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Friday, July 10, 2009

10 Things To Do This Weekend For Under $10

Posted By on Fri, Jul 10, 2009 at 7:30 AM

DJ Quickie Mart @ Fo' Sho' Fridays
  • DJ Quickie Mart @ Fo' Sho' Fridays
Tomorrow's date is 7/11--which, in cheapskate language, means Slurpees are free at 7-11s around the country. That's this week's bonus on a list of things to do for under $10. (Our advice, to drink them slow so you don't get a brain freeze headache, is also free).

The San Francisco Underground Comix Experience @ Electric Works (Friday)
Electric Works celebrates underground comic illustrators from M. Bode to R. Crumb and beyond. Their group show, The Cresting Wave: The San Francisco Underground Comix Experience, opens tonight with a party from 6-8 p.m. (free)

Kaleidoscope @ House of Shields (Friday)
While lower SOMA goes dormant, House of Shields gets live with DJs spinning old garage, soul, freakbeat, and ska. Kaleidoscope celebrates the '60s at prices to match the era: $4 gets you in the door. (10 p.m.)

Fo' Sho Fridays @ Madrone (Friday)
Across town, a different sort of oldies will be blasting from the turntables. Madrone's Fo' Sho' Fridays digs into rare groove, hip-hop classics, funk, and "international flavors" with DJ Makossa, Kung Fu Chris, and Quickie Mart. (10 p.m., $5)

Psychic Ills @ the Hemlock (Saturday)
"The music of Brooklyn art-drone quartet Psychic Ills has been described as 'shamanic,' with its compositional approach compared to astral traveling. The band's new album, Mirror Eye, certainly has meditative qualities. Mumbled mantras and repetitive instrumentation sit nicely with the pulses and pops of antique drum machines. Icy Terminator synth shrieks and a nearly black metal-esque undercurrent of gloom show up often, and the result is as unsettling as you would expect."-- John Garmon (Hemlock, 9 p.m., $8)

Manhattan @ Union Square (Saturday)
Woody Allen's a chump--judging by his latest trainwreck, Whatever Works. But there was a time when his crotchety attitude was kinda clever. Manhattan, showing in Union Square, is a reminder of the good ol' days of Woody. Watch for free--but don't forget your blankets or chairs, as Union Square is one of the least ass-friendly venues in the city (8 p.m.).

Skygreen Leopards @ Amnesia (Saturday)
"Skygreen Leopard's latest, Gorgeous Johnny, sounds much like its predecessor: Both are fat sacks of stoned melodies and jangly guitars that feel utterly Californian. But Gorgeous Johnny comes decked out in ornamentation. Two of the album's best tunes boast layered, echo-soaked harmonies that recall the Beach Boys' Smile." --Justin F. Farrar (Amnesia, 9 p.m., $8)

Cockblock @ Rickshaw (Saturday)
In the mood for a "homolicious dance party" perhaps? Cockblock is for "lezzies" and their lovers and friends--anyone on the queer tip willing to hit the dance floor for a range of DJ styles (hyphy, '90s, soul, and disco are all buddies under this rainbow of beats). (Rickshaw Stop, 10 p.m., $7)

Wholphin Screening @ ATA (Saturday)
The 9th volume of DVD magazine Wholphin contains another eclectic collection of films. This round comprises a documentary on a beauty pageant in a Columbian prison, a French cartoon about a meteorite victim, and a new short by local director Caveh Zahedi. Check out select snippets of these films at ATA starting at 8 p.m. ($6)

Captured @ Socha (Sunday)
Regardless of whether you've ever lived in Manhattan's Lower East Side, its lore as a bastion of freaks, punks, artists, and degenerates is legendary--as is the gentrification that cleaned all the unsavory stuff (some would argue the finest aspects) out of the neighborhood. Filmmaker Clayton Patterson has turned his camera on the LES since 1979, documenting the struggles of its denizens and detractors alike for the film Captured. The movie screens in the Mission on Sunday at Socha Cafe (free, 7 p.m.)

Ice Cream Sunday Ride (Sunday)
Ah, the irony--a ride between various ice cream parlors in San Francisco that discourages kids from joining in on their bikes (the young'uns can't come because the route goes all over town). Today's free Ice Cream Sunday Ride starts at Humphry Slocombe at noon and hits various retailers of sweet frozen treats at five different outposts (covering 6 miles). (Free, but bring cash for those cones of course).  

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