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 9 - Mon Oct 15, 2007 Tue   |   Wed   |   Thu   |   Fri   |   Sat   |   Sun   |   Mon   |   Features
Pumpkin Patches? Chili Cookoffs? Lederhosen? Good ol' SF sounds like a small town gearing up for the holidays instead of a world-weary urban center. But that's the beauty of the Bay. You can have your big city perks and still keep your small town joys.

The Color Purple opens tonight at The Orpheum Theatre. This must-see musical has been nominated for eleven Tony Awards and brings all the fierceness of both the Pulitzer Prize- winning novel and the film. And if you're still in the musical mood, check out French sensation Justice at Mezzanine on Wednesday. Remember nothing goes along better with a little song-and-dance than beer (and a bit of vegan wienerschnitzel). That's why we have Oktoberfest-by-the-Bay at the Festival Pavilion. Time to dust off those old lederhosen!

There'll be plenty of costumery at the Shadow Circus Vaudeville Theatre . How far will a young, puppet go to lose his virginity? Find out this weekend at Fat City. It won't have any puppets but the Noe Valley Harvest Festival still has plenty to offer. There'll be crafts, food and even a pumpkin patch. Then slide down the hill to the Mission for the Chili Cook-off at El Rio. Benefiting various theater groups, troupes will be serving up their tastiest concoctions for your critical review. On Sunday, stroll through Hayes Valley for the Capsule Design Festival where over 140 local designers will be showcasing their wares.

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Tuesday, Oct 09, 2007 See All Events
at Temple Nightclub (7pm - 1am)
Please join SOMA Magazine as we celebrate SOMA Magazine's "People" Issue Release featuring SOMA Magazine's picks of the year for San Francisco's Best Chef, Best Restaurant Owner, Best Restaurant Manager, Best Sommelier, Best Host/Hostess, Best DJ, and Best Event Promoter.
at The Orpheum Theatre (see listing for times)
a soul-stirring musical based on the classic Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Alice Walker and the moving film by Steven Spielberg. It is the unforgettable and inspiring story of a woman named Celie, who finds her unique voice in the world.
Wednesday, Oct 10, 2007 See All Events
at Booksmith (7pm)
Robert Altman's just published book, The Sixties (hardback, $39.95), brings together photographs of the people, events, culture, rock stars, writers, and political figures who made the sixties the most influential decade of the century.
at Herbst Theatre (8pm)
Named 2005 UNESCO Artist for Peace for his relentless dedication to peace, Lebanese musician Mercel Khalife is one of the Arab World's leading composers and oud (Arab Lute) virtuoso. He is recognized for his Innovative approach to the oud and the birth of a new movement in Middle Eastern music.
at Mezzanine (9pm)
Plus DJ Sets by Jefrodisiac and Richie Panic. Following its first successful EP, Justice have since been asked to nail down remixes for N*E*R*D*, Vicarious Bliss, Scenario Rock, post-hardcore phenoms Death From Above 1979, and more...
Thursday, Oct 11, 2007 See All Events
at Festival Pavilion (5pm - 9pm)
Munich, Germany comes to life at Fort Mason in the Marina District with the 9th Annual Oktoberfest by the Bay. Now the largest festival of its kind in California, Oktoberfest-by-the-Bay captures the authentic spirit of Munich, Germany with the finest German cuisine, world's best beer, and authentic German music that the whole family will love.
at The Galleria at SF Design Center (6:30pm)
A Benefit for Veterans' Health Research. A wearable-art fashion show features scrubs, hospital garments, and lab coats boldly and creatively reinterpreted by students from The Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising and California College of the Arts...
at Cowell Theater (8pm)
In their eighth home season at the Cowell Theater, Printz Dance Project presents an evening of high velocity, musically-driven dance.
