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Tue Sep 22 - Mon Sep 28
NightLife the Academy
Today is the first day of Fall. Elsewhere in the country, this would mean the air is crisper, the leaves are turning gold, and people are donning their sweaters. But not in the Bay Area. This is Leather Week and nothing encapsulates the last full week of September like sweaty leather lovers having their way with one another. In homage, get out your chaps or corsets and get a little kinky this week. But if that's not your scene, you still have plenty of options. "Always on my Mind" has got to be one of the best songs of all time. Do you disagree? Decide for yourself when the Pet Shop Boys play The Warfield. Insanely popular, the Barback Olympics returns for another night of bar-related competition that only a drinker could love. Also on Wednesday, Vessel along with Trakademics hosts the MP3 Battle, where teams from all over the city will compete to see who has the best musical taste. On Thursday, you scream, I scream and we all scream for ice cream at the World's Largest Ice Cream Social at all Bay Area Cold Stone Creameries; make a donation to the Make-A-Wish Foundation and get a treat! On Saturday wake up bright and early for the Paddleboard Championships at Aquatic Park where top competitors from around the world will brave our shark-infested frigid waters. Another water race not to be missed is the SF International Dragon Boat Festival at Treasure Island. On Sunday, leather daddies and dominatrix's take over SoMa for California's third largest spectator event, the Folsom Street Fair. Get ready to be spanked - it's going to be a great week!
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Speed Racer

The Fetching Veggie Etchings


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Cirque Du Freak: The Vampires Assitant
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Ben Harper
at The Fox Theater

Pink with the Ting Tings
at HP Pavilion
The Fast Life
at Otis Lounge

at Famina Potens Gallery
SF Family Day Kite Festival
at Marina Green

Disco Vs. Dubstep
at Poleng Lounge
NightLife at the Academy
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
at War Memorial Opera House (6:30pm)

You've worked hard all day at the office. You've taken care of the kids, the pet, and anyone else who needs your attention. How about setting aside some "me" time to be entertained? Join us on September 22, 2009 for San Francisco Opera's first ever Ladies Night at the Opera...
at The Warfield (9pm)

Pet Shop Boys, are an English electronic dance music duo, consisting of Neil Tennant, who provides main vocals, keyboards and occasionally guitar and Chris Lowe on boards and occasionally on vocals. Pet Shop Boys have sold more than 50 million records worldwide. Since 1986, they have had 39 Top 30 singles and 22 Top 10 hits in the UK...
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
at Ruby Skye (7pm)

Gladiators will compete for prizes through a series of rigorous bar related activities that promise to delight the crowd of cheering enthusiasts. Last year's inagural event at 111 Minna was a smashing success reaching capacity crowds; this year the event is stepping up to a bigger arena at Ruby Skye which will accommodate the crowd of over 1000. Top notch DJs combined with...
at Galerķa de la Raza (8pm)

Some of the Bay Area's best comedians are coming together for a monthly series of stand up comedy shows at the historic Galerķa de la Raza. Half of all proceeds will go to the Galerķa to support their arts and performance programming to foster public awareness through Latino/Chicano art...
at Vessel (10pm)

Vessel is proud to present, our very first annual BPM Magazine MP3 Battle, hosted by Fool's Gold's own very talented rapper + producer Trackademicks. We are welcoming teams from various San Francisco crews representing production companies, restaurants, retail stores, record labels, party promoters, djs, and more, to participate in this event.
Thursday, September 24, 2009
at all Bay Area Cold Stone Creamery (5pm - 8pm)

A nationwide fundraising event to benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation. This year's celebration includes a three-ounce Creation developed by five-year-old wish child and Junior Tastemaster Jack. He combined sweet cream ice cream with brownies, sprinkles and fudge to create his special treat...
at The Booksmith (7:30pm)

Douglas has assembled these aphorisms to champion the wit and wisdom that is shared among Twitter users. Funny, astute, and perfectly economical, these 140-character pieces of perspective reveal how Twitter users can be philosophical, hilarious, and literary in a way that appeals to our contemporary (short) attention span. With submissions ranging from quotidian vignettes...
at Regency Ballroom (8pm)

Welcome to Funplex, the first record of the 21st century from the B-52s. "It's loud, sexy rock and roll, with the beat pumped up to hot pink," says guitarist Keith Strickland. Eleven fresh new songs, crafted by the groundbreaking band that put Athens, GA on the musical map in the late '70s, and conquered the world with its savvy hooks, unconventional approach to music-making and original style...
NightLife at the Academy
Friday, September 25, 2009
at Fort Mason Center (10am - 8pm)

