The Guide: A list of the best events happening this week SF Station
SF Station presents The Guide - A list of the best events happening this week
Tue Mar 20 - Mon Mar 26, 2007 Tue   |   Wed   |   Thu   |   Fri   |   Sat   |   Sun   |   Mon   |   Features
Protests. Rallies. Green beer. Last weekend was a whirlwind of activity all over the Bay Area. Thankfully, this week things calm down a bit. But while there'll be no big parades or protests making their way down Market Street, there's still plenty to keep you on your toes.

It's been four years since the country's been embroiled in the war in Iraq. If you didn't get a chance to participate in any of the events surrounding this anniversary, then get to the Commonwealth Club for Four Years Later where young veterans will be sharing their stories. Directions in Sound, one of the highlights of the SF International Asian American Film Festival, comes to the Rickshaw Stop on Wednesday night. This much anticipated evening features indie-pop rock from bands like Dreamdate and Scrabbel.

Then quiet things up a bit with the documentary Into Great Silence at The Lumiere Theater, about an order of ascetic French monks at the famous Grande Chartreuse monastery. However, what's a life without music and good times? The next night check out the best thing out of Norway since A-ha: Sondre Lerche performs at The Fillmore. Considered one of the best live bands in SF, Tartufi kicks off their national tour at El Rio Saturday night. Go see the greatness that is Brian Gorman and Lynne Angel. Top off the weekend with the 5th Annual YouthFest at ODC where young dancers get the chance to strut their stuff.

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Tuesday, March 20, 2007 See All Events
at Commonwealth Club of California (6:30pm)
After four years at war in Iraq, more than 150,000 troops have been deployed and more than 3,000 American men and women have lost their lives. But the fallout of the war goes beyond casualties, touching returning soldiers, their families and fellow Americans...
at Landmarks Opera Plaza Theater ((2:00 4:30) 7:00 9:30)
Widely regarded as one of the greatest films ever made, Jean Renoir's masterpiece is a scathing critique of corrupt French society cloaked in a comedy of manners...
Wednesday, March 21, 2007 See All Events
at DNA Lounge (9pm)
Vaudeville! Cabaret! Burlesque! Pirates! Featuring The Devil-Ettes, The Twilight Vixen Revue, Ms. Killy Lee, the Pirates' Booty, Banana Peel & Coconuts Cream, Delilah, Ophelia Coeur de Noir, The Damnettes, Lol Levy and more!
at Rickshaw Stop (9pm)
An incredible evening of indie-pop rock, with the sounds sublime to chaotic, featuring DJ about town Pickpocket, up-and-coming buzz band Dreamdate from Oakland, SF's indie darlings Scrabbel, and fresh off SXSW on their first US tour, Tokyo art rockers Kiiiiiii.
at Modern Times Bookstore (7:30pm)
The Perpetual Motion Roadshow is an indie press touring circuit, an unholy combination of a vaudevillian variety show and a punk rock tour. Each month, three new lively indie performers pile in a car and do seven cities in eight days, doing shows with the bold guarantee...
Thursday, March 22, 2007 See All Events
at Landmarks Lumiere Theater ((4:30) 8:00)
Nestled deep in the postcard-perfect French Alps, the Grande Chartreuse is considered one of the world's most ascetic monasteries. In 1984, German filmmaker Philip Gröning wrote to the Carthusian order for permission to make a documentary about them...
at de Young Museum (9:30am - 5:15pm)
In her recent work, Deborah Oropallo deconstructs and enhances images to investigate the seduction and power that is evoked by gesture and pose. Oropallo layers images of contemporary women in provocative costumes...
