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 14 - Mon Aug 20, 2007 Tue   |   Wed   |   Thu   |   Fri   |   Sat   |   Sun   |   Mon   |   Features
San Francisco is very often compared to New York City. While the Big Apple is all cold gray steel and brick, SF is full of sinewy hills and colorful homes. NYC could be the male counterpart to our decidedly feminine city. Therefore this week, in homage to our lovely city by the bay, it's all about the ladies.

The first shit-kicking grrl-power punk rocker ever, Patti Smith, plays at The Fillmore tonight. Wear your skinny ties, don't wash your hair and make sure you get to this show. Breaking through the male-dominated world of stand-up comedy and looking good while doing it, Margaret Cho, along with Bruce Daniels, will be signing copies of the DVDs of their new movie at A Different Light Bookstore. Then cheer on your fav (female) DJ at the kickoff for The Ultimate DJ 2007 competition at The Cellar.

As we all know, the ladies like to look good here in SF. Head to the Mission Indie Mart where local designers will be hawking the hippest wares to showcase all your best assets. Then support the fierce roller girls of the San Francisco Bay Bombers at Track Skating Action at Kezar Pavilion on Saturday night where they'll be engaging the Chicago Pioneers in roller derby insanity. Feeling nostalgic? Then you're in luck. The Puppini Sisters will be performing their classic renditions at Bimbo's 365 Club. Next week, however, is the boy's turn. Daft Punk will be premiering their new film Electroma at Mezzanine.

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Tuesday, Aug 14, 2007 See All Events
at Stacey's Bookstore (5:15pm)
a Special Event featuring Julia Alvarez and her new book, Once Upon a Quinceañera. We will be taking Stacey's Author Event Series to the Women's Building, 3543 18th Street, for an evening gathering of local organizations and a celebration of Hispanic culture...
at The Fillmore (8pm)
"In the early '70s, painter-turned-poet and sometime playwright (Cowboy Mouth, with Sam Shepard) Patti Smith began to set her poems to the electric guitar backup of erstwhile rock writer Lenny Kaye. By the end of the decade, Patti Smith had proved remarkably influential, releasing what may be the first punk-rock record and claiming the rock-musician-as-shaman role previously reserved by males. " - Rolling Stone
Wednesday, Aug 15, 2007 See All Events
at Southern Exposure (6pm - 9pm)
The Thing is a subscription based, mail order art project where artists, writers and filmmakers will be invited to create a household object that somehow incorporates text. Every four months a new object will be hand wrapped in brown paper package and string and mailed to subscribers. The public is invited to help wrap issue #1 of "the thing," by Miranda July. Food, drinks, music, and wrapping paper will be supplied...
at Bottom of the Hill (9pm)
"In celebration of our recent signing to beggars banquet and our single release "On and On". though we're going to be touring mostly in the UK and europe for the next three months, this is a kick-off show to our UK tour and we'll have some pre-release, limited import vinyl at the show...
at Make-Out Room (9pm)
Their perfectly paired voices and finely executed harmonies are magically delivered in their performances; from dissonant, a cappella, traditional folk to old country/rock duets, to an incredibly strong repertoire of their original, ethereal pop. The duo, occasionaly accompanied by a percussionist, harpist, or violinist, has easily attracted a loving following...
Thursday, Aug 16, 2007 See All Events
at A Different Light Bookstore (5:30pm)
In "Bam Bam & Celeste," Celeste (Margaret Cho) and Bam Bam (Bruce Daniels) escape their midwest hometown on an epid road trip to New York City. There they take on their high school nemesis - now dictators of the world famous Salon Mirage - and discover that true beauty lies within...
at SF Camerawork (7pm)
Kino21 presents Nathaniel Dorsky's Triste & Threnody, "The images are as much pure-energy objects as representation of verbal understanding and the screen itself is transformed into a 'speaking' character. The "sadness" referred to in the title is more the struggle of the film itself to become a film as such, rather than some pervasive mood." - Nathaniel Dorsky
at Berkeley Repertory Theatre (8pm)
Inspiration for Citizen Josh began with the election in 2004, when Josh Kornbluth came to the conclusion that perhaps, just perhaps, voting was not quite enough. Citizen Josh weaves a web of smart, funny and moving autobiographical tales into a personal quest to engage the fundamentals of democracy...
at Independent (9pm)
MF Doom's approach to music is what defines such phrases as 'the fine line between insanity and genius.' Unconventional. Abstract. Unorothodox. These words merely scrape the surface of the layer of grain he goes against; musically, conceptually, and rhythmically. His vocal patterns take shape and words land upon the drums in the same manner that a rock is skipped great distances across a lake...
