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Tue Apr 8 - Mon Apr 14, 2008
San Francisco International Film Festival
People climbing up the Golden Gate Bridge. Rallies all over town. The Olympic torch descending upon SF along with hundreds of protestors. If you thought things in SF were crazy before, just wait. But even the most dedicated of activists needs a break. Take five at the 1st Annual Barback Olympics at 111 Minna in which barbacks compete for glory. There's also singer/songwriter Ani DiFranco making a rare appearance at the Palace of Fine Arts or Stanford's Cool Product Expo whose name pretty much says it all. On Thursday get liquored up and brave the frigid winds for Movie Night in Dolores Park showing Fast Times at Ridgemont High. Or stay inside and let actors and nonactors alike recreate a beloved cinematic masterpiece at Point Break Live! at the Xenodrome. This weekend science nerds and cool kids can unite at Yuri's Night at the NASA Ames Research Center and families can enjoy the Cherry Blossom Festival in Japantown. And last but not least, SF Station's very own Managing Editor, Anhoni Patel, is running to be a delegate for Barack Obama at the DNC. Come out and show your support at the DNC Delegate Caucus on Sunday!
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San Francisco International Film Festival
Tuesday, April 8, 2008
at 111 Minna Gallery (8pm)
Barback Olympic Contestants will compete for the "Golden Bottle Opener" through a series of rigorous bar related activities that promise to delight the crowd of cheering bartenders, managers, owners, and industry friends. For the special event there will be amazing prizes, an open bar, gourmet appetizers by world renown chef, Erick Hopfinger, of Circa Restaurant...
at Bottom of the Hill (9pm)
There are currently around 30 members, famous and unknown, musicians, artist, dancers, farmers etc. In order to follow and document their multifarious activities...
at The Ambassador Lounge (9:30pm)
Featuring DJs Vin Sol and LL Cool DJ, event Photos by Beryl Fine and visuals by Dylan Mullins. Free No Cover, Drink Specials Courtesy of Speakeasy Lager and Ale plus Lotus Vodka...
Wednesday, April 9, 2008
at Stanford University (noon - 6pm)
Stanford University's Cool Product Expo (CPX) is a showcase of products at the intersection of manufacturing, design, and cool. This year will feature radically innovative products from over 35 firms and the folks behind them. Admission is free to the public.
at Palace of Fine Arts (8pm)
With artistic integrity and a sincere connection to her audience, Ani DiFranco has become one of music's most prolific performers by sheer force of will. A pioneer in the independent label movement, DiFranco founded her own record company Righteous Babe Records in 1989 at the age of eighteen. By that time the singer/songwriter was already a seasoned troubadour whose live performances established her distinctive style...
at Punch Line Comedy Club (see listing for times)
Born and raised in Oakland, CA, Clinton honed his craft in the thriving comedy scene of San Francisco. As a stand-up he has been seen on numerous national TV shows, including Comedy Central presents... Clinton Jackson, which premiered in 2004. Jackson performed at the prestigious HBO US Comedy Arts Festival...
Thursday, April 10, 2008
at Dolores Park (8pm)
We are showing a series of locally themed movies in Dolores Park for free. No causes, no speeches, no protesting. Just Bring a friend, bring a dog, buy a couple of Tamales, and check out the scene. "All I need are some tasty waves, a cool buzz, and I'm fine."
at Apartment 24 (8pm)
Special guest DJ Vin Sol in the mix 'til 2am, spinning Hip-hop classics, various bangers from the 80's & 90's plus selected hot pop tunes! San Francisco's illest tee-shirt conglomorate drops the spring line, with fresh off the press NEW tees and hard to find backstocks!
at Yoshi's Oakland (see listing for times)
The brilliant and charismatic composer/pianist Omar Sosa celebrates his new Otá CD Afreecanos with a four-night stay at Yoshi's. "Sosa's music is the unifying sort, yoking together Africa and jazz and Latin America and hip-hop. He makes it work, being one of those rare birds whose keyboard skills are near those of Chick Corea or Chucho Valdés" (Ben Ratliff, New York Times)...
San Francisco International Film Festival
Friday, April 11, 2008
at Dolores Park Cafe (7:30pm)
Join a wide array of Bay Area comedians for this bi-annual night of diverse comedy in the Mission District. The line-up features a half a dozen comics: African American, Iranian, Jewish, Caucasian American, gay/lesbian, straight...Featuring Ali Mafi, Julia Jackson, Gretchen Rootes, Carla Clayy, Lisa Geduldig, and Doug Ferrari.
at Xenodrome (see listing for times)
The absurdist stage adaptation of the 1992 Keanu Reeves/Patrick Swayze extreme-sports blockbuster that tells the story of former College football star, Johnny Utah, in pursuit of the surfing, bank robbing, skydiving, bare-hand-fighting adrenaline-junkie-cum-Zen-master Bodhi Sattva...
at Il Pirata (9pm - 2am)
Triple Power's anniversary parties have always been their biggest nights - they pull out all the stops and toss 'em in the weeds. But for this party, not only is Triple Power celebrating their anniversary, but they're also saying goodbye, for now. After four years, they're going on hiatus to recharge for their next incarnation.
