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 Oct 2 - Mon Oct 8, 2007 Tue   |   Wed   |   Thu   |   Fri   |   Sat   |   Sun   |   Mon   |   Features
If you thought last weekend was crazy with the LoveFest and Folsom Street Fair happening back-to-back, then get ready for this weekend.

It all starts off with Remembering Nick Drake at Herbst Pavilion. As part of the new Talking Music series, Joe Boyd, Gabrielle Drake, Jolie Holland and others will be talking (and perhaps even singing) about what this amazing songwriter meant to them. On Thursday, take a ride over the Golden Gate Bridge for the Mill Valley Film Festival. The buzz from the films showing this year has been growing for weeks; opening night, showing Ang Lee's Lust, Caution, is going erupt in a cinematic explosion.

Speaking of eruptions, the Tease-O-Rama Burlesque Convention will have you stripping away...your inhibitions. There'll be performances from over 200 dancers, classes galore, and plenty of opportunities to meet and mingle with your fav dancing divas. And while they might not be known as divas, writers are no less fabulous. Celebrate our city's love for literature at the weeklong Litquake. Discover new writers, party with authors or just pretend that you're literate. Whichever event you choose to hit up (and there are dozens), don't miss the special evening with Armistead Maupin!

Sunday brings us two great street festivals: the Castro Street Fair, known for its lively crowds and spontaneous dance parties, and the Italian Heritage Parade, where you'll be sure to either see or hear the Blue Angels flying above in celebration of Fleet Week. Finally if you're not too exhausted, Monday's best bet is Talk Show Live at the Purple Onion.

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Tuesday, Oct 2, 2007 See All Events
at Herbst Pavilion(8pm)
Making its debut this fall, City Arts & Lectures and Noise Pop's Talking Music series will present important and emerging musical talents in live interviews, discussion and occasional song.This series will celebrate music as a vibrant art form through in-depth conversations with many of its best-loved and most respected performers.
at Laszlo(8pm)
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, Oct 3, 2007 See All Events
at The Independent (5:30pm)
Sea Wolf is the brand new buzz band from the Eagle Rock side of Los Angeles fronted by Alex Brown Church.
at Cafe du Nord (8:30pm)
Ulrich Schnauss is was born and raised in Germany, he has been making music for years, producing, and touring. On October 3rd you will a chance to see this wonderful artist perform at Cafe Du Nord. Ulrich Schnauss third album, Goodbye, was completed in early 2007...
Thursday, Oct 4, 2007 See All Events
at various locations (see listing for times)
The Mill Valley Film Festival is turning 30 this October 4th through 14th with 214 films featuring the best of independent and world cinema from 49 countries, the wonderful family-oriented children's film festival and cutting edge concepts at Vision Fest...
at Asian Art Museum (5pm - 9pm)
Experience East/West classical music by Adorno Ensemble, view Jupiter and its moons with hand-made telescopes, unearth Chinese astronomy, and learn more about cosmology in Asian art.
at 20 GOTO 10 (7pm)
"The exhibition will feature all new photo prints from a recent trip to Kingston, Jamaica. I will also be releasing a limited edition 60 page book with almost 100 photos and a Mixtape CD featuring 50+ tacks of hard Jamaican dancehall music." - Mr. Belsky
at Circolo (7pm - 11pm)
That's right, we're having a party on Thursday, October 4th at Circolo in San Francisco, and it's all to benefit women and people of color in TV & film! We would like to extend this invitation for you to join us for a night of special guests, luscious food, great drinks, and cool grooves.
