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 24 - Mon Jul 30, 2007 Tue   |   Wed   |   Thu   |   Fri   |   Sat   |   Sun   |   Mon   |   Features
New Year's Resolutions are a funny thing. They can motivate you to change yet they can also debilitate you and make you feel like a failure. It's a good thing it's only July (for the next week or so), which means you still have five whole months left to get your act in gear. Whether your goals are to join a gym, drink less, be less tardy, eat right, stop stalking people, etc., you can still do it all.

People should definitely laugh more. How come no one ever puts that on their Resolutions lists? You should change that starting tonight at Full Contact Comedy at 12 Galaxies. A popular goal is to "get out more". So brave the hills and use public transportation to get to Washington Square Park for the North Beach Jazz Festival. Return to North Beach the next day for the Outdoor Reading in Jack Kerouac Alley; you'll feel both literary and accomplished.

Does going to the Afrofunk Music Festival at The Independent qualify as "travel more"? We think so. Check that off your list this weekend. It'll be a double whammy if one of your goals was also "give to good causes" as the concert also benefits the Save the Children's Sudan Crisis Relief Fund. Another good cause is the Tenants Union. Attend the Artists Go Lightly exhibit and even buy some pieces to support our local artists. Raise your hand if you had "exercise more" as one of your resolutions. Get inspired to get in shape at the San Francisco Marathon this Sunday. Then on Monday be a rebel a nd screw your Resolutions. Stay out late, drink excessively and do things you shouldn't at The Slits concert, also at the Independent.

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Tuesday, July 24, 2007 See All Events
at 12 Galaxies (8pm)
Get yo loco-local comedy on! Full Contact Comedy features five of the hottest SF comics...
at Cafe du Nord (8pm)
"(Jesse Sykes new album) Like, love, lust & the open halls of the soul is a musically deep piece of work, addressing themes of love, illusion, forgiveness, and the universality of the human experience."...
at Slim's (8:30pm)
Call it hard-twang, punkabilly, cowpunk, alternacountry, slacker swing or honky punk. It's certainly not your grandfather's country music nor is it your father's, either, unless your grandfather happens to be the legendary Hank Williams and your father Hank Williams Jr. Like his famous forebears, Hank Williams III is a rebel to the country establishment.
Wednesday, July 25, 2007 See All Events
at Washington Square Park (7pm)
"Jazz on Grant" kicks off the NBJF every year with free jazz in more than a dozen clubs, cafes, bars and restaurants. This year the event will kick off at the SF Italian Athletic Club at 7pm with a performance by the Realistic Orchestra. Led by composer/trombonist/bassist Adam Theis, Realistic is made up of players from Theis's "Jazz Mafia" collective...
at Harlot (9pm)
The newest addition to bustling San Francisco nightlife, Harlot brings sexy sexy, sophisticated decorum to SoMa. Headed by creative minds of veterans Martel and Nabiel, Harlot is on its way to becoming the place to see and be seen in SF. This will be a very private affair and we are only releasing a limited number of guestlist spots. The only way to get in to this exclusive engagement is to be on the guestlist...
Thursday, July 26, 2007 See All Events
at Kerouac Alley (6:30pm)
Part of the SF International Poetry Festival. The festival will showcase 15 poets from around the world, reading together with poets from San Francisco's own literary community. This truly international group of poets represents a wide spectrum in the world of poetry, from recognized masters to emerging new talents, who are redefining the art in our evolving times.
at Oakland Metro (8pm)
Have you heard of The Suicide Kings? Proletariat Bronze? These are just two (DOPE!) performance collectives that got their spark from creating this type of work. Something special happens when poetic people creatively combine their efforts. The funny turns hilarious, the touching becomes heart-wrenching, the passionate becomes invigorating and electrifying. All that to say - this show is extra-special! The regular slam will be replaced by a multi-voice competition...
at Slide (9pm)
Donovan is proud to announce the return of his famous "Step Up Your Style" Fashion Parties. "Step Up Your Style" is an evening dedicated to the fashionistas of San Francisco, encouraging everyone to have fun "dressing up" and to acknowledge fashion-forward people who "inspire" others to experiment and creatively express themselves through clothing.
at Great American Music Hall (9pm)
"The story of Grinderman begins within the working processes of another band: Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds. At the start of 2004, when Nick Cave took a small team of Bad Seeds members - violinist Warren Ellis, bassist Martyn P Casey and drummer Jim Sclavunos - off to the tiny Misère studio in Paris for a songwriting session, they effectively established a new working process"...
