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SF Station presents The Guide: A list of the best events happening this week
Tuesday, December 19 - Monday, December 25
Baby, it's cold outside. Is it just us or does it seem like San Francisco will be experiencing its first white Christmas? If you're not hopping on a plane or car and jetting yourself out of the city to other destinations, then don't be surprised if fat, white snowflakes start falling. If you are around this week then enjoy every moment of the city at its most quiet. But just because its quiet, doesn't mean there's nothing to do.

There are very few musicians like the illustrious Joanna Newson. She plays a harp and her songs can go on for days. Experience her firsthand at the Great American Music Hall. Then get in the holiday swing of things with The Christmas Ballet at YBCA where you can see the famous dancing Christmas trees. For a little mood music, check out Navidad on Grant; Jazz will be taking over North Beach!

Before catching a plane, shake your booty at the DNA Lounge at the Remedy Christmas Party with Donovan and Kaskade. Another Bay Area holiday tradition, the SF Ballet's Nutcracker is a perfect way to relax with the family. Also family-oriented yet not as traditional is the Holiday Animation Film Festival at the Exploratorium. Then what would Christmas be without the 14th Annual Kung Pao Kosher Comedy at the New Asia Restaurant. Eat Chinese food! Laugh! Be merry!

Happy Holidays from all of us at SF Station. NYE guide
Luxe New Year's Eve Party

at Bubble Lounge
Tickets includes general admission, New Years Eve menu of champagnes, select premium full open bar, appetizers and hors d'eovures served until 12:30 am.
Sign up to win!

LIVE MUSIC: Kent Burnside and The New Generation at Cafe du Nord
An Evening with Banyan at 12 Galaxies
Radiators at Cafe du Nord

