SF Station presents The Guide: A list of the best events happening this week
Tuesday, October 31 - Monday, November 6
While the week starts off with a bang it does not descend into a whimper. When a week kicks off with a huge celebration, it's easy to sneak back into our flats or houses for a little rest. But there are just too many cool things going on this whole week to pass anything up.

First stop: Halloween in the Castro. Getting bigger and bigger each year, this is the place to see and be seen. Just make sure you wear a costume! Two days later make sure you get to the Annual Festival of Altars in the Mission starting at 24th and Bryant where you can honor the Day of the Dead with flare.

Then take a breather from all the revelry to attend the American Indian Film Festival at the Lumiere Theater to catch a myriad of docs, shorts and feature films. On Saturday AT&T Park will get taken over by over 200 tons of snow and the best skiers and snowboarders in the world. Icer Air 2006 is an all day event featuring both music, mayhem and athletic prowess.

The next day Killing My Lobster will be facing the music at ODC Theater where the comedy troupe will be adding singing to their repertoire. Speaking of singing, Aussie songstress Sia will be inaugurating the week by performing at The Fillmore with the The Bird and The Bee. Taste Tv Promo


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A comprehensive list of events for Halloween
One of San Francisco's favorite holidays is fast approaching, and SF Station has you covered!
This is your chance to dress up and party all Halloween Night!
Tuesday, October 30, 2006
at Castro District (7pm - 11pm)
The Facts About This Year's Event: Earlier. Safer. Saner. This is a year of transition for Halloween in the Castro. For this reason, we encourage individuals from outside San Francisco to make plans to attend clubs or entertainment venues in their areas...
at Fillmore (8pm)
Conjuring a fiendish witches' brew of primal rockabilly, grease-stained '60s garage rock, vintage monster movies, perverse and glistening sex, and the detritus and effluvia of 50 years of American pop culture, the Cramps are a truly American creation...
at Mas Sake (8pm - 12pm)
Exotic people, Exotic food, Exotic drinks....It's a Mas Sake Halloween Extravaganza! Serving Two for One Sake Bombs and Prizes for the Best Dressed Woman of San Francisco! ...
at Element Lounge (9pm)
While primarily a Motown band, there is no limit to what Harry & the Hit Men might try the night you catch them. Rooted in the spirit of psychedelic jamming, their music brings to life such classic songs as; Bernadette, Get Ready, Heatwave, Heard It Through the Grapevine and Nowhere to Run...
at Impala (5:30pm - 2am)
Join the pirates at Impala! Free admission for all pirate costumes, $2 tacos and $2 coronas. Featuring: DJ Zhaldee, DJ Dtek and Chris Clouse Live! ....
Wednesday, November 1, 2006
at Mezzanine (9pm)
Jesse Keeler of Death From Above 1979 and producer Al Puodziukas are thrashing electro titans, MSTRKFRT. Justice, the darlings of Paris, are about to release their second EP, featuring the ground breaking song "Let There Be Light"...
at Landmarks Lumiere Theater ((2:30 5:15) 8:15)
Jeliza-Rose (Jodelle Ferland) is a young child with two junkie parents. When her mother dies, she embarks on a strange journey with her father (Jeff Bridges), a rock 'n' roll musician well past his prime. Jeliza-Rose escapes the vast loneliness of her new home into a fantasy world where fireflies have names, bog-men awaken at dusk and squirrels talk...
Thursday, November 2, 2006
at Commonwealth Club of California (noon)
Chopra confronts the great mystery of mysteries: What happens after we die? A global leader in healing based on the union of mind and body, Chopra shares his belief that life and death are not separate, but instead coexist...
at Booksmith (7pm)
In 1970, artist Ralph Steadman came to America in search of work - and found more than he bargained for. He met writer Hunter S. Thompson, and their working relationship resulted in gonzo journalism. Steadman's "The Joke's Over" tells of a remarkable collaboration that documented the turbulent 70s, and details a friendship filled with both betrayal and under standing...
at Parade Route: 24th & Bryant to Garfield Park (7pm)
Five local artists have been commissioned to build large community altars for the public display in Garfield Park. This year's theme is "Connecting to Death in all Places". Please bring ofrendas or offerings to place on our community altars: candles, photographs, bread, other foods, flowers, toys and other symbolic offerings for people that have passed away...
at Icon Ultra Lounge (10pm - 2am)
Featuring 70's/ 80's Pop and Soul, 80's/90's Old School Hip Hop and R & B ...
Friday, November 3, 2006
at Landmarks Lumiere Theater (7:30pm) Opening Night
