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 Sep 4 - Mon Sep 10, 2007 Tue   |   Wed   |   Thu   |   Fri   |   Sat   |   Sun   |   Mon   |   Features
What is it about music that has such universal appeal? It crosses social, cultural and economic boundaries and speaks to you on a primal level. Lucky for us, the Bay Area has no shortage of shows and music festivals, so this week it's all about the music.

Spice things up tonight with Blues in the Night at Post Street Theatre. It's a blues and jazz concert and a musical all rolled into one! Then who knew that Bad Santa was also a rock star? Check out the man himself, Billy Bob Thornton, at Slim's tomorrow night. Another sure bet is L.A.'s own Rilo Kiley at The Warfield.

The Obama Pajama Brigade will be Ba-racking your world this Friday night with Soulful Voices in Support of Barack Obama at Dolores Park Café featuring London Street and Cleome. Another politically charged event, the 911 Power to the Peaceful Festival at Speedway Meadow, will be bringing it with Michael Franti and Spearhead, the Indigo Girls, DJ Spooky and many more. Then make sure to check out the San Francisco Electronic Music Festival at Project Artaud. And finally, on a non-musical note, have some laughs next Monday at the Get It?! Gameshow at the Punchline Comedy Club.

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Tuesday, Sep 4, 2007 See All Events
at The Warfield (8pm)
This show is Sold Out but Kings of Leon and BRMC will both be back soon for the upcoming Download Fest! ...their songs teem with primal emotions and rangy rhythms - noise sensed as sanctuary, friction felt as release, honesty jumped on for all it's worth because it's the only bankable road to salvation...
at Post Street Theatre (8pm)
The relationships between three delicious females and one lonely guy, their interweaving stories told through the music of Benny Goodman, Bessie Smith, Duke Ellington and other blues and jazz legends of the 1920s and 30s...
Wednesday, Sep 5, 2007 See All Events
at Orpheum Theatre (2pm, 8pm)
Writer Catherine Johnson's sunny, funny tale unfolds on a Greek island paradise. On the eve of her wedding, a daughter's quest to discover the identity of her father brings 3 men from her mother's past back to the island they last visited 20 years ago...
at Slim's (8pm)
Billy Bob Thornton traces his music career back to learning drums at the tender age of nine years old. After performing throughout high-school, Thornton went on to play in several groups, most notably a ZZ Top tribute band, Tres Hombres, building a strong following opening for such legendary performers as Humble Pie, the MC5, Hank Williams Jr., Ted Nugent, the Earl Scruggs Review, and many others...
at Edinburgh Castle (10pm)
Jeffrey Sfire's introduction to the underground dance scene and illegal warehouse parties of Detroit occurred at the age of 15. This escape from suburban high society led him to some of the city's most talented DJs and musicians, who soon exposed him to a new culture of creative riches...
Thursday, Sep 06, 2007 See All Events
at 1015 (5pm - 10pm)
Gear up for Fall and join Sassy City Chicks for a fabulous night of shopping, cocktails and DJ-spun music. Sip a glass of champagne and enjoy up to 80% off retail prices on designer brand-name jeans, clothing, jewelry, handbags, and more...
at Asian Art Museum (5pm - 9pm)
Discover tea and its many traditions from East and South Asia. Concoct matcha (powdered green tea) with local tea school Urasenke, observe demonstrations by tea masters, sip samples, and learn more about Chinese yixing pottery and Japanese tea ceremonies...
at Frey Norris Gallery (6pm - 9pm)
"Stories For Bad Children" is a collection of paintings that constitutes an orgiastic explosion of child-like disorientation and panic. If read in varying sequence, the paintings seem to constitute a traditional linear narrative, while read alone they are confusing, beautiful and grotesque, reflecting what adults might consider fantastical non-sequiturs and toddlers might call (if they could) simply "perception."
at Gallery Nineteen Eighty Eight (7pm - 10pm)
"Salad Days" features the work of Mark Bodnar (Los Angeles, CA), Jesse LeDoux (Providence, RI) and Nathan Stapley (San Francisco, CA). "Salad Days" recall one's youth, particularly when referring to idealism, enthusiasm, and innocence. All three artists featured in this show possess a youthful quality, either through their subject matter or through their artistic style...
at The Warfield (8pm)
Rilo Kiley's audiences have a strong tendency to fall in love on the spot. Perhaps it's their beaming faces or laid-back, admirable West Coast attitudes. Or maybe it's just their uncanny knack for designing nuanced pop songs and performing them with flair. Maybe it's lead singers Jenny Lewis and Blake Sennet's adorable onstage banter and scissors-sharp wit...
