Wholphin Screening @ ATA (Fri.) Check out another creative wing of the Dave Eggers publishing empire with a screening for the new edition of Wholphin, a DVD magazine of "unseen films." Highlights from issue 10 include a Spike Jonze/Catherine Keener short where they act out a childhood memory from Maurice Sendak, and a young Todd Haynes in "He Was Once." A selection of short films from people with long resumes kicks off tonight at ATA. ($6, 8 p.m.)
KUSF Rock 'n' Swap Pre-Party (Fri.) and Rock 'n' Swap For Real (Sun.) One of our favorite local community stations, 90.3 KUSF, has hit hard times. Its DJs regularly complain of broken turntables, fer chrissakes. Instead of regular pledge drives, though, KUSF hosts regular Rock 'n' Swaps, gigantic flea markets of vinyl, CDs, music DVDs, and more held on the USF campus. The next Swap is on Sunday, where $3 gets you entry between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. (hard-core music nerds pay $20 for the early-bird admission between 6 and 10 a.m.). If you want to start the KUSF donations early, hit Poleng Lounge on Friday night for FutureClassic with DJs Natural Self, J-Boogie, B-Cause, Proof, and more. ($5-$10, 10 p.m.)
Naked Lunch 50th Anniversary Weekend @ Various Locations (Fri.-Sun.) "William S. Burroughs' 1959 novel, Naked Lunch, a still astonishingly lurid account of an addict on the run from the Man, has endured bannings, obscenity trials, and generations worth of dorm-room adoration by the counterculturally inclined. The San Francisco Art Institute's film department, City Lights, and Grove Press have joined forces to celebrate the greatest of the Burroughs books and see how it's feeling at 50. That means an entire weekend of commemoration and critical analysis. Events take place at 7 p.m. Friday and 1 p.m. Saturday at the SFAI Lecture Hall, 800 Chestnut (at Jones), and 7 p.m. Sunday at Amnesia Bar. The local luminary appreciators include Peter Maravelis, Stephen Elliott, Daphne Gottlieb, Michael McClure, Diane di Prima, Lynn Hershman-Leeson, Ron Loewinsohn, Jonah Raskin, and DJ Spooky." (Free) -- Jonathan Kiefer
Slayers Club @ Club Six (In the basement) (Sat.) Bass-music aficionados pull cuts from around the world at the year-old weekly Slayers Club. David Last heads to S.F. from Brooklyn with MC Zulu to headline the first anniversary party at Clux Six while local faves Mochipet and Kush Arora get things going with the best in bottom-heavy hip-hop, dub, Latin, and electro. (Reduced $5 cover before 11 p.m. if you RSVP; otherwise it's $10 to get in, 10 p.m.)
Exene Cervenka @ Amoeba (Sat.) Check out X's leading lady for a free in-store at Amoeba. The Los Angeles punk godmother is in town to play a solo show Slim's on Sunday, but swing by the record store on Saturday at 2 p.m. and get a free taste of what she's been up to lately.
Free Stencil Workshop @ White Walls Gallery (Sat.) White Walls
and the Shooting Gallery are two of the best reasons to visit the
Tenderloin. This weekend they're hosting a couple of free community
events, including a stencil workshop and street art lecture featuring Apex, Vulcan, and Neonski. Pretty cool to have a space that actually supports local
street art show folks how it's done. Workshop is 3-4 p.m., lecture 4-5:30 p.m.
Neurotique @ Make-Out Room (Sun.) "Nara Denning's 'Neurotique' short-film compendium lives up to the dual promises of its title. At the series' premiere screening and DVD release party, the neurotic and the erotique come to flickering life in her silent-inspired compositions. Neurotique #2, for example, is a very pretty, very funny, very disturbing butterfly revenge fantasy. Fans of dead-bug glam palace Paxton Gate, beware; you will love it. Denning's careful intertitle innovations catch the exact cadence of the golden age of silent films: 'The Collector strives for the ... perfect catch.' The filmmaker points out that movies pre-dated their own industry, and were once the exclusive domain of artists. "It is in this style that I strive to speak," she says. Mister Odom & the Odom Poles, Charith Premawardhana, and Cheeskos Junction provide music at Make-Out Room Sunday night." ($8, 8 p.m.)-- Hiya Swanhuyser
Indie Mart's Last Street Party of '09 @ Thee Parkside (Sun.) Whether you're doing early holiday shopping or regular old Sunday browsing, check out Indie Mart's street fair this weekend down at Thee Parkside and surrounding environs. They'll be hosting a ton of vendors and entertaining you with DJs, "DIY demos" from their new educational wing Workshop, and live music from the Yellow Dress, the Glassines, and The Molloy Family Album. (12-6 p.m., $2)Joe Goldmark & the Seducers @ The Riptide (Sun.) This band always makes our cheap weekend list -- in part because his monthly Riptide shows are always free, and in part because he's the best pedal steel guitar player around. Goldmark, who's also known 'round here as one of Amoeba's owners, leads his Seducers through originals and covers of cosmic country, classic pop, old-school reggae, and lots more from 7 to 10 p.m.