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Friday, September 18, 2009

10 Things To Do This Weekend For Under $10

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The weekend is here, and with it our list of quality entertainment on the cheap.

Rebar's Parking Day @ Various Locations (Friday)
"Although the art collective Rebar is too humble to take credit for reclaiming the asphalt, we're not too humble to give it. In 2005, it transformed one metered spot into a public park, for one day. Now, Rebar's Park(ing) Day is global, with hundreds (thousands?) of spots becoming temporary parks, outfitted in whatever participants can think up, from fake grass and real couches to the infamous Parkcycle of 2007. The whole thing is open-source -- you create your park on your own -- but Rebar's site has all the resources you need. If you come across a park in the wild, don't be shy. Step inside. Take a seat. Read a book or eat your lunch; better yet, introduce yourself to someone. Enjoy a few moments of curbside repose -- this is what your car feels like. Although parks appear all over the city (there were more than 70 in S.F. last year), major sites include Valencia Street, Grant Street, and SOMA." Michael Leaverton (Free, starts at 11 a.m.)

The Dodos @ Amoeba (Friday)

San Francisco is flush with talented indie poppers. The Dodos are one of the city's top pop exports, and tonight they celebrate the release of their new record, Time to Die, with a free in-store a Amoeba, a warm up to their October gig at Bimbo's. (6 p.m.)

The Sway Machinery @ Congregation Emanu-El (Friday)
Musicians who perform with Balkan Beat Box, Arcade Fire, and Beirut come together under the umbrella of The Sway Machinery. The group mixes "Cantorial-influenced vocals over the energetic, celebratory rhythms of Afro-pop, hard-hitting drums and the blues," with pieces "based on mystical texts taken directly from the Jewish High Holiday prayers." The group performs "Hidden Melodies Revealed: Part Ritual, Part Rock Concert"  tonight at The Sanctuary at Temple Emanu-El, in celebration of Rosh Hashanah.  (9 p.m. open bar; 10 p.m. show)

Workshop Opening Party (Friday)
The DIY-inspiring masterminds behind Indie Mart have opened a new space for crafty educators and crafters-to-be at the corner of Webster and McAllister. It's called, simply, Workshop--a preview to what's gonna happen within this cozy space. The creators also have future plans for movie nights, library loans, book release parties, guest speakers, and more. Tonight they host an evening of making: as in "Make a beer koozie. Make some buttons. Make a drink. Make out." DJ Mother Berry will be on the decks keeping things spinning. (7-11 p.m., free).

Brownout @ Elbo Room (Friday)

Austin's eight-piece Latin funk outfit, Brownout, takes influence from Sly Stone and psychedelic rock. In their other incarnation, Grupo Fantasma, the members have backed Prince at Coachella. In Brownout, the players really push the funk with infectious Afro-Latin instrumentals. The group hits the stage tonight at Elbo Room. (10 p.m., $8-$10)

Todd St. John @ Mollusk (Saturday)
Beach bums and artists haven't found a better space to hang together than at Mollusk, our favorite gallery-by-the-sea. Saturday night the surf shop presents new work by New York-based artist/filmmaker Todd St. John. The reception runs from 7-10 p.m., and is free. (And for dinner, hit our favorite bargain bistro, Outerlands. Just be prepared to wait in line).

David Cross @ Borders (Saturday)

If you can't pony up the cash for David Cross' performance at the Warfield, you can still hit his free in-store. SFist reported that the comedian will be at the Union Square Borders on Saturday to promote his new book, I Drink For a Reason. (Free, 2 p.m.)

The Dark Knight @ Dolores Park (Saturday)

We could not, in good faith, recommend paying movie theater prices to see such a disappointing take on Batman as The Dark Knight. We can, however, point you toward watching it for a suggested $6 donation, with a picnic at your side, in Dolores Park. At least for the Heath Ledger scenes. (8 p.m.)

Roadworks: Steamroller Printing Street Fair (Saturday)

San Francisco hosts plenty of craft fairs, but ones involving steamrollers are a rare sight. The San Francisco Center for the Book hosts Roadworks on Saturday, a street party where screenprinting gets rolling with heavy industrial machinery. The event includes work from big art talent (Megan Adie, John Hersey, Rik Olson, Jenny Robinson, Michael Wertz, and Rigo 23) but also extends an invitation to make steamroller prints of your own. (Noon-5 p.m., free)

Comedy Day @ Golden Gate Park (Sunday)
If you're a big comedy fan but avoid the clubs and their two-drink minimums, hit Sharon Meadow in Golden Gate Park on Sunday for Comedy Day. The event pools together nearly three-dozen funny comics, ranging from big names (Will Durst) to politicians (Tom Ammiano) and up and comers (Brent Weinbach, Sammy Obeid). (Noon-5 p.m., free)

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