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This weekend hundreds of people from around the world will come to San Francisco to celebrate the LGBT community - specifically the ethos of freedom, equality and justice. And, unless you've been living under a rock, the images and news coming out of Iran bring to mind how lucky we are to live in this country. Yes, we have improvements to make - a major one being marriage equality - but this is still one of the greatest places in the world. This week count your blessings and show your pride. The American Dream is well and alive as can be attested to by D.C.-based rapper Wale performing at 300 Ritch tonight. And nothing says "freedom of expression" like the Air Sex Championships at The Independent. Then savor the best this city has to offer at the Best of the Bay Area Party on Thursday night. Dance lovers shouldn't miss the Spectrum Festival at the Regency Ballroom featuring Major Lazer, Phoenix, LTJ Bukem and many other amazing acts. For those of you who just want to rock - get ready for your guitar solo because the US Air Guitar Championships are coming into town this weekend. On Saturday beef up at the Iron Chef Grill-off at Ferry Plaza Farmer's Market in the morning and then support the ladies at the SF Dyke March at Dolores Park. And, remember, there are tons of Pride events going on all this weekend culminating with the Pride parade down Market Street and accompanying festivities at Civic Center Plaza. Show the world what an extraordinary place this is!

This week's articles



Speed Racer

The Fetching Veggie Etchings


Giveaways - Win Free Stuff!
RSVP Win tix to:
The Unborn
on DVD

from the co-writer of The Dark Knight
Enter to Win!

Photo Gallery - are you in the scene
bebe presents Fashion Rocks
on SF Station TV

Fog Rugby Jell-O Wrestling
at The End Up
Alice's Summerthing
at Golden Gate Park

Bat For Lashes
Les Claypool
at The Warfield

Handsome Furs
SF Best of
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
at Great American Music Hall (9pm)

"The music of Isis is a suitable metaphor for their twelve-year career: patient, meticulous, fraught with tension and gradually building towards an apex of seismic proportions. From the hypnotically bludgeoning down-tuned riffs of their early years to the gracefully sprawling passages on their pivotal sophomore album Oceanic and..."
at 330 Ritch Street (10pm)

"The self-proclaimed "Ambassador of Rap for the Capital," Washington, D.C.-based rapper Wale (pronounced "wah-lay") was able to transcend his local sensation status and become a national rap contender using go-go-inspired hip-hop as the vehicle for his lyricism and clever wordplay..."
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
at The Independent (8:30pm)

"Air Sex is sort of like Air Guitar," said Tim League, founder of the Alamo Drafthouse and the Air Sex World Championships, "except instead of pretending to play an invisible guitar on stage, contestants get up there and pretend to have sex with someone who isn't there. With their clothes on..."
at Bottom of the Hill (9pm)

"When Tempo No Tempo began in 2004, the quartet was just four UC Berkeley freshmen fooling around with music. United by little more than a vague desire to be in a band (and a shared love for Fugazi and The Faint), the guys began rehearsing in their dorm rooms and slowly wedged their way into the Berkeley co-op and house party scene..."
Thursday, June 25, 2009
at Metreon City View 4th Floor (9pm)

Count down to the best bash of the year: San Francisco magazine's ninth annual Best of the Bay Area party! Join us as we toast the best people, places, and things making the Bay Area the very best place to live, work, and play.
at Harlot (9pm - 2am)

A definitive DJ and producer, renowned as one of the world's premier and most respected talents. His rise to the top has been the result of pure talent and dedication to playing and producing the finest quality house music first. It's been a steady rise from the infamous 'motorway raves' of the early '90s, to his legendary residency's...
SF Best of
Friday, June 26, 2009
at Shoreline Amphitheatre (6pm)

Featuring Ice Cube, Sean Pual, Soulja Boy and more. It's always worth it to see the Cube whenever possible, especially now that he's had himself a rap Rennaissance with his last two albums, Laugh Now, Cry Later and Raw Footage. While haters still weakly grumble that he's gone Hollywood, he's been raging through the dead-on sonic and verbal attacks like "Why We Thugs" and "Gangsta Rap Made Me Do It."...
at Greek Theatre (8pm)

David Byrne is well known as the musician who co-founded the group Talking Heads (1976-88) in New York. On record and in concert, the band was acclaimed by critics and audiences alike; more importantly, however, they have proven to be extremely influential. Talking Heads took popular music...
at Regency Ballroom (8pm)

