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 May 1 - Mon May 7, 2007 Tue   |   Wed   |   Thu   |   Fri   |   Sat   |   Sun   |   Mon   |   Features
Happy May Day. If you haven't already played hooky for International Workers' Day then tonight would be the perfect opportunity to go out to Ocean Beach to have a bon fire and a lil' dance around the maypole.

However, you can always get your dance on at the Morrissey concert at the Paramount Theatre. If you haven't seen this god among mortals live then this is the night to do it. Another fashionable dance opportunity presents itself on Wednesday at the SFMOMA's Modern Ball Post-Modern Party. Look at great art, munch on great food and get into the groove. Want to do your part to invoke change in Washington? South Asians for Obama is throwing it down at their SF kickoff event -- Bartending for Barack at Dolce. Have a drink, dance your political butt off and help support a great candidate!

Speaking of dancing all night, turntablist extraordinaire/performance artist Mike Relm is going to blow the roof off of 1015 Friday night. Then celebrate the Cinco de Mayo Festival in Dolores Park. One of the biggest festivals in the Bay Area, this event will have an array of cultural performances and entertainment for all to enjoy. Then say goodbye to the How Weird Street Faire in the SoMa. This self-proclaimed festival of peace is packing up the good vibes, so enjoy the Weirdo de Mayo one last time. On Monday, bring along the weekend's crossword puzzle and try to get into the mind of New York Times puzzle master Will Shortz at Zellerbach Hall.

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Tuesday, May 1, 2007 See All Events
at Paramount Theatre (Oakland) (8pm)
One of the most influential figures in alternative rock, Morrissey's legendarily sensitive, melancholy persona made him a highly polarizing icon, reviled in some quarters with nearly the same intensity he inspired in his passionately devoted fans. As the lead singer of the Smiths, arguably the most important indie band in Britain during the '80s...
at Slim's (8pm)
Hailing from the sultry metropolitan landscape of Austin, TX, Explosions In The Sky are some of the most sincere folks you will ever meet. Aside from being nice guys, they play some of the most passionate, powerful instrumental music you will ever hear...
at Mezzanine (9pm)
Yes, you heard it right -- all sorts of electronic mayhem and completely free: Swedish dance-punk monsters, Teddybears, SF electropunks All Teeth and Knuckles and your favorite discopunk DJs Jefrodisiac and Richie Panic. If you haven't already heard Teddybears tracks playing at every bar in the city, watch the Punkrocker video with Iggy Pop. You will be an instant fan...
Wednesday, May 2, 2007 See All Events
at SFMOMA (9pm)
Don't miss out on the most anticipated social and entertainment event of the year on May 2, when SFMOMA hosts The Modern Ball. Join us for special performances by indie-rock buzz band Scissors for Lefty, local favorite Salvador Santana, and a dazzling lineup of DJs. The Museum will be transformed into a spectacular roving party and lounge...
at The Independent (9pm)
As musicians who not only knew their various instruments but each other for many years within the small but supportive music scene of Monterrey, a collective vision of channeling sounds across the globe was definitely within reach.As an album, Kinky combined the stylishness of discerning American and European dance grooves and straight-ahead rock 'n roll with traditional rhythms from throughout South America (such as cumbia and norteño) for a fresh sound.
Thursday, May 3, 2007 See All Events
at Hackett-Freedman Gallery (5:30pm - 7:30pm)
Trujillo's office parks, fast food joints, and big-box retail environments represent the anomie of contemporary urban existence. Small, faceless persons, confront a seemingly endless array of products and services in oversized and starkly utilitarian environments. Despite the subject matter, however, Trujillo's paintings do not condescend or condemn. For although the artist depicts an increasingly fast-paced world, where attention spans have diminished beyond the point of no return...
at Frey Norris Gallery (6pm - 9pm)
Zhong Biao will exhibit thirteen new large scale canvases in his signature surreal style, one that juxtaposes the old with the new, the East with the West and the individual with the collective. Large areas of raw linen canvas surround images that evoke lives packed with quick indulgences and battling ideologies.
at Dolce (8pm)
Are you ready for a change in Washington? Are you wondering how you can make that happen? South Asians for Obama - SF (SAFO-SF) invites you to a fundraiser in support of Senator Barack Obama's Presidential campaign...
at Bottom of the Hill (9pm)
Cloud Cult's unique sound has been called "insane genius" by Pitchforkmedia and has been compared to Modest Mouse, Flaming Lips, Neutral Milk Hotel and Beck. Cloud Cult's live shows include elaborate theatrics that include live painters on stage, live video projection of audience and band, and back screen video. The live band includes cello, violin, trumpet, flute and percussion, along with the more standard guitar, bass, keys and drums line-up.
at Hemlock Tavern (9:30pm)
Only a creative force as innovative as Bonfire Madigan could lay claim to both Tom Waits' hornman Ralph Carney and the Kronos Quartet's founding cellist Joan Jeanrenaud as fans. Only could a live performer so explosive be asked for by name to fit the opening bill for acts as diverse and intense as indie-emo's founding fathers Fugazi, and the Finnish chamber metal showmen Apocalyptica.
