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Tue May 20 - Mon May 26, 2008

There are few things in the course of a year better than a long weekend. Sure, there are snow days and Halloween and even equinoxes, but long weekends hold their own special places in our weekend-loving hearts. Take full advantage of it this Memorial Day. Start off with the Life is a Wave at 111 Minna benefiting the Save the Waves Coalition. Or experience the joy of Mates of State at Slim's also on Thursday night. You could always take a long, dark trip into another world with the help of cult fav The Dark Crystal at the Clay Theater. But the highlight of this weekend is without a doubt Carnaval in the sunny and always interesting Mission. Easily one of the best and most colorful fiestas the city has to offer, Carnaval is a sure bet. On Sunday, you can take a samba break and enjoy the local styles at the Capsule Design Festival on Hayes Green. And if you're looking to get out of the city for the long weekend, there's the green music and art festival Lightning in a Bottle in Santa Barbra.
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Tuesday, May 20, 2008
at Azul (4pm - 8pm)
Take advantage of what Azul has to offer you with their $2 Tuesday's deals. Easy Dj's Nugz, Max Steve, and Jeremy Gray will be spinning your beats.
at Rickshaw Stop (8pm)
"Green's often squirrelly songs are now filled out by swooning orchestrations of wistful pedal steel, soaring strings, and even some wily pan pipes. And though on previous albums, Green's ornate orchestrations often read as winking hipster re-imaginings of schmaltzy easy listening, the 70s radio that he and Campbell evoke here has a playlist that's part 60s hangover, part swaggering disco-funk, and part sax-fueled Bowie 'plastic soul.'" - Pitchfork
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
at Mezzanine (9pm)
"The Presets are an electronic two piece from Sydney, Australia. The Presets have been one of the biggest indie bands for the past few years in the Sydney area touring and supporting many well known bands such as 2 Many DJ's, Ladytron, and Daft Punk." - last.fm
at 1015 (9pm)
"Me and my partner at Jux have been huge fans of Dizzee, and thought the new record was so good that it needed to be released in North America. His music is raw and honest and fits right in with the type of artists we want to support. As big as he is overseas, he's never really had as much of a chance to get out there in the U.S., so the idea of touring with him is really exciting for me. Between the two of us it should be a pretty insane experience." - El
at Great American Music Hall (9pm)
That time of discovery and of course the era in which Gonzalez was a teenager greatly impacted the making of "Saturdays = Youth." "On this record I wanted to have the feeling of a teenager mixed with this period of the Eighties," Gonzalez explains. If the doomy synthetic romance of his earlier work hinted at a fetish for Eighties goth staples such as Sisters of Mercy and The Cure , this album's chiming astro-pop finds Gonzalez taking a stroll on the sunnier side of the decade.
Thursday, May 22, 2008
at 111 Minna (6pm - midnight)
Life Is A Wave '08 will feature the live local sounds of Guns For San Sebastian and Clif Bar's own Dung Beetles, along with DJ Aaron Pope and DJ Paul. A silent auction and raffle will boast exclusive, limited edition items including original art, custom surfboards, surf travel, signed literature, and a bevy of surf related gear...
at CounterPULSE (8pm)
Developed in and across the languages of immersive and interactive video, contemporary performance/Butoh dance and experimental music/sound art, thirty seven isolated events reveals our daily complicity in remote-access war and the socio-economic violence of globalism. This new work seeks to challenge both audience and artist to recognize and respond to the violence of our daily lives.
at Slim's (9pm)
Mates of State is the husband/wife duo of Kori Gardner and Jason Hammel. They quit their day jobs (teacher and cancer researcher) in 2001, got married, and hit the road bringing their love to the rest of the world. Mates of State has been described by critics as "unabashed joy," "honesty at its best," a "two piece with balls" and "a band you must see live."