Friday, Aug 17, 2007 See All Events
at Davies Symphony Hall (8pm)
Lewis Black has performed his caustic, cranky, bile-spewing dead -on social and political comedy throughout Europe and America for which he has received critical acclaim and occasional hate mail as "America's Foremost Commentator on Everything", he is a weekly political commentator on, Comedy Central's "The Daily Show,"...
at Space Gallery (8pm)
See what happens when 6 hand-picked lovelies are given the subject of the broad umbrella of the 1960's to create new work under. Featuring: Photographers Six Morsch, Molly Decoudreaux, and Amie Lee King; Illustrator Olivia Edith; Installation Artists Caitlin Sweet and Machine...
at 222 Club (9pm)
Featuring Dj's from Moxie Musik, a radio show that airs Sunday nights 9pm - 11pm Pacific time on worldwide and 93.7fm in San Francisco. Resident DJs Qzen & Bryan James provide current and classic techno, electrohaus, tech-house, neu disco, and other electronic music you can and can't attach a label to...
at Cafe du Nord (9pm)
Boca Do Rio music is a dynamic mix of forró, rock, jazz, funk, rap, reggae, and funk, undergirded by the syncopated beat of samba. While it has been argued that Brazilian music in general is marked by a fusion of influences only fitting for a country with such diversity of ethnicities, cultures, and races...
at The Cellar (10pm)
It's that time again for the Energy 92.7 Ultimate DJ Contest - the search for the hottest DJ in the Bay Area! The submission deadline to be a contestant has passed, but you can still come out and support your favorite DJ. We'll be narrowing the talent down until one person is named Energy 92.7's Ultimate DJ!...
Saturday, Aug 18, 2007 See All Events
at University of California Berkeley (8:30am - 6:30pm)
Join Craigslist Foundation for a day of knowledge, resources and networking, all focused on how to start and run a vibrant nonprofit. $50 registration includes workshops, keynotes, Exhibit Hall access, one-on-one coaching, breakfast & lunch, and the opportunity to network and collaborate with 2,000 emerging and established nonprofit leaders.
at 25th & Guerrero (11am - 6pm)
Check out local designers and eat organic hot dogs in the Mission!
at McCovey Cove Parking Lot (1pm)
With Rage Against the Machine, Wu-Tang Clan, Cypress Hill,The Roots, Mos Def, Public Enemy, Nas, EPMD, Pharoahe Monch, MF Doom, Murs, Immortal Technique, Jedi Mind Tricks, Hieroglyphics, Sage Francis, Blackalicious, Rahzel, Supernatural, Hi Tek, Mike Relm, Talib Kweli...
at San Francisco Spirit (5pm - 11pm)
Featuring DJs Charlotte, Solar, M3, Galen, Anthony, Mr White, Doc Fu, J Bird...
at Shooting Gallery (6pm)
Hell's Belles, the all-female vintage car racing club, will be burning rubber on Saturday the 18th at The Shooting Gallery. This benefit for the Bay Area Women & Children's Center will include an art auction and live dj, not to mention pretty ladies in fast cars. Hells Angels, eat your hearts out.
at Kezar Pavilion (8pm)
Throughout decades of ups and downs, a loyal fan base and band of Bomber volunteers give back to the derby community each year under the American Roller Derby League®. The team is still able to maintain representation of the finest men and women role models for your children in the world of roller derby...
at Retox Lounge (8pm)
Celebrating 4 years of chilling out in San Francisco, Ambi-Sonic is proud to present a great line-up of electronic musicians, live downtempo performances, and Ambient Grooves. With performances by Jump/Cut, Mike Bee, Saturnia, Submodern, DJ Mak, Clorophil, DF Tram, Fuzzpod, Traffic, and Future BC... More
Sunday, Aug 19, 2007 See All Events
at Mars Bar (3pm - 9pm)
Juanita More! Funky Fried Chicken! It's back for the summer! Featuring Derek K, the MORE! Boys and the lovely Candy Girl as the hostess with the Mostess!..
at Bimbo's 365 Club (8pm)
The Puppini Sisters are a trio of the Italian Marcella Puppini and English Stephanie O'Brien and Kate Mullins. The group was founded by Marcella after she was inspired by the film Belleville Rendezvous. The Puppini Sisters' debut single, Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy, is a cover of the iconic hit single by The Andrews Sisters, and although the three are not...
at The Dark Room Theatre (8pm)
We've taken all the guess work out of the age ole question, "Will this movie suck?" It will suck. And we'll have a slew of hosts to point that out. Every Sunday for a measly $5 you can put your feet up, enjoy a crummy movie, scarf down free popcorn, listen to the hilarious ravings of our special guests and yes, you too can yell at the movie screen...
at Beauty Bar (10pm)
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... More
Monday, Aug 20, 2007 See All Events
at Mezzanine (7pm)
Mezzanine is proud to host one of five U.S. screenings for Daft Punk's "Electroma." The film is an odyssey of two robots (played by Peter Hurteau and Michael Reich) who journey across a mythic American landscape of haunting, surreal beauty on a quest to become human. Their symbolic quest, which takes them from endless two lane highways to small idyllic towns to the arid desert...
at Pop's Bar (9pm)
$1.50 Bud bottles, at least 3lbs of home cooked tastiness 100% free for everyone even vegetarians.
