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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Is it just us or have certain parts of SF become a little quieter? It's been feeling like Sunday afternoon. The week leading up to Labor Day and the long weekend itself is many locals' favorite time because the city seems to empty itself as whole masses of people make their annual pilgrimage to Burning Man. While Black Rock City is filling up with tens of thousands of Burners, those of us left behind can take advantage of all the free parking spots.

If you've ever been beaten by the Kong or have cursed the very existence of the Mario Brothers then you will especially enjoy the must-see documentary The King of Kong, about one man's quest to be the world champion of Donkey Kong, playing at the Lumiere Theater. Then on Wednesday night the Bay Area's best designers will be convening at Pop at 330 Ritch for some stimulating mingling. Speaking of "stimulating"... the Vau de Vire Society will be offering their very own brand of scintillating circus-cabaret at the Red Devil Lounge.

Just when you thought the Apple Store downtown couldn't get more happening - now they're hosting concerts, DJ/producer Kaskade will be throwing down some beats from his latest album on Friday night. And who needs to trek all the way to Nevada for a little outdoor music and art? Oakland will be happening with the Art & Soul Festival featuring acts like The Lovemakers, Ted Leo and the Pharmacists, the Marcus Shelby Quartet and Toychestra among many more! Don't forget that the Summer of Love celebrates its 40th Anniversary in the warm (or most likely foggy) and lush fields of Golden Gate Park on Sunday. It's going to be like 1967 all over again. Lastly, enjoy your Labor Day by taking in the many labors of everyone's favorite scarred wizard, Harry Potter, at the Harry Potter Marathon at the Castro Theater.

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Tuesday, Aug 28, 2007 See All Events
at Black Rock City (all day, all night)
Every year, tens of thousands of participants gather to create Black Rock City in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada, dedicated to self-expression, self-reliance, and art as the center of community. They leave one week later, having left no trace. Read Burning Man's mission statement, 10 Principles, and learn more about this incredible experience...
at Landmarks Lumiere Theater ((4:45pm) 7:15pm, 9:45pm)
In 1982, "Gamer of the Century" Billy Mitchell managed to score 874,300 points on the arcade classic Donkey Kong, a record many thought would never be broken. In 2003, 35-year-old family man Steve Wiebe, after losing his job at Boeing, found solace in Donkey Kong, surpassing Billy's record with a thought-to-be-impossible 1,000,000 points...
at Slim's (7pm)
Remember the boy next door that played records all day, and at night kept you up with songs of his own? He left home one day and was never heard from again. He moved to the big city, living in cheap motels, eating dollar hamburgers, working the boulevard with ex-models, thorazine freaks, transvestites, mothers, fathers, drunks, junkies and punk rockers alike....
Wednesday, Aug 29, 2007 See All Events
at Hemlock Tavern (7pm)
Over the past couple of centuries, the definition of "ballad" has been stretched to include virtually any slow-tempo sentimental song, even on those occasions when it merely means Tommy Lee is coming out from behind his kit to play the piano. But once upon a time the word indicated a more specific, codified form of verse. In the days before widespread literacy, a ballad was a dramatic...
at 330 Ritch (8:20pm)
Here's the chance for you, designers of all kinds, to tell the world about your big ideas! Break out of those pesky specialties, see what cool things are going on right here in town. Who knows you might just stimulate some cross-discipline collaborations & connections & maybe even get inspired in the process...
Thursday, Aug 30, 2007 See All Events
at Diesel (6pm - 9pm)
Showcasing Diesel's New Fall Line. To maintain the "exclusivity" of this party, all of their invited guests are required to make a "reservation". There will be no walk-ups allowed.
at Oxenrose (7pm - 11pm)
Oxenrose is hosting the opening reception for these two photographers, free drinks and good music! You can also catch some of their work in the upcoming "The Best of Vice Photo Annual" and Upper Playground's new book "Backyard Shakedown"
at Red Devil Lounge (8pm)
"Spawned from the depths of San Francisco's thriving Dance and Circus sub-cultures, the Vau de Vire Society, since summer '04, has ravaged and titillated the live entertainment scene causing jaws to drop in awe and admiration around the Bay and beyond. This Avante-Cabaret community consists of classically-trained dancers, some of the nations most acclaimed Acrobats, Aerial Artists, Contortionists and side-show acts...
at The Fillmore (9pm)
If you're Marie Daulne, the Zaire-born visionary behind Zap Mama, one of the most popular World Music ensembles on the planet, you abandon the safety of your Belgian home, and relocate to the land of modern soul, the United States of America. Even better, you land in Philadelphia, in the Soulquarian hothouse of The Roots, and their extended community...
