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The weather is cooling off, but the streets in San Francisco are hot! It's time to play it safe and keep things festive before the holiday madness goes into full swing. Start tonight with Illuminance Playground, a party at Temple that aims for positive vibes through art, music and awareness. And how could the New Zealand success story that is Fat Freddy's Drop not raise your spirits? The eclectic seven-piece band will make its San Francisco debut Wednesday at Amoeba Music during a free in-store performance. Later that night, catch King Khan & BBQ Show - a duo that found some unwanted heat of its own at a checkpoint in Kentucky last week - as it salvages its tour with a stop at the Independent. Eight designers will also be in the hot seat during Style Wars at Mezzanine, a competition that will force them to use their imagination to create designs in five minutes with vintage garments and household objects. Cooler heads will likely prevail as they ease into the shopping season early on Sunday with the Thread Show, which features more than 100 independent designers and artisans.

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NightLife at the Academy
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
at Hemlock Tavern (9pm)

"Indeed, the scratchy guitars of their debut mini-album Secret Cog evoke the mangled bursts of DNA's Arto Lindsay, and their spilling songs reach the structured abstraction of No Wave's most unclassifiable group, Ut."
at Temple (10pm - 3am)

Serenity Vibez has teamed up with Dream Genieus to Light up Tuesday nights in the city with positive vibez through a community of music, art and awareness. We have delicious surprises, healing hands for you hard workers and sick beats to get down!
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
at Amoeba Music (6pm)

The seven-piece band has proved to be a stunning live and studio band with their unique blend of roots, dub, reggae, jazz, and soul. The BBC has called Fat Freddy's Drop "New Zealand's most critically acclaimed band since The Clean."
at Le Club (8pm)

Get dizzy with The Bold Italic at a decadent cocktail party from the 1930s, while we celebrate the opening of the World's Fair. We'll have a raucous good time while the gin and absinthe flow, photographers roam, the piano keys are plunked and we drink to the erection of our very own new landmarks of wonder and intrigue. Free drinks and food from...
at The Independent (8pm)

"The King Khan & BBQ Show is a Canadian garage rock duo from Montreal, Quebec. The band is comprised of former The Spaceshits bandmates Mark Sultan and Blacksnake. Mark Sultan, under the pseudonym BBQ, contributes vocals, guitar, tambourine, bass drum, and snare drum..."
Thursday, November 19, 2009
at Rickshaw Stop (8pm)

An elusive new project from composer Alan Palomo. Neon Indian delivers equal parts synthetic nostalgia, Dreampop lullabies, and grinding guitar noise to create something eerier than the sum of its parts. Forged after a hazy winter gathering in Texas, this initial batch of tracks were the result of field recordings...
at Regency Ballroom (8pm)

Norwegian duo Röyksopp compensated for the cold climes of their native Tromsø by making some of the warmest, most inviting downbeat electronica of the new millennium, exemplified by early singles like Eple and Poor Leno. The pair, Torbjørn Brundtland and Svein Berge, both grew up in Tromsø and began recording in the early '90s...
at Skylark Bar (10pm)

This Thursday at "Peaches" we have DJs Lady Fingerz who's superhero power is to move the crowd, and Umami the freshest new DJ to storm the Bay Area Hip Hop scene. And its her birthday week, we're keeping the party going!
at 330 Ritch Street (10pm)

"Kap Bambino are vocalist Caroline Martial and laptop commander Orion Bouvier; the pair exude a strong DIY ethic, and are uncompromising in their pursuit of out-there pop sounds. The pair have attained a great audience on the underground, and have sold out venues of 1,000 capacity and more in the US and Europe.
NightLife at the Academy
Friday, November 20, 2009
at Books Inc. in Opera Plaza (6pm)

Andre Agassi discusses "Open," a stunning memoir by one of the world's most beloved athletes.
at Triple Base Gallery (7pm)

Lower 24th Street will explode with creative energy with the launch of the Art in Storefronts pilot program, which places original installations by San Francisco-based artists into three vacant storefronts, and the 24th Street Promenade, an ongoing project curated by Triple Base Gallery that places ten additional art projects in businesses located along the corridor...
at The Fillmore (9pm)

"The Disco Biscuits are also well-known for their ability to run long sets together, sometimes even playing their songs backwards, in styles referred to as "inverted" and "dyslexic." An inverted version of a song occurs when..."
at Great American Music Hall (9pm)

