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 Aug 7 - Mon Aug 13, 2007 Tue   |   Wed   |   Thu   |   Fri   |   Sat   |   Sun   |   Mon   |   Features
To quote the Beach Boys: "Wouldn't it be nice to live together in the kind of world where we belong?" We here at SF Station agree. That would be nice. But you won't need to wish and hope and pray for it to come true. At least if you live in the idyllic bubble that is the Bay Area. It's special here and we know it. If it wasn't, real estate wouldn't be so darn expensive.

And what would the world be without puppets? Sesame Street meets Broadway in the award-winning musical Avenue Q at the Orpheum Theatre. Don't forget about the joy of movies. Feature films are great but short films are even better. The SF Shorts Film Festival at Red Vic and Victoria Theatre has them all. If war destroys the world, then laughter makes it grow. Check out funnyman Todd Barry at the Punch Line Comedy Club.

In the 60s, SF became synonymous with cultural and social change. We are the OG hippies. On Friday night celebrate the Summer of Love at Ruby Skye. Then on Saturday, what many consider to be the best party in SF, Bootie, celebrates its 4-Year Anniversary at DNA Lounge with the wildest mash-ups imaginable. However, don't let all the partying get to your head. Get esoteric with Benjamin Creme as he lectures on The Only Path to Peace at the Palace of Fine Arts. Then on Monday, catch more great film at the Dead Channels Festival of Fantastic Film at Roxie New College Film Center.

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Tuesday, Aug 7, 2007 See All Events
at Castro Theatre (see listing for times)
Both still in their 30s and coincidentally sharing a surname, Paul Thomas Anderson and Wes Anderson have amassed a body of work whose visions helped shape, and gives hope for, popular cinema in the 21st century. With new films from them looming on the horizon, we present their complete works to date in (nearly) chronological order...
at Orpheum Theatre (8pm)
A hilarious show full of heart and hummable tunes, Avenue Q is about trying to make it in NYC with big dreams and a tiny bank account. Called "one of the funniest shows you're ever likely to see" by Entertainment Weekly, AVENUE Q features a cast of people and puppets who tell the story in a smart, risque and downright entertaining way...
Wednesday, Aug 8, 2007 See All Events
at various locations (see listing for times)
SF Shorts celebrates the rebellious nature at the heart of all great film-making. It's about grabbing someone by the eyeballs and making them think, feel and react. It's about what people see every day but now stare at in wonder...
at Rickshaw Stop (8pm)
People Noise, formed by former VHS Or Beta guitarist Zeke Buck and Boom Bip's Matt Johnson, will make their recording debut with the June release of Ordinary Ghosts. "With hints of U2, thick ribbons of old Smashing Pumpkins, infused with The Flaming Lips, and a cherry topping of Radiohead...
at Beauty Bar (10pm)
Featuring Special Guests Weekly! Resident DJ(s) Lxndr, Jox, Loverdead. Music: 80's/New Wave, Dance, Dance/Electronic, Electronica & Pop...
Thursday, Aug 9, 2007 See All Events
at de Young Museum (6:30pm)
Contemporary Extension and ArtPoint invite you to celebrate our successful first year of collaborative programming at American Chic: Cocktails at the de Young. The event commemorates the year-long aMuse Lecture Series-cohosted by the young professionals groups from the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art...
at Humanities Building (7:30pm)
Pangs Theater Ensemble performs Lamb, a powerful avant-garde performance that makes a compelling statement about human suffering and cruelty. At once modern and timeless, Lamb is a symphonic composition of body and language....
at Punch Line Comedy Club (8pm)
Todd Barry is one of the more unique comics on today's circuit. He has been seen repeatedly on The Late Show with David Letterman and Late Night with Conan O'Brien, as well as on The Larry Sanders Show, Chappelle's Show and Lucky Louie. Todd has also been featured on many Comedy Central programs such as...
at Impala (9pm)
Featuring DJ Solomon, David Carvalho, DJ Solarz. Hosted by One Industry Group, LevelSF, Desired Temptations, Essential Nightlife, Vee-Eye-Pea...
