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 Jul 17 - Mon Jul 23, 2007 Tue   |   Wed   |   Thu   |   Fri   |   Sat   |   Sun   |   Mon   |   Features
Harry Potter mania has gripped the nation if not the world. The children of isolated Amazonian tribes are even excited. One of the most beloved fictional series of all time will come to a conclusion this weekend when author J.K. Rowling's seventh and final Harry Potter book is released. There will people lining up and going into hiding to read. But while they may have their heads buried in their books, you can enjoy the non-fictional world.

Though something about the Polyphonic Spree does seem otherworldly, they are very much figments of reality and they're performing tonight at the Great American Music Hall. A great way of telling fact from fiction (or not...) is the addictive and ever-so-helpful internet tool Wikipedia. On Wednesday founder Jimbo Wales will be speaking at the Commonwealth Club. Then for a strong dose of rock with more than a dash of extravagant theatrics, check out Ozzfest at the Shoreline Amphitheatre.

On Friday night, head down to the Haight for the Harry Potter Party at Booksmith. Bring your wands -- you're going to need them. As everyone knows, bikes are better than brooms and beer is even better. The Tour de Fat, "two parts bike rodeo and one part circus", at Speedway Meadow will have ample amounts of both. And although Christmas is still several months away, we've been gifted with a Smashing Pumpkins' residency at The Fillmore, where the famed band will be playing until August 1st. On Sunday and Monday nights, Tegan and Sara, pixie-like twins and Canadian folk-rock darlings, will be bewitching audiences at the Brava Center for Women and the Arts.

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Tuesday, July 17, 2007 See All Events
at Braunstein/Quay Gallery (11am - 5:30pm)
Growing up in Mexico, Ana Teresa Fernandez learned at an early age about the double standards imposed on women and their sexuality. Through performance-based paintings, Fernandez explores the territories that encompass these different boundaries and stereotypes: physical, emotional, and psychological.
at Great American Music Hall (8pm)
"Dallas symphonic pop group the Polyphonic Spree is less a band than a happening, in the 1960s sense of the word. When the group takes to the stage for a live performance, its two dozen members are costumed in flowing robes of snowy white, an appropriate backdrop for their happy...
at Elbo Room (8pm)
"World Fusion Beat Scientists" ZOHAR are led by composer, producer and multi-instrumentalist Erran Baron Cohen, whose credits also include the popular Da Ali G Show and Borat movie soundtracks. (Erran is the brother of Sasha Baron Cohen aka Ali G aka Borat)
Wednesday, July 18, 2007 See All Events
at Grant Building (6pm - 9pm)
Super fresh summer gear trunk show! For everything you don't have, or have but it's not quite enough... featuring SF production + design ONLY! domini, lars vegas, miss velvet cream, bad unkl sista and special guest : callibug!
at Commonwealth Club (6:30pm)
Best known for his major role in the founding of Wikipedia, Wales has changed the way we access information. Wales opened collaborative authorship software, called wiki, to the world's Internet users to create a web site with boundless encyclopedic information called Wikipedia.
Thursday, July 19, 2007 See All Events
at Shoreline Amphitheatre (noon)
Ozzy Osbourne, 3 Inches of Blood, Lamb of God, Static X, Lordi, Hatebreed, Behemoth, Nick Oliveri and the Mondo Generator, Nile, Ankla, Circus Diablo, The Showdown, Chthonic, Daath, In This Moment and more!
at Berkeley Community Theatre (7:30pm)
Arguably their most commercial release of the six (since then others Dirty, Goo, Sonic Nurse, Rather Ripped have competed for that accolade), it saw the band consolidate their inimitable style and drew a huge amount of major label interest, resulting in a multi album deal with Geffen...
at Rx Gallery (9pm)
DirtCrew are coming to town! The duo, comprised of Break 3000 and James Flavour, have mastered the art of mixing old school house and new school electro. DirtCrew was founded 2003 in Cologne and their early releases including 'Rok da House' were breakout hits, demonstrating their affinity for jackin' house with old rave and trance influences...
at Cafe du Nord (9pm)
Girl Fest Bay Area has begun uniting young men and women, local small business owners, artists and other concerned citizens who are all volunteering their time toward realizing one mission: to prevent violence against women and girls through education and entertainment.
