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 Jun 12 - Mon Jun 18, 2007 Tue   |   Wed   |   Thu   |   Fri   |   Sat   |   Sun   |   Mon   |   Features
Has it finally become cool to be nerdy? And what actually constitutes a nerd these days anyway? Do programmers, gamers and/or engineers qualify as nerds? If so, over half the Bay Area would be nerds. If throwing yourself passionately and wholeheartedly into a particular interest makes you a nerd then we should all be proud to call ourselves as such. SF Station encourages you to nerd out this week and we have just the things to get you started.

Be a music nerd: Check out Hot Chip at the Fillmore tonight for some intelligent dance music or the Planet of the Drums Tour at Mighty on Thursday for serious drum and bass action. Sunday is Father's Day so pack a picnic and drag the biggest nerd of all down to Sigmund Stern Grove for the summer kick-off of the Stern Grove Festival.

Be an art nerd: Test your horror movie skills at Night of the Living Dead, live on stage at the HoleHead Playhouse this weekend or immerse yourself in an alternative reality at Autista! Brazil at Artspace.

Be a proud nerd: Pride, one of the biggest events in the Bay Area ascends upon the city next week. Kick things off at the Rainbow Flag Raising at City Hall.

Be a tech nerd: This weekend is the RoboGames at the Festival Pavilion. Need we say more?