Friday, Oct 12, 2007 See All Events
at Thee Parkside (8pm)
These three dress up in color-coordinated costumes about as if they came out of Japanese Animation (claim those are not costumes, but the skin!!!) put on a fun entertainment. Yes, their performance is not just playing music. Have you heard of human bowling, wrestling and kung-fu action, or funny dance at the punk rock shows?...
at The Garage (8pm)
RAW is a 12 week residency program offering approximately 4-6 hours of free rehearsal space that culminates in with two nights of performance. performance artists of all disciplines are encouraged to apply.
at Fat City (9pm)
Shadow Circus Creature Theatre, San Francisco's most volatile puppetry troupe is hosting its second variety show, featuring some of the Bay Areas best underground acts...
at Ruby Skye (9pm)
Exotic, Sensual, International Evening with the Bay Area's best international DJs. Let us entertain you with mesmerizing belly dancers and visuals at the Royal Ruby Skye Palace.
at Amnesia (9:30pm)
Drinks, Music, Mags, and Food!
at Madrone (10pm)
Based in Rio de Janeiro, Maga Bo is a DJ/producer working with an international collision of styles, sounds, location recordings from all continents and beats that are hard to classify. A study in the digital contortions of transnational breakbeat based bass music, his sound is an amalgamation of batucada, rai, capoeira, bhangra, loudspeaker jitter and skewed electronic beats...
Saturday, Oct 13, 2007 See All Events
at Justin Herman Plaza (7:30am)
Walk for Hope to Cure Breast Cancer is a national family- oriented, non- competitive walk that raises funds to support breast cancer research, treatment and education programs at City of Hope. The 5K walk will start at Justin Herman Plaza, follow the Embarcadero, circle around AT&T Park and return to the Plaza. More
at Noe Valley (10am - 5pm)
The festival is free and one of San Francisco's favorite ways to say good-bye to summer and hello to Fall. Sixty Bay Area artists and crafts people will display and sell their creations just in time for holiday gift giving. Ten Noe Valley non-profit organizations will educate and inform with hands-on art and science activities...
at JL Marketplace (10am - 4pm)
Enjoy spectacular views and a vist to five of Russian Hill's most beautiful homes styled by SF's top designers and florists. After the tour head to the marketplace for shopping, winetasting, cheesetasting, cooking demonstrations, live music and live and silent auctions... More
at El Rio (11:30am)
Crowded Fire challenges local theater organizations foolsFury, Impact, and the Playwrights Foundation in a battle of culinary skills. Join us for this unique fundraiser supporting all of the competing companies...
at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Theater (see listing for times)
Deeply rooted in classical ballet with a heartbeat in the urgently contemporary, Armitage Gone! Dance redesigns how the world views movement, music and theater. Afer decades as a leading ballerina, choreographer and director in Europe, the iconoclastic Karole Armitage has established her own incendiary company in New York,
at Ruby Skye (8pm)
The first club hit was "I feel so fine" by KMC feat Dhany (#1 club charts UK) in 2001. This was followed by the Benny Benassi presents THE BIZ project, a ground-breaking mixtured of electro, techno and house dosed with minimalist flair...
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.
Sunday, Oct 14, 2007 See All Events
at Asian Art Museum (10am - 5pm)
Japanese fashion: It's more than meets the eye. Conceived by acclaimed artist Hiroshi Sugimoto, Stylized Sculpture: Contemporary Japanese Fashion from the Kyoto Costume Institute at the Asian Art Museum spotlights the sculptural essence of contemporary Japanese fashion through the works of Rei Kawakubo, Issey Miyake, Yohji Yamamoto, and others.
at Hayes Green (11am - 6pm)
140 clothing and accessory designers, lifestyle product designers and graphic artists. Discover new and innovative designs while enjoying the day in Hayes Valley among dozens of quality restaurants, boutiques and art galleries.
at Mission Rock Cafe (noon - midnight)
Featuring DJ Kaskade, DJ Colette, Gene Ferris, and Locals: Jeno, Syd Gris, Ben Doren, Andy Caldwell, M3, Rooz+Rouzheh, Ellen Ferrato, Dimitris Mykonos, Von, Smoove, Aaron Joe, Melyss, Icon and Marc D.
at Art Span (see listing for times)
For over 30 years, San Francisco Open Studios has provided the public with an opportunity to see artists in their workspaces. As the largest and first open studios program in the country, San Francisco Open Studios showcases artists without judgment and invites art lovers to make friends and start or build their art collections...
at The Independent (8pm)
"Japanese cult favourite sludge/doom rock trio Boris take their name from a song on grunge godfathers the Melvins' "Bullhead" album. They also have a lot in common with the Melvins musically, including a fondness for heavily down tuned guitar/bass tones and exceedingly slow tempos..."
