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Tue Sep 15 - Mon Sep 21
Go Urban Adventure
Amidst all the breakdowns this past week - Serena Williams losing it on the court, Kanye West losing his wits on stage at the VMAs, and Congressman Joe Wilson losing his mind on Capitol Hill - it's important to keep your cool. No matter how angry and frazzled you get, keep it Zen this week. Here are our picks to help you keep calm amidst life's chaos. Art has a way of putting things into perspective...APAture 2009, showcasing emerging Asian Pacific American artists, kicks off 10 days of amazing performances and art. Music can also soothe your soul and Citizen Cope definitely has the chops to do so; he plays Friday night at The Fillmore. If opera is more to your taste, take in Verdi's "Il Trovatore" like you have never done before at Opera at the Ballpark. And definitely no Lady Gaga, the UK's Little Boots will be taking her electro-pop sensations to The Independent on Saturday night. You could also bond with your friends and explore the city in the GO Urban Adventure Race, this is one scavenger hunt you won't forget! What? It is fall already? The always popular Autumn Moon Festival Street Fair takes over Chinatown this weekend with "over 200 art and crafts booths, food concessions, and nonstop street and stage entertainment." They say laughter is the best medicine. While it can be argued that the invention of penicillin is, indeed, the best medicine - a good laugh definitely goes a long way. Get your laugh on at Comedy Day at Sharon Meadow. And keep that smile on your face!
This week's articles



Speed Racer


Giveaways - Win Free Stuff!
Gogol Bordello
Thu Oct 15 at Fox Theater

Photo Gallery - are you in the scene
Power to the Peaceful Festival
at Speedway Meadow

Deep Blue with Mark Farina
at Mighty
at the XYZ Bar

The Chocolate Festival
at Ghirardelli Square
Chrome Shoe Launch Party
at Chrome

Dam Funk
at Poleng Lounge
Go Urban Adventure
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
at Slim's (8pm)

"The Brains are one of most powerful and unique bands in the world. They have been a huge influence on me," comments Adam Yauch (Beastie Boys). Considered by some to be the "holy grail" of punk rock, the Bad Brains iconic legacy is best defined by their energy, both live and in the studio...
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
at John Colins Lounge (5pm - 9pm)

Junior Achievement programs help prepare young people for the real world by showing them how to generate wealth and effectively manage it, how to create jobs which make their communities more robust, and how to apply entrepreneurial thinking to the workplace. Students put these lessons into action and learn the value of contributing to their communities...
at Bently Reserve (5:30pm)

Dress for Success promotes the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing professional attire, a network of support and the career development tools to help women thrive in work and in life...
Thursday, September 17, 2009
at Camp Mather Yosemite (all day)

5 Days of Art, Music, and Conscious Living. Camping, Swimming and Dancing Under the Sun and Stars of Yosemite with Les Claypool, Coco Rosie, Claude VonStroke, Amon Tobin, Bassnectar, Yard Dogs Road Show and more!
at XYZ (7pm)

W San Francisco and Missing Piece Productions have joined forces to present a monthly fashion & dining series at the chic and sustainable XYZ restaurant. Each event will feature a tableside fashion show of couture and urban artwear from local designers.
at Goforaloop Gallery (7pm)

Kearny Street Workshop, the nation's oldest Asian Pacific American multidisciplinary arts organization, presents APAture 2009: A Spotlight on Asian Pacific American Art, happening September 17-26 at venues all over San Francisco. This is your chance to see up-and-coming Asian American artists, musicians, writers, filmmakers, performers and more...
at Harry Denton's Starlight Room (9pm)

This month we are very excited to have Bruno Pronsato playing a very special Live set for you,and if thats not enough Claude VonStroke will be joining us again. He had so much fun at his birthday celebration with us, he wanted to come back for more. Both acts really respect each other and are as excited as we are for this night in the stars.
Go Urban Adventure
Friday, September 18, 2009
at The Fillmore (9pm)

Called "a modern day bluesman who paints a plaintive portrait of the human condition" by Rolling Stone Magazine, singer/songwriter Citizen Cope combines hip hop beats and blues/rock to create distinctive hits like "Let The Drummer Kick" and "Son's Gonna Rise." Often featured on HBO's "Entourage," Citizen Cope is currently touring the US on a solo acoustic tour...
at Bimbo's 365 (8pm)

Sea Wolf finds inspiration in the works of authors like John Steinbeck and Jack London for his music. His brand of folky, indie pop features accordion, tambourine, violins and stamping melodies. Church began performing as Sea Wolf with a rotating ensemble of backing musicians, playing locally in Los Angeles and recording demos in...
at Rickshaw Stop (6pm)

First ever US tour for this Toronto band w/ new album. "Timber Timbre recently got signed to ultra-hip local label Arts & Crafts, and seeing him perform live with his three-piece backing band leaves no doubt why. Starting with soft crooning and guitar, Kirk built his songs to gorgeous climaxes as horns, violin and lap steel were introduced at perfect moments..."
Saturday, September 19, 2009
at Ocean Beach (9am)