Friday, Oct 5, 2007 See All Events
at Pier 39 (1pm - 4:30pm & 8:30pm)
Fleet Week is the Bay Area's opportunity to pay tribute to the men and women of our nation's Navy and Marine services. Visitors will see ships dock-side while the Blue Angels and other aircrafts fly above San Francisco Bay.
at The Women's Building (2pm - 8pm)
"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 Amoeba Music (7pm)
Teddy Thompson performs a special set at Amoeba SF in support of his new album, Upfront & Down Low, featuring his angelic voice in distinctive and heartfelt readings of beloved country classics. Also, catch Teddy Thompson at the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival in Golden Gate Park...
at Bimbo's 365 Club (8pm)
Tease-O-Rama is the first convention dedicated to the thriving neo-burlesque revival. First and foremost, we strive to create an open forum for performers reviving this uniquely American art form to meet, perform, share their skills and get up-to-date on developments in this evolving and exciting art scene...
at Zellerbach Hall (8pm)
Celebrating 50 years of peerless dance making-that first tour was conducted from a station wagon and a U-Haul trailer!-the Joffrey continues to astonish world audiences with its unique blend of brilliant technique and the quintessential American spirit.
at Greek Theatre (8pm)
"The Shins latest is a remarkably well crafted, creative and engaging album from start to finish. James Mercer and his fellow Shins have crafted eleven tracks that amuse, intrigue, and entertain."
at CounterPULSE (8pm)
A Festival of Radical Puppetry is a gathering point for West Coast experimental, political and emerging puppetry. Originally produced by Wise Fool in their tiny storefront space as a one night benefit performance in 1997, PuppetLOVE! has gone through many permutations--running as long as five days with workshops, gallery exhibition, rude & crude adult pupptry, children's mini-festival and video componants...
Saturday, Oct 6, 2007 See All Events
at Mission Bay Conference Center (10am - 6pm)
Meet Dr. Jane Goodall, DBE! At the Wildlife Conservation Expo, 19 of the world's leading animal conservationists will come together to present firsthand accounts of their projects and adventures in the field. Over 20 local and international wildlife organizations will exhibit and discuss their work...
at Crissy Field (11am - 4pm)
Join the seventh annual OceanFest celebration of the Gulf of the Farallones and its sister National Marine Sanctuaries! Come to West Crissy Field, and enjoy gourmet vegetarian fare and sustainable seafood prepared by the area's top restaurants, including Zuni, Chez Panisse and Oliveto... More
at Justin Herman Plaza (noon)
Special Ticket Prices for SF Station Users! San Francisco magazine's award-winning food editorial comes to life at this annual event, while supporting one of the City's most respected nonprofit organizations-Meals On Wheels of San Francisco. The event brings together local restaurateurs, winemakers, and epicurean artisans for an inspiring day of premier food and wine tasting, chef demonstrations, and live music. More
at Red Vic Movie House (7:15pm & 9:15pm)
This one-of-a-kind event compiles more than an hour's worth of footage from videos that were found at garage sales and thrift stores and in warehouses and dumpsters throughout the country. Joe Pickett and Nick Prueher, whose credits include The Onion and the Late Show with David Letterman, host each screening in-person...
at Herbst Theatre (8pm)
Join liminaries including Laura Linney, Amy Tan, Andrew Sean Greer, Michelle Tea, K.M. Soehnlein, Susie Bright and Fathther Guido Sarducci when we present Litquake's first ever Barabary Coast Award for a lifetime of literary achievement to Armistead Maupin on the opening night of Litquake, SF Literary Festival...
at Mezzanine (9pm)
A series of smashing remixes for the likes of Bloc Party and the Klaxons by guy/gal Canadian combo Crystal Castles were posted by beloved music blogs around the globe. Supposeably, members Alice and Ethin were unaware their studio fun was being recorded when single "Alice's Practice" turned-up on someone's Myspace player and the rest is history...
at The Independent (9pm - 2am)
Sterling James, a Bay Area favorite radio personality, charming hostess and charitable activist celebrates her 20th year in Bay Area radio with an exclusive concert benefiting local literary arts group Youth Speaks!
Sunday, Oct 7, 2007 See All Events
at Marin County Civic Center (10am - 9pm)
The Pacific Pinball Exposition (PPE) is focused on representing vintage and antique electromechanical and purely mechanical pinball machines and arcade games and devices. There will also be a healthy dose of modern machines to balance it out...
at Castro Street (11am - 6pm)
Vendors of all varieties from the Bay Area and beyond promote their goods and services, including food and beverages, arts and crafts, and a wide variety of retail items. Dozens of community organizations promote community and social support.
at 19th and Mariposa (noon - midnight)
First we Burn The Man, then we Heat The Street! Come at noon SHARP for a full twelve hours of art, performance, fire, steam, dance, theme camps, green technologies, puppetry, circus, marching bands, DJs, Burning Man 2007 imagery, and more, more, more - don't miss a minute!
at Fisherman's Wharf (12:30pm)
The City's oldest civic event and the nation's oldest Italian-American parade and community celebration winds its way from Fisherman's Wharf to North Beach. A San Francisco institution since it was established in 1868, the 2007 Parade is promising to be bigger, better and more colorful than ever...
