SF Station presents The Guide: A list of the best events happening this week
Tuesday, August 22 - Monday, August 28

Before you get swept up in all the Burning Man (Aug 28 - Sept 4) craziness, take some time out before hitting The Playa to frolic somewhere closer to home.

Everyone's favorite Scottish author, Irvine Welsh, will be making an appearance at The Booksmith to read from his latest novel The Bedroom Secrets of the Master Chefs. Feel smart, be cool and get your literature on. No one does noir better than the foggy city itself. At Theater Artaud you can get all the shady characters and hard-boiled dialogue you want at NOIRtaud.

Stuck on what costumes to make for your trip to the desert? Then check out SF Fashion Week, which kicks off a week of runway shows and fab parties on Wednesday, for inspiration. And make sure to get to Mezzanine to watch fashion whores Fischerspooner strut their stuff and rock you out with their own brand of electro-disco.

For a breathe of fresh air, hit up Dolores Park for Film Night in the Park where they will be showing one of the funniest movies ever made - Best in Show. Or don your corsets and pirate shirts and head to the Renaissance Festival in Golden Gate Park. Cap off the week with the literati jet set at the 826 Festival where you can decide for yourself which is better: music or words?


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Tuesday, August 22, 2006
at Booksmith (7pm - 9 pm)
Irvine Welsh is the author of Trainspotting, The Acid House, Marabou Stork Nightmares, Ecstasy, and other works of fiction. He lives in Dublin, Ireland. His new play, Bablyon Heights, recently had its world premiere at the Exit Theater in San Francisco...
at Thee Parkside (8pm)
Eva Saelens started Inca Ore on the cement floor of her warehouse space in Oakland, California in April of 2004. Surrounded by wine glasses, pots and pans, borrowed equipment, lingering ghost murmurs and the tepid confidence in her own voice, she recorded Brute Nature Versus Wild Magic...
Wednesday, August 23, 2006
at Bottom of the Hill (9pm)
Their first two singles were as a trio! Yeah, you're sayin' "instrumental." Well not on this album. They are more rock orientated than jazz, though many have said the contrary. The drums are the lead, while the guitars drive the beast. Emphasis on structure and composition...
at Project Artaud Theater (7pm & 9pm)
Plunge into a swirling world of loners and drifters, blackmail, intrigue, bad guys and brainy women in this story from one of the best suspense writers of the twentieth century...
at San Francisco Design Center (SFDC) (7pm - 10:30pm)
San Francisco Fashion Week uniquely unites the city's growing contingent of established and up-and-coming local fashion designers under an official, one-of-a-kind platform that brings fashion to the forefront of San Francisco's distinct culture....
Thursday, August 24, 2006
at 12 Galaxies (Doors: 8pm Event: 9:30pm)
Beatbox wizard RadioActive, psycho-delicrock ensemble JP Cutler Band, Women In Rock founder Bernadette & Friends and Making Dinner perform for a fundraiser for Michael Franti & Spearhead's "Power to the Peaceful Festival." ...
at Magic Theatre (8pm)
Magic Theatre opens its 40th Anniversary Season w/a new work by Magic's signature playwright, Sam Shepard. Amy Glazer directs this unflinching ode to our current administration.
at Fillmore (9pm)
Wolf Parade is from Montreal; they've been together a little over two years now. Montreal, if you hadn't already noticed, is the latest city to be made collectively nauseous with media attention, having been anointed (with articles in The New York Times and SPIN, amongst others) as the "most influential scene in American music."...
Friday, August 25, 2006
at Mezzanine (9pm)
