SF Station presents The Guide: A list of the best events happening this week
Tuesday, September 26 - Monday, October 2
San Francisco is an extremely creative city. People come here to make art. People come here to dream. They come here for something different. This week try exploring the city's dreamier qualities and see what creative things it has to offer.

Exit reality and explore dreamworld with The Science of Sleep playing at the Embarcadero Cinemas. Transition this dreamy haze into the Kaki King show at the Independent; think Sigur Rós, but different. Then head to the The Big Book of Possibilities Book Exhibition Party to figure out what you would give to the whole wide world.

Continue your creative journey at the DJ Krush show at Mezzanine, where global sounds and downhome beats will be transformed into something else altogether. Keep the party rolling with The Devil-Ettes, who will be strutting their stuff at 12 Galaxies. And whether you were a participant or not of SF's most insane scavenger hunt, check out the goods/results at SF MOMA's Scavenger exhibit.


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Tuesday, September 26, 2006
at Fillmore (8pm)
Think Miles Davis, the later grooves. Think East Village nightclubs packed to see a crowd-pleasing favorite: catchy riffs, sizzling organ solos, free-jazz digressions, soul-satisfying chords. If you're craving the eclectic, jamming scene of New York City, this trip-hop jazz-funk trio, with their juicy, cross-over sound-is for you.
at Landmarks Embarcadero Cinema ((noon, 1pm, 2:30pm, 3:30pm, 5pm) 6pm, 7:30pm 8pm, 10pm)
Stephane Miroux (Gael García Bernal) is an eccentric young man whose dreams constantly invade his waking life. While slumbering, he is the charismatic host of Stephane TV, expounding on "The Science of Sleep" in front of cardboard cameras. In "real life," he has a boring job at a Parisian calendar publisher and pines for Stephanie (Charlotte Gainsbourg), the girl in the apartment across the hall...
Wednesday, September 27, 2006
at Eureka Theatre Company (8pm)
Harold Pinter's off-white comedy The Lover is the story of a seemingly bourgeois husband and wife who engate in erotic games-playing. The Lover manages to be simultaneously amusing, titillating, suspenseful and oddly disquieting. Just as Pinter drew upon Becket to develop his voice as a writer, in Act II of Pinteresque our new writers exploit a master playwright...
at Independent (8pm)
More of an exploration in sound and hypnotic mood, Kaki King's latest cd, "Until We Felt Red" is beautiful in so many meanings of the word -- with her lyrics, music, tempo, style, and sexiness...
Thursday, September 28, 2006
at Temple Nightclub (9pm - 4am)
Kicking off Summer Music Conference with DJs Miguel Migs, Marques Wyatt, Julius Papp, Andy Caldwell, Fred Everything, JT Donaldson, and Lance Desardi.
at 1015 (Ten 15) (2pm - 7pm)
All registered attendees are invited to submit their original music for consideration by the A&R team, provided by INGrooves.  Submissions will be reviewed on a first come first serve basis at the INGrooves A&R Session.  Top producers will be offerend contracts to have INGrooves to distribute their music and to be part of the "SMC Compliation" plus the best track will win the Digidesign Mbox 2!
at Rx (Gallery) (8pm - 2am)
If you could give one thing to every person in the world what would it be? Come see how Bay Area heroes and villains answered this question with just one page in the Big Book of Possibilities. Individual pages of this oversized book will be on display. Mixmaster DJ J-Boogie brings his mix of dub, soul and dancehall. Art and other surprise antics mingle for this one night exhibiton and party.
at Slim's (8pm)
Formed from the ashes of Slowdive, Mojave 3 has been known for their arid, country-tinged folk-rock which is extremely mellow and thoroughly haunting. Their songs are filled with beautifully crafted songs of heartache. But the times are changing! Their newest release, "Puzzles Like You" sees the band moving on - this time in a slightly unexpected direction. Believe it or not, the songs that make up this album are more immediate - poppy, even - than anything the band has written before...
Friday, September 29, 2006
at Slim's (9pm)
"I approached San Francisco's emo rock outfit Birdmonster like I would a Jawbreaker. To my surprise, I discovered that the band embodies the hard-on-the-outside-but-surprisingly-soft-in-the-center aesthetic of this new "candy revolution". On first listen, there's no doubt that these boys rock -- hard...