Friday, May 4, 2007 See All Events
at SFMOMA (6:30pm)
Ostertag and Hébert have customized standard game pads (like he ones that come with Nintendo) so that they will trigger sounds and images from a variety of sources, including video games, war footage and original images filmed during Living Cinema's travels. Ostertag will create a score and soundscape comprised entirely of video game sound clips, while Hébert will create animations on the spot that will interact with original and altered images and sounds. The resulting visual and aural collage will convey a pointed, playful and urgent view of the current, complex situation in the Middle East.
at Park Branch Library (7pm)
Rant is the mind-bending new novel from Chuck Palahniuk, the literary provocateur responsible for such books as Fight Club and the pedal-to-the-metal horrorfest Haunted. It takes the form of an oral history of one Buster "Rant" Casey, in which an assortment of friends, enemies, admirers and detractors have their say on this evil character, who may or may not be the most efficient serial killer of our time...
at Slim's (9pm)
Since forming in the fall of 2000, Particle has enjoyed a transcendental rise on the national music scene. Their trademark "funktronic" sounds combine elements of electronica, funk, and high powered rock and roll. Particle's momentum has been unprecedented since their introduction to the live music world nearly seven years ago...
at 1015 (10pm - 5am)
The Red Party features Evil 9, the UK Breakbeat duo who have merged dance beats, punk, funk, and hip hop and Mike Relm, the San Francisco chameleon who has turned the art of turntablism into a theatre for interactive film, and performance art...
at Underground Location (10pm - 6am)
Underground United brings it ALL together. A shitload of different styles and beats come together on Friday May 4 at Underground United. From the minds that brought you SF's hottest underground nightclub Mighty, Burning Man fave Opel Productions, breakbeat stalwart SEISMIC and electronic upstarts BIG Smile comes a night that covers all bases. FunkyTechyBreaksyBallsy performers and DJs that will have your ass shaking...
Saturday, May 5, 2007 See All Events
at Fort Mason Center (9am - 4pm)
Letterpress printers, book artists, calligraphers, paper marblers, 'zine publishers & book enthusiasts share their love of the word in all its forms. Come meet artists, see crafts-folk at work & see the tools & equipment of the book arts. Features a children's area where kids can make their own books & try handpress printing...
at Dolores Park (10am - 5pm)
San Francisco's annual Cinco De Mayo celebration is one of the City's most spectacular traditions! Cinco de Mayo San Francisco Festival showcases the very best of Mexican, Latin American and Chicano cultures with a diverse array of music, dance and artistry for the entire family to enjoy...
at Yoshi's (8pm & 10pm)
Japanese-pianist Hiromi has created quite a buzz over the last few years. Mentored by keyboard giants like Ahmad Jamal and Chick Corea, Hiromi has a truly unique musical world-view and dynamic piano style. The diversity of her music runs the gamut of rock, jazz, and classical creating a truly cross-cultural experience.
at Castro Theater (8:30pm)
Featuring 15 animated films made between 1912 and 2005 by six different directors, and with 11 musicians providing live accompaniment, it's safe to file this program under "This Will Never Happen Again."...
at Hilton San Francisco (10pm)
DJ Aykut (istanbul), Trevor Simpson (92.7/ brasil) and DJ Arnaud (paris) will be rocking the house with their Best international mixes: Euro, Middle Eastern, Brazilian, Salsa, Merengue, Latin Hits, Persian, Indian and More! Also Hot Samba Dancers directly from Brasil will be performing at midnight.
Sunday, May 6, 2007 See All Events
at Conservatory of Flowers (9am - 5pm)
The extraordinary beauty and diversity of species on display will dazzle even the most squeamish. Visitors also get a bug's eye view of a few of these peckish plants to investigate the wide range of trapping strategies such as the famous spring trap of the Venus flytrap, pitfall traps, flypaper traps and even suction traps...
at Glad Tidings Church (9:30am & 11am)
25 voices ages 7-11 sing out on behalf of Africa's 12 million AIDS orphans, they sing for their brothers, sisters, friends and their villages. In spite of the tragedy that has marred their young lives, these musically gifted children are radiant with hope and wonderfully entertaining. They melt the hearts of audiences with their charming smiles and joyful African melodies and dance.
at Festival Pavilion (10am - 4pm)
Experience Norway's character, people, cultural traditions & culinary delights at this popular event. Food, music, dance & fashion are featured. The "Scandilicious Evening" includes a photo scavenger hunt, cocktail reception, dinner & entertainment...
at 1600 Howard Street (11:11am - 5:55pm)
It's Weirdo de Mayo, and the beginning of the 2007 season of outdoor events. And you are invited to participate! For the eighth and last time, Howard Street will be transformed into a festival of peace. The How Weird Street Faire is being forced to relocate due to its overwhelming success. So we're leaving the neighborhood in style - featuring five blocks of high quality music, art, performances, vendors from around the world, and much more...
