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 18 - Mon Sep 24, 2007 Tue   |   Wed   |   Thu   |   Fri   |   Sat   |   Sun   |   Mon   |   Features
Rejection can be difficult. It can make you want to crawl under the nearest rock and nurse your wounds for the next twenty years. Or it can empower you to persevere. Whether it be a rejection from a woman/man, a potential job or the loan officer at your bank, it's important to keep your perspective. It's a just bump in the road, not the end of the world. The best thing is to get into the game as quickly as possible and not hide away from the world. After all, acceptance is right around the corner.

Artists and performers know all about rejection. The 9th Annual APAture showcases over 100 emerging visual artists, musicians, writers, filmmakers, and performers who've triumphed. Nursing a passion for fashion? Put it to good use at Macy's annual Passport fashion show benefiting a variety of HIV/AIDS charities at Fort Mason Center. Then enter into a dreamy, inspirational landscape with French popthrobs Air at Bimbo's 365 Club on Thursday.

Let Arcade Fire hold you in their warm embrace. Snuggle into their musical bosom and let all your worries fade away at the Shoreline Amphitheatre this weekend. Don't forget to celebrate the true liberation and freedom that only two wheels can bring at the Bicycle Film Festival at the Victoria Theatre. And if you didn't get enough of Treasure Island last weekend, there's the International Dragon Boat Festival where everyone is a winner.

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Tuesday, Sep 18, 2007 See All Events
at Castro Theatre (see listing for times)
Ten classic and strange films play out this week in a tribute to the unique 70MM film format. Films include Patton, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Ghostbusters, Lifeforce, Brainstorm, Starman, Total Recall, Lord Jim, Lawrence of Arabia...
at Various Locations (see listing for times)
The largest and most dynamic arts festival showcasing emerging Asian Pacific American visual artists, musicians, writers, filmmakers, and performers returns to San Francisco's Mission District in September. Slated to take place September 18-29, 2007, Kearny Street Workshop (KSW)'s 9th annual APAture festival presents over 100 artists at eight venues in San Francisco's Mission District and Chinatown/Manilatown.
Wednesday, Sep 19, 2007 See All Events
at Herbst Pavilion (5:30pm)
Macy's & American Express team up for the annual fashion extravaganza to raise money for HIV/AIDS charities. The show features the best of Macy's & the latest fall looks from Calvin Klein, Marc Ecko, Levi's, Epic Threads, Via Spiga, MAC VIVA Glam & more. The finale of this 25th Anniversary event is a dazzling array of one-of-a-kind silver fashions...
at The Fillmore (8pm)
"'The Greatest' adds to Cat Power's singular sound all the elements that make an Al Green record great: Memphis horns, funky string arrangements, smooth background vocals. "Lived in Bars" is a hypnotic song that seems to start in the middle of the night and flow backward like water upstream to the source of a good time. Many songs hearken back to earlier in Cat Power's career, like the surface simplicity of "Willie" - much more complicated upon deeper listen...
at The Independent (8:30pm)
"He was given the name Pato by his stepfather after an owl in Jamaica that is said to be wise and stays up all night sayin 'Patoo Patoo'. In DJ circles the name 'Banton' referred to someone who was a heavy weight DJ and hence Pato was known as 'The Banton'"..
Thursday, Sep 20, 2007 See All Events
at The Marsh (8pm)
Television shows depict Whitman. Musicians allude to him. Schools and bridges are named after him. Truck stops, apartment complexes, parks, think tanks, summer camps, corporate centers and shopping malls bear his name. Yet he is a poet hidden in plain sight. Most of us read him in high school and placed him as the "good grey poet," not realizing the depth of his contribution, the profoundness of his message or the startling and erotic nature of his imagery.
at Bimbo's 3665 Club (9pm)
Air is a French music duo, consisting of Nicolas Godin and Jean-Benoit Dunckel. The name Air is an ackronym for Amour, Imagination, Reve which translates to Love, Imagination, Dream. Some have speculated that the name is a reference to Jean Michel Jarre's influential debut album, Oxygene.
at Bottom of the Hill (9pm)
"With a voice that sounds decades older than he is and full of emotional depth, William again delivers his unique signature style. While comparisons to the gravely voice of Tom Waits and the lyrical story telling of Johnny Cash fly throughout reviews of William's music, all agree that this Iowan is onto something more than just regenerating the music of the past."
at 222 Club (10pm)
Kontrol presents the long awaited return of TWERK (Force Inc., Cytrax, Context, Mille Plateaux : SF) plus Kontrol residents: Alland Byallo, Sammy D, Nikola Baytala.
