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 22 - Mon May 28, 2007 Tue   |   Wed   |   Thu   |   Fri   |   Sat   |   Sun   |   Mon   |   Features
The season of street fairs has begun! Practically every neighborhood will play host to a parade and/or celebration from now until the end of September. And one of the biggest is this weekend: Carnaval. There'll be dancing. There'll be outrageous costumes. There'll be yummy food. But before all that, there's the rest of the week to consider.

Tonight, check out some art for a good cause. The sixth annual Spring Art & Auction, benefiting artists who are suffering from debilitating, life threatening illness, takes place at Mezzanine. On Wednesday, admit your addiction to YouTube as the Commonwealth Club honors the founders at a shindig in the Hotel Nikko. Then strap on those skates you've been hiding in your closet since 1979 and head to Roller Disco at Mighty.

To help you gear up for the weekend is Amon Tobin who will be spinning a surround sound DJ set for your listening pleasure. Then Carnaval craziness begins! The street festival takes place on both Saturday and Sunday while the parade is on Sunday, all in the Mission. If you need a little break from the Samba, then sneak into Hayes Valley for the Capsule Design Festival to peruse wares from some of SF's best designers. Then on Monday spend your extra day off watching the brilliant minds behind Mystery Science Theater 3000 rip into a ridiculous B-Movie at RiffTrax Live at Cobb's Comedy Club.

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Tuesday, May 22, 2007 See All Events
at Mezzanine (6pm)
Visual Aid helps produce, present, and preserve the work of professional artists whose careers are challenged because of a life-threatening illness. We serve professional artists from the nine-county Bay Area, providing artists with direct services from art supplies to exhibitions and career development...
at Independent (9pm)
Gregory Isaacs ranks as one of the true superstars of reggae music, with a career that spans three decades and legions of loyal fans worldwide. His humble upbringing began in Kingston, Jamaica where he was born in 1951. Like many before him, he started his singing career in the early 70's by working with a number of producers and entering various local talent competitions...
Wednesday, May 23, 2007 See All Events
at the A|X Stockton Street store (6pm - 8pm)
Stop by the Armani Exchange Stockton street store on Wednesday, May 23th from 6 pm - 8 pm for cocktails and hors d'oeuvres by Lingba Lounge and live DJ music by Kid Loose from Energy 92.7 FM...
at Hotel Nikko (8pm)
With YouTube, Hurley and Chen created a new way for millions of people to entertain, educate, rock and shock one another on a scale we've never seen before. YouTube is a platform for everyday people to broadcast their perspectives to the masses. Musicians, amateur filmmakers, comedians, and professional content owners alike are sharing their videos...
at Hemlock Tavern (9pm)
Since the release of Book of Sand in late 2005, Tarantula AD's sound has been constantly evolving to the point where the band members felt an overall change was in order. Taking their name in reference to a character in one of their songs that looks after the bird spirits on the afterlife, Priestbird start a new life with...
Thursday, May 24, 2007 See All Events
at Mighty (9pm)
They only have Roller Disco once in a blue moon so do not miss out this time around! It's a promised good good time!
at Artist's for Television Access (7pm)
Marker was a student of Sartre's. His second film, Les Statues meurent aussi, was made with Alain Renais in 1953. His most renowned fiction film La Jetée was made in 1962, and his masterpiece of film essay, Sans Soliel, was completed in 1983. A Grin Without a Cat was first released in 1977 and recut in 1993 to its current form with a post cold-war coda...
at 330 Ritch (9pm)
Hailing from Austin, TX, Spoon originated in 1994 as a collaboration between Britt Daniel (vocals/guitar) and Jim Eno (drums) and a rotating cast of supporting players. Their hybrid of indie and punk resulted in a number of Sonic Youth and Pixies comparisons after their 1996 debut album, Telephono...
