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Tue Aug 21 - Mon Aug 27
After months of planning, the America's Cup finally arrives this week with the first official local regatta before the finals are held next summer. Stern Grove Festival says goodbye to its 75th Anniversary Season while Speakeasy Brewery celebrates 15 years of craft brews in San Francisco with food trucks, local music and $3 beers. J-Pop Summit Festival organizers are expecting 70,000 fans of Japanese pop culture over the weekend and local skaters and chili chefs face off at Potrero del Sol Skatepark at Toad & Salmon's Chili Bowl Cook Off and skate contest. Rock the Bells brings the biggest hip hop party of the year to Shoreline Amphitheatre and Burner Bon Voyage hosts a pre-Playa party at Public Works.

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at Rickshaw Stop
Identity Festival
at Shoreline Amphitheater
La Cocina Street Food Fest
at Rebel SF
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Tuesday, August 21, 2012
at Marina Green (all day)

San Francisco Bay will be home to the 2013 America's Cup Finals and the Louis Vuitton Cup, America's Cup Challenger Series. Additionally, there will be two America's Cup World Series events in San Francisco in 2012...
at Eureka Theatre (see listing for times)

Acts for 2012 include Weirdass (featuring MadTV's Stephnie Weir), a return of Dr. God with Reno 911's Dave Holmes, Messing with a Friend, and shows celebrating a combined 60 years of existence with BATS Improv (25 years), San Jose ComedySportz (25 years), and Un-Scripted Theater Company (10 Years)...
Wednesday, August 22, 2012
at Hemlock Tavern (9pm)

The raucous rabbit's music is a intoxicating concoction of all the rights and wrongs that make up the heart and the soul of real rock n roll. Songs that sound as though they were written at the Brill building by a punk rock mutant back from the future...
Thursday, August 23, 2012
at Asian Art Museum (5pm)

Shamanism is a belief system wherein a person (shaman) acts as an intermediary between humans and spirits. Inspired by Phantoms of Asia, this MATCHA event looks at how the living interact with the spirit world...
at Cobb's Comedy Club (8pm)

Jamie Kennedy, a multi-talented comedian-actor-writer-producer, is a true hyphenate. He may beseen acting in a film one minute and on stage doing stand up the next. Kennedy skyrocketed to fame with a groundbreaking performance and scene-stealing rants in Wes Craven's...
SF Station Offer
Friday, August 24, 2012
at Great American Music Hall (7:30pm)

"Could they be the UKs answer to The White Stripes? Charles And Rebecca Are Slow Club. They hail from Sheffield and are a sort of one man band. Only with two people. He strums guitar and sings and she plays drums and all sorts of weird instruments..."
at Mezzanine (9pm)

By all accounts, the far-flung variables that comprise The Very Best shouldn't coincide - but then again, how many bands can say they met in an East London (Hackney) junk shop? The chance introduction over the purchase of a bicycle in 2008 led production duo Radioclit to invite Esau Mwamwaya into their studio to collaborate...
Saturday, August 25, 2012
at Shoreline Amphitheatre (11am)

Rock the Bells returns with an extended two-day run at Shoreline with Kid Cudi, Nas, Atmosphere and Mac Miller headlining. Common, A$AP Rocky, Ice Cube, Deltron 3030, Method Man and Redman, The Hit Squad, and Kendrick Lamar...
at Potrero del Sol/La Raza Skatepark (noon - 6pm)

Skateboarders Rejoice! It's time again for the annual "Chili Bowl" Cook Off and Skateboard competition. Local skateboarders can compete in the La Paza Skatepark - but that's not all! Afterwards, enjoy some free chili samples and watch the judges select a chili champion!
at Speakeasy Brewery (1pm)

Free entry. $3 Beers. Special releases and fan favorites. Live music. Food trucks. Here at Speakeasy, we're celebrating 15 years of brewing great craft beer in San Francisco, and you're invited!
at Marina Green (5pm)

"Did you miss Dr. Dog at Outside Lands? No worries! The East Coast indie rockers will celebrate the America's Cup World Series with a free concert on Saturday, August 25th, starting after racing at 5pm on the Marina Green."
at Marina Green (5pm)

listed and Public Works coming through with the Pre-Playa warmup fun... Free before 10pm.
at Rickshaw Stop (9:30pm)

Danish/American three-piece Gliss, are late-night, art-pop. They've toured w/ Glasvegas, The Horrors, The Raveonettes, Editors, and more...
at Mist Ultra Club (10pm)

Performing Classics Hits "O.P.P.", "Hip Hop Hooray", "Uptown Anthem" + More! Naughty by Nature is a Grammy Award-winning American hip hop group that at the time of its formation in 1989 consisted of Treach, Vin Rock, and the DJ Kay Gee. The group formed in East Orange, New Jersey...
SF Station Offer
Sunday, August 26, 2012
at Japantown (11am - 6pm)

A pop culture-themed street fair that covers the grounds of Post Street from Webster to Laguna and the Peace Plaza of Japantown, San Francisco.
at Stern Grove (2pm)

Stern Grove Festival is San Francisco's celebration of community, nature, and the arts. Since 1938, The Festival has shared world-class performing arts with hundreds of thousands of visitors in one of the country's most beautiful and unique natural settings...
Monday, August 27, 2012
at Elbo Room (9pm)

"Clipd Beaks have been specializing in decidedly damaged post-punk since 2003, their wares a far cry from the black tie Joy Division reheating that started to fog up the landscape at about that time last decade. Instead, over the course of three tremendous releases..."
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