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 15 - Mon May 21, 2007 Tue   |   Wed   |   Thu   |   Fri   |   Sat   |   Sun   |   Mon   |   Features
We urbanites tend to either run around at full steam or hole up like hermits -- balance is in order! There's no need to double or triple book, just pick one thing and go with it. Likewise, crawl out of your shells and go do something. But never get too busy to smell the flowers.

Want to be adventurous and venture out on a Tuesday night? Mixologist RJD2 will be throwing it down tonight at Mezzanine. If you think you've heard it all before then be prepared to be amazed. Then get a little culture at the San Francisco International Arts Fest; this year's theme is A Conversation across the African Diaspora. Looking for a quiet dinner-and-a-movie night? Oscar-nominated Dutch film After the Wedding is playing at the Embarcadero Cinemas.

Transition into the weekend at Blow Up, an "Indie-Pop-Disco-Noir nightclub" at the Rickshaw Stop. On Saturday afternoon, attend a distinctly SF event, the Mission District Brass Parade, which starts in Dolores Park and snakes around everyone's fav neighborhood. Another great street fest, this year's Asian Heritage Street Celebration honors the Philippines. There'll be plenty of music, dancing and food. And in the immortal words of Steve Carrel in The 40 Year Old Virgin, "Do you like to do it yourself?" If so, then the Maker Faire is for you. Head to the San Mateo County Fairgrounds and go make something. And who said drinking had to be relegated to the weekend? If you like your wine sparkling and pink, then head to Butterfly for the Pink Out!

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Tuesday, May 15, 2007 See All Events
at Mezzanine (9pm)
After several successful recordings that relied heavily on samples from records and other sources, indie hip-hop producer RJD2 visits the Bay Area in support of his latest LP The Third Hand...
at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA) (12noon - 5pm)
YBCA salutes local treasure R. Crumb with an eclectic exhibit of early work, collaborations old and new, and the world premiere of his "spool" drawings...
Wednesday, May 16, 2007 See All Events
at Various Locations
Explore this years theme The Truth in Knowing/Now: A Conversation across the African Diaspora through an expansive series of performances, exhibitions, symposia, films and happenings....
at Cobbs Comedy Club (8pm)
Preview some sketches from our upcoming show KML Saves the Day (it's superhero-themed) and showcase some of our favorite sketches from recent memory...
at Mighty (9pm - 2am)
On four turntables: DJ Klever, DJ Vin Sol vs. DJ Morsecode, DJ Platurn vs DJ Spair, LL Cool DJ vs. DJ Swayzee, Free Gold DJs (Free Gold Watch Clothing CO.)...
at ODC Theater (8pm)
A beguiling blend of dance and theatre, with snippets of recordings of Laurence Olivier and Christopher Plummer thrown in for good measure, David Gordon boils down Shakespeare's four-hour epic into a one-hour performance...
Thursday, May 17, 2007 See All Events
at Landmarks Embarcadero Cinema (1:10, 4:10, 7:10, 9:55pm)
Jacob Peterson (Mads Mikkelsen) runs a struggling orphanage in India. Desperate to save it from closure, he returns to Denmark to meet Jørgen (Rolf Lassgård), a wealthy businessman and potential benefactor....
at 330 Ritch (9pm - late)
The premier Britpop club in the US continues each Thursday bringing you the best in indie, britpop, mod & electronica with djs Aaron, Nako & Omar. This week's featured band: Midnight Movies...
at Poleng Lounge (10pm - 2am)
After a three-month Colorado retreat playing shows and producing new material for their upcoming fall release on Cyberset, the San Francisco-based trio BLVD returns to the Bay Area for a one-night event at the Poleng Lounge...
at Ruby Skye (7pm - 2am)
Join us for a night of fun and excitement as we auction off 20 of San Francisco's most eligible bachelors to benefit disadvantaged youth in the Bay Area. Each bachelor comes with a big night out on the town, including dinner and a special event or activity...
Friday, May 18, 2007 See All Events
at UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (11am - 5pm)
Each spring, the Berkeley Art Museum collaborates with the Department of Art Practice at UC Berkeley, mounting an exhibition of works by some of the most promising new artists in the Bay Area...
at Rickshaw Stop (10pm - 2am)
"Blow-Up" is an Indie-Pop-Disco-Noir nightclub, complete with cutting-edge music, record release giveaways, and all of the trappings that come along with the nightlife...
at Suede (9pm - 2am)
Dimitris Mykonos and Trevor Simpson of 92.7 and DJ Aykut from Istanbul are in the International Music Room. Dr. T and DJ Nazanin in the Persian Diversion Room. DJ Edwin Cornejo will be the Latin Explosion Room...
at Ruby Skye (begins at 9pm)
Doc Martin's live sets truly bring people together with a diverse range of sounds; everything from deep house vocals to funky tribal Bass to a selection of classic rare records that can only be heard at his gigs...
