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 11 - Mon Sep 17, 2007 Tue   |   Wed   |   Thu   |   Fri   |   Sat   |   Sun   |   Mon   |   Features
It seems frivolous to talk about music and food and dancing and art and all the other things that make life so vibrant and enjoyable on a day like this. Today is 9/11 and, no matter what, one can't seem to shake the terrible images that date conjures. It represents death and destruction and corruption and injustice. It's difficult to be carefree when there's a war going on and so many are dying. But 9/11 also represents heroism and humanity and sacrifice. Tragedy can bring out the very best in people and make you appreciate how fragile and special life can be. It teaches you that every day needs to be seized and savored. So, do your best to respect that notion and pay homage to life.

You can start by heading to the Palace of the Fine Arts for The Talking Music Series with Ben Gibbard (best known as the lead singer of Death Cab for Cutie and The Postal Service) who'll be chatting and performing some songs with Mr. Lemony Snicket Daniel Handler. There's also the 32nd Annual San Francisco International Comedy Competition at the Purple Onion. If you don't laugh, you'll cry. And when was the last time you went to see a dance performance? And the scene at The Endup at 4am or that bachelor's party at the Gold Club doesn't count. Check out Todd Courage: The Trap at ODC this weekend.

And what is life without food? TasteTV brings you Dining in the Dark at Fort Mason Center where a sumptuous three-course meal will be served and then eaten completely in the dark. You may need to work off some of those calories the next day at the Polk Village Street Fair. There'll be music, there'll be art, there'll be beer, there'll be good times. Another great outdoor tradition Film Night in the Park concludes their summer season with the indelible Rebel without a Cause in Union Square. And what could be one of the biggest concerts of the year, the Treasure Island Music Festival, takes over the bay for two days of music mayhem. Saturday's line-up offers up dance-y and electronic-y tunes while Sunday brings it indie rock style. After this weekend, you're going to need all next week to recover!

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Tuesday, Sep 11, 2007 See All Events
at El Rio (6pm)
MadCat is a highly acclaimed festival that exhibits independent and experimental films and videos directed by women from around the globe. The Festival emphasizes work that is inventive and visionary. MadCat takes place each September in the Bay Area.
at Palace of Fine Arts (8pm)
Talking Music will kick-off on Tuesday, September 11th, with a special evening with musician Ben Gibbard at the Palace of Fine Arts. He will be in conversation with author Daniel Handler and the two will also perform songs...
Wednesday, Sep 12, 2007 See All Events
at Great American Music Hall (8pm)
Wolf Parade is the genuine article. They were brought to our attention by Modest Mouse's Isaac Brock (whose interest dates back to Dan's previous band, Atlas Strategic). In fact, Isaac, along with engineer Chris Chandler, recorded much of Apologies to the Queen Mary at Audible Alchemy in Portland, OR...
at Lobot Gallery (8:30pm)
There hasn't been an all female hip-hop crew like Yo Majesty since Salt-N-Peppa sang "Ah,Push It." Making waves at last year's South By Southwest for there raw and racey hip-hop electrofunk licks.These girls are sure to give Chicago rappers Cool Kids a run for there money...
at Purple Onion (9pm)
Hundreds of comedians audition each year to compete in the Annual San Francisco International Stand Up Comedy Competition. Only thirty are chosen. In 1976, the first year of the Comedy Competition, Robin Williams came in 2nd. That same year, Bob Sarlatte, the On-Field Master of Ceremonies for the San Francisco 49ers at 3Com Park, finished 3rd...
at Mezzanine (9pm)
There hasn't been an all female hip-hop crew like Yo Majesty since Salt-N-Peppa sang "Ah,Push It." Making waves at last year's South By Southwest for there raw and racey hip-hop electrofunk licks.These girls are sure to give Chicago rappers Cool Kids a run for there money...
