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Tue Feb 19 - Mon Feb 25, 2008
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Get ready for some Lunar New Year mojo - it's the year of the rat! There'll be firecrackers, a 201-ft golden dragon, and plenty of revelry. But first there's author and funnywoman Beth Lisick reading from her newest work Helping Me Help Myself at The Booksmith tonight; the Diva Eve Clothing Swap at Sugar Café for the ladies tomorrow; Friday's 8th Annual Monster Drawing Rally at The Verdi Club where over 130 artists will be furiously drawing their little hearts out; and, of course, the comics and pop culture extravaganza known as WonderCon taking over the Moscone Center this weekend. And then, finally, on Saturday the Chinese New Year Parade makes its way through downtown SF, Chinatown and North Beach bringing with it good cheer and splendor. On Sunday you can dust off your evening gowns and don your tuxes for the 28th Annual Academy of Friends Gala at the Festival Pavilion.
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Tuesday, February 19, 2008
at The Fillmore (8pm)
From Bay Area favorite Beth Lisick, author of Everybody into the Pool, comes Helping Me Help Myself - the engaging and often-humorous story of one skeptic (the author), ten self-help gurus (John Gray, Richard Simmons, Stephen R. Covey, Jack Canfield, etc...), and a year spent trying to improve one's self. The author doesn't think of herself as a victim of the self-help movement. But is she?
at Punch Line Comedy Club (8pm)
Amy Schumer made her network debut this past summer on NBC's Last Comic Standing where she was among the final four competitors, launching her on a national 50+ city tour. A theater major, Amy hurriedly moved to New York City after college where she became a regular on the improv circuit. She quickly moved into stand up comedy...
Wednesday, February 20, 2008
at Comic Outpost (4pm - 6pm)
Plus a huge sale on back issues trades and toys...
at Sugar Cafe (7pm - 11pm)
What to bring: your posse of gal pals, new, clean & gently worn items you no longer wear. What to take: new treasures - swap & bring home your favorites for free, bliss - say buh-bye to annoying clutter and bonjour to new-to-you pieces for your wardrobe.
Thursday, February 21, 2008
at City Lights Books (7pm)
Newly translated for the first time in ten years, Federico García Lorca's Poet in New York is an astonishing depiction of a tumultuous metropolis that changed the course of poetic expression in both Spain and the Americas. Written during Lorca's nine months at Columbia University at the beginning of the Great Depression, Poet in New York is widely considered one of the most important books Lorca produced.
at Great American Music Hall (8pm)
"We had a sweet video before we had a band. We were on Good Morning America before we played a show. The radio played our single before we'd finished recording it. Some say we are starting our band in reverse but the reality is we are evolving to an ever changing musical landscape. This is only the beginning."
at Temple Nightclub (10pm)
"The first superstar produced by the breakbeat jungle movement, Goldie popularized drum'n'bass as a form of musical expression just as relevant for living-room contemplation as techno had become by the early '90s. Though he hardly developed the style, and his later reliance on engineers like Rob Playford and Optical to capture his sound puts into question his true musical importance, Goldie became one of the first personalities in British dance music"
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Friday, February 22, 2008
at Moscone Center (all day)
WonderCon returns to San Francisco for its 22nd big year, February 22-28, 2008! Moscone Center South is the setting once again for Northern California's biggest and best comics and pop culture show. And the February dates make WonderCon the first major convention of the year!
at The Verdi Club (6pm - 11pm)
Providing the basic necessities of the drawing practice--pencils, charcoal, pens, markers, ink, and paper--Southern Exposure creates the context while the artists create the content of the drawings. The evening will consist of four one-hour shifts with approximately 25 artists drawing simultaneously each hour.
at Space Gallery (7pm - 1am)
A special one-night only hip-hop artwork exhibit and celebration. On display this year will be some of the best and most exciting LP jackets, 12" covers, cd booklets, cassettes, t-shirts, promo items, memorabilia and more supplied by Bay Area hip-hop DJ's.
at Purple Onion (8pm & 10pm)
BIZARRO won three consecutive Reuben Awards in the years 2000, 2001 and 2002, from the National Cartoonists Society for Best Cartoon Panel of the Year. In 2004, Piraro was nominated for the National Cartoonists Society's highest award, Outstanding Cartoonist of the Year. Expect to see the stand-up comedy that the The New York Times called '...a shrewd tour of a cartoonist's imagination' and '...wildly applauded.'
