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Tue May 5 - Mon May 11, 2009
Street Fair

Warnings abound. Cautionary tales ooze from cable television news sources. Someone sneezes on the bus and everyone ducks for cover. The swine flu is just lurking around the corner waiting to make its move. Or is it just a bunch of hype that a bottle of hand sanitizer and a good night's sleep could handle? We'll let you make your own health decisions, but one thing is clear: the end is not near. Don't let the fifth pass you by. Celebrate Cinco De Mayo at Mars Bar with drink specials and taco treats. Then don your tie-dyed t-shirts for Grateful Dead Night at Milk. On Friday night come home, get into your pajamas and head down to the Spring Pajama Jam at Mezzanine with some of the city's tightest DJ talent. This weekend brings us two huge San Francisco traditions: the KFOG Kaboom at Piers 30-32 and the How Weird Street Faire at Howard and 2nd Streets. Both will offer great music and entertainment and plenty of people watching. Just make sure to bring along some hand sanitizer!

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The Hundred Days
at Rickshaw Stop

Opel 7 Year Anniversary
at Mission Rock
at Ruby Skye

Alice's B-Day Bash
at Mezzanine
SF Station
at Coachella

Suite Jesus
at 111 Minna
Tuesday, May 5, 2009
at Mars Bar & Restaurant (11:30am - 9pm)

Celebrate the Cinco Holiday at Mars Bar's weekly Tuesday special featuring $2 carnitas tacos, $2 Tecate, and $2 Dos Equis beers! - all day and all night long. Better yet, make sure you claim your spot on the outdoor patio!
at Herbst Theatre (7:30pm)

Michael Pollan describes his program to transform American agriculture as a "sun food agenda." He is the author of two influential books---In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto; and The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals. He is the director of the Knight Program in Science and Environmental Journalism at UC-Berkeley.
at Mission Rock Café (10pm)

"LoCura creates an original blend of irresistible, high energy music that bridges cultures and transcends borders. Mesmerizing flamenco footwork and solid bass lines, fiery guitar and hard-hitting percussion support rich vocals with soaring harmonies, creating a vibrant collage of sound and movement..."
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
at Milk DJ Bar & Lounge (8pm - 2am)

DJ Dark Star Dan is back spinning the usual mix of Grateful Dead, Jerry Garcia Band, Legion of Mary, Reconstruction, Jerry Acoustic Band, Grateful Dawg, and all things related. We also have very special guest, Montana Slim String Band performing live! Montana Slim String Band is an emerging newgrass string band from San Francisco...
at Hemlock Tavern (8pm)

"Emily Jane White is a rare solo performer who can cut through noisy club din and turn antsy foot traffic into apt listeners. Her voice pierces the egos of those within earshot; it's a low, lilting alto, often compared to Chan Marshall and Hope Sandoval. Ghostly melodies float through her songs on ornate piano passages and simple guitar figures..."
Thursday, May 7, 2009
at The Giftcenter Pavilion (6pm - 9:30pm)

The 4th Annual Discarded to Divine auction and fashion show features specialty one-of-a-kind designs made out of recycled clothing from local top designers such as Cari Borja, Michael Boris, and Sweet P from Project Runway. This much anticipated event brings fashion and compassion together by uniting Bay Area fashion students and professional designers...
at The Fillmore (8pm)

"The band's unique sound and impassioned live act generated a buzz -- particularly from bloggers -- that grew with each tour and release. Maust's clean but eye-catching designs for EPs like With Our Wallets Full and Up in Rags and the group's website also added to Cold War Kids' mystique. They spent much of 2006 on the road with Tapes 'n Tapes, Figurines, Sound Team, and Editors and appeared at..."
at Elbo Room (9pm - 2am)

West Coast CD Release Party for Funk Aid For Africa with DJs/Hosts Pleasuremaker and Senor Oz plus guests DJ Obah, J. Boogie and Happy Mayfield (live set)...
at Vertigo (10pm - 2am)

Come get down to some disco beats and grooves at My First Mistake. No cover, just some good times with DJs JMaz, Montag and Bryan James.
Friday, May 8, 2009
at Vessel (4pm - 9pm)

