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Friday, January 28, 2011

Free Opera, Canada's Bonjay, Surf Music Party, Glitter Wizard, and More

Posted By on Fri, Jan 28, 2011 at 8:03 AM

Glitter Wizard plays Hemlock Tavern this Sunday - HOWARD KAN
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  • Glitter Wizard plays Hemlock Tavern this Sunday

These unseasonably warm days mean we must party. The city is begging us to invade it, take over clubs and bars, swarm parks, fill galleries; to enjoy its every offering. To maximize the fun, pick events with cheap entry fees. We've got the rundown on those listed below. Here's our list of 10 things to do this weekend for less than a copy of the The Last Airbender on DVD:

Free Opera Night at the Museum @ the deYoung (Fri.)
How do we commoners get the chance to enjoy a live opera performance? We don't have exact numbers, but we'll venture a guess that the answer is not too often. Free Opera Night at the Museum changes all that; it brings us to the level of kings, patrons, and people with real jobs. Cutting-edge local outfit Ensemble Parallèle will preview excerpts from its upcoming performance of the Philip Glass opera Orphee. There also will be a companion art project (Venetian opera mask-making) along with main attraction. Savor some high society. (Free, 6 p.m.)

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Friday, July 30, 2010

Bicycle Music Fest, Renegade Craft Fair, Meeting in the Ladies Room, and 400 Blows

Posted By on Fri, Jul 30, 2010 at 8:44 AM

Judgement Day plays Saturday at the Bicycle Music Festival
  • Judgement Day plays Saturday at the Bicycle Music Festival

Stringed heavy metal acts operated by bicycle power, teenage dance parties, and legendary country-folk ingénues in the park -- San Francisco has it all this weekend for less than the cost of a few pounds of organic summer fruit. Here's our list of events for under $10 during this fine final weekend of July.

Fake Your Own Death @ Make-Out Room (Fri.)
San Francisco's Fake Your Own Death boasts an accurately macabre band name; its music fits the gloomy bill. With hints of Joy Division and Interpol, Fake Your Own Death freely embraces the darker side of music, though with a charming addition -- as has been noted many times, the band's vocals strongly recall those of The National's Matt Berninger. The band's Friday night show at the Make-Out Room is both an album release celebration and a new video debut party. ($7, 7:30 p.m.)

Teenage Dance Craze @ The Knockout (Fri.)
We're just dreaming, but here is our dream: to see dive-bar dancers whose attention to detail matches the obsession of Bay Area vintage-music DJs. For example, at Lonely Teardrops' doo-wop night about a year ago, we lost our composure and requested a Claudine Clark song. "I have one," the DJ said, looking guilty. "But Claudine Clark is girl group, not doo-wop, so I might get in trouble with the other DJs. They're pretty strict." Can you imagine the dancers who would go with that? If we were to find them, said rumpbumpers would undoubtedly show up, dressed to the goddamn nines, at The Teenage Dance Craze Party, presided over by Beatle-booted thugs DJs Sergio Iglesias and Russell Quan, and dX the Funky Gran Paw.
($3, 10 p.m.)-- Hiya Swanhuyser

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Friday, June 25, 2010

10 Things: Good Bands, Gay Pride, Free Market and The Life and Death of an Italian Cat

Posted By on Fri, Jun 25, 2010 at 8:49 AM

Portland's The Caps, performing at Summer Solstice Spectacle on Saturday
  • Portland's The Caps, performing at Summer Solstice Spectacle on Saturday
On this fine Pride weekend, let's step back and take a moment to appreciate all the superb events our foggy town has to offer without high costs or shitty attitudes. Where else in the world can you find citywide Michael Jackson flash mobs, vast and sparkling parades, women acting like Italian cats, and garage pop galore -- all during the same weekend, all for less than $10? Nowhere, I tell you. Here's our list of cheap events in San Francisco during this delightful final weekend of June:

The Dresses/ Objects Project opening reception @ Z Space at Theater Artaud (Fri.)