Friday, Aug 31, 2007 See All Events
at Apple Store (6pm)
San Francisco house DJ/producer Kaskade delivers on the party front and drops big room jams in this in-store performance. Playing from his latest mix album, Bring the Night...
at Ruby Skye (9pm)
By the end of the 1990s, Sasha and John Digweed had become two of the most recognized DJs in the world. A widespread interest in a style of up-tempo electronic music laden in synth melodies and pumping beats known as trance (or less frequently as progressive trance) propelled the British DJs to worldwide fame along with peers such as Paul Van Dyk and Paul Oakenfold. As trance began to hit its peak, both DJs began to diversify...
at Poleng Lounge (10pm - 2am)
Rare dancefloor Soul/Jazz & a really raw & heavy Trip/Hip-Hop set brought forth by Brian & Renmin in the "Straight No Chaser Lounge" while DJ Cali, Cecil, and Proof deliver a barrage of Broken Beat, Soulful Jazzy House, Nujazz, Latin Rhythms & everything else under the sun...
Saturday, Sep 1, 2007 See All Events
at Oakland City Hall Plaza (11am - 6pm)
Six concert stages will be packed with an eclectic all-star lineup of 60 national recording artists and hot Bay Area bands to please every musical taste. Bring the entire family. Kids will love the Family Fun Zone with rides, hands-on activities, entertainment and special performances. Plus admission is free for kids 12 and under!...
at A.C.T. (2pm, 8pm)
The hit Broadway revival of Sondheim's musical thriller arrives at A.C.T. for the first stop on its national tour. In this visionary and re-imagined production of Sweeney Todd, the legendary demon barber of Fleet Street still serves up his justice vigilante-style...
at 111 Minna Gallery (7pm)
Featuring fashion designers Jasmin Zorlu, Renee Vargas, Antonio Luna, Svetlana Pedan, Antuan Designs, Patrick Steber, Gypsies & Lords, Plutonium Clothing, Terrance Yu, Gregory Sovik, Alexandria von Bromssen...
at Slim's (9pm)
There's a reason The Subhumans logo is painted on the back of so many leather jackets. They are a great band whose music is ageless. Rage, passion and urgency is catapulted from every thickly accented vocal, every guitar chord, and in everyone of their amazingly well-crafted songs...
Sunday, Sep 2, 2007 See All Events
at Speadway Meadow, Golden Gate Park (10am - 6pm)
Pop artist icon, Peter Max said, "I am so happy to see a concert is being held in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Summer of Love. It's important there is a historical legacy to the message this time period represents. We need to always celebrate the universal values of compassion, peace and love."...
at Mission Rock Cafe (noon - 5am)
Bob Sinclar on the decks, upstairs over-looking the bay. Live sunset set 5pm - 7pm! Voted best DJ & Best international Dance Artist in the World - WMA/NRJ. Also with Ron Reeser, St. John, Marc Devasconcelos, Von Lexx, Max Vangeli, Viktor Solstice...
at Elbo Room (8pm)
A NYC/Brooklyn-based collective dedicated to merging the Jamaican dubwise studio techniques with the sound system tradition that gave birth to rap. Built from modern and vintage technology, live instruments, and a diverse crew of MCs and vocalists, SuBASS stages a unique live performance that combines the flow and diversity of DJ sets...
at Rickshaw Stop (8pm)
As the sole figurehead of the entire musical genre called "Ghetto House", DJ Funk has built a bridge to the electro-indie scene through his recent tours with Ed Banger Records and hit remix of Justice's "Waters of Nazareth". DJing professionally for over 10 years, DJ Funk has produced anthem after anthem of bouncing...
at Duplex (9pm)
Come celebrate the last day of the summer this Labor Day Weekend with a free party filled with good drinks, good music and good people.
at Cat Club (9pm)
San Francisco Promoters Saratonin and Briana Stockton are coming home for visit. However, they are not coming alone. They are bringing with them one of the biggest names in lesbian entertainment, Jackie Warner...
