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Tue Oct 6 - Mon Oct 12
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If you hear the distinctive boom of fighter jets flying around SF this week, fear not. It's not an air strike or a bad remake of Top Gun - it's the Blue Angels. Welcome to Fleet Week. The Bay will be filled with ships and the bars will be filled with military men and women. While some of you love this event, others can't wait until it's over. Either way, this week don't lose that loving feeling...Keep your spirits up at the Shuck & Swallow Challenge in which teams will be competing to see who can shuck and eat as many oysters in ten minutes as possible. Yum (or yuck?). On Wednesday Mustache Cinema presents a George Kuchar Triple Threat at El Rio where much costumed campy-ness will ensue. If you want to take in even more cinematic masterpieces, the Mill Valley Film Festival opens this week with the much-talked about film Precious. And starting Thursday there will be events happening all around town for Fleet Week, so keep your eyes posted to the sky and the water and enjoy the show! This weekend Alameda will be hosting the Estria Invitational Graffiti Battle in which twenty-four of the nation's most talented graffiti artists will compete in a live painting battle. Also on Saturday, Mission Rock Café presents the first annual Southern Fried Chicken Festival where music meets soul food, including lots and lots of fried chicken. The Union Design Festival sets up shop in Hayes Valley on Sunday featuring 150 local designers and, after you've had your fill of shopping, Bob Dylan will be strumming up a storm at the Greek Theatre.
This week's articles



Speed Racer

The Fetching Veggie Etchings


Giveaways - Win Free Stuff!
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Photo Gallery - are you in the scene
at Cvic Center Plaza

Steed Lord
at 330 Ritch
Opening Night

Crown City Rockers
at The Independent
Damn Gina
at The Ambassador

Nocturnal Festival
at The Independent
NightLife at the Academy
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
at McCormick & Kuleto's (5pm)

The oyster competition involves approximately a dozen teams, each consisting of two members from various Bay Area restaurants, competing to shuck and eat as many oysters as possible in 10 minutes. The current record is just under 200...
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
at El Rio (7pm)

This October, Mustache honors the outrageous films of George Kuchar by screening his underground 60s trilogy: Hold Me While I'm Naked (1966), Eclipse Of The Sun Virgin (1967), and Knocturne (1968). Don't miss this 16mm event filled with campy melodramas, overbearing mother figures...
at Swedish American Hall (8pm)

Bloody-nose rocker turned motivational speaker and TV personality performs on solo piano with the Calder Quartet, a contemporary classical ensemble described as, "quite possibly the finest - and definitely the most adventurous - American chamber ensemble"...
at The Booksmith (7:30pm)

Renowned journalist Ben Fong-Torres draws on his personal knowledge of the San Francisco music scene in a rich text that conveys the Grateful Dead's story in a fresh way, centering each chapter on a pivotal song that encapsulates a certain era of the group's songwriting, performance, and community.
at The Independent (9pm)

Upon listening to the new double album by Lotus, one might conclude that in a time of meshing electronic music with conventional instruments no one is more on it then they are. Feather on Wood/Oil on Glass drops on October 6 and stretches this fresh jam, dance, trance, space outfit to another realm. They are best experienced live...
Thursday, October 8, 2009
at various locations (see listing for times)

A celebration of the best in independent and world cinema, MVFF brings together a community of filmmakers and film lovers to Mill Valley, San Rafael and beyond to experience great new films in the beautiful environment of San Francisco's Bay Area. With its reputation as a filmmakers' festival...
at Candystore Collective (6pm)

Guests will be able to purchase items from the entire Fall line, as well as preview and special order items from Holiday '09 and Spring '10. In addition, we will see an exclusive first look of the new Dear Creatures Men's Collection from designer Rob Sinclair, formerly of the label Brown Sound...
NightLife at the Academy
Friday, October 9, 2009
at Fisherman's Wharf (see listing for times)

