This weekend each person is forced to make a very important decision: Mamma Mia or the Dark Knight. I mean, both easily fit into the weekend but which will be the opening night selection? I cannot make that decision for you, but I do know of about a trillion other awesome things to do this weekend.
Thursday through Sunday the wonderful and oddly attractive Eddie Izzard will grace San Francisco with his presence at the Orpheum. Tickets range from $45 to $78 depending on how important it is for you to have little beads of Izzard sweat falling on you during the performance. Perhaps you'd rather "look at the stars, look how they shine for you." Well, if that's the case then head to San Jose for the Coldplay concert. I'm sure all your bros will tell you this Viva La Vida your is not to be missed. Feelin' a bit more old school and a LOT more rock? The Melvins (you know, that band from Washington that influenced a few other little bands like Nirvana and Soundgarden) are playing at Slim's. Bad ass.
Calling all zinesters! The SF Zine Fest takes place Saturday and Sunday at the San Francisco County Fair Building (Hall of Flowers). Wondering what it is? "It's a FREE annual two-day conference for independent and underground publishing. Exhibitors come from all over the West Coast, and while the focus is on zines, all walks of DIY life are represented — comics, arts and crafts, literary presses, and more." If you want a lot of music at once head to the Download Festival at the Shoreline Amphitheater. With headliners like the Jesus and Mary Chain and Gang of Four and supporting artists like Mates of State and Tapes N Tapes it's not like you even have to ask if it's enough bang for your buck. If you happen to be in the East Bay, Feist will play the Greek Amphitheater at Berkeley. Hopefully she wears that blue sequined jumpsuit from that music video. Wanna take your mom to a show? Well, if you "gotta have faith" or if you wanna "wake me up before you go go" then hit up George Michael in San Jose. Awesome. The dance party of the century goes down Saturday night at the Mezzanine. Norwegian party masters Datarock headline supported by Chicago rock stars and all around good dudes Flosstradamus. If you haven't heard them yet you better start right now or you're missing out big time.
Weekends can get pretty pricey so it's perfect that there's a free symphony in Dolores Park on Sunday. "Pack a picnic basket and bring the gang to enjoy the day at Dolores Park (18th and Dolores Streets, San Francisco) for an afternoon of music with the San Francisco Symphony. This year's event features food and beverage vendors, activities for the kids, and an opportunity to meet members of the Orchestra as they demonstrate their instruments before the concert." The concert starts at two. Now Sunday night there's a show for the old school bad asses: the original Zombies play the Grand Ballroom at the Regency Center with openers Jefferson Starship. Outrageous.
There it is, a weekend packed full of excellence. Hopefully it'll make the Mamma Mia/Dark Knight debate just a little bit easier. --Melissa Baron