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Jennifer Siebel Newsom on Advice for This Year's Graduates, 'Miss Representation' and SF Small Business Week

It’s San Francisco Small Business Week, a celebration of all the entrepreneurial energy that makes San Francisco, well, San Francisco. The week features a brigade of workshops, panels and networking opportunities to help Bay Area business people leverage what this city has to offer.

This Week in Local Music News

Pitchfork gives San Francisco's Bye Bye Blackbird and Oakland's Psychic Handbook some well-deserved attention [via Pitchfork]

The Bay Bridged talks fashion with local psychedelic music nerds Battlehooch [via The Bay Bridged]

Yours Truly documents perennial chiller Toro Y Moi's trip to San Francisco's Different Fur Studios [via Gorilla Vs. Bear]

Local post-punk veterans Tempo No Tempo use Twitter to announce their imminent breakup [via Tempo No Tempo Twitter]

San Francisco's Apache become the first band to shoot a video at SF General Hospital [via SF Weekly All Shook Down]

The Owl Mag attempts to decipher Ranger Dave's cryptic Outside Lands tweets [via The Owl Mag]

Fucked Up blows away the Mother's Day crowd at Rickshaw Stop [via Spinning Platters]

Thee Oh Sees release their staggering sixth full-length in under three years [via Pitchfork]

Great American Music Hall announces a memorial for famed rock photographer Jim Marshall [via Great American Music Hall]

Throw Rotten Veggies at Actors Night

If you've ever forcibly restrained yourself from hurling a rotten tomato at Othello or a past-its-prime pepper at Curley, this weekend's Off-Market special should prove quite satisfactory.

Tonight: Snob Theater with Grand Lake, Kevin Munroe, Brendan Lynch and More

"The Bay Area has such a rich comedy and music scene -- in my eyes, it just had to happen" explains Shawn Robbins, the man behind San Francisco's indie comic and music hybrid night Snob Theater. Inspired by similar events in New York and Los Angeles, Snob Theater brings together a varied cast of local musicians and comedians each month for an intimate evening of laughs and live music at The Dark Room. An aspiring musician and comedian himself, the marriage between stand-up and indie-rock was all too logical for Shawn.

Indie Theater Roundup: 7 Movies to See This Week

Rather than venturing into Sherwood Forest for Ridley Scott's original but curiously flat take on the Robin Hood legend, spend this weekend at one of the city's indie theaters, where a worthwhile selection of alternatives awaits. Among them:

A Serious-Minded ‘Robin Hood’ Stays Grounded

Don’t look to Ridley Scott’s Robin Hood for men in tights, or the preponderance of swashbuckling heroics seen in previous incarnations of the populist daredevil’s story.

Here, a brooding Robin, played by a somber Russell Crowe, is a valiant opportunist driven to greatness by a birthright he inherits well into adulthood. He’s an expert archer, of course, but as a guerrilla warrior, he is closer to Rambo than to the dashing adventurer portrayed most famously by Errol Flynn and Sean Connery.

Blue Bear Youth Music Benefit

San Francisco's Blue Bear School of Music is a non-profit center offering pop music lessons to aspiring musicians of all ages. It's sort of like "School of Rock," offering classes like "Singing For People Who Can't Sing," "Classic Rock Bass Lines," and "Shred Guitar" as well as private lessons for people really looking to hone their skills. The school will hold Blue Bear Live V, a benefit show at Bimbo's this Friday night starring Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue with two openers and a few special guests. Proceeds will support Blue Bear's youth music programs all over the Bay Area. General admission is $75 and VIP tickets are available for $150.

Upcoming Show Roundup: Thao with The Get Down Stay Down, Fuck Buttons, Rank/Xerox, Starfucker and more

Wednesday, May 12th

Fuck Buttons
and Clipd Beaks at Great American Music Hall [$16]

While Animal Collective's Merriweather Post Pavilion may have been the go-to critic's pick last year, Fuck Button's sophomore LP Tarot Sport was a more than worthy contender for 2009's album of the year. Armed with an array of drum machines and synths generally associated with electro, the duo inexplicably managed to create a post-rock masterpiece in the spirit of Mogwai, God Speed You Black Emperor! and Explosions in the Sky -- if you slept on this one, we strongly recommend giving it a listen. Be sure to catch the Bristol, England-based duo tonight at Great American Music Hall.

Other picks:

Beehive Spirit, Common Loon and Alright at Elbo Room [$6]

Neighbors, Organ Trail and Psychic Handbook at Uptown [free]

Jakob Dylan and Three Legs, Neko Case, Kelly Hogan and The Felice Brothers and honeyhoney
at The Regency Ballroom [$25]


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