The Guide: A list of the best events happening this week SF Station
SF Station presents The Guide - A list of the best events happening this week
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This week brings us two huge festivals with tons of events surrounding both. The Chinese New Year Parade has long been established as the biggest parade in SF. Relative newcomer, the Noise Pop Festival is also making a name for itself as a quirky, homegrown tour de force that has expanded this year to include films and art. And, besides these two mega-events, there are still plenty of other things to do as well.

Noise Pop opens this year with FREEDM Night, an open mic of sorts where emerging musicians can take the stage and audience members can enjoy free ice cream and t-shirts along with other delights. On Wednesday night Rem Koolhaas, considered by many to be one of the most visionary architects living today, gives a rare lecture at the San Francisco Art Institute. A highlight of the ballet season, The Sleeping Beauty begins its run at the SF Ballet this week. If you've never been, here's your chance!

1015 Folsom will be transformed on Friday night into Worldly, where some of the biggest and best DJs will be spinning global beats and Asian dub. But don't be too hungover because the next day is the annual Chinese New Year Treasure Hunt, the most insane event in San Francisco. This scavenger hunt will have you running all over Downtown, North Beach and Chinatown giving you a tour of the city like you've seen it before. And what would February be without Wondercon, the coolest comics convention this side of the Mississippi. Get the lowdown on the latest while stalking a few of your fav celebs for autographs at this three-day event.

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Tuesday, February 27, 2007 See All Events
at Balboa Theater (7pm)
Buster Keaton masterpieces screened in 35mm will headline the Balboa Theatre's 81st Birthday Bash on Tuesday, Feb. 27. SHERLOCK JR. follows the hilarious adventures of a movie theater projectionist (Keaton) who finds himself in the film he is projecting!
at Mezzanine (9pm)
Free opening night party of Noise Pop features Emcee & DJ David Cross with live music, art by Shepard Fairey and more!
Wednesday, February 28, 2007 See All Events
at Modern Times Bookstore (7pm)
The funniest free-style comedy showcase in the Bay Area with some of the absolute best working comedians in the city...
at SFAI Lecture Hall (7:30pm)
"There is little question that Rem Koolhaas is one of the most influential architects of the last 20 years." His cool analytic approach to design, here and there tinged with a healthy skepticism, has informed the trajectory of the profession to such an extent that his influence can be noted, directly or indirectly, in the work of most young architects working today...
Thursday, March 1, 2007 See All Events
at Jazz at Pearl's (8pm & 10pm)
An evening of exciting latin/world music sung in multiple languages. Join Kat Parra for a scintillating evening of latin/world jazz featuring music from both her current CD, Birds in Flight, and her upcoming CD, Dare to Dream...
at SF Ballet (8pm)
A feast for the senses, this enchanting story ballet set to one of Tchaikovsky's most famous scores, unites fantasy, sorcery, and romance with classical ballet in all its grandeur. Featuring stunning scenery and costumes, this sparkling tale of Princess Aurora, her prince, the evil Carabosse, and a whole storybook full of characters, is a delight for all to enjoy...
Friday, March 2, 2007 See All Events
at Shine (8pm)
Camp Klepto is going to make it six years straight on the playa. They have been growing every year and want to make sure you can keep you dancing, drinking and kicking that soccer-ball around in BRC this year! Featuring DJ Hofwegen & DJew...
at the Independent (9pm)
Performing a delicate balancing act with elements of dreamy shoegazer drone, krautrock-influenced motorik beats, and noisy guitar skronk, Autolux has built an ever-growing fan base attracted to its simultaneously accessible and experimental brand of indie-rock.
at Ruby Skye (9pm)
Bringing to the masses their distinct DJ styles: JOHN, with his beautiful tech-inspired sets, and MSTRKRFT, with their fresh electro punk anthems...
at 1015 (9pm)
The largest showcase of clubland world music in the U.S., America's premiere global beats showcase returns with Asian Dub Foundation co-founder Dr. Das' first U.S. solo gig and sets by Karsh Kale, Cheb i Sabbah, Janaka Selekta, DJ Sep, DJ Dragonfly and DJ Amar...
at Bambuddha Lounge (10pm)
Come out out and groove to the sounds of edgy European Electro-House with 2 of San Franciscico's finest (Playdoughboy and Meikee Magnetic) in the sultry South East Asian flavored atmosphere of the infamous Bambuddah Lounge...
