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 Jul 10 - Mon Jul 16, 2007 Tue   |   Wed   |   Thu   |   Fri   |   Sat   |   Sun   |   Mon   |   Features
Summer is a time of fecundity. While people are flitting in and out of the city for summer trips, there are also weddings galore, amazingly abundant farmers' markets and lots of little baby bunnies. This is the 40th anniversary of the Summer of Love -- so go forth and pro-create.

Nothing says "Let's get it on" like classic soul. Groove to your fav remixed slow jams tonight at Soul Afrique Tuesdays at John Collins Lounge. Then relive 1989 with DJ Jazzy Jeff at Fluid Ultra Lounge on Wednesday. If poetry doesn't pave a road straight into someone's heart then nothing will. Pick up some tips from one of the world's greatest poets at Pablo Neruda's 103rd Birthday celebration at the Red Poppy Art House.

Of course, you'll need to look good. And what better way to put a spring in your step than some new threads? Check out Lucky 13, a trunk and fashion show at 111 Minna featuring over 30 of the city's best designers. Then on Saturday, party like a Frenchman at Fete La Boum; after all, no one does Bastille Day like Anon Salon. No one else does rap quite like Vanilla Ice either. The man himself will be performing at Red Devil Lounge at what will sure to be one this year's most ironic concerts. For more SF weirdness, bike your way to Pedal Monster -- part carnival, part rodeo, part two-wheel mayhem -- at Ace Auto Dismantlers. Then chill out Monday at Tree Show III at Giant Robot for artwork inspired by one of summer's biggest showcases.

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Tuesday, July 10, 2007 See All Events
at The Fillmore (9pm)
Known as "The Chairman of the Boards" for his work as a keyboardist for the jam-rock band Phish - his improvisational work was integral to the group's renowned live show - Page McConnell has come into his own as a solo artist after 20 years as a supporting player...
at John Colins Lounge (10pm)
RasCue2theResCue Promotions & San Francisco's newest premier Booking Agency "SFClubRockers" present "Soul Afrique" Tuesdays!!! Bringing you the best in Classic Soul mixed with the diverse styles of all international music: Reggae/Dancehall, Latin and Soulful House!
Wednesday, July 11, 2007 See All Events
at Vessel (6pm - 9pm)
NextAid, a Los Angeles based humanitarian organization dedicated to creating sustainable solutions for African children orphaned as a result of AIDS, is the guest of honor at Vessel's happy hour this Wednesday, and Deep End DJs John Early and Zach Moore...
at Bottom of the Hill (9pm)
"David Vandervelde's 60s/early 70s-influenced folk pop is equal parts song craft and production technique. At 22 years old, Dave is not only talented at playing guitars, keyboards, and many other instruments, but he is also an accomplished songwriter, engineer and producer..."
at Elbo Room (9pm)
Emilia Sosa is a first generation American, born and raised in the swampland that is New Orleans, recently finding refuge in the beautiful city of Seattle. With her, Emilia brings the need to sweat in a packed club moving to groovy bass lines and deep rhythms till the sun comes up.
at Fluid Ultra Lounge (10pm)
Jazzy Jeff Townes is one of Philadelphia's best-kept secrets. Maybe he's best known as the onetime partner to rapper-turned-superstar-actor Will "The Fresh Prince" Smith. Whether working homespun magic on mega-hits like "Parents Just Don't Understand,"
Thursday, July 12, 2007 See All Events
at Madrone Lounge (6pm)
Participating artists include - Melissa Chow, danyol, Angela DeCenzo, Arin Hart Fishkin Marianne Larochelle, Bernardo Reitich. With music by DJ Centipede spinning full spectrum rhythm selection & visual projections...
at Red Poppy Art House (7pm)
A special night of poetry to celebrate the 103rd birthday of Chilean poet and activist Pablo Neruda. The night will feature the poetry of Neruda, in English and Spanish, as well as the verse of local poets inspired by the humanitarian Nobel Laureate. In addition, we will show a cut of the new version of Red Poppy's award winning 'film Pablo Neruda: The Poet's Calling...
