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Tue Sep 2 - Mon Sep 8, 2008

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Summer is gone and that means warm weather returns to us in SF. For those of you who are still recovering from bouts in Black Rock City and Denver alike, the lovely summer weather and even lovelier Bay Area happenings will be sure to shake you out of that hazy Labor Day mist. Kick things off tonight with Matt and Kim at Bottom of the Hill and keep things rolling with the ladies of Hot Tub at Annie's Social Club. And the musical delights don't stop there. This week we have not one, but two, great fests in mind for you music lovers: the SF Electronic Music Festival at Project Artaud Theater and the 10th Annual Power to the Peaceful Festival in Golden Gate Park. However, if your tastes run a bit more...on the rare B-side, then the California State Yo-Yo Championships at Exploratorium is a sure bet for family fun. For another great family event, get to Ghirardelli Square for the annual Chocolate Festival, then work off the calories doing samba at the Brazilian Independence Day Celebration at San Francisco County Fair Building.
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Tuesday, September 2, 2008
at Rickshaw Stop (8pm)

Taking cues from post-punk pioneers and genre-transcending bands like The Embarassment, Mission of Burma or fIREHOSE, Oxford Collapse construct melodic art-pop packed full of chiming guitars and shout-along vocals Their new Sub Pop record is both restless/nervous and heartfelt, with time signatures that are as urgent as they are unpredictable...
at Bottom of the Hill (9pm)

"Matt Johnson (guitar/vocals/keyboards) and Kim Schifino (drums/vocals) create the giddy pop stylings of Matt & Kim. The indie rock pair came together in 2004 in their native Brooklyn..."
Wednesday, September 3, 2008
at EXIT Theatreplex (see listing for times)

For its 17th season, the San Francisco Fringe Festival hosts 12 days'-worth of performers and performances from the Bay Area and the world. This year, it's 48 different shows and 10 additional nearby venues...
at Project Artaud Theater (see listing for times)

Designed as an annual multi-day event consisting of concerts, installations and discussions, the primary focus is on independent artists whose innovative aesthetics challenge academic and commercial standards.
Thursday, September 4, 2008
at Asian Art Museum (5pm - 9pm)

Recently back from its annual trek to Burning Man, John Oda's Tea Temple will be erected inside the museum. The stupa-like structure pays homage to the nomadic structures of the Silk Road where tea was traded for thousands of years. Savor floral, fruity, and earthy teas of China inside the Tea Temple...
at Brian Gross Fine Art (5:30pm - 7:30pm)

Los Angeles artist Roy Thurston known for his minimal painted wall reliefs...In new work comprised of metal or wood, Thurston investigates pure abstraction and phenomenological experience using subtle color shifts on three-dimensional planes.
at The Clubhouse (7pm & 9pm)
Eddie Brill, talent coordinator for the Late Show with David Letterman, is coming to the San Francisco Comedy College to audition comedians for spots on the renowned late night show!
at Slim's (8pm)
"Throughout his 20-year career as a solo artist, saxophonist Bill Evans has explored a variety of musical settings that go well beyond the confines of traditional jazz, including hip-hop, fusion, reggae, Brazilian and slamming funk. Evans steps into more adventurous territory with Soulgrass, blending jazz, funk and bluegrass into a seamless and wholly unique hybrid of quintessentially American styles..."
at Cafe du Nord (9pm)
The group Witch was born from a marriage of apparently contradictory influences. J Mascis of Dinosaur Jr. renown and his long time friend Dave Sweetapple were interested in forming a hard rock band. They found willing and able conspirators in Kyle Thomas and Asa Irons, members New England avant-folk outfit Feathers. On their eponymous debut album, this line-up mounts a mighty sonic tumult that harkens back to classic heavy metal sound of early 70's outfits while still sounding modern in it's assault...
at Annie's Social Club (9pm)

Punk meets psychodiscobetafunk when the ladies of Hot Tub descend upon Annies Social Club. Hottub is a rising star of the Bay Area music scene having opened up for M.I.A., and playing monster shows such as BFD and SFBG's Best of the Bay Party. MC's CoCo Machete, Loli Pop, and Ambr33zy create their "Superfriction" by grinding to the dirty disco beats laid down by Jay-Sonic, and Funky Finger Mark.
Friday, September 5, 2008
at Oracle Arena (7:30pm)

"Like a sculptor, Reznor knows to adapt, to make his rough edges smoother without sanding away the art. The single should stand out as an era-anthem: "Discipline" begins with Reznor coming in a measure early, then stopping, then correcting himself. This error is an admonition of the big-budget gloss-creation machines that Reznor has all but done away with. The rest of the song is top-notch, propulsive, catchy NIN dance-pop, every bit as significant as the comeback hits on With Teeth..."
at Mighty (10pm)

