Why is it that short weeks always feel the most traumatizing? It's like our bodies got used to the longer weekend and never quite got back into the routine of workweek. If you're as exhausted as we are, the only cure is good old fashioned fun times with friends. Here's our list of 10 things to do for less than your daily lunch:
The Huge Whisper @ Thrasher Halfpipe (Fri. and Sat.)
The Huge Whisper underground music event highlights some of San Francisco's excellent but lesser-known musicians. The idea is to illuminate acts for the local community. So if you want to be able to say you knew about them way back when, you should probably consider stopping by. Day one includes live performances by the Buxter Hoot'n, Jugtown Pirate, Con Brio and more. Blank Tapes, Mark Matos & Os Beaches, and Dirty Boots will be amongst the nine acts set to play day two.
($10 per day, 6 p.m.)
Birdlovesbee Zine Release @ Space Gallery (Fri.)
This is how it works: writer Camille Ikalina Robles, founder of One Red Delicious press, creates a collection of eleven pieces of her writing then hands them off to another artist who creates their reaction to her work in their chosen medium. Then they share these two parts in a handmade zine -- birdlovesbee. During this release party, photographer Audra Marie Dewitt and film artist Dennis Maxwell will be showing the work they created for their respective collaborative projects. Silian Rail will be performing an acoustic set at the event, along with select pieces from their birdlovesbee collaboration. And DJ Shortround will be spinning between performances. (Free, 8 p.m.)
The Blacks Swans @ Red Devil Lounge (Fri.)
The Black Swans have always seemed haunted to a degree -- after all, this is an indie-folk band that titled its first album Who Will Walk in the Darkness with You? Yet when founding violinist Noel Sayre died suddenly in 2008, the remaining members didn't let morbidity overwhelm them for long. Sayre left behind unfinished recordings, so the surviving Swans incorporated his weeping, Dirty Three-like ghost bowings into an album of new music. Now they're touring in advance of another new album due in 2011, and the band's stark acoustic arrangements should be even more stripped-down than ever, with singer/guitarist Jerry DeCicca's hushed vocal laments taking center stage. ($8, 8 p.m.) -- John Graham
Titan Ups @ Amnesia (Sat.)
After so many months of fuzz and drone, people have got to be searching for another way, a return to more cheerful, dance friendly music. Enter Titan Ups, a local rocksteady band described by All Shook Down recently as an ensemble "obsessed with maintaining absolute allegiance to Jamaica-descended music of the 1970s, from Toots and the Maytals to the Kingstonians to the Specials." Titan Ups spread the good-time vibes at Amnesia this Saturday with Justin Ancheta and Con Brio ($7-$10, 8 p.m.)
Man/Miracle @ Hemlock Tavern (Fri.)
Wily Man/Miracle is band you should see live. Its one of those kitchen sink bands that seem to stop at nothing to assure you're having a good time. There are hints of the psychedelic, hippie touches and also a bit of edge. The musicians bounce off each other in a magical way, jumping through songs packed with vigor. There's a YouTube clip floating around for the band's song "Pushing and Shoving" (directed by Josh Lowman) and it's high-energy and danceable even on repeat. The video depicts the perfect sunny day in the city, painting on a rooftop with friends. Man/Miracle plays Hemlock Tavern this Friday with Butterfly Bones and Elephant & Castle. ($6, 9:30 p.m.)
Witchburn @ El Rio (Fri.)
Seattle's Witchburn has that seething, Southern-fried hard rock-meet-metal style that's hard to listen to without at least a little head banging. If a witch were to burn, she'd probably howl similarly to the band's throaty female vocalist, Jamie Nova. She snarls, she hollers -- holding notes over wailing guitar. The band's latest release, This Is How We Slay Our Demons, is full of juicy metal. Witchburn plays El Rio with Sassy!!! ($5, 9:30 p.m.)
Sioux City Kid & the Revolutionary Ramblers @ Thee Parkside (Sat.)
Picture a scratchy Tom Waits-esque character in a good mood, perhaps with a stand-up bass and some peppy bluegrass guitar. If you're doing as told, and liking what you're imagining, it would behoove you to check out local Americana act Sioux City Kid & the Revolutionary Ramblers. The band embodies Americana musically, and the musicians can seriously play. The lyrics, appropriately, touch on rambling men, saucy women and dried out bodies of water. The band plays Thee Parkside with That Ghost, Hanalei, and Thee Landlords. ($7, 9 p.m.)
Godwaffle Noise Pancakes @ The Lab (Sun.)
Gear up for another round of Godwaffle Noise Pancakes at the Lab by sopping up the syrup with a few silver dollar cakes then quietly, taking a seat to enjoy ambient (and dissonant) noise courtesy visiting Los Angelenos Leticia Castaneda and Jess Coble, along with R.K. Faulhaber, Z Bug, and Pete Von Petrin.
($5-$10, 11:30 a.m.)
Ne change rien @ Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (Sun.)
Let's Get Lost, Bruce Weber's wrenchingly intimate 1987 portrait of jazzman Chet Baker, is the high-water mark for marriages of black-and-white cinematography and world-class music. Now comes the acclaimed Portuguese director Pedro Costa, an aficionado of long takes and high-contrast lighting, with Ne change rien, his own black-and-white method of gaining entrée to a musician's soul. His subject and muse is the French singer and actress Jeanne Balibar, captured in the studio and onstage, mistakes and all. With minimal movement and editing to distract us, Ne change rien pulls us deeper and deeper under the singer's spell. ($8, 2 p.m.) -- Michael Fox
Last Train Home @ Red Vic (Sun.)
Chinese-Canadian filmmaker Lixin Fan's 2009 film documents an epic human exodus that occurs every year on the eve of a New Year. In China, 130 million migrant workers travel to back to their villages to be with friends and family for the holiday by any means they can. Last Train Home examines one family's harrowing journey as a microcosm of the larger phenomenon. The Directors Guild of America recently nominated the film for outstanding directorial achievement in documentary. ($6-$9; 2, 4, 7:15 and 9:15)
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