Monday, Sep 3, 2007 See All Events
at Castro Theatre (noon, 2:50pm, 5:50pm, 8:30pm)
All 4 films! Special Tickets will be sold at our box office for this 3-day engagement, allowing customers to return if they can't take the four-film marathon in one sitting!
at Dolores Park (1:30pm - 3:30pm)
A political satire/musical comedy (not silent) about our current national quagmire in Iraq. High comedy about low leadership with slick slapstick and snappy songs, all Free under the sun (bring a sun hat). Come see Dick Cheney dance and sing! ( he knows where you live ).
at The Independent (8pm)
Named in tribute to the legendary Rolling Stones guitarist and his influence in introducing Eastern culture and music into the world of Western rock and roll, the Brian Jonestown Massacre formed in San Francisco, California in 1990. Some 40 different members passed through the group's ranks over the next half of the decade, but throughout their focal point remained singer/guitarist Anton Newcombe...
Features   This Week's Articles See All Articles
Thin Crusts in Glen Park
By Daniel Goldstein (Aug 24, 2007)
These days, every San Francisco neighborhood seems to have a boutique pizzeria. With Gialina, Glen Park has one of the best. Until a couple years ago, getting your teeth around a good Neapolitan-style pizza in the Bay Area required reservations at Zuni, A16, or Chez Panisse Caf (or the patience to wait for a table at Pizzetta 211.) That changed in 2005, when Pizzeria Picco and Pizzeria Delfina opened. Each combined San Francisco's obsession with sourcing perfect ingredients with an artisan's attention to technique. The result: traditional Neapolitan-style pies with local ingredients, and the beginning of a new trend.
At The Independent
By Kristen Burns (Aug 24, 2007)
Born in the Bronx and bred in Virginia, hip hop duo Clipse brings their raucous rhyming style to SF's Independent. Download geeks and hip hop heads alike can recall the early 90s hit "Grindin", where they first made their mark as hip hop's "meanest, smartest hip hop duo", followed by a hugely popular "We Got the Remix" mixed tape project.
The Best Shows for September
By John Zaterka (Aug 24, 2007)
Is there a night more difficult to make it out than a Sunday? By the time it rolls around it feels that just making it through "Entourage"/"Flight of the Concords" is accomplishment enough. Creating that unique balance between the soulful and the experimental Dub Mission has been rockin' steady every Sunday for the past 11 years at the Elbo Room.
SF Station Blows It Up
By Misha Vladimirskiy (Aug 24, 2007)
The Yeah Yeah Yeahs played a very special small venue set in San Francisco's legendary Fillmore last Tuesday night and as always destroyed it. With Karen's amazing stage presence, Nick's guitars licks and Brian's unstoppable drums the trio drove the crowd wild. Being right at the front for the first three songs was a very interesting thing because from the first word out of Miss O's mouth I could feel the entire crowd surge forward. If you didn't make it into the building you missed out a few costume changes and even some new tunes from The Is Is EP out in stores now.
Released on Capitol Records, 7/10/07
By Matt Forsman (Aug 24, 2007)
After two critically acclaimed albums and a grueling touring schedule following the release of Antics, the New York based band Interpol was due for a bit of a break. Fortunately for fans, Interpol was back in the studio in early 2006 knocking out tracks for their latest effort, Our Love To Admire. This album is the first for the band on their new label (Capitol) and includes an abundance of keyboards in many of the arrangements, making it a bit of a departure for the band. However, this infusion of new elements appears to have only improved an already solidly talented band.