at Buriel Clay Theater (8pm)
African-American Shakespeare Company brings this old classic with a new twist when the setting takes place in the 70s. Petruchio, a smooth brother that needs to marry a wealthy woman, hears of a beauty that has riches. Sounds simple enough until he meets Katharine or "Kat", a head-strong, smart Black woman who dis' all suitors.
at Mezzanine (9pm)
DJ Krush is Japan's premier mixmaster. His wicked turntable techniques are highly sought after, thanks to his slammin' remixes as well as wild collaborations with DJ shadow. In his native city of Tokyo, Krush has worked with a diverse roster of popular Japanese jazz musicians and produced hip-hop masterpieces for television and film soundtracks. DJ Krush is a prominent figure amongst the global hip-hop community.
Saturday, September 30, 2006
at Northstar Cafe (4pm - 8pm)
The Bar Run has become much more than just a Pub Crawl. Once checked in, participants will have access to cheap food and drink specials and great local bands and DJs. There are also some great local raffle prizes such as spa packages and restaurant gift certificates and a portion of all proceeds go to a local charity.
at DNA Lounge (10pm - 4am)
spinning deep soulful House well into the morning hours. In the upstairs lounge dj ELLEN takes to the decks w/ soul atmosphere, brazilian rock, reggae and smooth grooves. Costume dancers/performance art by Go Go Pro, Special Décor, Visuals by Stephan G.
at 1015 (Ten 15) (9pm - 7am)
Performances by Mike Monday, Andy Caldwell, Hipp-e, Landshark Live!, Taj and more.
at 12 Galaxies (Doors: 8pm, Start: 9pm)
The Devil-Ettes began almost by accident, late last year at Radio Valencia's annual Christmas talent show. "Three or four of us didn't have any talent, and we felt really stupid,'' says Baby Doe. So they came up with an idea -- synchronized dancing. It was a smash. Twelve women, mostly staff members of Radio Valencia and its sister nightspot, Casanova, ended up signing on.
at Elbo Room (Doors: 10pm) with Special Guest DJ Jeremiah...
The sounds that most of us know as Afrobeat are born out of the crowded streets of West African cities like Lagos, Accra and Abidjan. Combining the polyrhythmic percussion of indigenous West African music with Fenders and brass, Afrobeat trundled up from the underground to denounce dictatorship, corruption and oppression while still treating dancers and music fans to a seriously good time.
at The Canvas (noon - 5pm)
Feria Urbana is an urban fair made up of 20-25 local artists and designers selling a range of items at accessible prices. Find the latest chic and unique clothing, jewelry, home accessories, artwork, fashion accessories and much more. It's a shopping experience like no other.
Sunday, October 1, 2006
at Bambuddha Lounge (2pm - late)
SMC is all about SF's exciting DJ culture, slamming music and Indian summer heat! NK7 and Sense Productions bring you a full day and night of solid house music. Starting at 2pm, Brazil, Chicago, NYC and SF collide for poolside fun in the sun including tropical drinks, Pan Asian treats from the grill, face painting by Georgia, manicures, sexy people, dance performances and more!
at Fillmore (8pm)
Sonic Youth was one of the most unlikely success stories of underground American rock in the '80s. Where contemporaries R.E.M. and Hüsker Dü were fairly conventional in terms of song structure and melody, Sonic Youth began their career by abandoning any pretense of traditional rock roll conventions. Borrowing heavily from the free-form noise experimentalism of the Velvet Underground and the Stooges...
at Bottom of the Hill (9pm)
They were highly visible due to their exposure in magazines like Out and The Advocate, where they became icons in the gay and lesbian indie rock community. After touring with the White Stripes and Sleater-Kinney...
Monday, October 2, 2006
at SFMOMA (11am - 5:45pm)
SFMOMA teams up with British artist Joshua Sofaer to create the ultimate art scavenger hunt...The hunt will take place on Saturday, September 30, 2006. Sofaer will use the objects collected in the hunt as the basis for a three-day exhibition at SFMOMA. The exhibition runs Sunday, October 1, 2006 through Tuesday, Octorber 3, 2006.
at ODC Theater (8pm)
ODC Theater resident artists, the sfSound group, are rapidly becoming legends in their own time. They explore the combustible edge of sonic art- the innovative frontier where contemporary improvisation and electro-acoustic sensibilities meet formal composition.
This Week's Articles

