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Friday, September 25, 2009

10 Things To Do This Weekend For Under $10

Posted By on Fri, Sep 25, 2009 at 7:46 AM

Leopold and His Fiction perform at Summerland on Saturday - RON KRISEL
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  • Leopold and His Fiction perform at Summerland on Saturday
Weekend's here. Let's have some fun--while keeping the strings on the man purse pulled tight.

Project Wrecking Ball @ Varnish (Friday)

Tonight is the launch party for Varnish's Project Wrecking Ball, a chance for the Natoma St. gallery to get creative with its frustration over being demolished thanks to eminent domain. Doomsday has yet to be scheduled, though, meaning Varnish is also in flux as to when and if it can continue hosting shows. So the curators have invited over 30 different artists to create on-site work until...well, until the death certificate is officially singed by the Transbay Joint Powers Authority. Tonight's kickoff event is free. (7 p.m.-11 p.m.)

Summerland @ Mint Plaza (Saturday)

Mint Plaza is the little square that could, overcoming all the crackheads and other shady loiterers in the area to attract diners and club goers. Located next to Mezzanine (off 5th between Mission and Market) the plaza will attempt to really draw a crowd with an excellent-sounding party involving music, fashion, and food. Summerland is the cultural umbrella under which you can hear great local bands (Leopold and His Fiction; The Ferocious Few, and more); shop for pieces from over 70 local designers; grab eats from Chez Papa and other restaurants; sip Bloody Marys and mimosas; and other good stuff. If you need a pick-me-up, Blue Bottle is right there too. (free, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.)

Chilidog! 3 Year Anniversary @ Triple Crown (Saturday)

DJ Stanley Frank heads up the "martian discotheque" with Gemini Disco and Ambrosia Salad. Together they promise plenty of goddamn disco shenanigans, tepid chilidogs, and $3 drinks as they celebrate three years of Chilidog!'n it. ($5, 10 p.m.) (Oops, yeah this event is Tuesday! Sorry! Go to Go Bang! Saturday instead. Totally free before 10 p.m.; free before 11 p.m. with RSVP. Party goes down at Deco).

Chamber Music Day @ Old First (Saturday)

For those wanting to class up the weekend a bit, the Old First Church is hosting a full day of chamber music, both ye olde and contemporary. Starting at 12:30 p.m., there will be seven straight hours of performances by respected Bay Area ensembles. (free)

The California Honeydrops @ Amnesia (Saturday)

What kind of soul band uses a washboard, jug, tub bass, and fiddle to bring the funk? The California Honeydrops go back to the roots of Motown, gospel, blues, and jazz using the basics of old timey tunes. Their upbeat, original music should set Amnesia on fire. As they sing on "Soul Tub," "You never knew what a bucket could do."   ($7-$10, 9 p.m.)

Art @ the Dump (Friday & Saturday)

Here in San Francisco, we reuse everything--all the way down to the junk in the dump. The SF Dump goes so far as to host an artist in residence program. This weekend, the latest residents, David Hevel and James Sansing, turn trash into treasure. Check out their work for free at 503 Tunnel Ave. (5-9 p.m. Friday; 1-5 p.m. Sunday)

Folsom Street Fair @ Folsom (Sunday)

If you've lived here long enough, you know the drill for Folsom St. Fair: assless chaps, sex- and pervy-positive amusements, and some music too. JD Samsom of Le Tigre has a new band called MEN, who will be part of the fun on Folsom St. (between 7th and 12th St.). (free, 11 a.m.-6p.m.)

Tour de Fat @ Golden Gate Park (Saturday)

"Portland, Ore.'s MarchFourth Marching Band incorporates stilt walking, fire dancing, ballroom, and Bollywood dance routines; its music grabs from such diverse styles as samba and vaudeville, among many others. It's a gritty, afternoon-with-the-Gypsies sound, and the best audience for it is likely to be the one drinking beer at today's Tour de Fat bike festival, many of whose participants, with their Frankenbikes and shopworn hats, will be indistinguishable from the performers. The day's events also include a bike parade (at 11 a.m.), a funeral for a car, music by Sean Hayes, and performances by Squirm Burpee Circus and Honeymoon Cabaret." (free, starts at 10 a.m.) (Michael Leaverton)

Mustache Ride @ Golden Gate Park to Sausalito (Sunday)

Ladies, don't get that lip waxed just yet. And fellas, keep that facial hair porn star-onic for Sunday's big mustache ride across the Golden Gate Bridge. The lip ticklers will be in action for this big trek, which starts at Conservatory of Flowers at 1:30 p.m. and ends in Sausalito. Ride is of course free, but bring $7.85 for the ferry--and, oh yeah, BYOBBBM. 

Leonard Cohen Hootenanny @ Make-Out Room (Sunday)

Check out a whole buncha San Francisco singer/songwriter/Cohen-ites (J Frahm, JL Lucas, Kelley Stoltz, James Finch Jr., The Ramshackle Romeos, Thomas Heyman, Anna Wren Woodrum, Sean Smith, Garrett Pierce, and more) in this special tribute to the only Canadian poet every music lover in America can name (or at least all the cool ones can) at the Make-Out Room. ($7, 8 p.m.)

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