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 Aug 21 - Mon Aug 27, 2007 Tue   |   Wed   |   Thu   |   Fri   |   Sat   |   Sun   |   Mon   |   Features
What do Fashion Week, a Rocky style read-off and an homage to Chuck Norris have in common? Nothing, except for the fact that they're all happening in SF this week.

Taking your momma's old readings to the next level, Opium's Literary Death Match at Harlot, will pitch four literary magazines against one another for literary glory. Continue the theme tomorrow night at Graphic Novels: Evolution of the American Comic Book at The Commonwealth Club. Then support your local band at Bottom of the Hill where Built like Alaska will be performing. And, if you're lucky, you might even be able to find a super cool t-shirt at Space Gallery's T-Shirt Exhibit to wear out this weekend.

Saturday packs a double punch. Celebrate the god among mortals, Chuck Norris, at Dolores Norris in Dolores Park in the Mission and/or make like your fav martial arts idol and kick some ass at the scavenger hunt of all scavenger hunts: High Trek Adventure. Then gussy yourself up and head to the Design Center for the San Francisco Fashion Week blowout (you could wear your new t-shirt!).

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Tuesday, Aug 21, 2007 See All Events
at Harlot (7pm)
Opium's Literary Death Match challenges the notion that a reading series has to be a mind-numbing affair hosted in a drafty room with no booze breaks. The Death Match is a competitive, humor-centric reading series that features four literary publications (both online and in print) in an edge-of-your-seat read-off...
at The Fillmore (8pm)
"Discovered in the wake of the Strokes' popularity and the subsequent garage rock revival, New York's art punk trio the Yeah Yeah Yeahs are comprised of singer Karen O, guitarist Nicolas Zinner, and drummer Brian Chase. O met Chase at Ohio's Oberlin College and met Zinner through friends after she transferred to NYU...
at Double Dutch (9pm)
Watch out! Here comes the big one. Double Dutch is having it's 1 year anniversary this Tuesday. Electric slide your ass down to 3192 16th at Guerrero and crush our dance floor as they will be celebrating in old school fashion. When the clock strikes 12 they will be giving away a ghetto blaster so everyone has a chance at getting lucky...
Wednesday, Aug 22, 2007 See All Events
at The Commonwealth Club Office (6pm - 8pm)
Comics and graphic novels have seen a meteoric rise in popularity in the last few years. For decades, "comics" were not taken seriously by readers or critics; however, with the popularity of the work of R. Crumb and Harvey Pekar and the success of books and comics like Maus, Ghost World, Sin City and Optic Nerve, comics and graphic novels have leapt from the world of American sub-culture squarely into the world of popular and even high culture...
at The Grand at the Regency Center (7pm)
Gen Art, the non-profit behind nearly every major up-and-coming fashion star in the country is bringing to you yet another huge event for the record books. They've brought you Zac Posen and Rebecca Taylor, so be the first to get a fresh peak at some hot new talent cruising the runway before they're the next big thing...
Thursday, Aug 23, 2007 See All Events
at A Great Good Place for Books (7pm)
SoMa explores what it means to live in what is arguably America's only open city. How do people act when everything is permissible? Where does this lead them? Have they lost their way, or found a better compass?
at Great American Music Hall (8pm)
"If Rage against the Machine could drum like Ozomatli, dance like the Black-Eyed Peas and sing exuberant samba melodies and reggae tunes, America might have something like AfroReggae. Singing, rapping, power chords, wah-wah funk, turntable scratching and Brazilian drumming were all part of AfroReggaes set, and of course everybody danced." - New York Times
at Bottom of the Hill (9pm)
"Built like Alaska wasn't built in a day, but it was built in the basement of a big country house outside Oakdale, California by a couple of guitar-wielding 21-year olds. "The band started as a house thing, really," says lead vocalist Neil Jackson. "We wrote songs together -- mostly the kind of dumb acoustic stuff college kids write -- but we kept playing together, messing around..."
Friday, Aug 24, 2007 See All Events
at Space Gallery (7pm)
"This show has been a great way for local artists and designers to show their work and get paid," says curator Anne Olson. Submissions for the event are open to all of the area's creative forces. Artists and designers print, sew, stencil or scribble their shirts, price them and simply drop them off. Space Gallery does the rest. "We receive some really wild designs" states Morrone, "Artists have complete creative license and can design their shirts in any way they want."
at Greek Theatre (7:30pm)
Wilco is an American rock band based in Chicago, Illinois. The band was formed by musician and songwriter Jeff Tweedy and bassist John Stirratt in 1994 after the breakup of alternative country group Uncle Tupelo. While originally playing a musical style similar to Uncle Tupelo's previous recordings, Wilco is now mostly known for its rock, alternative rock and, sometimes, experimental style...
at Artists' for Television Access (ATA) (8pm)
Animation cuts to the heart of things in a way live action often forgets how to do. With abstraction, puppets and clay, beauty and emotion can be expressed more simply and more directly than what we've come to expect from the human face. Instead of a million years of inherited facial response, we have the language of dreams. Experimental film uses similar abstraction, boiling down a concept to a series of events...
