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
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Nostalgia can be complicated. While indulging in the past, you don't want to find yourself out of synch with the present. Of course you love that cartoon you watched everyday after school, but don't get too sentimental or you can lose track of what's right in front of you. May we suggest a nice balance? A bit of the old with the new...

Nothing says schmaltz like the 80s. Daryl Hall and John Oates will be showcasing their new hairdos at the Palace of Fine Arts tomorrow. Maneaters beware! The folks at the Asian Art Museum definitely know how to blend the ancient with the modern. Create your very own lantern, check out eclectic dance performances or peruse their collection at Matcha. Make Friday night memorable with the fearless Dutch nufunk duo Kraak and Smaak who are spinning at Mighty for the two year anniversary of the Fringe Arts Collective.

The Godfather of scratch, dub and all things cool, Lee "Scratch" Perry, glides into The Independent for two nights. This show will have you yearning for good times past. And in what seems like a cabaret recreation of "The Muppet Show", The Animal Masquerade Weekend at the Great American Music Hall will have a variety of animals taking the stage minus two grumpy old men heckling the performers. Still reminiscencing about that derby race you lost in third grade? You can reclaim your glory at the Pinebox Derby at Hotel Utah Saloon on Sunday. Then on Monday relive the 1990s with Popscene at Café du Nord.

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Tuesday, July 31, 2007 See All Events
at de Young Museum (9:30am - 5pm)
Enrico Donati (b. 1909) is perhaps the last living Surrealist artist closely associated with the movement's acknowledged leader, André Breton. He was a key figure in the community of European expatriate artists in World War II-era New York.
at Landmarks Embarcadero Cinema (8pm)
Self-destructive journalist Pierre Peders (director Steve Buscemi) is no stranger to violence and inhumanity. Having made his name as a war reporter, he has seen some of the most horrifying sights imaginable. So he feels that his current puff-piece assignment, an interview with pop diva, TV and movie star Katya (Sienna Miller) is beneath his dignity.
Wednesday, Aug 1, 2007 See All Events
at Palace of Fine Arts (8pm)
The newest addition to bustling San Francisco nightlife, Harlot brings sexy sexy, sophisticated decorum to SoMa. Headed by creative minds of veterans Martel and Nabiel, Harlot is on its way to becoming the place to see and be seen in SF. This will be a very private affair and we are only releasing a limited number of guestlist spots. The only way to get in to this exclusive engagement is to be on the guestlist...
at Element Lounge (9pm)
Fight the occupation. Join the underground. Wednesday, August 1st, Budget Cuts Music presents its third FRENCH RESISTANCE party at Element Lounge. Live sets by freedom fighters: Sariah Storm (Terpsichore), The Luxury Tax (Budget Cuts Music)
Thursday, Aug 2, 2007 See All Events
at 111 Minna Gallery (8pm)
Fecal Face will be hosting it's annual art show gala with over 35 notable emerging artists, bands and DJs. This year honors their 7.5 year anniversary with artwork from across the US and beyond. Attendees will be treated to live performances from the San Francisco based The Dodos ( and other bands...
at Mezzanine (9pm)
Featuring Laser Sword and DJ Set by ChanChan (West Add Radio), Rchrd Oh?! (Lights Down Low)...
at Asian Art Museum (9pm)
the Asian Art Museum's monthly evening mixer series-is back for an exciting second season. Experience live performances, browse through the museum's galleries, mingle with friends over cocktails, create art, embark on special tours, or simply chill to the hip beats of DJs and musicians. laza produces site-specific dance performances using vibrant, spine-tingling imagery from Yoshitoshi's Strange Tales. Craft a lantern in honor of obon, the Japanese Buddhist "festival of the dead."
at The Endup (10pm)
This week Charlotte the Baroness Returns to The Endup! With Ladyhouse, Soren, DJB, Rob G and Rob Crush...