DINNER: Impala
Mas Sake

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Tuesday, December 19, 2006
at Eureka Valley/Harvey Milk Memorial Branch Library (7pm)
Tea was the co-founder of the Sister Spit spoken word tour. Her books, mostly memoirs, are known for their views into the riot grrrl and queercore communities...
at Great American Music Hall (8pm)
Although Joanna Newsom's Appalachian-meets-avant-garde take on folk music is her most celebrated work, her range is even more inclusive than her solo career suggests...
Wednesday, December 20, 2006
at Gold Club (5pm - 10pm)
Charity dances for the San Francisco Firefighters Toy Drive. All Night Long!
at YBCA (8pm)
Share the festivities with your family and friends when you celebrate the holidays with Smuin Ballet!
Thursday, December 21, 2006
at 111 Minna (6pm - 11pm)
Trunk Sale, Runway Fashion Show & Concert!
at Red Vic Movie House (7pm & 9:25pm)
The latest provocation from Czech surrealist master Jan Svankmajer (Little Otik) is loosely based on two short stories by Edgar Allan Poe and inspired by the works of the Marquis de Sade.
at Cafe du Nord (9pm)
These teenagers channel early Modern Lovers pre-punk style and The White Stripes' stripped-down, revved-up blues licks with infectious...
at various locations (9pm)
Brazilian Music By Amigo Do Samba, All Star Jazz Performance By Member of Charlie Hunter & Stanton Moores Trio and much more!
Friday, December 22, 2006
at Ampersand International Arts (Fridays, 11-5, and always by appointment)
A group show of small-scale work, featuring painting, sculpture, and work on paper, photography, video, and mixed media. At a time of very needed quiet reflection, ampersand is proud to champion the artists of INTERIOR LIFE for their outstanding talent, passion and dedication...
at Biscuits & Blues (8pm & 10pm)
Playing piano since the age of six, Butler is a master of musical diversity. Combining the percussive jazz piano playing of McCoy Tyner and the New Orleans style playing of Professor Longhair through his classically-trained wizardry, Butler continues to craft a sound uniquely his own.
at DNA Lounge (10pm - 4am)
Featuring Kaskade & Donovan!
Saturday, December 23, 2006
at San Francisco (SF) Ballet (2pm & 7pm)
Audiences of all ages will marvel at the magic and wonderment of this stunning production that played to unanimous critical acclaim and sold-out audiences in its first two seasons...
at The Independent (9pm)
With her graceful melodies and evocative lyrics, Vienna has garnered critical acclaim and a rapidly growing legion of fans throughout the world. Described as anything from chamber-folk or classically-influenced pop, Vienna Teng's music is simply one of the most enchanting new sounds around...
at Mighty (9pm)
Salted Music was created and launched in 2004 by Miguel Migs as yet another creative outlet to release forward thinking soul based electronic music of many tempos.
at Club Six (9pm)
Hip Hop/R&B/Neosoul/Club Classics with Dusty Crates and special guests...
Sunday, December 24, 2006
at Exploratorium (noon)
Don't miss the sound of Dylan Thomas' voice in the December 24 noon-time Exploratorium screening of A Child's Christmas in Wales, the 1963 film that presents the story, written and narrated by Dylan Thomas, of a boy's memories of Christmas in Wales...
at American Conservatory Theater (A.C.T.) (noon)
Featuring nasty old Scrooge, adorable Tiny Tim, and a host of beloved characters, A.C.T.'s A Christmas Carol is a sparkling, music-infused celebration of good will that your family will never forget...
Monday, December 25, 2006
at McLaren Lodge (10am)
Join Velo Girls on this holiday tradition. Meet at McLaren Lodge for a fun, social ride on the best day of the year to ride a bike! This is a co-ed ride. Helmets are required; holiday costumes are optional...
at New Asia Restaurant (6pm & 9:30pm)
What started out as a joke by Kung Pao creator/San Francisco-based Jewish stand-up comic, Lisa Geduldig, has become an institution in San Francisco, annually giving 3000 comedy aficionados and those escaping "Christmas-mania" an alternative to Jingle Bells and The Nutcracker...
This Week's Articles
Get Wined and Dined
By Sarah_Sung (Dec 14, 2006)
As the latest home to Pamela Busch, former owner of Hayes and Vine, and Tadd Cortell of The Public, it's no surprise that Cav would boast an exceptional wine list (upwards of 300 bottles) covering a broad spectrum of tastes and regions (roughly 70). But what might be a shocker is that this year-old nook of a wine bar also serves a Cal-Mediterranean-comfort food-inspired menu that might tempt you away from what could end up being a liquid-diet-kind-of-night. Cav has even been known to lure folks away from next-door Zuni and nearby Hotel Biron.
Band Returns for Punk Rock Christmas
By Matt_Crawford (Dec 14, 2006)
Who would of thought that The Vandals had such holiday spirit? In addition to recording an album comprised of almost all original Christmas songs (1996's Christmas With The Vandals: Oi to the World), the band goes on tour every holiday season to spread a little extra Christmas cheer. They'll return to San Francisco on December 22nd for a show at Slim's. Guitarist Warren Fitzgerald spoke with SF Station during a phone interview.
Released on Drag City, 11/14
By lynne_angel (Dec 14, 2006)
Finally, an album with some meat on its bare bones! The streets are filled with three-and-a-half minute pop songs running scared, gawking at the sheer magnitude of Newsom's latest release Ys (pronounced "eees"). It is a mighty album. With five songs clocking an impressive fifty-five minutes, it takes on the attitude of a film score or symphonic overture, but is laced with such moments of sweetness it often times lapses into some kind of childlike fairytale romp. But a word of warning: this album is not for the weak of heart and mind.
Released on Mister Records
By Matt_Forsman (Dec 14, 2006)
Few experiences induce more stress in the family pet than a trip to the veterinarian or animal hospital. For those who have (or had) pets, you've probably had the experience of your pet becoming a seething mass of anxiety prior to the trip to the vet. In lieu of a canine (or feline) quaalude or sedative, musician Kevin Micka (aka "Animal Hospital") offers an auditory solution in his self-titled debut album Animal Hospital.
Released on Vice Records, 6/6
By VinCi_Chan (Dec 14, 2006)
What does Justice sound like? Remember when the late Linda McCartney used to play backup keyboards for her husband's band, Paul McCartney and Wings? Remember it appeared as though she were struggling with an interactive toy? Now picture that moment of awkwardness with a bit of raw, junky effects from the distortion box and a pinch of lively thump from the rhythm box and - viola - there's your Justice!
A Star is Born
By Mel_Valentin (Dec 14, 2006)
Directed by Bill Condon (Kinsey, Gods and Monsters) and adapted from the 1981 Tony Award-winning Broadway musical, Dreamgirls comes to the big screen after several unsuccessful attempts. Luckily, the wait was more than worth it. Dreamgirls was and is "loosely" (not too loosely, actually) based on Diana Ross and the Supremes, and Ross' later career as a solo artist. The movie's producers picked an experienced hand in writer-director Bill Condon; he also adapted Chicago's translation from stage to screen, an Academy Award winner for Best Picture four years ago.
Epically Derivative
By Mel_Valentin (Dec 14, 2006)
If you haven't heard of Eragon, Christopher Paolini's bestselling first novel (begun when he was fifteen), or if you only heard of it via the marketing blitz featuring the film adaptation of the same name, chances are you're not a part of Eragon's intended "young adult" demographic. First published by his family and later by Alfred E. Knopf, Eragon became a bestseller.One hundred and twenty five million dollars later and we get Eragon, an epically derivative fantasy unlikely to appeal to anyone above the age of fourteen (and even that might be a stretch).
So Easy Even a Chimp Can Do It
By Michelle_Sieling (Dec 14, 2006)
Watching my eight-year old twin nephews bomb down the hill when I was getting my first snowboarding lesson on the bunny slope while in my twenties made me feel like throwing down my board and giving up. Why couldn't I get up on that mountain and fly down it as fearlessly as they did?
And the Tummler Rolls Along
By Clifton_Lemon (Dec 14, 2006)
Fred Raker's solo show is an exorcism, a thinly veiled vehicle for nonstop impressions, a tribute to great comedians, and a poignant parable, all rolled into one. Riffing on the general shape of the Frank Capra holiday classic of similar title, Raker has crafted a tight, multi-layered, clearly autobiographical piece in which he charts his journey through the Show Biz School of Hard Knocks, exploring success and failure, Jewish identity issues, and his own spiritual transformation as an artist.
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