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Tue May 19 - Mon May 25, 2009

For some a long weekend is an ideal opportunity to get out of town. You have an extended weekend and extra time for a flight or long drive. Then again, everyone else is thinking the same thing and roads and airports all across the country will be clogged with travelers. And if you have to fight through crowds, you may as well save your money and keep it local. Kick things off with W. Kamau Bell at Laughter against the Machine at the Punch Line Comedy Club. Then spice things up at The Warfield for the Santigold show. And if you really want to get out of town, then hop on BART for TV on the Radio at the Fox Theatre. By this time, you should be sufficiently riled up for Carnaval. One of the liveliest parades and festivals in town, there's always plenty to get you shakin' at this much-anticipated event. On Sunday, show off those dance moves at all-day dance party Stompy at Cafe Cocomo or Hoodies and Heels at The Ambassador. The next day, while those who left town are stuck in obscenely long security lines or miles of traffic, you can catch Flight of the Conchords at the Berkeley Community Theatre as you savor your day off.

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Speed Racer

The Fetching Veggie Etchings


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Bay to Breakers
all across SF

Realistic Orchestra
at The Independent
Jason Reeves
at Cafe du Nord

Christopher Willits
at Cafe du Nord
The Disposable Film Festival
Downtown SF

Veni Vidi Vici
at Club Six
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
at The Fillmore (8pm)

"The comparisons between transatlantic duo the Kills and Detroit, Michigan's White Stripes are inevitable, especially since both units are comprised of only two members (one female and one male), utilize the same instruments (just guitar and drums), and specialize in the same stripped-down, garage rock sound..."
at Great American Music Hall (8pm)

"With a body built on growling, hard-hitting, straight-up rock, and incorporating elements of pop, operatic vocals, haunting piano accompanyment, celtic lilts, tibetan bowls, and scratchy voice-over samples, Dredg at times embodies the energy of punkrock and still posesses the powerful, graceful makings of a movie score..."
at Punch Line Comedy Club (8pm)

W. Kamau Bell (SF Weekly's Best Comedian 2008 & Comedy Central's 1st comic to tell a Barack Obama joke) & Nato Green (of Iron Comic, Laughing Liberally Local 415, & The New Jew Revue ) band together once again for the second edition of their comedy summit: Laughter Against The Machine. LATM is a stand-up comedy show which promises an evening filled with biting...
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
at 103 Harriet (10pm)

"Moderat's formation began back in 2002 when sascha ring (aka apparat) and gernot bronsert and sebastian szary (aka modeselektor) recorded an ep for the record label bpitch control ("auf kosten der gesundheit"). when it came time to begin working on an album..."
at Ruby Skye (10pm)

An evening to remember...in support of the Blue Bear School of Music. Passed appetizers courtesy of Oola / Local Kitchen / Mas Sake. Silent Auction / Bebe Summer 2009 Fashion Show. DJ sets by DJ Miguel Migs, Julius Papp, DJ MFR, Franky Boissy, J-Boogie, DJ Fluid, ROb G, Alvaro Velilla.
Thursday, May 21, 2009
at Bill Graham Civic Auditorium (7pm)

"Caleb had written most of the lyrics and melodies for Only By The Night during some downtime at home recovering from shoulder surgery. "I think the pain pills inspired him a little more than he realized," Nathan says with a laugh. "He would play us a song and we'd say, 'When did you write that?' and he'd say, 'I don't really remember writing it. I just woke up with an empty bottle of wine and my songbook open and these words written down.'"
at The Warfield (8pm)

"Santogold is a survivor of a half-century worth of living along musical evolution's most cutting edges. The only live act that can boast of having out-aged Barbara Bush, having outlived Mr. Miyagi and out-styled Liberace, Santigold is here with future flavor."
at The Independent (9pm)

"Jupiter Rising picked a near-perfect band name. Like our solar system's biggest planet, where gravity is much stronger, this Los Angeles act exerts a powerful pull. And the duo of Spencer Nezey and Jessie Payo are definitely on the ascent, as indicated by the title of their new album, The Quiet Hype..."
Friday, May 22, 2009
at Humanist Hall in Oakland (6pm - 11pm)

The Rock Paper Scissors Collective is a volunteer-run organization that fosters creativity and collaboration in order to strengthen local communities and encourage sustainable practices and alternative models. We promote the sharing of ideas, skills, and resources through the celebration of art, craft, education, and performance.
at Shoreline Amphitheatre (7pm)
"Like a sculptor, Reznor knows to adapt, to make his rough edges smoother without sanding away the art. The single should stand out as an era-anthem: "Discipline" begins with Reznor coming in a measure early, then stopping, then correcting himself. This error is an admonition of the big-budget gloss-creation machines that Reznor has all but done away with. The rest of the song is top-notch, propulsive, catchy NIN dance-pop, every bit as significant as the comeback hits on With Teeth..."
at Fox Theatre (8pm)
The Brooklyn-based group TV on the Radio mixes post-punk, electronic, and other atmoshperic elements in such a creative way that it only makes sense that its core duo, vocalist Tunde Adebimpe and multi-instrumentalist/producer David Andrew Sitek, are both visual artists as well as musicians. Adebimpe is a graduate of NYU's film school and specializes in stop-motion animation...
at Mezzanine (9pm)
"Mashing together electro, rock, and funk and taking cues from such artists as Daft Punk and Prince, Ghostland Observatory formed in Austin, TX, and consists of vocalist/guitarist Aaron Behrens and producer/beat-maker Thomas Turner..."
at Ruby Skye (9pm)
Though he was born in Chicago, this DJ found his spiritual and musical home in San Francisco by way of Salt Lake City and New York. He is currently one of the most influential people ... in the San Francisco house scene, as well as one of the hardest-working: By night he's Kaskade the house music producer/DJ; by day he's Ryan Raddon, A&R director for OM Records...
at Mighty (9pm)
Come join us at Mighty for the Official Fischerspooner After Party following their show at the Fillmore. The night will feature an exclusive DJ set from Fischerspooner.
Saturday, May 23, 2009
at Harrison Street between 16th and 22nd Street (10am - 6pm)

