perform its unique
brand of danceable,
soul.” Sweet water
Music Hall (Mill
AUG 23 American
Idol Live! The top five
performers from season 14 of the hit show
head to San Francisco
for an up-close-and-personal performance.
The Warfield (SF).
AUG 27 Howie Day
and heartfelt, Howie
Day’s lyrics and wide
vocal range are even
better live. S weetwater
Music Hall (Mill
AUG 29 Zepparella This
all-female Led Zeppelin
tribute band has been
legacy for nearly five
years, releasing two
live albums, with
another on the horizon.
Sweet water Music
Hall (Mill Valley).
Art Works Downtown
Meditations A curated
exhibit including works
that use technology as
a means to discuss our
daily mediated experiences in the digital age,
11. 1337 Fourth St, San
Bay Model Visitor
Center The center
is sponsoring Art
Connections 2, July
14–August 23. 2100
Desta Gallery Line Form
Texture A summer art
exhibit, through August
9. 417 San Anselmo
Ave, San Anselmo.
di Rosa The Fallibility
of Intent Works by
Richard T. Walker. 5200
Carneros Hwy, Napa.
Gallery Route One Box
Show An annual exhibition featuring unique
wooden boxes crafted
by 150 artists, through
September 13. 11101
Hwy One, Point Reyes.
for the Arts Work in
Ravage Bassist and composer Lisa Mezzacappa
and her ensemble present two evenings of
excerpts from her new
work of music and film,
Glorious Ravage, August
7 and 11. 944 Simmonds
Marin Society of Artists
Fall Rental A member
juried show, August
6–29. 30 Sir Francis
Drake Blvd, Ross.
O’Hanlon Center for the
Arts Bay Area Women
Artists A juried exhibition, through August
20. 616 Throckmorton
Ave, Mill Valley.
Robert Allen Fine
Art Abstract Works
on Canvas Group
6–September 30. 301
SAN FRANCISCO–BASED MUSICIAN Alison Faith Levy is surrounded by creative nergy. With a filmmaker husband
and musical wunderkind son, dull moments
are unlikely in her household. In 2012, Levy
released the CD World of Wonder, a rollicking
success that’s currently being adapted into
a full-length stage musical for families. The
recently released The Start of Things marks her
second solo venture into children’s music and
the reviews are solid. Come see what the excitement is all about: Levy will be performing at
the Mill Valley Public Library at 11 a.m. on
August 16. alisonfaithlevy.com KASIA PAWLOWSKA
Not Just for Kids
Alison Faith Levy brings her music to Marin.
The Start of Things is multilayered, both in
themes and musical styles. Could you tell us a
bit about your musical background? I grew up
on my parents' record collection, which was
really chock-full of great ’60s and ’70s classic rock and pop music like the Beatles, Elton
John, Cat Stevens, the Who. I was a voracious
music fan and record collector all through
my childhood and college years and also
studied and performed lots of musical theater, including a summer at the A.C. T. Young
Conservatory. I started classical piano lessons at age 5 and always took a lot of dance
and a little voice training. I started playing
in bands in college and was a member of a
pretty well-known indie band called the Loud
Family. After the birth of my son, I joined the
Sippy Cups, a psychedelic rock band for kids.
I've been playing music for kids ever since.
Do you think children are a more receptive
audience because it’s easier for them to
experience wonder? Well, I think kids just
want to connect directly with the music and
the performer — whether it be dancing and
participating at a live show or listening at home
or in the car. They have no separation of "rock
star" versus audience or anything like that. The
music is speaking to them, and they respond.
Which is why I like to engage directly with them
from the stage, giving lots of physical directions
and activities, and also write songs that have
both very specific imagery they can latch on to
and some complex emotional pieces that make
them think a little about what it might mean.
I know I loved being challenged as a listener
when I was a child, puzzling out the meanings
of grown-up music, so I hope there's a little of
that in there too for them.
Your voice is very emotive. At times you seem
to be channeling Aimee Mann and at others
you sound like a show tune chanteuse. Have
you ever done any voice acting or considered
it? Oh, thank you, I love Aimee Mann. I have
not done any voice acting; that would be so
much fun. What a great idea. I do also sing in
a wedding band sometimes, and I am a very
good mimic of different voices — I can do
Steve Perry and Lady Gaga back-to-back.
The new song “Rainbow Tunnel” paints a
bright picture of Marin. What would your
ideal Marin day be like? Well, if kids are
involved it would definitely start with a trip
to the Bay Area Discovery Museum. What a
special place, with gorgeous views of the city.
Then perhaps a drive out to Muir Beach for
some beach time, and definitely a late lunch at
the Pelican Inn. If it's a hot day, I love the Terra
Linda pool in San Rafael. It's a great escape
from the city fog in summertime. I also love to
explore all the trails that branch out from Muir
Woods; the hiking in Marin is some of the
best in the world. I also love the Point Bonita
Lighthouse. Really, I could go on and on ...