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Friday, March 19, 2010

10 Things To Do This Weekend For Under $10

Posted By on Fri, Mar 19, 2010 at 7:34 AM

Deceptikon a.k.a. Zack Wright
  • Deceptikon a.k.a. Zack Wright
While most of the music world is far away drinking excessively and waiting in line for sweaty, packed shows at SXSW, we San Franciscans still have plenty of homegrown activities to keep our culture palette satisfied. Here's your chance to check out the up-and-coming local acts and artists that you may have overlooked, dance at those club nights you've yet to roll by, and visit the charming geographic haunts you forget exist due to the eternal hangover of over-stimulation. So go forth San Franciscans, explore our list of options for this weekend on the cheap.

"FOLK YOU!" Friday Nights at the de Young @ the de Young (Fri.)
Every Friday Nights program at the de Young has a theme -- this time it's "Amish Abstractions" in conjunction with the museum's collection of colorful quilts. So maybe the word "Amish" doesn't typically conjure up the hippest of scenes, but San Francisco's own Red Meat, who will perform at the event, were never ones to chase the too-cool crowd. Though the group began in the Mission in 1993, its music is more reminiscent of the Midwestern honky-tonk folk of the 1970s. Along with a knee-slapping Red Meat performance, there also will be KUSF's DJ Schmeejay spinning bluegrass and outlaw country. Yee-haw! (Free, 5 p.m.)

"Collaborative Dreams" @ ATA Gallery (Fri.)
In the mood for something really trippy? Try this screening of New York artist David Finkelstein's mind-bending videos. Finkelstein's pieces depict improvised dialogues between two actors discussing hallucinations and nightmares backed by original music and warped visuals. His films "Terrifying Blankness" and "Reproductive Technology" will be screened along with a few shorter pieces. (8 p.m., $6)

Jesus Fucking Christ @ Sub Mission (Fri.)
Winner of the least mom-friendly band name ever, Oakland's own Jesus Fucking Christ will tear up Sub Mission with its hardcore-tinged, old school Bay Area punk sound. The crusty crew includes former members of Deadly Weapons, Neurosis and Pitch Black who play riffs along lines of Negative Approach and Accused. San Francisco's CCR Headcleaner open. (8 p.m.)

Deceptikon @ The Hemlock (Fri.)
Deceptikon a.k.a. local beatmaker Zack Wright is celebrating the release of his new album Mythology of Metropolis, which came out March 16 on Daly City Records. A previous resident of Tokyo, Seattle and Portland, Wright's noisy hip-hop glitch style pulls from global electro music scenes. Captain Ahab (L.A.), Twin Crystals (Vancouver), and Tik//Tak play too. (9:30 p.m., $6)

Club Switch @ El Rio (Fri.)
Club Switch is a new monthly event at El Rio "bringing you wild bands of queers and ladies." Sounds pretty bumping. This month will include The Pickup Pattern, Siddhartha and Midtown Dickens -- an all-lady country-folk ensemble straight out of Durham, N.C. Every Club Switch night doubles as a fundraiser, so shill out a few extra dollars if you like what you hear. March's show benefits Acupuncturists Without Borders, with the hopes of sending one to Haiti. (10 p.m., $3-5)

Obscura Day @ Musée Mécanique (Sat.)

As of 2009, strange, weird and wonderful places of the world have been simultaneously celebrated with a day in their honor, hosted by travel site Atlas Obscura. That event - Obscura Day - will take place in 50 spots including a massive underground waterway in Tokyo, the national museum of dentistry oddities in Baltimore and our own local obscurity -- the celebration of all things hand-cranked and coin-operated that is Musée Mécanique. As part of Obscura Day the museum will host free, guided tours through its quirky waterfront digs. (12 p.m., Free)

Hot Challenge and The New Humans @ MILK (Sat.)

Continuing to challenge the general and cliché belief that Upper Haight is solely the playground of acoustic guitar-playing hippies, MILK is keeping it synthy with a night of hard-hitting electro bands. San Franciscan trio Hot Challenge nicely meshes elements of rock with dance music rounded out by a drum machine, natch. Electro-rockers The New Humans from Sacramento may employ piano, but the group still rocks the synthesizer. (9 p.m., $8)

Hot N Heavy Recordings and Bay Area Bass Vol.1 album release party @ Triple Crown (Sat.)

If there's one thing San Francisco's club scene seems smitten with these days, it's nights heavy on the low end. A brand new local, digital label, Hot N Heavy Recordings, is offering its survey of Bay Area bass junkies with a new comp Bay Area Bass Vol. 1. The collection of dubstep, grime, bassline, and funky singles were culled from locals DZ, Kozee, Roommate, Megalodon, NTRLD & Thurgood, Awktave, Nonewyork, Jack Buser, Thrill$ N Grillz, Diana Luna, and the man behind Hot N Heavy, Commodore 69 (aka Justin Carr). (10 p.m., Free before 11 p.m., $5 after) --Jennifer Maerz

Saturday Night Soul Party @ Elbo Room (Sat.)
The current surge of early-reggae and R&B club nights in town shows that the '60s are finally back in an authentic, non-Boomer-centric way. For the last few years, the twice-monthly Saturday Night Soul Party has maintained a spot on the top of the heap. DJs Phengren, Paul Paul, and Pink Panzer throw down a relentless mix of obscure, stomping vocal 45s released by the hundreds of wannabe Motown and Stax labels that littered the landscape way back when. Don't let the sharp-cut suits in the crowd streaming through the door fool you -- this crew comes to sweat. (10 p.m ., $10, $5 in formal attire) --Ron Nachmann

Conspiracy of Beards/Seaweed Sway Showcase @ Make-Out Room (Sun.)
Conspiracy of Beards is a group of some 30 men who gather on small stages to sing a cappella versions of Leonard Cohen songs. That's their entire repertoire -- tunes crafted by the revered Canadian songwriter. The result is haunting, as these classic numbers are musically arranged to more closely resemble hymns. The local choir, which performed its first show in 2003, comprises 10 tenors, more than 14 baritones, and 10 basses. These are men between the ages of 20 and 70 who work day jobs as carpenters, bike mechanics, attorneys, and visual artists. Together they harmonize on moody classics "Suzanne," "Chelsea Hotel No. 2," "Bird on a Wire," and "Everybody Knows," along with more obscure tracks. If anyone knows the depth of Cohen's songbook, it's these scruffy gents. (7:30 p.m., $8) -- Emily Savage

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