Saturday, May 19, 2007 See All Events
at SoMa between Howard & 5th (11am - 6pm)
Now in its 3rd year, the celebration is quickly becoming the country's largest assemblage of Asian Americans. The celebration, in honor of APA heritage month, features live entertainment, anime, food, arts and crafts, j-cars, karaoke, and more...
at Shoreline Amphitheatre (7:30pm)
The ethereal Icelandic singer/songwriter and composer visits the Bay Area is support of her 6th full-length studio album Volta. She is best known for her expressive range of music; including pop, alternative rock, jazz, ambient, electronica, folk, and classical...
at Poleng Lounge (9pm)
The Legendary Connecticut rapper-producer DOOLEY-O has been an underground pioneer in hip-hop since the early 90's. After recording an unreleased album for the label Tavdash, Dooley eventually became a mentor figure to funk-curator Ego...
On Castro Street in Mountain View (10am - 6pm)
This springtime celebration features live rhythm and blues, jazz, Motown, and rock 'n roll music, an "indie" arts and crafts show with 250 exhibitors, savory foods, premium wines, microbrews and margaritas, a farmers' market, chef demonstrations, street performers...
at Great Meadow at Fort Mason (12noon - 7pm)
This year's annual celebration of the unique combination of oysters and Guinness Stout with great live music (Flogging Molly, Tea Leaf Green, The Hooks, Shantytown), cooking demos, shuck and suck competition, Whelan Academy of Irish Dancing, Long Puc competition and much more....
at Dolores Park (12noon)
The Parade will include hundreds of brass musicians, tribal drummers, Samba dancers, performance artists, and costumed pedestrians all filling Valencia Street with music and color in celebration of the Mission music and arts community...
at 19 Broadway (9:30pm)
Lyrics Born began his hip hop career while at UC Davis, where he was a DJ at KDVS. He is a founding member of the group of artists known as Quannum Projects, along with Lateef the Truthspeaker, Gift of Gab & Chief Xcel, DJ Shadow, and Jeff Chang...
Sunday, May 20, 2007 See All Events
through San Francisco from Embarcadero to Ocean Beach (8am)
Each year, the race is an incredible celebration of the human spirit athleticism, frivolity, and fun. Get up early and enjoy this unique San Francisco event...
at San Mateo County Fairgrounds (10am - 5pm)
A two-day, family-friendly event that celebrates arts, crafts, engineering, science projects and the Do-It-Yourself (DIY) mindset. It's for creative, resourceful folks who like to tinker and love to make things...
at Kelly's Mission Rock (12noon - 10pm)
Area 1: Mash Up, Hip Hop and R&B: Live Performance by Ali Shaheed Muhammad. Area 2: International Music Room: DJ Aykut, DJ Nader, DR.T and DJ KBLO and more... Area 3: House Music Patio: Dimitris Mykonos, Donovan and Trevor Simpson...
at Live Oak Park (10am - 5:30pm)
This yearly cultural fair features authentic Himalayan arts & crafts, music & dance, exotic food and entertainment. Proceeds benefit humanitarian grassroots projects in the Himalayas...
at ACT (8pm)
This year's line-up features an all-star roster of today's hottest talent including Doug Benson, Marc Maron, Joe Klocek, Roy Zimmerman, and Mishna Wolff. ...
Monday, May 21, 2007 See All Events
at Butterfly (6:30 - 8:30pm)
Pink Out! SF 2007 features an extensive walk-around tasting of 45 classic still and sparkling ross from throughout the world, accompanied by tasty appetizers and chill DJ grooves...
at SFMOMA (10am - 6pm)
Martin Munkacsi's photographs celebrate the dynamism, speed, and energy of modern life: from his early years as a sports photographer to his innovative photojournalism and groundbreaking fashion shoots...
Features   This Week's Articles See All Articles
images courtesy of District
Filling a void in SOMA
By genevieve_robertson (May 10, 2007)
Remember when fondue was all the rage and not only could you find it on most menus but restaurants also started popping up that were entirely devoted to the dipping craze? Well, wine bars seem to be the newest fashion, especially those that offer small plates to nosh on. While wine and gooey cheese dips are different ends of the longevity scale, this recent outcropping still begs the question: does every neighborhood need its own wine bar or two?
