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 Apr 24 - Mon Apr 30, 2007 Tue   |   Wed   |   Thu   |   Fri   |   Sat   |   Sun   |   Mon   |   Features
Where did April go? Didn't the clocks just turn back? Weren't taxes just due? If we blink, will it suddenly be Christmas? Life goes by fast, so it's a good thing SF Station's got your social calendar under control.

With their new album hot off the block, the indelible Blonde Redhead performs their signature sound at Bimbo's tonight. The next night the Commonwealth Club hosts everyone's favorite animal lover, Dan Mathews, Vice-President of PETA (make sure not to wear any fur). On Thursday eat out and help save the world. Restaurants all over town will be participating in Dining out for Life, when 25% of each bill will benefit the Stop AIDS project.

This week cinephiles rejoice as the 50th Annual San Francisco International Film Festival kicks off. Movies from all over the world will be showcased at this popular not-to-be missed festival. Another SF fav, the San Francisco International Beer Fest arrives at the Festival Pavilion where drinkers can sample from over 300 brews. Then on Sunday, detox from your beer binge and learn about healthy living at The New Living Expo at the SF Design Center. Top it all off with The Fields and their Icelandic-Anglo sounds at Café du Nord.

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Tuesday, April 24, 2007 See All Events
at Hosfelt Gallery (11am - 5:30pm)
M.I.T.-educated Jim Campbell is known for his extremely low-resolution moving images accomplished utilizing L.E.D. technologies. For the past seven years, Campbell has presented pixilated representations created with so few L.E.D.s (more than a thousand times fewer than the number of pixels on your computer screen)...
at Bimbo's 365 Club (8pm)
For months, con artist Alan Conway (John Malkovich, in a tour de force performance) pretends to be one of the greatest directors of all times - Stanley Kubrick. Conway doesn't know anything about the director or his films, but that doesn't prevent him using and abusing the credibility of those who think they are close to the mythical and discreet filmmaker...
Wednesday, April 25, 2007 See All Events
at Commonwealth Club of California (noon)
Mathews, who began at PETA in 1985 as a receptionist, has made animal rights an "it" cause with provocative campaigns like "I'd Rather Go Naked than Wear Fur," involving celebrities such as Pamela Anderson and Paul McCartney...
at Mezzanine (8pm)
Their newest release So This Is Goodbye has deemed the duo electro-pop sensation of the moment. Their single "Count Souvenirs" is signature Junior Boys, a smooth, suave, sexy electro-pop number in the vein of Depeche Mode, Duran Duran, and Roxy Music...
at Annies Social Club (8pm)
KUSF 90.3 FM will be celebrating 30 years on the air with a birthday party and benefit show on the actual anniversary of the station's inception, April 25th. KUSF is a college radio station broadcasting from the University of San Francisco. Founded in 1977, KUSF was one of the first radio stations to feature punk rock programming...
at Masonic Auditorium (8pm)
The French duo Air gained inclusion into the late-'90s electronica surge due chiefly to the labels their recordings appeared on, not the actual music they produced. Their sound, a variant of the classic disco sound coaxed into a relaxing prozac vision of the late '70s, looked back to a variety of phenomena from the period...
Thursday, April 26, 2007 See All Events
at 100's of Bay Area Restaurants (see for complete list)
Participating restaurants donate 25% of their food or food and alcohol bills for the entire day to support the critical work of the STOP AIDS Project in stemming the tide of HIV infections in San Francisco. Just by dining out you can help make a difference...
at Rickshaw Stop (8pm)
Come say goodbye to Her Grace, as we play our last local shows ever! Featuring an awesome set with guest vocalist/soul singer Marvin Hollins. Her Grace knows that in the immortal words of Mr. James Brown "If You Don't Work, You Can't Eat"...
at Diego Rivera Theater (1pm - 3:30pm)
Sparking dialogue on hip-hop and its declarations on gender, HIP-HOP: Beyond Beats and Rhymes provides thoughtful insight from intelligent, divergent voices including rap artists, industry executives, rap fans and social critics from inside and outside the hip-hop generation...
at Mezzanine (9pm)
Big Tune is a program created to showcase the talents of established and emerging Producers and Sound Providers. The Producers battle head to head through rounds of single elimination competition.  The last Producer standing will be the Producer with the "Big Tune" and crowned champion of the evening...
