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Friday, March 6, 2009

Ten Things Under $10 to Do This Weekend

Posted By on Fri, Mar 6, 2009 at 8:01 AM

Here we go again: Friday rolls around and you've been broke since Monday. Whether you're just a cheapskate or seriously pinching the pennies, there's there's plenty to keep you entertained this weekend for less than a ten-spot. Below, a couple select picks.

1. Amoeba Music Factory Party @ 1343 Powell St. (Friday)
Tonight's free party promises to stimulate your ears and eyes. The Factory Party boasts Velvet Underground cover bands, Warhol's "Screen Tests," an art show by Amoeba employees, people dressed in their '60s best, and lotsa other cool stuff in a big old Emeryville warehouse (if you want to snack, bring $10 for "food and beverage sampling".)

2. Dirt @ Madrone (Friday)
Dirty rap and electro with DJs Shane King and friends. Tonight's five dollar entry fee will help prove there's no sign of recession hitting the bank of sleazy beats.

3. Strand Releasing Turns 20 @ YBCA  (All Weekend)
Support the anniversary of queer independent film over the next couple days at Yerba Buena. Tonight's Love is the Devil  is a portrait of painter Francis Bacon and his young lover. Full list of screenings (which are only $8 a pop) here, including tomorrow's double feature of Wayward Cloud and Help Me Eros.

4. First Friday @ Lower Haight (Friday)
Spend your happy hour supporting the arts (or at least staring at them a little while you partake in the open bar). D-Structure  has an opening for Bay Area artist John Wentz  from 8 p.m. until midnight tonight. You just need to RSVP first at

5. Cheap Laughs @ ATA (Saturday)
Indie promoters Club Sandwich are presenting Canadian "conceptual comedy duo" Life of a Craphead  Saturday night at ATA. What does exactly does that tag mean? One example given on ATA's site: the pair ordered "one of every dish on a 400+ item menu and served it to the public as a Free Lunch." Not sure if you'll be fed here but you will get a double feature of these Crapheads and "slomo horror" films from Ryan Junell's Slomo Video Festival for only $6.

6. Afro-Latin Explosion @ Make-Out Room (Saturday)
The regular El Superrritmo party charges a mere $5 to hear the best of African music in Latin America ("Cumbia, dancehall, reggaeton, salsa, soul, hip-hop, funk, rio baile funk, mambo, electro, descargas cubanas, disco, bhangra"...need we say more?)

7. Moving @ Million Fishes (Saturday)
The gorgeous artists in residence space Million Fishes hosts "It's the Way That You Move," an art show with audio and visual components that looks at, well, movement and stuff. The opening reception is free and lasts from 7 to 11 p.m.

8.Goth Out @ Project One (Friday)
Who loves the recession more  than goths, right? Dark wave for dark days goes down at Project One tonight with "Black Out" featuring synth pop, goth, industrial, and more for free.

9. Punk Rock For a Good Cause @ Thee Parkside (Friday)
Spend your Friday night surrounded by good-hearted punks at Thee Parkside where four bands (Onion Flavored Rings, Shotwell, The Fucking Buckaroos, and Street Eaters) hit the stage for a benefit other than their own. Pay on a sliding scale (that starts at $5) to help raise money for a new all-ages space in San Francisco. 

10. Raise the Bass in Space @ SF Underground (Friday)
Brooklyn's DJ/producer/Chinatown label owner Brennan Green lifts us outta this depression by dropping some heavy bass into dreamy space disco. A $5 cover before 11 p.m.($8 after)  will help you gently blast into the electronic cosmos.

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