Friday, July 20, 2007 See All Events
at DLX Skateboards (8pm)
"Skinema" is a brutally hilarious collection of rants and reminiscences written under the guise of porn reviews from Chris Nieratko, the popular VICE Magazine columnist. The hook is that the pieces hardly ever address the video in question, instead using the video as an excuse to talk about his own life.
at The Fillmore (9pm)
Dolores O'Riordan - songstress, smouldering icon and critically acclaimed voice of The Cranberries - is back. Her first-ever solo LP Are You Listening? is released on Sequel Records, May 7th and features the stunning new single 'Ordinary Day.' Co-produced by Youth, Dan Broadbeck and engineered by Rich Chycki, the eagerly anticipated album is a 12-track tour de force and marks her first release in four years...
at Double Dutch (9pm)
The Magnificent 7 are DJs Dave Aju, Wrong?, CIrcuit73, Sammy D, Subtext, William Killjoy, and THE Tourist. While each contributes to the SF music scene individually, it is at Magnificent 7 where their skills and versatility shine, fusing their various musical backgrounds, Voltron-style, into a 7-headed DJ that mixes everything from hip-hop, soul, and disco, to rock, pop, and electronica.
at 222 Club (9pm)
DJs Qzen & Bryan James provide current and classic techno, electrohaus, tech-house, neu disco, and other electronic music you can and can't attach a label to...
at Duplex (9pm)
A night of drinking, dancing and of course, wonderful music provided by Apollo, Sake 1 and Chuy Gomez. We'll be playing all your favorite jams - from soulful house, 80's, rock, old school, breaks and hip hop...
at Anon Salon (10pm)
Featuring DJ's Glory Halleluyass, Dex Stakker (Opulent Temple), AN-TEN-NAE (Get Freaky), Tracy (EndUp, SFby Def), Dirt, Rhythms/PoM & Bartek (Rootabreaka Crew/ L.A.), Bump & Shine and The Tongues. Live Fashion show at 2am...
at Booksmith (11pm - 1am)
It's a Harry Potter party! Join us for fun, food, prizes and even some surprises as we count down the minutes to the midnight release of "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows," the new book from J.K. Rowling.
Saturday, July 21, 2007 See All Events
at Speadway Meadow (10:30am)
Oil your bike chain and press the polyester, Tour de Fat is back in San Francisco on Saturday, July 21nd at Speedway Meadow in Golden Gate Park. Come join us for a ballyhoo of bikes & beer sponsored by the New Belgium Brewing Company, makers of the acclaimed Fat Tire beer. Two parts bike rodeo and one part circus you can expect fire-jumping bike acts, cycling games, cruiser bike parade, live music, tasty eats and great beer, of course..
at Encantada (1pm)
Frida Kahlo was a clothes diva and her hair was an important part of her beauty regime. The workshop is making her "crown" using yarn to make her famous braids. You will learn how to make the traditional braid and/or the fishtail braid. Each crown may be adorned with flowers or ribbons.
at Mezzanine (9pm)
Gena Olivier's beautifully dark vocal wanes are reminiscent of 60's female powerhouses like Grace Slick. Guitarist Larry Schemel plus new members' bassist Ryan Wood and Drummer Sandra Vu provide dirty psychedelic riffs on Midnight Movies second release "Lion the Girl" (New Line)...
at 12 Galaxies (9pm)
Michelle Panache's Farewell Soiree! featuring: Black Fiction, The Husbands, Swords and Sandals and more! Aa (say "BIG A little a") has been honing its unique blend of intensely stylized DIY maximalism in the lofts and clubs of New York since 2002. The component parts - three drumsets, a tangle of synthesizers and samplers, dudes shouting - are simple enough. Yet the experience is an utterly unique and giddily engaging gasp of fresh air, a densely imagined, obsessively structured, hyperactive shoplifting spree through the polyrhythmic post-post-punk digital jungle-mall... More
at Recombinant Media Labs (10pm)
Born in the United States and currently working in Italy, John Duncan has constructed a radical body of sonic provocation through noise, field recordings, installation, and perhaps most notably shortwave. His interests have long been grounded in the psychological implications of sound, and how it has the ability to bring ecstasy, hostility, empathy, abjection, etc. to the listener...
at Monticello (10pm)
Riding on the coattails of last year's epic night, the Wigs once again bring you a HOT SUMMER NIGHT of swanky, sexy, wigged out mayhem. Join us in your most magnificent attire for an evening of ostentatious audacity, debaucherous dancing, unfathomable fabulousness...
at underground location (11pm - til morning)
Featuring Adnan, Worthy, Solar, Christian Mora, Jeniluv, Cle, Ladyhouse, Eric Sharp, and morning set by Corey Black.