Inspired by the poems of feminist hero Gertrude Stein, interdisciplinary art installation The Dresses/Objects Project features handmade dresses, letterpress prints, photographs, poetry, and dance. Artist Katrina Rodabaugh created the installation in collaboration with 30 other female artists. The opening reception will include a dance piece choreographed by Erin Mei Ling Stuart. The installations on view June 25- July 18, Tuesdays-Saturdays 1-5 p.m.; with live performances June 25 & 26, Closing reception July 18, 2-5pm with poetry reading at 3 p.m. (Free, 7:30-9 p.m.)

Soft Metals @ Li-Po Lounge (Fri.) 

Electro-rockers Soft Metals is comprised of the stunning Patricia Hall and Ian Hicks of Portland, Oregon. The jumpy duo, who possess a shared love of vintage synthesizes and drum machines, are coming to San Francisco off a fresh gig with L.A. heavyweights HEALTH. Their tunes recall dark, romantic, early-'80s synth music and Italo-disco. Party Effects, DJ Primo and DJ Jordan open the show -- should be a pretty danceable evening in Li-po's cramped and humid basement. Wear something loose and glittery. ($5, 10 p.m.)

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Friday, June 18, 2010

Gypsy Jazz, Masked Punks, Crafts and Beers, Doom Metal, Grease, and Free World Music

Posted By on Fri, Jun 18, 2010 at 8:10 AM

Angélique Kidjo plays for free this Sunday as part of the Stern Grove Festival
  • Angélique Kidjo plays for free this Sunday as part of the Stern Grove Festival

This weekend, you can join in a group Grease sing-along, witness a masked punk legend in action, celebrate the art of craft, check in with the world-music scene and ride a seven-person bicycle -- all for less than two shots of quality whiskey. Just don't forget to call Dad on Sunday before you've had a few.

Gaucho @ 111 Minna (Fri.) Gypsy jazz could just be the new Afro-pop, if Gaucho has anything to say about it. The six-piece San Francisco band plays an excitable mix of klezmer, Brazilian choros, New Orleans jazz and vintage swing. The show also includes sets by Chris Orr and DJ Phleck. Plus, the show is free and there will be $2 PBRs. So, win-win? (Free, 5-9 p.m.)

The Etsy Birthday @ Workshop (Fri.) Can you remember a time before Etsy? Probably. But wasn't it so much more complicated to track down ideal homemade, handspun crafts and goods before the clever folks at Etsy decided to categorize it all for you? The website has become a bona fide phenomenon - entire clothing lines are built and sold exclusively on its easy-to-use pages, and it even spawned a backlash (the brilliant mess that is Regretsy). So in celebration of its continued existence, Etsy has teamed up with the crafter's bible, Ready Made, to launch DIY birthday parties around the world. The local party takes places at Workshop, off McAllister and Baker, with a too-cute night of crafts, beers, music and conversation. ($5, 5:30-7:30 p.m.)

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Friday, January 1, 2010

10 Things to Do This Weekend For Under $10

Posted By on Fri, Jan 1, 2010 at 1:11 PM

Finally! The decade from hell is officially over and now, with the world out of its childish '00s on to its '10-plus tweens, we have so many growing pains to look forward to. So what's your New Year's resolution? If it's to party like a charmed indie pop star on a meager roadie budget, why not start this weekend? Here are some easy ways to fulfill that 2010 goal:

1. Mike Giant new works opening @ The Skullz Press (Fri.).

Kick off 2010 with epic street art and free beer. The Skullz Press is the Divisadero studio of renowned tattooist/graffiti artist/photographer/illustrator Mike Giant. Giant's work includes everything from illustrations of tattoo-covered Chola chicks to photographs of San Francisco bicyclists to skull and rose-filled skateboarder motifs. His pieces have graced the cover of Shepard Fairey's culture and lifestyle magazine Swindle and the bodies of countless hipsters. Go for the beer, stay for the art. (Free, 6-9 p.m.).

