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SF Station presents The Guide: A list of the best events happening this week
Tuesday, November 28 - Monday, December 4
Have you all recovered from your turkey comas? Have you sorted through all your holiday family dramas? Have you pulled through the trauma that is the start of the holiday shopping season? We hope so as there is a ton to do this week.

First up, get your nightly news on with Tom Brokaw at the Hotel Nikko at this special Commonwealth Club event. Then take a trip to the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts to check out the Sensacional! Mexican Street Graphics exhibit. The next day, head to Dog Eared Books for Babble On featuring free alcohol, baked goods and literature from three amazing writers including Michelle Tea.

A festival like no other, the Anti-Corporate Film Festival happens this weekend, with films, discussions and events that examine the corporate world, at the Victoria Theatre. For a little experimental art, check out the Multimedia Performance, expanding the relationship between sound and image and space, at Recombinant Media Labs. Then treat yourself on Sunday night to the vocal stylings of the one and only Imogen Heap at The Warfield. Continue the music trend on Monday at the Not So Silent Night band contest at Café du Nord to check out which of your fav local bands will make the cut to open this annual concert.

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Tuesday, November 28, 2006
at Hotel Nikko (6:45pm)
Legendary broadcast journalist Brokaw pays tribute to his longtime friends, the late Galen and Barbara Rowell, at the annual Rowell Lecture Series. Since stepping down in 2004 after 21 years as "NBC Nightly News" anchor, Brokaw continues to travel the globe...
at the Independent (9pm)
The Coup were one of the most overtly political bands in rap history. Formed in the early '90s, the Coup were obviously influenced by the black power rhetoric of "conscious" rappers like Public Enemy and KRS-One, but they were perhaps even more inspired by a heavy-duty, leftist reading list that included Marx and Mao...
Wednesday, November 29, 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 Landmarks Embarcadero Cinema (12:20pm, 2:40pm, 5pm) 7:30pm, 10pm)
Writer/director Darren Aronofsky's (Requiem for a Dream) fantastical odyssey tells of one man's thousand-year struggle to save the woman he loves. In 16th century Spain, conquistador Tomas Creo (Hugh Jackman) searches for the Tree of Life, believed to grant eternal life to those who drink its sap...
Thursday, November 30, 2006
at Art Engine (6pm - 9pm) - Opening Reception for the Artist
Piziali's complex, constructed paintings playfully merge what might be an engineer's fascination in science and mathematics with an artist's interest in color and the aesthetics of form and perspective. Household paint, brightly colored tape, and found billboard paper are meticulously applied over steel and rust...
at Commonwealth Club of California (6:30pm)
Online social networking sites are now among the most popular web sites on the internet. Facebook is the seventh most trafficked site in the U.S., and millions of young trendsetters have made MySpace and Second Life the most disruptive forces to hit pop culture since MTV...
at Dog Eared Books (8pm)
Be Dog Eared Book's cheap date on Thursday, November 30th. We'll wine and dine you with free alcohol and pastries while Michelle Tea, Brent Armendinger, and Steeple Chase amaze you with their beautiful words and music...
Friday, December 1, 2006
at Geras Tousignant Gallery (5pm - 9pm)
Trees order the life on earth. In this new collection of paintings, Daniel Tousignant compellingly declares that leaf-heavy branches in Summer and the bare, exposed limbs of Winter reflect the beauty and vulnerability of all living things...
at Victoria Theatre (7pm)
The 2006 CounterCorp Anti-Corporate Film Festival is a three-day series of films, discussions, and related events that examine the true nature of large corporations, the role they play in our society and communities, and the effects they have on people and cultures around the world and the planet itself...
at Club Six (9pm)
Sponsored by Puma, DJ'S Twilight Tone, Sake One, DJ De', Eddie Raskal, Performers, J-Billion, El Rock AKA Rocky Balboa The Stuntman...
at Duplex (9:30pm)
DJ Swayzee (Versus), Qwi$tar (@ Large), Flux(flying Machine/Paris) in the mix. A tribute to all heroes of Old School $ New school hip-hop, R&B, NEW WAVE, disco, Pop, dancehall ...and anything to make you sweat...
at 12 Galaxies (9:30pm)
Like the first installation AAMS from summer of 2006, the series will again present the diversity of musical styles, which reflect Asian and American musical influences as well as Asian American perspectives distinctive to the San Francisco Bay Area. The Bay Area's most talented musicians, bands and performers will be featured in a number of clubs throughout San Francisco...
Saturday, December 2, 2006
at Recombinant Media Labs (8pm)
Among the artists who will be featured are: Ed Campion, Jen Cohen, Louis Dufort, Guillermo Galindo, Daniel Hayes, John Oliver, Kristin Tieche, Linda Bouchard, François Houle on clarinet, Ellen Ruth Rose on viola...
at the Clubhouse (8pm & 10pm)
We're excited to announce that Eddie Brill, talent coordinator for the Late Show with David Letterman, is coming to the San Francisco Comedy College to audition comedians for spots on the renowned late night show for the first time ever!...
at Berkeley Community Theatre (8pm)
Bassist and songwriter Les Claypool is among the most innovative and unpredictable musicians to emerge from the '90s alternative rock scene, mixing various influences - from Jimi Hendrix and Led Zeppelin to Stanley Clarke and Larry Graham - to create his own style...
at Icon Ultra Lounge (10pm)
Bassist and songwriter Les Claypool is among the most innovative and unpredictable musicians to emerge from the '90s alternative rock scene, mixing various influences - from Jimi Hendrix and Led Zeppelin to Stanley Clarke and Larry Graham - to create his own style...
Sunday, December 3, 2006
at San Francisco Zoo (10am - 5pm)
