SF Station presents The Guide: A list of the best events happening this week
Tuesday, October 17 - Monday, October 23
This week there's a little bit of everything. There's music from Africa, hip hop from L.A., art from SF and a laugh queen from New York. Whatever you're in the mood for, The Guide has you covered.

Check out one of the best movies of the year - The Last King of Scotland - and see why everyone is talking about actor Forest Whitaker winning an Oscar. Further explore Africa through its rich musical history at Acoustic Africa at Zellerbach Hall featuring Habib Koité, Vusi Mahlasela and Dobet Gnahoré. Then mix things up with the indescrible, indefinable Yo La Tengo at the Fillmore. Continue the music run with Cut Chemist and local fave Lyrics Born who will be bringing their "beats to the masses" at The Independent.

Get your art on at the month-long SF Open Studios where hundreds of artists open their studio doors to the public; this weekend includes the Haight, Hayes Valley and Richmond neighborhood among many others. Stay in stylish Hayes Valley for their semi-annual Street Festival for Design, Capsule, where designers will be showcasing their eclectic wares. Then on Monday laugh your ass off as comedienne/actor/personality Amy Sedaris talks to Chronicle columnist Tim Goodman at Herbst Theatre. Taste Tv Promo


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Tuesday, October 17, 2006
at The Shooting Gallery (12pm - 7pm, Closed Sunday's & Monday's)
In 1999 Sas began painting, with her main influence at the time being anime. She started with acrylics, and then in 2003 moved to oils - teaching herself as she went ... She was never inspired by one person in particular, however now the artists she most admires would be Bouguereau, Tamara De Lempicka, Mark Ryden... Sas draws inspiration from everyday occurences, movies and music.
at Landmarks Bridge Theatre ((1:30 4:15) 7:00 9:40)
In an incredible twist of fate, Scottish doctor Nicholas Garrigan (James McAvoy) becomes irreversibly entangled with one of the world's most barbaric figures: self-appointed Ugandan President Idi Amin (Forest Whitaker). Impressed by Dr. Garrigan, Amin picks him as his personal physician and confidant. Though Garrigan is fascinated by his new position, he soon awakens to Amin's savagery...
Wednesday, October 18, 2006
at Great American Music Hall (GAMH) (8pm)
Matmos often incorporates the popular music structures we have become accustomed to (and spend money downloading), with sounds that we experience on a day-to-day basis; a sort of conceptual juggling act that has created a fresh cannon for future musicians and artists to base their own work off of...
at Zellerbach Hall (8pm)
Cal Performances and Putumayo World Music present an epic musical journey featuring three of Africa's most accomplished performers. Habib Koité, from Mali, is a superstar in his own country as well as an international sensation. "His reputation as a guitar player has become almost mythical," says the New York Times...
at SF Weekly's Warfield (8pm)
With The Coup, Every Move a Picture, Scissors for Lefty, Adrian and Mysterious D, MC: Sterling James and more!
Thursday, October 19, 2006
at Mezzanine (9pm)
Now, Stones Throw takes to the stage with an all-star roster featuring head hancho Peanut Butter Wolf, J.Rocc, Percee P, and Madlib. This outing is Madlib's first-ever nationwide tour. A track from each artist can be heard on Chrome Children, a Stones Throw/Adult Swim collaboration.
at Fillmore (8pm)
As much as spontaneity is built into the construction of their sonic world, everything is considered. From whispered ballads to punkish verve, from intricate arrangements to the heady allure of happenstance, Yo La Tengo - as their name suggests -have it all...
Friday, October 20, 2006
at Great American Music Hall (GAMH) (9pm)
While it may sound like an entire Balkan gypsy orchestra playing modern songs as mournful ballads and upbeat marches, Beirut's first album, Gulag Orkestar, is largely the work of one 19-year-old Albuquerque native, Zach Condon...
