Ah yes, Friday. I bet you thought it would never arrive. And May! For students the school year comes to a close and the rest of you can look back longingly at the free, fun and beautiful days of summer vacation. Sigh. At least you can live it up on the weekends.
On Friday Scotland's Sons and Daughters brings their bad ass rock to the Great American Music Hall. In addition to playing a great live show, all the members are fabulously stylish. They're accompanied by LA's Bodies of Water, a band that sounds eerily like the Arcade Fire. The show starts at 9 pm, doors are at 8 pm and tickets are $15 at the door. If you're feeling artsy head over to D Structure on Haight Street for Antique Road Show. The event celebrates the Correct Clothing Fall 08 release and Rarity Bazaar. Other things to look forward to? New art and DJs. Also! Make sure you go see Iron Man. Seriously, it's going to rule so hard everyone will cry tears of joy when they leave the video store. At least I hope that's the case.
As usual there are a billion and a half things to do on Saturday. If you feel some Norwegian pride then the Norway Day Festival was made for you. The event takes place all weekend at Fort Mason and has all the crucial festival happenings: food, entertainment and vendors. If you feel the DIY thing a bit more than the Norwegian scene head to Maker Faire all weekend at the San Mateo Fairgrounds. The fair promises a weekend of all things crafty and delightful, permitted you have the necessary transportation to get there. The fun cultural events don't end there! Hit up the Cinco De Mayo fiesta in Dolores Park. That night venture over to the Fillmore and rock out with Oakland's Rogue Wave. However, the best Saturday event (and possibly life event) takes place at the Make-Out Room. The Conspiracy of Beards, the 30 man a capella group that sings Leonard Cohen songs, hosts their CD release party.
Sunday visit the How Weird Street Faire. The event is described as "nine stages of music during the day, seven city blocks filled with art and celebration, food and vendors from around the world selling unique and creative wares, non-profit organizations to educate and inspire you, performance artists and thousands of people in colorful costumes dancing in the streets, and the opportunity to meet members of your extended family and forge lasting connections." Also, be a good person and head to Crissy Park and participate in Walk MS: Northern California Walk 2008. Check in and registration begin at 8 am. For those with cars and a bad case of nostalgia, Rush plays at the Sleep Train Pavilion. Hell yeah, rock 'n' roll.
Go out and do these things. Why? Because I said so. --Melissa Baron