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
Tue Apr 10 - Mon Apr 16, 2007 Tue   |   Wed   |   Thu   |   Fri   |   Sat   |   Sun   |   Mon   |   Features
Still jonesing for chocolate Easter bunnies? Not yet recovered from your Spring Breaks? Wondering why Sanjaya Malakar is still on American Idol? Worry not, like a soothing balm, SF Station is here for you.

Try to keep your mind off the residual effects of your weekend long sugar binge by checking out the work of Estevan Oriol and Yasumasa Yonehara in Show Me Your Heart at Upper Playground. The hi/lo Film Festival at Brava Center for Women and the Arts is sure to appeal to your senses. Killing My Lobster brings you four days of films that are high concept/low budget.

Performance group Double Vision doesn't just dance. They create all-encompassing environments with video, sound and movement. Check out their latest, To Futurism and Back Again , at Dance Mission Theatre. And what says "spring" better than cherry blossoms? A party for cherry blossoms, of course! Celebrate the delicately pink flowers and the upcoming season at the 40th Annual Cherry Blossom Festival in Japantown. Literature fans rejoice! The 26th annual Northern California Book Awards take place this Sunday at the San Francisco Main Public Library. Come celebrate the best published works of 2006. Speaking of literature. . . A Midsummer Night's Dream comes to Cowell Theater this weekend. The play has been reimagined into a lavish opera set somewhere in the "Far East", creating a not-to-miss experience.

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Tuesday, April 10, 2007 See All Events
at Upper Playground (noon - 7pm)
This new art exhibit juxtaposes the work of two internationally-renowned, contemporary photographers. The show presents the subcultures of Los Angeles and Tokyo, two vastly different metropolises, through the lenses of Estevan Oriol and Yasumasa Yonehara...
at Hemlock Tavern (9:30pm)
"Imagine a post-apocalyptic nightmare world where mutated Hans Christian Andersen characters play noisy synthesizers stretched through an assortment of brain-bleeding sound effects and oscillators and you'll be halfway to a good description to the sound of Hans Grüsel's Kränkenkabinet."...
Wednesday, April 11, 2007 See All Events
at Roxie (2:30, 4:45, 7, 8:45pm)
Hailed by L.A. Times critic Kenneth Turan as an example of Sundance "at its best," narrative feature Police Beat presents a unique protagonist in this post-911 world: A Republican, Muslim police officer...
at Cafe du Nord (10pm)
Surfer/photographer, Joe Koller, will be showing his work at the legendary Café Du Nord along with musician friends Roy McNeil of the band Organik and Forrest Day, the night will be something special...
Thursday, April 12, 2007 See All Events
at 111 Minna Street Gallery (7pm - 11pm)
San Francisco's finest will all be hanging out...on the walls, that is. Creativity Explored studio artists have once again created one-of-a-kind portraits of more than 40 notable San Franciscans that will be sold through a silent auction that night to benefit Creativity Explored...
at Brava Center for Women and the Arts (7:15pm)
Since its inception in 1997, Killing My Lobster's Hi/Lo Film Festival has focused attention on filmmakers who have more ideas than they do money. Now celebrating its tenth anniversary year, the festival is championing a decade of innovative ideas and boasts its most competitive festival yet...
at Swedish American Hall (8pm)
The first time amiina released a record, the 'animamina' EP in December 2004, they were pretty much a group in concept alone, having previously played together only as a string quartet round their native Iceland and more latterly as Sigur Ros's string section on their world tours...
at Space Gallery (9pm)
Featuring the art of Marcine Franckowiak and the music of rapatron with Mr. White and Citizen 10 on the turntables...
Friday, April 13, 2007 See All Events
at Dance Mission Theatre (8pm)
Hailing from the bay that brought you the Grateful Dead, Emperor Norton, & the iPod, San Francisco's intermedia performance group DOUBLE VISION continues to crank the cogwheel by presenting dance, video, noise, speed, energy, & seismic activity for stage...
at Jccsf Koret Center (8pm)
How does perception lead to knowing? How is life different for someone with coupled senses - someone who can literally taste words? Can we all change our world view and how often? Animator and creator of the Graffiti Archaeology Project, Cassidy Curtis (Shrek 2, Madagascar, Telestereoscope) has colored-letter synesthesia (a neurological phenomena), draws pictures of math, and sneezes when exposed to bright sunlight...
at Rickshaw Stop (9pm)
Florida femmes with rhymes spicier than Salt -N-Pepa and bombastic beats that'd make J.J. Fad proud (eat your humps out, Fergie). This old-school girl trio may be naught...
at supperclub (10pm)
 Local sets from DJ Felina (Elbo Room), DJ Vanka (Stellartrax), The Worker (Six Degrees, Stateless) and supperclub's own Michael Anthony as well. Samba style stilters. Visuals and films from Brazil...
at 1015 Folsom (10pm)
A carnival for the senses. 1015 transforms their space to represent the four Elements: Earth, Fire, Air & Water...