Inaugurated in 1981, this popular annual event brings together U.S. Navy, Marines Corps and Coast Guard forces for a week-long celebration in the water and skies -- highlighted by a two-day air show over the weekend. The weekend lineup will also include the U.S. F-16 Viper West...
at Mars Bar (5pm - 2am)

Mars Bar is celebrating 5 years this October with a special Friday Happy Hour that continues on til 2am. Drink Specials, $5 happy hour food menu. DJs starting up at 5pm including Russel Vargas, Johnny Collective, Mario Dubbz and special guest...
Saturday, October 10, 2009
at deFremery Park (11am - 5pm)

24 of the United States' most talented and revered Graffiti Artists in live painting battle. Artists are determined and selected by Estria, a Bay Area Graffiti Legend. This year, for the first time, winners from the Harlem, Honolulu and Chicago Battles will be flown to Oakland to compete in the finals!
at Mission Rock Café (3pm - 2am)

Mission Rock Cafe host the first annual Southern Fried Chicken Festival. Presenting great music from the Meters Experience featuring Leo Nocentelli, Bernie Worrell, Andy Hess and Stanton Moore as well as Dusty Rhodes and the River Band, the Hi-Nobles, the Sweet Spots and Clouded Vision...
at Cafe du Nord (9pm)

Fela was fondly known as a master musician, political activist and a hero to millions of people around the world. His powerful and prophetic lyrics mocked various authorities, condemned police brutality and spoke up for the rights of ordinary people...
at Lot 46 (10pm)

Come experience the newest and hottest mega nightclub in downtown San Francisco! Lot 46 features 8000 plus square feet, 2 levels with elevator access, 3 rooms of music, 6 DJ's, 4 full bars, state of the art sound, lighting and video projection system!
at Elbo Room (10pm)

Tormenta Tropical with Sabo (Turntable Lab, Sol Selectas, NYC), Disco Shawn (Bersa Discos), and Oro11 (Bersa Discos).
at Mezzanine (10pm)

Chromeo's DJ-KiCKS selections take in sounds you'd be hard pressed to hear almost anywhere else: 80s disco and R&B, bursting with robo-funk basslines and plastic handclaps, swollen with strings, keyboards and vocals...
Sunday, October 11, 2009
at Dough Boy Meadow, GGP (11am - 3pm)

Join the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition for a day full of exciting bicycling activities at the SFBC's 3rd Annual Family Day! Enjoy this satisfying car and care free Sunday in the park, where everyone can feel safe while participating in events such as a family bike parade, a bike scavenger hunt...
on Octavia at Hayes (11am - 6pm)

The festival focuses on original independent design produced locally and reflective of the creative expression of the individual designer. All designers are screened and approved for participation to assure they fit within the criteria set for the Union Design Festival...
at Mission Rock Café (noon - 10pm)

Gene Farris is the sinister minister of dance music's changing sounds. Farris's global DJ track record and extensive discography of over forty productions are definitely a testament to the true Chicago house sound...
at Treasure Island (1pm - 5pm)

Treasure Island WineFest will be an unparalleled epicurean delight. Whether you're a wine novice or wine aficionado, this remarkable event is not to be missed...
at Greek Theatre (7:30pm)

For over 40 years, Bob Dylan has remained, along with James Brown, the most influential American musician rock and roll has ever produced and the most important of the '60s. Inscrutable and unpredictable, Dylan has been both deified and denounced for every shift of interest, while whole schools of musicians took up his ideas...
Monday, October 12, 2009
at Eve Lounge (4pm - 2am)

A brand new lounge south of market San Francisco. Bringing together music from San Francisco's finest DJs and a piquant cocktail list to delight the senses. Plenty of plush banquette seating surrounds Eve's curves. Roaring Twenties inspired artwork by local artists adorn the walls...
at Broadway Studios (8pam)

Litquake Literary Festival and Porchlight Storytelling collaborate for true tales of punk-rock anarchy and excess, launching the new book "Gimme Something Better: The Profound, Progressive, and Occasionally Pointless History of Bay Area Punk...
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