at The Crucible (8pm)
A spectacular open-air exhibition of fire performance, fire sculpture, and interactive fire art, will be held each evening in The Crucible's Fire Arena at Kirkham St. and 7th St. in West Oakland. The centerpiece of this year's Festival is the Fire Odyssey, a modernized interpretation of Homer's epic poem. This remarkable theatrical production blends industrial fire theatre with ballet, opera, aerial dance, and other performance styles.
at Victoria Theatre (8pm)
The party kicks off with a set by DJ Robbie Socks, followed by a selection of short films that will be feauted in this year's festival, and the evening will culminate with a performance by local favorite Persephone's Bees. Film fans and music lovers will have a chance to mingle with festival filmmakers in this relaxed and fun evening combining music and film.
at Rickshaw Stop (9pm)
In a rare and dramatic appearance, Neung Phak (the alter ego of long-time Bay Area group Mono Pause, pronounced NOONG PAHK) the bay Area's only 7-piece Asian POP and International Freak Beat Spectacular, will hand deliver folk-pop-psychedelia from their forthcoming album of Thai, Cambodian, San Franciscan and Indonesian interpretations.
at Slide (9pm)
Moby was one of the most controversial figures in techno music, alternately praised for bringing a face to the notoriously anonymous electronic genre, as well as being scorned by hordes of techno artists and fans for diluting and trivializing the form.
Friday, July 13, 2007 See All Events
at 111 Minna (4pm - 9pm)
Bad Kitty Productions and SF Station brings you all the luck you need on Friday the 13th. Join us for an amazing evening of shopping, art, music and of course - cocktails. Stop by and check out the latest work from 30+ of the city's most talented independent designers. Lights, camera, fashion! Don't miss our exciting runway show where 13 lucky vendors will be featuring their wares down the Bad Kitty Katwalk!
at Aftermodern (6pm - 9pm)
Our midsummer exhibit in the main gallery features emerging international photographers who explore social, political and sexual themes permeating contemporary urban society. For the first time, we will display selected photos from Charles Anselmo's stunning exploration of Castro's Cuba.
at various locations
The festival itself is a collection of the hippest and most cutting edge independent films out there. Included in the festival is a night of (1) short films/animation, (2) international features, (3) documentaries, and (4) skate videos.
at Zeum (8pm)
Best Original Musical Script. Don't miss the must-see show of the summer in San Francisco! Insignificant Others is the hilarious and heartwarming new musical by San Francisco composer and playwright, L. Jay Kuo. Catch it here before our NYC run next year!
at Underground SF (10pm)
Narco.Hz Recordings is quickly becoming one of the most recognized record labels in the Dubstep scene. Owned and managed by Neil Zarama - better known as San Franciscan DJ/Producer Juju, the label focuses on both Bay Area and International Dubstep talents.
Saturday, July 14, 2007 See All Events
at Monte Cristo (noon - 2am)
French Bastille Day is one of San Francisco's biggest holiday party traditions. Just like Cinco de Mayo, San Francisco rages on French Bastille Day. It used to be a revered city tradition to celebrate this holiday during the afternoon outside at the Belden Place alley way in the French Quarters downtown; however, due to permit constraints, these legendary day parties ended and no new French-inspired location has taken the torch to continue this amazing San Francisco tradition.
at Palace of Fine Arts (5pm)
The main goal of this high energy pageant is to help Asian American women to increase their cultural awareness throughout the entire country. By embracing the beauty of the Asian culture, the pageant captures the beauty and pride of Asian American women. Our pageant also serves as a platform for Asian American women to shed light on certain issues that they face today in the Asian American communities across the nation.
at Red Devil Lounge (8pm)
To the Extreme, Vanilla Ice became the second white rapper to top the charts. Unlike the Beastie Boys, he didn't have any street credibility, so the Miami-born rapper decided to invent some of his own, claiming he had a seriously violent gangster past. Nevertheless, "Ice Ice Baby" became a number one hit late in 1990...
at Rx Gallery (9pm)
One of the most up & coming talents in Minimal & Electro, Diskotronik's July guest Florian Meindl has released on Balkon, Stil Vor Talent and Traum records -Germany. After moving to Berlin, he set up a new label called "Flash" with the Berlin based DJ and producer Oliver Koletzki...
