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Friday, August 14, 2009

10 Things to Do This Weekend for Under $10

Posted By on Fri, Aug 14, 2009 at 8:05 AM

Windsurf @ Amnesia on Friday
  • Windsurf @ Amnesia on Friday
Not all summer music fests require sizable chunks of your paycheck. This weekend, two budget music shindigs blanket San Francisco, championing alternatives to both mainstream music and mainstream admission prices. San Francisco's Doomed and Homo a Go Go are just two of 10 recommendations we have for running around the city without running down your bank account.

San Francisco's Doomed (Fri-Sun)
"'San Francisco's doomed,' O.G. proto-punks Crime sang, 'I need me some kicks!' With that attitude in mind, the S.F. All-Ages Show Space Project, Thrillhouse Records, and Maximumrocknroll mag organized the five-day San Francisco's Doomed fest benefiting their quest for a permanent all-ages punk club -- and,

yes, it definitely promises some kicks. Music styles range from nerdy

punk-pop, nail-hammering thrash, and acoustic-armed whiskey rebellions to stoner rock, homocore, and more at venues around the city. Crime itself headlines the

festival's closing show on Sunday at Balazo. And with most events $5 and open to everyone

with a birth certificate, it's an all-inclusive party to boot." John Graham

Homo a Go Go (Fri-Sun)
"If the macabre, joyless pageant that passed for Pride this year left

you disappointed -- that is, if you would've rather celebrated vibrant

music and art instead of watching a dreary procession of politicians

smiling and waving from their cars, nonprofit groups pouting beneath

their banners, and rubes dancing on Bank of America and Whole Foods

floats -- then welcome Homo a Go Go with open arms. The blowout (at various venues) features a lively, lovely array of independent-minded aesthetic

pleasures and parties: more than 60 films, a fashion show put together

by local multitasker Chelsea Starr, and, of course, a small galaxy of

talented music-makers. Shit-kicking Southern garage-rock action from

Girl in a Coma, the Philadelphian homo hip-hop of Sgt. Sass, and chic

Italo-disco by Portland, Oregon's Glass Candy are just a few of the

must-see shows on the docket. This is the festival's first time in San

Francisco after years of packed crowds in Olympia, Washington; the

party sprawl includes after-hours bashes, workshops, and the kind of

artistic revelry that gives being queer a good name." Evan James

Jonas Reinhardt, Tussle, Windsurf @ Amnesia (Friday)

you like the sort of dance music that's more about the offbeat than

keeping a beat, this is a pretty killer lineup. All three local acts

craft meditative rhythms that keep your legs from locking, but

their experiments in creative percussion, as well as

electronic and acoustic combos, keep the sounds fresh and the live

shows engaging. Jonas Reinhardt, Tussle, and Windsurf are top-shelf talent from a scene that keeps a foot on the dancefloor and a head in the cosmos. They play together at Amnesia (9 p.m., $7)

S.F. Venues Benefit @ Uptown (Friday)

How about that -- the East Bay helping out San Francisco? Oakland venue the Uptown is hosting a benefit show to raise a little cash for the legal defense fund of S.F. all-ages venues getting fucked with by the ABC. The Hundred Days, The Hot Toddies, Oona,

and others play tonight in hopes of helping other bands play tomorrow

at clubs like Bottom of the Hill, Cafe du Nord, Slim's, and Great

American Music Hall, all of which have been put under the microscope

for arcane "violations" of their liquor licenses. (9 p.m., $8)

The PRINCE vs MICHAEL Experience @ Madrone (Saturday)

last time we hit this party, it was so jam-packed you had to order your

oxygen outside. Of course it was also the first Prince vs. Michael

event to go down post-MJ R.I.P., but still. This round promises to be

no less popular, with DJs pitting two pop kings against one another in

song and video montages, and fans taking sides with paper Prince

and Michael masks. Plenty of pretty young (and older) things will file

their way into Madrone for this $5 party. (9 p.m.)

J-Pop Summit Festival @ Japantown (Saturday)

you're specifically a J-Pop aficionado or more of a general pop culture

voyeur, Saturday's celebration of Japanese cool is worth dropping into.

This street fair takes over Post from Webster to Buchanan and goes into the Peace

Plaza of Japantown, bringing together fashion, film, music, and New People. The event kicks off at 11 a.m. (free)

Reach Up @ Il Pirata (Saturday)
Spend a Saturday afternoon grooving to vintage rocksteady, soul, reggae, and lowrider oldies with the Reach Up

crew, which comprises DJs from the Sweater Funk, Revival Sound System,

40neFunk, Hear the Sounds, and Grown Kids Radio gangs. They spin at

this free party at Il Pirata (3 until 8 p.m.)

Alamo Square Flea Market (Saturday)

doesn't love a little thirfting while picnicing? Saturday the Painted

Ladies take a back seat to booths of vintage wares on Fulton, Hayes,

and Scott Streets at the Alamo Square Flea Market from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (via FuncheapSF).

The Indie Mart's Summer Street Fair @ Thee Parkside (Sunday)
When Indie Mart hosted

its last Summer Street Fair a couple months back, it was the ultimate

block party. Creative vendors, great DJs, live bands, places to eat off

the grill and drink booze--minus that whole frat boy drunk in the sun

mentality. The outdoor craft fair returns this Sunday for another round

of clothes, beats, jewelery, hot dogs, and fun, taking over Thee

Parkside and surrounding streets (17th St. and all down Wisconsin)

between 12 and 6 p.m. A $2 suggested donation supports the new Indie

Mart Workshop Space opening in September.

Pinball Wizard Flash Mob @ Union Square (Sunday)


flash mobs are so common in this city thT they're about as shocking as the

opening of a new pizza restaurant in the Mission. But a 100-stron dancer

mob moving to the Who's "Pinball Wizard" in Union Square? We'd

love front-row seats to that one. To let a poorly kept secret outta the

bag, check out "a choreographed public group performance to 'Pinball

Wizard' from The Who's Tommy" on Sunday at 4:30 p.m. in the heart of

tourist town. It's supposedly gonna look at little something like this.

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