Thursday, Sep 13, 2007 See All Events
at Bottom of the Hill (9pm)
Bonfire Madigan play baroque-folk punk grounded on frontwoman Madigan Shive's soaring lullaby vocals and virtuoso cello skills. Shive, a master of tone and mood, crafts songs with raw, emotional melodies and powerful, unexpected dynamics...
at ODC Theater (8pm)
The Trap was created from a collaboration between architects, spatial design experts, lighting specialists and dance artists. Chalk, ribbon, string and light create ever-changing rooms that morph in height, width, lightness, and darkness. Within these rooms the dance artists tell stories of the human struggle to conform, and to live with compromise...
at Madrone Lounge (9pm - 2am)
Bass-laden electro/booty/dirty south dance mayhem with DJ Swayzee & DJ Lazer Sword, rotating resident Shezilla plus special guests...
Friday, Sep 14, 2007 See All Events
at Black Oak Ranch (7:30am - midnight)
3 day camp Out celebration for world peace and unity, set amidst beautiful old growth oak trees, uniting Jamband, World, Conscious Hip Hop, Electronica, Reggae and Folk. Over 70 acts on 5 stages including: Zap Mama, Ozomatli, Les Nubians, Medeski, Scofield, Martin and Wood and more!
at Fort Mason Center (7:30pm)
Enter into another realm of dining, where your senses expand & the focus is on the food, the taste, the sound, the company & more - because you dine completely in the dark. Diners enjoy a three-course meal paired w/wine & beverages, savoring every bite because the tastes are richer by the removal of sight.
at Cobbs Comedy Club (8pm & 10:15pm)
Born in Glasgow, Scotland, Craig Ferguson got his start in the entertainment industry as a drummer for some of the worst punk bands in the U.K. Ferguson soon discovered he had a knack for comedy and was soon the star of his own BBC television show, "The Ferguson Theory." After several stints on the English comedy circuit, Ferguson brought his act to America in 1995...
at Rx Gallery (9pm - 2am)
Based in Brooklyn, Nick Catchdubs has been dropping his signature club sets (hip hop, dancehall, electro, rock and more) all across the country for the past three years, expertly mixing different genres of music like they were made to be played together, rocking any kind of party you could think of...
at YBCA (9pm)
Known for their quirky humor, stylized theatrics and nuanced physicality, KASSYS zeroes in on tiny details of human behavior to say big things about the human condition. This piece will stick with you long after you leave the theater. "With a subtle style and an absurd touch, Kassys makes the everyday extraordinary." - De Volkstrant
at 1015 (10pm)
LA's Legacy Entertainment joins together with 1015 for the launch of DualCore, which features to of the worlds hottest headliners under one roof on the same night. For this installment we bring you Max Graham on Rebrand launch tour, and George Acosta for His state of mind release party.
Saturday, Sep 15, 2007 See All Events
on Polk Street between Pine & Post (noon - 7pm)
The first ever Polk Village Street Fair hits the neighborhood - With live performances, beer gardens, art, food and spectacular good times! 2 stages of great music, many different food booths, 2 beer tents, artwork by local and international artists and much much more! Featuring Mauricio V & Jessie Martinez, David Harness, Trevor Simpson, OD vs YBD, Landshark, Anthony Mansfield, The 40 Thieves, Andre Lucero, The Worker & Christian Schmidt, Claude Van Stroke & Worthy...
at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Theater (2pm & 7pm)
This year Grandmaster Seiichi Tanaka, San Francisco Taiko Dojo, special guest artists including Enie Reyes World Martial Arts and drum masters from Japan will thrill audiences with their memorable performances of traditional and contemporary rhythms, dance and martial arts.
at Union Square (8pm)
Films are presented free of charge on a giant outdoor screen in beautiful park settings. Attendees are encouraged to picnic before screenings and are discouraged from bringing chairs... More
at Recombinant Media Labs (8pm, 11pm)
This series will feature documented, exclusive, rare, real time presentations by international artists in residence who will demonstrate their special project prototypes to independent patrons who wish to subscribe and witness first hand & up close these uniquely engaging exhibitions, seminars, and intimate 'testbed' style dress rehearsals.
at Mighty (10pm - 4am)
A Treasure Island Music Festival Night Show. A late-night affair you don't want to miss with talent still being confirmed. Confirmed acts: Ursula 1000 (NYC) & Nickodemus (Turntables on the Hudson, NYC)...