at Ruby Skye (9pm)
Matt Darey has been a pioneer of todays dance scene being a major influence on todays world class DJs like Oakenfold, Tiesto, Armin, Paul Van Dyk and many more. Throughout his 15 year career of producing and writing he has sold well over 2 million albums and singles with numerous top 10 chart hits.
at 12 Galaxies (9:30pm)
Featuring Corn Mo, Jason Webley, Duckmandu and Geoff Berner. Corn Mo uses this quirky soundscape to compose mini-anthems, heroic passages and chaotic polkas. If his spiritual father is Freddie Mercury, then his spiritual uncle is Tiny Tim...
at Shine (10pm)
Featuring Mozaic, Iyad, Floorcraft, Jonboy spinning electro, progressive, breaks!
Saturday, Aug 25, 2007 See All Events
at Tres Agaves (noon)
You're 99.9% sure that given the chance, you would win the Amazing Race. You're resourceful, quick on the feet and great navigator. But don't go quitting your day job just yet. Give your skills a trial run and sign up for an urban adventure race...
at Dolores Park (2pm - 6pm)
Music and BBQ in Dolores Park. As you all know, August marks 25 years since Chuck Norris was discharged from the US Airforce, allowing him to kick ass full time. In Chuck's honor, they present DJs Jupiter Henry and Freddie Future spinning hip hop and mash ups through the Funk N Chunk mobile sound rig, Mesquite and Oak Grilled BBQ, Badminton, Ice Lugeing and Kickball...
at Washington Square (8pm)
""8 1/2" is a great film in its own way, and despite the efforts of several other filmmakers to make their own versions of the same story, it remains the definitive film about director's block. The movie stars Mastroianni, always Fellini's alter ego, as Guido, a director who has had a big hit and now seeks to recover from it at a health spa. But he is hounded there and everywhere by those who depend on him - his producer, his writer, his mistress, his would-be stars..."
at Great American Music Hall (9pm)
Or, the Whale's songs range from danceable, rhythm-charged country-rock ditties with swaggering bass lines and articulately stomped-out drums to indie pop-rock tunes with bopping piano, snapping drums, and loops of finger-plucked guitar that explode into electric riffs to add fuel to fervent vocals... More
at Rx Gallery (10pm)
Featuring Mark Templeton (Anticipate Recordings / Canada), Roddy Schrock (SF) + Video by Jano Cortjio, Ruoho Ruotsi (Defchild Productions/Skor Records) and Pand0ra DJ...
at Elbo Room (10pm)
"Where once, Numbers were the premier party-rock dance outfit with whom we found our salvation from the curse that was the coming of a new century, now comes Numbers of a new dawning era of self realization and societal enlightenment. Previously three individuals taking turns of yelping, buzzerk-ing, pushing and shoving coming together occasionally to make fight music for pajama parties, now has become a singular sound; an epic, mind-driving sound...
at The Compound (10pm)
A high-end label showcase event at one of SF's most unique underground multimedia facilities. Featuring Expander, Billy Dallesandro, Jason Emsley, Brian Ffar, Daniel Mnookin, Coalition of the Killing, Alland Byallo, Tim McCormack.
Sunday, Aug 26, 2007 See All Events
at Various Locations in Downtown Berkeley (see listing for times)
Wednesday, August 22 through Sunday, August 26, made possible by the Downtown Berkeley Association. The summer festival celebrates music from around the world, presenting over 45 events in 13 different Downtown Berkeley venues including Jupiter, Anna's Jazz Island, Jazzschool, Shattuck Down Low, La Note, Bobby G's Pizzeria, Caltopia, GAIA Arts, BART Plaza, Berkeley Public Library and the Farmer's Market.
at Red Vic Movie House (2pm, 4pm, 7:15pm, 9:15pm)
Milestone Films and Steven Soderbergh present one of the most famous and acclaimed films by an African- American filmmaker. KILLER OF SHEEP was one of the first 50 films to be selected for the Library of Congress' National Film Registry and was chosen by the National Society of Film Critics as one of the 100 Essential Films...
at Various Locations (see listing for times)
Kick off the week's festivities as the top emerging design students unveil the "Little Black Dress" Collection, followed by three nights of runway shows and a shopping boutique featuring jewelry, apparel and accessories at the Galleria at the San Francisco Design Center. Top it off by attending SFFW industry workshops...
at Swedish American Hall (7:30pm)
Bert Jansch, legendary songwriter and guitarist, is widely acknowledged as one of the most influential musicians of all time. Since the mid 1960s generation after generation have been held spellbound by his extraordinary ground-breaking guitar playing and classic emotive songs... More
Monday, Aug 27, 2007 See All Events
at Park Life (11am - 8pm)
Chris' work focuses on the spaces our eyes ordinarily overlook - culverts, roadsides, and lawns. His smooth surfaces capture a stark suburban world full of human interference yet empty of human presence. Empty pools, white houses, fences, windows and highway overpasses are among the subjects employed in exploring complex relationships between people and their surroundings...
at Castro Theatre (7pm, 9:30pm)
Takes place in 2026, when the populace is divided between workers who must live in the dark underground and the rich who enjoy a futuristic city of splendor. The tense balance of these two societies is realized through images that are among the most famous of the 20th century, many of which presage such sci-fi landmarks as 2001: A Space Odyssey and Blade Runner...