Friday, March 23, 2007 See All Events
at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (8pm)
The luminous Yin Mei reflects on her past in this spiritual response to the horror she witnessed as a child during the Chinese Cultural Revolution. Yin Mei's visual theater, forged from traditional Chinese and contemporary Western dance, is poetic and emotionally stirring...
at The Fillmore (9pm)
"Opposites attract. Sondre straddles two different universes at the slender age of 21. As a songwriter compared to American songbook master Cole Porter, it's fitting he was asked to perform for the world's intellectual elite. As a young Teen People heartthrob who writes catchy pop tunes, he is also worthy of the prestigious MTV nomination."
at Pink (9pm)
During his last visit at Poleng he had the dancers and the trainspotters lookin' like a headbangers at a Metallica show. Don't miss it - Rainer will be unloading his usual rare gems & unreleased dancefloor goodies, as well as fresh amunition from the Winter Music Conference...
at Mezzanine (9pm)
In 2004, with Get Physical established as one of Europe's most respected new electronic music labels, Booka Shade decided to step from the shadows and pursue their own solo career again...
at Bottom of the Hill (9pm)
With eight songs spread across nearly 62 minutes, Every Red Heart Shines Toward the Red Sun is an epic ambient rock record best experienced in its entirety: From the opening bass volley to the closing snare hit, the members of Red Sparowes expertly navigate the hidden vibrations...
at 1015 Folsom (10pm)
San Francisco's largest club will be transformed into a gathering of communities in the name of peace. 100% of the proceeds will go to the production of the 8th annual How Weird Street Faire and to the Baby Hazel Fund...
Saturday, March 24, 2007 See All Events
at Cody's Books in Berkeley (7pm)
This powerful blueprint for young women today offers a fearless vision for the future of feminism. By boldly detailing what is at stake for women and girls today, Megan Seely outlines the necessary steps to achieve true political, social and economic equity for all...
at Edinburgh Castle (doors at 7pm)
Neighbor Lady Community Arts Project (NLCAP) in collaboration with Kitchen Sink magazine, is pleased to announce Bittersweet 16, a party to celebrate - with a dash of eulogizing sadness - the close of KS' fourth and final volume, and to raise money to print an expanded last issue...
at El Rio (9pm)
(Tartufi's) music is full of live loops (guitar, bass, and vocals) that build on one another to create intense and haunting structures...
at Ana Mandara (10pm)
For the first time this year, join Sebastien, Tony Kutulas, SolyLuna SF, Rhythm Ethics & Mirza Party for Blossom - A Spring Affair at the elegant Ana Mandara Featuring DJ Pheeko Dubfunk & DJ Pollux...
Sunday, March 25, 2007 See All Events
at ODC Theater (2pm)
Founded 5 years ago by the youth companies of ODC/Dance and Chitresh Das Dance Company, the show brings together fantastic young performers for unique collaborations that cross culture and genre...
at Zellerbach Hall (7pm)
The king of modern Brazilian pop music, Gilberto Gil tops any list of the world's most important singers, composers, and instrumentalists. He began performing more than a half-century ago and by 1968, had helped found tropicalia, the hip, literate folk-rock Brazilian hybrid musical movement that followed bossa nova...
at Cow Palace (9am - 8pm)
Fun activities, inspiring beauty, innovative ideas and products, industry experts and helpful tips for DIYers await everyone at one of the world's largest and most celebrated spring garden festivals...
Monday, March 26, 2007 See All Events
at The Independent (8pm)
"Communication with nature is not a new theme for OOIOO. Visually, album art designs and band photos bare hidden repetitions of "o-o-i-o-o" and videos have visually featured woods of the forest above any member of the band. Much of the band's past music has incorporated tribal rhythms and wild sounds, but an even more prominent focus on nature is clearly stated on the new album." ...
at The Fillmore (8pm)
In addition to their energetic live performances, the band are also noted for their often improvisational renditions of songs. Lead singer Gordon Downie often strays from the lyrical path to rant to the audience or wander off into fictitious monologues and conversations. Some of these become lyrics for future songs...
Features   This Week's Articles See All Articles
A Good Time at the Barracks
By Gloria_Tai (Mar 15, 2007)
Walk into Presidio Social Club and step back in time. Set in a historic barracks building a century old, this spacious meeting/drinking/dining spot charms and promises a good time as easily as it could have sixty years ago. Of the three just-opened Presidio establishments, including La Terrasse and Pres A Vi, Presidio Social Club is the newest and most casual of the national forested bunch. The restaurant serves classic American fare -- solid comfort food with an occasional departure -- and offers a relaxed and convivial ambiance, attracting the neighboring Presidio/Pacific Heights and Marina clientele.
