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4th of July Guide

Does anything incite happiness quite like fireworks? This weekend we celebrate our country's independence with BBQ, beer and the proverbial "rockets in air". So grab a good seat or find a room with a view because the Bay will be lighting it up. Wednesday night check out indie darlings Natalie Portman's Shaved Head at Café du Nord. Then start the weekend off early at Nightlife at the California Academy of Sciences. And make sure not to miss the very last Popscene vs. Loaded at Rickshaw Stop with The Lovemakers, Amazing Baby and some of the best resident DJs in SF. The water will be the place to be for the Fourth of July. Pier 39 will once again play host to the Fourth of July Waterfront Celebration with music, fireworks and other festivities. And for the freshest info on all the best firework shows throughout the entire Bay Area, check out the Fourth of July Guide. On Sunday, take advantage of the long weekend with some tunes at the Fillmore Jazz Festival. If you're not busy recovering the next day, then David Dondero at the Hemlock Tavern is our best bet.

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Tuesday, June 30, 2009
at PariSoMa (7pm - 9pm)

This free two-hour class will help absolute beginners get off the ground. We will discuss what a blog is; what things (skills, technologies) you will need to start a blog; how to actually create your blog; and how to connect with the blogosphere so you're not casting your pearls into the void...
at Bimbo's 365 Club (8pm)

"After almost 20 years of using the alias Smog for his music, Bill Callahan switched to his given name for his releases after 2005's A River Ain't Too Much to Love. The 2007 EP Diamond Dancer and full-length Woke on a Whaleheart both mixed the intimate, reflective, largely acoustic sound of later Smog albums like Supper and A River with gospel, soul, and pop elements..."
Wednesday, July 1, 2009
at Otis Lounge (8pm)

A special gathering of those who have been touched by this great entertainer. Break out your white gloves and your glow socks...
at Cafe du Nord (8pm)

"A Seattle electro combo formed by Luke Smith and Shaun Libman, Natalie Portman's Shaved Head drew comparisons to such established genre names as the Fitness and the United States of Electronica. Their debut gig, after taking on additional members..."
at Madrone (9pm)

DJ subOctave and DJ Blondie K spin non stop music videos with radical visual effects to satisfy your ADD needs. Dance to the underground with the best of new indie rock and classic new wave...
Thursday, July 2, 2009
at California Academy of Sciences (6pm - 10pm)

This installment of NightLife features the long-awaited return of the Academy's own DJ Aaron Pope - environmentalist by day, DJ by night. Currently living in San Francisco, Aaron has been a professional DJ there for eight years...
at 18 Reasons (7pm)

Prepare your favorite poem, song, story, display, or performance about meat (in 3 minutes or less) and share it at 18 Reasons...
at The Knockout (8pm)

"Bringing back the spirit of the underground punk movement of the '80s, specifically that of Dischord bands like Minor Threat and Fugazi, Double Dagger's, More, is precisely that. It's more provocative, more realized, and more powerful than any of their prior releases..."
Friday, July 3, 2009
at Johansson Projects (5pm - 8pm)

Nestled away between what never was and what could not be lurk the Back Channels, the tangled trails of yesteryear's tomorrows. Evan B. Harris pumps steampunk pomp into two-dimensional curiosity cabinets. After brushing, beating and sanding his panels, Harris weaves spindly tales of wandering seafarers...
at The Independent (9pm)

"The roots harmony vocals trio the Abyssinians was formed in 1968 by founding members Donald Manning, Bernard Collins and Linford Manning. It was in 1969 with their release "Satta Massagana" recorded on Coxson Dodd's Studio One label..."
at Harlot (9pm)

Express yourself on your Tee-shirt. That's the dress code. It's an automatic conversation piece. DJ Sam Isaac in the mix. Arrive early for happy hour 6pm - 10pm and checkout brand new fashion from SF's best tee designers...
at Triple Crown (9pm)

The last time Krafty Kutz came to San Francisco, almost 1000 people crammed into 1015 Folsom to catch him headlining the Fingerlickin Records 10th Anniversary Tour. This time we are so honored to welcome the un disputed king of breakbeat to Funkonnection at the intimate Triple Crown. One of the most exciting live Djs on planet earth...
at Rickshaw Stop (10pm)

Popscene and Loaded host their last joint dance party! come and celebrate 5 great years of fun!
Saturday, July 4, 2009
at Crissy Field (9am)

Grab a magnifying glass and get down to the Warming Hut, near the fishing pier at the western end of Crissy Field. Once there, you'll find a booklet that directs you down the Mystery Trail in search of the first clue. There are nine secret plaques altogether...
at Hornet Aircraft Carrier-Alameda (10am - 10pm)

With live music on the flight deck, interactive games for all ages, a bounce house for kids, tours throughout the day. At night, panoramic views of Bay Area fireworks from the flight deck.A great selection of food, beer and wine will be available...
at Pier 39 (1pm - 10pm)

At approximately 9:30pm, stay at Pier 39 to watch the City of San Francisco's spectacular fireworks display over the Bay...
at Shoreline Amphitheatre (8pm)

Fourth of July festivities continue with a program celebrating the American ethos of hope, innovation, and exploration, featuring sultry Bay Area songstress Stephanie Harwood and 15-year-old cello prodigy Nathan Chan. The evening concludes with a spectacular fireworks display...
Sunday, July 5, 2009
at Fillmore Street ~ Jackson to Eddy (10am - 6pm)

The best talent the Bay has to offer is showcased on our stages, from up-and-coming jazz fusion and latin-flavored acts to seasoned crooners belting out jazz standards. Groove to your old favorites or tune in to new sounds - our performance schedule will help you get the most out of the Fillmore Jazz Festival.
at Asian Art Museum (see listing for times)

Lords of the Samurai takes an intimate look at the daimyo, or provincial lords of the warrior class in feudal Japan. The Hosokawa clan, powerful military nobles with a 600-year-old lineage, embodied this duality of fierce warrior and refined gentleman...
Monday, July 6, 2009
at Hemlock Tavern (7pm)

"From the acclaimed songwriting troubadour David Dondero comes Simple Love, the follow up to his critically lauded 2005 release, South of the South. Few songwriters have experienced and expressed the sinking depths and uplifting optimism of humanity like David Dondero, and his ability to shine a light on the human condition..."
at Great American Music Hall (8pm)

"Undeniably, The Reverend Horton Heat, aka Jim Heath, is the biggest, baddest, grittiest, greasiest, greatest rocker that ever piled his hair up and pounded the drinks down. Without question, for all of his outlandish antics, blistering stage performances and legendary musical prowess..."
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