Friday, Aug 10, 2007 See All Events
at PFA (Planet of Storms, 7pm; The Amphibian Man, 9pm)
Wind demons and crystal palaces . . . Shimmering aquatic gill-men and limitless vistas of outer space . . . For over eight decades Russian cinema has had an inspired filmmaking tradition that encompasses science fiction, folkloric fantasy, and absurdist humor, producing wildly entertaining movies that are only now being seen by American audiences...
at Ruby Skye (9pm)
Often called "The new 'White' Party" for the "in the know" of San Francisco, "Summer Love" is, hands down, one of Ruby Skye's biggest and best "theme" parties of the year. Ruby Skye spends over $10K in props and decor to magically transform the nightclub into a breathtaking tropical flower garden. It's one of the most spectacular productions ever seen at Ruby Skye...
at Herbst Pavilion (9pm)
New artists, new work, and a new kids' component will be on display at The American Craft Show in San Francisco at Fort Mason Center, August 10 - 12, 2007. Celebrating its 32nd year in the Bay Area, this much-anticipated event delivers the nation's leading 250 artists and their latest designer jewelry, furniture, clothing, home decor and more, to the public...
Saturday, Aug 11, 2007 See All Events
at Greek Theatre (6:30pm)
"Southern California's Slightly Stoopid cemented a signature sound by fusing acoustic rock and blues with reggae, hip-hop, and punk, creating a legion of die-hard fans in the process. Coasting into their second decade of rock 'n' roll, the band has exceeded 250,000 in CD sales via their own record label, Stoopid Records, and they regularly sellout top concert venues across the United States and overseas...
at 21 Grand (8pm)
San Francisco based image and audio tricksters The Overdub Club will bring their freewheeling manipulations and experiments with film and sound to Oakland for one special performance. Overdub Club performances feature live multiple 16mm film projections and original music score with rapid fire, hand-processed image and audio montage assaults, juxtaposed with soothing respite - spoken through metaphor but eventually reaching narrative climax...
at DNA Lounge (9pm)
This will be no mere DJ set. The duo will showcase their own mashups in a stage show which will combine mashup videos, mashup movie shorts, go-go dancers, and several live performances during their set which will include: live singing, drag performance, an audience sing-along, and even a live mashup Guitar Hero showdown... More
at Cat Club (9:30pm)
DJ's in Front: The Melting GIrl (Death Guild, So What!, 1984), And Special Guest DJ Starr (Bondage a Go Go, Shark Attack!). Backroom VJ's with all the best 80's Videos: Damon (The Iguana Club, Rage, Mystery City), Shon (Twilight Zone, After Dark, Club Gossip), Low Life(New Wave City, 1984, Re-flexx)...
at Underground Location (10pm)
For over two decades DJ Bone has played events and clubs worldwide, held a residency position at four of the Motor City's top clubs and produced music inspired by the city in which he lives, Detroit. His record labels Subject Detroit and Encounter are futuristic and unearthly while still displaying the true essence of Detroit's Techno Soul.
Sunday, Aug 12, 2007 See All Events
at Yerba Buena Gardens (10am - 5pm)
It is the 14th Annual Pistahan Parade and Festival 2007! A Fantastic Festival of Filipino Culture and Cuisine. Lots of Food and Loads of fun for everyone. Monster Desserts Team will be there to serve you refreshing desserts...Monster Style!
at Mission Rock Cafe (noon - 10pm)
Including DJ Heather (Summer Sessions 2 CD Release Tour), D-Fuse, King Britt, Andy Caldwell, Jeno, M3, Ellen Ferrato, MJ Gamez, Meylss, Smoove, Aaron Jae and more!
at Palace of Fine Arts (2pm)
Free event! Benjamin Creme, a British artist and long-time student of esoteric philosophy, has become the principal source of information about the emergence of Maitreya, the World Teacher... More
at Triptych (5pm)
Enjoy music, wine, hors d'oeuvres (generously donated by Triptych) and circus performances as you peruse the Dreamtime Gallery. Silent bids may be placed at this event, the highest of which will serve as opening bids for an ongoing Online Art Auction. Proceeds from the event and the art auction benefit the Dreamtime Circus India Tour.
at Great American Music Hall (8pm)
Unhindered by the impositions of the vocal yoke, Chicago instro-sorcerers Pelican transcend the limits of time and space to expound upon the stunning finesse and painstaking subtlety with which they command their already indelible sonic signature...
Monday, Aug 13, 2007 See All Events
at Roxie New College Film Center (3pm, 5:15pm, 7:15pm, 9:30pm)
Dead Channels celebrates independent and international fantastic filmmaking.
at Cafe du Nord (9pm)
There's an intriguing duality to Minnie Driver's sophomore release, SEASTORIES that can be traced directly to its geography: some tracks were recorded in New York with Ryan Adams and his group the Cardinals, while others were laid down in Los Angeles with the award-winning actress-musician's backing band...
Features   This Week's Articles See All Articles
An American Steakhouse with a California Perspective
By Michelle_Chan (Aug 03, 2007)
Located on the fifth floor of the Four Seasons hotel, Seasons has been relaunched as an American steakhouse with a California perspective; gone are the heavy side dishes and the serious interiors. In its place: more refined entrées, lighter sides, and a contemporary décor of warm tans, rich woods and deep lapis.