at Grant & Green (9pm)
Dirty Frank, one of the coolest Pearl Jam cover bands will be playing live in San Francisco this Friday at Grant and Green. Fresh off of their Santa Barbara show following Eddie's solo performance at the Arlington, Dirty Frank is set to blow up North Beach with some of the sickest cover jams alive.
at Mezzanine (10pm)
For those music-heads who didn't make Miami's winter music conference, Mezzanine brings some of the best talent in music to San Francisco this spring. On Friday, April 11th, renowned global DJ Timo Maas and New York's Hercules And Love Affair will dominate the dance floor. Genre-bending DJ superstar Timo Maas originally broke into the trance scene with a residency at Germany's super club The Tunnel and recording "Die Herdplatte." He went onto release several mixes under various monikers...
at Mighty (10pm)
"One of the most versatile and talented names in breaks and beyond, Adam comes back into town after blowing away the crowd with an impressive set on NYE at Sea of Dreams. Having moved well beyond breaks into a much more diverse sound of electro and indie rock influenced electronic sounds (ala' Boyz Noise / Justice / Digitalism / Diplo), he has continued to push boundaries and defy genre pigeon holing...
Saturday, April 12, 2008
at NASA Ames Research Center (2pm - 2am)
Yuri's Night Bay Area is a massive celebration of space, science, art, music, and technology. Once a year in over a hundred places all over the world, Yuri's Night commemorates the anniversary of the launch of the first man in space, Yuri Gagarin, and the launch of the first Space Shuttle exactly twenty years later.
at Super 7 (7pm - 11pm)
Joshua Herbolsheimer is an artist and toy-nerd at Super7 in San Francisco, California, but spends most of his time in a spaced-out imagination land full of freaky monsters and weird science, where most of his art comes from...
at CounterPULSE (8pm)
How many light bulbs does it take to change an octogenarian? What is it like to sleep on air? How does a psychotherapist stay grounded when his patient becomes an earthworm? An evening of three poignant and humorous aerial theatre pieces. Using the awkward, metaphoric beauty of body in flight, co-directors Lisa Christensen and Andrew Purchin explore several ever-manifesting conditions of humanity-homelessness, mental health and aging.
at Avalon Nightclub (9pm)
The world-famous DJ band from Austria, creators of the worlwide club hits like "The Sound of San Francisco" and "What a Feeling", which have been on top of Billboard charts and #1 singles around the globe, are coming to California for the first time.
at The Fillmore (9pm)
Somewhere in London a musician carries the keys to the musical kingdom. In his Technicolor sonic scope are all kinds of sounds, from rock to country to soul to pop. Nothing is off limits, as long as it has a groove and goodness based in reality. The musician has been performing for 40 years, but is as fresh today as the first time he stepped on stage...
at Bottom of the Hill (10pm)
Xiu Xiu is an experimental indie band originally from and currently based in San Francisco, California, with time often spent in Seattle, Washington. The band is the brainchild of singer-songwriter Jamie Stewart, who has been its only constant member since its inception. His current bandmates are cousin, Caralee McElroy, percussionist Ches Smith, and bassist Devin Hoff...
Sunday, April 13, 2008
at Fort Mason Center (10am - 6pm)
The finest major chocolate show on the West Coast takes place this Spring...Chocolate aficionados, fanatics, buyers and journalists can experience the finest in artisan, gourmet & premium chocolate in one of the world's great culinary metropolitan areas.
at Japantown (11am - 6pm)
In Northern California we have taken up the popular love of the cherry blossom to stage a massive binational, bicultural celebration. Each year, over 200,000 people attend this dazzling display showcasing the color and grace of the Japanese culture and the diversity of the Japanese American Community. Please join us and become a sponsor of this popular Japanese American community event.
at SEIU Local 1021 (registration begins at 2pm, caucus at 3pm)
In CD8 (San Francisco), over 70 people have applied to be delegates for Barack Obama to go to the Democratic National Convention (DNC) in Denver, August 25-28. . We need someone who can lead as well as someone with a proven track record as a dedicated volunteer for the campaign...
at Speedway Meadow, Golden Gate Park (2pm)
Spring is here, so let's spring into gear with some hard-kickin', fast-runnin', ball-catchin', friend-makin' madness at our Season Opener Kickball game. That's right kids: We're starting a no-pressure kickball league! What does no pressure mean? Exactly that. No fees. No fixed teams (yet!), no bad times. If it rains, don't show, we won't be there either.
Monday, April 14, 2008
at Palace of Fine Arts (8pm)
There may be many things to come from Mark Oliver Everett and company in the future. Some of it may surprise you. Some of it may delight you. Some of it may sicken you. But know that they are having a wonderful time making things down in the basement...
at Red Devil Lounge (8pm)
"Their live show is a rollercoaster of urgency that quells into calmer, quieter moments...fiery assaults of the dual guitars...combining the dynamics and intensity of Slint, the angular guitar riffs of Fugazi and Jawbox, rounded out with echoing guitars reminiscent of The Chameleons and Interpol" - Crackers United
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