Friday, Sep 7, 2007 See All Events
at Aftermodern (6pm - 9pm)
By the end of the 1990s, Sasha and John Digweed had become two of the most recognized DJs in the world. A widespread interest in a style of up-tempo electronic music laden in synth melodies and pumping beats known as trance (or less frequently as progressive trance) propelled the British DJs to worldwide fame along with peers such as Paul Van Dyk and Paul Oakenfold. As trance began to hit its peak, both DJs began to diversify...
at Silverman Gallery (7pm - 10pm)
"No self-respecting art community is ever complete without a small, informal gallery run by the artists themselves and dedicated to emerging talents and experimental ideas. These galleries seldom last forever but the idea behind them never dies. Many of the things they display are half baked and scarcely survive their initial exposure...
at Dolores Park Cafe (7:30pm - 10:30pm)
The Obama Pajama Brigade presents A Celebration of Barack Obama's Historic Candidacy. Featuring the music of London Street: "Their fierce and inspiring original songs draw their influences from Seventies R&B and Funk, and are able to lift the spirits of any audience. The power of music has joined the creative zeal of these three ladies for an expressive look at life through lyric and melody."...
at Palace of Fine Arts (8pm)
"We released Devendra's recordings because we'd never heard anything quite like him, ever. His voice - a quivering high-tension wire, sounded like it could have been recorded 70 years ago - these songs could have been sitting in someone's attic, left there since the 1930's. The response was astounding." - Young God Records
at War Memorial Opera House (7pm)
The definitive Delilah of our day, Olga Borodina has been praised by Allan Ulrich in the San Francisco Chronicle for her "gloriously voluptuous singing." The Russian mezzo-soprano reprises her seductive 2001 performance as the tantalizing temptress in an eagerly awaited revival of Saint-Saëns' biblical epic.
at 1015 (9pm - 6am)
Main room - Breaks- midtempo glitch - electro featuring Si Begg, Freq Nasty, Ghislain Poirier, Bassnectar, An-ten-nae, Dov and more!
at Club Six (9pm)
De La Soul made rap history as the first group to go against the hip-hop grain of macho braggadocio, hectoring social comment, and mammoth beats, all while winning respect and acclaim from inside and outside of the hip-hop community...
Saturday, Sep 8, 2007 See All Events
at Exploratorium (10am - 4pm)
All wound up with nothing to do? Swing by the Exploratorium on September 8th, beginning at 10am, for the 2007 California State Yo-Yo Championships. Meet National and World Yo-Yo Champions. See and learn amazing tricks, like "Atom Smasher," "Boingy Boingy," and "Walk the Dog."... More
at Speadway Meadow (11am - 5pm)
Renowned and outspoken musician and filmmaker Michael Franti and his group Spearhead - along with Guerrilla Management - present the 9th Annual "911 Power to the Peaceful Festival" at Speedway Meadow in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park. The free music and arts festival is dedicated to social justice, non violence, coexistence and environmental sustainability and aimed to educate, enrage, enlighten and inspire...
at The Warfield (8:30pm)
"Paul Oakenfold is one of the most famous DJs ever to come out of the United Kingdom. Not only does Paul Oakenfold produce records, but he also mixes them. In 1987 he spent several months in Ibiza with a few friends and fell in love with dance club music. Oakenfold produced "Happy Mondays' Pills 'n' Thrills and Bellyaches" before producing for U2, Massive Attack, Simply Red and New Order (to name a few), many of which were released on his label Perfecto Records."...
at Exit Theatre (see schedule for times)
The 12-day San Francisco Fringe Festival is an open, non-juried, uncensored international theatre festival that draws theatre companies and individual performers from the Bay Area, around the U.S., and across the world...
at Sugar Cafe (10pm - 2am)
Come in your best 80's/90's outfit and party for a cure! All proceeds will go to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Contests for the best 80's hair, best 80's outfit, best moonwalk. Music Mix By: DJ leethalmix...
