SF Station presents The Guide: A list of the best events happening this week
Tuesday, September 19 - Monday, September 25
One of the great things about September is the insane number of festivals. It's as if all summer the city has been holding its collective breathe only to unleash all its festival goodness in this one ripe month.

One of the best all around arts festivals in San Francisco has got to be APAture. Showcasing films, literature, music, visual art and more by the Asian Pacific American community, this twelve day fest has something for everyone. After catching up on your art, catch up on your metal at the Guns N' Roses show at The Warfield. Or indulge your literary aspirations at InsideStoryTime at the Rickshaw Stop where this month's theme is magic.

You could also head out to 21 Grand in Oakland to get a taste of some punk rock accordion melodies at the 7th Annual Smythe's Accordion Festival. Extend the good times through the weekend at the always wild and crazy San Francisco LoveFest. However, if blaring electronic music and be-costumed crowds aren't quite your style then head over to Chinatown for the 16th Annual Autumn Moon Festival and Street Fair

Celebrate Sunday with some yummy treats and a good whipping. Get your leather on at one of the city's most bizarre and most fun street fairs: The Folsom Street Fair. On Monday, make your way to Slim's for the Mastodon show, which has been heralded as one of the hottest and most anticipated music shows this year.


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Tuesday, September 19, 2006
at Herbst Theatre (8pm)
Edward P. Jones is the recipient of the PEN/Hemingway Award, a Lannan Foundation Grant, the 2004 National Book Critics Circle's fiction prize and the 2004 Pulitzer Prize for fiction. His first short story was published in Essence in 1976, and his work has appeared in The Paris Review, Ploughshares and Callaloo...
at Landmarks Opera Plaza Theater ((5pm) 9:40pm)
What happens to everyday Americans when corporations go to war? Acclaimed director Robert Greenwald takes you inside the lives of soldiers, truck drivers, widows and children who have been changed forever as a result of profiteering in the reconstruction of Iraq.
at Kearny Street Workshop (6pm - 9pm) Gallery Opening
Over 100 visual artists, writers, filmmakers, musicians, and performers converge in the Mission District for Kearny Street Workshop's 8th annual APAture Festival, showcasing the work of local emerging artists in the Asian Pacific American (APA) community.
Wednesday, September 20, 2006
at SF Weekly's Warfield (8pm)
The band's 1987 major label debut, Appetite for Destruction, earned them worldwide popularity. Their 1991 effort, the simultaneous release of Use Your Illusion I and Use Your Illusion II, and the subsequent world tour solidified their status. Guns N' Roses have sold an estimated 90 million albums worldwide.
at Herbst Theatre (6pm)
A national traveling festival of short films by, for and about women. LUNAFEST runs from October-March, in that time it is shown by more than 100 venues nationwide and is seen by over 20,000 viewers, each ticket sold raises money for Breast Cancer Fund and local nonprofit organizations.
Thursday, September 21, 2006
at City Lights Books (7pm)
South of the Pumphouse skillfully combines classic motifs of epic struggle and intelligent layers of imagery, reminiscent of The Old Man and the Sea, and the raw, tweaked perspective and hallucinogenic tutorial of a Hunter S. Thompson novel. But like Les Claypool's music, the material is still hugely innovative, highly independent, and excruciatingly thought-provoking. South of the Pumphouse is sure to be a cult phenomenon, doing for books what Donnie Darko and the Coen brothers did for film: bringing disquiet back to the forefront of popular writing.
at Bottom of the Hill (9pm)
Norwegian Serena Maneesh present their self-titled, full-length debut "Serena Maneesh" with eleven songs that slide down a razor's edge of distortion and pop whimsy, raucous guitar work and underwater static, angelic voices and primal screams. The strange melodies are strikingly original, yet they strike to the heart of something familiar: a classic rock guitar lick, a wound, a kiss.
at Rickshaw Stop (7pm - 9pm)
"In fact, the world is yours, your soul is free, and at any moment you will begin to feel horny compassion for salamanders, clouds, toasters, oak trees, and even the ocean itself." - Rob Brezsny
at Bambuddha Lounge (9:30pm - 2am)
You'll find great music, good vibes and the liveliest party of the Fall!
