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Friday, May 28, 2010

10 Things To Do For Under $10: Roller Disco, the '90s, John Waters

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"You're so beautiful, it hurts to look at you." Madrone Art Bar celebrates those impetuous days of the '90s with "I ♥ the '90s" night.
  • "You're so beautiful, it hurts to look at you." Madrone Art Bar celebrates those impetuous days of the '90s with "I ♥ the '90s" night.

Finals are over (if you're the schoolin' type), your office is starting to seem half-full (if you've got the 9-to-5 life), and the park is suddenly bursting with grass dwellers (if you unemployment-collectors are used to barren weekdays). Yes folks, it's summertime. And we San Franciscans can feel the change in our midst. Free concerts, cheap dance dates, and outdoor parades - this Memorial Day weekend has it all.

YACHT with Bobby Birdman @ Amoeba SF (Fri.)

Jona Bechtolt and Claire L. Evans, the power duo behind danceable popsters YACHT, played the Independent last night to a nearly sold-out crowd. But you, lucky local, have the opportunity to check out the handclap worthy duo for absolutely free tonight. According to its mission statement, "YACHT is a Band, Belief System, and Business." An exercise in multimedia group consciousness, the band plays entrancing tunes, displays elaborate PowerPoint demonstrations and screens video art. And not only that, but quirky singer-songwriter Barry Birdman opens the multimedia show. (Free, 6 p.m.)

Bonnie Banks closing reception @ The Lab (Fri.)

Perhaps all good things must really come to an end. Artist Bonnie Banks's May residency at the Lab comes to end this Friday with a closing party celebrating his work. Banks incorporates drawings, videos and costumes into his musical performances and visual arts exhibitions. For this residency, Banks showcased several of his ongoing collaborative projects including the concept art bands Rubber ((0) Cement and Scummerai. (Free, 6-9 p.m.)

I ♥ the '90s @ Madrone Art Bar (Fri.)

I can hardly believe I'm typing these words, but 90s nostalgia is in full swing. It feels to me like just yesterday I was smearing my face with purple lipstick and videotaping a discomforting tribute to Hole's "Doll Parts." But the (hip) people have spoken, so flannels and babydoll dresses are everywhere yet again. NOPA art bar Madrone is wise enough to hook onto the trend and celebrates the disparate decade every fourth Friday. DJs Samala, Sonny Phono and Mr. Grant spin the mosh-and-freak-worthy tunes, VJ Teo provides wistful background images ($5, 9 p.m.)

The 7th Heaven Roller Disco II @ Mezzanine (Fri.)

Mmm-hmm, that's right. A dance party on skates, rolling pirouettes galore, fog machines, DJs and gratuitous sweetheart handholding. It doesn't really get much better than this. Mezzanine says: "We highly recommend bringing your own skates as skate rentals are very limited! Check on ebay & your local thrift store." ($7, 9 p.m.)

Carnaval SF @ Harrison between 16 and 22nd Street (Sat.)

Every year, the throb of drums and partying wakes Mission District residents along Harrison Street at the tender hour of 10 a.m. You can be a baby about it, and roll over and try to go back to sleep, or you can join the throng of revelers dancing through the streets at this year's San Francisco Carnaval Festival. Which option sounds like more fun? Outside, find kids dancing alongside adults in outrageous costumes and ostentatious headdresses commingling with the heady smells wafting out of food vendor booths. A parade, led by grand marshals Peter and Benjamin Bratt (yes, that Benjamin Bratt), wends through the neighborhood and spills out into the festival grounds. Zona Verde (the Green Zone), between 20th and 22nd streets on Harrison, features things like eco fashion, organic cooking demos, and gardening tips. After you've gotten a massage in Zona Verde's holistic healing section, you can sign up for salsa lessons at the Havana Village Dance Pavilion or, if you're familiar with the Cuban tradition, enter a salsa competition. (Free, 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m.)-- Andy Wright

"Rush" John Water's exhibit (Sat.)

If art can be said to start dialogue across generations, sidle up to an old person during opening night of John Waters' latest exhibit, particularly when one of them is standing in front of Rush. He or she might have some questions about the sculpture of the bottle of the popular liquid incense, such as, What's liquid incense? "It's a popper, otherwise known as amyl nitrate." What? "People sniff it at clubs. Sometimes it's known as video-head cleaner. Also, it reportedly relaxes your sphincter." What? "You know, for gay sex? It's also called room aroma or cyclohexyl nitrite. Ah, here's John." And Waters, ever the host, will laugh delightedly and make some slightly scandalous but ultimately charming joke about something innocuous, like Hairspray closing on Broadway, putting everybody at ease. At the exhibit of the same name, the filmmaker also exhibits photos from the set of his 1998 film, Pecker, and his usual film-still photo collages that upend film history, making you really dizzy and euphoric, hopefully for more than a moment or two. (Free, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.)-- Mich

Band of Horses @ Amoeba (Sat.)

Admit it, you too probably had Band of Horses' hit song "The Funeral" on repeat in your head for all of 2006 and 2007, just like the rest of the Western Hemisphere. How could you miss it? It had moody runs on nighttime soaps ("One Tree Hill," "90210"), movie trailers ("Penelope") and video games (EA game, "Skate"). But these sweet, crooning indie rockers are no one hit wonders. Case in point: the band has continued to pump out quality, critically-lauded albums, and their latest effort, Infinite Arms, dropped May 18 on Columbia Records. This is your chance to catch the South Carolina-based quintet in a relatively small space, sandwiched in between tours opening for the likes of Pearl Jam and Snow Patrol. (Free, 12 p.m.)

San Francisco Lesbian/Gay Freedom Band @ Yerba Buena Gardens (Sat.)

Founded in 1978, the San Francisco Lesbian/Gay Freedom Band was the first openly gay musical organization in the world. And they've got the musical chops to back up the claim. The group, which plays 15 to 20 events yearly, will perform a free park concert as part of the ongoing 2010 Yerba Buena Gardens Festival (Free, 1-2:30pm)

The 45club Annual Memorial Day Soul Spectacular @ The Knockout (Sun.)

In honor of this celebratory three-day-weekend, The Knockout gifts you hour upon hour of funky soul spun at 45 rpm by Dirty Dishes, English Steve and DX the Funky Grandpaw. ($2, 9 p.m.)

Club Gossip @ Cat Club (Sun.)

After spending your Saturday reminiscing about the 90s, go even further back on Sunday and she-bop your head to 80s tunage courtesy of Club Gossip. The two-room video dance club features VJs Low life, Shon and DJ Melting Girl, along with guest DJs from Fringe in the front room spinning indie, electro and Brit Pop. ($5-$8, 9:30 p.m.-3 a.m.)

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