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 8 - Mon May 14, 2007 Tue   |   Wed   |   Thu   |   Fri   |   Sat   |   Sun   |   Mon   |   Features
Summer seems to be fast approaching, at least if this weekend was any indication. People all over the country are gearing up for vacations, festivals and, of course, prom. While folks in many urban areas flock to greener pastures in the summer, Bay Area residents seem to stay put. After all, why would you think of leaving when there's so much left to do in our lovely city?

Why leave when you have tons of great art to enjoy? Por ejemplo, Tattooed Portraits 2 at The Shooting Gallery. Artist Shawn Barber's beautiful paintings bring "ink" to a whole new level. And let's not forget, prom season is right around the corner. Relive every moment of this rite of passage the way you always wanted to: go Goth. Don your fav corset and black rose corsage and check out the Goth Prom at Books Inc. at Opera Plaza celebrating new work from writers Holly Black and Cassandra Clare. Speaking of summer festivals, there's the much-loved 11th annual Mission Creek Music and Arts Festival. Enjoy ten days of music and art from up and coming local bands and artists.

While we're talking about kick-ass local bands, I Am Spoonbender will be playing at Mezzanine Friday night in a rare public appearance. This weekend features another time-honored event -- the KFOG Kaboom .One word: fireworks. What's there not to love about big, loud, harmless, sparkly explosions? Afterwards, wear that black rubber catsuit to the Suicide Girls Prom at the Red Devil Lounge (yes, there's TWO proms this week!). We don't even need to tell you how crazy this is going to be. The next day be a good little boy and/or girl and celebrate Mother's Day at the Spring Family Festival at the Asian Art Museum. Bring your special lady flowers and show her some love.

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Tuesday, May 8, 2007 See All Events
at The Shooting Gallery (noon - 7pm)
The majority of Shawn Barber's figures are life size or large, which means standing up next to the pieces is the best way to view these works. Many of the artists portrayed in Shawn's paintings will also be in attendance at the opening...
at Madrone Lounge (9pm)
If you're in the SF Bay area Phat Kat will be throwing one big record release party at Madrone Lounge in San Francisco, he will be performing his single, Cold Steel, with special guest Elzhi Featuring DJ Centipede (Mophone/CB Records) & DJ Citizen Ten (Swedish Milk Toast). Special guest DJ Design (Look Records) and Special guest appearances and free give aways...
at Hemlock Tavern (9:30pm)
NY hardcore pre-1987, before the youth crew came to town and washed all the fun away. Think The Comes, Anti-Scrunti Faction, Sin 34 or any other awesome female-fronted hardcore band from the mid 80's...
Wednesday, May 9, 2007 See All Events
at Books Inc. in Opera Plaza (7pm)
Join Not Your Mother's Book Club for an evening of dark delights --our first ever Goth Prom in honor of Holly Black and Cassandra Clare. Come dressed in your darkest finery and prepare to celebrate the release of the much-anticipated Ironside and City of Bones with these two masters of Urban Fantasy...
at The Fillmore (8pm)
"Black Rebel Motorcycle Club has been compared to Jesus and Mary Chain, Love and Rockets, The White Stripes, and a myriad of artists in between. By and large, BRMC's previous albums have received favorable reviews despite the somewhat open question of whether or not there is anything unique or distinctive about BRMC's sound...
at Mighty (9:30pm)
These two beloved bands go green for this celebratory evening in honor of the winners of this year's Golden Gate Awards and GreenWorld contest for online video shorts (see page 202 for details). Given both Halou's and Tarentel's penchant for incorporating original visual backdrops to their live music performances, it's surprising that the bands have not yet shared the same bill, an oversight that this special event will remedy in style...
Thursday, May 10, 2007 See All Events
at various locations around the city
To foster community and nurture local arts, MCMAF has reliably featured a wide range of Bay Area talent, and has introduced many local musicians who have since achieved international acclaim. After more than a decade of unrivaled programming, MCMAF has become a destination for both national and international talent.
at Bluespace (8pm)
A new site-specific performance installation at an intimate table for 20. Space is limited, reservations are strongly encouraged...
at Various Theaters (See for full schedule/times)
Featuring some 200 films and live events with more than 100 filmmakers in attendance and nearly two dozen awards presented for cinematic excellence. The Festival attracts an annual audience of more than 80,000...
