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Tue Jan 20 - Mon Jan 26, 2009
Film Week

It feels like Christmas morning and we all have a bright, shiny new present to open. Dr. King - as Barack Obama became the 44th President of the United State - your dream is alive. If you didn't get the chance to watch the Inauguration, catch a replay at one of the many festivities around town tonight, including the Inaugural Ball at Electric Works and Inauguration West at the Metreon. And if you don't get enough dancing in on this historic day then Popscene, with UK band Metronomy, will be playing at 330 Ritch Street on Thursday and DJ AM will be spinning with TRV$ Barker at Mezzanine Friday night. On Saturday get dressed up in your most illustrious finery for the Edwardian Ball at The Regency Center. Then rock out with your Barack out with the Department of Eagles at Cafe du Nord.

This week's articles

Speed Racer




The Fetching Veggie Etchings

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at The Actors Theatre
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Photo Gallery - are you in the scene
Inauguration Simulcast
at Civic Center

at Roe Lounge
Rubik's Cube Competition
at the Exploratorium

Slide Into Capricorn
at Mighty
3rd Friday's
at 330 Ritch

The Ambassador
Rich and Famous
Inauguration Day! Tuesday, January 20, 2009
at War Memorial Opera House (5:30pm - 8:30pm)

Enjoy cocktails, tasty hors d'oeuvres and great music with the San Francisco Democratic Party, Emerge CA, Good Ol' Girls, Democracy Action, SFWPC, Democratic elected officials, campaign volunteers and Democratic activists to celebrate Barack Obama's inauguration!
at City View in the Metreon (6pm - 10pm)

No Inaugural Ball ticket? No hotel? No transportation? No patience? - No worries! Eat, drink and celebrate! Count down to Inauguration West, the official West Coast celebration for the historic inauguration of our 44th President, Senator Barack Obama.
at Paradise Lounge (6pm - 9pm)

Paradise Lounge presents "Rock for Barack". Join us at Paradise Lounge as we celebrate new beginnings on the first day of The Obama Administration. Come show your support as our country moves forward into a new era.
at Electric Works (6pm - 10pm)

An Inaugural Ball, hosted by Electric Works gallery. Benefiting the San Francisco Food Bank. Inauguration speech re-broadcast at 7, dancing from 8 on. Formal dress suggested but not required.
at Mission Rock Café (10pm)

Featuring sets by: An-ten-nae, Sexytime (mimosa vs sleepyhead), Kitty D, Ripple, DJYuna, MC2 aka The Chemist, Co Lab Project...
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
at The Fillmore (8pm)

"The Walkmen make a conscious attempt to evolve away from the raw, fiery garage sounds of their previous bands. They incorporate piano into the new songs as well as take the compositions in new directions by experimenting with instrumentation and recording techniques..."
at Hemlock Tavern (9pm)

"Tippy Canoe plays popular music or what the kids call pop. Now her sound may not exactly be the popular music of today, but it encapsulates what has made people smile, laugh and talk about over the last nine decades. Your ears will perk up when you hear her potent toe-tappers or you'll gladly wrap yourself in the melancholy cast when she performs a dreamy ballad."
Thursday, January 22, 2009
at 111 Minna Gallery (7pm)

"A critical look at Warhol's artistic genius, and its lasting effects on the art world. Panelists include: Timothy Anglin Burgard, the Ednah Root Curator-in-Charge of American Art for the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco; contemporary pop artist Ron English; Laura Janku, former editor of Artweek; and Richard Meyer..."
at Cafe du Nord (8pm)

"Built for the Sea's sound can be described as dreamy indie pop music with Rose's beautiful, haunting vocals at the forefront, backed by melodic instrumentals. The band's passionate and lush live performances can captivate an audience, which has resulted in a loyal local fan base..."
at 330 Ritch Street (9pm)

Since the runaway success of their recent album Nights Out, Metronomy are back with their next single, A Thing For Me. Underpinned by perfectly arranged guitar chords, drum machines and general electric trickery...
at Temple Nightclub (10pm)

, Fiction presents it's first installment of Below in the Catacombs at Temple. Below explores the spectrum of sounds in the world of techno, electro and disco with forays into mutant variants such as stripped down electronic funk, leftfield robo-disco and gritty Krautrocking dancefloor jams...
Rich and Famous
Friday, January 23, 2009
at Mezzanine (9pm)

"DJ AM handled turntables for the popular rap-rock group Crazy Town during the late-'90s and early 2000s. He also became one of the most in-demand disc jockeys in Los Angeles, lending his scratching skills to albums by Papa Roach, Will Smith, and Madonna while maintaining several high-status relationships, including a brief engagement to Nicole Richie..."
at Ruby Skye (9pm)

OM Records, Lazy Dayz "Lost Together" CD Release Tour with special guest vocalist Tim Fuller.
at Bimbo's 365 Club (9pm)

