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Tue Jul 21 - Mon Jul 27
Some weeks are just golden. This is one of those times. There's something for everyone: music lovers, outdoorsy-types, literati, families and, of course, superheroes. Start off with folk duo the Indigo Girls at The Fillmore. There'll be plenty of flannel and lots of ladies singing with their eyes closed. On Wednesday find out why redheads do it best at Cafe du Nord with French sensation La Roux. Her lyrics are like poetry set to a beat. And if you like what she has to say, then you'll love the SF International Poetry Festival at Kerouac Alley. On Friday help celebrate storytelling extravaganza Porchlight's 7th anniversary with Tales of Fortune, Adventure, and Serendipity (or lack thereof). After laughing at others' sad sagas, dance your worries away at the DirtyBird Records Showcase at Mezzanine featuring Justin Martin, Worthy, Claude VonStroke, and J.Phlip. The next day, broaden your cultural horizons at the Festival of the Chariots in Golden Gate Park where hundreds will partake in a breathtaking ancient Hindu ritual in which participants will pull three large chariots through the park. Then unleash your inner superhero for the SuperHero Street Fair celebrating the city's very own caped crusaders. On Sunday, take the family out to the Berkeley Kite Festival at Cesar E. Chavez Park where kites of all shapes and sizes will take over the skies. And, don't forget that the SF Marathon will be taking over the streets, so be aware of blocked roads and high traffic and make sure to cheer the participants on!
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Tuesday, July 21, 2009
at Punch Line Comedy Club (8pm)

Native San Franciscan Ali Wong returns for one night only, to host a show featuring her personal favorite comics from SF, NYC and LA...
at The Fillmore (8pm)

"While they came into prominence as part of the late-'80s folky singer/songwriter revival, the Indigo Girls had staying power where other artists from the same era quickly faded. Their two-women-with-guitars formula may not have seemed very revolutionary on paper, but the combination of two distinct personalities and songwriting styles provided tension and an interesting balance..."
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
at Paradise Lounge (7pm - 10pm)

Get rewarded with complimentary Spa Treats, goodie bags and free clothing just for cleaning out your closet. Swap the perfectly good items you never wear for new-to-you treasures that you will wear! Who says fashionable Bay Area fashion mavens can't have a blast and look like a million bucks for next to nothing?
at Cafe du Nord (8pm)

La Roux (French for 'the red haired one') isn't about disposable dancefloor fodder or meaningless pap. "It's not that I can't listen to music without words that mean something, I do all the time. It's just not the kind of music I want to make. I've cried between vocal takes. I want to connect with people at that level."
at Rickshaw Stop (8pm)

Fascinating art-punk act from London on Rough Trade Records. "An ear-bashing of crazy-paving beats, junk-shop punk, electronic drones and deceptively mellifluous bedsit pop." -- The Times
at Vessel (10pm - 2am)

Clay plays real instruments, but prefers banging pads on the Akai. Eric puts together noises so you don't have to. That and he exploits his former pseudo-fame as a drum'n'bass producer way too offering much. Like the dude that played high school football and won't shut up about it.
Thursday, July 23, 2009
at various locations (see listing for times)

Plug into the 29th San Francisco Jewish Film Festival for a cinematic kaleidoscope of culture, with over 60 films, including features, documentaries and shorts from across the globe. Our award-winning selection lets you fix the world with Jewish civil rights lawyers and radical pranksters...
at Kerouac Alley (7pm)

Join thousands of people for free and open-to-the-public poetry and music at both large and small venues throughout the City, including a street party in North Beach, youth events, book signings, translation workshops and more...
at The Fillmore (9pm)

"De La Soul made rap history as one of the first groups to go against the hip-hop grain of macho braggadocio, hectoring social comment and mammoth beats, all while winning respect and acclaim from inside and outside of the hip-hop community. With its middle-class suburban Long Island roots, light rhythms, laid-back raps..."
at supperclub (10pm)

A nod of appreciation to its pantsless predecessors that promises to push the envelope even further, in true San Francisco form. This radical event features Lingerie Karaoke all night, a no pants fashion show beyond your wildest imagination, and sexy, latin-inspired beats provided by Djs Adnan and Guada...
Friday, July 24, 2009
at The Verdi Club (7pm)

Lucky Number 7: Tales of Fortune, Adventure, and Serendipity (or lack thereof). It's been seven years and we're feeling pretty lucky about it! Come help us celebrate and listen to stories by a few of our favorites: Kasper Hauser nutjob Rob Baedeker, Former KKK pen pal and filmmaker Christy Chan, Animator Scott Kravitz, Skateboarding registered nurse Linda Pasek and many more! With special musical guest Loretta Lynch.
at Classic Bowling Center (8pm)

Bowling, costume, trivia and other contests. Special guest Jim Hoosier (Liam)! Ticket includes bowling* and shoe rental. Saturday is Movie Party at the Fox Theatre - Featuring Har Mar Superstar plus special guests TBA.
at Regency Ballroom (8pm)

"Kid Cudi is at the vanguard of a game-changing new generation of artists," said Universal Motown President Sylvia Rhone. "He crosses musical boundaries with an appeal that goes beyond genre, format, race, language, and culture. Cudi lives easily in the hip-hop, indie rock, pop, and R&B worlds - a diversity that shows in his innovative music and his all-embracing persona...
at Fox Theatre (8pm)

"Transformations come easily to Kevin Barnes, the Of Montreal frontman: Over the past 11 years, he's seamlessly morphed from low-fi indie rocker to quirky prog-pop star, and now on Skeletal Lamping he's a glam-funk warrior, drenched in the sounds and sexuality of Prince, Freddie Mercury and Ziggy Stardust-era David Bowie. A soulful romp through psychedelic melodies and sprawling noise-scapes,Skeletal is also a whimsical, Girl Talk-style pastiche..."
at Milk DJ Bar & Lounge (9pm)