Friday, Aug 3, 2007 See All Events
at 142 Throckmorton Theatre (8pm)
Lauded for his fearless brand of political satire and incisive view of the human condition, Mort Sahl was the first humorist on the cover of Time magazine. Mort has also graced the covers of The New Yorker, Life, Look and Playboy, to name a few. He was the first performer to make a comedy album and Mort Sahl was the first non-musician to win a Grammy.
at Bimbo's 365 Club (9pm)
As a trio, Yo La Tengo are a complex engine, but they're a completely natural one, tearing through the underbrush like a fully focused prehistoric creature. As much as spontaneity is built into the construction of their sonic world, everything is considered. From whispered ballads to punkish verve...
at 111 Minna Gallery (9pm)
Join DJ J. Rocc, DJ Hey Man plus special guests to benefit Project Ahimsa, an internationally recognized non-profit dedicated to the empowerment of youth through music.
at Mighty (9:30pm)
The Fringe Arts Collective celebrates 2 years of creating live artwork at dance parties with their first art show "F-Ing Art" on Friday, August 3rd. But because it couldn't be a Fringe event without world class talent, Sunset & the Fringe employ not one, but two world-famous producers to rock the dancefloor, Orlando breakbeat wizard DJ Icey and Holland nufunk heroes Kraak & Smaak.
at 1015 (Ten 15) (10pm)
It's no longer a secret. Arguably one of THE hottest DJs and producers around, John Acquaviva breaks through at number 22 on the dj Mag Top 100 worldwide music fan poll! Starting off as a clubber and fan of dance music in the final days of Disco during the late 70's, John turned his passion into a life's work and commitment...
Saturday, Aug 4, 2007 See All Events
at San Francisco Botanical Garden (10am - 3pm)
Get ready for July 28th and the first annual Stevenson Street Soiree hosted by Red Ink Studios. This first-time event will feature a diverse assortment of performance artists, including the 1920's style cabaret music of Tango La Melodia, the lovely latin folk and reggae sounds of local performers Locura, the burlesque dance hotties Hot Pink Feathers, the iTunes chart-chomping electronica music of Space Heater... More
at CounterPULSE (8pm)
Over fifty performance mavericks unite to benefit their favorite arts organization-- CounterPULSE! Pushing the envelope of music and performance, Rock 4 Art features excerpts from Carrie Baum's "Exit Sign: A Rock Opera" Jessica Fudim's "Cave In Cave Out, " and the hit musical "Venus Christ;" amazing antics by the performance artist/interpretive club dancing troupe Borts Minorts...
at Hotel Utah Saloon (9pm)
A melting pot of sound, noise, and personalities, music critics cannot attach a definitive label on these hard working boys. Fusing elements of indie, blues, rock and jazz, this music actually is as so much music only claims to be: something new. Nautical themes, clanking chains, an alto sax, and emotional shout-sing vocal...
at Fat City (9pm)
From Columbia: Fusion of ska, reggae, and funk with a very hard rock feeling brings out the unique touch that La Severa Matacera gives to its music, showing that the roots of this genres are the same so that they match perfectly. From Miami: 7 Piece Ensemble charged with melodic fire and global rhythmical chemistry. The palette consists of a wide array of percussive instruments such as the steel pan, tumbas, timbalitos, afro-brazillian hand percussion and drum set...
at The Independent (9pm)
Lee "Scratch" Perry (born Rainford Hugh Perry March 20, 1936) is one of the most influential people in the development of reggae and dub music in Jamaica. As a songwriter, a performer and producer, "The Mighty Upsetter" has been at the forefront of reggae music since the late 50's ska movement...
at Porn Palace (10pm)
For the past 2 years Sensuelle has become one of our most anticipated events, with a nice departure from the party norm. This year we spice it up even more by collaborating with our quality friends at Kinky Salon, our co-conspirators of fun at the Valentine's Ball and Allegoria NYE party. It's a 1-2 combo of delight and celebration.
at Underground Location (10pm)
Come for stacks of speakers, fresh live PAs by local and visiting artists, yummy pancakes and original artwork by Tim Scott - all part of a complete breakfast! Music by Mochipet, Orange Core, Lucky Dragons, Chadwick Strange, Heartworm, Yoko Solo, and Bloodysnowman.
