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Tue May 27 - Mon Jun 2, 2008
Life is sweet and don't we know it. Our neighborhoods are flowing with big, friendly smiles and sugary surprises. We have our cake and get to eat it too - with whipped cream on top. After all, we get to live out our emo angst-ridden youths at concerts like The Cure at the HP Pavilion. And we get to attend fabulous street fairs and glamorous galas. This weekend is the always popular Union Street Festival and the much-anticipated Black and White Ball where tuxes and ball gowns mingle with indulgent confections and live music. But perhaps the most delicious event of the week is Cupcake Camp where lovers of the best dessert ever invented can treat and taste to their hearts desire. Make the best out of a four-day work week!
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Tuesday, May 27, 2008
at The Grand at the Regency Center (8pm)

Horns, violins, cellos, ukuleles, mandolins, glockenspiels, drums, tambourines, congas, organs, pianos, clarinets and accordions all build and break the melodies under Condon's deep-voiced crooner vocals, swaying to the Eastern European beats that sound like they're being brought to you by a 12-member ensemble.
at Double Dutch (9pm - afterhours)

What the hell are you doing out on a 2'sDay? Rotatiing DJ's will be mixing Mashups, Hip Hop, Electro, Party Classics and Reggae.
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
at HP Pavilion (7:30pm)

"Out of all the bands that emerged in the immediate aftermath of punk rock in the late '70s, the Cure was one of the most enduring and popular. Led through numerous incarnations by guitarist/vocalist Robert Smith, the band became notorious for their slow, gloomy dirges and Smith's ghoulish appearance..."
at Vessel (9pm - afterhours)

Head over to Vessel to celebrate Franki Chan's CD release party! Dance to electro, breaks and indie all night long with your Infatuation resident Dj's Omar, Sleazmore, and Rchrd Oh?!...
Thursday, May 29, 2008
at Red Poppy Art House (7pm)

The Legacy of Duke Ellington is a series of listening parties dedicated to the life and legacy of Edward "Duke" Kennedy Ellington (1899-1974). There are four listening parties that will focus on four eras of Duke Ellington's celebrated career...
at Great American Music Hall (9pm)

Stablishing themselves as one of rock music's most consistently engaging, exciting and thought-provoking bands, The Fiery Furnaces - made up of core brother-sister duo Matthew and Eleanor Friedberger - are well-versed in creating an album that manages to balance melody, originality, and a seemingly endless arsenal of instrumental ideas.
at The Attic (9pm)

A killer auction that includes: everlasting tattoo gift certificates from justin may & greg rojas, oxenrose salon gift certificate for a cut from our sexy sofie and a large handful of other kick ass gift certificates...
Friday, May 30, 2008
at de Young Museum (6pm - 8:30pm)

Since January, Nichols has been making work in and around the museum in a variety of media: unexpected photographs of the building; drawings on paper and photographs; and temporary interventions using tape and other everyday materials. Taken as a whole, the commission offers a fresh look at the museum from the eyes of a living artist.
at Mollusk Surf Shop (7pm - 10pm)

Outerlands is a gathering place for sea goers who seek warmth, shelter, food, and fellowship. It is a retreat from the saltwater chill, or a place to hang your hat after a long day's frolic in the sun. It is a home for art and music, enjoyed with unique offerings of local, organic food and drink, changing with the bounty of the seasons.
at 111 Minna (9pm - 2am)

A new boundary pushing curation of emerging art, fashion, and music. Music by Lilofee & The Hmmm with Special Guest DJs: Tokyo Component (Refresco, The Culprits) and Ryan Poulsen (Gun Club, Pancake Radio, Booty Bassment).
at 103 Harriet (9pm)

Get ready people for this full-throttle M_NUS Tour featuring the mastermind of techno, Richie Hawtin (aka Plastikman) along with label artists and Heartthrob (Live PA). There is hardly anything more invigorating for anyone interested in contemporary electronic music as well as technological culture in general than to bear witness to Hawtin's mesmerizing performance...
Saturday, May 31, 2008
on Union Street (10am - 6pm)

In its 32nd year, The Union Street Festival is one of San Francisco's largest annual free events, and this year it's going Green. The festival which attracts in excess of 100,000 attendees each year from all over the United States is adding an eco-friendly theme...
at Jack London Square (noon - 7pm)

Join us for the SalmonAid Festival to celebrate wild salmon and steelhead with a free, family-friendly, music festival in Oakland's famed Jack London Square...
at Greek Theatre (7:30pm)

One of the most critically and commercially successful groups of all time. R.E.M. has given consistently to charitable causes, supporting such wide-ranging endeavors as the Boys & Girls Club, school music programs, and local grassroots community organizations to partnering with Amnesty International, Greenpeace, Vote For Change, and Doctors Without Borders...
at Civic Center Plaza (9pm)

The Black & White Ball is one of the world's most extravagant black-tie parties! Thousands of people gather in San Francisco for a night of revelry to support the San Francisco Symphony's Adventures in Music program, benefiting 22,000 young people...
at DNA Lounge (10pm - 5am)

Dax Presents & Raindance invite you to...The 7th Annual Slide Into Summer with very special guests Johnny Fiasco (a dirty tech-house set from this legendary master - exclusive west coast appearance), Vibe Squad aka Aaron Holstein from Zilla (exclusive west coast appearance)...
Sunday, Jun 1, 2008
at The Brain (noon - 5pm)

The clothing label known worldwide for their innovative designs for men and women are teaming up with Blasthaus DJ's and a number of local performance artists for a day of fashion and music. This afternoon event allows guests to shop for clothing from past and present collections. New accessories and special Sample Sale items will be available at the Sale this year...
at Citizen Space (1:30pm - 6pm)

This is an event for cupcake lovers, so you can buy cupcakes to bring, bake cupcakes to bring, just eat cupcakes...
at Dance Mission Theatre (4:30pm)

A performance that combines a brilliant unique dance vocabulary with performance art, and theater. Utilizing otherworldly recorded music and her own idiosyncratic choreographic movement, Cristina moves about the stage as if possessed, drawing pictures in midair speaking with her hands, head, arms and body creating a mosaic of images, sounds, and gestures...
Monday, Jun 2, 2008
at Great American Music Hall (8pm)
The Long Blondes came together through a series of chance encounters. Kate (lips), Dorian (licks), Reenie (hips), Screech (sticks) and Emma (high kicks) bumped into each other at public library counters, charity shop sale rails and the dancefloors of DIY club nights...
at Cafe du Nord (8pm)

Seven years, five albums and countless great songs on from Ed Harcourt's eye-opening debut is a fitting time to take stock of one of the most startlingly original, diverse and consistently inventive bodies of work in the annals of British singer-songwriting.
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