Features   This Week's Articles See All Articles
Spoon + Fork = Spork
By Chrissy Loader (Aug 10, 2007)
Funny how the word "spork" makes one think about places like, say, KFC -- bucket meals, plastic utensils and fast-food. But put those thoughts out of your mind -- despite their digs in the former home of a KFC, there's nothing pre-packaged about Spork except its name. The atmosphere is sleek and quirky, with a keen attention to detail throughout, including large modern paintings of fingers, and a sleek bar with seating reminiscent of that found at a coffee shop, only cool, modern and in slate grey and chrome.
Oakdale's Finest
By SFS Staff (Aug 10, 2007)
Built like Alaska wasn't built in a day, but it was built in the basement of a big country house outside Oakdale, California by a couple of guitar-wielding 21-year olds. "The band started as a house thing, really," says lead vocalist Neil Jackson. "We wrote songs together -- mostly the kind of dumb acoustic stuff college kids write -- but we kept playing together, messing around..." The band, sporting an ever-rotating cast of musicians and a couple mainstays like Jackson, started landing gigs. Still, the quintet didn't have a moniker yet.
SF Station Blows It Up
By Misha Vladimirskiy (Aug 10, 2007)
The Kentucky foursome return with a new album Bring on the Comets, released August 28th, and a badass visit to San Francisco last week. The boys performed new songs almost exclusively only breaking a few times to play their hits from their last record. As always Craig Pfunder's voice and guitar pushes sound to its limit and makes you stomp your feet.
Released on Martha's Music/Reprise, 7/10/07
By Matt Forsman (Aug 10, 2007)
For fans of The Smashing Pumpkins, the seven year itch has been nigh on unbearable. While the "grunge" sound of the 90s that The Smashing Pumpkins were often erroneously lumped in with has come and gone, few can deny that 1995's Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness was a seminal album and one of the greatest of the decade. The talent, imagination, and power of The Smashing Pumpkins was considerable. But, where does one go after such an epic album?
Released on Capitol, 6/26/07
By Matt Forsman (Aug 10, 2007)
The Beastie Boys are inarguably one of the most dynamic, influential groups of hip hop/rock musicians. The one thing you can be certain of when giving a Beastie Boys album a listen is that you're going to hear more than a few tracks that feel like a marked departure from what they've done in the past. However, one common thread that unites many Beastie Boys albums is an affinity for instrumental music. Check Your Head was an album with numerous tracks that were pretty light when it came to lyrics and heavy on the instrumentals. With The Mix-Up, the B-Boys have completely indulged this affinity with a pure instrumental album.
Released on Virgin, 6/26/07
By VinCi Chan (Aug 10, 2007)
As far as vocal stamps go, Bryan Ferry's musical crest has come a long way from Roxy Music unto the present. With Dylanesque, he pays tribute to none other than counterculture hero, Bob Dylan, eleven times over with his choice of iconic Dylan tunes.
An Instant Cult Classic
By Anhoni Patel (Aug 10, 2007)
One of the most anticipated movies of the summer, Stardust, lives up to expectations and delivers so much more. It succeeds as both a fantasy film and as a romantic comedy, which is a difficult feat. Some have compared it to the cult classic The Princess Bride, but while Stardust references other films, it is essentially unique.
The Mysteries of Life
By Matt Forsman (Aug 10, 2007)
In 2002, the fascinating documentary, Spellbound, focusing on the 1999 National Spelling Bee caught the attention of countless moviegoers and the Academy resulting in an Oscar nomination for debut director Jeffrey Blitz. Spellbound was a breakout hit that engaged and entertained largely because of the quirky and endearing kids who participated in the competition. Blitz's love and affection for the awkward, unusual (but highly intelligent) young adult continues; albeit in a slightly different fashion in the painfully comical coming of age feature, Rocket Science.
No Rush to See This "Hour"
By Rossiter Drake (Aug 10, 2007)
Rush Hour 3 is an aptly titled bit of disposable celluloid, firmly lodged in cruise control, without momentum or apparent direction. Despite the long-rumored return of Chris Tucker, last seen in 2001's Rush Hour 2, it is a relatively joyless exercise in which characters who once seemed fresh are thrust into a routine caper, charged with the thankless task of invigorating it with sheer personality.
Perilously Close to Foolish
By Matt Forsman (Aug 10, 2007)
Young Diana (Zoe Tapper), an ingénue with a heart of gold and a truckload of naiveté, heads to London in the 1930s to make it big on the stage as an actress. Despite the right kind of genes (her mother was a star on the stage), Diana finds the world of theater complicated, vexing, and more than she expected. This "revelation" leads to trials, tribulations, and adventures Diana never could have anticipated.
For Bath and Body Beautiful
By Amy Sherman (Aug 10, 2007)
Freshening up Union Square and the 100-year-old Beaux Arts style Hammersmith Building is the newly opened Fresh boutique. Built in the year after the 1906 earthquake, the San Francisco historic landmark building is a pretty setting for a pretty store filled with pretty things to make one feel, well, you get the idea.
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