SF Station presents The Guide: A list of the best events happening this week
Tuesday, August 8 - Monday, August 14

San Francisco is a great city for arts and culture. We've got the traditional and...the not-so-traditional.

Why not do art a bit differently this week with The LAB's El Corozón de la Missión starring cult "performance provocateur" Guillermo Gómez-Peńa? Or check out what has been heralded as this summer's hottest show, Diplo, Cansei de Ser Sexy and Bonde do Role at Mezzanine, bringing us an eclectic ensemble of Brazilian beats and electronic funk.

Take a break and do some serious soul searching at Bhutanese lama Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche's lecture on Bodhicitta, the path of selflessness and enlightenment for the benefit of others. Then get back into the swing of things by attending the San Francisco Electronic Music Festival at SomArts. When the weekend arrives get out of the city and take a day trip to Saratoga for the Bleeding Edge Festival, a music fest like no other.


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Tuesday, August 8, 2006

at Grace Cathedral (7:30pm)
Highly gifted young musicians from around the world meet to perform a gala program of string orchestra and chamber music at Grace Cathedral, San Francisco's landmark cathedral on Nob Hill.
at Galeria de la Raza (2:30 & 4:30pm)
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The LAB, in conjunction with La Pocha Nostra and Circuit Network, invites you to experience the Mission District as you've never seen it before. Take the hippest adventure tour in the heart of the hippest city, San Francisco. El Corazón de la Missión is part mobile public art project, part site-specific performance, part tourist attraction and all serious fun.
Wednesday, August 9, 2006
- Sold Out -
at Punch Line Comedy Club (10pm)
Dave Chappelle is a one-of-a-kind comic that is smart enough to notice the lines he's crossing, just so that he can go farther the next time around. Racy and brash, Dave's humor is no-holds-barred and, as a result, has made him one of the most successful comics of the past decade...
at San Jose City Hall (6:30pm)
The buzz surrounding video art exhibits at Cannes this year reflects the medium's scorching-hot status. Viola is an internationally recognized pioneer in the history of video art, instrumental in establishing video as an art form. Take an exclusive look into his world of art, which includes pieces as diverse as a video for rockers Nine Inch Nails and a prayer blessing recording with the Dalai Lama.
at Rickshaw Stop (8pm)
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Toronto artist who makes optimistic music for pessimistic times. Defeated hearts can lean steadily on his soulful futurism on his debut album You Make Me Feel (Plug Research). When Mike sings, "Something good is going happen" you can't help but feel he's right. His melodic, electronic masterpieces are like blossoms unfolding in darkness.
Thursday, August 10, 2006
at Mezzanine (8:30pm)
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Already renowned from coast to coast as a DJ (due to the national success of the Hollertronix mixtape and parties he founded and the recent megamix he made for RJD2), Diplo's production skills have in the past got him gigs for both David Banner and Bigg Jus...
at Modernism (10am - 5:30pm)
Oleon uses old master techniques to create paintings that reference the past yet are firmly rooted in the present. Despite their seeming realism based in optical observation, the works are clearly the result of seeing through a lens. This is especially clear in the way that Oleon treats light. The light refracts, blurs, and creates auras in a way that our eyes, with their auto focus, never do, but which is a common conceit of photography.
at The Ashby Stage (8pm)
Encore Theatre Company and Shotgun Players are proud to remount the runaway hit The Typographer's Dream by Adam Bock, a smart comedy in which a typographer, a geographer, and a stenographer obsess over their professions, their identities, and Canada. Adam Bock's signature syncopation provides the rhythm for this hilarious story of borders, letters, fonts, and friendships.
Friday, August 11, 2006

