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 17 - Mon Apr 23, 2007 Tue   |   Wed   |   Thu   |   Fri   |   Sat   |   Sun   |   Mon   |   Features
What's better than free stuff? Free ice cream! Indulge in Free Cone Day at Ben & Jerry's locations all over the Bay. Now for the eternal question: if a bunch of Shaolin monks had a dance off against a bunch of ballet dancers, who would come out on top? Find out for yourself by watching Alonzo King's beautiful new piece "Long River High Sky" at YBCA. So what exactly do people in SF value? This question is explored at the hilarious monthly reading InsideStoryTime at the Rickshaw Stop.

With blogs and photo sharing sites popping up all over the internet, it seems like everyone and anyone can instantly become an artist. Check out several of these budding new photographers at Breakthrough, a new exhibit at the SFAC. Then on Saturday go green, at least for a day, at Berkley's Earth Day celebration . Need to do a little shopping this weekend? Avoid the chain stores downtown and head over to Medjool in the Mission for Design Utopia featuring over 30 local designers and artists. On Monday, bask in the glow of comic genius, when Art Spiegelman talks with Dave Eggers at Herbst Theatre.

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Tuesday, April 17, 2007 See All Events
at Ben & Jerrys (noon - 8pm)
Enjoy a scoop of famous Ben & Jerry's ice cream on the house from Noon to 8pm. Be warned, the lines can get long!
at Booksmith (7pm)
Before A.M. Homes was born, she was put up for adoption. Her birth mother was a twenty-two- year-old single woman having an affair with an older married man. "The Mistress's Daughter" is the story of what happened when, thirty years later, her birth parents came looking for her...
at Great American Music Hall (8pm)
Led Zeppelin, Steely Dan and Gram Parsons...from hard rock to melodic country, moe can write songs and they can play the bejesus out of them live. They can deliver live energy to a studio recording and are equally comfortable playing textural musical landscapes...
Wednesday, April 18, 2007 See All Events
at YBCA Theater (8pm)
With utter calm and fierce precision, the dancers of LINES Ballet and the Shaolin monks of China create an unprecedented synthesis of Eastern and Western classical forms, as if ascending together from the stage to the heavens through pure, gorgeous intensity of movement...
at Independent (9pm)
Original Dancehall Toaster Singer of Kingston Jamaica Hawaiian Lyon Singer, Songwriter, and Percussionist of Ras Michael, Eek A Mouse and Don Carlos...
at supperclub (10pm - 2am)
For the first time Six Degrees recording artist Bombay Dub Orchestra makes the trip from the UK for a high energy and eclectic DJ set. They just rocked the Dub Club in Vienna with their deep dubby beats...
Thursday, April 19, 2007 See All Events
at SF City Hall 4th Floor Rotunda (6pm - 8pm)
An exhibit in partnership with the City of San Francisco, NWM utilizes the universal language of Art to communicate the message of seven major environmental issues: The exhibit also highlights several forward looking conservation programs to contribute to the advancement of systemic change that builds toward a sustainable future...
at supperclub (6:30pm)
Inspiring community-building interactive public art worldwide. Featuring Performances throughout the night...
at Root Division (special event: 7pm - 11pm)
Featuring more than 8 acclaimed local chefs and 15 visual artists for a night of inspired food, drink, and art. The event will stimulate multiple senses in featuring an array of daring culinary delights...
at CELLspace (7pm - 10pm)
A collaborative workshop and exhibition, also featuring the fantastical creatures of Amy Wing Fong Lee. Artists in the Bay Area are welcome to participate in filling the gallery from floor to ceiling with their creatures, vermin, monsters, crawlies, and beasties...
at Rickshaw Stop (7pm)
Readings and performances from Kemble Scott (author of San Francisco Chronicle best-selling novel SoMa), Beth Lisick (Everybody into the Pool), noir novelist Jim Nisbet (The Price of the Ticket), Jennifer Blowdryer (Good Advice for Young Trendy of All Ages), and Manuel Jimenez...