The five-day extravaganza is a logistical feat that involves over 300,000 books in over 50 categories, 350 volunteers, 8,000 boxes and 300 tables. All proceeds from the Big Book Sale are given to the San Francisco Public Library to fund education programs that promote literacy for children, teens and adults...
at Mighty (10pm)

His NYC party Trouble and Bass is defining a new sound in NYC which puts a new f in the word fun. He's also somehow found the time to complete remixes for Moby, Blaqstarr, Rex the Dog among others, as well as writing songs with Diplo and Herve in between poses for many prominant music magazines and loads of new releases.
at 330 Ritch (10pm)

Berkeley born and raised hip-hop quartet The Pack, comprised of Young L, Stunnaman, Uno and Lil B, are performing for a very special installment of Upgrade, supporting their highly anticipated sophomore album set to release later this year. The East Bay rappers, most famously known for their sneaker praising cult classic single...
Saturday, September 26, 2009
at Aquatic Park (7:30am)

Hennessey's Taverns of California will host the Hennessey's International Championships in the beautiful and cosmopolitan city of San Francisco! Come check out this new venue as we race a nine-mile course from Aquatic Park, around Angel and Alcatraz Islands, and back. A shorter, six-mile course will...
at Mint Plaza (11am - 7pm)

70 Bay Area Fashion Designers. Art plus Live Painting. Live music by: Lilofee, Hot Challenge, Leopold and his Fiction, The Ferocious Few, Pollux plus more. Food by: Chez Papa Resto, 54 Mint, Let's Be Frank Dogs, Artisanal Paletas Paraiso plus Mission Minis...
at Fox Theater (8pm)

Known as "The Golden Girl", Paulina achieved international stardom with her fifth studio album, Paulina (2000), and has sold over 20 million albums worldwide. The daughter of Mexican actress Susana Dosamantes, Rubio was born in Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico. Her music is popular in Latin America, Spain, and the United States...
at Anu (9pm)

Disco to Disco returns with another night of nu disco, french house and the old school classics...
at Suede (10pm)

Make wishes come true on September 26th for a fun night out in San Francisco filled with drinks, dancing and socializing with young professionals who like to party for a better future. Your ticket and donations for Imagine, a benefit event, will support the Greater Bay Area Make-A-Wish Foundation and fulfill wishes for children with life threatening diseases.
at Bottom of the Hill (10pm)

"New Orleans, LA experimental electronic duo Telefon Tel Aviv -- high school friends Joshua Eustis and Charles Cooper -- formed in 1999. After a four-song demo made its way to John Hughes III's Hefty label, the duo issued their debut album, Fahrenheit Fair Enough, in September 2001. This was just less than two weeks after the limited Midwest opening of New Port South..."
at The Independent (10pm)

Undoubtedly one of the most original and awe-inspiring live acts in the world, !!! (pronounced 'Chk Chk Chk' or any three repetitive sounds) have finally delivered the album they have always promised. Post-punk bass patterns, spaghetti western guitars, African polyrhythms, spaced out disco and vintage...
Sunday, September 27, 2009
at Treasure Island (see listing for times)

The largest festival of it's kind in the US. Over 120 teams from here and abroad is competing in the 2009 Festival, so bring your whole family to what will be an exciting weekend! Besides dragon boat racing, there is plenty happening off the water with tasty food, Asian cultural performances and especially for the kids...
at Folsom Street (11am - 6pm)

It's no secret that San Francisco likes to wear its fetishes on its sleeve (and on its streets) but the Folsom Street Fair is an especially wild affair and the culminating day of SF's Leather Pride Week. As San Francisco's annual BDSM and leather subculture event, the fair is California's third largest spectator event and the most prominent leather fair in the world.
at California Academy of Sciences (see listing for times)

Festivities will include appearances by animal ambassadors such as big cats and birds of prey, science demonstrations, performances by renowned dance troupes, and celebratory African drumming, as well as the premier of a new planetarium show, Journey to the Stars. A stage in the Academy's west garden will host headliner events...
over Golden Gate Bridge (1:30pm)

The plan is to hang out with new people doing something we all love, biking and wearing mustaches. You get extra points of you grow your mustache. If you can't grow one, one will be provided for you.
Monday, September 28, 2009
at The Independent (8pm)

"Kyp Malone's much anticipated solo project Rain Machine is set to be released September 22 on Anti-records. The provocative album art, created by Malone himself, is an appropriate indicator of the unique and defiantly personal music within. Rain Machine features ten unflinchingly original and emotional songs..."
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