Friday, April 27, 2007 See All Events
at Various Theaters (See for full schedule/times)
Featuring some 200 films and live events with more than 100 filmmakers in attendance and nearly two dozen awards presented for cinematic excellence. The Festival attracts an annual audience of more than 80,000...
at 111 Minna (4pm - 9pm)
Bad Kitty Productions is at it again! Thanks to everyone for making our February event such a success! We have teamed up again with SF Station and 111 Minna to bring you another amazing evening of shopping, art, and of course-cocktails...
at American Conservatory Theater (A.C.T.) (8pm)
David Harrower's tense and controversial play deals with the aftermath of an affair which ended when Ray set out to buy a packet of cigarettes and never returned. Fifteen years later, Ray has a whole new life, including a new identity, while Una has spent the time obsessively searching for a resolution. As Una confronts him about the true nature of their past...
at Pink (9pm)
French Algerian born, Jerome Derradji moved in the America six years ago. Now living in Chicago, Jerome created his very own independent label Still Music - a boutique label that has been making a few waves internationally since its inception...
at Great American Music Hall (9pm)
Despite their albums' masterful subtleties and majestic walls of noise, the consensus has remained that their transcendent live show is simply incomparable...
at Madrone Lounge (10pm)
Six Degrees Emerging Artists ZAMAN 8 celebrate the release of the second EP - Suryaghati EP 2 - with their debut live performance in SF! Featuring Hafez Modir on saxophone...
Saturday, April 28, 2007 See All Events
at Cowell Theater (8pm)
In an attempt to restore ideological purity in China, Mao Tse Tung and his Red Guards ushered in a decade of political purges that rendered artists, intellectuals, and teachers to reeducation camps. Lily Cai, who, as a child, remembers the phrase "red typhoon" as the phrase that identified the terrifying house-to-house searches and massive arrests...
at The Canvas (6pm - 2am)
It is a kwinkie dink that the Canvas Colour is orange and that Queensday Party organized by Marcus DJ is also orange. As Marcus DJ is the manager of the canvas gallery but also a great DJ that has brought Canvas to a new level in the entire city...
at Festival Pavilion (7pm - 10pm)
Where else are you going to be able to choose from some of the world's finest microbrews and other rarities, sample food from some of the city's best restaurants, listen to live music, and donate to a good cause?
at War Memorial Opera House (8pm)
Helgi Tomasson and Yuri Possokhov's staging of Don Quixote returns in all its splendor. Miguel de Cervantes' romantic and witty story comes to life with a lively cast of characters, along with the bravado and excitement of some of classical ballet's most technically demanding dances...
at Hemlock Tavern (9:30pm)
Human Like a House is the debut album from the effortlessly charming San Francisco duo The Finches. It gracefully rides the line between folk and pop, and singer/songwriter Carolyn Pennypacker Riggs brings to mind such unclassifiable wonders as Vashti Bunyan, the Marine Girls, and Mirah...
at 1015 (10pm - 4am)
He's back, and only 1015 has him. The world's most popular DJ, Mr. Paul Van Dyk returns to San Francisco on Saturday April 28th for a special 4-hour set...
Sunday, April 29, 2007 See All Events
at The Concourse at SF Design Center (10am - 7pm)
The 2007 Expo brings you some of the country's foremost progressive speakers and leading edge thinkers of our time. 3 days of stimulating fun filled exposition of personal growth, health/healing, for the body mind and spirit...
at Glen Park (10am - 4:30pm)
The Festival has evolved from a folksy, spontaneous neighborhood get- together to a well-planned annual event that combines fun and community support. The Festival brings residents, neighbors and friends together for a day of entertainment, music, dancing, and good food. The day promotes neighborhood restaurants and artists and craftspeople, both from Glen Park and well beyond...
at San Francisco Civic Center (10:30am - 6pm)
A day of interactive workshops for students and adults to learn about the Holocaust and genocide. Rally features Sudanese music and dance plus notable speakers and performers...
at Poleng Lounge (8pm - 2am)
Start your week immersed in the sounds of John Coltrane & Pharoah Sanders. Move with soul to Ray Barretto & Gerardo Frisina. Introducing the destination of San Francisco's new classic, a jazz driven venture into music and dance, accompanied by the essence of words spoken...
