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Friday, November 13, 2009

10 Things to Do This Weekend for Under $10

Posted By on Fri, Nov 13, 2009 at 7:36 AM

James Franco, live and at the Castro on Sunday
  • James Franco, live and at the Castro on Sunday

Thirteen is a very lucky number, and we've always seen Friday the 13th as the night to press that luck--rather than the night you get sliced up by a serial killer at a summer camp. Anyway, here's this week's lucky list for cheap bastards everywhere.

Big Idea Night Party @ YBCA (Fri.) Yerba Buena once again turns their art space into an arty party. Tonight's bash celebrates the "State of the Queer Nation" with hosts Sister Sara Femme and Ani Rivera and performances by Diamond Daggers, Hottub, and DJ Black. Citizen Cake and Orson provide the food. Drinks are cheap and admission is free with an RSVP.  (9 p.m.)

Drinking and Dancing Competition @ the Lab (Fri.) "Championship dancing usually takes place in a ballroom sprinkled with glitter and applause. Championship drinking usually happens at 2 a.m. in a sweaty apartment on a godforsaken couch. When you merge them, they become the Lab's Drinking and Dancing Competition, which involves two drink-in-hand events: Open Floor, in which everybody dances to the same song; and Knockdown, which pairs dancers to their own special song. Fauxnique is one of the judges, so bullshitting on either the drinking or the dancing, or any intersections thereof, will not go unnoticed." (Free, 8 p.m.) -- Michael Leaverton

Claude VonStroke @ Mezzanine (Fri.) Local DJ/label owner/producer Claude VonStroke hits the dance floor with strong beats and a sense of humor fully intact. Tonight marks the big party for his new album, Bird Brain, which writer Jonah Flicker says "takes in deep, throbbing, ominous house; Miami bass; hip-hop; and drum 'n' bass-influenced techno." The record also features Bootsy Collins on the track "The Greasy Beat," with the P-Funk legend commanding, "Booty report for duty!" If your booty can report for RSVP duty, you get to hear the jams for free if you also arrive before 11 p.m.

Soul Clap & Dance-Off @ 111 Minna (Fri.) Two dance-offs in one night! NY Night Train DJ Jonathan Toubin is back in S.F. with the second edition of his oldies 'n soul music dance competition, Soul Clap. This round, he's bringing guest DJs to help spin soul-- Ian Svenonius, Paul Paul (Saturday Night Soul Party), Primo (Oldies Night) and Jello Biafra get behind the decks. Judges Ty Segall, Fecal Face's John Trippe, and others get behind the critiquing table. And you get on the dance floor, shaking it for that $100 that's gonna pad the wallet of tonight's winner. ($5, 9 p.m.)

Ty Segall @ Amnesia (Sat.) Speaking of Segall, the garage-punk wunderkind will be bringing his glorious racket to Amnesia on Saturday night. He's spent 2009 recording more music than most musicians twice his age spent the year writing. Expect this show to sell out quickly, as Segall's a popular dude who puts on super energetic live shows. He hits the stage after opening acts the Baths and Culture Kids. ($7, 9 p.m.)

Writers with Drinks @ Make-Out Room (Sat.) "Charlie Anders, blond of bob and mini of skirt, is the hostess with the mostest science fiction at her literary hootenanny, Writers with Drinks. Aside from Anders' charming ways, the lineup of readers at the Make-Out Room event is always delightful: Among the gems this month is puppeteer Mary Robinette Kowal, who has performed for Jim Henson Pictures and on LazyTown. She is joined by Javier Grillo-Marxuach, S. Bear Bergman, Naomi Quinonez, and Kat Richardson. Tonight's show is a benefit for El/La Programa Para TransLatinas, a group providing HIV prevention services, counseling, and other support for the trans Latina community in San Francisco's Mission District." ($3-$5, 7:30 p.m.) --Tara Jepsen

L-Vis 1990 and Bok Bok @ Elbo Room (Sat.) "London DJ/production duo James Connolly and Alex Sushon -- aka L-Vis 1990 and Bok Bok -- are the latest electronic music team to remind us that subgenre tribalism doesn't mean shit on the dancefloor. Their Night Slugs club night is a bastion of uptempo, bassline-centered, synth-heavy mixes of jungle, electro, drum 'n' bass, and garage. Between them, they've remixed the cream of the international bass underground, including Portuguese kuduro kings Buraka Som Sistema and U.K. dubstep upstart Untold. They've also released their own tunes on powerhouse labels like Mad Decent. Connolly and Sushon headline Tormenta Tropical on Saturday, Nov. 14, at Elbo Room." ($5-$10, 10 p.m.) --Ron Nachmann

Erased James Franco @ the Castro (Sun.) "James Franco isn't just a live-wire actor and a certified hunk; he's also a helluva good sport. Rather than parlaying his role in the Spider-Man flicks into pretty-boy parts in Hollywood pabulum, the Palo Alto native has played goofy in comedies (Pineapple Express) and gay in dramas (as Harvey's lover in Milk). The actor stands revealed in multimedia artist Carter's Erased James Franco, a video in which Franco "performs" lesser bits from his own movies, plus riffs on scenes essayed by Rock Hudson in 1966's Seconds and Julianne Moore in 1995's Safe, without the accoutrements of costumes, makeup, music, special effects, or co-stars (the original films also screen earlier in the day). Carter and Franco then take the stage at the Castro to discuss the 21st-century blurring of art, celebrity, pop culture, and reality. It promises to be a one-of-a-kind, slightly tongue-in-cheek homage to screen (sur)realism." ($7-$10, 8 p.m.) -- Michael Fox

Still Bill @ Poleng Lounge (Sun.) Poleng Lounge hosts a free screening of the new documentary about soul man Bill Withers (Ain't No Sunshine," "Grandma's Hands," "Lean on Me," "Lovely Day," "Just The Two Of Us"). The movie, called Still Bill, offers both live footage and interviews with Withers' inner circle, and will be available for the watching only if you RSVP in time to The club has a limited capacity, so email early if you wanna go. DJs Proof, Kirk, and E Da Boss take over the decks for the soul-infused afterparty starting at 9:30 p.m. (Free, 8 p.m.)

Thunderheist @ 330 Rich St. (Sun.) "Thunderheist MC Isis flips a middle finger to rap's misogynistic men spitting rhymes about fat asses by reclaiming their language. She'll tell the ladies to shake it -- while producer Grahm Zilla crafts rude rave basslines behind her -- but that directive sounds much sassier coming from a female. And, unlike her male counterparts, this Canadian doesn't take herself too seriously: 'I'm the black Kate Moss, you heard it from the source,' she raps on 'Little Booty Girl.' 'I don't got a license, but this dude got a Porsche. So we ridin' ..." --Tamara Palmer Thunderheist performs a free show if you RSVP here on Sunday at 330 Rich with opening acts Winter Gloves and DJ Nisus. (9 p.m.)

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