Sunday, Aug 5, 2007 See All Events
at The Presidio (10am - 5pm)
The Pacific Islanders of the San Francisco Bay Area offer their talents in music and dance during this free, two-day festival of arts held during the first full weekend of every August. Entertainment highlights include Pacific Islander music as well as Polynesian dance...
at Jerry Garcia Amphitheater (noon - 6pm)
Jerry Garcia, as most people know, was one of the biggest musical icons of our time, the leader of the Grateful Dead, and a native son of the Excelsior who grew up at 87 Harrington Street. This community celebration of Jerry Garcia originated in 2002 and has since gained a wide range of support across the Excelsior District and Southeast Community of San Francisco.
at Hotel Utah (3pm)
The 3rd Annual Hotel Utah Pinebox Derby, features contestants battling it out on a 37-foot track down the the Hotel Utah Bar! Breweries racing breweries, bars racing bars - all for the glory of being deemed Pinebox Derby champion...
at Palace of Fine Arts (6pm)
"Help is on the Way" is an elegant evening of fun designed to raise funds for Bay Area AIDS service provider agencies and features an extensive silent auction coinciding with the pre-performance gala and concluding at the end of the intermission.
at Great American Music Hall (7:30pm)
A crazy collection of San Francisco's wildest animal performers! Lineup includes a Cookie Monster-fronted speed metal band, a turntable-wielding bunny, burlesque flamingos, live muppet electronica, and yes, a wild gorilla.
at Marines Memorial Theater (8pm)
Finally! Eddie Izzard, who won praise and earned a Tony Award nomination for his turn in A Day in the Death of Joe Egg , will workshop his upcoming new solo show at San Franciscos Marines Memorial Theatre for two performances only...
at Bottom of the Hill (9pm)
Fleshies, a loud band, started playing together in 1999 in beautiful Oakland, California. The band's involvement in the east bay area collective S.P.A.M. Records provided for a convenient label to release some early 7" records, cassette-only releases...
Monday, Aug 6, 2007 See All Events
at Booksmith (7pm)
Tom Wolfe once described Hunter S. Thompson as the finest comic writer of the 20th century. Thompson was this and more, an apt observer of the American scene, the founding father of "Gonzo journalism," and an inspiration to many. Anita Thompson new book, "The Gonzo Way: A Celebration of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson," explores the legacy of her late husband as a writer and as a citizen, through her own words and through interviews with those who knew him best...
at Rock Paper Scissors Collective (8pm)
Come on down and learn how to fix your bike with Judy & Jake. Learn some fun bike trivia and then get to work on all the bike problems you bring to class...
at Cafe du Nord (9pm)
Some of you may remember Jackie and John as being part of Scottish indie band The Yummy Fur (also known for including members Paul and Alex, now of Franz Ferdinand). 1990's, with drummer Michael, are well on their way to establishng themselves, having supported acts like Babyshambles, the Long Blondes and CSS in the last year...
Features   This Week's Articles See All Articles
An Argentine Steakhouse in North Beach
By Tracie_Broom (Jul 26, 2007)
For anyone who's enjoyed grilled meats prepared in the Argentine fashion, a trip to an Argentine steakhouse is rife with anticipation. Will they have the gargantuan, grilled cross-cut short ribs that seem to be attainable only in South American restaurants? How are the empanadas, sweetbreads, blood sausages and chorizo? The chimichurri sauce? Is the wine list rife with excellent Malbecs? According to some connoisseurs, San Francisco's El Raigon has slipped from its place of high regard in the handful of years since its opening.
The Stoned Raiders Return with Rock the Bells
By Matt_Crawford (Jul 26, 2007)
In an era of massive rock festivals that punctuate the summer with mouth-watering lists of performers, it's rare to get a traveling roadshow close to the same caliber in your own backyard. But for San Francisco, on Aug 18th, and a handful of other cities, the drought is over. A who's who list of musicians -- mostly hip hop -- will grace the makeshift festival grounds of the McCovey Cove Parking Lot (near the ballpark) when Rock the Bells makes its San Francisco debut. The recently reformed Rage Against the Machine, Wu-Tang Clan, Cypress Hill and The Roots headline the festival.
