SF Station presents The Guide: A list of the best events happening this week
Tuesday, November 21 - Monday, November 27
Oh boy, the holidays have officially arrived. Wasn't it just summer and now it's already Thanksgiving? Before we know it, it'll already be Christmas. If you're not traveling "home" this week, then the city will be all yours. There'll be less noise, more parking spaces, and lots of lots of goods times.

Catch a double feature of Grey Gardens and The Beales of Grey Gardens, docs of everyone's favorite eccentric aristocrats, at the Castro Theatre. Then get ready to rumble at the Pre-Thanksgiving Rock N Roll Blowout at Elbo Room. On the big day itself, why not work off the ten pounds you're going to gain at the San Francisco Thanksgiving Run & Walk Turkey Beach Trot at Ocean Beach?

On Friday, pack up the kids and get the family out to the Ghirardelli Square Tree Lighting ceremony at Ghirardelli Square, a fun-filled holiday event for both adults and children. Then sweat out the sweets at FunkGiving: An Afro-Brazilian, Afro-Exotic, Samba, and Afrobeat Extravaganza at Slim's. For something a little less physically exerting but equally entertaining check out Cat Power at The Fillmore. Then take a breather from it all with a little art at SFMOMA's Paul Klee exhibit.


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Tuesday, November 21, 2006
at 111 Minna Street Gallery (6pm - 9pm)
A live drawing event! Free! With Deejay Jay Howell
at Castro Theatre (7pm: Grey Gardens; 9:10pm: The Beales of Grey Gardens)
An impossibly intimate portrait and an eerie echo of the Kennedy Camelot, Grey Gardens quickly became a cult classic and established Little Edie as a fashion icon and philosopher queen...
at Cafe du Nord (9pm)
Formed after the 1997 breakup of singer/songwriter Joe Pernice's alt-country group the Scud Mountain Boys, the Pernice Brothers did an about-face from the lush '70s country sound of their final album, Massachusetts, and came up with the lush orchestrated pop of 1998's Overcome By Happiness...
Wednesday, November 22, 2006
at The Endup (10pm - 4am)
DJs Justin Martin, Mike Monday, Claude VonStroke & Ladyhouse!
at Great American Music Hall (GAMH) (9pm)
Mates of State is the organ and drums, vocal-laden duo of Kori Gardner and Jason Hammel. The band essentially began in 1997. After a few months in the midwest, they high-tailed it out to a new home in San Francisco. California greeted them with sunshine, pop sounds, and a great music community...
at Elbo Room (9pm)
Dont be fooled. Beyond the thigh-highs and doe eyes beats the ardent, inked-up heart of classic punk rock. Like a coy smile that accompanies a swift knee to the groin, Stiletta marries charm with fierce but fun-loving vitriol and fuses the tried-and-true union of screamy vocals and fevered guitars while still achieving a kinetic freshness...
Thursday, November 23, 2006
at Ocean Beach (8am)
Kick off Thanksgiving Day with an invigorating fun run or walk at the beach--before the parades, football games, and feasting commence! Relive the spirit of 1620, and run among fellow turkeys, Pilgrims, and Indians! ...
at Landmarks Embarcadero Cinema ((12:50pm 3:50pm) 6:45pm 9:30pm)
After bursting onto the photography scene, Diane Arbus (Nicole Kidman) was acclaimed as one of the most daring and innovative photographers of the 20th century, and her pictures of outsiders, the bizarre and the everyday made her legendary...
at The Cellar (10pm - 2am)
Shy FX crashed the British pop charts in mid-1994 with "Original Nuttah", one of the most infectious Ragga-Jungle anthems of all time. Though the success proved a bit too much for him, he built his reputation back over the course of a few years and became one of Jungle's most respected producers...
