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Friday, June 5, 2009

10 Things to Do This Weekend for Under $10

Posted By on Fri, Jun 5, 2009 at 8:09 AM

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Our hand picked list of events worth your spare time, for the price of your spare change.

Zombie Beach Party (Friday)
In San Francisco, Zombies never say die. When they're not "killing" people during flash mobs, they're going to the beach--indoors, of course, because the real sun would damage all that rotting flesh. This event at the DNA involves performances by a bunch of undead-friendly bands, a photo booth to document the zombies in all their black, white, and red all over horror, and a costume contest. So look unalive--dress the part and admission drops from $10 to $7 (for "zombies and surfers"). (9 p.m.)

Eminent Domain Awareness (Friday)
Speaking of the dead, the SOMA art gallery Varnish is being forced into an early grave apparently, thanks to news that the Transbay Joint Powers Authority is going to demolish the building that houses the cool little art bar. They're not going down without a big party, though, and tonight's goodbye soiree includes speakers Jello Biafra, Matt Gonzalez, and Warren Hinkle. (free, 7 p.m.)

Groundsound Happy Hour (Friday)
Amplive of Zion I, The Tourist from the Magnificent 7 Crew, and other guest DJs hold it down at Laszlo's happy hour from 6 until 9 p.m. tonight. Get there between 6 and 7, though, and you'll be extra happy 'cause the beer's free for that hour. (free)

Suptertaster Happy Hour at L.O.W. SF (Friday)
If you want to spend your happy hour gettin' classy, L.O.W. SF is hosting another one of its Friday parties at Vessel, only this time they're bringing in Jazz Mafia spinoff Supertaster. The post-jazz group will be performing two sets between 4 and 9 p.m.--a time span that also allows for some low budget boozing. There's an open bar between 4 and 5:30 p.m. hosted by Fernet and Corralejo Tequila, and later every shot purchased comes with a free beer. 

Pysch-Out at the Red Vic (Friday and Saturday)
Regardless of whether 4 and 20 are your favorite numbers, the Red Vic plays some pretty excellent stoner classics on the big screen on a regular basis. Case in point, Psych-Out, which was filmed in the very 'hood that houses the movie theater, back in '68. Strawberry Alarm Clock provides the music, Jack Nicholson and friends provide names like Stoney, and you provide the plot you want to go with on this one. Does it really matter where the drama lies when the story revolves around hippie pranksters? (showtimes vary, $6-$9)

What's the Big Idea? Late Night Party (Saturday)
This big blowout for YBC's current art shows (Nick Cave and the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence) looks like it's gonna be a blast. It also looks like it's gonna be way crowded. The party--which involves free tattoos, drag shows, live music, Mission Street Food, admission to the killer Nick Cave and Sisters exhibits, and so many more bits of entertainment that there's really something for everyone here--is free. Which means it's gonna be packed the minute the gates open. If you already RSVP'd, get there early. If you didn't RSVP, the list is closed; Get there really early. (9 p.m.-3 a.m.)

The Candy Factory (Saturday)
We're not sure if the Candy Factory is sweeter than the Chocolate Factory, but from the looks the Candy Factory party at Club Six, the guests will be just as colorful as anything Willy Wonka could've dreamed up. Nine different DJs will be spinning confectionary dubstep and glitch tracks to revelers dressed in their sugar mama and daddy best. Mochipet, one of the night's star attractions, should fill your cravings for distorted electro, hip-hop, and future bass ($7 before 11 p.m., doors at 9 p.m.)

Girls and Nodzzz at the Hemlock (Saturday)
Remember when Girls were a new band that played the Hemlock? Well, they still are, but now San Francisco is just one tour stop of many for the city's best distortion-pedal-friendly pop band (think Teenage Fanclub meets My Bloody Valentine) on its way to Seattle's Capitol Hill Black Party, Lollapalooza in Chicago, and a whole host of national show dates in between. We highly recommend seeing this excellent act tonight, because from the looks of things, the next time they're playing locally--besides a July 21 show at Rickshaw Stop--will be at Outside Lands this fall. Dang. And Girls are only half the reason to hit the Hemlock on Saturday. The other half comes from Nodzzz, another San Francisco rising star band whose energetic lo-fi buzz will give you a contact high. (9:30 p.m., $7)

Omino Day (Saturday)
Omino Day kicks off at MacLaren Park at 10 a.m. Saturday, getting things going early for what promises to be a full afternoon of international beats and bands. With DJ sets by Sake One and Mr. E, live music from Bayonics and Jah Warrior, and almost two dozen other artists and speakers taking the stage, there should be enough warm bodies on the lineup alone to constitute a big old park party. (Free)

Frankenstein L.I.V.S. at Pissed Off Pete's (Saturday)
From John Graham: "A sad San Francisco truth: if you spend too much time in the Mission District, all the scenesters, preeners, and peacocks can grate your soul down to dust. When you feel like you need a spiritual enema, head to the Excelsior District. That's where you find Pissed Off Pete's and, more importantly, tonight's no-dough show featuring pretension-free punkiness: Frankenstein L.I.V.S. bang it fast and loose, the Jibbers shake down some garagey blues swagga, and the Two Timin Hussies scratch out catchy grrl-rawk that's one part kitten and one part claw. Laughter may be the best medicine, but free punk shows like this can have a rejuvenating effect all their own." (9 p.m.)

Bonus: Free BBQ at Benders (Sunday)
A little hair of the dog on Sunday always makes Monday's bite feel far less fierce. Every Sunday Benders reintroduces you to your old pal booze over a free BBQ that burns away your weekend sins on a charcoal grill. (3p.m.-7p.m.)

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