Friday, September 22, 2006
at Mighty (9pm - 5am)
Time to Thrust yourselves into an epic weekend with the Lee Coombs SF residency party and a special CD release event for his Land of the Monkey Snake. Special 3 hour set by Lee Coombs...
at Ruby Skye (9pm - 4am)
CD Release Party for "Love Mysterious" featuring Kaskade and Pilot.
at 21 Grand Gallery and Performance Space (8pm)
In addition to punk rock, (Duckmandu) accordionizes classical, klezmer, Broadway show tunes, country, 70's rock, and other styles. He is a founding member, arranger, and vocalist with the Punk Rock Orchestra, which performs full scale orchestral versions of classic punk songs.
at Great American Music Hall (GAMH) (9pm)
Forget the violin. Forget the classical background. As troubadour Andrew Bird puts it, "At this point the violin just happens to be the instrument I have on hand to make the sounds that I hear. I like to abuse it and pull as many sounds out of it as I can." Bird is a masterful and intuitive singer / songwriter, and what he does while performing-alternately plucking and bowing his violin, then immediately sampling the results...
Saturday, September 23, 2006
at Civic Center Plaza (noon - 9pm) Parade starts at noon
We are proud to announce that San Francisco will once again be home to America's largest dance music celebration on Saturday, September 23rd, 2006! The event is being produced by the same core team that threw the Loveparade San Francisco events in 2004 and '05...
at Chinatown Merchants Association (11am - 4pm)
During the Moon Festival, Chinatown's historic Grant Avenue will become a pedestrian-only bazaar with live entertainment between California and Broadway, as will Pacific Street between Stockton and Kearny. Admission is free and visitors are welcomed.
at Geras Tousignant Gallery (5pm - 9pm) artist champagne and chocolate opening reception
The Enlightenment Room is a meditation room--a temple that contains a lamp and a seat under the lamp. The room walls and the seat are constructed of 15,000 handmade and sanctified white porcelain tiles. The lamp is triggered when one sits peacefully under it...
at SomArts Cultural Center (Gallery) (9pm - 6am)
The Love returns to San Francisco! One of our greatest parties of the year is always our Love event after party. This year looks to be no different, with world class talent in every room, 4 sound systems, and lots of extras, the love will stay strong into the night...
at Bill Graham Civic Auditorium (8:30pm - 4am)
3 different themed areas: Area 1 is Trance & Progressive with Paul Oakenfold, Christopher Lawrence, Junkie XL Live PA, Above & Beyond, Andy Moor, & Dyloot ...
at Supperclub (11pm - 4am)
The GrandMaster Flash event at Supperclub in March sold out quickly so please purchase your tickets now to ensure you can be apart of watching this legend rock the crowd at the very intimate Supperclub.
Sunday, September 24, 2006
at Folsom Street (11am - 6pm)
Folsom Street Events will produce the 23rd Annual Folsom Street Fair on Sunday, September 24th. Located on Folsom Street between 7th and 12th, this year's Fair is gearing up to be the biggest and best with lots of exciting new developments...
at Great Meadow at Fort Mason (11am - 6pm)
Two days of out-of-this-world blues. Saturday is "Celebrating The Music of New Orleans" day w/some of the best musicians from that city. Sunday's theme is "Rockin' the Blues" with performers Little Richard & Ruth Brown among many others.
at Bambuddha Lounge (2pm - 2am)
Four of your favorite local promoters team up to bring you the second to last pool party of the season at Bambuddha Lounge! We'll have tropical drinks, Pan Asian treats from the grill, drink specials, face painting by Georgia, manicures sexy people, dance performances and more!
Monday, September 25, 2006
at Slim's (8pm)
Mastodon is an explosive, unbridled force. Possessing an uncanny songwriting sense, fearless innovation, unparalleled technical ability and a bottomless pool of raw talent and creativity, Mastodon is inarguably one of the most exciting new bands to form in the last ten years. The band has shared the stage with everyone from the Dillinger Escape Plan, Morbid Angel, Cannibal Corpse, to Slayer and countless others.
at Independent (9pm)
Upon the discovery that the boys had a secret, archived album that no one had heard just collecting dust, Ryko released GAY, BLACK & MARRIED in October 2005. It was written as homage to 70's dance music, and filled with that TKK disco sound that only Groovie and Buzz could conjure up...
This Week's Articles

