MICHAEL FRANTI & SPEARHEAD Michael Franti is a happy man: Obama’s in office, the Bush administration is out, and we can all exhale. An outspoken pacifist, poet, musician and activist, Franti was very openly discouraged by Bush policy and it was reflected in much of Spearhead’s music and performance. The song “Obama,” a celebratory world anthem, is hands-down the best Obama-inspired song to be born during the presidential campaign. First known for his industrial hip-hop fusion project, the Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy, Franti gained a following on the festival circuit where he is still a fixture with Spearhead and is touring in support of All Rebel Rockers.
Friday, Jan. 30, at the Ventura Theater, 26 S. Chestnut St. 653-0721, www.spearheadvibrations.com
THE JIMMY MOOKS Urban Dictionary defines a “mook” as a “self-centered simpleton who lives a drunken frat-boy lifestyle.” You know the kind . . . they like potty humor and objectifying women. Of course, the Jimmy Mooks aren’t really mooks; they’re poking fun at mooks, right? Ventura’s premier improvisational comedy duo promises to make your cheeks sore with their adult silliness. And who couldn’t use a good laugh these days?
Tuesday, Feb. 3. Caffe Bella, 79 S. California St., Ventura. 643-2171 and Thursday, Feb. 20 at Zoey’s Café, 451 E. Main St., Ventura. 652-0091, www.myspace.com/jimmymooks.