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Tue May 12 - Mon May 18, 2009
Mars Bar

In San Francisco Halloween seems to come more than once a year - a time when hordes of revelers get into costume and trek around the city. Yes, that's right, our city likes nothing better than a costumed extravaganza. Luckily, Bay to Breakers provides us with just the opportunity. First, get your creative juices flowing at pixelSessions 1.0: Inspiration at Mighty. Then loosen up those muscles at The Willie Waldman Project at the Red Devil Lounge. Two great benefit events are happening Thursday night to get you in a celebratory mood: Life is a Wave at 111 Minna Gallery benefiting the Save the Waves Coalition and the Burlesque Benefit Show at Hypnodrome featuring a book-signing and a charity raffle. On Friday, get one last workout in at Kraak & Smaak at Mezzanine where you'll be breaking into a nice sweat. Many will discover this weekend that one of the best ways to experience San Francisco is on foot. It also helps if you're scouring the city for clues - the Great Urban Race will get you pumped up for Sunday like nothing else. The next day, strap on those running shoes and shimmy into your costumes for Bay to Breakers. Join thousands in this annual SF tradition. Finally, cool down at the coolest free show around: John Vanderslice at Amoeba Music.

This week's articles



Speed Racer

The Fetching Veggie Etchings


Giveaways - Win Free Stuff!
RSVP Win tix to:
Terminator Salvation
on Thu May 21


Photo Gallery - are you in the scene
The Shins
at Fox Theatre

How Weird Street Faire
at Downtown San Francisco
at Fox Theatre

Discarded To Divine
Fashion Show

Beca Bash
at Sens

The Hundred Days
at Rickshaw Stop
Mars Bar
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
at Books Inc. in the Marina (6pm)

"Signing copies of their darling new picture book Freckleface Strawberry & the Dodge Ball Bully. In this charming children's tale, Freckleface Strawberry loves the Early Bird program at school because it means extra time on the playground - except when it rains..."
at Mighty (6pm)

Inspiration has a heavy meaning, and it is the foundation of our daily lives as creative professionals. How do you stay inspired? What fuels your creativity? What gets you out of bed in the morning (or keeps you up late at night)? Where do you find the energy to tackle a myriad of design problems in innovative ways? Our speakers will discuss what inspires them and how they keep their work fresh and new.
at Bottom of the Hill (9pm)

"Winning critical praise for their hyper noisy live show that evoked elements of heavy-duty riffage, yells, growls, art rock, surf rock, ska, and Indian war chants, the outfit of youngsters appeared at the South by Southwest music conference..."
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
at Red Devil Lounge (8pm)

Featuring Willie Waldman (Banyan), John Molo (Phil Lesh), Steve Molitz (Particle), John Avila (Mutaytor), Josh Clark (Tea Leaf Green), Steve McKay (Iggy Pop).
at Rickshaw Stop (8pm)

"Wonderfully melancholic anthems from an LA band featured heavily on the Nick & Norah Infinite Playlist soundtrack. "Army Navy follow in a direct line from The Zombies to Teenage Fanclub, with brief detours for The Posies, Redd Kross, My Bloody Valentine, Blur and the like, layering heavy, distorted guitars, pounding rhythms..."
Thursday, May 14, 2009
at Etiquette (5pm - 2am)

Etiquette Lounge cordially invites you to come get happy at our offically unofficial two-year anniversary party! It's been an amazing two-years and we're thankful for many things...
at 111 Minna Gallery (6pm)

Save The Waves Coalition announces its third annual Life Is A Wave benefit event, a sensational night celebrating coastal environmentalism through music, art, film and community. The groundswell will once again wash through the halls of 111 Minna Gallery...
at Hypnodrome (7pm - 9pm)

This free event will showcase Lily Burana in a theatrical setting, but she won't be alone. Joining her for the evening will be San Francisco's own burlesque-troupe, Sugar Shack, performing and offering suggestions for other budding dancers. Door prizes and a charity raffle (not to mention beer and wine) will round out what is certain to be a book-signing like none that you've ever been to before.
at The Grand at the Regency Center (7pm - 9pm)

"Even at this early stage, Opeth were developing a sound entirely of their own; a darkly progressive combination of death metal and more subtle, melodic and acoustic elements that manifested itself in lengthy and elaborate songs that exuded imagination, invention and class."
at Vessel (9pm)

Behrouz is described as having the God-given gift to rock rooms around the world (be they small or big) for 10+ hours, taking listeners on unforgettable journeys of dance music from deep house to eclectic to soul to techno. After growing up in SF, with its crowning title as the best city in the US for house music...
Mars Bar
Friday, May 15, 2009
at First Congregational Church (8pm)