A Work-in-Progress
By Matt_Crawford (Mar 15, 2007)
It has been five years since Brooklyn rapper EL-P has released an album, but he has been far from idle. In addition to doing production work and other administrative duties at Definitive Jux, the underground hip hop record label that he founded, he has remixed tracks for a grocery list of musicians, including Beck, Nine Inch Nails, The Marsh Volta and TV on the Radio. He was also in a near catastrophic airplane journey that ended with an emergency landing after an engine blew up -- an incident that serves as fodder for the first single on I'll Sleep When You're Dead. EL-P spoke with SF Station during a phone interview from New York.
800,000 killed in 10 days
By Matt_Forsman (Mar 08, 2007)
In April of 1994, a secondary school in Kigali, Rwanda became a refugee camp for thousands of Tutsi citizens as the Hutu militia initiated genocide against the Tutsis. Beyond the gates of this school, the Hutus taunted the Tutsis and angrily waved machetes menacingly. A UN peacekeeping force struggled to keep the Hutus at bay and the Tutsis safe. Five days later the UN peacekeeping force left and virtually all of the Tutsis were slaughtered.
A Sporadically Entertaining Misfire
By Mel_Valentin (Mar 15, 2007)
Chris Rock's second film in the director's chair (2003's Head of State was his first), I Think I Love My Wife is a wildly uneven, sporadically insightful, intermittently hilarious take on sex and the long-married, desperate male. The semi-clever tagline "In marriage no one can hear you scream," riffs on the tagline for Ridley Scott's Alien, "In space no one can hear you scream", and sets up the central character's moral dilemma: to remain in a romance-free marriage or break his wedding vows and pursue an adulterous relationship with a beautiful younger woman.
The Great British Teen 80s Flick that Never Was
By Matt_Forsman (Mar 15, 2007)
Brian Jackson (James McAvoy) is a young man who is a charming mix of complete, utter naiveté and an enormous storehouse of random factoids. The former quality is largely due to his sheltered upbringing in working class Essex. Brian's vast store of random factoids is largely a result of the countless hours spent watching UK's version of "Jeopardy", "University Challenge" as a child. The utility of Brian's knowledge and the depths of his naiveté are put to the test as he heads off to Bristol University in Starter for 10.
Semi-Compelling Drama With a Twist
By Mel_Valentin (Mar 15, 2007)
Only a year after The Lake House, Sandra Bullock is back in the similarly structured and similarly themed Premonition, a non-linear thriller with a science-fiction or supernatural twist. As in The Lake House and the earlier 28 Days, Bullock proves she can handle material that requires a deeper emotional range.
Superb Documentary Stays True To Its Subject
By Mel_Valentin (Mar 15, 2007)
Twenty years ago, German filmmaker Philip Groening (L'Amour, l'argent, l'amour) approached the strict, reclusive Carthusian Order about making a documentary detailing their daily lives in the Grande Chartreuse monastery in the French Alps. Thirteen years later, the Carthusian monks agreed to participate in Groening's project.
Convenience for the Jet Setters
By Jialin_Luh (Mar 15, 2007)
With all the new safety regulations and restrictions, traveling by plane today is a far cry from the glory and glamorous days of the jet setting era. Alas, dry your tears, weary travelers. Flylite and PlanetTran are two companies striving to maximize convenience and minimize the headache for you when it comes to air travel. FlyLite suggests: "Never pack or carry another suitcase again", while earth-friendly airport shuttle service PlanetTran offers a green alternative to car services and taxis.
Chekov's Gun Control (Or Lack Thereof)
By Clifton_Lemon (Mar 15, 2007)
David Denby, writing in The New Yorker on March 5th of this year, commented on the recent trend in films of deploying increasingly complex, overlapping, fractured narratives. Think Memento, Pulp Fiction, Babel, and Amores Perros. It's not only a film trend though, and it's actually been going on for several decades -- or more if you look back to the early twentieth century.
Wistful for Cuba pre-Castro?
By lisa_ryers (Mar 15, 2007)
In a time long, long ago before the nation state of the Bahamas captured American media attention due to one Anna Nicole Smith, another Caribbean country riveted our gaze: Cuba. Today Cuba boils down to the three C's: cigars, Castro, and classic cars. In the 50s, as Maya Montero suggests in her sixth novel, Dancing to "Almendra,", Cuba's national identity was intertwined with our own.
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