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Friday, December 11, 2009

10 Things to Do This Weekend For Under $10

Posted By on Fri, Dec 11, 2009 at 8:27 AM

Santacon, 2008 - ASHLEY HARRELL
  • Ashley Harrell
  • Santacon, 2008

Talking about how goddamn cold is in in San Francisco is free, but that got old on Tuesday. Now it's Friday and you need other ideas for how to entertain yourself and your buddies on the cheap. Here's our list of recommendations below.

Mi Ami w/ Inca Ore, Jozef Van Wissem, & DJ Tristes Tropiques @ The Lab (Fri.)
"Looking for a record-release party without the rock-club vibe? Head over to the Lab to hear what the dubby art-punks in Mi Ami have been cooking up lately. Though Quarterstick/Touch and Go Records more or less ceased operations the day after releasing the band's debut album in mid-February, that proved that what doesn't kill you only makes you stronger. Mi Ami simply made the jump to another well-respected Chicago indie, Thrill Jockey, which just issued a 12-inch with the songs 'Cut Men' and 'Out at Night.' According to the band, the lyrics on these singles focus on 'an alienation with American male/'dude' culture and the barely repressed sexual violence that informs so much of daily life.' Sounds like a party-starter to us! Also on the bill: Inca Ore, Josef Van Wissem, and DJ Tristes Tropiques, who got some love in All Shook Down back in April." ($5; free with membership, 8 p.m.) -- Marc Hawthorne

Mission Holiday Block Party @ Various Locations (Fri.) Last weekend the late night art/shop walks hit the Lower Haight and Hayes Valley, with retailers open past closing time, offering specials, and giving up free wine and treats. Tonight the block party moves to the Mission, where FunCheapSF reports businesses will host live music, pour hot cider (bring mugs) and generally spread good deals and good stuff between 5p.m.and 10 p.m. (Free)

Olde Tyme Craft Faire @ Mollusk (Sat.) How much do you hate the mall in December? So much that it's really only safe to go there at night. Or skip it completely and buy gifts on Esty until your eyes bleed. Better yet, shop local and support the arts while you're at it. Mollusk Surf Shop spends the year showcasing a ton of great art, both in the items (books, shirts, boards) it sells and in the shows it curates. On Saturday the store will have a Holiday Celebration featuring live music from Kyle Field and Sonny Sunset as well as works for sale by nearly two-dozen artists. (Free, 7p.m.-10p.m.; music at 8 p.m.)

An XXX-Mas to Remember @ The Dark Room (Sat.) "Born in part from the improv classes at Bay Area Theatresports, local improv troupe Technically Virgins began proving its stage mettle with a handful of well-attended shows in the Mission earlier this year (including a pre-Halloween event titled The Pregnancy Scare). Committed to the quick-witted scenes that make good improv players such a pleasure to watch, Technically Virgins now presents An XXX-Mas to Remember, an adult-themed Christmas special filled with chestnut-roasting, Tannenbaum-toppling possibilities. Expect to see skits emerge from the bizarre subconscious material surrounding the holidays and sex, along with those nuggets of the psychotic, the commonplace, and the random that give improv the time-honored element of surprise." ($8 online, $10 at the door, 10 p.m.) -- Evan James

Santacon @ Locations TBA (Sat.) What's a little rain for Santas used to snow--or, at least, drinking their way out of feeling cold? The annual, international Santa flash mob, Santarchy, hits the Bay Area on Saturday--which means the streets and the bars shall be filled with very jolly men--and women--in red and white. From what we remember there's usually stops in Union Square, and nearby Gold Dust Lounge, but St. Nicks have been spotted in the Haight, North Beach, and the Mission over the years. Get your suit outta the closet, or stroll into a bar where the pack has descended for your holiday serenade. Late night, the mash-up club BootieSF is offering free entry to all Santas.

