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If you need an excuse to put back a few adult beverages this week, you don't have to look far. It's Fat Tuesday, and venues throughout the city are breaking out the beads and New Orleans signature cocktails for Mardi Gras parties like Mardi Gras in the Marina. Meanwhile, San Francisco's 160th Annual St. Patrick's Day Festival and Parade provides an early welcome for the Irish holiday, and festivities will continue well into the day and night at Civic Center and surrounding bars. Prefer the sound of amplified instruments and beats over the steady hum and nasally melody of bagpipes? Dance floors will be on fire with indie-electronic from Miami Horror, and pumped up jams from Simian Mobile Disco w/ Fake Blood.

Question: Name the three surfers profiled in The Westsiders (showing at the SF Ocean Film Festival) and email your answer to [email protected] for a chance to win something completely unrelated to surfing or the ocean - two tickets to the Star Trek convention this weekend in SF.

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Hard French
at El Rio

at Rickshaw Stop
Trey Anastasio
at Fox Theater

Gogobot Launch
at Burrit Room
Rotunda Dance Series: Halau o Keikiali'i

Cupcake Challenge
at Mezzanine
Tuesday, March 8, 2011
at Regency Ballroom (8pm)

Yann Tiersen is a French musician and composer known internationally for composing the score to the Jean-Pierre Jeunet movie Amelie. When you listen to Yann Tiersen, you can forget about all those 'live' albums that sounds just like studio albums but with added applause...
at Mezzanine (9pm)

Sunset Promotions celebrates 15 years with the 2011 San Francisco Mardi Gras Ball San Francisco's beloved boutique promotion company turns 15 joined by local legends Extra Action Marching Band...
at Circa (9pm)

If you're a fan of Mardi Gras then you are familiar with the tradition of trading and collecting the best beads you can find. Skyparties adds a twist by offering prizes to the best collection at the end of the night. A free bottle with table service to the...
Wednesday, March 9, 2011
at Cafe du Nord (9:30pm)

Subtlety is often an underrated quality. That's partly why Papercuts' new album, Fading Parade band's fourth overall, and first for Sub Pop-is such a breath of fresh air. Papercuts prinicipal Jason Robert Quever's beautiful songwriting is...
at Elbo Room (9pm)

Chilean-based Chico Trujillo blends elements of ska, cumbia and reggae to reinvigorate the Colombian cumbia with a Chilean punk edge...
at Hemlock Tavern (9pm)

Castanets is the musical project of Raymond Raposa, a San Diego native currently residing in Portland, Oregon. While Raposa is the only constant member of the band, his records and live performances often feature a seemingly...
Thursday, March 10, 2011
at Great American Music Hall (8pm)

Here is the mystery of Seattle's Cave Singers: They never listened to much folk music, they never intended to play folk music, and more importantly, their guitarist never picked up the instrument until recently...
at Mezzanine (9pm)

After years in the making here at last is Illumination, the fully realised debut album from Melbourne's favourite psychedelic indie-electronic adventurers Miami Horror. With Illumination, Miami Horror has delivered on two years of teeth-cutting...
at various locations

The largest and most prestigious showcase for new Asian American and Asian films in North America, annually presenting approximately 120 works...
Friday, March 11, 2011
at Fox Theater (7pm)

Featuring some of the most eclectic and daring electronic acts of the past years as well as new innovators of dance genres, HARD's lineup will impress new and old fans alike...
at Bently Reserve (7pm)

The new Spring Into Fall Couture Fashion Show at the Historic and Green Bently Reserve! Drinks will be served throughout the event, culminating in a grand runway...
at Bottom of the Hill (10pm)

Tapes 'n Tapes is a rock band from Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States made up of Josh Grier on guitar and lead vocals, Matt Kretzmann on keys and horns, Erik Appelwick on bass guitar and backing vocals, and Jeremy Hanson on percussion...
Saturday, March 12, 2011
at Civic Center Plaza (10am - 5pm)

The colorful festivities surrounding the parade will showcase Irish Culture through live performance and entertainment, arts and crafts exhibitors, food and beverage concessions, children's rides and inflatables, cultural displays...
at Justin Herman Plaza (11am - 3pm)

All around the globe on this day, mainly in cities south of t...he equator, tens of thousands of bike riders are riding naked in protest to our dependency on oil. But cities north of the equator are starting to ride in support of our southern brethren...
at Kezar Pavilion (8pm)

Zhong Lou's Dragon House MMA events are considered one of the Best Amateur MMA events with over 18 Martial Arts schools involved...
at Public Works (8pm)

The world's gay Mecca where many counter cultures are born - has a rich history for creating legends. The city is known for late night dancing, where disc jockeys are regularly canonized into saints, and any ordinary queen can...
at SOM (10pm)

Miss Jack Davey returns to SOM. for another rare dj set. Her talent behind the turntables easily earned her a return visit back...
Sunday, March 13, 2011
at DNA Lounge (8pm)

For 18 years Death Guild has created a safe haven to celebrate those of us who have gone our own way and your attendance, your participation in what we have created, is a monument to the strength and character of the individual...
at Mission Workshop (8pm)

The Biciclistas are teaming up to train and fund raise for the 575-mile AIDS/Lifecycle bicycle ride in June 2011, and need your support. Join them for a day of fun in the sun!
Monday, March 14, 2011
at Cafe du Nord (8pm)

If there are two things that Americans traditionally embrace, it's great rock bands and Englishness. So when they come together in one tantalizing dish, the ingredients are ripe for a great new musical feast...
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