Friday, April 20, 2007 See All Events
at San Francisco Art Commission (noon - 5pm)
 The San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery presents a multifaceted exhibition and panel discussion examining the new digital environment that has revolutionized the way photographers shoot, store and share images...
at Wheeler Auditorium (8pm)
Portugeuse chanteuse Lura breathes new life into the Cape Verdean music first made famous by Cesaria Evora. Bringing a street-wise, urban sensuality to the island's unique musical tradition, she mixes the familiar morna style with the littleknown rhythms of funana and batuque, the music of women from the remote interior of Cape Verde...
at Pink (9pm)
The most world-famous supperclub in Paris and most beloved World-Music CD Compilation, Buddha Bar (Paris) comes to San Francisco for an enchanting evening of World-Fused Beats and Spiritually Intoxicating Vibes...
at Mojito (9pm)
Sunset proudly brings the reggae to North Beach with an evening featuring not only the North Bay's beloved rasta-hop band Wisdom, but local hip hop-reggae DJ Wisdom . Known to his fans as Wisdom, Tevya Jones was first exposed to hip hop culture at the Ernest Ingold Boys Club in the Haight-Ashbury district of San Francisco, after moving there with his mother at age 6...
at Club Six (9pm)
Mike Watt will be manhandling his bass with his current band The Missingmen as well as taking to the stage with his pals in The Blacktop Project- Ray Barbee, Tommy Guerrero, Matt Rodriguez and Chuck Treece...
at Ruby Skye (9pm)
Tall Paul has DJed all over the UK, currently holding a residency at Turnmills' Friday nighter The Gallery and plays regularly for Godskitchen, Gatecrasher, Sundissential, Cream and Golden to name but a few. Paul is also in the process of taking the United States by storm, and has dedicated two weeks out of each month's DJing schedule to concentrate his efforts in this particular territory...
Saturday, April 21, 2007 See All Events
at SF Zoo (10am - 5pm)
Celebrate Earth Day at the San Francisco Zoo! We are having our biggest Earth Day event to date. Please stop by to help celebrate the Earth and participate in fun animal awareness activities...
at Berkeley Civic Center Park (noon - 5pm)
Berkeley Earth Day is an annual event held in April to celebrate the environmental movement and creatively challenge the destruction of our planet. We provide cultural performers, speakers and resources to link individuals and groups with each other in community based ecological activities...
at Mighty (9pm - 4am)
A PM BM fundraiser for its camp on the Playa this year. Pink Mammoth's camp at Burning Man has been a staple of the daytime in the desert for 8 years now, door proceeds for this event directly support this year's extravaganza...
at Cafe du Nord (9pm)
With the release of a new CD, vocalist Penelope Houston has joined with original guitarist Greg Ingraham to bring the Avengers back to life, completing the line-up with bassist Joel Reader and drummer Luis Illades. The new group is called the Avengers and sometimes the scAvengers, and is playing a few select shows...
Sunday, April 22, 2007 See All Events
at Medjool (11am - 4pm)
Enjoy Fashion, Art, DJ Beats, and Cocktails! Featuring over 30 talented Bay Area designers and artists selling jewelry, apparel, accessories, art and gourmet treats!
at Speedway Meadow (11:30am)
The nation's largest celebration of Earth Day -- is committed to raising environmental awareness by combining live musical performances from diverse genres with educational outreach and cultural events suitable for all audiences...
at Bottom of the Hill (8pm)
So what does this sound like? Well Xiu Xiu certainly has more than a little in common with their friends Deerhoof, attacking established pop idioms with a savant's genius, inverting them and reclaiming them in fascinating if sometimes disorienting ways. But note also the presence of Sabbath, Joy Division, and The Smiths in the above list...
Monday, April 23, 2007 See All Events
at Herbst Theatre (8pm)
Art Spiegelman has almost single-handedly brought comic books out of the toy closet and onto the literature shelves. In 1992 he won the Pulitzer Prize for his masterful Holocaust narrative Maus — which portrayed Jews as mice and Nazis as cats...
at The Fillmore (8pm)
"I'm really looking forward to the hard work aspect of convincing people that you're still relevant and convince people that you're not old. We're coming out fighting." Brian Molko of Placebo...
Features   This Week's Articles See All Articles
The Marina's New Flavor Profile
By Sarah_Sung (Apr 12, 2007)
Flavor is often described in four ways: bitter, sour, salty, and sweet. But there's a fifth, more eclectic element that Japanese call "umami," and this is where the new restaurant in the old Yoshida-Ya space comes in. A clever endeavor, Umami incorporates tastes from Japan, Thailand, Korea, and Vietnam to create a "best of" list in a manner that strives to recreate classic dishes.