We're bringing you the best of both worlds...The Cure, NWA, Blondie, Run DMC, Duran Duran, Too Short, New Order, EPMD, Pet Shop Boys, Whodini, Siouxsie & The Bansees, Tears For Fears, and all the other great 80's "Sing-A-Long" classics we all love!
at The Independent (9pm)

"At the vanguard of a new progressive style, the New Deal has become a live touring phenomenon. They have appeared at Bonnaroo, Langerado, Jazz Fest New Orleans, the Coachella Festival, Street Scene in San Diego, Berkfest, Gathering of the Vibes, Camp Bisco, and the Detroit Electronic Music Festival to name just a few..."
at Mezzanine (10pm)

"Justin initially pricked the ears of the electronic music community in 2003 with his first record 'The Sad Piano' on Ben Watt's Buzzin' Fly label. Everyone in the electronic music food chain got involved, from the A list DJs like Derrick Carter and Pete Tong that were playing the track, to the international music press that were raving about it..."
Saturday, July 25, 2009
at Golden Gate Park (11am - 6pm)

The "Festival of the Chariots," known throughout India as the "Ratha Yatra" festival, has been performed for thousands of years in Puri, India and today it is celebrated in all major cities through out the world.
at Christmas Hill Park (all day)

The Annual Gilroy Garlic Festival is the "Ultimate Summer Food Fair"; three days of incredible food, arts and crafts, live entertainment, and cooking demonstrations. If you have never attended a Garlic Festival, this is your year!
at Get Lost (noon)

Take a walking tour of 5 indie bookstores. We will have Northern California Independent Booksellers Association canvas book bags for the first 30 attendees, which we are currently trying to fill up with some cool items.
at Precita Park (1pm - 6pm)

Youth, neighbors, family and friends are invited to come to Precita Park for the afternoon and be a part of positive and creative expression at the Thirteenth Annual SF/ Bay Area Urban Youth Arts Festival in Precita Park, San Francisco. Participate in traditional as well as aerosol painting and other hands on community art activities...
at Indiana and Cesar Chavez (1pm - midnight)

Bring out the SuperHero in you...we know you have the character and the costumes! Join us in a celebration of outstanding invididuals and organizations in the Bayview and San Francisco community who are contributing greatly to the arts and/or social betterment. We will have an awards ceremony for a few who've stood out in the past year...
at Shoreline Amphitheatre (7pm)

"One of the unlikely heroes of the mid-'90s ska resurgence (the whole thing was a bit unlikely, in retrospect) was Gwen Stefani and her band No Doubt. Originally formed by John Spence and Stefani's older brother, Eric, No Doubt hit the SoCal party scene with a freewheeling confidence that quickly attracted legions of local fans..."
at Great American Music Hall (8pm)

Sunset Promotions presents two nights of benefit concerts to support the recently postponed North Beach Jazz Festival. The concerts will feature 4-time NBJF headliner Rebirth Brass Band. Virginia acoustic favorites the Hackensaw Boys open on Friday with San Francisco's own Extra Action Marching Band open on Saturday. Brooklyn's beloved DJ Concerned will open both shows and spin the brayx...
Sunday, July 26, 2009
at The Ferry Building (7am)

The San Francisco Marathon is the "Coolest Summer Marathon!" The race course takes runners on a scenic tour of this California city, including running over the Golden Gate Bridge. Race events include a Full Marathon, two Half Marathons (choose a half), 5K, and Progressive Marathon. The San Francisco Marathon is also a Boston Marathon qualifier...
at Cesar E. Chavez Park (11am - 5pm)

Why? Kites aren't just for kids any more. Experience the excitement and artistry of modern kite flying. You'll find something for everyone at the Berkeley Kite Festival. From the Giant Creature Kites as big as houses, to the free Kite Making and Candy Drop for kids, you don't want to miss this year's Annual Berkeley Kite Festival...
at Cafe Cocomo (noon - 2am)

This year For The Future is bringing together SF old-skool legends: Mark E. Quark and Gavin Hardkiss plus local favorites ADM, Adnan, Alona, Anthony Mansfield, Christian Mora, Dj D.R.E, DJ OZ, Eric Sharp, Fil Latorre, Galen, Halo, J Boogie, Nikola, Qzen, Solar, and Tasho...
at Phoenix Hotel (2pm)

The most fun Summer Fashion Event in San Francisco. Including Pool Party, BBQ, Runway Show with 13 Designers, plus a Trunk Sale.
at Sigmund Stern Grove (2pm)

Stern Grove Festival celebrates the Bay's hip-hop heroes with The Lyrics Born Revue, The Mighty Underdogs, and special guests Joyo Valarde, Tracademics, D Sharp, and more. Lyrics Born represents the epitome of the Bay Area hip-hop- driven, talented, and a tad silly. His unique mix of witty tracks and irresistible beats has been burning up national charts since 1993...
at Thee Parkside (8pm)

"Mr. Quintron is a very eccentric concert and nightclub organist from New Orleans, Louisiana. He plays music on a custom made Hammond / Rhodes combo synthesizer / organ (which he's got all built up to look like a car with real working headlights) backed by raw simple drum machine beats (think 808 boom chika boom through one BIG speaker with all the treble turned down) and..."
Monday, July 27, 2009
at Regency Ballroom (9pm)

Glasvegas' debut album is being released on 8th September to huge critical acclaim seemingly only shortly after initial interest from their MySpace Demos and Alan McGee's blogs about the band. The self-titled album was co-produced by James Allan & Rich Costey (also worked with Franz Ferdinand, Interpol, Muse) and recorded in New York...
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