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Friday, October 23, 2009

10 Things To Do This Weekend For Under $10

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click to enlarge The Mummies do double duty on Saturday night - DICK JAWS
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Kowloon Walled City CD Release @ Annie's (Fri.) San Francisco sludgemasters Kowloon Walled City express sonic aggression with oppressive riffage. The rhythm section alone sounds massive enough to pave city streets, steamrolling by with elephantine thrusts of distorted bass and beats that drop like anvils. This heavy load is spiked by sharp outbursts of raging vocals, frontman Scott Evans channeling a weighty Am Rep angst in his hoarse yells. Occasionally the band breaks the onslaught for a bit of doomy melody, a dark calm before the storm rages once again. Tonight the band celebrates the release of its debut full length killer, Gambling on the Richter Scale, with a show at Annie's. (9:30 p.m., $7)

Art in Storefronts @ Central Market/Tenderloin (Fri.) The San Francisco Arts Commission hosts a night of art you can see from the street, as it kicks off its inaugural Art in Storefronts project. Between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m., venues in the 900 to 1100 block of Market will host murals, installations, sculptures, videos, neon, and more. (Free)

Budget Rock Fest @ Thee Parkside & Bottom of the Hill (Fri.-Sun.) Trash- and garage rock takes over Potrero Hill this weekend, when Budget Rock returns to our side of the Bay. The name of the fest is your first clue that these gigs won't cost much, but shows for the especially thrifty-conscious include The Mummies  ($5 at Thee Parkside, 8 p.m. That same night they're also playing Bottom of the Hill -- making the mad dash down 17th St.); Box Elders play the fest for that same price and at Thee Parkside on Sunday (1 p.m.)

Ghostbusters @ Red Vic (Fri. and Sat.) The opening scene of this movie really scared the shit out of some of us as kids. I mean, remember the way that sweet old lady turned around, and, like, her face was all crazy and mean? Watching Ghostbusters as an adult, of course, means you will only find it funny -- although if you secretly fear getting nightmares still, there are plenty of Haight St. bars near the Red Vic to help calm your nerves. (Times vary, $7-$9)

Bring Your Own Queer @ Music Concourse Bandshell (Sat.) Bring Your Own Queer is a one-day fête featuring lovely local musicmakers and stage performers of the mincing indie persuasion. Carousing on the concourse unfolds to the beloved dance-inducing disco of queer DJ collective Honey Soundsystem, along with house music varietals by Rainbow Death Pony and DJ Black. Along with all of this bim-bom and booty-shaking is a fancy spread of live acts, including Excuses for Skipping, praised for brooding, pensive indie-rock; the Cartographers, dishing up glitchy pop electronica; and fun-loving queercore Lucky Jesus. Five hours knee-deep in an artsy showcase and dance party with independent-minded local tomcats and faygeles? Only in America!" Noon, free. (Evan James)

Nightbeat @ Edinburgh Castle (Sat.)

Dr. Scott and DJ Primo focus on '66, bringing vintage addicts the best of Northern Soul and Motown classics at Edinburgh Castle. (9:30 p.m., $3)

Clarion Alley Block Party @ Clarion Alley (Sat.) From noon until 9 p.m. Clarion Alley plays host to close to two dozen bands. Such local faves as Grass Widow and Kreamy Lectric Santa will set up amongst the famous Mission murals. A full list of bands is available on Facebook (log in to see it here). (Free).

Go Bang! @ Deco Lounge (Sat.) Disco travels all over the map (both the geographical map and the one leading up to the stars) as DJs Sergio and company bring an eclectic batch of cosmic, Italo, and international dancefloor tunes to the Tenderloin. Go Bang! should get the Deco Lounge good and sweaty with lots of Atomic Dancefloor Disco Action. (9 p.m., $5)

West Fest @ Golden Gate Park (Sun.) The Haight will forever be a haven for hippies, but this weekend the tie-dyed nostalgia has a specific focal point. West Fest celebrates the 40th anniversary of Woodstock -- a music event that of course had cultural reverberations far beyond the state of New York. The S.F. lineup includes the original cast of Hair, Jefferson Starship, and free-speech advocates, among others. (Free, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.)

Indie Mart Vintage Party @ Workshop (Sun.) Ever since DIY street fair Indie Mart opened a permanent space in the Western Addition, the organizers have been on a roll of events. This Sunday, they host a "Vintage Party" at their McAllister @ Baker space. From noon until 6, you can shop from vintage vendors, check out tunes from various DJs, partake in some live screenprinting, eat some snacks, and do other fun stuff. (Free)

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