Friday, November 24, 2006
at Ghirardelli Square (5:30pm)
Join Ghirardelli Square in its Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony the day after Thanksgiving. We'll have live entertainment and family-friendly activities throughout the day culminating with the tree lighting...
at Fillmore (9pm)
The Prodigy crossed over to shock the mainstream with an incendiary live experience that approximated the original atmosphere of the British rave scene even while leaning close to arena-rock showmanship and punk theatrics...
at Club Six (10pm - 3am)
Marco Antonio Silva a.k.a. DJ Marky is a Brazilian drum and bass DJ. Together with DJ Patife, XRS Land and Drumagick Brazilians are forging a new sound in drum and bass that has become popular around the world...
at Cafe Cocomo (9pm - 2am)
Come Feel the warm breeze from South of France, Smoke Hookah like you are in Casablanca, Exotic Belly Dancers, Internationally renowned DJs, and much more...
Saturday, November 25, 2006
at Main Beach (noon)
Watch Santa and his Reindeer surf into Capitola main beach at noon. Be sure to bring your camera to capture Santa's wave-riding arrival. Once Santa has dried off, he will be visiting with the kids!
at Fort Mason Center (10am - 5pm)
For the past 28 years, The Women's Building Celebration of Craftswomen has allowed Bay Area residents, along with visitors to San Francisco from throughout the world, to discover the work of the nation's best female artisans and fine artists...
at Herbst Theatre (8pm)
Master Throat Singers from Tuva with special guest Laurie Anderson...
at Punch Line Comedy Club (7pm & 9:45pm)
A Bay Area native, Rex's routines have evolved through the use of characters, many of whom are struggling underdogs...
at Slim's (9pm doors)
Afrobeat, afrofunk and Worldbeat music lovers are encourages to bri...
Sunday, November 26, 2006
at Golden Gate Park (8:30am)
This 22nd annual traditional Thanksgiving weekend race includes a costume contest in the 5K. Come run off that 2nd piece of pumpkin pie!...
at Theatre Rhinoceros (3pm)
Fresh off her smash Off-Broadway run of Los Big Names, lesbian icon Gomez returns for her fourth production at Theater Rhino under the direction of Artistic Director John Fisher...
at Fillmore (6pm & 9:30pm) 2 Shows!
Chan Marshall stops time. She sits at a piano or lays her guitar across her lap, and whether it's a noisy club overflowing with drunks or a coffee house full of laptoppers, Chan Marshall draws all the attention in the room and makes the world stop spinning...
Monday, November 27, 2006
at SFMOMA (11am - 5:45pm)
"Art does not reproduce the visible; rather, it makes visible," wrote Paul Klee in his famous "Creative Credo" of 1920. Klee looked to the art of both children and the mentally ill as exemplifying this visionary power. This selection of works on paper examines Klee's interest in the playfulness, ornamentation, and compulsive patterning characteristic of the art of the innocent and the insane...
at The Independent (9pm)
The Scientist All Star Engineer of King Tubbys Channel One Studios who dubbed Sugar Minott in 1983 and now working with Sugar Minotts new album studio 1 files. All Star band backed by world-renowned Reggae drummer Santa Davis and some of Jamaica's most revered All Star Reggae Musicians. This All star Cast is backing both Artists with a Horn Sections and background singers...
This Week's Articles
Where the Lobster Rolls Rule the School
By Karen_Solomon (Nov 17, 2006)
When I saw that Market Street's old World Sausage Grill had become a salty East Coast seafood shack, I had visions of lobster boils bubbling in my head. Hand-painted signs promising fried Ipswich clam rolls beckoned. But the proof, as they say, remained to be tasted. And like all culinary tourism, some was superb, and some made me remember longingly that there's no place like home.
Learn your Turfology
By Matt_Crawford (Nov 17, 2006)
Beeda Weeda brings images of sideshows, beat downs and other elements of street life with Turfology, one of the latest releases to help fuel the increased interest in Oakland's burgeoning rap scene. The album also marks the debut release on Clear Label Records, a new company created by Hieroglyphics co-founder Tajai, a rapper known more for rocking college campuses than gritty street corners. Beeda Weeda spoke with SF Station during a phone interview.