Saturday, March 3, 2007 See All Events
at Justin Herman Plaza (4:30pm - 9pm)
A unique team adventure game, an exercise in urban sleuthing played on the colorful streets of Chinatown, North Beach, and Telegraph Hill amid the excitement, noise and spectacle of the annual Chinese New Year Parade. Explore obscure alleys and hidden lanes, solving clues created by local private eye...
at Castro Theatre (8pm)
The most prolific female Rock 'N' Roll hitmaker of the early rock era makes a rare San Francisco appearance...
at Brava Center for Women and the Arts (8pm)
Richie Havens is gifted with one of the most recognizable voices in popular music. His fiery, poignant, always soulful singing style has remained unique and ageless since he first electrified audiences at Woodstock in 1969...
at Great American Music Hall (8:30pm)
The wide, barren landscapes of our memory are condensed and lightheartedly reinterpreted on Brightblack Morning Lights' latest release.
at Club Six (9pm)
"DJ Red Alert is recognized and respected worldwide as one of the founding fathers of Hip-Hop music and culture! He has received numerous awards and accolades, one of them being named honorary ambassador to the United Nations in recognition of his contributions in the field of music...
Sunday, March 4, 2007 See All Events
at Moscone Center (11am - 5pm)
WonderCon combines the worlds of comics and pop culture to offer a lively and exciting mix of shopping and stargazing. Here's your chance to meet some of your favorite writers and artists and even some Hollywood stars!
at Rayko Photo Center (noon - 8pm)
Tony Gleaton's La Tercera Raíz: Africa's Legacy in Latin America features images of present-day Africans, many of whom were slaves brought to 'New Spain' between the 16th and 18th centuries. The result of Gleaton's extensive walking, biking, driving and exploring North, Central, and South America are carefully composed and masterfully printed black and white images...
at Amoeba Music (2pm)
Money Mark is the alias of Mark Ramos-Nishita, a keyboardist whose funky, retro-flavored riffs earned him the unofficial title of the fourth Beastie Boy...
Monday, March 5, 2007 See All Events
at City Hall (8am - 8pm)
The works in this exhibition represent a recent movement by young Chinese artists away from traditional photographic constraints toward more conceptual and experimental styles of photography...
at the Knockout (8:30pm)
"(Barr's) collection of works spans five tumultuous months of triumphs, failures, loss and growth and evokes a spectrum of raw emotion, as would a novel, a movie, a sonnet, or a classical concerto." ...
Features   This Week's Articles See All Articles
Tasty Mod
By Chrissy_Loader (Feb 22, 2007)
Co-owners and chefs of St. Helena's Terra Restaurant, Hiro Sone and Lissa Doumani expanded their wine country operations in 2006 by creating a distinctly urban destination: Ame Restaurant in the luxurious St. Regis Hotel. As SFMOMA's nearest neighbor, Ame's décor is spare and modern with an austere kitchen that opens to a posh sashimi bar. The teak floors and sleek, comfortable furnishings reflect the best in design, backing up the steep price point while providing a setting that is unfussy and inviting.
Six-day Fest includes Music, Film and Art
By Matt_Crawford (Feb 22, 2007)
Well into its teenage years, San Francisco's maturing DIY music fest Noise Pop is back with a few new attributes, a bunch of new and old friends, and a schedule that could test the stamina of even the most rugged, beer- and/or caffeine-fueled music fan.
SF Station Blows It Up
By Misha_Vladimirskiy (Feb 22, 2007)
Los Amigos Invisibles are the kings of South American rock and being at the Independent last Tuesday night I now know why. With rocking guitars drums, keys and Latin conga drums they thrashed the spot. They performed tune after tune infused with every genre of music possible but still keeping the beat raw rock. These Latins most definitely know how to get down.
Released on Jagjaguwar, 6/6/06
By Lynn_Angel (Feb 22, 2007)
Picture this: a clearing in a lush and slightly dank looking pine forest that is scattered with debris and memorabilia. There are stuffed bears and dolls hanging from the trees, beer cans, and a Pee-Wee Herman doll leans casually against moss covered roots. In the foreground, a model ship sits amid photos, a cassette tape, matches, and fallen branches. A man peeps out from the trees -- his attention fully fixed upon a woman surrounded in a ring of votives wearing nothing but moccasins and a feathered headdress. She has been caught mid-prance.
Released on Salted Music, 3/20/07
By VinCi_Chan (Feb 22, 2007)
Miguel Migs (a.k.a. Petalpusher) releases his second much anticipated solo album, Those Things, under his very own label (a sub label of Om Records) on Salted Music with a loaded guest list. Those Things summons the talent of those Miguel Migs has either charted tempos with in the past or those he has long admired. Amongst the sparkling guest stars is the legendary Fred Ross from Sly and the Family Stone, reggae frontman Junior Reid of Black Uhuru, long time collaborator Lisa Shaw, Aya of Sweetback, Sadat X of Brand Nubian, Tim Fuller and more.