"Self-confident and ambitious, the Raveonettes entered the garage rock race of the new millennium with a stylish, brassy sound not heard since Sonic Youth's Daydream Nation. Sune Rose Wagner (guitar, vocals) and Sharin Foo (bass, vocals) hail from Copenhagen and formed the Raveonettes out of dismay for their homeland's state of music.
at Bottom of the Hill (9pm)

"Rob Barber and Mary Pearson of Brooklyn's High Places approach recording with creative abandon, experimenting with offbeat production techniques like random microphone positioning, pitch shifting, delays, and saturated blankets of reverb to create danceable layers of sound. Playful and peppy, their beats incorporate sparse and hypnotic tribal rhythms..."
at Slim's (9pm)

"Fun! That's what The Knitters are all about. A side band from some of the most prolific songwriters and musicians in America. Exene Cervenka, John Doe, Dave Alvin, JOnny Ray Bartel and DJ Bonebrake decided to put down all the pretense and pressure of their day jobs (X, The Blasters, The Red Devils) and just have some fun playing music..."
at Elbo Room (9pm)

With Shotgun Wedding Quintet, Ex-Boyfriends and Pollo del Mar plus Festival Previews!
at Temple Nightclub (10pm)

OM Records, Lazy Dayz "Lost Together" CD Release Tour with special guest vocalist Tim Fuller.
Saturday, January 24, 2009
at Hi Fi Lounge (7pm - 9pm)

If you are single - this is the event to be at! Bottom line! It's like 15 first dates all in 1 night! DateSwitch.com is SF's #1 speed dating event service and the best way out there to meet other singles and walk away with quality dates lined up...
at The Regency Center (8pm)

The Ball that started it all! Join us for an unparalleled night of elegance, dancing, music, theatre, storytelling, circus arts, burlesque, and late-night revelry. Featuring Edwardian Ball founders and co-hosts Rosin Coven with Vau de Vire Society, plus a special appearance by LA's finest circus troupe Cirque Berzerk...
at The Independent (9pm)

"Brothers Luther (guitar, mandolin, vocals) and Cody Dickinson (drums, sampling) formed the North Mississippi Allstars in 1996 with bassist Chris Chew. The sons of longtime Memphis production staple Jim Dickinson were born in Fayette County, TN, and their family later moved to northern Mississippi, where the boys soaked up the country-blues sound of the region..."
at Club Six (9pm)

Big Up Magazine Volume 2 is out in January! We're going to celebrate with the FIRST US appearance EVER of the king of Japanese Dubstep - Goth Trad. "Japanese badman from day dot, Goth-Trad is one of the most interesting artists and producers we've seen or heard in a long time. He has a bright future ahead of him." ATM Magazine. Also we can't wait to see STARKEY play in SF for the first time after his latest album release on Planet Mu. "Starkey is the Barack Obama of bass." NME
at Mighty (10pm)

The Icebreaker's Ball is back, and the Ice king has returned - DJ ICEY, rocking Mighty for the first time in 2 years. Much more to be announced.
Sunday, January 25, 2009
at War Memorial Opera House (2pm)

A Tribute to Great Vocal Groups of the 30's, 40's and 50's...
at Cafe du Nord (two shows; 7pm & 10pm)

""In December, Department of Eagles began work on its second album, In Ear Park. Chris Taylor acted as producer/engineer and also played electric bass and horns. Chris Bear, Grizzly Bear's drummer, also contributed heavily to the album. The idea was to take the songwriting dynamic developed between Daniel and Fred and meld it with the band dynamic that Daniel and the two Chris' had honed on the road..."
at DNA Lounge (8pm)

"Pummeling dancefloor grooves and distorted beats combined with scathing vocals and electro arrangements produce a full-tilt dancefloor onslaught. The new Combichrist album is a must for all lovers of the harsher, more noisy and danceable stuff..."
at The Independent (9pm)

"Memphis-based punk rock juggernaut Jay Reatard has adopted a fistful of musical approaches since he first began recording in his bedroom, writing and recording frantic punk, synth punk, power pop and straightforward rock & roll tunes at a frantic pace..."
Yum Diary
Monday, January 26, 2009
at Herbst Theatre (8pm)

Award-winning New Yorker magazine essayist, Adam Gopnik turns his lucid prose to two very different men of history in his latest book, Angels and Ages: A Short Book about Darwin, Lincoln and Modern Life. Born on the same day in 1809, Abraham Lincoln and Charles Darwin redefined the terms by which humans understood their place, both in society and the natural world.
at Bottom of the Hill (9pm)

"They play a brand of music characterized by shifting odd time signatures, start-stop dynamics, and numerous effects. Their style is heavily influenced by jazz, post-hardcore, ambient, and electronic music..."
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