Sunday, Sep 9, 2007 See All Events
at Empire Plush Room (2pm, 7pm)
Judy Butterfield, the seventeen year old San Francisco sensation, will debut her new show, "How Long Has This Been Going On?" at the Empire Plush Room, back where she began. Following up the success of her first cabaret show, "Judy Sings Judy: Songs of a Young Garland," Miss Butterfield will examine classic love songs from "The Great American Songbook", past and present, from the youthful perspective of a contemporary girl living in the modern world...
at Project Artaud (7:30pm)
The 2007 San Francisco Electronic Music Festival consists of five evenings of electrifying performances by internationally recognized composers 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...
at Mezzanine (8pm)
The three original members reunited in 2005 to commensurate the band's reissue releases and embarked on a nation-wide tour. In May they released their first album in 19 years, Beyond. The guys still hold-up to their reputation for being one of the loudest live bands in rock. Seattle's melodic post-punk trio Band of Horses joins the bill in support of their debut release Everything All the Time on Subpop.
Monday, Sep 10, 2007 See All Events
at Punch Line Comedy Club (8pm)
The Punch Line's very own gameshow where the audience are the contestants! Willing participants answer questions based ont eh acts of three comedians and win prizes!
at Bottom of the Hill (9pm)
"The concept, in two words is "trip music". I have listened to all sorts of trippy psychedelic records, but I was never fully satisfied with them. So I began to want to create a really extreme trip music. It was also a great chance for me to try out all sorts of things in the studio, and so that first album is basically a solo record. I edited and overdubbed all these tapes of jam sessions we'd done, and ended up with something that is like musique concrete. " - Kawabata Makoto of AMG
Features   This Week's Articles See All Articles
New Peruvian Adds a Little South American Flair to Hayes Valley
By Gloria Tai (Aug 31, 2007)
When in the Hayes Valley neighborhood and craving something brasserie-ish, I always think of Absinthe. For something casual and perfect with a lager, my go-to is Suppenkuche. While these two mainstays and other delightful Euro-centric restaurants play nicely into the prime Hayes Street scene, newcomer Essencia is a welcome addition.
Indie Rockers Return for Treasure Island Music Fest
By Matt Crawford (Aug 31, 2007)
Less than a month after an intimate gig with a string section at Café Du Nord to celebrate the release of Mentor Tormentor, Earlimart return to San Francisco for the second day of the Treasure Island Music festival, a two-day musical extravaganza featuring Modest Mouse, Thievery Corporation, DJ Shadow and Cut Chemist, and Built to Spill, among others. Founding member Aaron Espinoza -- Ariana Murray is the only other original band member -- spoke with SF Station before a gig in New York.
SF Station Blows It Up
By Misha Vladimirskiy (Aug 31, 2007)
Slayer returned to the Bay on a co-headlining tour with Marilyn Manson last Thursday night and in true metal fashion rocked out. They performed songs from their current album Christ Illusion, and from the first note out the crowd went nuts. I could see that Tom Araya and the boys were feeding off the crowd and playing harder and harder with every song.
Enter the Randy
By Mel Valentin (Aug 31, 2007)
What can you say about a film that spoofs Bruce Lee's martial arts classic, Enter the Dragon, segues into a spoof of The Karate Kid and is centered on the unsanctioned, underground world of extreme table tennis (a.k.a. ping-pong)? Well, for one, you can say that it's almost as consistently hilarious as the television commercials suggest.
Zombie Presents Passable Remake
By Rossiter Drake (Aug 31, 2007)
Give Rob Zombie some credit. Asked to do the unthinkable -- remake one of the most influential horror films in history, one of the few that has stood the test of time -- and he has done so, in a way that is mostly unique and still shocking. John Carpenter, director of the original Halloween, may have raised the bar to daunting heights, yet Zombie offers a broader but compelling take on the mythology that has made Michael Myers one of the creepiest villains in cinematic history.
A Latin Riff on Ocean's 11
By Mel Valentin (Aug 31, 2007)
A Spanish-language feature made in the United States for Latino-American moviegoers and, to a lesser extent, aficionados of foreign films, Ladron que roba a ladron (roughly translated as "thief who steals from a thief"), is a surprisingly entertaining, if no less formulaic riff on the heist genre. Think of Ladron que roba a ladron as a Latin-American Ocean's 11 on a modest budget.
Reinventing the Brazilian Bikini Wax...Sort of
By Nirmala_Nataraj (Aug 31, 2007)
There's certainly something to be said for San Francisco's au naturel beauty philosophy -- a lenient stance which pretty much dictates that bedhead is sexy and pancake makeup is soooo 1999. All the same, no matter what the purveyors of unfeigned sex appeal tell you, the old adage that "pain is gain" resounds with more than a modicum of truth. After all, in bikini weather, looking good has its price.
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