SF Station presents The Guide: A list of the best events happening this week
Tuesday, September 5 - Monday, September 11

Ah, finally September. The summer's passed by in a blur and now that we've all settled in from our vacations and adventures, we can get back to business.

After a refreshing three day weekend, nestle into the week with local darlings Deerhoof at the Great American Music Hall. Then usher in the fall arts season by getting dressed to impress for the opening night of the San Francisco Symphony. And the next day be sure not to miss one of the city's best monthly happenings - the Asian Art Museum's Matcha. Friday kicks off the SF Fringe Festival, twelve days of groundbreaking and unconventional theater; with dozens of performances you can be sure to find something incredible.

When the weekend arrives, get out of the house and make your way to the Speedway Meadow for the 8th Annual Power to the Peaceful Festival for a healthy dose of music and politics. Or for a dose of something altogether different, head to Ghirardelli Square for the Chocolate Festival. One word: yum. On Sunday, define your new fall wardrobe or start on your holiday shopping at Vestiti Roupa held at the Canvas Café and Gallery. Then expand your global perspective at the Global Lens 2006 film fest held at the San Francisco Art Institute.


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Tuesday, September 5, 2006
at Great American Music Hall (9pm)
By turns cuddly and chaotic, San Francisco's Deerhoof mixes noise, sugary melodies, and an experimental spirit into sweetly challenging and utterly distinctive music.
at Pacific Film Archive (PFA) (7:30pm Haunted Cameras: Recent Avant-Garde Films)
Marey and Muybridge go film noir, Laurence Olivier meets Georges Méliès, and Korea meets New York meets Las Vegas in this convergence of recent works by Nancy Andrews, Olivo Barbieri, Jim Jennings, Stacey Steers, Fred Worden, and Soon-Mi Yoo.
Wednesday, September 6, 2006
at Hemlock Tavern (9:30pm)
The band reaches into the hazardous depths of no wave pop and brings back tunes that sound pure and refreshing in these days of unimaginative singer/songwriter rumination. "I don't want to be analytical," the singer confidently asserts. "When Jewel is wallowing in her sorrow... I try to avoid that. Whenever I write a song, I ask myself, 'Is this making me feel glorious and righteous and like the world is mine?'
at Club Six (7pm - 2am)
Soft Serve was created as a traveling group show that features all sides of the art world, including but not limited to, painting, music, video, screen printing, drawing, wheat pasting, clothing, photography & more, with musical guests from Dim Mak and Hydrahead Records supplying the soundtrack for this one-of-a-kind tour.
at Davies Symphony Hall (8:30pm)
performing Glinka Ruslan and Ludmila Overture, Stravinsky Violin Concerto, Dvorak Symphony No. 8
Thursday, September 7, 2006
at Asian Art Museum (6pm - 7pm: local DJs and musicians; 7pm: performance by featured artists from Intersection for the Arts
Named after the Japanese powdered green tea renowned for its robust flavors and blends, MATCHA serves up cutting-edge performances by some of the hottest Bay Area performing artists. Strong and bold, or smooth and subtle, each evening has its own special blend to wake you up!
at Great American Music Hall (9pm)
It's not often you come across an artist you can genuinely refer to as a 'cult legend', but Vashti Bunyan is truly that. A full 35 years on from her only previous album, the singer returns with her first new solo work, a breathtakingly beautiful album.
Friday, September 8, 2006
at Roxie Cinema (6pm) Opening Night Reception
The mission of the Arab Film Festival is to enhance public understanding of Arab culture and to provide alternative representations of Arabs that contradict the stereotypical images frequently encountered in the American media.
at Exit on Taylor (7pm; 8:30pm, 10pm) The Yellow Fever Express
The unjuried format of the Fringe Festival allows the artists to have total creative freedom when producing their work and provides for a unique theatre going experience. As a result of this boundary-free approach to creating theatre, the Fringe has become a popular development tool; encouraging artists to take risks, explore ideas, pose questions and tell their stories in new and exciting ways.
at 1015 (Ten 15) (10pm - 4am)
This is the one that started it all.. The Afterburn Special Edition of Get Freaky, where we break it down and take it to the limit. We have an intense lineup to suit all your musical needs...starting with Om Records in the Sutra Hip-Hop Lounge. The new Cirque Lounge will feature the best in future foward dubstep, UK Hip-Hop, Glitch Hop, etc..
Saturday, September 9, 2006
at Ghirardelli Square (12pm - 5pm)
This year the festival gets sweeter as the fun swirls onto Beach Street in addition to the courtyards of Ghirardelli Square. Indulge in chocolate delicacies, sip Ghirardelli Squaretinis at The Chocolate Bar, or get nutty enjoying chocolate inspired family activities.
at Speedway Meadow, Golden Gate Park (11am - 5pm)
The Festival began humbly in 1999 as an international day of art and culture in support of political prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal. The name and date "911" were chosen to call attention to the emergency status of Mumia's impending execution and drew roughly 6,000 people to the Mission's Dolores Park.
at Fillmore (9pm)
Each year, The Black Keys achieve more and more critical acclaim and recognition. Their debut album received great praise from Rolling Stone magazine; and they have obtained great fame and popularity that is rare for an indie band.
at Union Square (8pm) Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds
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.
Sunday, September 10, 2006
at Kelly's Mission Rock (noon - 10pm)
Please join us Sunday, September 10th as 2nd Sunday returns to Kelly's Mission Rock! Featuring An all day music marathon with visual ambiance and patio cafe serving into the night. Mission Rock is located along San Francisco's waterfront in China Basin just south of SBC Park.
at Pacific Film Archive (PFA) (3pm Charley Bowers: Dream Machines; 5pm Edward Scissorhands)
As our culture-cinematic and otherwise-moves ever deeper into digital dependency, we would do well to look back at the period that preceded the digital era: the mechanical age, which also happens to be the age of the movies. From its very beginnings, cinema has been obsessed with the machine. For the avant-garde filmmakers of the 1920s, mechanical motion and speed were objects of formal fascination, paralleling movements in painting and photography of the period...
at CANVAS Cafe and Gallery (11am - 4pm)
We've brought together the Bay Area's most innovative clothing, jewelry, handbag, and accessory designers in a pleasant café ambiance. Admission is free, come join us to have a drink and shop.
at Great American Music Hall(Doors: 8pm, Start 9pm)
An unimaginable adventure awaits you. All your favorite characters and sounds miniaturized - ALIVE and PORTABLE in this new fancy digital soundscape. The TIME is NOW! 14 tracks of sonic family fun!
Monday, September 11, 2006
at Herbst Theatre (8pm)
Synonymous with musical innovation, the Kronos Quartet is known for its unique artistic vision and fearless dedication to experimentation. For 30 years, Kronos has assembled a body of work unparalleled in its range and scope of expression, and, in the process, has captured the attention of audiences worldwide.
at San Francisco Art Institute (7:30pm) Thirst (Atash)
All screenings are free and open to the public...Now in its fourth year, Global Lens offers international feature-length films organized by The Global Film Initiative, a non-profit organization founded to promote cross-cultural understanding through cinema. Recognizing that great storytelling can influence human affairs as well as foster trust and respect between disparate cultures, The Global Film Initiative has developed programs to promote the production of narrative films in the developing world, as well as debut these films in the US.
This Week's Articles

