SF Station presents The Guide: A list of the best events happening this week
Tuesday, November 14 - Monday, November 20
This week's Guide brings you an eclectic selection.

Start the week off with one of the most innovative Butoh troupes in Japan - Sankai Juku who will be performing at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. Then expand your skills at Snap! at The Cellar where you can learn how to DJ. However, if turntables aren't quite your scene then head to The Fillmore for legendary rocker and former Pixie frontman Frank Black's performance.

Then get in the mood for the holidays at the Embarcadero Center's Winter Carnival. After a little ice-skating and hot chocolate imbibing, strap on your chaps for the San Francisco Bull Riding Championship at CELLspace. If you've been thrown off a mechanical bull one too many times then perhaps celebrating one of the best movies ever made (and books ever written) at In Praise of Mockingbirds at the Castro Theatre is a better bet. And make sure to bookend the weekend by getting your rock on with Tenacious D at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium.


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Tuesday, November 14, 2006
at 12 Galaxies (9pm)
To Find Me Gone is the second album from Vetiver, singer/songwriter Andy Cabic's ever-evolving musical home base. To Find Me Gone comes two years after Vetiver's eponymous debut. Since Vetiver's release, Andy has toured the world repeatedly as a member of close crony Devendra Banhart's live band ...
at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (8pm)
Since 1980, Sankai Juku has mesmerized audiences with poetic performances that are genuinely spellbinding. Their latest creation is a work of sublime, transcendental beauty that immerses audiences in a metaphor-saturated world beyond conscious thought...
Wednesday, November 15, 2006
at Museum of Craft & Folk Art (11am - 6pm)
The craftsmanship and originality of the internees' work make the show an inspirational experience. Poignant to view, the objects aptly capture the essence of gaman, which means "to endure the seemingly unbearable with patience and dignity."...
at The Cellar (7pm - 10pm)
Ever want to learn about DJing? How about perfecting your skills or cutting an album? Then stop by The Cellar every Wednesday night, from 7 - 10pm where DJs from the local FINGERSNAPS collective visit the turntables, bringing founder DJ Lamont Young who can provide valuable info on getting started...
at Element Lounge (9pm - 2am)
Please join us in an extra special night of festivities as we celebrate the 2-Year Annivesary of the Element Lounge. The night will feature a few of our favorite hip hop, rock, and mash-up DJs like David Carvalho, CAMS, Zhaldee, and D-TEK....
at Fillmore (8pm)
If the truth be told "Frank Black" was not the runaway success that many had predicted. Notices and sales were respectable - healthy, even - but the record did not immediately rival those of the Pixies in the affections of the band's fans. Charles remained as prolific a songwriter as ever, though, and he quickly set to work on a follow-up release, the sprawling, euphoric and - as has become clearer with the passing of time - very, very good Teenager Of The Year...
Thursday, November 16, 2006
at Dragon Bar (6pm - 8pm)
Join Double Vision on Thursday, November 16th from 6-8pm for our first fundraising event as we transform DragonBar into a captivating environment of dance, video, sound and technology installations...
at Rickshaw Stop (7pm - 9pm)
Readings exploring the darker side of the parent-child bond...
Friday, November 17, 2006
at Embarcadero Center (4pm - 7pm)
The winter carnival features family entertainment, food, activities, and shop discounts. The annual building lighting ceremony starts at 6pm at the ice skating rink. 17,000 lights will illuminate the office towers of Embarcadero Center and the San Francisco skyline for the rest of the holiday season....
at Mezzanine (doors 9pm)
The South London quartet, Hot Chip, first appeared on the scene in 2004 with their revered debut, Coming On Strong, which was produced in one of the band members' bedrooms. Drawing influences from various genres and artists such as: Prince, Madlib, The Beach Boys, Kraftwerk, Devo, Brian Eno, and Genesis, they devise a wondrous collage of soul, electronic, funk, ambient, and pop...