Friday, May 25, 2007 See All Events
at The Grand at the Regency (8pm)
The musical quartet Devotchka uses upright bass, glockenspiel, tuba, accordian, trumpet and theramin in an exotic mix of South American rhythms, Eastern European gypsy melodies and North American folk music.
at Mezzanine (9pm)
Amon Tobin will play an extraordinary surround sound DJ set, featuring a live mix of his new material from his latest, Foley Room alongside the music that inspired him to make it. Amon Tobin's influences are broad with the inclusion of everything from hip hip to soundtracks to drum n bass...
at PFA (9:05pm)
The Japanese master Shohei Imamura (1926-2006) is famous for the controversial subject matter and raw energy of his films. Imamura's Japan is a sensual and often cruel universe untouched by the tea ceremony, Zen, or conventional gentility. Imamura shared with his contemporary Nagisa Oshima a deep social commitment, and a fascination with time-fragmented narration...
at Jelly's (10pm)
Featuring Distance (Planet Mu,Hotflash,Rinse FM) & Pinch (Tectonic,Planet Mum Subloaded). Full Melt Recordings is a label based out of San Francisco California specializing in dubstep. Future releases include the Bay Area Dubstep Vol 1 cd compilation, as well as a steady flow of 12" releases from local bay area producers...
Saturday, May 26, 2007 See All Events
at de Younge Museum (9:30am - 5:30pm)
Beijing-based artist Shi Guorui creates large-scale pinhole photographs and photograms, early photographic technologies that rely on natural light and long exposure times. His works utilize iconic locations in order to graft historical images onto contemporary experiences...
Street Festival on Harrison between 16th and 23rd streets, Parade Route on 24th Street & Bryant to Mission to 17th Street (10am)
One of the city's most spectacular traditions, Carnaval San Francisco showcases the very best of Latin American and Caribbean cultures and traditions with a diverse array of food, music, dance and artistry, including works created by the talented community of Mission District residents and Bay Area artists...
at Fat City (10pm - 8am)
This night features live performances by three key figures who have redefined genres of house and techno dance music with futuristic touches, psychedelic elements and deeper, driving sounds. live PA sets from Someone Else, Apendics.Shuffle and Sweden's Mikael Stavostrand plus DJs David Justin (PsyBooty), Saya, Solekandi and Kontakt...
at Transfer (10pm - 2am)
The dance floor is a tiny golden cave complete wtih stalactites, and the worlds best DJs and celebrities are known to stop by for a cocktail or a secret guest DJ appearence. It's promiscuous, chaotic, everbody sings and there's never a dull moment...
at Icon Ultra Lounge (10pm - 4am)
Featuring VINROC, Ren the vinyl Archaeologist, Jake Childs, Tello, No Battles, Rascue, Dj B, Jonesy...
Sunday, May 27, 2007 See All Events
at Hayes Valley (all day)
This year Capsule is hosting 140 clothing and accessory designers, lifestyle product designers, graphic and fine artists. Capsule is free and open to the public...
at Asian Art Museum (10am - 5pm)
Dating from the turbulent last decades of Edo Japan to the westernizing Meiji era. Sometimes considered ancestors of modern manga, woodblock prints were known as ukiyo-e, pictures of the "floating world" of entertainment, especially actors and courtesans. Yoshitoshi preferred other subjects, including events from folklore and history, often bloody...
at Club Six (9pm - 4am)
Featuring DJs Jah Warrior, Shelter Hi-Fi, Irie Dole & Jah Yzer, Doogie, Polo, Wiked YB, Young Fyah in Room 1. In Room 2: Loco Boco, KBLO, Vanka, Rubens, Aquarella, Brazilian Dancers, Samba, Queen Maisa, Duke...
at Ana Mandara (9pm)
After the tremendous success of Donovan's Birthday Party back in February, Donovan returns to San Francisco's most enchanting venue Ana Mandara for another "homerun" evening. For the first time in over a year and a half, Donovan reunites with old friend DJ Frenchy Le Freak, bringing their two enormous party communities...
at Cafe du Nord (9pm)
"Three percussionists provided driving rhythms...over which Haale's warm, supple voice unfurled like a curlicue of smoke. Her band's amplified rumble served as a reminder of the extent to which rock bands like the Doors and the Velvet Underground turned to the East..."
at 1015 (Ten 15) (10pm)
Bringing the world the finest in progressive house, trance and ambient sounds, Euphonic Records is taking their show worldwide by celebrating their 10 year anniversary. By building an impressive roster of producers and DJ talent, Euphonic has fashioned a reputation for high quality, emotional dance floor grooving music.