The Best Shows for August
By John_Zaterka (Jul 26, 2007)
With music evolving faster than we can define it, we are lucky to have a few of the originators who have broadened the sound of music come through SF this month. While some may claim that the city was built on rock-n-roll, it has been the boundary pushers that have given this city its soul. So here's a quick look at the genre-bending mad men, sultry chanteuses and crazy boys coming through town to bless up the sound.
SF Station Blows It Up
By Misha_Vladimirskiy (Jul 26, 2007)
The outfit from Canada hit the stage in front of a full house this past Monday and blew the house down. P-Thugg and Dave 1's use of synths and guitar is a great intermixing of 80s pop/indie/altrock and electro. Performing hits from their current album Fancy Footwork and some old classics the boys made the kids sweat.
Released on Cochon Records, 7/10/07
By j._poet (Jul 26, 2007)
Oakland's Gravy Train is back in the saddle with their third salvo of dance floor madness, another collection of loud, salacious, punch drunk anthems guaranteed to have you up and dancing. The quartet -- Chunx (vocals, keys, drums), Funx (vocals, keys, drums, bass, guitar), Hunx (vocals, keys, drums), and Junx (guitar, bass, harpsichord) -- is wilder, more tuneful and sexier than ever with a musical mash up of punk, funk and garage club beats that's impossible to resist. Think The Ramones backing up Prince, or Rick James sitting in with the B 52s.
Released on Firebird Field Recordings, self-released 2007
By lynne_angel (Jul 26, 2007)
This debut release from Los Angeles based singer/songwriter Carl Jordan flies by like so much time on a warm summer day. Three minute pop songs in the vein of Grandaddy meets a less tragic Elliot Smith at a mid-June picnic, they fall in love and have two babies -- Ween and The Shins. There you go.
Released on Verve Records, 6/05/07
By VinCi_Chan (Jul 26, 2007)
We All Love Ella (and we all do) is a marquee studded vocal tribute to none other than Ella Fitzgerald, one of the finest, greatest legends from the Big Band Era. Dubbed as "the first lady of song", her legacy has been long recognized with thirteen Grammy awards and sold over forty million albums.
A Tale Nearly Two Decades In The Making
By Matt_Forsman (Jul 26, 2007)
After nineteen years of mishaps, pratfalls, and screwups, the epically moronic Homer Simpson finally has his shining moment of glory in the big screen version of "The Simpsons". I think not. One of America's favorite idiots is in fine form in his big screen debut.
How to Win Friends and Influence People
By Stefan_Gruenwedel (Jul 26, 2007)
Sometimes having a fabulous life is not all it's cracked up to be, especially if you're a disagreeable person. What's the point of having friends if they put up with you only because they feel they have to? Daniel Auteuil stars as François, an arrogant, cutthroat, ruthless (and middle-aged) antique dealer in Paris who thinks his life is pretty fabulous. One day when he's at a dinner party with what he considers his dearest acquaintances, he's mortified to learn the truth: that none of the people there actually likes him.
Familiar and Occasionally Satisfying
By Mel Valentin (Jul 26, 2007)
Stop me if this premise sounds familiar: a single, career-oriented (and obsessed) woman becomes her niece's legal guardian after her sister dies in a tragic accident. Somewhere along the way, the woman meets a suitable member of the opposite sex and, after a few false starts, learns the value of balancing her work life with her newly invigorated personal life. Sounds like a remake of 1988's Baby Boom starring Diane Keaton, right? Actually, it's not.
Hidden and Found in Cow Hollow
By grace_chen (Jul 26, 2007)
Tucked inside a blushing Queen Anne Victorian above street level and in a large bay window lays a creamy pink room with a cast iron bed strewn with a lace and pearl thong. Cast atop a nightstand lays a pink suede blindfold. Just beyond the bedroom, shelves of glittering private and demure pleasures beckon. Here, at IntimaGirl, we find an affair of intimate indulgences.
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