Sunday, July 22, 2007 See All Events
at Yerba Buena Gardens (11am - 5pm)
This colorful and exciting festival of short performances on ten stages by over 50 theater companies and solo artists celebrates the Bay Area's lively theater world, including children's events, musicals, improv, hip-hop, Shakespeare, mimes and storytelling...
at Grant & Green (8pm)
The Rothschild brothers present many extremes - beautiful acoustic numbers, wild bagpipes, trumpet and accordion played by one person at the same time, Bulgarian zydeco, klezmer and West African rhythms, to name a few...
at Elbo Room (9pm)
The First Official Bob Marley Remix Album featuring Afrodisiac Sound System (DJ Mason), plus guests. According to Sep, Dub Mission, the first Bay Area party dedicated to reggae's musical older brother, dub, was slow to build momentum. In fact, it took nearly three years for the party to hit full stride...
at The Fillmore (9pm)
At these very special and intimate residencies, the band will vary set lists from night to night. They'll perform songs from Zeitgeist and Pumpkins classics plus retool songs that didn't make it onto Zeitgeist and even offer tunes written the day of the show...
Monday, July 23, 2007 See All Events
at Castro Theatre (1:30pm, 4pm, 6:45pm, 9:30pm)
Check out the 27th San Francisco Jewish Film Festival for over 50 films including a stunning documentary on Jewish women comics, a sidebar on Jewish boxing flicks, lyrical documentaries on Middle Eastern and Yiddish music, explorations of contemporary politics, sexy date dramas and world-class films from Mexico, Germany, France, Israel and around the globe...
at Brava Center for Women and the Arts (8pm)
Natives of Calgary, these twin sisters transpired their music interests from the likings of their parents. Tegan & Sara began playing piano at age eight, and in their teens they were skanking around in their own punk bands. The folk-rock duo Sara first burst onto the Canadian music scene in 1998, when they earned the highest score in history at Calgary's "Garage Warz" competition...
Features   This Week's Articles See All Articles
The Royal Treatment
By Amy_Sherman (Jul 13, 2007)
Have you had dinner in a quiet restaurant lately? We haven't either. But if you're looking for somewhere to celebrate with a date or family and actually converse; you couldn't pick a more tranquil spot than the recently renovated dining room at the Hotel Majestic on Cathedral Hill. Awash in cream tones and soft lighting, the booths and tables are set comfortably apart -- allowing diners to enjoy a leisurely meal in a peaceful environment. The staff is friendly and proud to be there, eager to share their favorite picks on chef Ian Begg's menu.
Married to the Music
By Matt_Crawford (Jul 13, 2007)
The amps are loud, the drums pound, and they're not afraid to get a little bloody. San Francisco's throwback garage girl group The Husbands is returning to the stage for local promoter Michelle Cable's Panache Farewell Soiree on July 21. The Husband's vocalist/guitarist Sarah Reed spoke with SF Station.
SF Station Blows It Up
By Misha_Vladimirskiy (Jul 13, 2007)
The Deftones are a band that is hard to classify and in my eyes they are their own mish mash of sound . Last Monday night they definitely proved that they can still rock a crowd because from the first sound out of Chino's mouth the entire floor became a mosh pit. With an impressive light show and an even more impressive sound, the boys from Sac showed the crowed that they were still on top performing songs from their current album Saturday Night Wrist.
Released on Drag City, 8/28/07
By lynne_angel (Jul 13, 2007)
The fourth release from local guitar legend Tim Green's solo project, Concentrick, is a folk-inspired instrumental rock album for seventies purists and post-prog rockers alike. To say that it is lush would be an understatement. Aluminum Lake is dense.