Sunday, Sep 16, 2007 See All Events
at Medjool (11am - 4pm)
D.A.I. Events (Designers, Artists, Innovators) presents Design Utopia, a shopping event and benefit featuring over 20 talented Bay Area designers and artists selling the latest trends in clothing, jewelry, handbags, accessories, gourmet treats and art. Shoppers will enjoy music...
at Treasure Island (noon)
Noise Pop and Another Planet Entertainment are thrilled to announce the inaugural Treasure Island Music Festival, a two-day celebration that will feature a stellar line up of internationally renowned artists. Saturday, September 15th focuses on electronic and dance oriented acts with an eclectic bill. Sunday September 16th features the best and brightest in indie rock.
at The Marsh (8pm)
A new dance work co-presented by The Marsh and ODC. The piece responds to the absence of truth in American political culture. By investigating how the human body responds to lies told over and over at the level of national policy, the performance explores the bending of democracy that currently surrounds us and how that resonates kinesthetically in the bodies of its citizens.
at Slide (9pm - 2am)
Recharge yourself before the work week at Dimanche - new Sunday night weeklies brought to you by Slide and Frenchy le Freak. Designed specifically with industry professionals in mind, Dimanche offers all the fun elements of a weekend night out in a more relaxed setting...
Monday, Sep 17, 2007 See All Events
at Slim's (7:30pm)
Considered by many to be the ultimate in death metal bands, Cannibal Corpse has been slaying audiences around the world for over a decade. Don't miss this amazing 2 night mayhem-filled run.
at The Fillmore (8pm)
"Animal Collective (Strawberry Jam) takes up where they left off with 2005's Feels, continuing with more traditional rock instrumentation (underlying a wealth of bizarre noises, rhythmic loops, and effects, naturally). The songs were written in a live setting (and polished on tours), and certainly convey that energy. They also convey the madcap experimentation that is the band's hallmark..."
Features   This Week's Articles See All Articles
A South Bay Culinary Destination
By Amy Sherman (Sep 06, 2007)
Critics and food bloggers alike consistently choose peninsula restaurant Manresa as one of their favorites, and yet we couldn't help but a notice a relatively recent spate of negative diner reviews on the web. Was Manresa off its game? Were diners simply expecting too much? Was it too avant-garde? We decided to take matters into our own hands and find out.
Whistle While You Write
By Matt Crawford (Sep 06, 2007)
Peter, Björn and John have a legitimate summer anthem on their hands. "Young Folks", and its infections whistling hook, is all over the radio, the internet, and even network sitcom commercials. Kanye West thinks it's fly, too. He made a remix of the song and joined PB&J briefly during a gig in Europe. If you haven't heard enough of it yet the Swedish trio will be serving it up live in San Francisco again on September 18th at the Warfield. Peter Morén (vocals/guitar) spoke with SF Station during a phone interview from a recording studio in Stockholm, Sweden.
SF Station Blows It Up
By Misha Vladimirskiy (Sep 06, 2007)
Popscene does it again with the first ever live appearance by Blaqk Audio. The brainchild of AFI's Davey Havok and Jade Puget rocked 330 Ritch last Thursday night. Kids flew in from all over the US and camped outside of the tiny venue for hours just to be in the front row, being in the front myself they got their money's worth. The boys performed music from their debut album CexCells out now.
Released on Kill Rock Stars, 8/21/07
By Lynne Angel (Sep 06, 2007)
Here in San Francisco we like our art rock-y and our rock arty. There is none of this straight shooting standardized expressionism that may come out of a place like, say, Los Angeles. I'm not saying that straight shooting standardized expressionism is bad, boring or brittle. I thrive on routine just like the millions of other people addicted to Bravo TV and popcorn during a movie. What I am saying is I love this fair city for the unique spin it imposes upon just about every and any thing it can get its grimy paws on.