The Evolution of a Festival
By Chris_Ellis (Apr 12, 2007)
Get out your sunglasses, charge the iPod and fill up the hybrid tank! The 2007 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival is fast approaching and for the first time ever in the nine-year history of the festival, an additional third day of phenomenal acts has been added.
SF Station Blows It Up
By Misha_Vladimirskiy (Apr 12, 2007)
With guitars, keys, drums and trumpets Man Man blew up the Independent last Wednesday night. Dressed in all white as if this was a scene from Miami Vice, they performed tunes from their new album and made all the San Francisco hipsters dance, which, if you've ever been to a indie show before, you would know is a hard thing to do.
Perfectly Underwhelming
By Matt_Forsman (Apr 12, 2007)
The usage of the "flashback" seems to be the flavor du jour these days as it was utilized extensively in the recently released The Reaping and it plays a pivotal role in the thriller, Perfect Stranger. Unfortunately, this overused device gives away the answer to the only real question in the film fairly early on. But, this is just one of the problems you'll encounter with Perfect Stranger.
Super Size Me? I don't think so
By Matt_Forsman (Apr 12, 2007)
Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie Film For Theaters is one of those rare celluloid gems that just about defies description. Nevertheless, I'll give it a shot. Hold on tight. The film primarily revolves around the bizarre misadventures of three supersized, animated fast food items.
Verhoeven Goes Home Again, With Memorable Results
By Rossiter_Drake (Apr 12, 2007)
Black Book marks director Paul Verhoeven's return to his native Netherlands after an absence of more than two decades, during which time he enjoyed a successful run in Hollywood with high-splatter blockbusters including Total Recall, Basic Instinct and Starship Troopers. Black Book is more high-minded than those films -- it's a World War II drama that chronicles one woman's tireless struggle to survive the Holocaust -- but it is, in its own way, no less lurid. Filled with unrestrained eroticism and sensationalized violence, it is deliciously trashy entertainment, the kind that Verhoeven does best.
The Killer Next Door
By Mel_Valentin (Apr 12, 2007)
Stop me if this sounds familiar: a character witnesses his neighbor murder someone (or it looks like a murder). No one believes him and, along with his girlfriend and/or friend, he's forced to play detective hoping that the police will eventually believe him. But the killer catches on to the hero and he becomes the killer's next target. Sounds like Alfred Hitchcock's classic mystery/thriller, Rear Window, right?
British Fashion Queen Then & Now
By grace_chen (Apr 12, 2007)
A designer who can understand punk and proper Saville Row suiting deserves a crown. Let that queen of fashion be Vivienne Westwood. Through June 10th, the de Young Museum presents a 30-plus-year retrospective of Ms. Westwood's iconic looks that start with bondage latex suits and anarchy themed shirts in the 70s to 21st century tailored gowns cut in intriguing proportions and mixed materials.
Pliés with Ch'i
By Clifton_Lemon (Apr 12, 2007)
In one of this superb works' most simple and beautiful moments (and there are many such moments) Alonzo King delivers the goods straight up: two young men share the stage, each masters of radically different disciplines of motion, and the stark aesthetic contrast is as amazing as the joyful way in which they discover and explore the richness of their common ground. Western ballet as practiced by the LINES ballet, and martial arts as practiced by the Shaolin Monks could hardly be more different in their history and purpose, yet in this world premiere work, Mr. King manages to go far beyond a superficial East-meets-West juxtaposition.
Thinking Outside the Hatbox
By lisa_ryers (Apr 12, 2007)
Thirty five years ago, Alix Kates Shulman published her first novel entitled Memoirs of an Ex-Prom Queen (1972). An immediate best seller, the book worked in tandem with Fear of Flying (1973) to give millions of married women pause: is my marriage really satisfying? How did I get here? Should I leave? Ex-Prom Queen was one of the first books where a woman revealed rights of passage that were decidedly un prom-like: date rape, marital rape, infidelity, illegal abortions -- all in the same year that Roe vs. Wade was being debated in the Supreme Court.
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