Released on Ultra Records, 4/04/07
By VinCi_Chan (Jul 13, 2007)
The word is that Thomas Lorello got his moniker from an orange LSD tab and thus, Tommie Sunshine was born! Tommie Sunshine Presents Ultra.Rock Remixed is a portmanteau of his hybrid art of modern rock unraveling with dance hall wonder stuff. Tommie Sunshine has found a unique way of blending the mid-80s sound with electro-dance without you feeling dated.
Harry Grows up and Gets Darker
By Anhoni_Patel (Jul 13, 2007)
By the time Harry Potter reaches 18, it wouldn't be surprising if he will have dyed his hair black, pierced his face, gotten a few tats and walked around wearing a Joy Division t-shirt. Such is the arc of this young man's angst-ridden, tumultuous life. Of course, author J.K. Rowling's final edition to her beloved Harry Potter series comes out on July 21st and who knows who Harry will turn out to be. What can be said is that the film adaptation of book 5, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix is as dark, mysterious and wondrous as ever. Much like adolescence itself.
Where it all began
By Stefan_Gruenwedel (Jul 13, 2007)
As this town's antidote to the onslaught of summer blockbusters, the San Francisco Silent Film Festival, now in its twelfth year, provides an ever-satisfying look back into the early decades of the 20th century when films leapt off the silver screen in all their monochromatic glory, accompanied by the true surround-sound of live music. This year's festival spans the silent era of filmmaking -- from its earliest days to the peak of its maturity -- and includes eye-popping treats from France, England, and Italy.
Urban Biopic Scores
By Mel_Valentin (Jul 13, 2007)
Kasi Lemmons' (Eve's Bayou) latest film, Talk to Me explores, in microcosm, the African American struggle embodied as embodied by the Civil Rights Movement. Through Ralph "Petey" Greene, an ex-con-turned-radio personality who made a name for himself during the Civil Rights Movement in Washington, D.C., Talk to Me also explores the conflict between assimilation and "keeping it real".
Riveting Vietnam War Drama
By Mel_Valentin (Jul 13, 2007)
Written and directed by Werner Herzog (Grizzly Man, Nosferatu, Aguirre: Wrath of God) and based on the documentary Little Dieter Needs to Fly Herzog directed ten years ago, Rescue Dawn, a Vietnam War-era action-drama about an escape attempt from a Laotian prison, returns Herzog to where he's seemingly most comfortable, the natural world of the jungle where men either lose themselves to megalomania and barbarism or overcome physical, mental, and emotional obstacles.
Rushmore with a Swiss-German Accent
By Mel_Valentin (Jul 13, 2007)
Directed and co-written by Fredi M. Murer (Full Moon, Alpine Fire), Vitus is a leisurely paced, sentimental, whimsical coming of age tale, centered on, like Searching for Bobby Fischer and Little Man Tate before it, a child prodigy trying to make his way in a world that wants to celebrate him for his talents, but simultaneously treat him as a child, with all the lack of choice that treatment implies.
Let Us Eat Cake!
By grace_chen (Jul 13, 2007)
Encased behind protective glass counters like diamonds in a jewelry store, displays of cupcakes may soon become not only a girl's new best friend, but also everyone's new guiltiest indulgence. Like diamonds, these baked creations come in different sizes. They glisten with buttercream and Italian meringue frosting. Colors and brilliancy range from vanilla white to pearly pink. Best of all, they come in their own version of Tiffany boxes without the Tiffany prices.
Prepare for Enchantment
By Nirmala_Nataraj (Jul 13, 2007)
Whether or not you were the kind of kid who practiced pulling a bunny out of a hat ad infinitum for third-grade show and tell, most of us have likely been indoctrinated with the idea that magic is a serious business. That would, after all, explain the pinched expressions of concentration that have graced patricians of spectacle like the Davids (Copperfield and Blaine) for eons. And sure, there's virtue in spectacle -- particularly when accompanied by Las Vegas pyrotechnics and nubile assistants -- but it's hard not to extricate megalomaniacal stunts from the hyuk-hyuk ridicule that's invariably heaped upon their makers.
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