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Tuesday, June 12, 2007 See All Events
at Booksmith (7pm - 8:30pm)
"Strange Tribe: A Family Memoir" reveals the peculiar dynamics between Nobel Prize winning writer Ernest Hemingway and his youngest son Gregory. Gregory, the author's father, tried to live up to Ernest's macho reputation. But as a cross-dresser and (eventually) a transsexual, Gregory was obsessed with androgyny and his female half...
at The Fillmore (9pm)
Joe Goddard and Alexis Taylor, the main men behind London's addictive, laid-back electro-soul outfit Hot Chip, have something on their minds. Call it a sort of metallic indie disco, soul-fed and calibrated with a keen sense of the ridiculous...
Wednesday, June 13, 2007 See All Events
at Red Devil Lounge (8pm)
Have you seen Whild Peach? Chances are you have. In the past two years they've performed all over the world with Platinum selling, Grammy award winning hip-hop super stars Outkast...
at The HoleHead Playhouse (7pm)
The stage adaptation of George Romero's Night of the Living Dead. "Join us for a night of terror! Be sure to bring a raincoat."...
Thursday, June 14, 2007 See All Events
at Mars Bar and Cafe (9pm - 2am)
From those fun-lovin' girls who bring you the long time running HO HO HO HOliday Benefit at Mars Bar, it's time for their 9th annual SPRING HO DOWN, featuring 18 of San Francisco's hottest HO's getting together each year to raise scholarship money for the kids in the Afterschool Program in the Tenderloin...
at Mighty (10pm)
The distinguished heavyweights of drum and bass are at it again. AK1200, Dara, Dieselboy, and their trusty companion MC Messinian are back in action & rolling out the Planet of the Drums tour 2007! POTD8 will mark their eighth consecutive year touring, which is unprecedented in electronic dance music...
at Shine (8pm)
That's right a free show at Shine with the Evil Breaks dj's, some great local dj's, and maybe even a out of town headliner here and there.
at Old Federal Reserve (7:30pm to 12:30am)
Mercedes-Benz of San Francisco and Coit Staffing present The 5th Annual Monte Carlo Night. An evening of decadent gaming, delectable morsels, and wild amusements, benefiting the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Remember, what happens at Monte Carlo Night, stays at Monte Carlo Night!
Friday, June 15, 2007 See All Events
at SF City Hall (5:40pm)
Please join Mayor Gavin Newsom, the 37th annual Pride grand marshals, and members of the LGBTQ community in raising the rainbow flag at City Hall (Polk Street side), followed by a Pride reception on the Mayor's Balcony (second floor)...
at Red Ink Studios (7:30pm)
Join the League of Young Voters for the 3rd annual art auction Picture Progress. The League is empowering young people nationwide to be players and winners in the political game. More than 100 artists will come together for one night to offer their work in support of young people creating positive change.
at Ruby Skye (9pm)
Amazing Decorations, The Best International DJs in town, Beautiful Belly Dancers, Percussionists, Hooka Smoking, Ruby Skye's extraordinary lighting and costum made sound system, Two-levels, 4 Rooms, Several VIP areas And an Unforgettable night with The BEST International crowd in town! ..
at Anu (10pm)
The man, the myth, the legend - badboy selector Joe Nice is back. Making his third appearance at Grime City, the Ambassador will be bringing the newest dubs and biggest tunes from the heaviest producers in dubstep - expect the unexpected. You are in store for a mind blowing, chest caving, foot stomping experience...
at Poleng Lounge (10pm - 2am)
Shortkut (Triple Threat DJs), Platurn (Oakland Faders), Haylow (Distortion2Static). With Live performance by: Felonious, Your host & resident DJ Ren the Vinyl Archaeologist (True Skool)...
Saturday, June 16, 2007 See All Events
at Washington Square (10am - 6pm)
World Class Music & Speakers on multiple stages for 3 Days and 3 Nights of Entertainment, Arts, Ecology & Healthful Living, 350 booths...
at Festival Pavilion (noon - 10pm)
Sports fans to techno geeks, RoboGames caters to them all. There's a reason this event has been put on Sportscenter's Top Ten and been called one of "The Ten Best North American Geek Fests" and it's not the popcorn. RoboGames fuses fights with technology to pull crowds from all over the world; the entertainment is intense, tickets won't last...
at 12 Galaxies (8pm)
Hailing from San Diego, Earthless is a three piece that play long instrumentals that pummel the senses in the best possible way imaginable; soaring guitars that build and build around a relentless rhythm section that beats harder then someone attacking a piñata...
330 Ritch (9pm)
The aim was to form a fantasy pop group: Nico, Nancy Sinatra, Diana Dors, Barbara Windsor. Sexy and literate, flippant and heartbreaking all at once. With this in mind, the Long Blondes went falling and laughing headlong into the glamorous world of heaving amps onto trains and applying eyeliner in National Express coach stations...
at Mighty (9pm)
This event centers around a battle between two of the most eclectic and innovative artists to date, Michael Jackson and Prince! From the inception of this concept back in 1999 the response for SOUL SLAM has been enormous. This event turns into a DJ battle with one DJ, DJ Spinna and an audience of hardcore MJ and Prince fans...
at Ruby Skye (9pm)
Fresh from taking fourth place in UK-based DJ Magazine's highly coveted Top 100 poll in 2006, superstar DJ Christopher Lawrence dons his thermals, downs his vodka and joins forces with Sheffield, England clubbing institution Gatecrasher, for the release of its phenomenal Live In Moscow compilation...
Sunday, June 17, 2007 See All Events
at Fillmore Street (10am - 7pm)
A Bay Area wide Celebration, celebrating African American freedom while encouraging self-development and respect for all cultures. Promoted through a community festival that celebrates and shares African-American history and culture through music, the performing arts, living history, and other cultural activities.
at Civic Center Plaza (10am - 6pm)
A weekend of dancing, singing, comedy, cultural shows, food festivals, arts & crafts, and much more. Come down for a weekend of dancing, singing, comedy, cultural shows, food festivals, arts & crafts, and much more in the nation's entertainment capital...
at Mission Rock Cafe (noon - 10pm)
Double Shot Promotions, Enrique of Surreal, Aykut Events, and Series Group present: Sunday School June 17th at Kellys Mission Rock. Sunday School brings you the ultimate day party experience this Summer on every third Sunday...
at Sigmund Stern Grove (2pm)
