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SF Station presents The Guide: A list of the best events happening this week
Tuesday, January 9 - Monday, January 15
January is back in the swing of things. The beginning of the year is always full of a manic energy. Everyone gets pumped up with renewed goals and ambitions and it feels like the world is at your feet with the whole year unfurled before you. But the key is to moderate yourself and be steady. Luckily, SF Station is here to guide you on your way.

The best part of January is MLK Jr. Day. Head to Oakland's City Hall Plaza for the annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration to honor the leader's 78th birthday. Then make sure to catch comedians Michael Ian Black, Michael Showalter and David Wain at Mezzanine for the opening night performance of the 6th Annual SF Sketchfest. And don't forget to make sure you know about the coolest technological trends for this year by indulging your geeky side at Macworld 2007 at Moscone Center.

Relax at Poleng Lounge with The Breaks and DJ Apollo. If you're into classic Hip Hop this is the party for you. On another note, there's the Berlin & Beyond Film Festival featuring the very best in movies from Germany and its neighbors. If you're jonesing for a little Deutschland or just want to watch quality films then head over to the Castro Theatre. On Monday there's ODC Unplugged at ODC Theater where audiences will be treated to a preview of Artist Director Brenda Way's latest piece "Book of Hours".
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FILM: Primeval at AMC Metreon
The Hitcher at AMC Metreon

LIVE MUSIC: Rob Dickinson w/ Talkdemonic at Cafe du Nord
Dodo Bird at 12 Galaxies
Ari Hest, Angie Aparo, Red Heart The Ticker at Cafe du Nord