Friday, Sep 21, 2007 See All Events
at Shoreline Amphitheatre (6pm)
"Win Butler, Régine Chassagne, Richard Parry, Tim Kingsbury, and Win's kid brother William Butler formed the Arcade Fire in summer 2003. The experimental indie rock quintet, which hails from Montreal, initially began when the elder Butler spotted Chassagne singing jazz standards at a local art exhibit at Concordia University in their hometown. From there, two became inseparable..."
at Aftermodern (6pm - 9pm)
Humphries' paintings explore the home as a site of memory, nostalgia, and anxiety. Incorporating the jarring and explicit nature of photographic composition, multiple views of the space combine to create a tension between what we know to be real and what is simply familiar. The shift from the familiar to the strange, the real to the surreal, suggests the alienation that can arise from the comforts of the home.
at PFA (see listing for times/days)
The cross-dressed actress captivated audiences throughout the first decades of the twentieth century. D. W. Griffith cast the adolescent Edna Foster as the recurring character "Little Billy" in a series of short films. Critics-charmed but fooled-praised the "naturalness" of the "boy actor." Stars like Mary Pickford and Katharine Hepburn built personas that incorporated a Fairbanksian athleticism, and continental imports Greta Garbo and Marlene Dietrich cultivated an androgynous sexuality.
at DNA Lounge (9pm - afterhours)
Burlesque! Comedy! Live music! Variety acts guaranteed to amaze! Now every 3rd Friday! With special swingin' musical guests The New Morty Show (featuring Vise Grip & Connie Champagne)...
at Mezzanine (10pm)
"Their record company decided to launch a competition for bedroom acts to remix the Simian track 'Never Be Alone'. A then unknown French production duo called Justice entered and, famously, didn't win (James blames this on the dodgy stereo they had to listen to the entries on). Nevertheless, the remix was picked up by DJs like Erol Alkan and became...
at Mighty (10pm)
Featuring "Claude VonStroke" from Dirty Bird Records. We also have the top artist from OM records, the man himself, Mark Farina. This legend does not need any hype, his name is known even outside house community. Sen-Sei and Andrew Phelan, are a live duo performance that is very crowd energizing...
Saturday, Sep 22, 2007 See All Events
at Victoria Theatre and Various Locations (see listing for times)
"The Bicycle Film Festival celebrates the bicycle. We are into all styles of bikes and biking. If you can name it-Tall Bike Jousting, Track Bikes, BMX, Alleycats, Critical Mass, Bike Polo, Cycling to Recumbents- we've probably either ridden or screened it. What better way to celebrate these lifestyles than through art, film, music and performance? We bring together all aspects of bicycling together to advocate its ability to transport us in many ways. Ultimately the Fest is about having a good time."
at The North Star Cafe (8pm)
Join the CrawlSF Team on September 22, 2007 for the Fifth Annual North Beach Bar Run. Over 1,000 people participated in last year's event which included 17 North Beach Bars and Restaurants. The event runs from 4PM to 8PM and starts at the NorthStar Cafe on Union and Powell.
at The Fillmore (8pm)
Medeski Scofield Martin & Wood first recorded together on Scofield's A Go Go (Verve 1998), a disc that has become a must-have classic. That project united jazz guitarist Scofield with the improvisational jazz trio Medeski Martin & Wood on material composed by Scofield and interpreted by all four musicians...