Friday, July 27, 2007 See All Events
at Club Fugazi (7pm - 10pm)
It is a zany musical spoof of pop culture with extravagant costumes and outrageously huge hats. The Show's immediate popularity forced it to move to larger quarters at Club Fugazi, a North Beach landmark, where it eventually found a permanent home. Now in its 30th year of sold-out performances, BEACH BLANKET BABYLON is an internationally acclaimed San Francisco institution.
at Anu (9pm)
Adjunct is a forward thinking record label specializing in our own brand of techno that we call Computer Funk. We are exclusively distributed by KOMPAKT. Adjunct is run by Konstantin Gabbro (of Orac fame) and Kenneth James Gibson ([a]pendics.shuffle) out of Los Angeles California...
at Independent (9pm)
Returning for a third year after two consecutive sold-out concerts, The Afrofunk Music Festival--San Francisco's Afrobeat music extravaganza--announces ths year's line-up. This year the festival will be a month long event across four cites: San Francisco, Santa Cruz, Santa Monica and Santa Barbara. Proceeds will benefit Save the Children Fund's Sudan Crisis Relief Fund.
at Ruby Skye (9pm)
"The pioneering sounds of the highly influential English bands Joy Division and New Order were dominated by the droning basslines of Peter Hook. In the late '70s, Hook's ominous bass enabled Joy Division to carve portraits of profound despair. Although the late Ian Curtis' harrowing lyrics and downcast vocals are often credited for Joy Division's bleak beauty, many of the group's songs were driven by Hook's sinister, throbbing bass...
Saturday, July 28, 2007 See All Events
at Temporary Autonomous Museaum (noon - 6pm)
This exhibition and community event, supported and organized by The Temporary Autonomous Museum(s), will take place in the Noe Valley/Castro flat of two artists who have faced significant housing rights issues in the past and are now leaving San Francisco for other opportunities.
at Red Ink Studios (8pm)
Get ready for July 28th and the first annual Stevenson Street Soiree hosted by Red Ink Studios. This first-time event will feature a diverse assortment of performance artists, including the 1920's style cabaret music of Tango La Melodia, the lovely latin folk and reggae sounds of local performers Locura, the burlesque dance hotties Hot Pink Feathers, the iTunes chart-chomping electronica music of Space Heater... More
at Rickshaw Stop (9pm)
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 Bill Graham Civic Auditorium (9pm)
With Three areas of music! Trance, House, and Breaks. Featuring: Tiesto - 3 Hour Exclusive Set with: Derrick Carter, Mark Farina and more!
at Mezzanine (9pm)
After reaching critical acclaim as emcee for Gang Starr, Guru embarked on a new musical project merging his hip-hop roots with jazz and soul. He went onto release three albums: Jazzmatazz Volume 1, 2, and 3. Each album uniquely fusing these definitive music genres featuring an impressive line-up of guest vocalists and musicians ranging from neo-soul...
Sunday, July 29, 2007 See All Events
at Embarcadero (5:30am)
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 Christmas Hill Park (10am - 7pm)
Where else can one feast on food laced with over two tons of fresh garlic, enjoy three stages of musical entertainment, shop in arts and crafts, view the great garlic cook-off and other celebrity cooking demonstrations, spend time in the children's area, visit interactive displays set up by many of our sponsors, soak up some glorious sunshine, and mingle with a fun bunch of garlic-loving people?
at Spector Dance Studio (1pm - 2:30pm & 5pm)
SpectorDance is proud to present the Emerging Choreographers Showcase, the annual festival of new dance, with Master Classes and Performances with guest artists from around the nation. This event brings cutting edge talent to our local community for a dynamic exchange of creative ideas.
at Sigmund Stern Grove (2pm)
Andy Palacio & The Garifuna Collective with Emeline Michel. Individual donors, volunteers, foundations, government agencies, and businesses provide the generous support that makes it all possible. Stern Grove Festival has brought 70 years of the best performing arts - completely admission-free - to the people of the Bay Area. With your ongoing help, the Festival can look forward to many more years to come.
Monday, July 30, 2007 See All Events
at Photo Epicenter (10am - 10pm)
Photo Epicenter is proud to present Swan Songs, opening July 28th. Featuring local and international artists, this diverse collection of cross-disciplinary artwork offers a glimpse into various ends that forge new beginnings; some literal, others more poetic. At once visually arresting and conceptually accessible, Swan Songs offers a meditation on death and rebirth presented through installation, video, sound, photography, the written word, and mixed media artwork.
at Independent (8pm)
The Slits are one of the most significant female punk rock bands of the late '70s. Not only did they bravely leap into the fray with little, if any, musical ability, but through sheer emotion and desire created some great music...
at Cafe du Nord (8:30pm)
"Natasha Khan of bat for lashes ain't scared. i love the harpsichord and the sexual ghost voices and bowed saws. this song seems to come from the world of grimm's fairytales, and i feel like a wolf." - Thom Yorke.
Features   This Week's Articles See All Articles
Off the Hook
By Karen_Solomon (Jul 19, 2007)
I'm always happy to crouch on a rickety stool with a paper plate on my lap if the food is good enough to merit the potential for grease stains on my knees. Take me to that Chinatown back alley with the awesome grub and trash bags for tablecloths any day; it's far preferential to the overblown, posh eatery serving paste on fine china and watery gruel in top-tier Swarovski. Pacific Catch may use real crockery instead of paper plates, but a food-first approach makes for long waits at this always-crowded Marina beehive.
