records released the recorded version of her folk opera Hadestown, a modern retelling of the Orpheus myth, featuring guest singers Justin Vernon (Bon Iver), Ani Difranco and Greg Brown. The album became something of a critical phenomenon in the UK, making Best of 2010? lists in The Guardian, Sunday Times and Observer, thanks in part to the skillful production of Todd Sickafoose, who also produced and arranged Young Man. Theres a vast, lush quality to Sickafooses imagination that seems to capture the spirit of the underworld and the lonesome valley. As a producer, hes a storyteller in his own right, says Mitchell. Hes very operatic.

Young Man is not an opera, but it is a story: a sprawling tale with multiple protagonists. And while Mitchell delivers the lead vocals herself this time around, shes joined by a tribe of musicians that make the album feel like a collective ritual. Sickafoose assembled some of Brooklyns most sought-after rock and experimental jazz players: guitarist Adam Levy and violinist Jenny Scheinman, to name a couple. Chris Thile shows up on mandolin as well as alongside songwriters Jefferson Hamer and Rachel Ries in a harmonic chorus. Michael Chorney, the man behind Hadestowns remarkable score and the producer of Mitchells two previous albums (2007?s The Brightness and 2004?s Hymns for the Exiled) makes a guest appearance on guitar. And in a departure from those early recordings, Young Man features not one but two stick-wielding drummer/percussionistsAndrew Borger and Kenny Wollesenthat give the album some of its swagger.

If theres a common thread in Mitchells workfrom her earliest ballads, to the opera, to this new chapterits that shes as interested in the world around her as the one inside her. She has a way of tackling big themes with the same emotional intimacy most artists use to describe their inner lives. Thats why, as one journalist put it, theres a sexual ambiguity about her work and why, even in her most intimate moments, she never sounds like a confessional songwriter. It doesnt matter whether the stories she tells are her own or someone elses. The emotions are my own, says Mitchell. As for the Young Man, hes in me too, I feel his restlessness a lot. Hes a part of me like my dads old book or like something an old lover said one time. Those parts of ourselves that haunt us, sometimes we have to appease them with an offering of food and wine so theyll quit haunting us for a while. This album is that kind of offering.

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The Peter Sprague Quartet & The Jeff Kaiser Quintet
Wednesday, April 4, 2012
8pm
Free

"One of the emergent great guitaristsLeonard Feather
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Peter Spragues excellence as a musician is well demonstrated in his live and recorded performances. He has had the patience and musicality to take my original scores and, together with recorded renditions of these compositions, make final drafts that have become the last few Elektric Band music books. They are the most accurate music books I have published. I dont know anyone I would trust more to correctly transcribe my improvisations.
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Over his thirty plus years as a professional musician, Peter Sprague has evolved into a musical powerhouse, having produced and or played on over 190 recordings. He has published eleven songbooks of his own music, including The Peter Sprague Guitar Technique which is required study at Grossmont College. In addition to writing his own material, Peter has transcribed 6 songbooks for Chick Corea, holds the title as Chicks official transcriber, and was the only musician entrusted as the arranger for Chicks legendary song Spain for the first GRP All Star Band recording.
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Peter conducts the majority of his endeavors in Southern California, staying close to his family, and where he is without dispute San Diegos premier Jazz talent. His local achievements include; Best Local MusicianSan Diego Reader's Best of 1988; Musicians ChoiceSan Diego Entertainer Magazine's Best of 1988; Best Pop Jazz Group (Blurring the Edges)San Diego Music Awards 1994; Best Jazz ArtistSan Diego Reader's Best of 2000 Poll; Best Mainstream Jazz ArtistSan Diego Music Awards 2000; Best Jazz ArtistSan Diego Reader's Best of 2003 Poll, and most recently he won Best Jazz at the 2004 and 2007 San Diego Music Awards! He was nominated for Artist of the Year and Best Jazz Recording in 2008.

Though it is true Peter Sprague is a local phenomenon, make no mistake about it, he is a world class talent. Peter has played with such greats as; Art Pepper, Hubert Laws, Chick Corea, Alfonse Mouzon, Al Jarreau, Joe Farrell, John Pattuttuci, Mitch Foreman, Ray Brown, John Klemmer, Eddie Harris, Stanley Clarke, Eric Mariental, Joe Pass, Sergio Mendez, Kevyn Lettau, David Benoit, Peter Erskine, Bob Mintzer, Alex Acuna, and Charlie Haden.