Friday, May 23, 2008
at underground location (11pm - morning)
His music is both, distinctly ambitious and refreshing. Following the House music of the 90s, he works thoroughly to create new sound structures. For a while, he has been using different types of percussion elements. The result is an enjoyable rhythm, which communicates with its audience in a very particular way.
at 12 Galaxies (10pm)
With three nights of events featuring some of the best global talent the Bay has to offer, Carnival Fever has your after-party dialed in. The best part is, you don't even have to leave the Mission District to get your groove on.
at Clay Theater (midnight)
If Labyrinth failed to convince you that Jim Henson (at some point or another) was taking copious amounts of psychedelic drugs, then The Dark Crystal will leave you without a doubt. It is the story of life on the planet Thra, where the dark crystal is kept. A thousand years ago the crystal was broken, and it separated one race into two different (but equally creepy-looking) creatures.
Saturday, May 24, 2008
at Harrison Street (10am - 6pm)
For three decades, Carnaval San Francisco has been a much-cherished occasion for many cultures to come together in one spirit: to share in the exhilaration and creative expression, the abundance of beauty and community, and the sheer joy and good times that makes Carnaval San Francisco such a rich experience and a spectacular sight to behold...
at Cow Palace (6pm - 2am)
Featuring Tiesto, Donald Glaude, Ferry Corsten, Kaskade, Colette and more!
at The Independent (9pm)
My Brightest Diamond is Shara Worden, granddaughter of an Epiphone-playing traveling evangelist, fathered by a National Accordion Champion, and mothered by a church organist. Spanish tango, Sunday morning gospel, classical and jazz were the accompaniment to her home life. Her first song was recorded at age three and by age eight she was studying piano and performing in community musical productions.
Sunday, May 25, 2008
at The Endup (7am)
Get Memorial Day started on Sunday, May 25th as Taj, dMadix and Dirtyhertz BBQ your brains with the best house music SF has to offer!
at Hayes Green (11am - 6pm)
San Francisco is at the center of a consumer movement to support original independent design. Capsule's design festival is at the center of the San Francisco independent design community, providing Bay Area designers with a rare opportunity to come together for Northern California's largest shopping festival for independent design...
at The Crucible (1pm - 5pm)
Free Open House to celebrate the Phoenix spacecraft landing on Mars. Experience the mission via live feeds from NASA, browse a Mars-themed art show, learn more about space exploration, watch fiery demonstrations, and test your skills with Mars-oriented pinball machines - all in The Crucible's 56,000 square feet of studio space where scientists, engineers, and artists of all kinds come to play.
at Artist's Television Access (5pm)
An event to celebrate the release of the new book No Wave. Flashing through the New York underground in the late 1970s, No Wave was the ultimate anti-movement. Its bands consisted of artists and poets untrained in music, looking to explode rock and disappear before the smoke cleared...
at Herbst Theatre (7pm)
An SF Jazz Debut! Widely regarded as "a feminine Joćo Gilberto," singer/guitarist Passos makes a rare US appearance with music that "superbly demonstrate[s] the subtle interplay between the voice and guitar that is the foundation of [Bossa Nova]" (Los Angeles Times).
at Great American Music Hall (8pm)
Cluster is a German experimental musical group who influenced the development of contemporary popular electronic and ambient music. They have recorded albums in a wide variety of styles ranging from experimental music to progressive rock, all of which had an avant-garde edge. Cluster has been active since 1971, releasing a total of 13 albums...
at Rickshaw Stop (9pm)
"Glass Candy are vocalist Ida No and producer Johnny Jewel, who is also producing the fantastic chromatics. Making use of a lot of retro synthesizers, their sound is somewhere in between italo disco and wave." - DiscoDust
Monday, May 26, 2008
at Live Oak Campground in Santa Barbara (all day)
Featuring three stages with 60+ music and performance acts, an interactive art zone and art gallery...LIB08's headliners include Lucent Dossier Vaudeville Cirque, The Yard Dogs Road Show, Adam Freeland, Stanton Warriors, Bassnectar, West Indian Girl, Tipper, J Boogie's Dubtronic Science, Pnuma Trio and The Glitch Mob...
at SFMOMA (Daily except Wednesdays, 4pm)
Screenings of Performance Art videos from Vito Acconci, William Wegman, and Lawrence Weiner. "Vito grew to despise his Italian heritage. He thought that Italians couldn't create good art. Eventually, he accepted his heritage, And went on with his life. He would later abandon poetry, for it had too many restrictions. He felt that the parameters were too constrained and rule-bound. He felt that performance art was free of boundaries, and could accept all expression in their raw forms."
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