2. The Pine Box Boys, Los Duggans @ Elbo Room (Fri.).

In the mood for some hyper and twangy country jams? Elbo Room may just be the spot for you tonight. San Francisco-based crew The Pine Box Boys will plow through a speed-country set featuring their own personal brand of "songs of murder and misery" plunked out on acoustic guitar and banjo. Echo Park quartet Los Duggans will open the show with its equally hectic mix of Appalachian-revivalist-punk-bluegrass jams. Get ready to toss your Stetson in the pit.($10, 9:30 p.m.)

3. FLOOR SCORE @ The Beatbox (Fri.)

The personal mission of dance party FLOOR SCORE is to preserve the San Francisco nightlife scene. The party intends to follow through with its promise by blasting a heart-pumping mix of disco, acid and vintage house beats provided by DJs Pee Play and Nick B. The event, presented by Ryan Robles (Rehab, Feather, Playboy) also boasts dance floor light installations and all-night-long drink specials. Sleep off the NYE hangover and get right back out there, champ. ($6, 10 p.m.).

4. Loopt Holiday Scavenger Hunt @ 111 Minna (Sat.)

Remember those old hand-scrawled scavenger hunt lists that ended with crossed out tasks and crumpled paper? They are apparently a thing of the past, a bygone era. The creators of Loopt (an app that allows you to hunt down your friends' exact location) are sponsoring a technologically-superior urban "Holiday From the Holidays" scavenger hunt this Saturday. Players can download the app for free ( then follow coordinates and traipse across our fair, foggy city through galleries and coffee shops in a mission to win various treats. Prizes include freebies and drink tickets from local businesses - and the grand prize is a round-trip ticket to Hawaii. Don't think you have what it takes? Hint - players who fail to procure prizes can still attend the boozy VIP after-party. (Free, 2-6 p.m.).

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Friday, December 25, 2009

10 Things to Do This Weekend For Under $10

Posted By on Fri, Dec 25, 2009 at 2:17 AM

By this point you're probably exhausted from all those hours of ripping shiny wrapping paper off lackluster presents and regaling relatives with stories of your wacky life in the big city. And like us, you're probably hurting for cash a bit in this last week of the month after spending all your hard earned dough on gifts for said relatives.


Do not fret; San Francisco has plenty of sparkly and non-denominational holiday events this weekend to fit your tightened budget:

Zombie Xmas @ Pirate Cat Radio (Fri.).

Hold on to that fuzzy holiday spirit a little longer with Pirate Cat Radio's seasonal ode to the art of the zombie flick. Nosh on popcorn, imbibe in egg nog and spicy hot toddies then settle in to screen six zombie films from around the world; "I Walked with a Zombie," "Night of the Living Dead," "Dawn of the Dead," "Zombie," "Braindead," and "Wild Zero." Holiday-appropriate libations and zombie overload - what more could a gore fan ask for? (Free. Noon-10 p.m.).

Target Family Day @ The Contemporary Jewish Museum (Fri.).

Families and museum-lovers of all ages can visit the CJM for free today and catch costumed "Where the Wild Things Are" characters in conjunction with the Maurice Sendak exhibit "There's A Mystery There: Sendak on Sendak" and participate in accompanying arts and crafts. Be sure to stop by the cushy upstairs Yud lounge to listen to kitschy vintage records in the "Jews on Vinyl" exhibit. (Free, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.).

Death Guild X-Mess @ DNA Lounge (Fri.).