at Ruby Skye (9pm to 2am) Donovan "Summer Love 4" CD Release Party
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It is a night to indulge all of your senses with the joyous sounds, sights, smells, and tastes of summer. Ruby Skye will once again be magically transformed into tropical flower garden w/ fresh summer fruits, breathtaking paradise visuals, and Donovan's beautiful community dressed in floral summer attire.
at Herbst Theatre (7:30pm)
Bodhicitta is the challenge of not letting ourselves rot in the cage of pettiness. Bodhicitta is the greatness of mind that transforms us, and our world. It is the vow to discard our own nirvana, and work for that of others'. The practice of Bodhicitta is not a moralistic path, but, based on trust in the basic goodness common to all life, it entails courageously changing our motivation and eliminating confusion. It is the very heart of the great Buddhist path of awakening.
at Bottom of the Hill (10pm)
Fueled by what he calls "adolescent dreams" of impressing the guys he had crushes on, Pallett spent most of his college years teaching himself violin. After graduating, he began playing with bands in Toronto and Montreal. When friend and fellow violinist Patrick Wolf made plans to play the Wavelengths Series-- the weekly Toronto show that helped launch Peaches and Broken Social Scene-- Pallett threw together some songs and opened for him. Thus Final Fantasy was born.
at Herbst Pavilion (10am - 6pm)
Discover 250 of the nation's premiere fine craft artists at the San Francisco Fine Craft Show! Become a part of the growing community embracing the beauty and authenticity of American craft as objects of desire. Select from a wide variety of beautifully hand-crafted jewelry, clothing and accessories, baskets, quilts, and sculptural and functional objects in clay, fiber, glass, metal and wood. Meet artists from all over the country and learn about their work!
Saturday, August 12, 2006
at SupperClub (10pm to 3am, Main Room doors open at 11:30pm)
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SF-Vibe and supperclub invite you and your favortie pair of shades to enjoy the music of Eighteenth Street Lounge recording artist Ursula 1000. This is a "shades" theme party so bring out your favorite pair of shades and get ready to dance to one of the hottest international djs in the world.
at SomArts Cultural Center (Gallery) (Doors at 8pm, performance at 8:30pm)
The 2006 San Francisco Electronic Music Festival consists of four evenings of electrifying performances by internationally recognized artists and musicians in the electronic music field. This year's impressive line-up features both respected pioneers and emerging artists whose work spans the sonic spectra -- from ambient to rhythmic, from atonal to melodic.
at Japantown (11am - 6pm)
A celebration of the diverse Asian and Pacific American communities here in the Bay Area. A place where one can taste and learn about the various cultures.
at Sonoma County Fairgrounds (1pm - 7 pm)
After two decades as the driving creative force behind The Melody Makers - a triple Grammy-winning act which included brother Stephen and sisters Sharon and Cedella, Ziggy released his debut solo album in 2003, Dragonfly (RCA Victor Group), which featured such guest artists as Flea and John Frusciante (Red Hot Chili Peppers), Mike Einziger and DJ Kilmore (Incubus). He has contributed to a variety of soundtracks including 50 First Dates and Shark's Tale, in which he delved into acting for the first time, playing the character of Bernie, the Jamaican jellyfish.
at Alamo Square (9am - 4pm)
The Alamo Square Neighborhood Association was founded for the express purpose of maintaining the unique character of this 12-square block Historic District, particularly Alamo Square Park, one of the most-visited parks in the Bay Area with its classic view of restored Victorians backed by downtown San Francisco.
Sunday, August 13, 2006
at Montalvo's Carriage House Theatre (see festival website for schedule and times) www.bleedingedgefestival.com
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Noise, neo folk, glitch funk, drone, art metal, psyche pop, minimal techno, and ambient sound installations will all come together in a glorious, cacophonous experience. Deliberately unconventional, absolutely uncommercial, Bleeding Edge is a full-day celebration of a world of music, sound and vision that exists outside the boundaries of everyday expectations.
at The Canvas (10pm - 3pm)
the Bay Area's most innovative clothing, jewelry, handbag, and accessory designers in a pleasant café ambiance. Admission is free.
at Kelly's Mission Rock (noon - 10pm)
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aturing An all day music marathon with visual ambiance and patio cafe serving into the night. Mission Rock is located along San Francisco's waterfront in China Basin just south of SBC Park.
Monday, August 14, 2006
at Zeitgeist Bar and Guest Haus (9pm)
The Zeitgeist International Film Festival was created in 1999 to celebrate cool films and warm beer. Eight years later they are still celebrating. On the 2nd Monday of June, July and August, Overcooked Cinema rolls out the video equipment and shows movies in the extensive backyard 'biegarten' of the Zeitgeist.
at Independent (8pm) 2 drink minimum
Movie Night at The Indy! as always, Free!
This Week's Articles

