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SF Station presents The Guide: A list of the best events happening this week
Tuesday, December 5 - Monday, December 11
The weeks before the end of the year are crammed with office holiday parties, gettogethers, and gift shopping. But on your free nights, there's still plenty to occupy your time with around town.

Get in the mood for Christmas and head down to the piers to see Santa at the Wharf where the big guy will be handing out treats whilst compiling his naughty or nice list. Spread the cheer by attending the 10th Annual SF Firefighters' Toy Program/Toys for Tots Charity Party at Harry Denton's Starlight Room and bring a toy for a deserving child. There's also the Stars Annual Holiday Gala benefiting the Make-A-Wish Foundation and celebrating the talent agency's 20th anniversary.

After completing your good deeds, check out the practically ubiquitous Lily Allen at Mighty where the hot new songstress will be throwing down her ska-pop melodies. Speaking of songstresses, the mesmerizing ladies of Les Nubians will be making an appearance at Swedish American Hall on Saturday night. If it's culture you desire, then the romantic thriller Luminescence Dating at Magic Theatre is your best bet as is the long-awaited The Piano Tuner of Earthquakes, the Quay brothers newest animated wonder, at the Red Vic Movie House.
FEATURED GIVEAWAY: Ballet Flamenco Eva Yerbabuena at Zellerbach Hall
Winner of Spain's prestigious National Dance Prize and hailed as a leading exponent of the new flamenco scene...
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LIVE MUSIC: Hot One plus Paul Green's school of Rock at Cafe du Nord
The Annual Lusty Lady Holiday Party! at 12 Galaxies
Comets on Fire, Crime in Choir at 12 Galaxies
Pojama People at Cafe du Nord

