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Friday, October 17, 2008

W, Dengue Fever, Ghostland Observatory and the Red Bull Soap Box Races: Your Weekend Hitlist

Posted By on Fri, Oct 17, 2008 at 9:23 AM

By Melissa Baron

Get ready for another very busy weekend here in the city. For those of you who haven't, get registered to vote already; Monday is your last chance! There will be groups set up all over town handing out forms, so there's no excuse. If you're still undecided about who to vote for, go see Oliver Stone's W.

There's lots going on tonight. The Seventh Annual Documentary Film Festival opens at the Mission's Roxie Cinema. The festival runs until the 30th:

"With over 60 films from around the world, the seventh annual Documentary Film Festival (DocFest) is offering three weeks of rather complex, and engaging nonfiction films and videos, October 17–30, 2008 at the Roxie Theater, 3117 16th Street; and October 31–November 6, 2008 at the Shattuck Cinemas, 2230 Shattuck Avenue in Berkeley."

If your eyes crave some live stimulus, Bimbos will be hosting psychedelic Cambodian indie superstars Dengue Fever. The 18+ show starts at 9 p.m. and tickets are at $16. Also: The Kings of Leon are touring and make a stop at the Warfield tonight and tomorrow. Even though this band is so three years ago (and really, "Aha Shake Heartbreak" was their good album) the show should be pretty decent. The band does have nice hair. They play with the Stills and We Are Scientists. And kids, hopefully mom and dad are fronting the bill for this because tickets are $41.50 before bullshit fees.

Some nights you just need to dance, and if that's the case, head to the Fillmore for Austin's Ghostland Observatory.

"Ghostland Observatory is not a band, but an agreement between two friends to create something that not only heals their beat-driven hearts, but pleases their rock ‘n roll souls."

More importantly, they know how to get people to dance like crazy. If none of these things appeal to you here's one more, Night of the Living Dead at the Castro Theatre! More importantly, a double feature with Jack Hill's "Spider Baby" on at 7:30 and "Night of the Living Dead" at 10. Sid Haig from "Spider Baby" will be interviewed on stage and there will be a zombie-eating contest.

Saturday is the Red Bull Soap Box Races at Dolores Park:

"San Francisco, a city known for cinematic car chases on its hilly terrain, will achieve a new vehicular milestone as Red Bull Soapbox Race rolls into town on October 18. The event will feature a field of 40 hand-made racers, driven by men and women daring enough to brave steep drops, hairpin turns and scary speeds in pursuit of achieving raceway glory. But these are no ordinary vehicles - keep their eyes peeled for a burrito truck, a giant baseball, a cable car, and more zooming down Dolores Street in the Mission District. Even the San Francisco Illegal Soapbox Society is getting in on the action with a soapbox racer of its own. Gates at 11am, First race at 1pm. Free."

24 Hour Comics Day starts Saturday morning at 11 a.m. sponsored by Comic Outpost and the SF Cartoonist Conspiracy:

"24 Hour Comics Day is an annual challenge for cartoonists to produce a 24-page comic book written, drawn, and completed in 24 consecutive hours."

Looking to explore your Croatian side (assuming you have one)? The Croatian American Cultural Center brings you Taste of Croatia as part of the San Francisco Croatian Festival. There will be singing, dancing, workshops, food and a movie. Saturday night venture to YBCA for some Peaches Christ action. The lovely lady will host her "Tran-ilogy of Terror" and comedy terror short "Grindhouse." She'll finish up with a Q&A. Looking for some tunes? Say Hi, Jukebox the Ghost, the Ian Fays and Princeton at Bottom of the Hill. The show is all ages, starts at 9 and tickets are $12.

After such a busy weekend Sunday should be a day for relaxing. Head back to Bimbo's for a mellow Pinback concert. The show is 18+, starts at 8 and tickets are $22. Feeling like what you really might need are some nostalgic female power ballads? Tina is here. Tina Turner at HP Pavilion to be exact. If you can make the trek to San Jose the show promises to "feature hit after hit spanning Turner’s entire career, with a spectacular and stunning production plus the singer’s incredible band, innovative choreography, hi-tech lighting and much more." She'll be there Sunday and Monday.

That's your weekend hitlist.

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