at DNA Lounge (10pm - 4am)
Now on year 8, Remedy has become an institution in San Francisco night life bringing the best and most talented artists together under one "house", for one night, every week. Come join us one night and become part of our Remedy family ---lose yourself in the music, in the vibe and dance away life's stresses...
at The Independent (9pm)
Los Angeles - bred, Cut Chemist (Lucas Mcfadden) is best known for his work as a founding member of legendary underground hip hop group, Jurassic 5 and his work with Latin fusion band, Ozomatli. With 3 full-length mix tapes, and a bevy of singles and remixes, Cut has developed a cult-like following and has trotted all over the globe bringing his beats to the masses. Cut Chemist displays ingenuity in mining new sounds out of old records that is unparalleled in hip - hop...
at Duplex (9pm - 2am)
The second installment of the San Francisco chapter of Bembe. A journey into afro rhythms and other spirited music by Yoruba Records, Ochas Records, Jeremy Sole's Musaics, and Relevant Sound...
Saturday, October 21, 2006
at Icon Ultra Lounge (10pm - 3am)
San Francisco's newest ultra chic and intimate venue in the heart of SoMa. Come see the future of San Francisco's upscale nightlife, featuring multiple rooms of DJs spinning 80's, hip hop, mash-ups, club classics, and house music...
at various venues (11am - 6pm)
Every October, ArtSpan produces SF Open Studios, the country's largest, longest-running free visual arts event and a model for open studios throughout the country and the world. During the event, over 800 local, practicing and emerging artists open their art studios throughout the city to showcase their work for the public.
at Shoreline Amphitheatre (4pm)
Performances by Neil Young with Pearl Jam, Dave Matthews Band, Brian Wilson, Foo Fighters, Trent Reznor, Death Cab for Cutie, Gillian Welch, Devendra Banhart and more!
at Zellerbach Hall (8pm)
Taiwan's leading contemporary dance company returns to Berkeley (the troupe was a massive hit with Zellerbach patrons in 2003) with its awe-inspiring blend of Eastern and Western dance styles. The ensemble will perform Wild Cursive (The Final Chapter of Cursive: A Trilogy), the final section of Lin Hwai-min's much-acclaimed trilogy inspired by calligraphy.
Sunday, October 22, 2006
at The Regency Center (7pm)
9 Grammy nominations. Four albums. More than a dozen soundtrack cuts. Nine years of electrifying live performances worldwide. Immeasurable kudos from musical idols and peers. Countless musical offspring. Still, Meshell Ndegeocello remains an underground phenomenon, the artist everybody knows, the artist every musician studies, but the artist that seems unattached to the lure of commercial success...
at Hayes Green (11am - 6pm)
This all day event features 110 of the Bay Area's and West Coast's most interesting designers, showcasing and selling their clothing, hats, bags, jewelry, house-wares, and more.
at de Young Museum (Tuesday through Sunday, 9:30am - 5pm, Friday: Open until 8:45pm)
With an exciting array of techniques, he explores words as visual signs and introduces subjects such as the intersection of Los Angeles and San Francisco's streets, terrain with excised language, and road maps as dimensional landscapes...
Monday, October 23, 2006
at Herbst Theatre (8pm)
"Amy Sedaris has this thing about her looks. She's kind of cute -- oh brother, she would hate that -- but does her best to disguise that when acting. In "One Woman Shoe," a screamingly funny off-Broadway play about hillbilly women qualifying for welfare, she taped her nose up, greased her hair and disguised herself in classic trailer-trash couture."...
at San Jose Civic Auditorium (7pm)
Deborah and Carlos Santana have touched millions worldwide through their music and social activism. Deborah's writing is her passion and most powerful means of expression. Carlos has reshaped musical culture for close to four decades. His bands have performed for over 100 million people...
This Week's Articles