at 111 Minna Street Gallery (9pm - 2am)
Hyphen's newest issue is on stands now. It's time to celebrate with some of our favorite Asian American bay area musicians. A night of movement, magazines and music. With dj's politik and modest mark...
at Poleng Lounge (10pm - 2am)
"This is high grade stuff, hip hop with an experimental, world music edge. DJ Vadim's production is as polished as his sources are broad, and Blu Rum 13's gravel-voiced flow and intelligent lyrics ooze confidence...
Saturday, November 18, 2006
at Moscone Center (10am - 10pm)
The 2006 San Francisco International Auto Show promises to be the most spectacular in the history of the event. The International Auto Show will feature exhibits in the north and south halls plus the Gateway Ballroom as well as in the lower north and south lobby areas filling the 1.2 million square foot Moscone Center...
at CELLspace (Crucible Steel Gallery) (8:30pm - 1:30am)
The night will feature a Mechanical Bull Riding Competition and Chili Cook-Off. Trophies will be awarded for best bull riding, best dressed, and best chili. Music and cowboy songs will be spinning all night long. Doors open at 8:30 and championship begins at 10:30...
at Cafe du Nord (9pm)
Who says Bats are just for Halloween? Tis the season of shortening days and lengthening nights, and in this spirit San Francisco chamber-cabaret cult-faves Rosin Coven return to the appropriately underground haunts of Café du Nord. For one night only, the ensemble and their dark-dwelling friends will transform the club into a cozy, elegant Cave full of Bats...
at John Colins Lounge (9pm - 2am)
"Fast Times At Kashlo High" A NEW and different 80s party at John Colins for one night only starring 80s all star DJ Kash-honey with DJ Damone and special guests. This night is designed for you to shake your rump to all of the best 80s jams of yesteryear. So get on the dance floor, get your best 80s outfit together and do the Running Man!
at Mezzanine (doors 9pm)
They authenticated an unprecedented sound, raw punk-rock merged with reggae and dub. In addition to its fierce album cover, Cut left an impressionable mark on a scene once dominated by males, paving the way for future riot grrrls everywhere...
Sunday, November 19, 2006
at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (noon - 5pm)
Sensacional! Mexican Street Graphics celebrates the vernacular design of the comic books, flyers, posters and signs common in Mexico, where a rough, idiosyncratic beauty arises from a mom-and-pop street economy. The artisans are the sign-painting, lithographic tradespeople who work off the high-art grid, and serve as de facto ad agencies for auto repair shops, food vendors, and wrestling events...
at Pier 39 (noon - 5:30pm)
A multi-cultural celebration, , Discover® Network presents PIER 39's Holiday Harmony, features Bay Area groups performing seasonal favorites from around the world. PIER 39's majestic tree, adorned with 400 glistening ornaments, 500 bows and 2,000 twinkling lights will be lit at 5:30pm in the Entrance Plaza...
at Castro Theatre (6:30pm: gala 10:15pm: added matinee screening noon)
One of the most beloved screen characters in Hollywood history "Scout" Finch from TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD - Academy Award® nominated star Mary Badham - will be making a rare public appearance as impressario Marc Huestis presents a gala celebration to the great screen classic...
at Bourbon Street Bar & Grill (doors 6:00pm; show 6:30pm)
Songs like Antichrist and Bestial Devastation made clear what Sepultura's goal was with their music, and their ever-growing legion of fans understood them well. The next step up was their very own album Morbid Visions (1986)...
Monday, November 20, 2006
at The Tunnel Top (10pm - 2am)
Rocksteady, ska, dub, roots, dancehall mixed up every monday night at tunnel top...
at Bill Graham Civic Auditorium (8pm)
Jack Black and Kyle Gass make up the Greatest Band in History - Tenacious D. They started playing together in Kyle's studio apt on Cochran Ave in Los Angeles. No one could have ever dreamed of where their genius would take them.. but take them it did...
This Week's Articles