The Indian Hyphy Rapper
By Matt_Crawford (Aug 03, 2007)
With a new album out this year and a double LP on the way, Bay Area rapper Haji Springer hopes to find his niche with mainstream success as one of the only successful Indian rappers in the United States. The self-proclaimed 7-11 rapper, who split his youth growing up in San Leandro and at his family's ice cream shop in San Francisco, mixes a healthy dose of hyphy beats and humor on his Thizz Entertainment release Hello Buddy.
SF Station Blows It Up
By Misha_Vladimirskiy (Aug 03, 2007)
The last time I shot these kids from the UK was opening for The Bravery at the Fillmore and it was one of the best live shows I've ever seen and this time was even better. From the first step that vocalist Paul Smith took to the last hit of the bass drum of Tom English it was a non stop party. Paul's amazing words and acrobatics would make even a Cirque du Soleil acrobat envious, and the rest of the band plays like they were born with instruments in their hands.
A Satisfying Conclusion to the Series
By Mel_Valentin (Aug 03, 2007)
Jason Bourne is very much the anti-Bond in The Bourne Ultimatum, the concluding chapter (or so we've been promised) to the series that began five years ago with Doug Liman's adaptation of Robert Ludlam's bestselling novel, The Bourne Identity and continued with The Bourne Supremacy with Paul Greengrass at the helm. The gritty locales, a cynicism-heavy espionage storyline, small-scale action scenes, and an intense turn from Matt Damon as the reluctant title character all contributed to a positive reception from critics and $500 million dollars combined for the first two films in the series.
Something (Endearingly) Stupid This Way Comes
By Rossiter_Drake (Aug 03, 2007)
"Saturday Night Live" producer Lorne Michaels has an infamously spotty track record when it comes to the big screen, but perhaps that's to be expected: Stretching five-minute sketches into feature-length productions is never a simple task, especially those featuring characters whose defining trait is their willingness to fall down on cue. Rod Kimble, the aspiring but hopelessly incompetent stuntman who attempts to steal Evel Knievel's thunder in Hot Rod, is just such a character.
Fact and Fiction
By Anhoni_Patel (Aug 03, 2007)
Jane Austen is considered by many to be one of the world's greatest authors. Well, she certainly knew how to write chick lit. That is, the complexities of courtship and affairs of the heart. However, Austen herself never married and had no significant known relationships. How is it then that someone with no such experience could write about love so insightfully? Becoming Jane has its own theory on that matter.
March of the Polar Bears (and the Walruses)
By Mel_Valentin (Aug 03, 2007)
Optimistically marketed as the next March of the Penguins, Arctic Tale is a documentary centered on the polar bears and walruses that make their home in the cold, unforgiving Arctic. Shot over five years by husband-and-wife team Sarah Robertson and Adam Ravetch on high-definition video, Arctic Tale was developed, at least partly, to convey the consequences global warming has had on the Arctic. That the voice over narration by Queen Latifah was co-written by Kristen "daughter of Al" Gore shouldn't come as a surprise to anyone familiar with Gore's anti-global warming, pro-environmentalism advocacy...
Woefully Conceived, Poorly Executed "Comedy"
By Mel_Valentin (Aug 03, 2007)
Written by Ken Marino and David Wain (and directed by Wain), The Ten is an uneven collection of sub-par comedy skits, masquerading as vignettes, centered on the Ten Commandments. As the title suggests, each commandment gets its own standalone vignette, but each story gets introduced by an onscreen narrator, Jeff (Paul Rudd), standing in front of two huge stone slabs carved with the Ten Commandments.
A Noe Neighborhood Knitting Nirvana
By Michelle_Sieling (Aug 03, 2007)
There's a new sisterhood at my work that's been growing over the past year and it's made up of knitters. I only joined this club a little over a month ago. I've always heard that knitting was a fun and relaxing activity, but I was a little skeptical of that claim at first. I thought that learning something that looked complicated like knitting would cause me to pull my hair out more than it would put my mind at ease.
The Education of Today's Sushi Chef
By lisa_ryers (Aug 03, 2007)
Following an injury that extinguished her soccer avocation, twenty-year old Kate Murray found herself in search of her next big love. Sushi helped her body recover and nightly visits to the sushi bar lightened her spirits. Soon she began thinking about sushi in a professional way: as an opportunity to parlay to others the joy she got out of the sushi experience. It could also end her string of dead end jobs. So says her biographer of this point of her life, Trevor Carson, in his new book, The Zen of Fish: The Story of Sushi from Samurai to Supermarket.
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