A variety of artists come to his recording facility Spragueland, to take advantage of Peters excellent producing and engineering talents. The studio has a reputation for delivering distinctively crisp and well balanced recordings, always impeccably tailored to the music. Peter Sprague CDs have been produced there since 1994.

A generous musician who frequently showcases new talent, Peter always makes sure to boaster his accompaniment, and can often be found playing his heart out for worthy causes such as supporting the music program at his Alma Mater, San Dieguito Academy. In September 2004, Peter released the CD Friends to benefit the Escondido Humane Society.

Though Peters roots are deep in bebop and Brazilian rhythms, he is prolific in many styles of music. His twenty minute piece, Concerto for Two Guitars and Orchestra was well received when he performed it live with the San Diego Symphony Orchestra in 2000. The program was called Local Living Legends which featured Peter Sprague and Grammy award winning Violinist, Mark OConnor.

Peter is now touring with 4 time Grammy Award winner jazz vocalist Dianne Reeves. They played all over Europe on the July, 2008 tour and are again playing Europe in October and November, 2008. He also has a group called the Peter Sprague String Consort that is giving concerts and getting ready to record for a new CD.

Whether exploring new territories of his original jazz music or revisiting popular tunes by beloved artists like the Beatles, Bob Marley, Cole Porter, and Charlie Parker, Peter Spragues unique blend of inspired melodies and brilliant technical execution consistently enthuse and challenge the listener. You are again invited to take part in the relentless unfolding musicality of a special person, Peter Sprague.

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Head for the Hills
Tuesday, April 3, 2012
8pm
Loft Members: $5 Advance; Free at the Door
UCSD Students: $8
Regular: $15

Purchase by clicking the link below, or calling the UCSD Box Office at 858.534.TIXS (8497) M-F, 10am-4pm.

"Head for the Hills has created a sound that is all at once organic, precise, timeless, and brand-new, as reported by the Missoula Independent. The acclaimed Colorado Bluegrass quartet has been receiving nation-wide recognition in response to their refreshing take on acoustic music. Described as progressive acoustic/contemporary roots, H4TH produces an endearing mixture of homegrown compositions, traditional harmonies, and improvisation. In the live setting, H4TH effortlessly ventures into a myriad of musical styles and sonic landscapes that appeal to a boundless array of listeners.



The past year has been outright explosive year for the quartet, having been voted by the Westword (Denver, CO) as the Best Bluegrass band in Colorado, a highly esteemed honor. Additionally, the band has been receiving national attention, not only from their recently released self-titled studio effort, but also from E-Town (Boulder based not for profit radio station and community builder). A portion of their performance of Harvestival-Fort Collins, CO (recorded October 2009), was aired nationally on radio stations this past April, alongside the David Grisman Quintet, who also performed at the event. The group was selected to perform at SxSW in 2011, and were also a "SxSW Critics Picks-Must See" choice, via the Austin Statesman/360



To get a sense of Head for the Hills snowballing momentum, look no further than the surrounding talent on their self-titled sophomore release (2010), Head for the Hills. The album garnered the group a charted position on the CMJ Top 200 national radio listings. The six-year old pickers attracted heavyweights like longtime bluegrass aficionado, Drew Emmitt (Leftover Salmon) as their producer who took them up to Bill Nershis Sleeping Giant studio to record. Studio engineer Gus Skinas engineered the effort, boasts a particularly intriguing history having digitally remastered Pink Floyds Dark Side of the Moon; helped Sony develop the early iterations digital audio; and invented an innovative multi-tracker called Sonoma that combines the warmth of analog with the ease and efficiency of digital. In addition, Vance Powell -- who adorns his mantle with a Grammy for his work on the Raconteurs wildly successful Consolers of the Lonely album -- mixed the record. The self titled release earned the group a #29 position on Colorado Radios Top 50 Albums of 2010.

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In 2007, for their debut studio effort, Robbers Roost, the band joined forces with the talented producer/performer Sally Van Meter. Ms. Van Meter, among her impressive list of accomplishments, is credited for her 1994 Grammy Award Winning work on The Great Dobro Sessions. She has also produced albums for artists like Yonder Mountain String Band, Open Road Bluegrass and Allison Brown.

