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Tue Feb 17 - Mon Feb 23, 2009
Film Festival

Deliciously rich. That's how we would describe this week's picks. They're buttery, packed with flavor and oozing with tastiness. Ever wonder about the secret ingredient in your favorite libation? Satisfy your curiosity tonight at Cocktail Smackdown: SF's Top Mixologists at The Commonwealth Club. Then check out the vocal and instrumental stylings of Andrew Bird at The Fillmore. On Thursday, get out your beads and feathers for the Mardi Gras celebration at Ruby Skye. The next day, take in some art. Photographer Lauren Dukoff captures beautifully intimate and quintessentially rock-n-roll moments in her solo exhibit opening Friday night at Eleanor Harwood Gallery. This weekend, drive all the rain away at the Grilled Cheese Invitational where attendees will be inundated with warm, cheesy goodness. Then work off the calories at 103 Harriet for the RJD2 show. Sunday night get diva-ed or villain-ed up for the always fabulous Academy of Friends Gala at the Festival Pavilion.

This week's articles

Speed Racer




The Fetching Veggie Etchings

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at 103 Harriet on Sat Feb 21
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Photo Gallery - are you in the scene
Pillow Fight
at Justin Herman Plaza

Roller Disco
at CELLspace
Suicide Girls
at Supperclub

Bitter Ball
on the SF Belle
Ivan Neville
at The Independent

Vintage Valentine's Fashion
at Roe
Film Festival
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
at The Commonwealth Club (6pm)

Mixologists are becoming the new top chefs, and INFORUM is bringing you the best of the bars. Part chef, part artist, these panelists know how to create something that is more delicacy than drink. Come listen to some of San Francisco's top mixologists tap into this new trend, while divulging some tricks on how to mix it up with your own drinks at home.
at Apple Store (7pm)

Join comic book writer and illustrator Dave Gibbons as he discusses his Hugo Award-winning graphic novel, "Watchmen", soon to be a major motion picture from Warner Bros. Pictures and Paramount Pictures. Arguably the most honored graphic novel ever created, "Watchmen" was named one of the 100 Best Novels of all time by Time Magazine...
at The Fillmore (8pm)

"Back to the River's 11 songs encompass a broad musical and emotional palette, and showcase Tedeschi's multiple talents as a deeply expressive singer, a soulful and melodic guitarist and a distinctive, evolving songwriter. The album is partially the product of Tedeschi's work with a stellar assortment of songwriting collaborators..."
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
at JCCSF (8pm)

Honored by Newsweek as one of the "Women Shaping the 21st Century," Tiffany Shlain is a filmmaker and founder of The Webby Awards. This will be the first time she will discuss and show clips from her new feature film-in-production, "Connected: A Declaration of Interdependence."...and her work founding and running The Webby Awards...
at The Fillmore (8pm)

"Chicago-based multi-instrumentalist and lyricist Andrew Bird picked up his first violin at the age of 4. Actually, it was a Cracker Jack box with a ruler taped to it, and the first of his many Suzuki music lessons involved simply bowing to the teacher and going home. He spent his formative years soaking up classical repertoire completely by ear..."
Thursday, February 19, 2009
at Babylon Falling (6pm - 9pm)

Billy X Jennings, who has graciously opened up his archive for Babylon Falling, will be leading a brief discussion on the history of the radical underground press in America. Emory Douglas, the former Minister of Culture for the Black Panther Party, will also give a short talk on the role that art played in these papers...
at Bottom of the Hill (9pm)

"Lullaby land tunes that teach your body to sway like branches in the breeze." - Claire Taylor, SJ Metro
at Ruby Skye (9pm - 4am)

"Mardi Gras all started back in the early 1700's. The French of New Orleans were holding elaborate balls where guests were encouraged to wear a mask. But when the Spanish government took over, parties and street dancing were banned. It wasn't until 1827, when Americans were in power, that the right to party in mask was restored..."
Film Festival
Friday, February 20, 2009
at Gallery 16 (Sixteen) (6pm - 9pm)

In this new work, Anderson questions the notions set forth by Alfred Stieglitz in his 1921 "Equivalents" series. By emphasizing abstract fields of light and clouds, Stieglitz evoked equivalents of subjective thoughts and emotions. Andy Grundberg said "The Equivalents remain photography's most radical demonstration of faith in the existence of a reality behind and beyond that offered by the world of appearances."
at Books Inc. in Opera Plaza (7pm)

"The genius of Frank Lloyd Wright was both magnetic and cruel, as evidenced by the succession of failed marriages and hot-blooded affairs depicted in this biographic reimagining that drills into Wright mythology and the dark shadows of the American dream. The narrative moves backwards in time through the accounts of four women in Wright's life..."
at Eleanor Harwood Gallery (7pm)

