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Find a sombrero and whip up some margarita mix because it's time for a fiesta! Cinco de Mayo arrives Wednesday with food, drinks, dancing, and mariachi music at Harlot, and La Colectiva at the Elbo Room. If you want to save yourself for the weekend, head to Dolores Park on Saturday for the annual daytime holiday celebration and get down to Freqo de Mayo late night at Mighty. There's more outdoor fun to be had Sunday at the How Weird Street Faire and Sweet Shoppe: Sweet & Savory Festival, a celebration of all things. Get greasy at BaconCamp SF and graphic at Graphic Attack! And if you still have some deniro, update your spring wardrobe at the GAMA-GO Flagship Store anniversary party and find the perfect Mother's Day gift at Fiera Urbana.

This week's question: Can you name the founders of Gracias Madre? Find the answer in the restaurant review in this week's guide, then be the first person to email [email protected] and receive free passes for 2 to a screening of Robin Hood.

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NightLife at the Academy
Tuesday, May 4, 2010
at The Independent (8pm)

With the help of producer Mike McCarthy (Spoon, Trail of Dead), Wennerstrom assembled a group of musicians with whom she gave the songs life and uncovered yet another layer of Wennerstrom and the Heartless Bastards...
at Pisco Latin Lounge (6pm - 9pm)

Run away to a tropical setting and leave the daily grind behind. Bringing together the best of Latin travel and living resources, Latin Travel & Lifestyle Night Mixer is a monthly showcase of products, services, and causes that speak to today's Latin America...
Wednesday, May 5, 2010
at Harlot and Shaw Alley (5pm)

Join us for an evening of celebration with festive music, food, drinks and dancing. Shaw Alley will host specialty margarita bars, a beer garden and live mariachi music by Mariachi Los Morros. Vendors such as San Franpsycho will be on location silk screening commemorative t shirts and Famous El Tonayense will be providing fresh gourmet tacos...
at Elbo Room (9pm)

This best describes the south-bay based group of musicians. The embracement of all Latin American culture as its own, is what enables the group to have such a rich, and colorful combination of traditional latin sounds...
Thursday, May 6, 2010
at SFMOMA (6:30pm)

Works inspired by Surrealism are featured beside works looking to the future, featuring robots and cyber-infrastructures. Join us for this rare book signing and meet all seven artists!
at Rickshaw Stop (8pm)

Javelin's self-released LP, entitled Jamz n Jemz, is but one element of Tom van Buskirk and George Langford's DIY approach to art and performance. The first label release, featuring silkscreened thrift store sleeves...
at Mighty (9pm)

Come skate your head off to classic disco and original cuts by residents Tal M. Klein, Big Fat Frog, Carey Kopp. Disco attire is highly recommended...
at Ruby Skye (9pm)

Omari Starks and Sean Saffari of Don't Be Shy Entertainment in association with Ruby Skye, Chad and Chris of Salty SF, Matt Gan with Da Connection, and The Digital Divaz...
NightLife at the Academy
Friday, May 7, 2010
at 1AM Gallery (6pm)

1:AM gallery is pleased to announce "Graphic Attack!", an explosive group exhibition co-curated by Melissa McCaig Welles, and Andrea von Bujdoss, highlighting an exciting clash of techniques and styles by 15 of the most prolific experts in...
at The New Parish (6pm)

Mother's day is on May 9th, so don't forget to pick her up something fantastic and locally made at Feria Urbana Friday May 7th. A great night to be out and about in Oakland's uptown area.. during First Friday's Art Murmur.
at Great American Music Hall (9pm)

In August 2009, the band returned to the studio with engineer Toshi Kasai (Melvins, Big Business, Tool) to record its third album, The Fear Is Excruciating, But Therein Lies The Answer. The resulting 8-song disc...
at Regency Ballroom (9pm)

('Romance Is Boring' is) Filled out with added brass, strings, drum machines and electronics, packed with guest spots from the likes of Jamie Stewart of Xiu Xiu, Zac Pennington of Parenthetical Girls and Jherek Bischoff of the Dead Science, it is nothing if not ambitious.
Saturday, May 8, 2010
at Academy of Art University San Francisco (9am - 5pm)

Don't Miss this Exclusive Opportunity to: Watch Fashion Graduates Present Their Latest Collections, Meet Department Directors & Get Portfolio Feedback (optional)...
at Chez Poulet Gallery (noon - 4pm)

BaconCamp is an ad-hoc gathering born from the desire for people to share and learn in an open environment about bacon. It is an intense event with discussions, demos and interaction from participants who are the main actors of the event...
at 335 8th St (noon - 5pm)

In addition to hobnobbing with the artists and founders, the first 50 shoppers who spend more than $40 will receive a free, limited edition print. Each print is numbered and signed by GAMA-GO artist Wednesday Kirwan...
at Fox Theater (4pm)

"Crack the Skye" are two totally different things, diving into a small part of your soul and then being mesmerized with the wonders of our universe. Those things don't really seem to match. But from that dearest spot within our souls...
at Paradise Lounge (9pm - 3am)

Free! The first Disko Lords party was a huge success. We made so many new friends that night, and everyone had huge smiles on their faces while we danced and shouted to all the amazing music. We're doing it again! This time at the Paradise Loft at 11th and Folsom in SF...
at Mighty (10pm)

An exclusive party set on the world-famous Paradise Garage soundsystem at Mighty. The event will contribute a large portion of its proceeds to support the Janky Barge and its Playa Operations...
Sunday, May 9, 2010
at Howard Street and 2nd Street (noon - 8pm)

There will be ten blocks of art and celebration, and nine stages of music. There will be performances and colorful costumes, vendors from around the world with unique and creative wares, non-profit organizations to educate and inspire, exotic food and drinks, and much more!
at Jack London Square (11am)

The Sweet Shoppe is Northern California's premiere celebration of all that is sweet. This two-day indoor confectionery festival celebrates our regions pastry chefs, confectioners, cupcake fairies, local restaurants, specialty vendors, cheese makers, vintners and more.
at Rickshaw Stop (8pm)

F*cked Up is an experimental Hardcore group from Toronto. "While Canadian punk provocateurs F*cked Up play aggressive and incendiary music, that's hardly where their desire to stir up trouble begins and ends...
at Hemlock Tavern (9pm)

Cloud Archive is an interdisciplinary endeavor that combines the efforts and output of Bryan Von Reuter, Mattew J. Miller, and J.P. Hayes. Through live musical performance, reactive programming, immersive environments...
Monday, May 10, 2010
at Yoshi's San Francisco (7:30pm)

The Great American Songbook has never sounded as captivating as it does when Paula West sings. Says Steven Winn of the San Francisco Chronicle, "It's doubtful that anyone is singing better than Paula West these days...this extraordinary jazz singer wears each song like perfectly fitted silk".
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