The Grill from Ipanema
By Gloria_Tai (Nov 09, 2006)
If you've been to Brazil once, you will understand the longing for its beaches, its tart, strong caipirinhas, and its decadent churrascarias -- steakhouses that serve skewered, roasted meats tableside. The good news is the latter two can be experienced at Espetus, a restaurant that SF Station staffers have been meaning to try since it opened in 2003.
Enter the Realm of Turntables, Tunes and 'Toons
By Matt_Crawford (Nov 09, 2006)
There is a reason why Mike Relm doesn't include the DJ prefix before his name. His art transcends turntables into, uh, realms that are expanding turntablism into other disciplines such as film and cartoons. The San Francisco resident is providing the soundtrack for the animated version of Turntable Timmy, the character that was originally created for the award-winning children's book, and he is working on his first self-produced CD, which should be out in 2007.
SF Station Blows It Up
By Misha_Vladimirskiy (Nov 09, 2006)
Austin, Texas is known for producing great music and Voxtrot is one of those bands, and if you were at Popscene last week you would know why. With a sound that mixes 60s pop and indie rock these boys made me dance all night. With guitars that would make even George Harrison nod his head and drums that you could count your heartbeat to, these guys are one amazing outfit.
images courtesy of in 20th Century Fox
A Vintage Unlikely To Please Many Palates
By Matt_Forsman (Nov 08, 2006)
Russell Crowe pulled down his first Oscar in 2000 with his intense performance as the betrayed and aggrieved general Maximus in Ridley Scott's Gladiator. Hoping for similar magic again, Crowe and Scott have collaborated in The Good Year. It's a good idea perhaps, but A Good Year is far from stellar, although not bad enough to feed to the lions.
The Book Is Not Always Better
By Anhoni_Patel (Nov 09, 2006)
The well-known writer Karen Eiffel (Emma Thompson) has a bad case of writers block. She's almost finished with the novel she's been working on for the last decade, and all she has left to do is figure out how to kill off her protagonist. The problem is her main character, Harold Crick (Will Ferrell), actually exists.
Relationships, Honesty and Sexual Deviance
By Rossiter_Drake (Nov 09, 2006)
Some secrets are best kept secret. That is the lesson of Sleeping Dogs Lie, a dark, confrontational comedy that deals with characters whose closets are overstuffed with skeletons, though not necessarily of the human variety. For example, thirty seconds into the movie you learn about how Amy (Melinda Page Hamilton) was a collegiate teen when she impulsively performed fellatio on Rufus, her four-legged best friend. She can't explain why and, as she declares early on, has no lingering interest in bestiality. But it happened.
Powerful, If Flawed, Urban Drama
By Mel_Valentin (Nov 09, 2006)
If anyone knows urban crime drama, it's screenwriter David Ayer. Ayer has had no less than five screenplays produced. With his first film as a director, Ayer returns to the urban environment that gave moviegoers Training Day and Denzel Washington's Academy Award-winning performance as a charismatic, ethically challenged undercover cop. Here's the rub, however: Harsh Times was written almost ten years ago so, if anything, Training Day owes its success, at least in part, to the template Ayer created with the earlier Harsh Times.
A City Built On Cocaine, Pipedreams, and Blood
By Matt_Forsman (Nov 08, 2006)
For those seeking quick fortune and glory in the 70s and 80s, there was arguably no place quite like Miami. With unguarded ports, contraband could easily be smuggled in from Colombia or Cuba and, in short order, turned over for a pretty penny. Previously a quiet retirement community, Miami would become a hotbed for cocaine peddling and unspeakable violence. The remarkable rise, fall, and rebirth of Miami is charted in Cocaine Cowboys.
Less Than the Sum of Its Musical and Dramatic Parts
By Mel_Valentin (Nov 09, 2006)
Set in 1824 Vienna, Austria, Agnieszka Holland's latest film, Copying Beethoven, opens with Anna Holtz (Diane Kruger), a talented music student, after she agrees to become Ludwig van Beethoven's (Ed Harris) new assistant. Beethoven's manager, Wenzel Schlemmer (Ralph Riach), is too ill to play caretaker to the mercurial Beethoven, so he sends for the conservatory's most promising composition student. Although Schlemmer initially objects to Anna due to her gender and his prejudices, he agrees to allow her to become Beethoven's assistant, warning her of Beethoven's temper and unconventional behavior.
Beauty Made Simple
By Nirmala_Nataraj (Nov 09, 2006)
As much as I love the science of beauty, frequenting the typical med spa isn't really my idea of a good time. The vision that springs to mind when I think of med spas usually involves antiseptic, staid environments; poker-faced doctors in lab coats, plying patients with machines that look like they were built specifically to inflict pain; and plasticky debutantes itching for their next Botox fix. Sure, this isn't a picture that's altogether accurate or unbiased, but that's exactly why places like Aura Skin Spa exist -- to school the ignorant (including me) out of their beauty prejudices.
Photos by Terrence McCarthy
O Glorious Cheesy Triangle!
By Clifton_Lemon (Nov 09, 2006)
"Il Barbiere di Siviglia", Rossini's best known work, is a facile and silly confection, and according to Opera America, the fifth most performed opera in North America. Like Mozart, to whom he was sometimes compared, Rossini was a prolific and lighting-quick producer of music. He wrote this opera in just thirteen days -- the zippy, spontaneous delivery is evident in the work.
A Bunch of Lefts Do Make a Right
By lisa_ryers (Nov 09, 2006)
Why does Agatha Christie continue to sell? In fact, why do her books continue to be translated into languages in some countries at a rate that outpaces translation of the Bible? It stands to reason that her stories satisfy not because everyone has a secret affection for Belgian detectives mistaken for French ones or that British women with surnames like Marple really rock. The stories satisfy because the characters in her books always outshine the detectives in ways that are more believable than characters we meet on TV today.

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