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Tue Jan 1 - Mon Jan 7, 2008
A new year means new resolutions. Whatever you've set out for yourself, this week is a great time to kick-start your new goals. Planning on being more creative? Collage Night at Fivepoints Art Studio would be a great event to get those juices flowing. Want to start eating better? Learn about food dos and don'ts from Michael Pollan, author of the acclaimed The Omnivore's Dilemma, who speaks at Herbst Theatre on Thursday. Determined not to procrastinate this year and take down your tree before summer? Drag ye olde fir down to the beach for the Annual Post-Yule Pyre. Resolved to watch less reality TV and take in more of the marvelous culture this city has to offer? The Rusalka Cycle at Kanbar Hall and David Mamet's play "Speed-the-Plow" at A.C.T. are two great offerings. For more great ways to keep you focused on your 2008 goals, stay tuned to the Guide!

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New Years Day - Tuesday, January 1, 2008
at Whisper (6am)
It started 8 years ago as an after party to the infamous Space Cowboy NYE parties at the San Francisco Motorcycle Club. Today we all know it as that halfway point to the playa and the place to see everyone you know in San Francisco in the same place with a metric shit ton of your favorite local DJs and then some!
at 12 Galaxies (2am - noon)
It started 8 years ago as an after party to the infamous Space Cowboy NYE parties at the San Francisco Motorcycle Club. Today we all know it as that halfway point to the playa and the place to see everyone you know in San Francisco in the same place with a metric shit ton of your favorite local DJs and then some!
Wednesday, January 2, 2008
at Yoshi's Oakland (see listing for times)
Born in New Orleans, Louisiana but raised in Oakland, California with a name that means "To come here; bring forth", a Nigerian word based in the Yoruba religion. From her name to her music to her mission to the circuitous path that brought her to legendary Verve Records for her third album...
at Fivepoints Art Studio (8pm)
Bring your favorite cutting tools and adhesives...
Thursday, January 3, 2008
at Herbst Theatre (8pm - 9:30pm)
"Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants." These words are journalist Michael Pollan's simple answer to the complex question of what people should eat. First presented in a New York Times Magazine feature article, Pollan expands his well-considered advice in the recent In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto. A clear-eyed look at what the food industry does and does not know about diet and health...
at John Colins Lounge (9pm)
Johnny Venetti of Sidewalk Development and The Whooligan of the Sole Vibe on decks. Playing the best in hip hop, afrobeat, soul and world music with special guests always from our own thriving local music scene.
Friday, January 4, 2008
at Bucheon Gallery (6pm)
Bucheon is pleased to participate in the city wide celebration for the 100th anniversary of CCA and New West Coast Design. Our participation will be focused on Fiber art but as a fine art gallery, we are interested in showing artists that push the material and are intent on making challenging work.
at Andrea Schwartz Gallery (5:30pm - 7:30pm)
Andrea Schwartz Gallery announces Chiaroscuro, an exhibition with special guest curator, renowned author Danielle Steel. The show is comprised of artists represented by the gallery including Seamus Conley, Christine Vaillancourt and Tina Vietmeier, as well as new artists Cara Barer, Perry Burns, guest artist Tom McKinley and others.
at Bottom of the Hill (10pm)
The sound of Midnight Movies conjures a certain Los Angeles - but it's no sun-drenched, glamorized metropolis. This is a decidedly noir L.A., replete with mystery, desire and yearning. On Lion the Girl (New Line), their second full-length release, the band explores haunting new vistas and back alleys of the soul, expanding the reach of their acclaimed "psychedelic pop" with an expanded lineup and more expansive songwriting.
Saturday, January 5, 2008
at Carousel (7pm - midnight)
An annual San Francisco tradition occurs at this time of the year, when the last stand of sidewalk fir trees is logged by the Friends of the Rootless Forest and then piled up on the beach for some very rapid composting.
at The Independent (9pm)
"The Tubes are arch satirists of popular culture whose outrageous performance-art concepts -- which swing wildly from soft-core pornography to suit-and-tie conservatism -- frequently eclipse their elusive musical identity. The beginnings of the group originate in Phoenix, Arizona in the late '60s...
at Rickshaw Stop (10pm)
Tormenta Tropical is a place where the underground sounds of the U.S. and Latin America collide. From cumbia crunk to baltimore baile and dancehall electro to sonidero hip-hop, the night is an international soundclash where the first and third world party side by side.
at The Endup (10pm - 6am)
With the incessant journalistic nods to its birthplace-of-techno roots, it would be easy to assume Detroit is a city stuck in its own musical past. But its thriving and continually evolving scene, represented this month by four of its finest "new school" talents...
Sunday, January 6, 2008
at Kanbar Hall (2pm)
"Beware of the mesmerizing songs of the siren-like beauties that inhabit the streams and lakes, the forests and fields. In Slavic folklore, these restless spirits called Rusalki—thought to be women who have died unjust or untimely deaths—will draw unsuspecting innocents to their doom. Found from the Balkans to Siberia, Rusalki spawned weeklong rituals meant to appease these powerful shapeshifting spirits whose influence would otherwise lead to crop failure, birth defects, and other calamities."
at A.C.T. (7pm)
Movie exec Bobby Gould's best buddy has just pitched him a crass action flick that's a surefire blockbuster. But Gould's gorgeous new secretary is pushing a "conscience" film—and she's got after-hours access that could sway his green light. Who's the real showbiz player? With biting comedy and fast-and-furious dialogue, Speed-the-Plow is Hollywood as only David Mamet can deliver.
at Yoshi's SF (7pm, 9pm)
Pharoah Sanders possesses one of the most distinctive tenor saxophone sounds in jazz. Harmonically rich and heavy with overtones, Sanders' sound can be as raw and abrasive as it is possible for a saxophonist to produce, and he made his name with expressionistic, nearly anarchic free jazz in John Coltrane's late ensembles of the mid-'60s.
Monday, January 8, 2008
at Apple Store (7pm)
Filmmaker Michel Gondry will participate in a discussion and show scenes from his latest film, Be Kind Rewind, which stars Jack Black and Mos Def. When a man whose body accidentally becomes magnetized unintentionally erases every tape in his friend’s video store, the pair set out to remake the lost films, including Back to the Future and The Lion King.
at Little Baobab (10pm - 2am)
Start the week right. Come dance or lounge with Soul, Hip Hop, Brazilian, Reggae, Funk, and more...
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