For many years, Lauren Dukoff has photographed close friend and musician Devendra Banhart and an extended, loose-knit international family of artists who share inspiration variously from folk, Tropicalia, and each other...
at Mighty (10pm)

XLR8R and blasthaus present Germany's seminal dynamic duo Tiefschwarz and one of the hottest electronic acts on the planet return to SF along with Claude Von Stroke (Dirtybird). Ali and Basti Schwarz first came to international attention in 2004 at the start of the electrohouse boom, but nowadays their signature blend of house, techno and bass-heavy electrohouse is one of Europe's biggest DJ draws.
Saturday, February 21, 2009
location TBA (noon - 5pm)

The 2nd Annual NorCal Regional Grilled Cheese Invitational will be the best thing to happen to San Francisco ever! Attendees are handed sammiches and rate them accordingly. We then tabulate the results, dispense trophies and wrap ourselves up in the cheese glory! Awards are determined by audience vote for each sammich. For the winners, there will be a 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place trophy awarded in each category. There will also be two Spaz awards...
at Baer Ridgway Exhibitions (4pm - 6pm)

Baer Ridgway Exhibitions is pleased to announce an exhibition of new works by Seattle based artist, Tyler Cufley. In sculpture, photography and painting, Cufley blends, recontextualizes and subverts formalism and politics. A subtle wit and precise execution of process and materials continue to be distinctive features of Cufley's works.
at Vima Dance Studio (7pm - 11pm)

An evening of ballroom dancing and performance.
at The Grand (8pm)

"Kinky specializes in a sort of Latino funk that draws from rock as well as electronica, not to mention the wealth of rhythms Latin music offers. The five-piece band from Monterrey, Mexico, caused quite a stir among music industry insiders and critics..."
at The Warfield (8pm)

"Dropkick Murphys formed in 1996 in Boston, MA. The band was originally just a bunch of friends looking to play music for fun. We started playing in the basement of a friend's barbershop and our goal was to blend the musical influences we had grown up with (Punk Rock, Irish Folk, Rock, and Hardcore) into one loud, raucous, chaotic, and often out of tune mix that we could call our own..."
at Mezzanine (9pm - 2am)

After many months of searching for the best unsigned artists to populate it's roster, local San Francisco record label Unicrons is ready to unleash itself on the music world. Pulling together Futuristic Prince, Tenderlions, and Media, three live acts from the Unicrons crew, and four of the best DJs San Francisco has to offer...
at The Endup (10pm - noon)

14 hours of non-stop music! The Show is one of the Bay Area's best monthly underground events, providing you with those dirty, nasty, funky beats that keep you on the dance floor all night. Every third Sunday, we showcase the heroes of the underground scene that bring us the newest sounds...
at 103 Harriet (10pm)

Phildelphia, PA's RJD2 tastefully blends hip hop, jazz, break beats, atmospheric music that makes you think but more importantly makes you move your feet...
Sunday, February 22, 2009
at Cow Palace (9am)

The biggest names in custom paint, bodywork, metal and chrome will gleam under the bright lights of the Cow Palace for the 8th annual Rod, Custom, and Motorcycle Show. Over 550 custom cars and motorcycles from across the country will roar in for the two-day event...
at Festival Pavilion (5pm - 10pm)

What's your secret identity? Are you a mild-mannered Joe by day and a dashing hero by night? Are you a plain Jane at work and a dishy diva when the sun goes down? Or is there a devilish and dastardly villain lurking inside you who's just waiting to come out?
at Fox Theater (8pm)

"One of the more unexpected mainstream success stories of the 2000s was Modest Mouse. More than a decade after the arty Pacific Northwest indie-rock band formed, its sixth album, Good News for People Who Love Bad News, reached Number 18 on the Billboard 200, thanks in part to its Number One Modern Rock single "Float On."..."
at Hemlock Tavern (9pm)

"Imagine Ian Curtis poised atop the Golden Gate Bridge humming "Gloomy Sunday" to himself quietly in the night, a distant look in his watery eyes. That mental picture ought to prepare you for Lazarus's latest, Hawk Medicine (Temporary Residence), the most haunted and harrowing record you'll hear all year..."
Yum Diary
Monday, February 23, 2009
at Herbst Theatre (8pm)

Guitarist David Tanenbaum plays Terry Riley's Iraq War protest piece on the National Steel guitar. William Winant performs in two new works by Roscoe Mitchell. The ensemble performs a new work by Cindy Cox and a work by Lee Hyla, conducted by David Milnes...
at John Colins Lounge (5pm - 2am)

Featuring DJ Carl Banks and Brian Springer spinning classic jazz funk soul hip hop and trickenology. Now every Monday at John Colins Lounge you can enjoy happy hour prices all day...
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