As the nation's most dominant outlet for Native American films, the American Indian Film Festival will feature ground-breaking films and documentaries of USA American Indian and Canada First Nation communities. Over seventy new films, documentaries to short and long form narratives will be screened...
at The Knockout (9pm)
It's a ukulele slugfest uniting knockouts from the four-corners of the "jumping flea" world. Some charmers write original songs inspired by a love of rock and roll and indie-pop. Other challengers are inspired by Tom Waits and The Tigerlillies' brand of dark humor mixed with jazz and blues. And then there are those contentious ukie-weights motivated by Sixties folk singers or Twenties tin-pan alley artists...
at Concourse Exhibition Center (10pm - 7pm)
This year presents a revamped and exciting fair that includes fine art, jewelry, local artists and crafters, gourmet food, music, and live entertainment. The festival draws about 30,000 visitors each year, just in time for some early holiday shopping...
Saturday, November 4, 2006
at various locations (times vary, see schedule)
The International Latino Film Festival unveiled plans for celebrating 10 years of Latino films, pride and talent with commemorative events, series and special programs throughout the sixteen day festival. This year, the ILFF is proud to screen a total of 84 films at seventeen venues from November 3 to 19...
at SBC Park (now known as AT&T Park) (10am - 8pm)
A unique and outrageous urban event that will break boundaries by bringing the snow from the slopes to San Francisco, merging urban and athletic communities with an exciting event. On November 4th, 20 of the most accomplished world class skiers and snowboarders, including Olympic medalists and X-Games champions will descend a 100 foot high ramp, covered with over 200 tons of snow! ...
at Zellerbach Hall (2pm & 8pm)
Experience one of the crown jewels of Russia's rich heritage. By special arrangement with the Russian Ministry of Culture, the famed Moscow Circus comes to Cal Performances' Zellerbach Hall. Thrill to centuries-old Russian feats and folklore performed by 20 of the greatest Moscow Circus performers, including acrobats, equilibrists (hand balancers), contortionists, human puppets and clowns, plus Russian singers, dancers and music...
at Fillmore (9pm)
Joan Jett is a true American original. While still in her early teens, Joan, often called "the girl Elvis", founded the seminal all-girl rock group, The Runaways, whose hits such as "Cherry Bomb" made them an international sensation. She became the first woman in rock to own her own record label, Blackheart Records. There, her next group, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, became a staple in the Top 10 charts and claims the #28 song of all time, "I Love Rock n' Roll"...
Sunday, November 5, 2006
at ODC Theater (8pm)
KML returns this fall with a fresh and feisty musical! Musical? Yes, you read that right. November 2 through 18 at San Francisco's ODC Theater, KML proudly presents our first ever sketch comedy musical: KML Faces the Music...
at Palace of Fine Arts (7pm)
All SFJAZZ programs reflect a spirit of artistic exploration, embracing the full breadth of jazz and its related musics; emphasize thematic programming, with tributes to jazz masters and celebrations of particular musical instruments, trends or styles; and strive to instill enthusiasm for jazz among wider audiences...
at Oakland Arena (7pm)
This time around, playing primarily stadiums with a select number of arenas, they will also travel to many new markets to give fans an opportunity to experience the band at their best. The stadium shows will bring back the awe-inspiring production and grand scale excitement with the intimacy of the famed b-stage that brings the band up close to the fans...
Monday, November 6, 2006
at Commonwealth Club of California (noon)
From The Last Picture Show and Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore to Requiem for a Dream, Burstyn creates legendary characters on the silver screen. In a compelling and searingly honest self-examination, Burstyn strips away the fictions of film and tells a straight story. A Tony, Golden Globe and Academy Award winner, Burstyn is one of the greatest actresses of our time. She will share the lessons she's learned...
at Fillmore (8pm)
Boasting a powerful, soulful voice, she worked the Adelaide jazz circuit during the '90s as a vocalist for the band Crisp. However, the blonde, blue-eyed antipodean's big break came only after she followed in the footsteps of many other Aussie artists and hopped on a plane to the U.K. While in London, Sia landed a gig as a backup singer for the very popular and extremely hip English outfit Jamiroquai. In early 2000, she released her first solo single, the alternative pop tune "Taken for Granted," which debuted at number ten on the busy U.K. singles chart...
This Week's Articles