Head for the Hills have performed, supported, & shared programming with such notables as: David Grisman, Sam Bush, The Flaming Lips, Ben Folds, Bruce Hornsby, Emmylou Harris, Dr. Dog, Little Feat, Nickel Creek, The Avett Brothers, Yonder Mountain String Band, Tim OBrien, Peter Rowan, Doc Watson, Railroad Earth, and have performed at Wakarusa Music Festival, Telluride Bluegrass Festival (NightGrass), Northwest String Summit, Mulberry Mountain Harvest Festival, Grand Targhee Bluegrass Festival (Official Evening Performance), Yarmony Grass Music Festival, Bristol Rhythm and Roots and many more.

Many respected avenues have sighted Head for the Hills as the next breath of fresh air to emerge from the acoustic realm. With direction from a plethora of talented company and an ever-evolving approach to progressive acoustic music, there is no telling what successes lay ahead for this group of talented musicians.

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Blabbermouth
Monday, April 2, 2012
7pm
Free

Social Hour prices at Zanzibar all night!

Have you been waiting for an open mic at UCSD that you can go to regularly? Your prayers have been answered. Blabbermouth Night is a monthly event at the Loft on a Monday night giving writers of prose, poetry, and fiction, as well as musicians and performers a place to share their art. Come enjoy extended social hour prices at Zanzibar, bring something to read, or simply take in a night of spoken word and melodies. All students, faculty, and local writers are welcome!

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Lost in the Trees
Tuesday, March 20, 2012
8pm
Loft Member: $5 Advance; Free at the Door / UCSD Student: $10 / Regular: $12

The Loft is excited to welcome back Lost in the Trees who will be performing here as part of their spring tour.


"For me, classical composition is a very humble thing," says Ari Picker, founder of Lost in the Trees, a musical collective from Chapel Hill, North Carolina recently signed to ANTI Records. "I'm no expert, by any means, but I am blown away by orchestral music. Ideas that are stale or old hat to classical people are still pretty magical to me. All I want is to take a pinch of that brilliance, and put it into what I do."



Picker, a composer by training and a songwriter by inclination, describes his band as "Orchestral Folk Music" because it features arrangements which harness both the dramatic power of classical music and the more intimate sounds of the singer-songwriter tradition strings and brass meshing effortlessly with accordion, bells, musical saw, banjo, and mandolin. The group's Anti- debut, All Alone In An Empty House was co-produced by Scott Solter (St. Vincent, Mountain Goats, Okkervil River, Erik Friedlander) who creates a space in which both varieties of music co-exist with stirring results. The dramatic and symphonic elements of classical music merge with the accessibility of American folk and pop to create a sound both grandiose and intensely personal.

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The Ian Tordella Group with DGQ
Thursday, March 15, 2012
8pm
Free

Ian Tordella is from a new breed of modern tenor saxophonists who are willing to explore the upper reaches of the instruments range. As a composer, he draws from a spectrum of different influences and styleseverything from modern jazz and electronic music to artists as diverse as Stereolab, Joe Henderson, and Me'Shell N'Degeocello.


Originally from the Washington, D.C. area, Tordella cut his teeth in jazz and funk-oriented groups, and by performing and sitting in with local veterans like Blue Note bassist Butch Warren and former Miles Davis drummer Ricky Wellman. Tordella accepted a full-scholarship to study classical and jazz saxophone at the University of North Texas where he had the opportunity to play with Norah Jones (then a jazz piano major) and others. Upon finishing his degree, Tordella made the move from Texas to the West Coast. In San Diego, Tordella honed his composition skills with pianist Rick Helzer and studied improvisation with legendary Mingus saxophonist Charles McPherson. Since relocating to California in 2002, Tordella has been active in the local scene frequently leading his own trios and quartets, and collaborating with other artist like bassist Rob Thorsen, altoist David Negrete, guitarist Joey Carano, and pianist Joshua White. He has performed at jazz festivals in the U.S., Mexico, and Colombia.


The Ian Tordella Group features:
Ian Tordella - saxophones
Joey Carano - guitar
Benjamin Wanicur - bass
Richard Sellers - drums



DGQ features:
Ricky Giordano- Guitar
Antonio Dangond- Piano
Doug Walker - Bass
Charlie Weller-Drums

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SIP! Real World Wine Education
Wednesday, March 14, 2012
6pm
$5 Member Advance or free at the door (if available)
$10 UCSD students
$15 General

Class 3: How to choose the perfect cheeses for your wine party. Wine and cheese are a match made in Heaven, so let's learn how to properly pair them up so you can wow your guests at your next gathering.