Monday, Oct 8, 2007 See All Events
at Purple Onion (7pm)
San Francisco is full of folks with great stories to tell, and Talk Show Live: San Francisco matches them up with the audiences who want to hear them. Once a month at the historic Purple Onion night club, host Kurt Bodden interviews the most interesting people in town in front of a live audience. Our house band plays jazz before, during and after the show. The audience is the party!
at Herbst Theatre (8pm)
Horns, violins, cellos, ukuleles, mandolins, glockenspiels, drums, tambourines, congas, organs, pianos, clarinets and accordions (no guitars on this album!) all build and break the melodies under Condon's deep-voiced crooner vocals, swaying to the Eastern European beats like a drunken 12-member ensemble that has fallen in love with The Magnetic Fields, Talking Heads and Neutral Milk Hotel...
at Cafe du Nord (8pm)
Eggers grew up close to Chicago and attended the University of Illinois. He is the author of the memoir A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius (2000), the novel You Shall Know Our Velocity! (2002), the story collection How We Are Hungry (2004), and the novel What Is the What (2006). In 1998, he founded McSweeney's, an independent book-publishing house in San Francisco that puts out the McSweeney's quarterly literary journal...
Features   This Week's Articles See All Articles
Southern French Cuisine with an Italian Flair
By Sara Sung (Sep 28, 2007)
Don't let the swank, Euro décor fool you. The food at this new Mission eatery, which replaced Amira, remains on par with the original restaurant, which means it's nothing to rave about -- nor to sneeze at. Along with the thick-cut Belgian fries and creative dipping sauces for which Frjtz is known, the restaurant's crepes, salads, sandwiches and mussels add a much-needed mellow, inexpensive option to this restaurant-rich strip of Valencia.
Singer/Songwriter Bounces Back to SF
By Matt Crawford (Sep 28, 2007)
Some say José González's music career was jump-started with thousands of tiny rubber balls bouncing down a hill in San Francisco -- a savvy Sony commercial that introduced a new television along with the singer/songwriter's music to the masses. Promotional tools aside, González is back with a new album In Our Nature that closely mirrors the minimalist acoustic style, if not slightly more aggressive and political, of his breakout debut Veneer.
SF Station Blows It Up
By Misha Vladimirskiy (Sep 28, 2007)
The UK's Editors returned to The Fillmore in front of a sold out crowd and did what they do best: rocked. The show being one of the last shows on this leg of their US tour promoting the new album An End Has a Start, you would think the boys would slack but they brought it full force with songs like "An End Has a Start" and "Munich" that show not only Tom's amazing vocals but the rest of the boys' musical skills.
Can I help you, Sir?
By Anhoni Patel (Sep 28, 2007)
When Seattle-based customer care specialist Todd Anderson's (Josh Hamilton) smug boss tells him that he is firing his entire department and shipping him off to India to, in effect, train his own replacement, it is done with an almost malicious glee. Little does he know that he has just handed his employee a gift. Whether he is ready for it or not is a different issue.
The Monarch of Madness
By Anhoni Patel (Sep 28, 2007)
There have been many movies about treasure hunting, but none quite like this one. First time writer and director Mike Cahill brings us a sweet, quirky comedy about fathers and daughters, Spanish gold and, of course, Costco. Three very disparate things which pull King of California in three different directions.
Hope Springs Eternal
By Matt Forsman (Sep 28, 2007)
There are currently two million orphans in South Africa. 1.2 million of these orphans have lost one or both parents to AIDS. Current projections indicate that there 25 million children in South Africa will be orphans by 2010. Who will take care of these children? Angels in the Dust is a powerful and moving examination of the Boikarabelo Orphanage in South Africa that provides a home (and hope) for countless orphaned children in Africa.