at Dirty Martini (9pm - 2am)
DFC's popularity as well as their fan base has grown significantly and the word is out that they are a high energy, fun, party band that has expanded their repertoire to encompass all types of dance music from Big Band to Smooth Jazz, Latin to Hip-Hop, R&B to Blues, and Disco to Rock. DFC's music spans 30 years of top dance hits from the 70's to today!
at Li Po Lounge (9pm - 2am)
There promises to be some aphrodisiac booty-shaking to samba, breakbeat, and rhyme-laden hip hop tracks. Yuppies are not welcome and absolutely no parking on the dance floor. Come to the literal underground in a former opium den and beatnik haven...
Saturday, February 23, 2008
at Downtown San Francisco (5:30pm)
Chinese New Year is a two week Spring festival celebrated for over 5,000 years in China. The San Francisco Chinese New Year celebration originated in the 1860's during the Gold Rush day and is now the largest Asian event in North America as well as the largest general market event in Northern California.
at Zellerbach Hall (8pm)
In this special evening with two of National Public Radio's most popular personalities, Ira Glass returns to Cal Performances by popular demand, following his highly successful appearance in 2005. Host and producer of This American Life, Glass is "a journalist but also a storyteller who filters his interviews and impressions through a distinctive literary imagination, an eccentric intelligence, and a sympathetic heart" (The New York Times).
at 111 Minna Gallery (9pm - 2am)
111 Minna, SF Station & Barracuda present three of San Francisco's top 80s dance and rock DJs spinning deep cuts, 80s hip hop, new wave hits and danceable classics from everyone's favorite era at San Francisco's epicenter of art, music and culture, 111 Minna.
at TBA (10pm - 6am)
One Year Anniversary! Featuring: DJ Fame (New York - dubsided, potty mouth), Justin Martin (dirtybird, buzzin' fly), Alland Byallo (kontrol, nightlight), Leonard (tocadisco), Andrew Phelan & Origami (prismatic, drop, amenti).
at Bottom of the Hill (10pm)
"Perhaps inspired by the east-meets-west solo guitar musings of John Fahey or Robbie Basho, former Plague Lounge guitarist Ben Chasny formed Six Organs of Admittance in 1998 in northern California. Six Organs' self-titled, self-released debut was released that year, followed by various compilation tracks and obscurities.
Sunday, February 24, 2008
at Eureka Theatre (2pm)
A provocative showcase of new writing, is about to burst onto the Bay Area theater scene once again. Beginning a four week run at the Eureka Theatre on February 21, the Festival promises an energetic and diverse collection of plays staged by the collaborative efforts of 8 playwrights, 8 directors, more than 30 actors-all from the local theatre community.
at Festival Pavilion (5pm)
Academy of Friends annually produces the world's premier Academy Awards Night Charity Gala as the centerpiece of its efforts to raise funds granted to a diverse set of HIV/AIDS direct care and prevention education agencies in the San Francisco Bay Area.
at Eureka Theatre (8pm)
A zany evening of demented fun. Olivier and his hunchback assistant Flynch (played by Unkle Paul Nathan) and the Twisted Cabaret Band return for a limited three show run, performing their outrageous show with Olivier's wildly funny characters doing 12 astonishing and hilarious acts - from knife-throwing, magic and contortion to fire-eating, juggling, dancing girls and more.
at The Fillmore (8pm)
"Built to Spill was one of the most popular indie rock acts of the '90s, finding the middle ground between postmodern, Pavement-style pop and the loose, spacious jamming of Neil Young. From the outset, the band was a vehicle for singer/songwriter/guitarist Doug Martsch, who revived the concept of the indie guitar hero just as Dinosaur Jr.'s J Mascis -- another important influence -- was beginning to fade from the limelight.
Monday, February 25, 2008
at Hotel Kabuki (8am)
The SanFran MusicTech Summit will bring together the best and brightest developers in the Music/Technology Space, along with the musicians, entrepreneurial business people, and organizations who work with them at the convergence of culture and commerce. We will meet to discuss the evolving music/business/technology ecosystem in a proactive, conducive to dealmaking environment.
at Herbst Theater (7pm)
With his current series of breakthroughs in synthetic biology Craig Venter and his team are not so much creating life as joining life. Reverse-engineering evolution's long-refined tricks and subtleties at the molecular level is building humanity's most powerful toolkit yet...
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