Released on Saddle Creek Records, 8/22/06
By Adam_Pollock (Nov 17, 2006)
The story of Cursive is one of small town boys struggling to formulate an artistic alliance amid the limited opportunities for success in entertainment available in the vast expanse of the mid-west. However, while in the good old days we relied on the coastal meccas to provide us with the cultural excitement and danger of sophisticates such as Aerosmith, Blondie and Guns N Roses, we'd be remiss if we didn't acknowledge that t
Released on Capitol Records, 10/3/06
By VinCi_Chan (Nov 17, 2006)
Sean Lennon risks the usual contentions with his second major release after a long eight years. Had Friendly Fire been released by anyone other than the offspring of a prolific Buddha-headed music guru, John Lennon, there would be a lot less backfire, fuss and cruel comparisons.
Released on Bellstar Records, 2006
By Matt_Forsman (Nov 17, 2006)
According to the dictionary, a chimera is a "mythological, fire-breathing monster, commonly represented with a lion's head, a goat's body, and a serpent's tail". This is actually one of a few different definitions for "chimera". Another good one is "a horrible or unreal creature of the imagination; a vain or idle fancy". Far from being a horrible monstrosity, Chris Clouse's debut album Chimera is a creative and well crafted amalgamation of quality vocals, smooth guitar groves, and some electronic backbeats.
images courtesy of MGM/Columbia Pictures
A Brutal, Blond, Buff Bond is Back!
By Matt_Forsman (Nov 17, 2006)
The decision to cast the relatively unknown Daniel Craig as the next Bond was met with a deluge of skepticism. Die hard Bond fans were reminded of the lackluster versions of Bond played by Timothy Dalton and George Lazenby. But, make no mistake about it Bond is back with a vengeance in Casino Royale.
Guest Returns With the Slightest of Satires
By Rossiter_Drake (Nov 17, 2006)
Since 1996, Christopher Guest and Eugene Levy have churned out a string of faux- documentaries skewering all manners of theatrical productions. Their first, Waiting For Guffman, tossed gentle barbs at small-town theater, often with hilarious results; Best In Show followed with a gleefully biting satire of the Westminster Kennel Club show and the overzealous dog owners who gussy up their pets for prizes. Guest and Levy went to the well once again with A Mighty Wind, poking good-natured fun at a televised folk-music concert, but by then the formula had grown noticeably stale.
Singing, Dancing Penguins (Yay!)
By Mel_Valentin (Nov 17, 2006)
In a year that's seen a glut of family-oriented computer animated films, some good (Ice Age: The Meltdown, Cars, The Ant Bully), but mostly mediocre (everything else), Fall entries aren't likely to inspire confidence in their quality. Luckily, Happy Feet, co-written and directed by George Miller (Babe: Pig in the City, Witches of Eastwick, Mad Max), falls into the former category, thanks to a compelling storyline, clever, abundant quips and physical humor, top-notch digital animation comparable to the best put out in recent years, and rapid-fire action.
Beauty and the Beast
By Mel_Valentin (Nov 17, 2006)
Directed by Steven Shainberg (Secretary) and written by Erin Cressida Wilson, Fur: An Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus is, as the title suggests, a highly fictionalized exploration of photographer Diane Arbus" life during a life-transforming three-month period in 1958. In fictionalizing Arbus' life through an equally fictionalized romantic relationship, however, Fur offers little insight into Arbus' transformation from housewife to creative artist.
Chocolate Worth Celebrating
By Amy_Sherman (Nov 17, 2006)
The end of the year is not just holiday season, but chocolate season. Whether you are party throwing or party going, chocolate is always in style. As the temperatures dip, chocolatiers and chocolate lovers alike have something to cheer about. While cacao beans are grown in tropical climates, chocolate confections thrive in cool weather, when the threat of melting diminishes. That is until the chocolate makes it into your mouth. Here are our top picks for chocolates to share and savor
Fundamentally Free
By Clifton_Lemon (Nov 17, 2006)
René Descartes, in his Principles of Philosophy (1644) states "We experience within ourselves a certain freedom, which enables us always to abstain from believing anything which is not obviously certain and established." For him, doubt was man's fundamental freedom. John Patrick Shanley's "Doubt" brings the full weight of the existential dilemma of the existence of God in every line, every gesture, every scene.

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