at Anon Salon (9pm)
French Maids, Mimes, Mods & Montmartrians, Legionnaires, Impressionists, Existentialistas, Bardot, Toulouse-Lautrec, Jane Avril, Jerry Lewis, Jacques Cousteau, Jean Cocteau, Camus, De Sade, Deneuve, De Gaulle, Louis XVI, Anais Nin, Amelie, Marie Antoinette, Napolean, Piaf, and Pepé Le Pew!
at Cafe du Nord (9pm)
Tickets only available night of the event. Spoon have been together over a decade, with one of the most unusual trajectories of any band in recent memory-and one of the best and most unique songwriters in the world. Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga starts with "Don't Make Me a Target," a song that builds on Spoon's familiar minimal rhythmic piano/guitar vamp popularized on earlier Spoon hits like "Small Stakes" or "The Way We Get By."...
at Ruby Skye (10pm)
Official After Party of the daytime event held at Belden Place & The Irish Bank. Frenchy le Freak's career behind the turntables has spun over the last 16 years, and took him from his home in sunny French Toulouse to San Francisco. Frenchy's obsession with music began at an early age when he started spinning at 13, being influenced by rock, reggae and 70s funk. He got his first big break filling in for a drunk DJ at a local club and never looked back...
Sunday, July 15, 2007 See All Events
at Golden Gate Park (9:45am)
Proceeds benefit the San Francisco AIDS Foundation and 42 other Bay Area HIV/AIDS service organizations. Opening Ceremonies start at 9:45 a.m. The 10k walk starts at 10:30 a.m. and is followed by a free concert and a KidZone.
at Fort Mason Center (10am-4pm)
Takes place on Bastille Day Weekend, July 14 and 15, 2007 at the Fort Mason Conference Center in San Francisco. Chocolate aficionados, fanatics, buyers and journalists will experience the finest in artisan, gourmet & premium chocolate and wie.
at 111 Minna (noon - 8pm)
Featuring: Diplo, A-Trak, Kid Sister, Squeak E Clean, Bed Time For Toys, Blake Miller, DJ Vin Sol, Richie Panic. This summer's extravaganza will occupy one full city block between New Montgomery and 2nd Street, highlighting the community's most celebrated businesses and iconic restaurants as well as local and national non-profit groups.
at Sigmund Stern Grove (2pm)
Os Mutantes were the forefathers of the tropicalia movement along with Caestano Veloso, Gilberto Gil and of course, Gom Ze. Os Mutantes were one of the groundbreakers in this genre...but were long forgotten. Check them out live for free!
at Ace Auto Dismantlers (2pm)
If San Francisco is the World Capital of Weird, then CYCLECIDE BIKE RODEO is the city's most notorious and hard-working ambassador for its two-wheeled, junk-rescuing lifestyle. The world's only bicycle-themed circus/rodeo sideshow and pedal-powered carnival-ride midway, Cyclecide has wowed audiences from Brooklyn to Mexico City with its pedal-oriented, drunk-clown-heavy, mayhem-tastic live act and death-defying carnival rides made primarily out of "pre-cycled" bike and auto parts...
at Beauty Bar (10pm - 2am)
Every third Sunday's San Francisco's Beauty Bar steps back into the 1970's era! Spinning hits and making you feel as if you were in Studio 54 - step back in time to 1970's Manhattan.
Monday, July 16, 2007 See All Events
at Giant Robot (11:30am - 8pm)
Giant Robot is proud to present Tree Show III. In the tradition of its predecessors, this group exhibition will feature arbor-inspired pieces by painters, illustrators, and other creators from street art, indie comics, printmaking, design, and crafty art backgrounds.
at Bottom of the Hill (9pm)
"The eccentric big band Benni Hemm Hemm got a hero's welcome at Grand Rokk, then repaid the cheers with a shambolic romanticism -- hearty brass sugared with glockenspiel and Hawaiian-whine guitar -- that evoked both the ragged glories of Broken Social Scene and the sunshine prospect of Brian Wilson conducting a troupe of Salvation Army horns at a 1967 Smile session...
Features   This Week's Articles See All Articles
Miss Millie's Reincarnates in Oakland's Rockridge District
By Dan_Strachota (Jul 06, 2007)
What is it that makes the perfect brunch? Is it the shortness of the wait? The enormity of portions? The strength of the champagne cocktails? No. The best brunches are all about the potatoes. Somerset's potatoes are absolutely stunning: well-cooked but not too crispy, salty but not overseasoned, small enough that you can pop one in your mouth without looking like a pig. If we could only eat one item for breakfast for the rest of our lives, it would be these potatoes.