DINNER: Impala
Mas Sake

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SF Station presents A list of the best Bay Area parties, events and celebrations!
Tuesday, December 5, 2006
at Fisherman's Wharf (3pm - 6pm)
Santa will appear at Anchorage Square to meet and greet children plus hand out special treats...
at Mezzanine (9pm)
Omaha, NE's the Faint have gone through countless changes in their relatively short career, but with each shift, both personnel-wise and stylistically, they have made a distinct new impression and turned more and more heads...
Wednesday, December 6, 2006
at Harry Denton's Starlight Room (8pm)
Come help make this year the best one yet, providing underpriveleged children with the most toys possible...
at Bottom of the Hill (9pm)
Boxcar Saints conjures together the roots of American music with South-of-the-border longings and desperate gypsy midnight howls. The San Francisco based Boxcar Saints was formed...
Thursday, December 7, 2006
at Ana Mandara (7pm)
Benefiting the Greater Bay Area Make-A-Wish Foundation...
at Pacific Film Archive 5:30pm: Intensive Care (Free Screening!); 7:30pm: Education as a Site of Indoctrination
This series, compiled by Lebanese video artist and curator Akram Zaatari, presents works produced in response to what Zaatari describes as situations of physical and/or ideological closure resulting mainly from war and territorial conflicts...
Friday, December 8, 2006
at SFAI Lecture Hall (7pm)
at Zellerbach Hall (8pm)
Winner of Spain's prestigious National Dance award and twice named Best Performer at Seville's Biennial of Flamenco, Eva Yerbabuena is acclaimed as one of the most adventurous flamenco figures before the public today...
at Hemlock Tavern (9:30pm)
Northwest indie songcraft through a Chicago post-rock lens, illuminating the quiet recesses with an unpredictable, experimental light...
at Paradise Lounge (10pm)
at Levende Lounge (10pm)
Put your sexiest holiday outfit on, and come down to Levende on December 8th for great house music, a beautiful crowd, and the best drinks in town!
at Mighty (11pm)
Lily's sound is ska-pop, with a dash of social commentary. Easy listening yet thought provoking at the same time...
Saturday, December 9, 2006
at Hyde Street Pier (3pm)
This special holiday celebration features live music, refreshments, ornament-making, costumed characters from 1901, and a special visit from Santa Claus, arriving by boat...
at Sweedish American Hall (8pm)
An unconventional female duo that came out of Bordeaux, France, in the 1990s, Les Nubians offered a jazzy, sophisticated style of R&B that combined French lyrics with the influence of Sade, Soul II Soul, hip-hop, and African pop...
at The Warfield (8pm)
Incubus rose to become one of the most popular alt-metal bands of the new millennium, setting themselves apart from a crowded field with a somewhat less-negative outlook and tireless touring...
at The Canvas (8pm)
The Finest Salsa DJ's, Stellar Dance Performances, Vibrant Art, Rare and Exotic Sake Plus a full bar, and the finest Salsa Dancing in San Francisco!
at the Independent (9pm)
2006 marks The Disco Biscuits eleventh year of rocking out in their unique musical smorgasbord style which fuses rock, electronic and classical music...
at Mighty (9pm)
The Finest Salsa DJ's, Stellar Dance Performances, Vibrant Art, Rare and Exotic Sake Plus a full bar, and the finest Salsa Dancing in San Francisco!
Sunday, December 10, 2006
at the Magic Theatre (2:30pm)
A romantic thriller involving a lost statue, a lost son, and an ancient mystery, Luminescence Dating is directed by acclaimed theatrical director Mark Rucker, whose credits include the Sundance Film Festival favorite Die Mommie Die! and...
at Bottom of the Hill (8pm)
There are bands that merely "grow," and then there are bands that truly evolve. There are bands that find a sound that works and stick to it like it's their religion, and then there are bands that only use that sound as a foundation, a launching pad to greater things...
Monday, December 11, 2006
at Herbst Theatre (8pm)
Dave Eggers' most recent book is What is the What: The Autobiography of Valentino Achak Deng. Epic in scope and full of adventure, tragedy, and triumph, What is the What depicts the recent history of civil war in Sudan through the eyes of two young men. It is based on the true story of Valentino Achak Deng, a survivor of a 1000-mile exodus and one of Sudan's "Lost Boys."...
at Red Vic Movie House (7:15pm, 9:25 pm)
The extraordinary Quay Brothers (Institute Benjamenta, Street of Crocodiles, In Absentia), are two of the world's most original filmmakers. Influenced by a tradition of Eastern European animation, the Quay's display a passion for detail, a breathtaking command of color and texture, and uncanny use of focus and camera movement that make their films unique and instantly recognizable...
This Week's Articles
In a World Far, Far Away
By Paul_Redman (Nov 30, 2006)
San Francisco is the one place where a neighborhood mom and pop restaurant might have a menu of organic vegetables, foie gras and short rib crepinette, and a grumpy French waiter who makes guests feel like tourists in their own town. And this on a quiet street in the humble Richmond district, where the fog is often the first to arrive and the last to leave.
The Local Band Returns for Fillmore Show
By Matt_Crawford (Nov 30, 2006)
Nearly 10 years after the group formed, Oakland punk band The Matches is gaining a national presence with a steady touring regiment and a new album on Epitaph that features nine producers on 13 tracks, including Rancid's Tim Armstrong and Blink 182 and +44 bassist Mark Hoppus. The band, which was originally called The Locals until a group with the same name complained, returns to the Bay Area on December 12th for a show at The Fillmore. Lead singer and guitarist Shawn Harris spoke with SF Station during a phone interview from a tour date in Chicago.
SF Station Blows It Up
By Misha_Vladimirskiy (Nov 30, 2006)
So I was walking to the Bill Graham Civic last Monday to go see Tenacious D perform in front of 8000+ people and as I looked around I realized every single person was doing the same thing in trepidation. The opening act was a comedian named Neil Hamburger who shtick was jokes so bad that people threw change at the stage but from the first glimpse of the D it was worth it. The entire performance was more like a rock opera with set changes and a full band backing the boys. It was one of the best live shows I have ever seen...
Released on Universal South, 10/10/06
By Adam_Pollock (Nov 30, 2006)
Jennings is the son of Waylon Jennings and Jessi Colter and as such has a pedigree that involves a lot of Jack Daniels and, we presume, conversations that start with "Listen here motherf*cker." Jennings Jr. has been rocking out since a teen. For almost a decade he played the L.A. rock circuit in a G-N-R like concoction called Stargunn before embracing his legacy and putting together a new band, the .357's, and heading out to bring the world the raunchy swagger of country rock...
Released on Filter US Recordings, 10/17/06
By lynne_angel (Nov 30, 2006)
Dustin O'Halloran is one lucky guy. Having begun his musical career as one-half of the Los Angeles pop outfit Devics and touring with the likes of Black Heart Procession and Sea Wolf, he then began to record and release the classical piano opuses he has been writing over the past few years while in Italy. He released these on Devics' label, home to bands such as Sigur Rós and The Panda Band, Filter US Recordings, which drew the attention of director Sofia Coppola who asked him to score two sections of her latest film Marie Antoinette. Not bad considering how difficult it is to get recognition for one's mainstream musical projects...
An Unholy Trinity
By Stefan_Gruenwedel (Nov 30, 2006)
Coinciding with World AIDS Day, Thom Fitzgerald's cinematic triptych presents three disparate yet complementary stories about how this indiscriminate disease afflicts individuals, communities, and societies on three continents in very different ways. Based on writer/director Fitzgerald's experiences in China, South Africa, and the West (specifically Canada), 3 Needles portrays the AIDS pandemic on a scale that is alternately intimate and sweeping. As a result, the film is irresistibly watchable and ultimately disturbing...
An Enlightening, Moving, if Limited, Documentary
By Mel_Valentin (Nov 30, 2006)
Freida Lee Mock's (Maya Lin: A Strong Clear Vision) latest feature-length documentary, Wrestling with Angels, covers a turbulent, three-year period in award-wining playwright Tony Kushner's life, beginning days before September 11, 2001 as Kushner prepared "Homebody/Kabul", a prescient examination of a "clash of civilizations" in modern-day Afghanistan, through his wedding in 2003 to his life partner Mark Harris and the premiere of his most recent theater piece "Caroline, Or Change"...
Away in a Manger
By Matt_Forsman (Nov 30, 2006)
With the holiday season in full swing, studios are earnestly trotting out any and all films that tap into the "yuletide" spirit. Typically, these "holiday films" barely ascend a step beyond mediocrity (The Family Stone) and far too many fall many steps below (Christmas With The Kranks). One of this year's more intriguing yuletide flicks is Catherine Hardwicke's The Nativity Story.
Spa Therapy for Your Toes
By Nirmala_Natara (Nov 30, 2006)
If you thought smooth, callus-free feet and perfectly polished toenails were beauty considerations strictly confined to warmer months, think again. For the sake of hygiene and, well, hygiene -- do your tootsies a favor this winter season and give them some preventive care against the humid confines of boots and sneakers. Recently, I stumbled upon a couple of new favorites, who dispense with the fast, factory-line pedicure treatment and add some sanitary know-how to the brew of indulgence.
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