Come to the San Francisco Zoo this holiday season and see Santa's reindeer! Holly, Velvet, Peppermint and Belle will be landing once again to bring the spirit of the season to children of all ages...
at Asian Art Museum (10am - 5pm)
Pioneers of Philippine Art - the first exhibition of Filipino art at the Asian Art Museum's Civic Center facility - provides American audiences with a broader understanding of these three important artists and their place in Philippine history and society...
at the Warfield (8pm)
"Imogen Heap is a solo artist twisting together strands of classical, pop and electronica into an accessible but beguiling sound."...
Monday, December 4, 2006
at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (8pm)
In this masterpiece, Cage transformed the piano into a percussion orchestra by inserting carefully chosen objects between the strings. The concert provides a rare opportunity to hear Steinberg, a leading interpreter of Cage's music, performing one of his most engrossing pieces...
at Cafe du Nord (doors at 8:30pm; show at 9:30pm)
One local band gets to open up Not So Silent Night, Friday, December 8th at the Bill Graham Civic Center...
This Week's Articles
French-Asian cuisine finds an odd perch on Nob Hill
By Lisa_Butterworth (Nov 22, 2006)
Sparrow, the new endeavor of owner Steve Javellana and Executive Chef Terry Lynch, attempts to overcome a cursed space with interesting flavors and a creative menu. The first thing you notice about Sparrow is the odd location. Perched atop Nob Hill in the space formerly occupied by Watergate's second incarnation, this new French-Asian restaurant is nestled in the "Dynasty"-era lobby of the Gramercy Towers.
A rapper in a league of his own
By Matt_Crawford (Nov 22, 2006)
Bukue One is a Renaissance man of sorts. He raps, paints graffitis, skateboards and he helps manage, book and promote several other underground hip-hop acts. In his spare time, he bowls and spins reggae music. His latest lyrical endeavor Intromission will be released exclusively on-line in January. He spoke with SF Station during a phone interview while bowling in Concord.
Drink Deeply
By Matt_Forsman (Nov 23, 2006)
Writer/director Darren Aronofsky first made his mark with the dark, mind bending Pi. From there he ventured into even darker territory with his depressing exploration of the world of addiction (of just about every kind) in Requiem For A Dream. In Aronofksy's latest, The Fountain, we have a similarly dark vision, but The Fountain is also the most life affirming film he has ever assembled.
Fragments of a Terrible Day
By Stefan_Gruenwedel (Nov 23, 2006)
The tumultuous year of 1968 shaped and shattered many lives around the world, but in one particular moment, the sudden killing of an inspirational politician derailed the outcome of a crucial presidential election and changed the political guard in America for decades. An all-star cast usually ruins a movie. However, in the case of Bobby, it is the film's foundation.
It's a Long Way to the Top If You Wanna Rock 'N' Roll
By Rossiter_Drake (Nov 23, 2006)
Tenacious D, the self-proclaimed Greatest Band on Earth, has risen from the humblest of beginnings -- in this case, a bit part in the 1996 Pauly Shore comedy Bio-Dome that led to a short-lived HBO series. They recorded their eponymous debut, a gleefully raunchy collection of ribald ballads and odes to kielbasa, in 2001. Now, improbably, comes Tenacious D in the Pick of Destiny, which finds D frontmen Jack Black and Kyle Gass perfecting the art of cock-pushups, learning valuable life lessons from Ronnie James Dio and out-rocking the Dark Prince himself.
A Bit of Pretentiousness Mixed with Pederasty (a lethal combination)
By Anhoni_Patel (Nov 25, 2006)
Based on the play by the profuse Alan Bennett, The History Boys is every bit invigorating as it is offbeat. It captures the essence of being young and having the world at your feet. However, it also takes the student-teacher relationship to whole new, and disturbing, level.
Don't Believe the Hype
By Mel_Valentin (Nov 23, 2006)
Pedro Almodóvar has justifiably been called "the most internationally acclaimed Spanish filmmaker since Luis Buñuel." But time seems to have softened Almodóvar's once razor-sharp storytelling and critical skills. Case in point: Almodóvar's latest film, Volver, a family drama let down by uninspired plot turns and overindulgent running time.
Solid Sci-Fi Action
By Mel_Valentin (Nov 23, 2006)
Over a career spanning three decades, Tony Scott has directed some of Hollywood's most stylish, ultra-violent blockbusters (Domino, Man on Fire, Enemy of the State, True Romance, Top Gun). Déjà Vu, a science fiction/action/romance, offers up more of Scott's hyperactive visual style, but thanks to Denzel "Mr. Gravitas" Washington (his third time with Scott at the helm), a solid supporting cast, a clever, if familiar, premise, and suitably spectacular visuals and action sequences, Déjà Vu ends up being far better than the sum of its parts suggests at first glance.
More Like Dreck the Halls
By Mel_Valentin (Nov 23, 2006)
With Black Friday, the "official" start to Christmas retailing season just days away, family-oriented holiday comedies are as predictable as they are inevitable. Most are forgettable, blandly entertaining fodder, better suited to cable or DVD than theatrical distribution. Still, there's something about sitting in a crowded movie theater with friends, family, and total strangers, and experiencing the saccharine pleasures of family comedies that's hard to resist. Well, mostly. The opposite is true about Deck the Halls.
Keepin' it Real in the Lower Haight
By Jialin_Luh (Nov 23, 2006)
On the corner of Haight and Steiner in a space previously occupied by drum and bass record shop The Compound and subsequently Future Primitive, newcomer Lower Hater brings distinctive flavor for all facets of the motley neighborhood and beyond. At once a clothing, housewares and furniture boutique cum art gallery, Lower Hater blends elements of hip hop to punk rock, classy to edgy, and retro to modern in a spot-on collection of goods that must be recognized as pieces of art.
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