Jazzmatazz: Latest Hip Hop/Jazz Fusion Comes to SF
By Matt_Crawford (Jul 19, 2007)
Guru's exploration into the grey area where jazz and hip hop meet will continue with the July 31st release of his of Jazzmatazz Vol. 4: The Hip-Hop Jazz Messenger: Back To The Future, the latest in a series of recordings he started in 1993. This time around Guru enlisted the help of Solar, the New York producer who produced the last Guru LP Version 7.0: The Street Scriptures and co-founded 7 Grand Records with the rapper. In true Jazzmatazz form, the album will also feature collaborations with Common, Damien Marley, the Bay Area's own Blackalicious, and others. Guru and Solar spoke with SF Station during a phone interview.
SF Station Blows It Up
By Misha_Vladimirskiy (Jul 19, 2007)
The return of the Smashing Pumpkins to the Bay Area was marked with a 3 hour 7 minute set on Sunday July 15 as they began their 12 day residency at The Fillmore -- and what a show it was! The first time I saw the Pumpkins was as the Tibetan Freedom Festival in Golden Gate Park, and I have to say, man, do they still sound good...Both Billy and Jimmy killed it. Billy and the guys performed some old classics as well as songs from their new album Zeitgeist.
Period Musical Scores
By Mel_Valentin (Jul 19, 2007)
From screen to Tony Award-winning musical and now back to the big screen, Hairspray, directed and choreographed by Adam Shankman (Cheaper by the Dozen 2, Bringing Down the House, The Wedding Planner), is everything fans expect a musical to be. It's bright, it's cheerful, and features a feelgood message about following your dreams and racial tolerance. Like the best Hollywood musicals, it will leave you humming a song or two and vividly remembering every dance move long moments after leaving the movie theater.
Sci-Fi Film Shines
By Mel_Valentin (Jul 19, 2007)
Directed by Danny Boyle (28 Days Later, The Beach, Trainspotting) and written by Alex Garland (28 Days Later, The Tesseract, The Beach), Sunshine, a futuristic sci-fi film, is as good as genre filmmaking gets and as good as fans of Boyle's previous work have come to expect from a director who's proven adept in working in multiple genres.
Queer Lies for the Straight Guys
By Rossiter_Drake (Jul 19, 2007)
Larry has a problem. He's a born firefighter, one of Brooklyn's bravest, but as a widower with two children, he can't risk his life on a daily basis without a more rewarding pension plan. One night, Larry (Kevin James) devises a scheme to save his job and protect his family: He and his best friend Chuck (Adam Sandler) will register as domestic partners, reaping the tax breaks afforded gay couples in the state of New York.
Stumbling Under Clichés
By Mel_Valentin (Jul 19, 2007)
Czech-born filmmaker Milos Forman has directed some of the most critically acclaimed films of the last forty years, including One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, The People vs. Larry Flynt and Man on the Moon. Eight years later, Forman is back with Goya's Ghosts, a period drama about another iconoclast that's sadly undermined by clichéd, soap opera plot turns and unfocused storytelling.
Lawrence, Re-imagined for the 21st Century
By Rossiter_Drake (Jul 19, 2007)
Seventy-nine years after D.H. Lawrence wrote the first edition of Lady Chatterley's Lover, his tale of the lonely, aristocratic wife who experiences a sexual reawakening in the arms of a rugged gamekeeper has lost its scandalous edge. The notion that a newly liberated woman could remedy her marital malaise with a passionate affair is no longer shocking -- it's practically quaint. Yet the story itself has lost none of its charm or insight.
It's Miller Time
By Rossiter_Drake (Jul 19, 2007)
Based on the 2003 original by Dutch director Theo van Gogh, whose death at the hands of an Islamic terrorist inspired Steve Buscemi's lurid remake, Interview will not establish Sienna Miller as a household name, but it should cement her reputation as fierce, courageous performer.
The Perfect Out-of-Town Recharge
By Nirmala_Nataraj (Jul 19, 2007)
Mendocino County has become one of the most vaunted areas in California for romantic weekend expeditions, and for good reason. Take Heritage House Inn -- a beautiful cliffside hamlet in the diminutive borough of Little River, California, that offers 37 acres of majestic solitude from the riff-raff of city life.
Not Tame Enough
By Nirmala_Nataraj (Jul 19, 2007)
Of everything in Shakespeare's oeuvre, "The Taming of the Shrew" tends to score the fewest points among the modern literati. Never mind the rollicking, ribald humor and the pun-y gesticulations of what may be the Bard's most audacious set of characters -- the play is caustic and misogynistic, which automatically calls for a little bowdlerizing, at least in most contemporary versions.
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