Released on Jdub Records, 6/12/07
By Lynne Angel (Aug 24, 2007)
Josh Dolgin grew up in the outskirts of Ottawa, a suburb named Chelsea, as one of the only Jewish kids in a predominantly Protestant area. He took part in typical childlike activities in the face of such an unconscious cultural and religious divide. He joined a Christian gospel group and played piano. He also joined a salsa band, a folk band and, the detrimental-to-any-teenage-musician, a rock and roll band. It was around this period that Dolgin was introduced to hip hop by one of his God-loving gospel band mates.
Released by Zo/Rounder, 07/24/07
By J. Poet (Aug 24, 2007)
On Tainted Love Shivaree puts aside their impressive songwriting in favor of material from an eclectic bunch of writers including Michael Jackson, R. Kelly, Motley Cre's Nikki Sixx, early country music star Spade Cooley, Gray Glitter and blues shouter Lead Belly. They also step away from the gloomy, ambient soundscapes that made their previous albums so moody.
Don't Get Chumpatized
By Matt Forsman (Aug 24, 2007)
In the early 80s there was one videogame that stole the hearts (and quarters) of ardent gamers across the country. Successfully conquering this game required catlike reflexes, impeccable timing, and some obsessive compulsive tendencies rivaled only by "Rainman". The name of the game alone inspires fear: Donkey Kong.
A Global Warming Primer
By Mel Valentin (Aug 24, 2007)
Global warming (or, if you prefer a less alarmist phrase, climate change) is real. The question, at least within the scientific community and among environmental activists isn't whether global warming exists or not, but how long we have before climate change becomes irreversible.
Apocalypse Now
By Rossiter Drake (Aug 24, 2007)
Playing on the post-9/11 fears that have already spawned at least one paranoia-induced phenomenon -- Keifer Sutherland's "24" - Right At Your Door explores a doomsday scenario that is by now familiar: Los Angeles has been struck by the detonation of dirty bombs that leave its citizens covered in toxic ash and dangerously contagious. Lexi (Mary McCormack) is caught in the midst of the chaos; her husband, Brad (Rory Cochrane) is trapped at home, frantically hoping to learn her whereabouts but powerless to do more.
A Must-See Documentary if There Ever Was One
By Mel Valentin (Aug 24, 2007)
When genocide occurs in Africa, the international community does nothing or if it acts, it acts too late. As both Rwanda and now Darfur have proven, Western governments, acting alone or acting through the United Nations, can be slow to condemn the actions of authoritarian regimes (especially where strategic natural resources like oil or gas aren't involved).
A Promising Debut
By Mel Valentin (Aug 24, 2007)
Written, directed by, and starring Julie Delpy, 2 Days in Paris, a romantic comedy/drama set in (where else) Paris, is a surprisingly effective, insightful exploration of romantic relationships, cultural differences, and how the two, when mixed together, can cause serious problems.
A Lackluster End for a Beloved Character
By Mel Valentin (Aug 24, 2007)
British comedian Rowan Atkinson (Johnny English, Black Adder) first essayed one of his most well known characters, Mr. Bean, in 1990 for a limited half-hour television series that ran on British television for five years. Often described as a "child in a man's body," Mr. Bean is the genial, clueless, walking disaster whose addled antics usually leave innocent bystanders worse -- much, much worse -- for wear, but had all-ages laughing at his outrageous behavior.
Beautiful Revolution
By Jialin Luh (Aug 24, 2007)
Babylon: in Jamaica, this term is an all-encompassing euphemism for oppression and those who oppress. Take it from Jamaican native Sean Stewart, proprietor and mastermind behind Babylon Falling, a newish joint in the Tendernob district. With an overarching theme of revolution, this shop houses a unique and winsome combination of books, toys, skate decks, clothing and collectibles that provides one more reason to love San Francisco.
Through a Glass, Very Darkly
By Jesse Nathan (Aug 24, 2007)
New technology always generates new art forms, mediums, and modes of exhibition. The rapid digitization of our globe -- with its accompanying technologies of hyper-communication, intimate surveillance and documentation -- stands as no exception. "Dark Matters" at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts addresses the information-technology drenched society we reside in head-on, uniting a range of artists, each one using a dramatically different medium to reveal the invisible and the shrouded.
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