Released on Virgin Records, 8/28/07
By Matt Forsman (Sep 06, 2007)
A few years ago I had the good fortune to catch Ben Harper performing live at the Warfield in San Francisco. While I had heard great things about Ben, I had never listened to one of his albums or heard him perform live. His live performance was unquestionably one of the best I have ever experienced and the breadth and depth of his talent was readily apparent. Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminal's latest album, Lifeline is a powerful re-affirmation of Harper and the Innocent Criminal's talents.
Released on Putumayo Records, 8/28/07
By J. Poet (Sep 06, 2007)
Putumayo has made a fortune introducing world music to the masses, via an alternative distribution network that includes indie bookstores, upscale boutiques and new age hangouts as well as traditional brick and mortar stores. They tend to pack their best selling compilations with tunes that are easy to digest, but their success has probably led their customers to explore other less mainstream world music sounds.
A Compelling, if Flawed, Western
By Mel Valentin (Sep 06, 2007)
Despite the sporadic, often misguided efforts by Hollywood to revitalize the Western genre, the Western has all but disappeared from multiplexes over the last fifteen years. From the sixties onwards, fewer and fewer westerns were made and those that fit squarely into the "revisionist" mold, were increasingly violent, skeptical and cynical about the nation's foundational myths.
Lowbrow Fraternal Follies
By Rossiter Drake (Sep 06, 2007)
The pairing of Will Arnett, star of the devilishly subversive "Arrested Development", and Bob Odenkirk, co-creator of the tragically underappreciated "Mr. Show", has already yielded one underwhelming comedy, last year's Let's Go to Prison. Now comes The Brothers Solomon, a slight upgrade in which Arnett and "Saturday Night Live" alum Will Forte embark on a desperate quest to produce a grandchild for their ailing father.
Once Again, the Carrot is Cool
By Matt Forsman (Sep 06, 2007)
We first got a taste of Clive Owen as an action star in the acclaimed Sin City. While not the primary focus of this film, Owen owned the screen with his undeniably gruff, masculine presence. No wonder Owen was rumored to be the next James Bond. While Daniel Craig was great in Casino Royale last year, it's hard not to wonder what Owen could do as Bond after watching him kick (and shoot) a multitude of asses in Shoot Em' Up.
Love and War
By Stefan Gruenwedel (Sep 06, 2007)
Setting a gay love affair amid the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is just one of several riveting aspects of The Bubble, a heartfelt relationship and political drama from director Eytan Fox. He is no stranger to controversy. In 2002 his film Yossi & Jagger depicted the hazards of love between two male soldiers stationed in an Israeli outpost on the Lebanese border. Now The Bubble widens his scope to explore the dangerous love affair between a Jew and an Arab in Israel.
The Toughest Job You'll Ever Love (maybe)
By Anhoni Patel (Sep 06, 2007)
The first of day school as a student fresh off of summer vacation is always a bit harrowing. The first day of school for a teacher is much, much worse. Especially for those teachers portrayed in first-time director Mike Akel's mockumentary Chalk. If the kids aren't stealing chalk or getting into fights then the teachers and administration are completely exasperated.
Luxurious Haircraft
By Jilian Luh (Sep 06, 2007)
I have long looked forward to haircuts with childish glee and anticipation. However, it wasn't until I converted to Mr. Pinkwhistle that I began to look forward to my cut and color appointments as a lavish, pampering visit in a luxurious, superbly designed space. Named after the storybook character Mr. Pink-whistle of English children's writer Enid Blyton's creation, this Nob Hill salon draws a varied clientele who have at least one thing in common: the desire to keep their style fresh and impeccable, and to enjoy the experience of getting there.
Musical Theater That Revels in Horror, and Humor
By Chrissy Loader (Sep 06, 2007)
There's no doubt, a growing sub-culture has emerged of musical theater fans who want to see complex orchestration, comedic flair, and macabre songs about the business endeavors of a butcher barber and pie maker working in cahoots. For them, "Sweeney Todd" is the pinnacle of all such productions, turning musical expectations of sweet love stories and comedic song and dance into the reality of a tale centered on the barbaric transgressions of the infamous "Demon Barber of Fleet Street" -- Sweeney Todd.
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