Presented by blasthaus and XLR8R. It's time to dance your shoes off as we bring you surely one of the most tantalizing double-bills this year. B-Pitch Control founder and dancefloor destroyer Ellen Allien along with Modeselektor, who combine IDM, glitch, electro and hip hop to create furious cut-up musical mayhem. This is going to be insane. (i.e. advance purchase highly suggested!) Support from Nikola and in the sideroom Lemonade and Bersa Disco keep it together.
at Temple Nightclub (10pm - 4am)

Rich Medina has made a life based on one choice that has transformed the listening experience of millions. DJ Rich Medina lives, breathes, and revels in sharing the type of music that make a listener remember his soul. It is this awareness of soul that brings listeners back time and again to hear Rich spin: heads nod, bodies sway, emotions expand and coalesce...
Saturday, September 6, 2008
at Exploratorium (10pm - 4am)

All wound up with nothing to do? Swing by the Exploratorium for the 2008 California State Yo-Yo Championships. Meet National and World Yo-Yo Champions, watch daredevil tricks, and learn basic techniques from yo-yo masters. This event is included in the price of admission to the Exploratorium...
at Golden Gate Park (Speedway Meadows) (11am - 5pm)

10th anniversary of famed musician, filmmaker and peace activist Michael Franti's free Power to the Peaceful Festival in Golden Gate Park. Begun in 1998, this music, arts and yoga festival, dedicated to educating on issues of social justice, non violence, coexistence and environmental sustainability, has become a San Franciscan staple...
at Delirium Cocktails (1pm)

Giving away free food is an obvious ploy to get weekend warriors to spend more money on booze, but who cares, right? That's why we all have jobs. Delirium, in the Mission, gives away free BBQ every Saturday and Sunday afternoon. Cheap beer too!
at Herbst Pavilion (9pm)
Featuring the Oakland Outlaws and the Richmond Wrecking Belles. Richmond will attempt to put an end to Oakland's undefeated season record. It is very likely the event will sell out before bout day, and only a very limited number will be available at the door...
at The Independent (9pm)
For lovers of Brazilian music, Brazilian Independence Day Party provides you with an evening that spans the breadth and diversity that only Brazil can offer. Giving you a taste of such diversity, Sambada, Bak Makumba and Sambamora Dance Company with Loco Bloco will be bringing the Afro-Brazilian funk so you can shake it in style.
at Anu (9pm)

With first-time sets from two of San Francisco's hardest-working drum & bass DJs. DJ SIK will be bringing in his amazing skills honed by years behind the desk of Santa Cruz's "Metallic Blurp" radio show. Expect the unexpected with Sik, as he has the ability to mix in a forgotten favorite or oldschool classic at a moment's notice...
at Underground Location (2am - dawn)

AfterAfterHours SF Meets CityDeep is happening again at an Underground SF Mission District Location. They will playing Deep Soulful House with sprinkles of Afro-Beat, Broken Beat, Bossa Nova, Disco, Techno, Soul, 80's R&B...
Sunday, September 7, 2008
at Ghirardelli Square (noon - 5pm)

Be decadent in your own sweet way at the 13th Annual Ghirardelli Square Chocolate Festival, a benefit for Project Open Hand. Indulge in chocolate treats, sip at the Wine & Chocolate Bar, and enjoy Chef Demonstrations and other family activities. This event is free and open to the public...
at San Francisco County Fair Building (Hall of Flowers) (noon - 7pm)

This is the party the entire Bay Area waits for. A full day of Brazilian music, dancers, capoeira, arts & crafts, and typical food from different parts of Brazil. Lots of activities for children: games, face painting, clowns, etc.
at Pier 23 Cafe (3pm)

A daytime chillout sure to cure any hangover, Grillin 'N' Chillin. Serving up beats & bbq all day long. Rock with us till the sun goes down with special giveaways and drink specials. Dont forget to come hungry. BBQ will be served all day.
at Nob Hill Masonic Auditorium Center (7:30pm)
"Sarah Silverman is a comedian, writer, singer, guitarist, and actress. Her satirical comedy addresses social taboos and controversial topics such as racism, sex, and religion. She often performs her act as a caricature of a Jewish-American princess, mocking bigotry and stereotypes of ethnic groups and religious denominations..."
Monday, September 8, 2008
at The Grand (8pm)
Mogwai are a British rock group from Glasgow, Scotland. Formed by Stuart Braithwaite and Dominic Aitchison in 1995, Mogwai has since become one of the most influential and best known names in post-rock.
at Great American Music Hall (9pm)
"Whereas any hope for the return of noisy pop seemed to have evaporated, B.R.M.C and their sharp-edged guitars suddenly come to revive the flame of noisy rock in the great tradition of The Jesus & Mary Chain and Velvet Underground..."
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