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Friday, February 12, 2010

10 Things To Do This Weekend For Under $10

Posted By on Fri, Feb 12, 2010 at 7:29 AM

Peter Mel at Mavericks
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This is a big weekend if you're into surfing, pillow fighting, swapping spit (and/or records), and other cheap activities. Here's our to-do list.

Thao With the Get Down Stay Down & The Thermals @ Sproul Plaza (Fri.)
(We posted this one earlier in the week, but here's a reminder): If you couldn't get into last weekend's Thao/Thermals show, or, if you did go and just couldn't get enough of these bands, they play together again tonight at UC Berkeley's Sproul Plaza, thanks to KALX. This little indie pop valentine mixes the Thermal's spasic-estatic rock with Thao's talent of turning a mess of a breakup into a remarkably upbeat album. The college station hosts the two bands starting at 5 p.m., and the gig is, of course, free.

Love on Wheels @ Rickshaw Stop (Fri.)

"Love on Wheels, a dating game at Rickshaw Stop created by the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition, involves the usual bicycle folk you see pedaling around town getting thwacked by recklessly thrown-open car doors, with the eligible bachelors and bachelorettes separated from their lusty inquisitor by a makeshift partition. It's all carried out in the style of The Dating Game, but takes a markedly less heteronormative tack, game-show dating no longer being defined as specifically between a man and a woman. Lusty inquisitor asks questions that bridge the gap between love and pedal power, such as 'If your bicycle could ask me on a date, how would it do it?' Meanwhile, the adorability factor shoots through the roof, heart rates race, and even the noncompetitive can be glimpsed making googly eyes at one another. (6 p.m., $5 for SF Bicycle Coalition members; $10 for non-members, or join at the door and get in free)." --Evan James

Mavericks @ Half Moon Bay (Sat.)
The surf gods have called it, and 24 top surfers are making their way to the Bay Area as you read this. The internationally-renowned surf competition Mavericks hits the famous Half Moon Bay break starting at 8 a.m. Saturday (semi-finals at 11:30 p.m., finals at 1 p.m., and winners announced at 3 p.m.). The biggest rush next to actually competing, of course, would be to brave the chill and watch the 50-ft Waves vs. Man in person. But if you want to avoid traffic, or you're just kinda lazy, you can also watch the competition on your laptop at Mavericks Web site. There's a public screening going down at the ballpark, but for $20-$25 a pop for tickets, we're not gonna recommend that one. [*UPDATED Better to watch on TV at one of these bars: Kezar Pub, The Riptide, and Wipeout Bar & Grill]

David Wilson art opening @ Mollusk (Sat.)
Now how's this for timing? The night of Mavericks, our favorite surf shop-cum-art-gallery, Mollusk, is hosting an art opening. This one's for David Wilson,  whose Ocean Beach vignettes are expressed as delicate illustrations. The free event goes from 7 to 10 p.m., and while you're in that hood, check out two more nearby openings: Green House at General Store, and Semester of Love at Carville Annex (free beer alert at that last one).

Thee Oh Sees, Sonny & the Sunsets, Arrington de Dionyso @ Amnesia (Sat.)

After listening to the new, limited-edition Sonny & the Sunsets 7", "The Hypnotist" b/w "Stranded," we have no choice but to follow this pied piper of indie folk to Amnesia on Saturday. Sonny is an excellent storyteller, and it's easy to fall for  his clever narratives--especially when his sonic creativity is accompanied by a funny little comic that's part of the 7" package. The four-song record will be available when Sonny crams into the Mission dive along with all the other flocks of Oh Sees fans (Oh Sees mainman John Dwyer plays with Sonny on record from time to time). (9 p.m., $8)

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