Carnaval is a spring ritual that celebrates life. With something for everyone who loves Latin American and Caribbean cultures, Carnaval San Francisco 2009 is California's largest multi-cultural celebration, and one of San Francisco's most popular and cherished traditions. Carnaval San Francisco 2009 showcases the very best of Latin American and Caribbean cultures with a dynamic array of food, music, drumming, dancing, live music, and artistry...
at Cow Palace (5pm)
SKILLS is proud to bring you the 12th installment of POP and it's going to more spectacular then ever before! This years etd.POP features the who's who in the Electronic Dance Scen & we've been working around the clock making sure everything resonates with joy, providing a production filled with dazzling high-tech videography and thousands of multi-color beams of light to illuminate the LOVE, while providing a clearer amplified audio experience for all to enjoy.
at Project One (9pm)

Maisha Productions proudly present the latest installment of their popular world music series, Carnival Fever. Held over three nights at Project One - San Francisco's chic-est new nightspot - the event promises to be the after-party of record for San Francisco's Carnival weekend, which brings tens of thousands of costumed revelers every year to SF's Mission District.
at 111 Minna Gallery (9pm - 2am)

Every fourth Saturday, 111 Minna presents Barracuda, a decadent decade dance party that celebrates the music and fashion of everyone's favorite (or, love-to-hate) era. An music and fashion fueled event, Barracuda features 5 TOP DJS in two rooms, giant projections of '80s music videos, a laser light show, FREE cupcakes, '80s prom balloon madness and cutting-edge '80s-inspired fashion!
at The Fillmore (9pm)

"An influential alternative rap quartet from South Central Los Angeles, the Pharcyde was formed by MCs/producers Tre 'Slimkid' Hardson, Derrick 'Fatlip' Stewart, Imani Wilcox, and Romye 'Booty Brown' Robinson. Hardson, Wilcox, and Robinson were all dancers and choreographers who met on the L.A. underground club circuit in the late '80s..."
Sunday, May 24, 2009
at Hot Topic in Berkeley (2pm) & Rickshaw Stop (9pm)

Everyone's favorite pint-sized rapper is hopping back to this side of the pond for a month-long flurry of her always-thrilling live shows. From humble beginnings playing small clubs just 2 years ago, to being the main opening support for Gwen Stefani's tour to playing for 1 million people at Times Square on New Years Eve...
at The Independent (8pm)

"If you want all the facts, then yes, the story of the Dears did begin in Montreal in 1995, spurred on by cigarettes, pints, and too many nights of overanalyzing Smiths records. But that was so very long ago. Friends come and go, formative influences are outgrown like a hand-me-down iron-on t-shirt, idols must be killed..."
at Mighty (9pm)
For Memorial Day Weekend - Exclusive return of Special Disco Version featuring DJ Sets by Pat Mahoney of LCD SoundSystem with special guest Andy Butler of Hercules & Love Affair
at The Ambassador (10pm - 2am)

After several years of playing anywhere and everywhere in the bay area El Conductor resides in Sacramento but is traveling near and far to set dance floors on fire with a solid mix of hip-hop, electro-funk, breaks, soul and more. If you missed his set at Van's warp tour be sure to come through to Hoodies and Heels and see what all the hype is about!
at Cafe Cocomo (2pm - 2am)

The month of May is upon us and there's nothing quite like the smell of springtime in San Francisco. Extra excitement fills the air as this month also marks our annual Memorial Day STOMPY/SUNSET shindig at Cafe Cocomo! You know the drill: outdoor beats, delicious drinks, and fun in the sun with over a thousand of your closest friends.
Monday, May 25, 2009
at Jazz Heritage Center (see listing for times)

From the heart of San Francisco's Jazz District comes a photographic exhibition that chronicles the international tours of legendary jazz musicians selected by the U.S. State Department to serve as roving cultural ambassadors. Over 90 compelling images, together with posters and other materials, portray the journeys of music greats such as Dizzy Gillespie, Louis Armstrong, Benny Goodman, Dave Brubeck ,Duke Ellington, Benny Carter, and Sarah Vaughan...
at Berkeley Community Theatre (6pm)

"Flight of the Conchords is a Grammy Award-winning folk, pop, and comedy band composed of Bret McKenzie and Jemaine Clement. Billing themselves as "Formerly New Zealand's fourth most popular guitar-based digi-bongo acapella-rap-funk-comedy folk duo" (having been bumped by a tribute band of themselves, Like of the Conchords), the group uses a combination of witty observation, characterisation and acoustic guitars to work the audience..."
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