DINNER: Impala
Mas Sake

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Tuesday, January 9, 2007
at Modern Times Bookstore (7pm)
Join Nick Mamatas as he reads from his hilarious new novel Under My Roof. Based on Archanians by Aristophanes, Under My Roof is the story of telepathic tween Herbert Weinberg, whose father Daniel decides to strike a blow for freedom by building a nuclear device, planting it in the lawn jockey in his front yard, and declaring independence from the United States.
at The Cellar (9pm)
The Cellar is proud to announce a new weekly showcase every Tuesday, which will feature some of the hottest local talent around. BEATZ DJ instructors will be teaming up with some of the most talented mixmasters for a weekly showcase that blow the roof off!
Wednesday, January 10, 2007
at Oakland City Hall Plaza (Frank Ogawa Plaza) (11:30am - 1:30pm)
Celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. as Oakland marks Dr. King's 78th Birthday. The event will feature a keynote address and live entertainment as well as a resource fair with information on volunteer opportunities, community events and celebrations commemorating Dr. King, his life and his vision...
at The Warfield (9pm)
Incubus rose to become one of the most popular alt-metal bands of the new millennium, setting themselves apart from a crowded field with a somewhat less-negative outlook and tireless touring...
at Hotel Utah Saloon (9pm)
Come check out these local bands! Buzz or Howl: "Think Acid Mothers Temple meets John Fahey at his most latter-day extreme.", The Parish: Rock/Blues/Southern music...
Thursday, January 11, 2007
at Landmarks Embarcadero Center ((12:30pm 3:30pm) 7:10pm 10pm)
A 1920s love story about an English couple - Walter (Edward Norton), a middle-class doctor and Kitty (Naomi Watts), an upper-class woman - who get married for the wrong reasons and relocate to Shanghai, where she falls in love with a local playboy (Liev Schreiber). After uncovering Kitty's infidelity, Walter accepts a job in a Chinese village ravaged by a deadly epidemic and takes her along...
at Dance Mission Theatre (8pm)
Artistic Director, Mary Alice Fry, in response to the overwhelming number of high-caliber applicants from a wide range of disciplines, decided to create three distinct weeks with a focus on three different formats: circus, dance/music collaborations and guided installation performances...
at Mezzanine (8pm)
Celebrate the opening night of the Sixth Annual SF Sketchfest with STELLA at Mezzanine. STELLA is a unique three-man comedy group. Michael Ian Black, Michael Showalter, and David Wain have been writing, producing, and performing comedy together and apart for sixteen years...
Friday, January 12, 2007
at Moscone Center Exhibit Hall Hours (10am - 4pm) / Conference Hours (8am - 12pm)
In addition to the most up-to-date, targeted and in-depth Macintosh training offered by the event's world-renowned Conference programs, there are many event highlights to take advantage of and enjoy...
at Triple Base Gallery (7pm - 10pm)
Bring, art, music, poetry and whatever else is important(also whatever you need to display with them, it, or the performance), they will all converge!
at Hemlock Tavern (9:30pm)
This San Francisco trio occasionally lapse into that particular brand of hoity-toity-ness - singing in French, busin' out the do-do-do-do vocal breakdowns - that makes you want to cut the brakes on Stereolab's tour bus....
at Rickshaw Stop (10pm - 2am)
The New Uprising In Global Beat Culture. Featuring Maga Bo, Rio's rising producer of borderless beats - hip hop, drum n bass to batacuda, capoiera and bhangra...
Saturday, January 13, 2007
at PLAySPACE Gallery ((6pm - 8pm) - The January 13 reception is followed at 8 pm by Caroliner's first performance in a year and a half, at the Graduate Center on Hooper Street)
The Echo de Pensees Sound Series presents 23 Years of Hernia Milk and Ergot Dreams: A Retrospective of Caroliner and Its Homage to a 19th-Century Singing Bull, the first opportunity to see the internationally recognized band Caroliner's extensive ephemera collected in one place...
at Eight Nightclub and Lounge (9pm - 2am)
Main Room: Hip Hop & Old School Funk & in the Upstairs Lounge: Salsa, Merengue, Cumbia and Soulful House...
at Roe (9pm - 3am)
With 2 levels of entertainment, featuring beats by: DJ Frenchy le Freak, Pheeko Dubfunk & Guests playing funky soulful house & DJ Just Rick playing hip hop & mash ups ...
at Poleng Lounge (10pm)
The Original Break in a song has helped create the foundation in Hip-Hop. At "The Breaks" we pay tribute to all those classic samples back to back with the Rap version...
Sunday, January 14, 2007
at Cow Palace (9am - 7pm)
The biggest names in custom paint, bodywork, metal and chrome will gleam under the bright lights of the Cow Palace for the 7th annual Rod, Custom, and Motorcycle Show. Over 550 custom cars and motorcycles from across the country will roar in for the three-day event, and compete for over $65,000 in prize money and awards...
at Castro Theatre (see schedule for times & films)
Each year they strive to present a wide range of cinematic experiences - intense, enlightening, piercing and hilarious - and so it is with this year's selection...
at Rite Spot Café (8pm)
Murder ballads and songs of lost souls dot the Lesser Lights' soundscape. Employing the urban americana of 16 Horsepower and the high lonesome wail of Songs:Ohia they craft a dark and satisfying stew of songy goodness...
at Harry Denton's Starlight Room (8pm)
Celebrate a guilt-free Sunday night of DJs, dancing, cocktails, and friends while enjoying the gorgeous views of San Francisco's skyline from Harry Denton's Starlight Room on the 21st floor atop Union Square...
Monday, January 15, 2007
at Creativity Explored (10am - 3pm)
From examinations of anatomical diagrams to drawing from live figure models, studio artists translate the human form with beauty, wit and subtlety...
at ODC Theatre (7pm)
Be among the first to preview ODC/Dance Artistic Director Brenda Way's newest piece-in-the-making, Book of Hours. Inspired by the medieval illuminated manuscript Les Tres Riche Heures du Duc de Berry, this work loosely explores the seasons of life...
This Week's Articles
New Life at the Little Fishbowl on Grove Street
By Michelle_Chan-Fishel (Jan 04, 2007)
Climbing up the worn Astroturfed stairs of the little cylindrical building attached to the Days Inn on Grove, it's easy to wonder whether Zoya's cuisine -- which the owners dub as "Modern American with world accents" -- can live up to its sophisticated description. Formerly the home of Midori Mushi sushi restaurant, a well-regarded labor of love by local restaurateur Gerard Dumuk, Zoya came as a welcome surprise in 2006 when it opened across from the new-ish location of Oxenrose hair salon.
Spreading His Wings and Summertime Cheer
By Matt_Crawford (Jan 04, 2007)
Winter storms have diminished the grit deposits on San Francisco's streets, along with memories of weather that was a little warmer, barbecues and outdoor concerts, but those thoughts can be revisited when L.A. rapper Pigeon John returns to the Bay Area with his summertime vibes. Months after the release of his latest album Pigeon John and the Summertime Pool Party, the rapper is still hitting the road hard. He performs during a two-night stand with Subtle on Jan. 20th and 21st at Bottom of The Hill. He spoke with SF Station during a phone interview.
A Near-Great Film from a Near-Unfilmable Novel
By Mel_Valentin (Jan 04, 2007)
Directed by Tom Tykwer (Run, Lola, Run), Perfume: The Story of a Murderer is the film adaptation of German-language author Patrick Süskind's first novel. First published in 1985, Perfume went on to sell more than 15 million copies in 45 different languages. Süskind's central character, an amoral serial killer with a hyper-developed sense of smell searching to preserve the "perfect" scent, was fascinating and disturbing in his uniqueness. But Süskind's description-heavy writing style and omniscient narration led some, including the late Stanley Kubrick, to consider Süskind's novel unfilmable.
Utterly Forgettable
By Matt_Forsman (Jan 04, 2007)
In 2000, director Christopher Nolan blessed filmgoers with the brilliant Memento, a film that revolves around a protagonist who suffers from short term memory loss and vainly tries to track down his wife's killer via notes he makes to himself and a myriad of tattoos on his body.
Revisionist Storytelling Falls Flat
By Rossiter_Drake (Jan 04, 2007)
Most of us have, at one time or another, rooted for Wile E. Coyote to catch the Road Runner, not because that would lend itself to richer, more compelling drama, but because it would add a new wrinkle to an old yarn. Alternate endings always hold that tantalizing promise - for better or worse, they show us something we haven't seen before, and when you've heard a story so many times, even the slightest change is refreshing.
Exchange Yuck for Yay
By Jialin_Luh (Jan 04, 2007)
So inevitably, you survived the holidays with some undesirable gifts. Before lamenting your next foray into eBay, check out SwapThing.com, where you can swap your unwanted gifts for those coveted things you didn't get.
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