at Club Six Darkroom (9pm - 2am)
After having toured with Nitzer Ebb and opening for Kraftwerk, one of Mute Record's busiest and hottest new acts, Motor, brings their industrial/punk/electronica back to SF for this special night which also features performance by LA's Guns n Bombs.
at 111 Minna (9pm)
Breakout your members only jackets, jelly shoes, and rock the side ponytail...because the best of the best, totally raddest 80's dance party is coming your way. More
at Pink (10pm - 4am)
At the forefront of dance music's deeper realm stands Miguel Migs personifying the chilled-out, soul-driven vibe of the Naked Music concept. Combining the best of both the electronic music world, with live instrumentation to create an organic-soulful sound to his original productions and remixes.
Sunday, Sep 23, 2007 See All Events
at Treasure Island (10am - 5pm)
Join Kaiser Permanente for a weekend of world class dragon boat racing, spectacular cultural performances, and fun-filled activities for the whole family at the largest competitive dragon boat festival in the United States!
at 25th & Guerrero (noon - 6pm)
The mission indie-mart has quickly grown from an underground backyard shopping party into a popular monthly event featuring a tantalizing combination of shopping, music, and food. catering to the indulgence of the hip urbanite, this event showcases truly independent local designers and businesses...
at Theatre Rhinoceros (7pm)
Thirty years of comedy, sex, politics and fun onstage in a single evening. Theatre Rhinoceros: The First Thirty Years celebrates all the fun with a show of original songs and scenes from three decades of new theatre about the love that not only speaks but also shouts, sings and dances its name.
at Slim's (8pm)
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. Bad Brains are one of the definitive American punk groups who garner the same respect as the Sex Pistols, Black Flag, The Clash, and the Ramones...
at The Dirty Martini (9pm - 2am)
The Dirty Martini is celebrating their birthday this weekend. Join them Friday, Saturday and Sunday for special events and drink specials.
Monday, Sep 24, 2007 See All Events
at Cobb's Comedy Club (8pm)
Rex Navarrete, a local San Francisco comic, has gained a massive underground following over a decade in the business both live and on the internet with his now infamous "Maritess Vs. The Superfriends" animation. A beloved comic for much of the Filipino and Asian American audiences, he has enjoyed the successes of releasing three live comedy CDs and two live comedy DVDs...
at Bottom of the Hill (9pm)
The Bay Area debut of Maps! His sound brings to mind bands like Slowdive, Spiritualized, Board of Canada and since his album was produced by Valgeir Sigurdsson and Ken Thomas (Björk and Sigur Ros, repectively) you can hear a bit of that Icelandic touch on his songs.
Features   This Week's Articles See All Articles
Southern French Cuisine with an Italian Flair
By Nish_Nadaraja (Sep 13, 2007)
The corner of Sutter & Steiner seems to come with a restaurant curse. Before Cassis opened its doors in May, two other notable restaurants had tried to make their claim in the same space in recent years. Both Julia's and Winterland, despite critical acclaim, never quite attained the appropriate mix of gourmands and regulars to establish themselves in this Lower Pacific Heights neighborhood. But with Cassis, brothers Jerome and Stephane Meloni just might have hit on a winning formula.
Power with Numbers
By Matt Crawford (Sep 13, 2007)
With seven years under their belt, San Francisco's Numbers is on the road again promoting Now You Are This, the trio's fourth LP. Guitarist Dave Broekema gave SF Station an update on the tour and new album from the road near Niagara Falls.
SF Station Blows It Up
By Misha Vladimirskiy (Sep 13, 2007)
Jenny Lewis and the gang kicked off their tour at The Warfield last Thursday night with Johnathan Rice and the Grand Ole Party promoting their new album Under the Blacklight. Performing classic songs and new stuff that was more dance disco with a rock beat, they took the place down.
The First Great Film about the Iraq War
By Mel Valentin (Sep 13, 2007)
Over the last four years, documentaries about the war in Iraq War have never been in short supply, e.g. No End in Sight and Fahrenheit 9-11. Hollywood and independent filmmakers, however, have shied away from such depictions. No stranger to "social problem" or "social issue" films, writer/director Paul Haggis (Letters from Iwo Jima, Crash, Million Dollar Baby), felt compelled to bring his talents as a storyteller to In the Valley of Elah, a film centered on Iraq or, rather, the servicemen coming back from their tours in Iraq. This may just be the first, great film about the Iraq war.