Fresh off their nationwide-sold-out tour with the Ting Tings, the ladies of Hottub are gracing the city with a free homecoming show. You've been holding your breath all week, and now it's time to get wet! Oakland's resident raunch-rappers, HOTTUB, cross the bridge (both literally and figuratively) to bring the bass to your face for this week's installment of Friday funk...
at Cafe du Nord (8pm)

"Shooting Rockets (From the Desk of Night's Ape)" is the sixth song on Destroyer's Trouble In Dreams, and serves as a centerpiece, not only for this album (his eighth), but seemingly for Dan Bejar's entire recorded output. It is a sprawling anthem with shifting layers of guitars and synthesizers from which the rest of Trouble In Dreams spins and cycles just to the edge of chaos and back..."
at CCA SF Campus (8:30pm - 11pm)

California College of the Arts's juried senior student fashion show is the culminating capstone experience for the Fashion Design BFA majors. Featuring the original collections of up-and-coming designers, the Fashion Show will be a high-caliber runway presentation with professional models. This year's designers will be selected from...
at Mezzanine (10pm - 4am)

With sets by Claude VonStroke, Worthy, Justin Martin, Christian Martin and J. Phlip!
Saturday, May 9, 2009
at various locations (see listing for times)
Two days of interactive workshops Including Q&As and demonstrations on production and live performance. More than 7 World-class musicians, including Barry Cole, Dub Gabriel, Jon Margulies, Matt Moldover, Jason Short, Christopher Willits, and other special guests...
at Piers 30-32 (4pm)
A favorite annual tradition in the Bay Area, this free event, featuring a concert with major recording artists is topped off with one of the best fireworks displays in the country. The gigantic fireworks show over the Bay will explode in harmony with...
at Fox Theatre (8pm)
"Our story begins in Albuquerque, NM, in 1996. Brought together by a genuine love of pop music and subsequent eschewal of college aspirations singer/guitarist James Mercer, drummer Jesse Sandoval, keyboardist Marty Crandall and bassist Dave Hernandez formed The Shins. Mercer had taught himself to play the guitar as a teenager, while listening to bands..."
Mother's Day - Sunday, May 10, 2009
at AT&T Park to the Bayview Opera House (10am - 2pm)

A series of car-free Sunday street parties throughout San Francisco to celebrate San Francisco's healthy, outdoor lifestyle. From weekend warriors to armchair warriors; from kids to grandparents; Sunday Streets features dozens of free, fun and healthy activities for people of all ages and abilities to enjoy. Sunday Streets runs one Sunday a month through September.
at Howard and 2nd Streets (noon - 7pm)

Ten blocks of art and celebration, and ten stages of electronic music. Plus performances and colorful costumes, unique and creative vendors from around the world, food and drinks, and much more! This year will feature stages by the Consortium of Collective Consciousness, Symbiosis, Kontrol, Sunset, Neuroweapon, Muti Music, Brass Tax, Temple, Opel, Tantra, Groove Garden, Mystic Beat Lounge, Nonstop Bhangra, Le Harem, and Earthdance. Art and decor by Anon Salon.
at Shoreline Amphitheatre (7pm)
"Few bands of any genre, however, could match the Dead at their best-fluid, open-eared interchanges, ecstatic mood swings, visceral impact. The Dead created a new form of American music. Like Jimi Hendrix, though they had imitators, they remained sui generis..."
Monday, May 11, 2009
at Bimbo's 365 Club (8pm)
"The Vaselines have long been celebrated by musicians and music enthusiasts across genres and across the globe, including super-fan Kurt Cobain. Sub Pop's May 5th release of Enter The Vaselines is an opportunity for those already familiar with the Scottish band's brief career to delve deeper into their body of work, while those new to their music can experience firsthand why so many hold them in such high regard..."
at Cafe du Nord (9:30pm)

"During a stay in San Francisco in 2003, she began teaching herself guitar and writing her first songs, blending tense, trance-like arpeggios, with warm, thick vocals and meditative lyrics about family and nature..."
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