Monday, April 30, 2007 See All Events
at Roxie Film Center (6:20pm, 8pm & 9:30pm)
Eighty-year-old Jimmy Mirikitani survived the trauma of WWII internment camps, Hiroshima, and homelessness by creating art. But when 9/11 threatens his life on the New York City streets and a local filmmaker brings him to her home, the two embark on a journey to confront...
at Cafe du Nord (8:30pm)
They may have begun in a garden shed in Warwickshire, but Fields have become the Most Talked About New Band in the whole of the UK for their majestic castles of sound.
Features   This Week's Articles See All Articles
Divine Deep-dish
By LaWand_Mathern (Apr 19, 2007)
For those who have never made it to Chicago, home of the famous deep-dish pizza, the Bay Area has been adorned with a few pizza joints that would make any Chicagoan think twice. We surveyed the inch-thick pies at SF newcomers Little Star and Patxi's, then stopped by the East Bay's old standby, Zachary's. There are some things you can make at home; others, like super-thick deep-dish pizza stuffed with ingredients and smothered with tomato sauce, are best left to the professionals.
The Office Rock Star Returns to SF
By Matt_Crawford (Apr 19, 2007)
Tapes 'n Tapes rocks shows all over the country (including opening night of Noise Pop 2007), but singer/guitarist Josh Grier still keeps it real with a data-analyst day job when he's not on the road. The Minnesota-based quartet returns to San Francisco on May 2nd at the Great American Music Hall with its first new material -- songs that will be featured on an upcoming album -- since the 2005 release of The Loon. Grier spoke with SF Station during a recent phone interview.
SF Station Blows It Up
By Misha_Vladimirskiy (Apr 19, 2007)
Last Saturday the triple threat comedian, actor and singer Jamie Foxx was in the house at San Jose's HP Pavilion to entertain. Performing a shot comedy routine to relax the crowd was an up and coming comedian called Speedy as well as Jamie himself. Once the show was off Jamie performed songs from his current album.
Released on Virgin Records, 4/3/2007
By Matt_Forsman (Apr 19, 2007)
It was with no small amount of irony that Fountains of Wayne received a "Best New Artist" Grammy in 2003 for Welcome Interstate Managers. The aforementioned album was in fact Fountains of Wayne's third album. Buoyed by the ode to horny, pubescent MILF lusting, "Stacy's Mom" put Fountains of Wayne on the map. Four years later, we've got Traffic and Weather, a decidedly boring album title, but the Fountains have not lost their gift for taking the mundane and turning it into something hilarious.
Released on Astralwerk Records, 3/20/07
By VinCi_Chan (Apr 19, 2007)
Musical heroine, Tracey Thorn, the svelte, emotive vocal wife-half of electronic-pop dynamic duo, Everything But The Girl, dangles her second solo release without Ben Watt, Out Of The Woods. She pulls this musical caper so in-character of her that Tracey Thorn fans will not find anything less than what they'd expect, for this album is neither haughty nor experimental and her trademark vocals make it unquestionably worthwhile.
Released on Red Ink, 5/1/07
By Matt_Forsman (Apr 19, 2007)
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club has been compared to Jesus and Mary Chain, Love and Rockets, The White Stripes, and a myriad of artists in between. By and large, BRMC's previous albums have received favorable reviews despite the somewhat open question of whether or not there is anything unique or distinctive about BRMC's sound. BRMC's latest album, Baby 81 may not necessarily answer this question, but there's no question that it's a fairly consistent effort and doesn't fail to entertain.
Never Fear, the Supercop is Here
By Anhoni_Patel (Apr 19, 2007)
Meet Sergeant Nicholas Angel (Simon Pegg), policeman extraordinaire. He graduated top of his class, he's an expert marksman, and he can can engage in a highspeed chase with the best of 'em. Along with a stacked resume, he also has an arrest rate 400% higher than anyone else in his department. In any other normal action movie, this would only be an asset to the hero but, then again, Hot Fuzz is no ordinary film.