An Invitation to a Celebration, Best Refused
By Rossiter Drake (Sep 13, 2007)
Julie Taymor's latest would be better suited to the stage than screen, where its lavishly choreographed song-and-dance numbers and elaborate sets would easily overshadow its unexceptional story and needless indulgences. We've all heard the one about the wild children of the 60s who rejected the stodgy conservatism of their parents' generation and embraced revolution -- at least for a time. Re-imagining that story as a musical set entirely to the music of the Beatles (and performed by the likes of Bono and Joe Cocker) is ambitious but, in the end, a noble failure.
A Call to Arms
By Rossiter Drake (Sep 13, 2007)
Rumors have been rampant that Neil Jordan's The Brave One will earn Jodie Foster her first Oscar nomination since 1994's Nell, and it is easy to understand why. As a New York-based talk-show host whose cozy world is shattered when a gang of thugs cracks her skull and murders her fiancé (Naveen Andrews) during an evening stroll in Central Park, her performance is effectively nuanced, a subtle but convincing mix of impotent terror, vengeful rage and, ultimately, remorse. It would represent a star-making turn for an actress with a lesser résumé; for Foster, it is merely a platform to show off her dramatic range.
A Flawed, if Compelling, Crime Drama
By Mel Valentin (Sep 13, 2007)
In four decades and more than twenty films, David Cronenberg's (The History of Violence, Crash, Naked Lunch, Dead Ringers, Scanners, The Brood) obsessions with body modification, identity, illness and mental instability, have led to the creation of a sub-genre: "body-horror", that has since become synonymous with Cronenberg's name. While the director has increasingly moved away from the horror genre, his obsessions have remained.
A Neutered Billy Bob Thornton Ain't Much Fun
By Mel Valentin (Sep 13, 2007)
Remember, way back when you were in elementary school or high school and forced to endure an hour every day of so-called physical education. If you were athletic, you pretty much got a free pass from the gym teacher who was often a coach in the big three: baseball, basketball or football. If you weren't athletic, chances are you quietly bided your time until the period was over and you could rush to your next class. Now imagine, years later, encountering the gym teacher who made you miserable. That's the premise driving Mr. Woodcock, the latest Billy Bob Thornton vehicle.
A Pretty Yet Hopelessly Imperfect Portrait
By Rossiter Drake (Sep 13, 2007)
John Malkovich has spent his career embracing roles as varied as they are intriguing and unusual. He almost never plays against type because, after convincingly reinventing himself so many times, there is no type. The roles he chooses defy any pattern. Even so, after playing a flamboyant fraud in 2005's Color Me Kubrick and Austrian painter Gustav Klimt in the latest offering from Chilean-born director Raúl Ruiz, Malkovich's affection for the offbeat has rarely been so apparent.
Making You Wish For Endless Winter
By Jilian Luh (Sep 13, 2007)
Spend your winters here and summers in the Southern hemisphere and you can ride the slopes all-year-round. Alright, so we may not all have the luxury of chasing snow, but we ARE very fortunate to have Mountain West, a cozy gem of a shop at the junction of Division and 10th. This independently owned and operated joint stocks just about anything and everything you might need on your next expedition to Tahoe or, say, the slopes in Chile, and it's never too early to start preparing.
Political Poetry at the Sacrifice of Art
By Jesse Nathan (Sep 13, 2007)
Sam Hamill's newest book, Measured By Stone, comes to us from a press devoted to political creative writing. Curbstone Press describes itself as "a publishing house dedicated to multicultural literature that reflects a commitment to social awareness and change," a place that publishes "creative writers whose work promotes human rights and intercultural understanding." It should not be surprising, therefore, that Hamill's book brims with barely contained -- sometimes outright angry -- political lyrics.
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