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Friday, January 15, 2010

5 Things To Do This Weekend for Under $10

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Matmos, at SFMOMA on Saturday - AJ FARKAS
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  • Matmos, at SFMOMA on Saturday

Our apologies for the shorter list this week. We came down with the N-Flu (you know how it goes, sick folks ride the N to work and infect the whole Muni line). So there's only 5 Things on our list for cheap weekend entertainment. But they're good things. To make up for the fewer recommendations, we suggest you listen to "Richie Cunning's Day Off" and know we'll make it up to you next week.

Some Thing @ The Stud (Friday)

"The first month of a new, potentially apocalyptic decade means one thing for sure: makeovers, makeovers, makeovers. As such, Tiara Sensation, that most unpredictable and willfully ramshackle of Monday night drag clubs, will, after a year and a half of lo-fi magic, move to Fridays at the Stud, with a new moniker to boot: Some Thing. An apt name if we've ever heard one. Though the tiaras will still be sensational, some things at Some Thing will be different: the usual show, still hosted by Jäger-drinking, Little Mermaid theme-song-performing dry spirit VivvyAnne Forevermore, is now followed by a supplementary show and nightcap with revered drag personality Glamamore, which is called Some Thing More. The latter goes in for a little more elegance and put-togetherness than the former, which keeps its unpredictable, madcap character. The craft table, manned by Hot Gloo, remains, and DJ Down-E is in charge of music. Tonight's theme: A Gem in the Rough, followed by the Drool in the Crown. Get it? Got it? Not exactly? Fortunately, not getting it is half the battle -- just keep the theme in mind when putting on your Friday best, even if only to misinterpret it.

(11 p.m., $5)" Evan James

Richie Cunning's CD Release @ Elbo Room (Friday)
San Francisco rapper Richie Cunning makes music that mixes fierce and funky. His lyrical style and bold and fun, and the samples of horns and marching drums in songs like "I Got People" is as upbeat an anthem as you can find to get your weekend rolling. Check out his video promoing Night Train, the new album he's dropping with a CD release show at Elbo Room tonight. (10 p.m., $8-$10)

SFMOMA's 75th Anniversary Celebrations (all weekend)
This weekend SFMOMA's as old as your granny. They're celebrating by opening up the museum to the public for free on Saturday and Sunday (which means mob scene; get there early if you wanna go). On Saturday, they host a very special performance by avant cellist Zoe Keating, cellist duo Loop! Station, and electronic duo Matmos. Matmos are truly exceptional live, creating haunting sounds from the strangest of places. No wonder Bjork calls on these guys to collaborate. The music starts at 7 p.m. (MOMA members, you have access tonight to a private party with the Dodos, who play with Magik*Magik Orchestra at 8:15 p.m., and there will be munchies from yummy food carts there too)

ConArt Confidential: The Great Contemporary Art Bubble @ Roxie Theater (all weekend)
"It is the law of easy money that people inside a bubble never know where they are -- there's just an oily sheen to everything, which they mistake as the glisten of money waiting to be harvested. Hence, the 2008 art auction by Damien Hirst, which blew apart all expectations. It happened on the same day Lehman Brothers collapsed, an omen the art crowd took as a blessing, since they were lodged in a bubble and witnessing a bunch of pickled animals (for that is what Hirst does, his art is to pickle animals) net the artist $200 million. One month later, pop; art bubble obliterated. Art critic Ben Lewis saw it coming. In fact, he was one of the guys who predicted it (he wrote about it in 2007), and, smart guy that he is, he picked up a camera and started filming stuff: the art dealers, the art fairs, the sunny talk of billionaire art buyers, the staggering art auctions in the spring and summer of 2008, and the terrible events at the auctions later that year. The resulting movie, ConArt Confidential: The Great Contemporary Art Bubble, necessarily pulls back the curtain on some of the nastier things in business of art, such as inflating prices at auctions, treating art as investments to be warehoused, and pickling cows. Lewis appears in person at the Jan. 15 and 16 screenings at the Roxie. ($5-$9.75)" Michael Leaverton

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