Monday, Oct 15, 2007 See All Events
at Punch Line Comedy Club (8pm)
The brothers are high-octane-clean-burning comedy. The show is a hybrid combination of sketch comedy and night club act in which these sibling smart alecks run, skip and flip through their family, neighborhood and life - always landing on the punchline.
at Bottom of the Hill (9pm)
The band began a North American tour after being nominated for a Canadian Music Week Indie award and has since performed at the Indies ceremony, SXSW, KEXP, and in cities in the US, Canada, and Europe. The band has also received positive press from Pitchfork Media, The New York Times, and Spin, among others...
Features   This Week's Articles See All Articles
Italiano Barra di Vino
By Chrissy Loader (Oct 5, 2007)
Opened in early 2007, Bar Bambino offers a casual, wine-centric option for Italophiles basking in the recent addition of a slew of high-minded Italian restaurants in San Francisco (SPQR, Farina, Ducca, and Perbacco to name a few). Here, owner Christopher Losa seeks to lure the diner with a visually tantalizing interior. Better yet, Losa has assembled a selection of fine nibblets that touch on the cuisines of Italy -- everything from "salumi" boards to meaty pastas, paninis and piattis.
Childhood is Chiller
By Jesse Nathan (Oct 5, 2007)
Seattle's twinkly-psychedelic duo Arthur & Yu includes neither an Arthur nor a Yu (no Belle, no Sebastian; no Iron, no Wine). "Arthur" and "Yu" are childhood handles long dormant until Grant "Arthur" Olsen and Sonya "Yu" Wescott dusted them off and revived them in a music-making frenzy. Although, like their music, the two are more laid back than the word "frenzy" seems to imply.
Released Independently, 10/13/07
By Sarah-Jayne Couhault (Oct 5, 2007)
I love a good head-to-the-beach-on-a-sunny-Sunday CD and Big Blue Marble's new creation, Natchez, doesn't disappoint. Whilst I hate to use the word "boppy" to describe any great pop/rock album, bop is really what you want to do to the music.
Released on EMI UK, 9/18/07
By VinCi Chan (Oct 5, 2007)
Fans of KT Tunstall's will not be disappointed with her latest release Drastic Fantastic!. This Scottish journeywoman wows her audience again with her blend of easy-strum rock-pop-bop. The album is like listening to a soundtrack illuminating a moment of script from television or film. It is more intimate than "Dawson's Creek" but as embraceable as say, "Grey's Anatomy".
Released on Geffen Records, 9/18/2007
By Matt Forsman (Oct 5, 2007)
I can't recall exactly when I first heard The Crystal Method. Maybe it was the Gap khakis commercial nearly ten years ago. Maybe it was a track from a movie soundtrack. Maybe it was some other product endorsement. But, I do remember The Crystal Method made a big impression on me and in short order I picked up Vegas and played it so many times that I wore the disc out. How ironic that the name of the band is a play on words for one of the most addictive illicit substances out there; the tracks on Vegas could easily be described as addictive.
Can't Stop the Beat
By Aaron Davidson (Oct 5, 2007)
For a venue buried in an alley between Mission and Market and 5th and 6th Streets, The Mezzanine is tough to ignore. Armed with too many lighting rigs, disco balls and bars, the venue provides a cavernous home for party-rock and its excesses.