Who doesn't want to spend Christmas shoulder-dancing to a heavy mix of gothic, industrial and synthpop jams? Death Guild's been a San Francisco gothic staple since 1992 with an annual X-Mess event since 1999. This year's party will feature DJ Decay, DJ Joe Radio and DJ Melting Girl in the main room and DJ Intoner, DJ Lex and DJ Sage in the lounge. There also promises to be "exuberant and morbid" drink specials. And if you like the event, consider contributing to the DNA Lounge Legal Defense Fund. The SOMA venue has been in an ongoing battle with the Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) since 2007. To help, join the "Save DNA Lounge" Facebook. ($5, 18+. 9 p.m.)

Karla LaVey's Black X-Mass @ The Elbo Room (Fri.).

In the grand tradition of her forefathers, Karla LaVey (daughter of infamous Church of Satan founder Anton LaVey) will pay homage to the darker side of the holidays by hosting the 12th annual Black X-Mass. Karla, a controversial figure in her own right, founded her own First Satanic Church in San Francisco in the late '90s and currently hosts a weekly Satanic radio show. Tonight's macabre affair will include live bands The Fuxedos and Sassy!!! along with performances by The Devil Dancers and Theremin Wizard Barney. Who can resist a theremin wizard? ($10, 9 p.m.)

Annual Kwanzaa Celebration @ Bay Area Discovery Museum (Sat.).

Celebrate Kwanza with free museum admission and art projects inspired by the customs and traditions of African nations. Renowned Oakland jazz drummer E. W. Wainwright and his ensemble The African Roots of Jazz will musically trace the history of jazz, gospel and spiritual songs. Be forewarned, there may just be some audience participation. (10 a.m.-5 p.m.).

Engagement, Commitment and Fresh Air: Fifty Years with the San Francisco Mime Troupe @ Yerba Buena Cultural Arts Center (Sat.-Sun.).

While the museum itself is, alas, not free to visit, we still like to peruse the always enjoyable front room exhibition. The SF Mime Troupe exhibition is no exception - featuring archival photos, videos, musical recordings and costumes from the theatrical troupe's 50 year history. The group's radical political theater pieces have touched on everything from civil rights to big oil - and yes, the troupe incorporates sound along with movement. These mimes don't keep mum. (Free, Sat: 12-8 p.m., Sun: 12-6 p.m.).

Teenage Dance Craze: A Swinging Twistmas @ The Knockout (Sat.).

Sometimes a girl just wants to shake her tail-feather -- shellac her hair up and do the twist with a friendly and sweaty crowd dressed to the nines. Her best bet this weekend might be Teenage Dance Craze's holiday-themed vintage soul party Twistmas 2009 where DJs Sergio Iglesias, Russell Quan and DX will spin 1960s rockabilly, garage, r&b and surf rock hits.($3, 10 p.m.).

Holiday Ice Rink @ Embarcadero Center (Fri.-Sun.).

In celebration of classic holiday traditions, sling on some skates and hit the ice at S.F.'s largest outdoor rink. Don't forget your newly-acquired mittens and fuzzy ball-topped hats - it gets cold in there.

($5.50-$9.50 excluding skates, 10 a.m.-10 p.m.).

Oldies Holiday Dance Party @ Amnesia (Sun.)

Throw on that ugly holiday sweater and shake your groove thang to classic audio treats. The cozy Mission bar will spin smooth holiday slow jams to soothe your post-family hangout headache. (Free, 9 p.m.).

Lazer Zeppelin, Maggie Morrie and Neighbors @ The Hemlock (Sun.)

Nestled safely in damp Olympia, Washington last spring, a group of tight knit musician pals (and veterans of bands such as L.A.K.E) gathered together and formed Lazer Zeppelin. "We'd always wanted to start up a country singing group. So we got some friends together and it was real natural." The band plays its own sweet country-tinged folk songs, but also performs a hearty mix of covers including old public domain folk tunes and forgotten country classics. The expansive group plunks out tunes on electric guitar, drums, electric gong and karaoke machines, among other instruments. They recently recorded an full-length album on cassette tape, have plans to record a seven-inch in January with Karl Blau, and will spend 2010 touring the US and Mexico. ($6, 9 p.m.).

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