Today Stern Grove, a natural amphitheater surrounded by giant eucalyptus, redwood, and fir trees, is one of Northern California's favorite concert sites. In keeping with Mrs. Stern's vision, the wide selection of performers reflects the Festival's commitment to exceptional programming and to serving diverse audiences.
Monday, June 18, 2007 See All Events
at Artspace (10am - 5pm)
A do-it-yourself refuge for Brazilian artists, photographers, musicians, writers, homeless soccer players and filmmakers that live across the planet. From time to time we think collectively to produce work so out of touch with the reality that makes you wander if there's actually a bit of Autism in all of us...
at Cody's Books in Berkeley (7pm)
Whipping Girl is a collection of personal essays that debunk many of the myths and misconceptions that people have about trans women, as well as the subject of gender in general...
Features   This Week's Articles See All Articles
N'awlins Cooking in the Outer Sunset
By Chrissy_Loader (Jun 07, 2007)
Next to a narrow shop selling vivid seashell necklaces and scarves sits Cajun Pacific Restaurant, a small slice of New Orleans in the Sunset. This little joint serves supper Thursday through Saturday, with a menu that changes weekly and includes classics such as gumbo ($6 cup, $7 bowl), bread pudding with whiskey sauce ($6), and andouille sausage corndogs ($8). Despite the intimate setting and the opportunity to don the Mardi Gras beads, we found the cooking uneven; the menu would benefit from a move away from the Pacific, and a concentration on the Cajun.
Don't Call it Emo Rap
By Matt_Crawford (Jun 07, 2007)
You know the dynamic of hip hop has changed dramatically when a white rapper from Rhode Island that still lives in the house he grew up in can come to San Francisco and hold an audience at The Fillmore for two consecutive nights. After a series of underground tapes and CDs, Sage Francis released his first official LP in 2002, Personal Journals, on Oakland's Anticon Records before joining Epitaph and releasing A Healthy Distrust in 2005 and his latest LP Human the Death Dance in May. Sage Francis spoke with SF Station en route to a tour stop in Florida.
SF Station Blows It Up
By Misha_Vladimirskiy (Jun 7, 2007)
Arcade Fire performed the first of two sold out shows at Berkeley's Greek Theater last Friday night. This being the second to last show of their current tour promoting their new album Neon Bible they put it all out and you could definitely see it. Richard Reed did something crazy like jumping into the aisle with a drum while Win's voice rang out over the screaming crowd. With amazing visuals and a sound so unique they simply killed it.
Uneven Piaf Biopic Elevated by Star-Making Performance
By Mel_Valentin (Jun 7, 2007)
Directed and co-written by Olivier Dahan (Ghost River, Tom Thumb), La Vie en Rose ("Môme, La") explores French chanteuse Edith Piaf's short, tragic life. Born Edith Giovanna Gassion in Belleville, Paris in 1915, Gassion (later renamed "Piaf", the French equivalent of the word "sparrow") loved and lost and suffered, combining her personal experiences with her prodigious singing talents to become one of France's, and later the world's, most beloved performers.
What are the odds of this one being entertaining?
By Matt_Forsman (Jun 8, 2007)
Truly, 2007 is shaping up to be the "summer of sequels". It's barely June and we've seen Shrek 3, Spiderman 3, Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End, and now we have yet another installment of the adventures of the 21st century's ratpack, Ocean's Thirteen. An lucky number? Perhaps. But, with a cast including the likes of Brad Pitt, George Clooney, and Matt Damon at the very least we've got some good eye candy if nothing else. Fortunately, this one delivers a little bit more than just eye candy.
The Show Must Go On
By Rossiter_Drake (Jun 8, 2007)
Those who don't understand the significance of a full-scale Wu-Tang Clan reunion need only look at the body language of the group's fans when, after a tense and potentially dangerous delay, they finally appear on-stage. It is an electrifying spectacle, befitting the brazenly boastful hit single "Triumph" from their 1999 opus Wu-Tang Forever, and it should be enough to convey the import of the moment to anyone unfamiliar with their brief but legendary body of work. This isn't the Rolling Stones at Altamont -- it's bigger, and, at times, just as scary.
Startlingly Original Anime
By Mel_Valentin (Jun 8, 2007)
Calling all angels! André (Jamel Debbouze, best known to American audiences for his bit role in Amélie) is a luckless loser who is drowning in a sea of gambling debts. Worse yet, his creditors have lost patience, giving him a few scant hours in which to make good...or else. Stuck in Paris -- though claiming, rather dubiously, to own a posh apartment in New York -- André appeals to the American embassy, then to the Parisian police. When they turn him away, there is only one option left: suicide.
Gifts for both Dads and Grads
By Jialin_Luh (Jun 8, 2007)
Are you frantically puzzling over the conundrum of bestowing a gift upon the dads and/or grads in your life? Give your nails a rest, fair reader, and look no further than Excitations. This is not the name of an erotic services provider, but a company catered to bringing "the unexpected" to its customers.
Mozart's Un-Repenting Rake
By Chrissy_Loader (Jun 8, 2007)
An evening at the opera, even a "school night" performance, promises something special. The night is even better with a pre-performance Prosecco at Jardiniere, a chance to bask amidst sweet smelling men in tuxedos and grand looking women in diamonds and stoles, and, in this case, the opportunity to enjoy what many consider to be the most perfect opera, the pinnacle of its form.
A Bedtime Story for the Brave
By lisa_ryers (Jun 8, 2007)
There is a line towards the end of The Big Girls that comes from an unlikely source. The speaker is Angie, the Hollywood starlet who is counseling her boyfriend during a time of parental duress. She tells him that her acting teacher taught her that you must take responsibility before you can become an artist: all choices are meaningful only if you are responsible. Angie is not deep. Her most vivid memory is perhaps of learning how to cook ham with Coca Cola. She is not a "Big Girl" but she aspires to be one.
Pride For All
By Philip_Wong (Jun 8, 2007)
Break out your rainbow flags and party hats folks, it's Pride time! But, the San Francisco Pride Celebration is about much more than partying. Pride is a wholly interactive experience, and the entire month of June is packed with loads of special events and parades in addition to the weekly parties that locals have come to love. SF Gay has highlighted the rest of the month for you and picked out the events best designed to give you the most complete Pride experience.
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