Over the years, international superstar Yo-Yo Ma has forged a particularly strong relationship with Berkeley audiences through performances that strike listeners as "conceptually innovative, culturally rangy, and executed with flawless, stirring beauty" (Time). Truly one of the most beloved artists performing today...
at Mezzanine (9pm)

"Heineken, Van Gogh, Kraak & Smaak. The three most famous things to come out of Holland. Ever. In that order. Ok so maybe a bit of an exaggeration but the last three years have been an incredible ride for the band considered to be Holland's hottest live act and as they release their second album things seem set to get even crazier..."
at Paradise Lounge (10pm)

All Night 60's Dance Party! Go-Go cage! with The Mini Skirt Mob! 2 floors, 4 bars, lounge area, fire place, Smoking room, projections, Best sound in town!
Saturday, May 16, 2009
at Sports Basement - Crissy Field (11am)

We'll be returning The City again in 2009! Teams will find checkpoints, complete challenges and navigate the streets in areas like Chinatown, the Mission and the Financial District. $10,000 Grand Prize at the New Orleans National Championship. Think you know San Francisco? Then sign up today for The Great Urban Race!
at Great Meadow at Fort Mason (11am - 6pm)
O'Reilly's 10th Annual Oyster Fest in San Francisco, featuring Oysters, beer, wine, cooking demos, shuck and suck competition, oyster history expo, and live music.
at Ghirardelli Square (1pm - 6pm)

Ghirardelli Square will host the third annual Uncorked! Wine Festival. In partnership with COPIA, the American Center for Wine, Food & Arts located in Napa, Uncorked is a public event which provides an opportunity to taste, learn and experience wine and gourmet food from throughout Northern California. More than 50 participating wineries from throughout Northern California and more will be the extraordinary vintages and varietals...
at Great American Music Hall (9pm)

"The dreamy, bittersweet world of Margot & the Nuclear So and So's is the brainchild of singer/songwriter Richard Edwards, who formed the eight-piece indie rock collective in his native Indianapolis. Named after the Margot Tenenbaum character in Wes Anderson's sophisticated comedy The Royal Tenenbaums..."
at The Endup (10pm - noon)
Rock It Science's rise to prominence began in 2004 with an inaugural warehouse event featuring the legendary Roy Davis Jr performing to a packed house of San Francisco's elite dance music community. Four years later they are going stronger than ever, having amassed a loyal following coming out and dancing to pioneers like Green Velvet as well as cutting edge new talent...
Sunday, May 17, 2009
From the Embarcadero to Ocean Beach (all day)

Throughout its long history Bay to Breakers has been a showplace for the City's irrepressible color and its affection for eclectic traditions. Although runners come from across the country and all points of the globe, the race is still quintessential San Francisco and a true reflection of life between the breakers and the Bay.
at The Cosmopolitan Restaurant & Lounge (6am - 10am)

The Cosmopolitan is having a party from 6am to 10am the morning of the Bay to Breakers. We are located at the starting line. We will be opening with a Continental Breakfast Buffet with plenty of OJ, fruit, homemade muffins, bagles, frittatas, and coffeecake...
at Mars Bar (1pm - sundown)

Famous for their outdoor garden patio (and not to mention their huge overhead heaters - originally used for outdoor barns they say), Mars Bar is now open Sunday afternoons where folks can sit, enjoy the sunshine, order specialty blender drinks from the outdoor tiki bar, play pool, watch the game, while the goovin' tunes move anywhere from reggae & samba to uplifting house to classic disco and soul...
at Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center (8:30pm)

"Producer and main composer of the group, Shoji Kameda, stresses On Ensemble's live performances and recordings as two separate art forms. "You will never recreate the experience of a live performance on an album, because you aren't experiencing the music as it happens," Kameda says. "You're not there with the artist feeding off their energy..."
Monday, May 18, 2009
at Amoeba Music (6pm)

"John Vanderslice's new album Romanian Names is the best record he's made to date. The 12 songs represent a career-defining moment, a pitch-perfect collection written and recorded with the utmost care and attention. Romanian Names sounds as though it were from another time, a symphony of sounds both subtle and lush."
at The Fillmore (8pm)

Though they've grafted long and hard here, there has been joy. Andy talks of good times locked in the barn late at night. "I can remember occasions when we've all been on point, playing together, just the three of us. And things have taken off, reached a kind of intense plateau. That's really why we still care. The empathy between us grows all the time. We've played together for almost 30 years now"...
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