"The Buckle of the Prune Belt" Gets Some New Polish
By Daniel_Goldstein (Sep 01, 2006)
Healdsburg's lavish newcomer was named after local pioneer Cyrus Anderson. To the land of rustic seasonal cooking, Cyrus brings saucy French technique and worldly ingredients. It is unquestionably one of the best, and most luxurious, restaurants in California.
Nothing Fictitious About This Talented Duo
By Matt_Forsman (Sep 01, 2006)
After banging out some quality shows in Southern California, Leopold and His Fiction head north to Nevada for a show in Boulder City and Sin City (read: Las Vegas, for the uninitiated), Nevada before returning to San Francisco for a one night stand at the Makeout Room on Friday, September 8th.
Nick Urata of Devotchka
SF Station Blows It Up
By Misha_Vladimirskiy (Sep 01, 2006)
If you haven't herd of Devotchka I am not surprised although they are one amazing band. Hailing from Denver, Colorado, this quartet can be classified as indie rock, European folk and something that's their own special style. The obviously obsessed fans were staring nonstop and moving to every note of Nick Urata's Theremin. Devotchkas horns, guitars, drums and other instruments combine to simply make sweet, sweet music.
Shaky Storytelling Undermines an Otherwise Compelling Premise
By Mel_Valentin (Sep 01, 2006)
Directed and co-written by Laurent Cantet (Time Out, Human Resources), Heading South ("Vers le sud") explores the personal lives of several middle-aged white women on holiday in Haiti during the late 70s and the impact their actions have on those around them. The women aren't in Haiti for just sun and fun. They're in Haiti to exorcise the power their relative wealth has over the local men.
There's a Monster in the House
By Mel_Valentin (Sep 01, 2006)
Directed by Jamie Babbit (But I'm a Cheerleader), The Quiet is the latest entry in a in the suburban/teen angst genre. The movie covers the same territory that American Beauty mined for commercial and critical success in 1999. But after its critique of suburban conformity and hypocrisy, is there anything left to say on the subject?
Photo Credit: Jeremy Crown
Big Fun for Vegans and Not-Vegans
By Jialin_Luh (Sep 01, 2006)
You don't have to be vegan to appreciate the wares offered by Little Otsu, a cheery shop on Valencia that specializes in sweatshop-free, vegan products, though you may leave with a welcome conscious scrutiny of your lifestyle and buying habits. With the plethora of cute, affordable ethically produced goods at hand, it's easy to question why we bother with goods that are made any other way.

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