California Coastal Cleanup Day is the premier volunteer event focused on the marine environment in the country. In 2008, more than 70,000 volunteers worked together to collect more than 1,600,000 pounds of trash and recyclables from our beaches, lakes, and waterways. California Coastal Cleanup Day has been hailed by the Guinness Book of World Records as "the largest garbage collection"...
Starting Location - Fort Mason (10:30am)

Dwellers from all over the San Francisco area and beyond will come together for a technology based city-wide scavenger hunt, loaded with physical and mental challenges! The GO Urban Adventure Race is a fantastic way to explore a new city, or come across new parts of a familiar one!
at The North Star Cafe (4pm)

The biggest event of the year (over 1000 participants in 2008). The Fun all starts at 4PM at Northstar Cafe (Powell and Green)! We will be checking people in from 4PM to 6:30PM outside of the NorthStar Cafe. A limited number of t-shirts and jackets will be available.
at AT&T Park (6:30pm)

SF Opera and the San Francisco Giants invite you to Opera at the Ballpark, a free, live simulcast of Verdi's "Il Trovatore". Through state-of-the-art technology, the performance will be transmitted in high definition, live from the War Memorial Opera House stage to AT&T Park's 3200-square-foot scoreboard. Baseball fans and opera fans will experience this event with seating both on the field and in the stands...
at Sens Restaurant (8pm)

Socialista (n.) - A socially prominent person whose actions and opinions strongly influence the world of fame and fashion. Socialista will bestow a chic and sophisticated atmosphere in a city that is lacking an upscale monthly event at a posh venue which views spanning the ferry building and bay bridge...
at The Independent (9pm)

Little Boots formed in 2007 as a solo vehicle for Victoria Hesketh, the ex-lead singer/keyboardist of English dance-pop outfit Dead Disco. Hesketh's first single under the new pseudonym was "Stuck on Repeat," an infectious club hit produced by Hot Chip's Joe Goddard that arrived...
at Bottom of the Hill (10pm)

"New York's Amazing Baby formed in January 2008 and almost immediately began creating a buzz among fans and critics alike with a sound alternately compared to Marc Bolan and "a psychedelic Roxy Music." Influenced by musical friends MGMT and comprised of former members of Stylofone, Diamond Nights, Lions & Tigers, Nebula, and the Heavy Hands...
Sunday, September 20, 2009
at Serramonte Shopping Center Mall (10am)

The largest free Filipino festival in the Bay area. Every year, Daly City (home to the largest Filipino-American Community in the United States) hosts a festival that honors Filipino heritage and culture. The festival will feature such treats as authentic Filipino cuisine, local vendors displaying their art, and experience live entertainment.
at Chinatown Merchants Association (11am)

Chinatown's historic Grant Avenue will again be transformed into an Asian theme park with over 200 art and crafts booths, food concessions, and nonstop street and stage entertainment. This celebration will take place on Grant Avenue between California and Broadway...
at Marina Green (11am)

Since 1978, when the FDKF inspired Mayor George Moscone to first proclaim "Family Day" in San Francisco, to 2009 when we will host thousands of professional and amateur kite fliers, renewable energy advocates and sustainability enthusiasts from all over the world...
at Sharon Meadow (noon)

San Francisco's professional comedy community joins together each year to produce the five-hour show. The Punch Line, Cobb's Comedy Club, SF Sketchfest, Pepperbelly's, Rooster T. Feathers and Comedy Day each contribute their favorite comedians to produce a highly entertaining, five-hour set...
at HP Pavilion (7pm)

The 45-show tour, featuring special guest Metro Station, launches September 14, 2009 in Portland, OR and will play in several major cities...
at The Fillmore (8pm)

"Unlike a lot of today's rock sensations, The Gaslight Anthem aren't going to take a single second of their ride for granted. "We're not that young and we've already had our hands in the real world, working terrible jobs," Horowitz explains, adding that The Gaslight Anthem's line-up has never changed, and that there's a bond between all of them that's difficult to..."
at Paradise Lounge (10pm)

Bottin is from Venice Italy and has been flying under the radar for a while. Donuts & Honey Soundsystem are collaborating to bring him into the SF limelight! His tracks have a clear Italo influence, and he's actually Italian, which probably means he has more of a right or something. He has said that his influences come from both "cheap italian horror films, soft eroticas, as well as the pioneers of disco...
Monday, September 21, 2009
at The Fillmore (8pm)

"The Get Up Kids are an American indie rock band from Kansas City, Missouri. Formed in 1995, the band was a major player in the mid-90's emo scene, otherwise known as the "second wave" of emo music. As they gained prominence, they began touring with bands such as Green Day and Weezer before becoming headliners themselves, eventually embarking on international tours of Japan and Europe..."
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