NME called it "the best thing to happen to music since electricity." Their music is an odyssey of classic electro dance beats and modern post-punk disco. This show is sure to bring fashion week to an epic finale!
at Duplex (9pm - 4am)
Spinning the best hip hop, Top 40's, R&B and Club Hits w/ sexy dancing by Liquid Kitty & the Vixens.
at Oakland Arena (7:30pm)
With their new double-disc, the Chili Peppers initially hoped "to make an old-fashioned Meet the Beatles-like record," singer Anthony Kiedis told Rolling Stone last year. "We set out to write thirteen songs, make them good and record them -- to have a small, digestible piece of art where people could go, 'Yeah, that's a nice, rocking jam. It went haywire from there....
at Jazz at Pearl's (8pm & 10pm)
Gates is one of the most extraordinary singers working in jazz today, the owner of a joyful baritone who has synthesized a host of influences - Eddie Jefferson, Jon Hendricks and Sinatra among them - and turned them into something uniquely his own...
Saturday, August 26, 2006
at Dolores Park (8pm) tonights film: Best in Show
Films are presented free of charge on a giant outdoor screen in beautiful park settings. Attendees are encouraged to picnic before screenings and are discouraged from bringing chairs...
at Club Six (9pm - 4am)
After a bit of a hiatus, The Dhamaal crew recently came out of the woodworks to open for Thievery Corporation and their 4000 fans! The Dhamaal crew has been in the studio and touring the land this summer but are ready to rock it at our usual haunt Club Six very soon...
at Poleng Lounge (10pm - 2am)
The legendary Artist, Producer, & DJ - Prince Paul with DJ Cochez, Flavor Group has fought to fuse different styles of music together with live performances to create one killer experience...
at 21 Grand (8pm)
A veritable bonanza of ukelele action, this show features unique sets by some of the premier four string hustlers in the Bay Area!
at Ana Mandera
Donovan reunites w/ Sebastien & Tony Kutulas for another magical session at the breathtaking venue ANA MANDARA... This time, ZEN hosts the Official Release Party for SOMA MAGAZINE'S famous "Design Issue". SOMA Magazine will be inviting all of their fashion-forward A-List Clientele...
at Mezzanine (9pm)
Herbert's latest album, 'Scale', is probably his most pleasingly pop-friendly mellifluous so far. But beneath its deceptively glossy surface sheen of jazz, disco and sensual house rhythms lie quietly anguished meditations on mortality, global suffering and the end of the oil age...
Sunday, August 27, 2006
at Speedway Meadow, Golden Gate Park (10am - 5pm)
Lose yourself in the world of Renaissance Europe. Come and experience the best of live theater and shows aplenty; jousting, singing, dancing, storytelling, comedy acts, feasts, merchants and re-creations of sword fighting, and battles...
at Sleep Train Amphitheatre (7pm)
Def Leppard are considered a classic example of the rock sound of the 1980s. Def Leppard is one of only five rock bands with two original albums selling over 10 million copies each in the U.S. The others are The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, and Van Halen...
Monday, August 28, 2006
at Palace of Fine Arts (TBApm)
826 Valencia and Another Planet Entertainment present Revenge of the Book Eaters, a star-studded night featuring some of today's most recognized names in indie-rock, literature, and comedy...
at Roxie Cinema nightly at 7:15pm & 9pm
The film follows James Carville, Jeremy Rosner and a team of U.S. political consultants as they travel to South America to help American educated, Gonzalo Sanchez de Lozada ("Goni") challenge the indigenous, rabble-rousing leftist, Evo Morales for the presidency of Bolivia. ...
This Week's Articles