How Sweet the Sound
By Matt_Forsman (Feb 22, 2007)
In Amazing Grace, director Michael Apted sheds light on antislavery pioneer, William Wilberforce, whose life arguably was the personification of the song. The film opens with a powerful scene in which Wilberforce (Ioan Gruffudd) exits his carriage in a driving rainstorm to stop another driver from beating his weary, rain soaked horse. Right away you are inspired by Wilberforce's fierce humanitarianism...
A Thoughtful, if Not Exactly Original, War Film
By Mel_Valentin (Feb 22, 2007)
Nominated in the Best Foreign Film category at this year's Academy Awards, Days of Glory (Indigènes) examines the experiences of North African soldiers who, as colonial subjects, fought alongside the French against the German occupation. Co-written and directed by Rachid Bouchareb (L'Ami y'a bon, Le Vilain petit poussin), Days of Glory is credited with compelling French president Jacques Chirac into supporting war pensions for North African soldiers who served with the French during World War II and their survivors.
Ah, the Healing Power of Comedy
By Mel_Valentin (Feb 22, 2007)
Any film with a patently absurd title like Reno 911!: Miami shouldn't be taken seriously. Luckily, it's the first (and perhaps last) big screen adaptation of Comedy Central's long-running half-hour comedy, "Reno 911!" (a parody of "Cops"). An obtrusive television crew follows sheriff's deputies around as they go about their business. Most of it is routine (e.g., daily roll calls, patrols), but the deputies never know what to expect when they're sent out to answer 911 calls of crimes in progress. High hilarity and raunchy ridiculousness often result.
A Promising Premise Undermined by a Weak Pay-Off
By Mel_Valentin (Feb 22, 2007)
Joel Schumacher has had a long and varied career spanning several decades, directing the good-but-not-great (Phone Booth, Falling Down), the execrably bad (Batman and Robin), the morally dubious (8MM), and on through to the guilty pleasure (Flatliners, The Lost Boys). Making an out-and-out great film, though, has always seemed beyond Schumacher's talent or preference. He may be a hack in some moviegoers' or critics' eyes, but he's also directed several lightweight, campy films that suggest Schumacher doesn't take himself seriously.
Looking for Love in All the Wrong Places
By Matt_Forsman (Feb 23, 2007)
Sam (Tom Cavanagh) and Gray (Heather Graham) are nigh on inseparable. Attached at the hip, these two would appear to be the perfect couple...if only they weren't brother and sister. This seemingly minor obstacle acts as a catalyst for the two to begin a quest for the perfect mate for the other. You know it's February when a film like Gray Matters unfurls at the box office.
Nostalgia Undermines Otherwise Entertaining Family-Oriented Film
By Mel_Valentin (Feb 23, 2007)
If you were born between 1955 and 1985, chances are you once dreamed of becoming an astronaut. Of course, only a select few have actually made it into outer space. But what if you dreamed of becoming an astronaut, never became one, but still stubbornly held onto that dream, no matter how unlikely it had become? Michael and Mark Polish (Northfork, Twin Falls Idaho), tried to answer that question with their fourth film, The Astronaut Farmer, an somewhat contrived, whimsical, nostalgic, family-oriented drama about a man, a dream, and a home-made rocket to the stars.
Spa Skin Care in A Doctor's Hands
By Michelle_Sieling (Feb 23, 2007)
Some people don't like being touched by strangers. Well, that would include me. I'm not particularly fond of being accosted by lecherous men on a bus. But, when it comes to spa treatments, I'll make an exception. Not the lecherous men part, but the touching part. You must trust the person giving you your spa facial, and after my first one about eight years ago, I put my faith in skin care specialists. My skin was clearer and softer than it had been in years, not to mention how relaxed the whole process made me feel.
Trigger Happy
By Chrissy_Loader (Feb 23, 2007)
What does a girl do when she has it all? Say beauty, brains, a happy childhood with a view of the fjords of Norway, and a fortunate marriage to a promising young scholar? Add to that a six-month honeymoon with a visit to the seven wonders of the world with a dip into Rome's Trevi Fountain, only to return -- potentially enceinte -- to a new home brimming with fancy furniture, books, and a few pistols? Well, if you're Hedda Tesman, née Gabler (played by René Augesen), you start shooting things.
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