There's so much to do this weekend, now that all the crap things you had to do are done. On this week's list, we have art in a van, gallery shows in retail outlets (with beer), bass music in the basement, the art of turntablism, and tunes to blow out the tubes. Without further ado, here is this week's cheapskate list.
Myonics @ El Rio (Fri.) Earlier this week, Ian Port had this to say about East Bay act The Myonics: "[They] keep the long-burning psych flame alive. With chatty boy-girl vocals and a 'yeah, we're-awkward' attitude, The Myonics swirl in a bit of They Might Be Giants with their fuzzed-out garage grooves. They'll be joined onstage Friday by Billy Miller, who played in the 1960s and 70s with 13th Floor Elevators headmaster Roky Erickson and led a cult-favorite Austin group called Cold Sun. It should be a multi-generational psych-fest to remember -- our local specialty." Check out the Myonics, opening for Life in 24 Frames and Loaded For Bear at El Rio tonight. (9 p.m., $5)
Toshio Hirano @ Mercury Cafe (Fri.) If you've yet to see the great Tokyo honkytonk king Toshio Hirano at work, what the heck are you waiting for? The shy-seeming man can yodel like the best of them, and his set of country classics--from his all-time favorite, Jimmy Rogers, along with Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, and all the other legends--melts away that timid guy exterior once there's a guitar in his hand. Hirano's residencies around the Mission are packed on the regular. Tonight he brings a little country time to the Mercury Cafe (201 Octavia at Page) from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. (Free).
Bo Heimlich @ Chrome Retail Store (Fri.) Bike messengers know how to party--so it only makes sense that the folks who make their bags know how to throw a party. Chrome bags is hosting an art opening (party!) for artist Bo Heimlich in its retail outlet at 580 4th St. today from 6 to 11 p.m. Beers are only $1 and there's a raffle--with that cash going to help Bikes to Rwanda. (Free)
4OneFunktion @ Elbo Room (Fri.) Kick the weekend off with a lotta funk, a lotta hip-hop, and a whole lotta scratching--members of Invisibl Skratch Piklz will hold it down at 4OneFunktion. Head over around 10 p.m. tonight and watch local masters at work: Apollo and Shortkut headline, with resident DJs eeko, Max Kane, Mista B, and B. Cause holding down the decks. It's $5 if you email email@example.com, otherwise you pay $10.
Formations/Fal-Core @ SOMArts (Fri.) Old '60s vans are being put to use for more good in this city than just giving slummin' Marina kids a Polk St. bar to make out in (we're talking to you, Kozy Kar). Artist Peter Foucault repurposed a 1963 Ford Falcon van to use as a portable studio for multi-media works (including sound, video, and performance art). For this opening at SOMArts, Foucault will focus on the video side. He's part of a two-man show. The other artist in this exhibit is Daniel Blomquist, whose temporary mobile and performative sculptures are part of SOMArts' Moments (Bringing Back the Now) series. (Free)