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Friday, April 16, 2010

10 Things To Do This Weekend For Under $10: EpiscoDisco, Bed Races, Street Wares & More

Posted By on Fri, Apr 16, 2010 at 7:08 AM

click to enlarge THE MANTLES PLAY A FREE SHOW ON FRIDAY
  • The Mantles play a free show on Friday
Another weekend, another chance to party at a cathedral. Or, well, not crazy party party, but rather take in live music and short films in one of those only-in-San-Francisco spaces. EpiscoDisco's birthday celebration is only one option for breaking free of the typical nightlife scene on a small budget. We also have a gallery-cum-street fair, city-street-cum-mattress-race-track, and a closet-cum-dance-club (okay, that last one is just a DJ night at a bar, but you get the picture). This week's 10 Things options is live, and it's time to start making plans -- even if those plans are just to nurse away the pains of Friday's festivities by spending Saturday dog-watching in the park. 

The Baths @ Hemlock Tavern (Fri.) You know any band that covers the Gories is skilled at keepin' it raw, and San Francisco act the Baths strips things back to the bone. Emily Rose Epstein interviewed the group for All Shook Down a few months back, and she wrote of their psychedelic soundscapes, dark subject matter, and use of "punk's apathetic humor." "They conjure up haunting, reverb-heavy hymns to the degenerate and the broken," she added. Tonight they bring those delinquent anthems to the Hemlock, for a 9:30 show with City Center. ($7) 

"World-Wide Hustle(rs)" @ Luggage Store Annex (Fri.) "For the exhibit 'World-Wide Hustle(rs),' artists Angela Angel and Robin David bring together 80 pieces of work that draw on true stories from scavengers, vendors, villagers, and peddlers from around the world. Expressing the dangers and delights of third-world entrepreneurship, it includes photographs, murals, films, paintings, and mixed-media installations that give way to the authentic scents, sounds, and flavors of S.F.'s finest street wares, including Filipino comfort food from Adobo Hobo and Wandering Kusina; empanadas from Chile Lindo; spring rolls from the Lumpia Cart; and whatever grand concoction inspired Soul Cocina this week. Hot ritmos tropicales will be served up by the wandering DJ collective La Pelanga as Cohen Alley is transformed into an open-air market.

A reception for 'World-Wide Hustle(rs)' starts at 6 p.m. at Luggage Store Annex (free)." --Silke Tudor


The Hippie Temptation @ Red Vic (Fri.) It's pretty hilarious looking at how scared the establishment was of the Haight's denizens back in the neighborhood's hippie heyday -- until you realize that as God is our witness, the establishment is still freaked out by kids who know nothing of hair gel. Tonight you can learn about, and laugh at, where all this hippie fear started, with the screening of a 1967 CBS special called The Hippie Temptation. The Red Vic calls the film a "camp classic," while we like to observe that Haight's hippies' biggest temptation these days is malt liquor -- and, when they get rich, Burning Man. (7:15 and 9:15 p.m.)  

The Mantles @ Pissed Off Pete's (Fri.) Who has two thumbs and loves a free show? The Mantles have enough of a following in this city to at least ask you to buy them a beer, but no, they play a gig at Pissed Off Pete's and only ask for your time in return. Sweet deal. Especially when they play such delectable, straight off the Nuggets box set pop. And they sing in earnest: Just listen to the band jangle its way through "Don't Lie" and you'll want to be true to the garagey group and its hook-driven aspirations. The Mantles play with Spencey Dude & the Doodles, who land more on the raw(k) side of the retro spectrum.  (9 p.m.) 

EpiscoDisco's 1st Birthday w/ Emily Jane White @ Grace Cathedral (Sat.) One of San Francisco's uniquely cool gatherings, EpiscoDisco, fills Grace Cathedral up to its vaulted ceilings with music and installation art. This month's party doubles as a birthday celebration, as Rev. Bertie Pearson and co. mark a full year opening this gorgeous space up to the public, regardless of your spiritual beliefs. Saturday local folk chanteuse Emily Jane White performs her elegant, melancholy tunes live, and director Dianna Dilworth screens Holy Water, her film short about Michael Jackson idolatry. (Free, 7 p.m.)

Bed Racing @ Marina Middle School, 3500 Fillmore (Sat.) This event sounds like something straight out of a dream. You're snoozing away on the old futon when -- suddenly! -- you're awake and racing on your magic bed down Fillmore Street, crowds of onlookers egging you on. Well, friends, this is not a nightmare, nor is it pure fantasy. It's a fundraiser teams have spent months working towards, having paid $181 a pop to register. Starting at 11 a.m., you can witness the sheets go flying, and hope that the mattress padding makes for soft landings. (Free). 

Record Store Day @ All Local Record Stores (Sat.) As much as we love record stores, and the records these stores sell, there's something inherently cheesy about a day dedicated to reminding people to go shopping. Then again, if you were planning on browsing the stacks anyway, Record Store Day offers specials and in-stores all over the city, a roundup of which was done earlier in the week by our own Ian S. Port. 

Dog Fest @ Duboce Park (Sat.) We've never been that into cats for one simple reason: dogs are better. Dogs are goofy and lovey and super excited to see you and perhaps less excited to be dressed up in costumes, but what the hell, they're not gonna claw your eyes out if you make them wear hats. On Saturday, Duboce Park hosts DogFest 2010, an event that includes costume and lookalike contests (the latter between pet and owner), a bark contest (not so excited about that one) and all the other sorts of things you'd expect at a day for dogs. It's $20 to enter your best friend, but free to sit around and watch. Things kick off at 11:30 a.m.

Wet and Wild @ Club 8 (Sat.) "The name Wet and Wild evokes images of a bargain makeup brand, water slides, and pornography. It's also a party that washes over SOMA once a month, bringing with it sweat-stained T-shirts and the gays who dance in them. The whole sordid shindig is hostessed by a fun-loving thing called Lady TaTas, who this time around performs alongside sassy drag contemporaries Anjie Myma and Sandra O. Noshi-Di'n't. Nightlife seductress Juanita More promises to circulate on the dancefloor, flirting with abandon while DJ Dr. Proctor makes his debut with electrifying electro-pop. It's the humidity! Wet and Wild takes place every third Saturday at Club 8 at 9 p.m. Free before 10 p.m., $8 after." --Evan James

2 Men Will Move You @ The Attic (Sat.) Some clubgoers prefer giant multi-plex venues with multiple rooms and marquee DJs. Others prefer to dance in a cozier space with the size and the lighting of a dorm closet. If you're in the latter demographic, you're in luck. The Attic hosts 2 Men Will Move You on Saturday, an evening of intimate dancefloor jams featuring a soundtrack of Italo disco, funk, tropical new wave, and more from DJs Primo and Jordan. You're guaranteed some sort of action if you go, as it's impossible to move from the bar to the bathroom without pressing some body part against another person's sweaty flesh. (10 p.m., free)

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