Swanky Steakhouse Opens in Former Fior d'Italia Space
By Nish_Nadaraja (Oct 12, 2006)
Joe DiMaggio doesn't need an introduction to your average San Franciscan. This is the guy who grew up in North Beach and dropped out of high school in 1930, making his debut as a shortstop with the San Francisco Seals two years later. He set numerous hitting records during his career -- mostly with the New York Yankees -- but gained as much infamy for marrying Marilyn Monroe in 1954 in San Francisco, a marriage that lasted a whopping nine months. "Joltin' Joe" certainly lived big, and it's no surprise really, that the restaurant that bears his name, seems set to carry on that tradition.
Caption: Smash-Up Derby, from left: Matty C., Jamie Cronander, Adrian Roberts, Trixxie Carr, Sam Henry, Jason Martinez
Shake Your Bootie
By Matt_Crawford (Oct 12, 2006)
What do Nirvana, Kelly Clarkson, Cher and AC/DC have in common with pirates? Not much, unless you happen to be rocking out to Smash-Up Derby at Bootie, the band's monthly party at DNA Lounge. San Francisco's lasted musical phenomenon pairs top 40 pop lyrics with seemingly unrelated songs during live mashup performances at the club. If you wear a pirate outfit, the cover charge is reduced.
SF Station Blows It Up
By Misha_Vladimirskiy (Oct 12, 2006)
On this night at Popscene I was to cover the new indie darlings The Dears and while they did a good job I can't help but talk about the opening band Fields who simply blew me away. With heavy guitar riffs and keyboards that drive even the biggest cynic to dance to the amazing synergy between the two vocalists Thorunn Antoni and Nick Peill this is the band to watch.
images courtesy of Miramax Films
An Epic Clash Between Tradition and Modernity
By Matt_Forsman (Oct 12, 2006)
In the summer of 1997, the world was shaken by the tragic death of Princess Diana of Wales. While the public mourned the death of a woman who touched the lives of many and was often considered "The People's Princess", there was another story not seen by the public, but no less compelling. This unseen story of HM Queen Elizabeth II and the royal family's response to this tragic event is unfurled in stellar fashion in Stephen Frear's The Queen.
A Comedy in Need of a Presidential Pardon
By Rossiter_Drake (Oct 12, 2006)
It's an intriguing idea. What if someone like Jon Stewart, the clown prince of Comedy Central's mock-news division, actually ran for office? (Better yet, make it Stephen Colbert.) Laugh if you must, but the timing couldn't be better. Voters are tired of partisan posturing and slick, career politicians, and if opinion polls are any indication, there's already a joker inhabiting the executive office. So what if a real comedian ran -- and won?
Déjà vu All Over Again
By Mel_Valentin (Oct 12, 2006)
Written and directed by Douglas McGrath (Nicholas Nickleby, Emma, Bullets Over Broadway) and based on a book by George Plimpton, Infamous examines the by-now-familiar story of writer and raconteur Truman Capote, his relationship with killer Perry Smith, and the 'non-fiction novel,' In Cold Blood that Capote wrote about a gruesome mass murder and their effect on a small town in Kansas.
Growing Up Is Hard to Do
By Anhoni_Patel (Oct 14, 2006)
This earnest fictionalized memoir is an intense look at the violence, sexuality and pettiness of a group of adolescent friends growing up in Queens, New York in the 80s. Think Larry Clark's Kids but set in the boroughs. Like that film A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints also has a realistic feel. However, unlike it, it is decidedly self-indulgent.
The Heyday of Punk, In All Its Tattered Glory
By Rossiter_Drake (Oct 12, 2006)
After the first bruising wave of British punk swept through America, introducing a generation of disgruntled teenagers to the Sex Pistols and the Clash, came the domestic response: the raw, anarchic fury of hardcore, less inspired by political sensibilities than sheer anger.
It Can't Be Reasoned With, It Can't Be Bargained With, and It Absolutely Will Not Stop
By Matt_Forsman (Oct 14, 2006)
Woe to those foolish enough to incur the wrath of the "grudge". Unfortunately in The Grudge 2 just about everyone seems to find a way to cross paths with it. The creepy little boy, the weird cat, and the herky-jerky mother are back for yet another round of vengeance and this time around they're really pissed.
photo credit: Michelle Sieling
I'll take at least two, if by sea
By Michelle_Sieling (Oct 12, 2006)
If you walk into Art of Navigation: A Chandlery at Pier 38 near Townsend Street and are confused that you aren't in a marine supply center, you won't be the first person to find yourself in that state of mind. These days, a "chandlery" is known more commonly as a marine supply store, but a "chandler" has been traditionally known as one who makes candles, which is what they do there.
The Haram, Indonesia
The Breadth Of What We Fear
By Nirmala_Nataraj (Oct 12, 2006)
Terror is perhaps the major hot button term of our epoch. It used to define overwhelming fear, a sense of looming danger exemplified by an inability to act. At some point, that protean, not easily identifiable fear became alloyed by specific words and ideologies --such as the threat of systematic violence by hostile others, government intimidation, and the egregiously coined "War on Terror." It's impossible, these days, to even bethink the term without having it attributed to code red.
The New World Beckons
By Mario_Bruzzone (Oct 12, 2006)
I'm not really sure why, but since finishing Chris Adrian's sparkling new novel The Children's Hospital, I keep thinking of a couplet from deep within Yeats's poem "Easter, 1916." "And what if excess of love/Bewildered them till they died?" "Them" is transformed here, however, from Yeats' 16 executed Irishmen to everyone -- to me and you and all of our distant relatives who populate this Earth.

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