Features   This Week's Articles See All Articles
SF Outpost Gets a B-Minus, Oakland Spot Scores Higher
By Gloria Tai (Aug 16, 2007)
While YBCA, MOMA, and the Metreon offer much in terms of arts and entertainment, dining options in the area are limited to just-palatable mall food (e.g. Buckhorn Grill, Chevy's, Jillian's) and super high-end fine dining (Ame, XYZ). B Restaurant and Bar strives to provide an upscale middle ground. Located just outside of the main building and on the second level of San Francisco's Yerba Buena Gardens, B occupies an ideal spot overlooking much of the downtown skyline with extensive patio seating. It may be a little confusing to find, but the views, especially on an unusual warm day in the city, make the search worthwhile.
Giving Props to SF Parking Authority
By Matt Crawford (Aug 17, 2007)
You can find anything on the Internet these days -- a girlfriend, an apartment, furniture, and even your own band, as was the case with Tanya Kelleher vocalist for Return to Mono. The San Francisco-based group combines electronic beats from Andy Sibylrud with the guitar and bass work of J.G. Paulos to create intricate foundation for Kelleher to work with. The group has two upcoming concerts planned in San Francisco in support of its EP, Involution. Kelleher recently spoke with SF Station.
SF Station Blows It Up
By Misha Vladimirskiy (Aug 17, 2007)
The Redwalls are a product of The Windy City and they proved it last Friday at Du Nord with a sound that mixed the Beatles with the Ramones and Bob Dylan with Joy Division. Logan Baren's voice and guitar and his brother Justin's vocals and bass drive you to listen, dance and scream all at once.
A Tedious Return to Alien Nation
By Rossiter Drake (Aug 16, 2007)
In The Invasion, the latest take on Jack Finney's ageless sci-fi novel The Body Snatchers, a disintegrating space shuttle re-entering earth's atmosphere showers the American countryside with highly contagious alien spores. Before long, the world is overtaken by emotionless drones in human form, slaves to a collective will who offer global peace -- in exchange for our souls.
Just One Word: McLovin
By Mel Valentin (Aug 16, 2007)
If the words, "teen", "sex", and "comedy" in the same sentence make you wince, then Superbad, a teen sex comedy produced by writer/director Judd Apatow (Knocked Up, The 40-Year Old Virgin, "Freaks and Geeks") and written by Seth Rogen (Knocked Up, "Freaks and Geeks") and Evan Goldberg isn't for you. The film promises to deliver the kind of raunchy, vulgar, sex-obsessed comedy that trace their origins back to Porky's twenty-five years ago and, jumping ahead, to American Pie.
Say Goodbye to Yesterday's Pampering
By Nirmala Nataraj (Aug 17, 2007)
So you've been around the block a few times: you've done the speedy 45-minute mani/pedi combo, you faithfully visit your neighborhood aesthetician every four weeks, and you've found the perfect massage therapist (one you've decided to keep a secret from even your dearest associates). In short, you have all your pampering bases covered. But even the most discriminating spa connoisseur could benefit from a one-stop place to indulge -- whether you want a quick lunchtime fix or an afternoon of luxury -- that won't cost you an arm and a leg. Muni accessibility doesn't hurt, either.
Provocative Puppet Jokes -- for Adults
By Nirmala Nataraj (Aug 17, 2007)
The late great Jim Henson spawned a passel of subversive, potty-mouthed muppet performances for adults, most recently, his eponymous Puppet Improv, in which beloved figures like Miss Piggy and Kermit the Frog promenaded about the stage, bowing to the dirty dictates of audience members who couldn't resist the idea of a saucy barb from a plush, lovable childhood icon. It's a wonderful gambit, if only because the idea of a muppet -- god bless its googly-eyed, yarn-haired soul -- spewing swear words and dealing in risqué puns is invariably hilarious.
Down Under Comes On Top
By Lisa Ryers (Aug 17, 2007)
Wasn't it Gore Vidal who said, "Sydney is the city that San Francisco thinks it is"? In Australian short story writer David Malouf's milieu, Australia is probably the country that California thinks it is. Malouf's characters shift between urban and rural settings, always conscious of their man-made habitats: houses are made of pinewood and sandstone, kids play on warm bitumen. Here we see buddleia to be noticed, quince to be picked and blackfish to be angled. But like the reality of today's California, people constantly converge on one another, parents on children, teenagers on playmates, in-laws on well-meaning couples.
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