San Francisco's Indie Festival Spotlights Local Talent
By nora_ballard (May 10, 2007)
For ten days this May, over a dozen San Francisco venues will be hosting an explosion in local musical and visual talent. The Mission Creek Music and Arts festival will kick off its 11th year on May 10th with the usual brilliant lineup of new and promising musicians and artists. This year also marks the first time the festival has opened its stages to include dance artists in the much anticipated Dance Maverick performances.
SF Station Blows It Up
By Misha_Vladimirskiy (May 10, 2007)
One of hip hop's legends hit the stage last week at Mezzanine and blew the roof off the place. Performing songs from his new album Hip Hop is Dead, Nas showed everyone in the building what a true MC is all about. There was one great surprise at the show when Snoop Dogg walked out to say hello and do a few tunes.
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.
images courtesy of Fox Atomic
The Rage Returns
By Matt_Forsman (May 10, 2007)
Director Danny Boyle injected new life into the zombie genre with 2002's 28 Days Later. The zombies in that film were far from the slow, doddering undead from previous zombie films. In fact, they were quite the contrary. Boyle's zombies were wicked fast, unrelenting, and insatiable. Nearly five years later and zombies are STILL box office gold. With this in mind we get the follow up to 28 Days Later, the appropriately named 28 Weeks Later.
Perceptive, Moving Australian Drama
By Mel_Valentin (May 10, 2007)
In twenty-two years, Australian filmmaker Ray Lawrence has directed just three feature-length films. His first film, Bliss, an adaptation of Peter Carey's darkly satirical novel about contemporary Australian society, won major awards. After a fifteen-year drought, Lawrence adapted Andrew Bovell's play, "Speaking In Tongues", for the screen as Lantana, an Altmanesque, web-of-life drama, which then went on to win five awards, including Best Picture, at the 2001 AFI Awards. A half a decade later, Lawrence is back with his third film, Jindabyne, an adaptation of Raymond Carver's short story, "So Much Water So Close to Home".
Urban Documentary About Hopeful Rappers Soars
By Mel_Valentin (May 10, 2007)
In 1999, Chris "Kazi" Rolle, a former performing arts student, rapper and one-time street hustler, created the "Hip Hop Project" under the auspices of Art Start, a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing art and inner-city teenagers together. The Hip Hop Project was an outreach program for inner-city teenagers interested in becoming hip hop artists or joining the music industry. Over the next six years, it became a surrogate family, with the youthful Rolle as a surrogate father figure. Remarkably, Rolle was only in his early twenties when he started the Hip Hop Project.
Affecting Romantic Comedy/Drama
By Mel_Valentin (May 10, 2007)
Written and directed by the late Adrienne Shelly (Trust, The Unbelievable Truth), Waitress, an off-kilter romantic comedy/drama, was received warmly at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival by audiences and critics alike. Fox Searchlight picked up the distribution rights from Shelley's producers, hoping to repeat last year's breakout success with Little Miss Sunshine. Maybe, maybe not, but Waitress does have a lot going for it, from an unconventional storyline, a clever plot device in the central character's pie obsession, quirky, offbeat dialogue, and Shelly's obvious gifts both behind and in front of the camera.
Nothing Burns Like An Old Flame
By Matt_Forsman (May 10, 2007)
Tom (Zach Braff) and Sofia (Amanda Peet) are two newlyweds with a baby on the way. Sofia has given up her job as a high-powered attorney to be a fulltime stay at home mom. Fortunately, Tom's career as a chef is on the rise. Unfortunately, Tom's low tolerance for bullshit and tendency to open his mouth at the wrong time gets him shitcanned in short order. In a desperate move, Tom and Sofia move to Ohio where Tom gets a job at the ad agency where Sofia's father works. It is here where Tom has the misfortune to run afoul of The Ex.
Photo credit: Erin Derby
Forget About the Wine-Tasting
By Nirmala_Nataraj (May 10, 2007)
Evidently, spring is in the air, romance is upon us, and throwbacks to the tried and true dinner-n-a-movie combination just won't make the cut anymore. That's no secret to jet-setting young urbanites and seasoned weekend lovebirds who flock to Gaige House, a cozy Sonoma County hamlet that can't help but inspire its inhabitants to turn their cell phones off and their taste for the finer things in life on.
Jessie Steele Ava Bib Apron in Peony Stripe
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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