Major Lazer (the Jamaican commando who lost his arms in the secret zombie war of 1984 and had them replaced by lazers) lands on US soil this June with some help from his friends and Grammy-nominated producers Diplo and Switch. Presenting stateside audiences with the futuristic dancehall and digital reggae sounds...
at The Independent (9pm)

US Air Guitar is devoted to taking our nation's unofficial pastime out of the bedroom and putting it up on the world stage. Founded in 2003, the US Air Guitar Championships have grown into a major national event that reaches more cities, fans and competitors every year.
at Milk (9pm - 2am)

We're bringing you the best of both worlds...The Cure, NWA, Blondie, Run DMC, Duran Duran, Too Short, New Order, EPMD, Pet Shop Boys, Whodini, Siouxsie and the Banshees, Tears for Frears and all the other great 80s "sing-a-long" classics we all love!
Saturday, June 27, 2009
at Ferry Plaza Farmer's Market (11am)

Four local chefs will be battling it out on the grills: Mark Sullivan of Spruce; Andrew Swallow of Mixt Greens; Taylor Boetticher of Fatted Calf; and Elizabeth Falkner of Orson. Chefs will be provided with all-natural grass-fed beef from Marin Sun Farms, and each will be creating a surprise side dish...
at Piers 30-32 (11am)

NOFX have been looking for a little direction since their best album so far this century, the Bush-bitchslapping War on Errorism. On their newest, Coaster, they don't have W to kick around anymore, so they come into the Obama era with more of a carpet-bombing approach...
at Dolores Park (7pm)

Visibility is the essence of the Dyke March! On this day tens of thousands of dykes gather openly. We admire each other in our glorious variety and soak up the wild nourishment of taking over the streets!
at Greek Theatre (7:30pm)
"'In a lot of ways, Sky Blue Sky is our first record,' says Jeff Tweedy. 'This line-up of the band is probably the closest to ideal I've ever been lucky enough to experience.' It's been more than twelve years since guitarist and songwriter Jeff Tweedy formed the Chicago-based Wilco, but Tweedy has never felt better about it..."
at Climate Theatre (8pm)

For this one evening, the labyrinthine spaces of the theater and neighboring gallery will be transformed into a surreal and fluid experience by participating artists addressing dream states and the unconscious in a variety of media, which will include: film with live accompaniment, interactive sound sculpture...
at Great American Music Hall (8pm)
"Last Fall Cursive launched a remix site which allowed users to register and download separated tracks for the album track Bad Sects. Remixers submitted their rearranged visions and versions to Saddle Creek for the Bad Sects Remix Contest...
Sunday, June 28, 2009
Parade starts at 10:30am on Market St. at Beale St. and end at Market St. and 8th St.

This year marks the 39th anniversary of the San Francisco Pride Celebration and Parade. This year's theme is "In Order to Form a More Perfect Union...," and the event will be held over the weekend of June 27 and 28, 2009. With over 200 parade contingents, 300 exhibitors, and more than a dozen community-run stages and venues...
at Mission Rock Cafe (noon - 2am)
After six killer DJ Dreamteam all nighters, we thought it was time to take the party outside into the sunshine to shed some light on San Francisco's favorite DJs. In a city renowned for its DJ talent, we asked YOU, SF's nightlife community, to vote for your favorite local DJs who inspire you and get you dancing the most...
at Sigmund Stern Grove (2pm - 5pm)

Sisters and bandmates Helene and Celia Faussart create magic with their smooth R&B and jazz laced ballads and drum and bass infused hits. Grammy nominated and world renowned as Les Nubians, this sister act's powerful prose and soulful vocals are unforgettable...
Monday, June 29, 2009
at The Commonwealth Club (6pm)

The power is shifting and consumers' appetites for news have become insatiable. Will blogs, micro-financed articles and citizen journalism be enough? Who's going to be making money and how? Come listen to this panel of industry experts discuss what to expect next in the changing world of journalism.
at Regency Ballroom (7pm)
Their unique sound and songwriting style combine contemporary electronic, alternative, indie and dance music with thematic, insightful lyrics and inspiring, emotive vocals. The music ranges from dancefloor anthems to hard edged beats, haunting ballads, and symphonic orchestrations...
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