A Rose by Another Name
By Sarah_Sung (Aug 03, 2006)
Next to a bike shop and across from Rose's Café on Steiner, Terzo is the latest restaurant of Laurie Thomas and Nice Ventures (owners of Rose Pistola and Rose's Café). The appropriately named small plates spot is Italian for "third" and represents a gathering place that's neither home nor work. If you want to gather here though, come early and snag a spot at the communal table or make reservations well in advance.
Bringing Mad Music to the People
By Jialin_Luh (Aug 03, 2006)
Mississippi-born Wes Pentz, better known as Diplo -- one half of Philly outfit Hollertronix, M.I.A. collaborator and remix-master DJ-producer extraordinaire -- is coming to town. He who brought us funk carioca from Brazil continues to unleash the freshness with Mad Decent, the name for his year-old record label, his unpredictable podcast, and the much-hyped tour that stops over at Mezzanine next Thursday with Brazilian bands Cansei de Ser Sexy (Portuguese for "Tired of Being Sexy") and Bonde do Role ("The Roller Coaster Band").
Manu Chao
SF Station Blows It Up
By Misha_Vladimirskiy (Aug 04, 2006)
Manu Chao is a legend all over the world and I found out why last Friday night at the Greek Theater. He performed in front of close to 9000 people screaming and jumping to his every word. With a sound that incorporates punk, rock and Latin rhythms, Chao controlled the crowd and made them bow to his will. His politically charged lyrics and amazing back up musicians drove the crowd into a frenzy of stomping feet.
Released on Reprise Records 06/20/06
By VinCi_Chan (Jul 31, 2006)
Boston pop-meisters, Guster, chalk up yet another emotionally rich landscape of catchy, unfussy numbers with their fifth release, Ganging Up On The Sun. Showcasing their craftiness on the overly traveled pop-highway, this is clearly their most ambitious and effective effort to date.
Released on North Street Records, 6/27/06
By Jenny_Miyasaki (Jul 31, 2006)
Dirty on Purpose is the hottest thing to come out of Brooklyn since, well, since just about every other hot thing that has spread from Williamsburg across the rest of the culturally parched country like a wild brush fire. Hallelujah Sirens is the band's full length follow-up to their impressive EP, Sleep Late for a Better Tomorrow (North Street), the release of which last fall triggered a barrage of comparisons to fellow multi-instrumentalist dream poppers Yo La Tengo.
images courtesy of Fox Searchlight Pictures
A Dysfunctional Family Worth Spending Time With
By Mel_Valentin (Aug 03, 2006)
Written by Michael Arndt and helmed by first-time feature directors (and husband-and-wife team) Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris, Little Miss Sunshine turns out to be the exception to a lackluster 2006 Sundance Film Festival. An indie-produced family comedy/drama centered on a road trip to a beauty pageant, Little Miss Sunshine mostly lives up to the hype.
Southern Culture on the Skids
By Rossiter_Drake (Aug 04, 2006)
There are plenty of brand names on display in Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby, an amiable satire of NASCAR and its beer-guzzlin', Red-State-dwelling fans, but none so prominent as the one above the marquee: Will Ferrell.
Listen Carefully
By Matt_Forsman (Aug 03, 2006)
Amidst a dissolving domestic relationship, radio host Gabriel Noone (Robin Williams) forms an interesting relationship with a young listener, Pete Logand. When Pete's manuscript falls into Noone's hands, questions arise about the identity of the young boy. Noone embarks on a search for his listener's identity that takes him to places dark and confusing in The Night Listener.
Close Encounters of the Conjoined Kind
By Matt_Forsman (Aug 03, 2006)
There's a certain artist that relies less on talent and more on image and gimmickry to draw a crowd. Some of the more notable artists who fall into said category (arguably) include: Marilyn Manson, who works the gothic freak angle. Ozzie Osbourne, bit the heads off of bats (and birds unfortunate enough to run afoul of him), but in Keith Fulton and Louis Pepe's Brothers of the Head we get the ultimate gimmick with the freakish Siamese twins, Tom and Barry Howe fronting a 70s punk rock band, "The Bang Bang".
The Caves Have Eyes
By Rossiter_Drake (Aug 03, 2006)
There is no sense in trying to rationalize a movie like The Descent, much less deconstruct its superficial brand of feminism. Yes, it features a cast of fearless women who would rather fight to the death than submit to an army of subterranean ghouls, and yes, it works rather brilliantly despite a hallucinatory ending that throws its whole premise into doubt.
Felicia Gelardi Skin Care
Helping You Stay Beautiful
By Nirmala_Nataraj (Aug 03, 2006)
Despite my never-ending quest to find the perfect aesthetician, I've gradually come to realize that the methods whereby specialists attempt to make their clients beautiful are too numerous to settle on just one path to glowing skin. Take the approaches of aestheticians Felicia Gelardi and Vilma Ang, two of the most sought-after skincare specialists.

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