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We are still in the throws of winter, but these are bountiful times for arts and music lovers! In addition to the parade of bands planning to stop in the Bay Area en route to SXSW and Coachella in coming weeks, San Francisco's own unique arts and music fest, Noise Pop, returns tonight. The festival opens with a performance by Yoko Ono and the Plastic Ono Band and continues through the week with appearances by Rogue Wave, the Dodos & Magik* Magik Orchestra, Magnetic Fields, and more. The night will pop in an entirely different way on Saturday as firecrackers light the way for the Chinese New Year's parade, and sparks will fly when Mariah Carey struts her stuff at the Oracle Arena. Foodies need not feel left out as the SF Noir Food & Wine Gala pairs soul food with more than 120 different wines. Meanwhile, admires of the stage have several opportunities to catch director John Doyle's latest, The Caucasian Caulk Circle. Grab your galoshes and dig in!

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Haiti Relief Benefit
at Manor West
Fat Tuesday
at Ruby Skye
Elton John & Billy Joel
at HP Pavilion
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
at Fox Theater - Oakland (8pm)

From Fluxus and performance-art pioneer and Two Virgins to chart-topping dance-music heroine (inspiring punk rock along the way), Yoko Ono has been an innovative and influential force on music and art, while simultaneously campaigning for peace on the world's stage. At 76 years young, Yoko continues to...
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
at Bottom of the Hill (7pm)

Local darlings and indie rock kings Rogue Wave may be Noise Pop veterans, but fans can expect a fresh approach and completely revamped live show when the band returns from an almost two year hiatus to play an intimate show this year at Bottom of the Hill...
at Butter (10pm)

Deep Soulful House Music every last Wednesday of every month.
Thursday, February 25, 2010
at CELLspace Art Gallery (7pm)

Kristin Smith continues her investigation in to the concept of an intelligent body as inspired by the research of scientist Candace B. Pert. Smith envisions the body's thoughts to be realized through movement; Bodies of Thought is a photographic series highlighting evidence...
at Palace of Fine Arts (7pm)

The Magik Magik Orchestra will be composing 10 arrangements of Dodos songs all featuring the band and various members of the orchestra. The orchestra is a 26-piece formation that includes a small women's choir, strings, winds, brass and percussion.
at Intersection for the Arts (8pm)

This genre breaking and strikingly original theatre work chronicles the life of an African American family in Oakland alternately in the present and in 1988 after a mother gives birth to a white baby. Examining how race is lived in and...
at Manor West (10pm)

L.A. Riots emerged in 2007 with a succession of remixes and within a years time became a blogosphere sensation, reworking tracks by such fashionable artists as Justice, Chromeo, and Hot Chip. The blog buzz continued in 2008 with additional remixes including Photek's "Love and War," Hot Chip's "Ready for the Floor," and Justice's...
Friday, February 26, 2010
at Park Life (7pm)

Bro Palace is the title of our upcoming art show featuring the work of Skinner, Porous Walker, Jay Howell, Deth P Sun and Ferris Plock. Although their work is mostly rooted in illustration, each artist has a very distinct and instantly recognizable style...
at Oracle Arena (8pm)

The best-selling female performer of the 1990s, Mariah Carey rose to superstardom on the strength of her stunning five-octave voice. An elastic talent who moved easily from glossy ballads to hip-hop-inspired dance-pop, she earned frequent comparison to rivals...
at Mighty (9pm)

Featuring Damian Lazarus & Mike Khoury. This party is being thrown in association with the Hookahdome. They will be decking out the entire club and outdoor patio with amazing decor and hookahs!
at SOM (9:30pm)

Join us for this special journey into the realms of post punk, dirty disco, and raw house. Resident Deejay Eug (Public Release/ Face) warms it all up and gets the floor bubbling, with Thomas then taking over, to guide us on one of his infamously cosmic and eclectic sets...
Saturday, February 27, 2010
at Market, Geary, Post, Kearny (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...
at Vima Dance Studio (7pm)

Join us for our annual ballroom dancing showcase, with special guests Freeplay Dance Crew, Jorge R. Hernandez, Simon Cheban, our fabulous Emcee Wiggy Darlington and the always devastating DJ Delachaux!
at Great American Music Hall (7pm)

Born and raised in Ohio before moving to San Francisco, Mark Kozelek is a singer and songwriter of the highest order. For over 25 years, he has written richly textured, highly vulnerable, and agonizingly sorrowful songs in the tradition of Leonard Cohen and Nick Drake...
at Mezzanine (8pm)

The way !!! gets you out on the dance floor is not through subtle suggestion-it's more like a threat. Like a drunken stepfather, !!! stumbles into a track spitting fire, kicks you in the stomach with a steel-toed bass line, shatters a wall of psychedelic sound effects over your head, and bitches you out when you're late for dinner...
at Mighty (10pm)

Opel Productions, one of the Bay Area's most respected party throwing crews will be celebrating 8 years of good music and good vibes in the dance music community February 27th at Mighty. The socially conscience production team who strive to "throw parties with a purpose"...
at 1015 (10pm)

Two of the biggest names in underground dance music together at one party playing a 6 hours + back to back on the insane sound system of 1015 Folsom. This will be a very rare occasion to see Lee and Danny together taking the party all the way to 6am and beyond!
at Paradise Lounge (10pm)

Get Physical pioneers, Patrick Bodmer and Phillip Jung, aka M.A.N.D.Y., have been causing a stir on dancefloors worldwide ever since their first release back in 2001 was chosen as the official German single and went stratospheric catapulting them into the spotlight...
Sunday, February 28, 2010
at various venues around the city including The Atrium (see listing for times)

Ninth Annual San Francisco Black History Month Celebration with a focus on the culinary arts for five delicious days of food, wine and entertainment to highlight the best in Black cuisine.
at Slow Club (7pm)

What? San Francisco-based Audio Heirlooms celebrates its 5th anniversary by opening its audio archives for a one night "listening party" of personal narrative storytelling at its best...
Monday, March 1, 2010
at A.C.T. (see listing for times)

Visionary director John Doyle (Sweeney Todd, Company on Broadway) returns to A.C.T. to stage a spectacular new interpretation of Brecht's masterpiece of hope, humanity, and justice. Featuring Doyle's signature theatricality and original music from acclaimed avant-garde composer...
at Herbst Theatre (see listing for times)

"Three-Way," the opening song on Distortion, introduces, in a deceptively exuberant blast of pop noise, the themes and obsessions of Magnetic Fields' eighth album. The lyrics simply consist of gleefully repeated exclamations, by male and female voices, of the song title...
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