Saturday, April 14, 2007 See All Events
at Japantown (11am - 6pm)
The Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival is a celebration of the rich cultural heritage of the Japanese Americans residing in Northern California. The event, which includes the choosing of a queen, a street fair, various cultural performances and demonstrations, and a grand parade, also affords the other residents of this culturally diverse region...
at Small Press Distribution (noon - 4pm)
Small Press Distribution, the world's only non-profit distributor of small press literary books, opens its warehouse to the public. Shop among 13,000 titles discounted 20-50%. The day also features free readings, free snacks, and the famous SPD Poetry Trading Post, where you can bring a poem or even write one on the spot in exchange for a free book...
at 2232 MLK (9pm)
The Genius, aka the GZA, was the most cerebral MC in the Wu-Tang Clan, as well as perhaps the most acclaimed. His cool, precise flow and intricate, literate rhymes...
at Slim's (9pm)
Maybe the dilapidated garages and all-ages clubs of the East Coast post-hardcore scene of the late 80s is a fitting place to begin our story. That's where the chronicle of our era's ever-humble valedictorian, Ted Leo, really gets interesting, anyway. It was here in bands Citizen's Arrest and Animal Crackers that Ted developed a sharpened political prowess...
at Mighty (9:30pm)
This event will feature live entertainment by powerhouse rock/pop five-piece The New Up, Lowpro Lounge DJs James Christopher, J.Tonal, Citizen Ten, Bender and Mochipet...
at Club Six (10pm)
Worldly goes back to it underground roots at Club Six for a monthly celebration of beat driven world sounds and live traditional sets from renowned musicians...
Sunday, April 15, 2007 See All Events
at Oakland Museum of California (noon - 10pm)
Two-full-days of inspiring films; fireside chats with filmmakers; wine, cheese, and chocolate tastings; VIP parties; music and dance performances; expert panel discussions; and good times on behalf of a better planet...
at San Francisco Main Public Library (1pm)
Celebrate the Bay Area's vibrant literary scene when the 26th annual Northern California Book Awards recognize the best published works of 2006...
at Zellerbach Hall (7pm)
Actor, comedian, and musician, Michael McKean first achieved fame as the tall half of Laverne & Shirley's geeky duo, Lenny and Squiggy, and went on to comic immortality as David St. Hubbins, the spiky haired lead singer of the fictional British hard rock band Spinal Tap...
at Cowell Theater (7:30pm)
The opera of the same name, by British composer Benjamin Britten, is set "once upon a time in the Far East," and features enchanted lovers, sprightly fairies, and roguish Ottoman mortals. Exotic music complements the magical, mystical aura of this haunting production...
at California College of the Arts (7:30pm)
Grahame Weinbren has been making films since the early seventies and has written and lectured internationally about cinema, interactivity and new technology...
Monday, April 16, 2007 See All Events
at The Warfield (8pm)
"The Shins latest is a remarkably well crafted, creative and engaging album from start to finish. James Mercer and his fellow Shins have crafted eleven tracks that amuse, intrigue, and entertain." - Matt Forsmam
at 12 Galaxies (8pm)
A comic series of short vignettes built on one another to create a cumulative effect, as the characters discuss things as diverse as caffeine popsicles, Paris in the '20s, and the use of nicotine as an insecticide - all the while sitting around sipping coffee and smoking cigarettes...
Features   This Week's Articles See All Articles
Arabic Fusion in a Hidden Oasis
By Nish_Nadaraja (Apr 06, 2007)
One of the first things one notices about Saha is what there is not to notice. There is no street presence, since it's tucked away inside the Hotel Carlton (part of the Joie de Vivre boutique hotel chain, and situated next door to SF Station favorite Brick). Chances are you just don't stumble upon Saha; someone has to recommend it, or you just have to know, and that's part of the allure.
From Razorblade City to Gutterfly
By Matt_Crawford (Apr 06, 2007)
It's been awhile since the Pacific Northwest has gotten its shine on in the hip hop world, but that could change shortly with the release of Gutterfly, the sophomore album from the Portland-based Lifsavas that is due out on the Bay Area's Quannum Projects record label April 24th. The conceptual album, which takes place in fictional Razorblade City and leans on the blaxploitation genre, is already receiving critical praise from a variety of national publications.
SF Station Blows It Up
By Misha_Vladimirskiy (Apr 06, 2007)
Adam Goldstein better know as DJ AM had his birthday bash last Friday at Mezzanine and what a party it was with Dj Fashen opening the night with some groovy hip hop beats. Mickey Avalon and crew hit the stage to get the girls screaming for some "Jane Fonda" and finally AM and Travis Barker doing a drum/DJ thing that simply killed it. The twosome mixed rock, hip hop and everything in between to move the crowd into a dancing and screaming mess.