Peter Bjorn and John were formed in Stockholm, Sweden, in 1999. Made up of members Peter Morén on vocals, guitar, and harmonica; Björn Yttling on vocals, bass, vocals, and keyboards; and John Eriksson on drums, percussion, and vocals, the band is influenced by the sounds of classic '60s baroque pop, power pop, and new wave...
at Slim's (9pm)

There are few things in life as exhilarating as a new album by The Fiery Furnaces. Establishing themselves as one of rock music's most consistently engaging, exciting and thought-provoking bands, The Fiery Furnaces - made up of core brother-sister duo...
at Ruby Skye (10pm)

"Though he was born in Chicago, this DJ found his spiritual and musical home in San Francisco by way of Salt Lake City and New York. He is currently one of the most influential people in the San Francisco house scene, as well as one of the hardest-working: By night he's Kaskade the house music producer/DJ..."
at Supperclub (10pm)

0(h)20 is the new party in San Francisco's Techno/House scene. With her roots from Amsterdam, Semora brings a Dutch touch to the scene with her new event. 0(h)20 is all about enjoying the vibe and connecting people through music.This first edition of 0(h)20 is in collaboration with Habit Productions...
Saturday, November 21, 2009
at Cow Palace (10am - 6pm)

Come and join us for the 2nd Annual San Francisco Bicycle Expo at the Cow Palace November 21, 2009. Exhibitors include everyone from bike manufacturers, eco-friendly vendors, bike shops, teams, and advocacy groups.
at El Rio (3pm - 2am)

The first series of shows to feature the best bands from San Francisco and San Diego together under one roof! Last year was out of hand and this year will be even bigger!! We'll be doing an outdoor stage at El Rio during the day with BBQ and a full line-up on the inside stage that night...
at Fox Theater (8pm)

Celebrating their 20th Anniversary, the Mexican four-piece Café Tacuba unfortunately isn't well characterized by the rock en espanol tag, for the "rock music sung in Spanish" descriptor does little justice to the stylistic diversity and creative strides showcased by...
at The Warfield (8pm)

"As the embodiment of '90s gangsta rap, Snoop Dogg blurred the lines between reality and fiction. Introduced to the world through Dr. Dre's The Chronic, Snoop quickly became the most famous star in rap, partially because of his drawled, laconic rhyming and partially because the violence that his lyrics implied seemed real...
at Cow Palace (8pm)

Ruby Skye, Skills and Spundae present the one and only DJ Tiesto at The Cow Palace. The 10,000 capacity event will be an all ages show (16+) with a full bar for the over 21 set. Tiesto is on tour supporting his newest album titled, "Kaleidoscope"...
at Yoshi's SF (9pm)

A fashionable evening honoring the class & sophistication of women across all cultural boundaries by paying tribute to the ultimate fashion staple in every women's wardrobe: the little black dress. On this special evening, ladies are requested to dawn their favorite black cocktail dresses...
at Mezzanine (10pm)

8 designers face off in knock-out rounds of rapid design-working against the clock, on models, live on stage. Cut, tape, burn, drape: competitors innovate to dominate the runway, using vintage garments and household objects to make fierce new fashions in 5 minutes! The crowd and a panel of Style VIPs choose which battler bites the dust, while top DJs shred the decks...
Sunday, November 22, 2009
at Hotel Whitecomb (noon - 8pm)

One hundred and fifty exhibitors from around the world, many with international standing, showcasing fine handwork and design products, including contemporary, vintage, and antique beads, art clothing, designer jewelry, gold and silversmithing, metalwork, lapidary, textiles...
at Fort Mason Center (all day)

A holiday shopping event in San Francisco just in time for gift-giving. The event, which has typically been only one day, will expand to a full weekend, November 21 and 22, at Fort Mason Center. The event will present 100-plus independent designers and artisans selling their wares...
at Elbo Room (9pm)

Always memorable (and almost always sold out) shows provide hours of nonstop delight for mind, body and soul. On this night both artists will debut tracks from their brand new releases: Secretly Famous, which Zeb produced under his alter-ego, The Spy From Cairo...
Monday, November 23, 2009
at Fox Theater (7:30pm)

"Wolfmother is a Grammy Award-winning hard rock band formed in Erskineville, Sydney, Australia in 2003. The band originally consisted of Andrew Stockdale (guitar, vocals), Chris Ross (bass, keyboards), and Myles Heskett(drums), though Ross and Heskett left the band in August 2008. With the original lineup Wolfmother released one album, Wolfmother, and six singles, the highest-charting of which was..."
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