Hell Hath No Fury Like An Environment Scorned
By Matt Forsman (Sep 28, 2007)
Writer/director Larry Fessenden is one of the most original voices in the horror genre today. His previous efforts (Wendigo, No Telling) were understated, slow burning headtrips that reflect various societal fears. In a similar vein, Fessenden has crafted perhaps the first "environmental" horror film in The Last Winter. An oil drilling team heads to the Artic tundra in Alaska for a job. With temperatures rising and the weather all over the map, the team begins to wonder if they've incurred the wrath of something supernatural.
Exploring the Sleazy Underbelly of the Sex Industry
By Rossiter Drake (Sep 28, 2007)
Inspired by a New York Times Magazine exposé of the international sex trafficking industry, Trade is an unsettling tale of abduction and forced prostitution, centered around Adriana, a 13-year old Mexican girl (Paulina Gaitan), and Veronica, a Polish teenager (Alicja Bachleda), who are abducted and forced into sexual slavery by Russian mobsters. It is relentlessly bleak, lurid in its depiction of the harsh indignities its underage victims must endure, and should be alarming to those who consider themselves insulated from such depravity.
Not Very Appetizing
By Mel Valentin (Sep 28, 2007)
Over four decades, writer/director Robert Benton ([bThe Human Stain, Places in the Heart, Kramer vs. Kramer) has specialized in "adult" dramas, small-scale, intimate character studies that favor observation and emotional authenticity over the usual melodramatic flourishes we've come to expect from Hollywood-produced dramas. Not surprisingly, Benton's old school filmmaking style and concerns have left him well out of step with contemporary Hollywood. Benton's latest, effort, Feast of Love, an adaptation of Charles Baxter's National Book Award-nominated novel, isn't going to change that, nor, to be frank, should it.
Near Flawless Filmmaking
By Mel Valentin (Sep 28, 2007)
In 1990, Christopher McCandless, the son of a successful aerospace designer, gave away his life savings of $24,000 and, over the next two years, hitchhiked across America; he planned on getting to Alaska, where he hoped to live in the wilderness. McCandless' aim was to discover himself by discovering the country. Four years later, Jon Krakauer (Under the Banner of Heaven, Into Thin Air) wrote a 9,000-word article (later expanded into non-fiction bestseller Into the Wild) for Outside magazine on this undertaking.
Action Mixed with Politics Makes for Muddled Storytelling
By Mel Valentin (Sep 28, 2007)
Part procedural, part action with contemporary politics as a backdrop, The Kingdom is a semi-successful film directed by Peter Berg (Friday Night Lights, The Rundown, Very Bad Things) and written by Matthew Michael Carnahan that unsurprisingly raises fascinating, if no less perplexing, questions about the "special relationship" between the Saudi Arabia, one of the richest, oil-producing countries in the world and the United States, whose presence in the Middle East even before the invasion and occupation of Iraq in 2003 was, at best, controversial.
Communications and Inspirations in the Modern Age
By Jialin Luh (Sep 28, 2007)
Unless you live in the rural countryside, chances are that you use email and/or a cell phone to stay in touch with people and to keep up-to-date with goings on in the world. Instant messaging programs and text messaging have morphed communication today into an often context-less space with lack of intonation and increased probability of mixed messages and miscommunication. SF Camerawork's current exhibition, "There is Always a Machine Between Us", explores these new modes of communication propelled by the advent of the Internet, in methods and mediums that promise an intriguing visit and provide ample fodder for discussion in the aftermath.
Shopping For a Cause
By Jialin Luh (Sep 28, 2007)
I've never been one to drop money on logo-patterned handbags a la Louis Vuitton, Coach, Fendi, Gucci, etc. No, I'm more of a Dutchy, Balenciaga, Ferragamo, Marc Jacobs kind of girl. That being said, I have trouble justifying spending hundreds and thousands of dollars on handbags. Imagine if proceeds from your luxury handbag purchase could benefit a local charity. Regardless of your style preference, the upcoming This Old Bag event at the W on October 19th presents exactly this opportunity.
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