Friday, May 11, 2007 See All Events
at Luggage Store Gallery (6pm)
In this solo exhibition, Rigo 23 presents large-scale mixed media drawings with text on canvas with accompanying hand made zines. Rigo's graphic imagery borrows stylistically from signage, advertising, popular cartoons, and newsprint photography...
at Booksmith (7pm)
Rocker/knitter/author: Share Ross personifies the indie spirit driving both the knitting and music scenes. In her new book, Punk Knits: 26 Hot New Designs for Anarchistic Souls and Independent Spirits, Ross shares her passion and unorthodox approach to an ancient craft. Join us for a special author talk and mini-workshop...
at Mezzanine (9pm)
Even after 10 years together, a live I Am Spoonbender communiqué is notoriously rare. For their first live show anywhere in over 3 years I am Spoonbender bring their influential and curiously effective telemagnetic psychedelia...
at Poleng Lounge (10pm)
Slum Village and Phat Kat are set to hit the stage together at Poleng for an exclusive set. Detroit's Slum Village, former group of the late great J Dilla, is best known for their soulful funk inspired albums such as "Fantastic Damage Vol 1 & 2", "Detroit Deli" and their biggest hit to date, "Tainted". Phat Kat, set to release his latest project, "Carte Blanche", on San Francisco label Look Records...
Saturday, May 12, 2007 See All Events
at Piers 30 - 32 (4pm - 10pm)
This year will feature an expanded fireworks display synchronized to a World Class Rock soundtrack, 3 outstanding KFOG artists on the KFOG KaBoom stage, a Children's Stage with continuous performances, and the exciting, fun atmosphere that Fogheads make happen every year...
at Lime (6pm - 8pm)
SF Station and Geffen Records proudly announce the new Rufus Wainwright album - Release The Stars. Prizes will be given out during the evening including a framed autographed Rufus Wainwright poster, Rufus Wainwright catalog CDs and gift certificates to Streetlight Records along with lots of other free stuff! ...
at Giant Robot (6:30pm)
Giant Robot is proud to present "In The Shadow of This Fading Light, We Waited," an art show featuring new works by Marci Washington and Michele Carlson. Marci Washington is a Bay Area painter who applies bold, folk-like strokes to create scenes that could come from a Dickens or Bronte novel. Her latest works depict individuals and places that can be interpreted as romantic or political, beautiful or tragic...
at The Red Devil Lounge (8pm)
The Suicide Girls are more than modern day website babes that flash a lot of skin with ink and piercings. In just five years, the brand has morphed from a small website based in Portland, Oregon, to a multi-national company that, in addition to promoting a sexy punk rock ethos, pushes clothes, books, DVDs and CDs...
at Ruby Skye (8pm)
Ali 'Dubfire' Shriazinia is one half of the Grammy winning DJ/production duo Deep Dish. Along with his partner, Sharam Tayebi, the two DC-based friends have combined to form one of the most celebrated DJ duos in Dance Music...
at supperclub (9pm)
Building a loyal following one dancer at a time, TOTH have made a commitment to moving people's bodies while at the same time, opening their minds and exposing them to artists & sounds from every part of the World. Nickodemus' sound is everything we love from Hip Hop to Funk, House to Latin, Big Beat to Reggae...
at Shine (10pm)
City of Dreams is a mentoring organization dedicated to helping at-risk youth build brighter futures by providing caring mentorship in group settings and one-on-one matches. We have seen amazing growth over the past 3 years with an increase in attendance and popularity with San Francisco's inner city youth...
Sunday, May 13, 2007 See All Events
at Fort Mason Center (10am - 4pm)
The "World's Largest Orchid Garage Sale" raises funds for AIDS relief & educational organizations worldwide. Free demonstrations, educational exhibits & 1,000s of orchids for sale...
at Asian Art Museum (11am - 4pm)
A biannual museum-wide event where culture and art come alive. The special event embraces and celebrates the parent-child relationship with engaging programs promising to delight children and adults of all ages...
at 9 Studio Sites (11am - 4pm)
Mission Open Studios is a new collaboration among working artists studios in San Francisco's Mission District. The area bordered by Mission Street, Potrero Avenue, and 17th Street, originally an industrial section of the Mission, is evolving into a vibrant, growing Artist District. Anchored by Project Artaud, Developing Environments, and Art Explosion's 17th Street Studios, the area has seen the addition of 1890 Bryant, Workspace, Compound 21, Art Explosion Alabama St., Root Division and The Blue Studio...