Released on 4AD, 4/10/07
By lynne_angel (Apr 06, 2007)
I oftentimes wonder how a band can stay fresh in its inevitable maturity, how it can both fight off the repetitive monotony of stylistic transfixion and yet continue to evolve and influence. With the onslaught of industry promotion, our ever-shortening attention spans, and the relatively recent introduction of music piracy sites and file-sharing programs, it's a wonder bands make it past their introductory album before being buried in another's media blitz. In the creation of one comes the demise of the creator. Enter Blonde Redhead, a band discovered by Steve Shelley, drummer of Sonic Youth, in 1993.
Released on Secretly Canadian Records, 2/20/07
By VinCi_Chan (Apr 06, 2007)
Infectious Richard Swift stitches up his cleverly crafted musical attire with Dressed Up for the Letdown. An almost one-man-band, Richard Swift may be perceived as a creative oddity with inspired sounds from the seventies, ranging from Elton John, Carol King and a little something borrowed from The Beatles, to bring you all into his curious audience. The opening tune, titled after the CD, starts you off in the way of Tom Waits along with a small horn section reminiscent of The Beatles' Sgt. Pepper album. From there it establishes a tuneful hippodrome-esque platform from where you will be lead with care and profoundness.
Released on Hefty Records , 5/15/07
By Matt_Forsman (Apr 06, 2007)
The New Orleans-based duo of Joshua Eustis and Charlie Cooper (aka Telefon Ten Aviv) have cut their teeth with a myriad of A-list musicians including Nine Inch Nails, Eminem, and others. Additionally, their distinctive work has been included in a myriad of film scores. In Remixes Compiled, Telefon Tel Aviv has assembled a compendium of their best remixed work including the remixed work of Nine Inch Nails, Bebel Gilberto, and several others.
Through the Past, Darkly
By Rossiter_Drake (Apr 06, 2007)
The Wind That Shakes the Barley, recipient of the Palme D'Or at last year's Cannes film festival, is the latest from English director Ken Loach, a committed leftist who has spent much of his 45-year career turning his political meditations into popular entertainment. Barley is no exception.
Two for One is Cheap at Twice the Price
By Mel_Valentin (Apr 06, 2007)
Grindhouse, Robert Rodriguez (Sin City, Once Upon a Time in Mexico) and Quentin Tarantino's (Kill Bill, Pulp Fiction) double paean to the glories of exploitation cinema, is exactly what their fans have come to expect from their previous films: sick, twisted, demented, repulsive fun (and that's meant in the best way possible).
Reap it, Reap it Good
By Matt_Forsman (Apr 06, 2007)
Katherine Winter (Hilary Swank) is a disillusioned Christian missionary who's commitment to Christianity has been supplanted by her commitment to debunking alleged religious "miracles". Right away it becomes all too clear that whatever transpires in The Reaping is going to involve some kind of reclamation of Katherine's lost faith. Nothing serves as a catalyst for reclaiming one's faith like a good, old fashioned reaping.
There is No Truth
By Matt_Forsman (Apr 06, 2007)
Despite all of the news coverage of death, atrocity, and tragedy coming out of Iraq, the war often seems surreal and distant. Director Philip Haas (Angels and Insects) does something remarkable in bringing the war to the big screen in The Situation. Filmed exclusively in Iraq, one truly does get a vivid sense of just how dire "the situation" has become.
An Existential Drama That Goes Nowhere
By Mel_Valentin (Apr 06, 2007)
The tagline for First Snow, helmed by screenwriter-turned-director Mark Fergus asks, "What if someone looked into your future and didn't see tomorrow?" Part character study, part mystery/thriller, part crime-drama, First Snow misses out on the promising potential inherent in its premise of an egotistical character facing his mortality and the effects that knowledge has on his psyche.
Bring a Bit of Spring Indoors
By Michelle_Sieling (Apr 06, 2007)
Along with colored eggs, rabbits and yellow marshmallow Peeps, "colorful" makes me think of Easter and the return of spring. Aside from the Peeps, all of those things symbolize the ideas of fertility, abundance and renewal associated with the season. Furthermore, fresh floral arrangements brighten your home and give one the feeling of hope associated with new beginnings.
Lost in Translation
By Clifton_Lemon (Apr 06, 2007)
Federico García Lorca was by all accounts a complex, gifted, but deeply troubled character. Like Rimbaud and other hardcore romantics, his flamboyant and brief life (he was executed by Nationalist Fascist troops at the age of 38) still allowed him plenty of time to churn out enough poetry and plays to earn a spot in the pantheon of Western Art...
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