A Misfire of Minor Proportions
By Mel_Valentin (Apr 19, 2007)
Mike White's (Nacho Libre, School of Rock, Chuck and Buck) directorial debut, Year of the Dog, is a character study of a lonely woman who loses her dog, friend, confidante, and companion rolled into one, and the life-changing events and circumstances that irrevocably change her personality. Year of the Dog is also a tragicomedy, farther away from White's broader efforts aimed at general audiences (School of Rock, Orange County) and closer to White's darker character studies of desperate, eccentric loners (The Good Girl, Chuck and Buck).
Please Be Kind, Rewind
By Mel_Valentin (Apr 19, 2007)
Written and directed by Jake Kasdan (Orange County, The Zero Effect), The TV Set satirizes network television and the inevitable compromises that follow when network executives openly interfere with the creative vision of a writer/producer. Occasionally hilarious but often too obvious in whom it satirizes, The TV Set feels like it should have been made twenty or twenty-five years ago.
Panahi Scores with Lighthearted Populist Allegory
By Rossiter_Drake (Apr 19, 2007)
Director Jafar Panahi has never been afraid to test the patience of censors in his native Iran, a rigid theocracy in which even the slightest offenses may carry weighty punishments. His latest documentary-style feature, Offside, is hardly as sobering as 2000's The Circle, in which he chronicled the plight of women struggling to thrive in a society dominated by institutionalized sexism. Yet it is no less daring, as Panahi focuses on six young women desperate to attend the Iranian national soccer team's 2005 World Cup qualifier against Bahrain.
No Exit
By Mel_Valentin (Apr 19, 2007)
Directed by Nimród Antal (Kontroll) and written by Mark L. Smith (Séance), Vacancy is a slickly accomplished, gripping horror/suspense/thriller about stranded motorists fighting for their lives against killers who get their kicks by re-watching the murders on videotape.
Matters of the Heart, Unevenly Expressed
By Rossiter_Drake (Apr 19, 2007)
Jon Kasdan, son of The Big Chill's Lawrence, makes a competent directorial debut with In the Land of Women, though his script wallows too often in trite, greeting-card sentiment. Despite that significant handicap, he commands strong performances from his stars. Meg Ryan and "The OC's" Adam Brody succeed in breathing life into material that is, at times, transparently thin, though Ryan's stiff countenance is a trifle unsettling.
Nothing Can Put This Film Back Together
By Mel_Valentin (Apr 19, 2007)
If it's Friday, it must be time for another psychological/suspense thriller. Like clockwork, Fracture, a psychological thriller/courtroom drama directed by Gregory Hoblit (Hart's War, Frequency, Primal Fear) and written by Daniel Pyne (The Sum of All Fears, Any Given Sunday) and Glenn Gers (My Brother's Keeper), arrives at your local multiplex, with ads and posters that pits the lead actors, Anthony Hopkins, representing the Old Guard, and Ryan Gosling, representing the New Guard, against each other in the proverbial battle of wits.
Exotic Indulgences
By Nirmala_Nataraj (Apr 19, 2007)
Novella Spa and Imports is one of those places -- you know the kind. As soon as you step in, you're immediately smacked with an urge to buy the entire store, particularly if your tastes tend toward the exotic and rare. It's also one of the prime spots in San Francisco for decadent beauty rites to make you feel like a sultana of yore.
Frolicking in the Fertile Fountain of Fabulousness
By Clifton_Lemon (Apr 19, 2007)
So what are you wearing right now? Wait, let me guess: jeans, t- shirt, hoody, sneakers, mostly in dark shades. I know I'm right. That's what we all wear in this country, the only difference in San Francisco is that everything's usually in shades of gray or black. For a city that the rest of the country thinks is hip and cool (well, they used to think that at least) our collective fashion sense now seems to be located somewhere between Nihilistic Schlump and Generic Gap. What happened to our flamboyance, joie de vivre, and iconoclastic freedom? Vivienne Westwood wants to help.
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