Moving the Movement
By Matt_Crawford (Jul 06, 2007)
With the fate of the hyphy movement resting on his shoulders, Mistah F.A.B. is working to keep a subgenre alive that he says people still don't fully understand. The Oakland rapper independently released Da Baydestrian (Thizz/SMC Recordings) in May to maintain visibility while waiting for Atlantic Records to set a released date for his major label debut Da Yellow Bus Rydah (F.A.B. says he expects the album to be out around the end of the year or early 2008). Mistah F.A.B. spoke with SF Station from a studio in Los Angeles where he was putting finishing touches on his freestyle mixtape The Realist Shit I Never Wrote.
SF Station Blows It Up
By Misha_Vladimirskiy (Jul 06, 2007)
US Air Guitar returned to the Independent last week for the regionals and if you were there you got a treat. With crazed guitarness and pretty interesting choices of clothing these giants of air guitar competed for the chance to rep SF in New York for the US Championships.
Roll Out!
By Matt_Forsman (Jul 06, 2007)
It's not uncommon for huge expectations to be thrust upon your average summer tentpole flick. These films often make or break a studio for the year. Enter the most anticipated summer film in years, Transformers. You've got diehard transformer geeks who expect a film that will be true to the spirit of the cartoons, a $150 million dollar budget to recoup, and a ton of summer blockbusters already in the theater to compete with.
Jilted at the Altar
By Matt_Forsman (Jul 06, 2007)
License to Wed is the kind of film that has all the potential in the world to be enormously funny. You've got Robin Williams playing a manic, wacky reverend who specializes in a "marriage preparation course". You have an attractive, funny, soon-to-be wed couple in Mandy Moore as Sadie and John Krasinski as Ben. You even have a director who has helmed several hysterical episodes of NBC's sitcom hit, "The Office". The end result is something far from hysterical.
A Tale of Good Sheep Gone BAAAAD!
By Matt_Forsman (Jul 06, 2007)
40 million sheep reside in New Zealand. Fluffy, white, friendly sheep lope around beautiful green pastures without a care in the world. Well, there are the periodic sheerings, occasionally unfortunate shaggings, and the painfully necessary slaughterings. But, otherwise all is well in the sheep world. That is until one overly ambitious sheep farmer; Angus Oldfield (Peter Feeney) sets his sights on creating an über-sheep.
Romantic Comedy with Indie-Art Pretensions
By Mel_Valentin (Jul 06, 2007)
The late, great John Cassavetes is known among cineastes as the godfather of indie filmmaking. Beginning in 1959 with Shadows. His children, Nick and Zoe, have followed in his footsteps. Nick has directed films such as Alpha Dog and The Notebook while Zoe has written and directed two feature-length films, 2000's Men Make Women Crazy Theory and now Broken English, a light, lightweight romantic comedy with indie-art pretensions.
Zombies are People Too
By Mel_Valentin (Jul 06, 2007)
Just when you thought the zombie sub-genre was dead and buried, along comes Fido, a slyly subversive, satirical horror/comedy co-written and directed by Andrew Currie (Sleep Murder, Mile Zero). Mixing and matching multiple genres, from the zombie horror sub-genre initiated by George A. Romero in 1968 with Night of the Living Dead, 1950s-era melodramas that critiqued social conformity, and 50s-era boy-and-his-dog family films, Fido is wonderfully campy from start to finish and, for genre fans, occasionally gory too.
More Choices than Just Itsy-Bitsy, Teeny-Weeny and Yellow Polka-Dots
By Michelle_Sieling (Jul 06, 2007)
While riding my bike a couple months ago down 18th Street, I spotted a bikini store on the left hand side of the street. I really couldn't believe there was a bikini store in the Mission. Natives and visitors alike are well aware what kind of weather San Francisco is known for, and it's not beach weather.
A Children's Book for Twenty-Somethings
By lisa_ryers (Jul 06, 2007)
If you remember how Norman Juster's classic juvenile novel The Phantom Tollbooth started, you will remember that the bored character of Milo finally notices a box that says: "For Milo who has plenty of time." Once he opens the box, he constructs the tollbooth therein along with one of the signs: "Please have your destination in mind.?
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