Photo Credit: Takaaki Sato
Where Old is New Again
By Paul_Redman (Sep 14, 2006)
To believe in anything requires a leap of faith. At Modern Tea, a new restaurant and tea shop owned by Alice Cravens, a former tea purveyor to Chez Panisse and Zuni Cafe, the belief seems to be that tea can drive a full-service restaurant. To take the leap means overcoming the fact that many of the teas are too fragile to stand up to the food, namely the desserts.
He's Got the Funk
By Matt_Crawford (Sep 14, 2006)
It's been a minute since Del Tha Funky Homosapian's last full-length LP, but the wait will soon be over for the legions of fans that have found his music through various releases on his Hieroglyphics label and other channels, such as the Gorillaz breakout hit "Clint Eastwood".
Ryan of Test Your Reflex
SF Station Blows It Up
By Misha_Vladimirskiy (Sep 14, 2006)
If you like Bowie, Duran Duran and The Faint you're going to like Test Your Reflex. I knew nothing about the band when I stepped into Popscene. I think I was the only one in the front row that didn't know who these kids were but I soon found out. With simple vocals and complex cord progressions they rocked the crowd. Ryan's lead vocals and energy onstage is on par with Dave Gahan; I felt like he was trying to reach out to every fan and every fan was reaching back. Performing songs like "Pieces of the Sun" showed the true energy of this band.
Images courtesy of Universal Pictures
Almost, But Not Quite
By Mel_Valentin (Sep 14, 2006)
Elizabeth Short, one among many aspiring actresses in Hollywood, disappeared on January 9, 1947. Her dismembered body was found in a vacant lot a week later. The press duly emphasized the seedier aspects of Short's brief life and the brutal circumstances surrounding her death, dubbing Short "The Black Dahlia" for her penchant for wearing black and the name of a 1946 film, The Blue Dahlia. Not surprisingly, crime novelist (and Los Angeles native) James Ellroy became obsessed with the "Black Dahlia" case.
No More Surprises
By Anhoni_Patel (Sep 14, 2006)
Anyone that's turned thirty has gone through it. The dreaded Saturn Return. If you don't know what I mean then you obviously haven't had to struggle through it. To those of you currently embroiled in this period of self-doubt, reflection and self-analysis I say: stay strong my brothers and sisters! You will prevail and be a lot happier afterwards. But be wary -- pain and suffering in large doses are ahead. Unfortunately, this milestone is exactly what the protagonist in the much anticipated The Last Kiss is facing.
A Too-Short Documentary on a Vitally Important Subject
By Mel_Valentin (Sep 14, 2006)
As the occupation of Iraq by the United States military continues without a definite endpoint, the obvious, unasked question (at least by the mainstream media) is, "What about the returning soldiers who served in Iraq?" Filmmaker Patricia Foulkrod attempts to answer that and other related questions in The Ground Truth.
The Rock is Back
By Mel_Valentin (Sep 14, 2006)
Former-wrestler-turned-actor Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson is back on screen, this time setting aside action heroics for the wise mentor role, a football coach, in Phil Joanou's (Final Analysis, State of Grace) return to feature-length filmmaking, the "based on a true story" Gridiron Gang.
The Five-Mile Getaway
By Nirmala_Nataraj (Sep 14, 2006)
If you live in the city, you're well aware that every now and then, one's senses need a little bit of R&R from all the urban hullabaloo. Case in point: most spa enthusiasts have probably run into this situation more than once -- you're about to settle down to a well-deserved massage after a long and torturous work week when you are abruptly awakened from your blissed-out state by the sound of construction work or the ambient clamor of people on the sidewalk. Certainly, we can't always head out to Napa or Big Sur when a pamperfest (sans any indication of life outside the treatment room walls) is in order.
Seventeen Stories to Make You Ponder
By lisa_ryers (Sep 14, 2006)
To relate the unfamiliar to the familiar, people equate the known to the unknown: the 'tastes like chicken' argument. Novelist Alix Ohlin has been compared to once-frequent New Yorker fiction writer Lorrie Moore. When I think of Moore, I think of a specific passage where a new college student says: "in the dorm you meet many nice people, some are smarter than you, some are dumber than you. You will continue, unfortunately, to view the world in exactly these terms for the rest of your life. So it is with this in mind that one reads Ohlin, the Harvard graduate, wondering if her protagonists will share the same pompous burden.

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