Monday, May 7, 2007 See All Events
at Zellerbach Hall (8pm)
What's an enigmatologist? It's Will Shortz, revered crossword editor of The New York Times, the puzzle master for NPR's Weekend Edition Sunday, star of the recent hit documentary Wordplay, and the only academically accredited puzzle master in the world...
at The Roxie New College Film Center (7pm & 8:40pm)
The first major documentary film about this landmark story. The ordeal of Sacco and Vanzetti came to symbolize the bigotry and intolerance directed at immigrants and dissenters in America, and millions of people in the U.S. and around the world protested on their behalf. Nearly eighty years later, the story continues to have great resonance, as America once again grapples with issues of civil liberties and the rights of immigrants.
Features   This Week's Articles See All Articles
Hit-and-Miss Global Small Plates in the Presidio
By Chrissy_Loader (Apr 26, 2007)
The Presidio, once a leafy bunker, appears to be morphing into San Francisco's new dining destination. Joining the nearby Presidio Social Club and La Terrasse, Walnut Creek's Va de Vi restaurant family opened Pres a Vi in December 2006 in Lucasfilm's Letterman Digital Arts complex, a former army hospital. Serving a hit-and-miss mix of Spanish, Filipino, French, Italian and Latin American small plates -- and a grand selection of wines -- Pres a Vi struggles to meet the high expectations inherent to its location.
An Ohio Player
By Matt_Crawford (Apr 26, 2007)
After several successful recordings that relied heavily on samples from records and other sources, indie hip-hop producer RJD2 found himself at a crossroads in his career. His cache of samples, amassed from years of collecting records, was severely depleted and he was faced with committing serious time to digging for more vinyl gems or venturing into new musical territory. He chose the latter. The result: His latest LP The Third Hand, which features live instruments and vocals (his own) on almost every track.
SF Station Blows It Up
By Misha_Vladimirskiy (Apr 26, 2007)
Oakland's Honeycut hit the stage for the private opening of San Francisco's newest venue Harlot. The mix of soul, funk, electronica and rock ruled the air once Bart and the boys hit the stage performing songs from their current album The Day I Turned to Glass. With amazing rhythm created by Tony Sevener on live MPC and Salter's unstoppable keys, Honeycut drove the partygoers to dance.
50 Years of Celluloid Celebration
By Matt_Forsman (Apr 26, 2007)
Fifty years and thousands of films later, the San Francisco International Film Festival is alive and kicking. This year's line up reflects the same kind of depth, breadth, and diversity of artistic voices that SFIFF has been known for from the very beginning. Specifically, you're looking at 200 films and industry guests expected, 54 countries represented, 75 narrative features, 33 documentary features, and the list goes on. In short, you're looking at simply the best film festival in Northern California in SFIFF 50.
From France, A Sweetly Seductive Farce
By Rossiter_Drake (Apr 26, 2007)
Pierre (Daniel Auteuil) has a problem. His wife is convinced that he's cheating, with good reason; his supermodel mistress is tired of waiting for a divorce; and the paparazzi are following him all over Paris, hoping to ensnare him in a tempestuous scandal. What's a philandering tycoon to do?
Another Philip K. Dick Misfire
By Mel_Valentin (Apr 26, 2007)
Loosely based on "The Golden Man", a short story written in 1954 by Philip K. Dick, the science fiction author whose stories and novels have served as the basis for Blade Runner, Total Recall, Minority Report, and Paycheck, Next takes one of Dick's simpler ideas -- limited precognition -- and turns it into a muddled, disappointing science fiction/action/thriller directed by Lee Tamahori (Die Another Day, Mulholland Falls, Once Were Warriors) with minimal attention to the demands of logic-based storytelling and starring the ubiquitous Nicholas Cage in furrowed-brow, action-hero mode.
Tasteful Flair for Wear
By Jialin_Luh (Apr 26, 2007)
The impending arrival of Mother's Day may have you scratching your head for gift ideas. You've worn out the flower arrangements and already gone the spa gift certificate route (which, by the way, never really gets old). Of course, gifts are not necessary to express regard for those near and dear to you, but a thoughtful gift may serve as a touching reminder of appreciation. If the woman in your life finds joy in distinctive style, fine art and beauty in nature, you will want to explore the jewelry of local designer and craftsman John S. Brana.
Discovery through a Roadtrip
By lisa_ryers (Apr 26, 2007)
Dissecting Eric B. Martin's new novel challenges the reader in precisely the same way analyzing a good piece of drama does. Writer/director David Mamet's take on this is that the bad play marginalizes the audience as "other" while the good play involves the audience as a participant by somehow creating empathy with the principal characters. Martin's novel, The Virgin's Guide to Mexico accomplishes this empathic strain.
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