Star Chef Seiji "Waka" Wakabayashi Returns
By LaWand_Mathern (Aug 17, 2006)
Talk about a Bay Area foodie's dream come true. Chef Waka is back. About six years ago, SF Station's Food Editor, Tracie Broom, was writing a piece for a now-defunct magazine about Marin restaurants. Sausalito's Ondine was recommended off-hand by a fellow foodie. Expecting a mediocre waterfront dining experience, she and her companion were completely blown away by the chef's creative cuisine and expert hand; it was obvious that this guy was one of the all-time greats.
The Real Deal
By Adam_Pollock (Aug 17, 2006)
As rock and roll matures and the years march by more and more interesting stories develop. It has taken Australiaís Radio Birdman over three decades to unleash Zeno Beach the long-overdue new chapter in the aging aussies' story. With 70s garage punk influences as its bedrock, the writing and performances on Zeno Beach have matured along with the musicians. The results are no proto-punk museum piece, but rather vital new music that is worthy of a place alongside Radio Birdman's early gems.
Carl Barat of Dirty Pretty Things
SF Station Blows It Up
By Misha_Vladimirskiy (Aug 17, 2006)
I am sure youíve now heard of The Libertines long after the band broke apart because their band mate (whose name I will exclude out of this because it is not about him) had certainÖbad habits. This is about Dirty Pretty Things the new project from Carl Barat, Didz Hammond, Gary Powell and Anthony Rossomando and how good and dirty they really are. Slim's filled up slowly on Wednesday night with people walking straight to the front to get a good spot to see the legendary Brits to hit the stage
images courtesy of Yari Film Group
Entertaining Trickery
By Anhoni_Patel (Aug 17, 2006)
As all magicians know there are two kinds of audience members. One who constantly questions every move and whose mind never stops trying to figure out all the tricks. And the other kind who simply sits back and enjoys the show with all the wonder of 5-year old. It's safe to say that filmmaking is a kind of magic show and that filmgoers could also be classified in such a way. In the case of The Illusionist, if you are the former type of filmgoer you will most likely find it predictable and somewhat dull. However, if you are the latter kind, you will find the film quite entertaining.
images courtesy of Universal Pictures
A Smart, Subversive Comedy
By Mel_Valentin (Aug 17, 2006)
Directed by Steve Pink (High Fidelity, Gross Pointe Blank) and written by Adam Cooper and Bill Collage, Accepted is -- surprise, surprise -- a refreshing comedy with consistently strong laughs, a message that's more subversive than offensive and characters for whom it is worth rooting. For adult moviegoers, the absence of scatological humor is a definite plus, although it may not be enough to convince them to see Accepted in a movie theater.
Sinks Under the Weight of its Arty Pretensions
By Mel_Valentin (Aug 17, 2006)
Multi-generational dramas are generally better suited to the novel format or the television mini-series. Case in point, Casa de Areia ("The House of Sand"), a Brazilian import that follows three generations struggling to survive in the unforgiving desert of Northeast Brazil during the early to mid part of the 20th-century, is sadly no different. On the plus side, the film has strong visuals and (mostly) watchable performances by Fernanda Montenegro and Fernanda Torres (who are in actuality mother and daughter).
Little Men
By Stefan_Gruenwedel (Aug 18, 2006)
Two facts about love and relationships have inspired romantic comedies for decades. The first is that love is mysterious. The second is that it takes work to make a relationship last. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to weave these themes into an entertaining night at the movies. Even so, Trust the Man crashes and burns not long after takeoff.
Shopping For The Gift That Gives Twice
By Michelle_Sieling (Aug 18, 2006)
A couple weeks ago, as I walked down Castro Street, my eye was drawn to two skateboards in a shop window, one blue and one green, both with a simple white Hawaiian floral pattern. I stopped and scanned the front window display of a modern home wares and gifts store. I was hooked. Iíve been getting my hair cut at a salon near this store, Under One Roof on Castro Street near 18th Street, for the past year, but somehow I had passed by without ever noticing it before. Iím not sure how that is possible, but itís true. A place like this should not be ignored.
Between the Coyotes and the Crickets
By Clifton_Lemon (Aug 18, 2006)
In "True West", the Chekovís Gun device is not a loaded gun per se, but the two main characters themselves -- theyíre both loaded guns. The whole time, youíre kept guessing which one will shoot first, and which will die first, because from the git-go, you know someoneís gotta die.
Behind a Very Tall Shadow
By lisa_ryers (Aug 18, 2006)
When imagining an ideal sex symbol, Abraham Lincoln does not immediately spring to mind. Yet if we are to embrace the latest novel by Janis Cooke Newman (The Russian Word for Snow), we have to consider that for one woman from Kentucky, this was just the case. Newman creates a character of Mary Todd so emboldened by her sexual urges that she hits on the future sixteenth president until he relents. As their relationship develops, she is the constant aggressor, only thwarted by Lincolnís crippling bouts of depression.

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