at Cafe Cocomo (noon to 2am)
Raising funds for an ecological children's residence and community center in South Africa. Sponsored by SF Station, eventvibe, flavorpill, fusicology, Groove Cruise/Whet Travel, Nitevibe, NK7, and Om Records.
at Elbo Room (9pm)
Dr. Israel has been central in creating a new dub ascetic. Collaborating with the likes of Bill Laswell and Mad Professor, he has embraced styles from dub reggae and dancehall, to drum'n'bass and hard-core. With a very eclectic list of influences--Black Uhuru, Black Sabbath, Bad Brains, Run DMC, and Roni Size...
Monday, May 14, 2007 See All Events
at The Ashby Stage (8pm)
Mamet is notorious for his short rhythmic dialogue - normally the vernacular of tough guys and no-nonsense conmen. In The Cryptogram he takes this signature style to another level, adding a barrage of overlapping talk and uncompleted thoughts. His characters are constantly pitted against one another...
at California Academy of Sciences (2pm)
Watch as an Academy biologist suits up in SCUBA gear and dives into the Academy's two-story Coral Reef tank to care for the reef's inhabitants. During a 20 to 40-minute dive, the biologist will clean the tank windows and feed the anemones and fish.
Features   This Week's Articles See All Articles
Lounging in South Beach
By Sarah_Sung (May 04, 2007)
Baraka, Chez Papa, and Chez Maman welcomed a new sister restaurant in October 2006 when the exotic French-Asian restaurant-lounge Sutra opened in the space that was once La Suite (and Slanted Door before that). Sutra is a decidedly different endeavor for Jocelyn Bulow, and after a somewhat rocky start with chef switches and name changes, Sutra has emerged with seductive décor and a menu that offers a bit of something for everyone.
Riffing with a Stroke
By Matt_Crawford (May 04, 2007)
With his bandmates in The Strokes popping out babies and an apparent hiatus on the horizon, Albert Hammond Jr. has stepped out of his role as rhythm guitarist for the band with a new solo album (Yours To Keep, released March 2007) and a string of concerts in the United States and beyond. Hammond launches his latest tour May 20th at the Independent. He spoke with SF Station during a phone interview from his New York apartment.
SF Station Blows It Up
By Misha_Vladimirskiy (May 04, 2007)
New York's DIY legends blew the roof of a very sold out show at Mezzanine this past Monday night after obliterating Coachella. LCD Soundsystem hit the stage so hard the building shook, performing new hits like "All my Friends" and "North American Scum". James Murphy is always solid with energy only comparable to his band that belted out tune after tune.
Spider, Spider Burning Bright
By Matt_Forsman (May 04, 2007)
Everyone's favorite, friendly, neighborhood Spiderman is back for a third installment of webcrawling, wisecracking, and Mary Jane (Kirsten Dunst) lusting. This is director Sam Raimi's third installment of the franchise and without question the darkest of all the Spiderman films. Additionally, this is undoubtedly the most narratively complex of the Spiderman films. You're looking at the introduction of two new villains, multiple story threads to follow, and some dark twists for good measure.
Above-average sports drama
By Mel_Valentin (May 04, 2007)
Among non-enthusiasts, knowledge about competitive cycling is either unknown or limited to the Tour de France (or as some called it, the Tour de Lance, for seven-time winner Lance Armstrong). Making a film about competitive cycling, specifically indoor track cycling, without relying on sports drama clichés, is next to impossible. Directed by Douglas Mackinnon, The Flying Scotsman recounts Scottish cyclist Graeme Obree brief international success in the early- to mid-nineties where, with a handmade bike and an unorthodox riding position, he held two world records and won the World Championships in 1993 and 1994.
Don't Cut Those Apron Strings
By Jialin_Luh (May 04, 2007)
Housework can be sexy. Yes, you read that correctly. Recall, if you will, the scene from Anchorman when Ron Burgundy fantasizes about coming home to his lovely Veronica clad in nothing but an apron after a "hard day's work" of keeping house? As the countdown to Mother's Day continues, consider gifting the ladies in your life with a sassy apron or two.
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