Zen Eats
By Amy_Sherman (Sep 21, 2006)
Medicine Eatstation is a study in contrasts. The location is in the midst of the financial district in the Crocker Galleria, yet the restaurant floats tranquilly above the hustle and bustle. The interior is minimalist and stark, yet refined. While based on the food of Japanese Zen Buddhist monks, the "New-Shojin" restaurant features a sophisticated selection of sake. The food is meant to support "enlightenment" and eschews the use of garlic and onion, yet sometimes the flavors are intense and provocative.
Keep quiet. Speak easy.
By genevieve_robertson (Sep 21, 2006)
In true speakeasy fashion, the buzz was moving and rumors were being whispered, but no one knew quite what to expect before Slide's opening last weekend. That is except for the slide -- everyone seemed to know about the unique entrance that is also the namesake for San Francisco's newest addition to the speakeasy trend.
Remixed and Ready to Go
By Chris_Ellis (Sep 21, 2006)
There are many kinds of DJs in the world. Paul van Dyk selling out to crowds of thousands anticipating dance music in its pure form, the ritualistic Chicken Dance DJ at your friends' wedding reception, and then there are the hundreds if not thousands of DJs who simply play music back to back on the radio every day. But there is also a DJ who redefines the meaning of the title by using the turntable as an instrument rather than simply a music player. DJ Krush is this kind of DJ.
SF Station Blows It Up
By Misha_Vladimirskiy (Sep 21, 2006)
The Dutch were in the building last Friday and my Nite Versions began. Soulwax performed live promoting their new album at Mezzanine and what a show it was with booming beats and crazy rhythms that made even me stomp my feet. There is no one that I can compare this live sound to, it gets into your brain and takes over, so step out of the box and see the Nite Versions.
Released on Highpoint Lowlife Records, 10/16/06
By lynne_angel (Sep 21, 2006)
Delay is the new Black. Gone are the days of the three-minute confessional pop song and screeching screamo ballad. Well, as long as Live 105 and MTV2 aren't on. It seems that a new wave of instrumentalist rock and rollers have been emerging with a songwriting style that challenges traditional rock methodology and approach. The songs are long, pensive, and heavy with dark rhythmic surges. Repetition of phrase is key, as is the aforementioned delay, giving a sense of the never-ending, or the ever beginning.
Released on V2 Ada, 9/12/06
By Matt_Forsman (Sep 21, 2006)
Back in days of yore, before the Mooney Suzuki wrote and performed the title track in School of Rock, before People Get Ready and Electric Sweat received rave reviews, The Mooney Suzuki were just a 24 hour, 7 day a week, hard working garage band. For those feeling a bit nostalgic about those long ago days in the late 90s, The Maximum Black EP has arrived.
images courtesy of Columbia Pictures
A Poor Man's Political Parable
By Rossiter_Drake (Sep 21, 2006)
Franklin D. Roosevelt famously described onetime Louisiana governor Huey Long, an outspoken champion of radical populist politics, as "one of the most dangerous men in America." If Willie Stark, Long's fictional alter ego, is any indication, FDR might have been right. Stark is an unrepentant bully who doesn't just muscle his way past the opposition; he blows them out of the water. Whether he is a working-class hero or a power-hungry demagogue is subject to debate.
One of the Most Original, and Yes, Frustrating Films of the Year
By Mel_Valentin (Sep 21, 2006)
Written and directed by Michel Gondry (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Human Nature), The Science of Sleep ("Science des rêves, La") is a whimsical, loosely structured romantic fantasy. Gondry mixes pop art, collage, kitsch, animation, and absurdist humor with nods to the French New Wave, French filmmaker Jean-Pierre Jeunet (Amelie) and Charlie Kaufman (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Adaptation, Being John Malkovich). It doesn't always work, but when it does, The Science of Sleep turns out be one of the most original films since, well since its predecessor.
Paradise Lost
By Anhoni_Patel (Sep 21, 2006)
Directed by Frank E. Flowers, Haven, is one of those indelible films that you just can't get out of your head. It's a quiet, unassuming yet powerful film that creeps up on you unknowingly. With the exception of the bit of press it has been receiving because one of its cast members also happens to be a young heartthrob, the movie has none of the standard elements that make Hollywood shine its spotlight upon it. No big budget. No big stars. No big catch. Just good storytelling. So good, Haven might just be one of the biggest sleeper hits of the year.
Legendary Li Makes Graceful Exit
By Rossiter_Drake (Sep 21, 2006)
If Fearless is indeed Jet Li's final martial-arts movie, as he has recently claimed, then it is a fitting swan song to a storied career. Sure, its approach is familiar: a young, immature hothead dreams of becoming a fighting champion, ignoring his father's constant reminders that violence is best avoided. He becomes a champion, surrounds himself with sycophantic cronies and parades about the city, always looking for his next fight. Soon enough, he gets his comeuppance, loses everything and retreats to the countryside in disgrace -- only to experience a spiritual rebirth and learn, too late, his father's lesson.
A Guilty Pleasure if There Ever Was One
By Mel_Valentin (Sep 21, 2006)
Before the United States entered World War I on the side of the French, the British and the Italian, a handful of Americans volunteered to become fighter pilots under the French. Their squadron was dubbed the "Lafayette Escadrille." The trailers claim that Flyboys was "inspired by a true story". "Inspired by" is one step below "based on" and one step above "completely made up". In other words, if you go into Flyboys, expecting a history lesson, you'll be sorely disappointed.
Gama-Go's popular TigerLily vinyl figurine
Toys that Aren't Just for Kids
By Jialin_Luh (Sep 21, 2006)
For most locals, North Beach is probably not the first neighborhood to come to mind for shopping; it means braving the tourists and sidling past the strip joints. But there are a few gems that could motivate the savvy shopper to venture that way, and Double Punch is definitely one of them.
Photo Credit: Kevin Berne
Who's Your Dada?
By Clifton_Lemon (Sep 21, 2006)
The first ten minutes of "Travesties", written by Tom Stoppard, is particularly disorienting, but in a way that turns out to make sense later (if that makes any sense). The main character, Henry Carr, an elderly, loquacious, senile English gentleman, rolls around on a stark stage in an antique wheelchair, dressed in a fez-like hat and richly embroidered robe, rambling on about his reminiscences of living in Zurich in 1917.

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