Monday, May 28, 2007 See All Events
at Presidio Parade Ground (10:30am)
At 11 am, the formal ceremony will include a laying of wreaths, remarks, a reading of the Gettysburg address, music by Pleasanton Community Concert Band, a 21 gun salute, and a helicopter flyover by the California National Guard...
at Cobb's Comedy Club (8pm)
In this special return engagement, the merry madmen behind television cult-favorite Mystery Science Theater 3000 will storm the stage and do what they do best: provide glib and hilarious live commentary to a feature-length B movie!
Features   This Week's Articles See All Articles
Brunch Around the World
By Gloria_Tai (May 17, 2007)
There's nothing like brunch on a rainy, lazy Sunday in the neighborhood. It's even better when brunch is at Pomelo and the neighborhood is the hip-to-be-square Noe Valley. It would be easy to pass right by the 38-seat boite if it weren't for the huge, plump yellow pomelo hanging over the café's awning.
SF Singer/Guitarist Bares All
By Matt_Crawford (May 17, 2007)
After a few label woes, Scissors for Lefty is ready to release its sophomore LP Underhanded Romance, a noticeably more upbeat and danceable response to its moody debut Bruno. But who could blame the SF-based band for being a little giddy? The group has recently found itself in the lineup at several European festivals, it has toured with the Arctic Monkeys, and it constantly appears at various SF hotspots, including Popscene, the location of their May 31st record release party. Lead vocalist/guitarist Bryan Garza spoke with SF Station during a phone interview while on tour in Los Angeles.
SF Station Blows It Up
By Misha_Vladimirskiy (May 17, 2007)
Los Angeles rockers Great Northern swept into town last Thursday night and showed what there were all about. The kids came out in droves to see Northern perform their particular type of melodic rock and a hell of a show it was with guitars, keyboards and drums resonating through and through.
The Power Politics People Play
By Mel_Valentin (May 17, 2007)
Once, not long ago, indie filmmaker Hal Hartley (Amateur, Simple Men, Trust) was lauded for his dialogue-driven dramas centered on hyper-smart, hyper-neurotic, art- and fame-obsessed characters entangled in unlikely romances. As often happens, though, Hartley's fanbase shrank over the years. Trying to get back into the good graces of critics and indie audiences alike, Hartley decided it was time to make a belated sequel to Henry Fool. Unfortunately, the sequel, Fay Grim, isn't likely to satisfy Hartley's core audience or attract new devotees.
Sporadically Entertaining, Formulaic Sequel
By Mel_Valentin (May 17, 2007)
Everyone's favorite unhygienic, green-skinned ogre (no, not the Hulk, his return to multiplexes is still a year away), Shrek, is back in Shrek the Third, the inevitable sequel to Shrek 2, the third-highest grossing film of all-time. Not bad for a sequel to an animated family film constructed around a combination of pop culture jokes (great for adults) and crude, slapstick humor (great for kids) and less for the sub-Pixar animation. With a family-friendly formula in place, a second sequel seemed liked a done deal. It was, but with Shrek the Third, the formula is starting to look tired and in desperate need of rejuvenation.
I Want Candy!
By Amy_Sherman (May 17, 2007)
You'll feel like a kid in The Candy Store, a clean and bright new candy shop, just off a busy section of Polk Street on Russian Hill. Owner Diane Campbell wasn't allowed to eat candy when she was a kid, which only made her crave the stuff even more. Now her childhood obsession has become an adult profession.
Open for Interpretation
By Nirmala_Nataraj (May 17, 2007)
Walking up the stairs to the Intersection for the Arts gallery, potential spectators might be somewhat bewildered at the sight that greets them; coating the steps is a sheet of white felt, covered with ostensibly Persian names, in dispassionate block letters. Among the more obscure appellations, one can pick out "Saddam" and "Osama" almost instantly, as the eye's natural tendency is to wander to what's recognizable and fill it out with familiar meaning. In some ways, you can say that's the very crux of Taraneh Hemami's collection of installation work, "Most Wanted".
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