Castro Comfort Food
By Margaret_Meriwether (Oct 26, 2006)
Most new California cuisine consists of updated comfort food; sumptuous, familiar, generous and rarely all that challenging. It's the food equivalent of a big, warm hug from an aunt in sensible shoes and strong perfume. Open since 1995 and operating under the guidance of executive Chef Melinda Randolph, 2223 stands out from a sea of mediocre Castro eateries with its spot-on left coast menu. With the autumn leaves swirling and Halloween in the Castro looming, this neighborhood bistro is ripe for a visit.
O.G. Glam Punk Returns
By Adam_Pollock (Oct 26, 2006)
It wasn't too long after their debut that fans and critics alike started using the phrase "The Only Band That Matters" when referring to the mighty Clash. The line reminds us that not only were the boys from Brixton (and other not so bad parts of town) the reigning kings of everything important and cool, but also that a band could actually "matter". You see, back in the day, rock and roll was important. It was something to be revered and fought for. If you were in a band in the late 70s, you meant it.
Brandon Boyd of Incubus
SF Station Blows It Up
By Misha_Vladimirskiy (Oct 26, 2006)
So I was one of the lucky few to get to go see Incubus at Bimbo's this past week and it was one hell of a show. The last time I saw these guys was at the HP Pavilion with 10,000 fans screaming their name so it was a treat to see them in a place that only holds 800 people. The energy in the place was almost palpable; the people in attendance were definitely ready to see one of rock's greatest bands hit the stage.
images courtesy of TriStar Pictures
The Fun in Dysfunction
By Anhoni_Patel (Oct 28, 2006)
There are parts of Running with Scissors that you won't want to believe are true. You'll think they were simply exaggerations or just completely constructed. Unfortunately the film is not fiction but rather based on the indelible memoirs of writer Augusten Burroughs. His childhood brings new meaning to the term "stranger than fiction."
A Powerful, Poignant Documentary
By Mel_Valentin (Oct 26, 2006)
The Golden Gate Bridge is known worldwide for a variety of reasons, as an iconic symbol of San Francisco, as a monument to engineering, as an aesthetic object, and sadly, as a site for the most suicides at any one location. As the number of suicides steadily approached 1,000 in 1995, official record keeping ended. More than 20 people survived the four-second fall to the water below. Fascinated by the connection between the Golden Gate Bridge and potential suicide victims, first-time filmmaker Eric Steel embarked on a yearlong project, filming almost all of the suicides that occurred in 2004 and documenting their impact.
Pulls One Too Many Punches
By Mel_Valentin (Oct 26, 2006)
Directed by Phillip Noyce (The Quiet American, Rabbit-Proof Fence) and based, as they say, on a true story, Catch a Fire dramatizes the radicalization of Patrick Chamusso, a refinery worker who, after being falsely arrested, imprisoned, and tortured, left his family to join the organized opposition to South Africa's apartheid government, the outlawed African National Congress (ANC) that in later years became symbolized by Nelson Mandela, one of the ANC's imprisoned leaders.
Less Controversial Than It First Appears
By Mel_Valentin (Oct 26, 2006)
Lincoln, Garfield, McKinley, and Kennedy. All four men, former presidents of the United States, were assassinated while in office. Another president, Ronald Reagan almost died in office. And now President George W. Bush? Bush may have the dubious honor of being the first sitting president assassinated in a fictional film, Death of a President. Directed and co-written by British journalist Gabriel Range (The Man Who Broke Britain), Death of a President is a faux investigative documentary set several years after Bush's death that promises far more than it delivers.
Sins of Our Fathers
By Rossiter_Drake (Oct 26, 2006)
The Roman Catholic Church has traditionally responded to accusations of wrongdoing with stony institutional silence, but never moreso than now, as thousands of parishioners have come forward with damning allegations of clerical abuse and child rape. There have been settlements and payoffs, yes, but few admissions of guilt or declarations of remorse from the Vatican. It was inevitable that this latest scandal would inspire a series of filmed explorations into the heart of the church's darkness. Director Amy Berg's Deliver Us From Evil is the first to feature a confessed child molester who once served as a Catholic priest.
Gilliam's Ghastly Miscalculation
By Rossiter_Drake (Oct 26, 2006)
Director Terry Gilliam has never been a model of consistency, but his missteps are at least understandable. This is a man, after all, whose simplest visions are grandiose, whose imagination is seemingly boundless. He gleefully embraces projects that are aggressively unconventional and, some might argue, unworkable. Perhaps it's not surprising, then, that his résumé contains more than its share of brilliant fantasies (12 Monkeys), noble failures (Brazil) and ambitious messes (Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas).
Customized Skincare
By Nirmala_Nataraj (Oct 26, 2006)
Lisa Bradbury and Shirley Lau have been in business at Fillmore Street's Lisa Bradbury Skincare for six years -- and quite simply, they're in the business of making your skin the best it can possibly be.
A Meandering Journey
By lisa_ryers (Oct 26, 2006)
If you're going to pick a title for your novel from a Rolling Stones song, you pretty much tell the reader right off the bat what kind of ride they can expect. "It's Only Rock and Roll (But I Like It)" will probably jazz someone electing to read on a Friday night while "Miss You" could offer a nice Sunday afternoon spent reading on the porch. So when you see "Paint it Black" you are either expecting a roller coaster ride with lots of lead singer preening and fun or you are expecting a descent into Hell. The problem with this book is that it isn't the former and it's not quite the latter.

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