We don't remember our first birthdays being this extravagant (then again, we don't remember much about them at all). But hey, Look Out Weekend has been hosting semi-high-concept, totally-low-budget happy hours for a full year now, and they're throwing a birthday celebration tonight with bass-bombing tunes from Lazer Sword, lots of DJs, and delicious treats from Bar Crudo. It's worth the free admission for that last item alone--Crudo's yummy fish dishes are usually a little outta our price point. Add to the evening's agenda lots of drink specials (open bar for Fernet and Corralejo from 4p.m. until 5:30 p.m.) and this little soiree isn't a bad way to start off the weekend. The L.OW. party, as always, goes down at Vessel from 4 p.m. until 9 p.m.
Fart Party (Friday)
Ok, we'll admit: we chose this one on name alone. That's our level of humor these days. If that's your level of humor too, head over to Needles & Pens for the release of the new Fart Party zine. The gallery/indie store promises book signings, beer, and, um, farts from 7 until 9:30 p.m. (after that time you need to go back to holding it in). Free.
Improv Jazz, Swiss-Style (Friday)
From farts to French accents. Apparently saxophonist Urs Leimgruber is a big deal on the Swiss improv scene. Tonight he's joined by local drummer Gino Robair for a performance that could produce everything from the "quiet and textural" to the "all-out post-free-jazz fury." The event is being hosted by Swissnex, which brings all kinds of cool Swiss sounds to this city from its HQ at 730 Montgomery St. ($7, 7:30 p.m., online registration required).
Alex Kopps @ Mollusk (Saturday)
This will hopefully be a sunny weekend, because when we go to art openings at Mollusk we like to fantasize about being beach bums for real. Saturday night, local artist and old school Mollusk standby Alex Kopps displays his latest paintings, screen prints, and video along the theme of "A Turn For the Worse," with musical entertainment from the "Butthole Urfers." The opening is free, and runs from 7 to 10 p.m. We also can't mention Mollusk without again plugging our very favorite San Francisco restaurant, which is right around the corner, Outerlands. Good bread, good wine, good salads, good soups, good service, good music, good eatin'. And at good prices.
Coupe Decale at Little Baobab and Bollyhood (Saturday)
Every third Saturday of the month, one cover will get you into two eclectic Mission clubs. Little Baobab and Bollyhood join forces for Coupe Decale, an event celebrating the music of the African Diaspora and the DJs who spin it (from 7 until 9 p.m., the clubs will also host live music). Only $7 gets you a taste out the world outside this city in two venues that lack any sort of urban pretension.
Goldfinger in Dolores Park (Saturday)
Sean Connery was a dashing 007, and on Saturday night his sly detective charm will be on display for all of Dolores Park to see. It's another outdoor movie night in the city, and this time the Mission's free feature is Goldfinger. Set that blanket up early for this one (and, if you're coming from the Haight/Castro side of town, Courtney's market has delicious, cheap sandwiches you can pick up to bring along).
Amp Live and E Da Boss (Saturday)
Zion I's Amp Live was one of the Bay Area's big stars even before he did that Radiohead remix. Saturday he puts his latest burst of creativity on display, an electro/hip-hop side project. He'll take over 330 Rich with E da Boss (another biggie on the local hip-hop scene) and Shane King. Entry is $5 with RSVP to email@example.com or $10 at the door.
Giant Robot Turns 15 Party (Saturday)
Upper Haight's one-stop Asian/indie/art gallery/book store/zine retailer Giant Robot (618 Shrader St.) is throwing a big old party for its 15th year on Saturday night. There are an impressive 30 artists taking part in a group show there, contributing their paintings, photos, illustrations, sculptures, graffiti pieces, comics, and toys. Adding a little audio to the mix, quirky San Francisco songwriter Goh Nakamura will be the musical guest. (6-10 p.m., free)
Bicycle Music Festival (Saturday)
This pedal-powered event travels between our popular patches of urban greenery. The Bicycle Music Festival kicks off at 9:30 a.m. in the Marx Meadow of Golden Gate Park and runs until 2 p.m. At 2:45, the bike parade travels over to Dolores Park for five hours of tunes. From there the crew goes on another cruise, landing for a bit at Pier 7 before an evening after-party keeps folks going late. (Free)
Indie Mart 2-Year Anniversary (Sunday)
Another San Francisco institution celebrates an anniversary this weekend. The good news on this one, though, is it doubles as a place to grab a super last minute Father's Day present (sorry dad, yours is in the mail starting Monday). The Indie Mart gives local artists and vendors a traveling flea market where they can sell their goodies. This Sunday's event is the biggest one yet, taking over Thee Parkside (and the streets around it) with over 100 vendors of the new and vintage variety, plus BBQ, sweets, Four Barrel Coffee, and music from Shannon and the Clams, the Frail, and Era Escape, and DJ tunes from Sarahdactyl and Primo. (12p.m.-6 p.m, $2 suggested donation)
Also this weekend: Moon finally opens! It better not suck!