Another Compelling Turn by George Clooney
By Mel Valentin (Oct 5, 2007)
Longtime screenwriter Tony Gilroy's (the Bourne trilogy, Proof of Life, Armageddon) first feature-length film as a director, Michael Clayton, is both a smart, tautly paced thriller that works on most every level and George Clooney's latest star turn.
A Near Heartbreaker
By Matt Forsman (Oct 5, 2007)
There was a time in the not so distant past when any comedy that included the involvement of one (or both) of the Farrelly brothers virtually guaranteed a comedy of galactic, epic proportions. Films like Kingpin and There's Something About Mary and, arguably, Dumb and Dumber fall into this category. However, since There's Something About Mary, the Farrelly brothers just haven't quite been able to put together a comedy as consistently and as creatively funny as the aforementioned. Unfortunately, their latest effort, The Heartbreak Kid is no exception.
An American Legend, Methodically Debunked
By Rossiter Drake (Oct 5, 2007)
Andrew Dominik's The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford tells the story of one of America's most infamous outlaws, a fearless robber who, thanks to a sympathetic press, became an unlikely folk hero. As cunning as he was elusive, the leader of the notorious James Gang artfully dodged the authorities for years until one of his trusted accomplices, Robert Ford, murdered him. Dominik's film captures the details of their saga in exhaustive but fascinating detail, and though it features sporadic bursts of brutality, it is neither sensational nor cartoonishly biased.
Love in the Time of Calamity
By Rossiter Drake (Oct 5, 2007)
Despite the already notorious sex scenes that have earned it the MPAA's dreaded NC-17 rating, Ang Lee's Lust, Caution is a throwback to the cinema of the 40s, an epic romance set against the backdrop of the Second World War. It has been criticized by some for being too cautious, for surrounding moments of graphic intimacy with arid melodrama, but that's missing the point.
Curb Your Expectations
By Rossiter Drake (Oct 5, 2007)
Jeff Garlin may not boast the most commanding presence, but he is easily likable. As Larry David's hopelessly loyal agent on "Curb Your Enthusiasm", he brings a tiny dose of warmth to a world reigned by paranoia, deceit and distrust. He is the calm at the center of David's endlessly raging storm, greeting calamitous absurdity with a goofy grin. It's a shame, then, that I Want Someone to Eat Cheese With is such a slight, lifeless affair.
The Train to Nowhere
By Anhoni Patel (Oct 5, 2007)
When this train pulls into the station, you may not want to board. One of the more anticipated films of the year, The Darjeeling Limited is just that -- limited. The movie is a disappointing road trip flick in which three spoiled, clueless, sorry saps travel by train through India while trying to absorb its "spiritual essence" via osmosis.
Slow and Tortuous
By Anhoni Patel (Oct 5, 2007)
Something has obviously gone wrong in a movie when the viewers begin to lose sympathy for the main character. And something has gone horribly awry if the viewers begin to root for the character to fail or die or meet his/her comeuppance, especially when that character, as is the case in the Indian film Vanaja, a 15-year old girl who's been raped. It sounds unbearably harsh, but the title character, Vanaja, is so exasperating, bratty, spoiled and unlikable that you will find yourself completely unsympathetic to her plight.
Old Haunts and New Visions
By Gina Basso (Oct 5, 2007)
The Limn Gallery presents the Beijing-based art duo The Gao Brothers' first solo exhibition in San Francisco in a small, but conceptually dense collection that samples their oeuvre from the past decade. The brothers, Gao Zhen and Gao Qiang, began their collaboration in the 80s as Chinese artists were producing more socially engaged and avant-garde inspired works and achieved international acclaim by the mid-90s.
Creating Illuminating Works of Art
By Michelle Sieling (Oct 5, 2007)
While sitting in church as a kid, I'd often daydreamed about the life of the biblical characters that were depicted in the tall stained glass windows. That is one of the original purposes of stained glass in churches: to teach the lessons of the bible to illiterate members of the congregation. In addition, the beauty of the light streaming through the glass was meant to inspire as pilgrims made their journey. Basically, its purpose is to invoke a different state of mind, one different from daily life.
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