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Professor Unscripted "Miss Representation" Film Screening
Monday, March 12, 2012
6pm
Free

Miss Representation uncovers a glaring reality we live with every day but fail to see. Written and directed by Jennifer Siebel Newsom, the film exposes how mainstream media contribute to the under-representation of women in positions of power and influence in America.

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TapWater
Saturday, March 10, 2012
8pm
Loft Member: Free
UCSD Student: $6
Regular: $12

Purchase by clicking the link below, or calling the UCSD Box Office at 858.534.TIXS (8497) M-F, 10am-4pm.

After relocating to Portland, OR, TapWater is teaming up with indie-folk artists, Audiafauna, for a special "home coming" concert.
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With sounds that color outside the lines of Americana, TapWater brings musical inspiration form around the globe to your front porch. TapWater relies on inspired songwriting, virtuoso musicianship, and knockout performances to keep you coming back for more. The bands homegrown humor and down-to-earth style complement their sound seamlessly, and create a live show that is particularly appealing to people who have tired of mainstream pop.
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This boisterous sextet blends the sound of banjo, steel pans, piano, accordion, upright bass, guitar, vocal harmonies, drums aplenty and more into a swirl of highly danceable and strangely exotic music steeped deeply in the roots of American tradition.
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TapWater features Steve Moore, Timmy Jones, Rudy Slizewski, Ravi Laird, Wes Elliot and Simon Lucas.
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Special Guests: Audiafauna, from Santa Cruz, CA

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Granito: How to Nail a Dictator
Thursday, March 8, 2012
8pm
Regular: $8
UCSD Student: $4

Purchase by clicking the link below, or calling the UCSD Box Office at 858.534.TIXS (8497) M-F, 10am-4pm.

Part political thriller, part memoir, Granito takes
us through a haunting tale of genocide and
justice that spans four decades, two films, and
filmmaker Pamela Yatess own career. Granito is a
story of destinies joined by Guatemalas past, and
how a documentary film from 1982, When the
Mountains Tremble, becomes forensic evidence
to help prove a genocide case against a military
dictator. Following the screening, viewers are
encouraged to share stories, photos, and videos
as a living digital witness to the atrocities.
[Pamela Yates, 2011, USA, 103 min.]

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Rachael Yamagata
Wednesday, March 7, 2012
9pm
Loft Member: $5 Advance; Free at the Door
UCSD Student: $10
Regular: $15

Purchase by clicking the link below, or calling the UCSD Box Office at 858.534.TIXS (8497) M-F, 10am-4pm.

Rachael Yamagata has reunited with Happenstance producer, John Alagia (Dave Matthews Band, Jason Mraz, Liz Phair) for her third studio album Chesapeake, the follow up to her heralded 2 CD Set Elephants...Teeth Sinking Into Heart.



Praised by critics for her intimately confessional songwriting and arrangements, Rachael released her last album, Elephants...Teeth Sinking Into Heart on Warner Bros. Records in October of 2008. Entertainment Weekly called her delivery "Gorgeous" and Rolling Stone said her "soulful, cigarette-scratched voice and melancholy lyrics recall Fiona Apple and PJ Harvey." She toured extensively in support of the album playing to crowds throughout the United States, Europe and Asia. Songs from the album appeared in various television programs and films including Greys Anatomy, Private Practice, Brothers and Sisters and more. She also made an appearance in the season finale of 30 Rock in 2009.

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Jenny Owen Youngs
Friday, March 2, 2012
9pm
Loft Member: $5 Advance; Free at the Door
UCSD Student: $10
Regular: $12

Purchase by clicking the link below, or calling the UCSD Box Office at 858.534.TIXS (8497) M-F, 10am-4pm.

Jenny Owen Youngs, singer/songwriter and natural history enthusiast, returns with her third studio album, AN UNWAVERING BAND OF LIGHT. Produced by longtime collaborator Dan Romer (Ingrid Michaelson, Jukebox the Ghost), the record finds Jenny knee-deep in crunchy rock guitars, whispery string quartets, and a mixed bag of bizarre-o percussion... in other words, precisely where she wants to be.

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