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Protecting the environment and saving our dwindling natural resources are often daunting tasks, but this weekend visitors can ease into the subject at the eighth annual Green Festival, which features hundreds of speakers and workshops alongside a hemp fashion show, live music and other entertainment options. If saving the planet is still too heavy of a topic for you to ponder during these already strained times, escape from reality altogether with the San Francisco Film Society's International Animation Festival, a five-day event that starts Wednesday with screenings of several animation features. Get decked out on Thursday for Fall Gala 2009: "Hung Up," where artists will pay tribute to the influence of skateboard culture on their work with custom-designed skateboard decks. Stop by the Parlor, one of San Francisco's newest lounges, that same night and drink for free until midnight during the release party for the new Rogue phone. The freebies continue Sunday with a Thunderheist performance at 330 Ritch. If you are not being green with the environment, at least save some green in your budget.

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White Rabbits, Glass Ghost
at Slim's
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
at The Independent (7:30pm)

First establishing himself as an influential poet, and then as an award-winning screenwriter/actor, Saul Williams then went on to establish himself as an MC. His approach to MCing, though, wasn't exactly in line with the traditional school of hip-hop. His rhymes weren't really rhymes but rather his poetry delivered in a frenzied spoken word...
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
at various locations (see listing for times)

A five-day event celebrating one of the most fertile, creative and productive forms of artistic, experimental, commercial and industrial media. This year's International Animation Festival ranges from the premiere of a major Hollywood feature directed by an Oscar-nominated auteur to historic family-friendly short cartoons...
at Infusion Lounge (10:30pm)

You only turn 30 once in your life and when you do, you have to go big! If you missed my 29th Birthday... Wait until you hear what we have planned for my 30th! Featuring DJ E Rock, DJ Five, DJ Scooter, DJ Steve1nder, DJ Don Lynch. Live Performance by: Far East Movement (Girls On The Dancefloor)...
Thursday, November 12, 2009
at The Galleria (6:30pm)

Hosted at The Galleria at the San Francisco Design Center, the event attracts 700 designers and will feature custom-designed skateboard decks. Not only is the Gala an opportunity for the design community to come together and appreciate our creative spirit, but it is also a special evening for our sponsorship partners.
at Bently Reserve (7:30pm)

Return to San Francisco's post-Gold Rush Barbary Coast era for an ambient evening of gambling, dancing, and revelry. Strike gold at the blackjack or craps table, take a turn at roulette, make a bid on a sophisticated silent auction prize, or enter for the grand prize raffle! Enjoy complimentary hors d'oeuvres and a full service bar, while dancing the night away...
at The Parlor (9pm)

You are cordially invited to a very special event at SF's newest lounge, The Parlor. Verizon & Samsung are introducing the latest in wireless technology with their new Rogue phone, and will be providing an open bar from 9pm to midnight.
Friday, November 13, 2009
at Mighty (9pm)

It doesn't come as a surprise since he's everyone's favorite German. You might have admired his work as a publisher for Groove Magazine since 1989, the zine about the electro life-style, or you may have appreciated his earlier club operating at the Monza in 1999...
at Element Lounge (8pm)

It's time to celebrate! Element is turning 5 years old. Come on down early for complimentary vodka drinks and appetizers (8pm to 10pm). Bring your dancing shoes because the DJ's are going to be tearing it up along with B. McKee live as usual on the Sax...
at Bottom of the Hill (10pm)

"F*ck Buttons is a two-piece experimental group based in London, England. Formed in late 2004 and signed to the ATP label, releasing the "Bright Tomorrow" b/w "Little Bloody Shoulder" 7" single during the fall of 2007. They released their first album, Street Horrrsing, in 2008..."
at Mezzanine (10pm - 4am)

Claude VonStroke will be playing a special extended 3 hour set at Mezzanine along with Solar, one of SF's most respected DJs. RSVP now to [email protected] to get in free before 11pm and discounted $10 after. Discount pre-sale tix also at Resident Advisor...
Saturday, November 14, 2009
at Herbst Pavilion (noon - 5pm)

Ready for the holidays? Considering fine chocolates as a gift this year? Get into the holiday spirit by attending the largest holiday chocolate festival in the Bay Area! Come sample and purchase artisanal chocolates from over thirty of the Bay Area's finest Chocolate Makers and Vendors! (Look at that scrumptious box of Neo Cocoa Chocolates!)...
at Concourse Exhibition Center (see listing for times)

Green Festival, a joint project of Global Exchange and Green America (formerly Co-op America) will celebrate its eighth year in San Francisco on November 13, 14, & 15, 2009 at the San Francisco Concourse Convention Center. With an expected attendance of more than 40,000 this year's event features an unprecedented line-up of speakers.
at YBCA (7pm - 2am)

Raise your awareness, lower your inhibitions and celebrate the "State of the Queer Nation" at Big Idea Night, YBCA's free party...Learn more about YBCA's Big Idea, "Bridging the Gap," which focuses on cultural distance and how to close gaps of misunderstandings between people...
at various locations (see listing for times)

Honoring Hip Hop month with a $2,000 prize 2 on 2 all styles dance contest, classes and lectures by dance legends like SALAH and Zulu Gremlin, and topped off with a celebratory toast to dance with one of the founders of Hip Hop, DJ Kool Herc...
at The Fillmore (9pm)

"The new album, Heretic Pride, contains 13 songs, and they were written in a wide variety of places including Fairbanks, Stockholm, Seattle, San Francisco, and Durham, North Carolina. In addition to being geographically all over the map, the songs themselves are about many different things..."
Sunday, November 15, 2009
at St Peter & Paul Church (noon - 5pm)

In celebration of Italian culture and cuisine, Fieri is hosting the world's largest tomato sauce competition in San Francisco. Bay Area restaurants will compete for the coveted distinction of being named The Boss of the Sauce!
at Landmark's Embarcadero Center (see listing for times)

Copresented with New Italian Cinema Events and the Italian Cultural Institute, New Italian Cinema celebrates the rich cinematic tradition of Italy and brings the country's newest directors and films to audiences in San Francisco. A prestigious jury selects the best Italian entries from the year's major European film festivals...
at 330 Ritch Street (8pm)

Fresh off the release of their new album with hits like "Jerk It" and "Little Booty Girl," Thunderheist has been making their audiences dance all over the world. There is no reason to miss this much-anticipated show at the intimate 330 Ritch. Catch them before their hiatus in 2010.
at Nob Hill Masonic Auditorium (8pm)

With his remarkable, rough hewn vocals and evocative, finely etched songs, Ray LaMontagne has, in but a few short years, become the rare artist of whom the world waits with to see what each new work will reveal. Now, on his much anticipated third album, the Maine-based singer and songwriter has crafted a warm and welcoming record...
Monday, November 16, 2009
at The Independent (8pm)

"After Three Mile Pilot began an open-ended hiatus in 1997, singer/guitarist Pall Jenkins and multi-instrumentalist Tobias Nathaniel embarked on a darker, more subdued journey as The Black Heart Procession. In the many years and albums since, the band's line-up has expanded and contracted..."
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