Incredibly Strange Religion @ ATA (Sat.) "It's a dismal sign of the times that 'altered states' has been supplanted by 'alternate realities.' Instead of drug experimentation and expanded consciousness, we have an epidemic of science denial and faith-based ignorance. The holiday hoot 'Incredibly Strange Religion,' presented at ATA by Other Cinema, works as both an exposé of and an antidote to a particular kind of tunnel vision. The program is anchored by the pretzel-logic documentary The Earth Is Young, in which filmmaker Michael Gitlin juxtaposes interviews with Young Earth Creationists, true believers who compile evidence to refute evolution, with the real-world drillwork of professional paleontologists. The bill also includes Ben Rivers' lovely, ephemeral visit with a Scottish hermit, Origin of the Species; and a wealth of clips by and about Pentecostal evangelist and faith healer A.A. Allen (who met his maker in a San Francisco hotel room in 1970), the Moody Institute, and Scientology. Frankly, the philosophies of these outliers on the religious frontier aren't much nuttier than Peter Jackson's gloriously awful infatuation with the bittersweet hereafter in The Lovely Bones. But that's the problem with an epidemic -- it spreads from a narrow(-minded) population into the mainstream. Heaven help us all." ($6.66, 8:30 p.m.) --Michael Fox

Concrete Jungle Christmas @ the Knockout (Sat.) Tired of hearing the same old holiday classics? At the Knockout's Concrete Jungle party, the theme is two-tone, rocksteady, and classic reggae. At Saturday's event, the seasonal theme should bring plenty of Christmas cheer, Jamaican-style. DJs the Selecter DJ Kirk, Prince Omar, Mini-Kurhan, and a room full of revelers should steam up the windows at the outer Mission dance dive. ($5, 10 p.m., bring a can of food to donate to Project Open Hand)

Bazaar Bizarre @ San Francisco County Fair Building (Sat. and Sun.) "If any junk turns up at today's craft fair, don't blame the artists -- what you consider crap might very well be, to a middle-aged Midwestern dad on a soul journey, a nice enough driftwood dreamcatcher. Instead, blame Giant Robot's Eric Nakamura, Crafty Wonderland's Cathy Pitters and Torie Nguyen, Etsy vice president Matthew Stinchcomb, and Craft Magazine editor Natalie Zee Drieu. These people are the guest judges of Bazaar Bizarre. They decided which artists and designers got to participate, making the event safe for the ever-growing subculture that prefers handmade indie goods, which Bazaar Bizarre has been championing since the first fair in 2001 in Boston. Along with more than 100 vendors, the event features artist-staffed DIY booths and the Swap-O-Rama, where you can unload your old clothes and then tweak your new 'upcycled fashions' with the help of DIY experts." (Noon- 7 p.m., $2) -- Michael Leaverton

Uni and Her Ukulele's "Christmas Is The Best" @ Amnesia (Sun.) A tiny instrument can bring a whole lotta joy, especially when it's Uni strumming out Xmas tunes. If you can't afford a trip to Hawaii this year, you could always order up a fruity cocktail and bask in the tropical sounds of this little slice of stringed heaven. Uni and Her Ukulele's "Christmas Is The Best" show promises her favorite holiday hits at Amnesia on Sunday, when she performs with opening acts including Chico's the Yule Logs. Plus, how can you miss an evening that promises to send you home with "homemade Elf poop"? ($7-$10, 9 p.m.)

Magik Markers and Sic Alps @ Hemlock (Sun.) If you still have energy to burn Sunday night, this is a pretty great lineup. San Francisco's Sic Alps  and Brooklyn's Magic Markers get creative with lo-fi garage-psych blends, their music hypnotic as it is noisy. The two acts have been touring together, and recently released a 12" split on local label Yik Yak. Sic Alps are so particularly awesome that Pavement selected the band to include in the lineup for next year's All Tomorrow's Parties, news that should boost the success of the trio (which includes Noel Von Harmonson as the latest addition, he of noise acts and Comets on Fire). See these two acts together Sunday night at the Hemlock. (9 p.m., $7)
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