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Friday, June 4, 2010

10 Things To Do For Under $10: KISS Cover Love, Screaming Females, World Cupping

Posted By on Fri, Jun 4, 2010 at 7:00 AM

Screaming Females play tonight at Hemlock
  • Screaming Females play tonight at Hemlock

There seems to be something cheap for everyone this lovely first weekend of June. Art openings, the ultimate underground foodie event, plenty of live music and D.J.s ready to vie for your attention -- and it's all for less than the cost of a quality six-pack.

SF Underground Market @ SOMArts (Fri.)

While it features an enticing mix of veteran foodmakers selling gourmet treats, this isn't your everyday farmer's market. The Underground Market showcases smaller businesses that might not have the resources needed to produce wares in a commercial kitchen. You must sign up via email to be allowed in, but once you're there, think booths selling both "take-homeables" -- jams, produce, soaps -- and hot food that's ready to eat. There also will be workshops, beer for sale and live bluegrass music by The Brothers Comatose. Note: Signup at Entry includes raffle tickets to win dinner at the Wild Kitchen. ($2, 11 a.m.-midnight)

"More Glitter -- Less Bitter" opening reception @ Electric Works (Fri.)

Very few icons of Dan Nicoletta's quality are alive today -- he is one of the creative, elegant, proud gay men for which San Francisco is justly famous. The photographer's new exhibit is called "More Glitter -- Less Bitter." We hardly understand: No one has a better claim on bitter than a man who was close to Harvey Milk at the time of his assassination, and why would you give up such privilege? You could be bitter every day, Dan Nicoletta, and no one would blame you. Instead, his show features an uplifting, glorious mix of images of the exuberant local LGBT community, both new and vintage. In Gus Van Sant's film Milk, Nicoletta appeared two ways: as a character played by Lucas Grabeel, and through Van Sant's use of epic archival images of the supervisor, taken by the young Nicoletta -- here, they shine in their own way. (Free, 6 p.m.) Daily Fri., June 4 - Sat., July 10 -- Hiya Swanhuyser

Terrible Noises for Beautiful People @ Southern Exposure (Fri.)

Want to be part of some spontaneous live art? Of course you do. Canadian artist Misha Glouberman will create a sound performance that hinges purely on audience participation for this one-night event. He'll lead the crowd in improvised sound making to piece together one big, unusual audio masterpiece. Glouberman promises "a lot of yelling, a certain amount of running around, and also some really quiet parts." Be prepared for some intense noise. (Free, 8:30 p.m.)

Screaming Females @ Hemlock (Fri.)

They've opened for Dinosaur Jr. and count Jack White among their fans - Screaming Females couldn't ask for better musical endorsements. But despite the big name band love, the New Brunswick trio keeps it real. The indie-punk band is known for its support of small venues, preferring basement shows to stadiums. Lucky for them, the Hemlock is kind is the best of both worlds. It has that small, sweaty basement vibe but they won't run the risk of cops barging in to break up the show. And I'd imagine at least a small handful of their previous shows have been shut down; singer-guitarist Marissa Paternoster can seriously shred. Oakland punk band Winter Ox and Uzi Rash open the show. ($7, 9:30 p.m.)

Folksy Family Day @ Museum of Craft and Folk (Sat.)

The Museum of Craft and Folk should really get more recognition. They always seem to choose unique artists who challenge traditional views of the home arts. Their current exhibit, "We They, We They" by Clare Rojas, up through Aug. 22, is no exception. San Francisco-based artist Rojas (b. 1976, Ohio) uses a wide range of media, including painting, prints, installation and video, often depicting interactions between men and women in mystifying settings. This weekend, the museum boasts book reading, book signing and art-making with Rojas. She'll read from her new children's book "Pidgy" and teach a craft for children ages 5 and older. (Materials provided with $5 donation, 1-3 p.m.)

The Glorious World Cup Party @ Edinburgh Castle (Sat.)

Edinburgh Castle manager Alan Black and fellow soccer fanatic David Henry Sterry have released "The Glorious World Cup: A Fanatic's Guide" - a balls-out survey of all things hooligan sport with contributors Irvine Welsh ("Trainspotting"), Po Bronson, and the world's best soccer writer, Simon Kuper. The subsequent book release party, dubbed "a night of soccer culture," will include a reading, a best goal scream competition, classic World Cup films and footie drink specials. This is your chance to check out the locally-crafted masterpiece in the home of its maker. (Free, 8 p.m.)

Destroyer @ El Rio (Sat.)

Considering that aging glittery rock band KISS is basically it's own cover band now -- why not check out the younger version minus the Ticketmaster prices? Tribute act Destroyer will embody the infamously flamboyant rockers at El Rio this Saturday for a wallet-friendly $7. Oh and costumes are encouraged, so strap on your platforms and lacquer up your face. KISS Army for life. Space Vacation and Pistols for Jesus open the show. ($7, 9 p.m.)

Veil Veil Vanish @ Milk (Sat.)

If Milk nightclub's transition from hip-hop discothèque to indie rock venue has set your head a-reeling, it'll only get more bizarre when the club turns all goth 'n' dandy tonight. Oh, yeah, surely these bands prefer the term "post-punk" to "goth" -- no one in their right mind wants to be conflated with LARPing vampires who get more mocking stares than prom dates -- and you won't see any cape-draped scene kids looking for a nice spiderweb to call home. But a misty, unmistakable whiff of gothiness clings to the music nonetheless. San Francisco's own Veil Veil Vanish, of course, have proven themselves masters of melancholy dreampop: their songs are lovelorn ghosts floating down foggy nocturnal backroads, with guitars and keyboards echoing through the spacious night like they've forsaken gravity once and for all. ($7, 9 p.m.) -- John Graham

Indie Mart @ Thee Parkside (Sun.)

Indie Mart, started by Kelly Malone, in 2007 in her yard in the Mission, has since grown from 300 attendees to about 3000-4000 per event. The popularity is likely due to DIY traveling mart's indisputably appealing mixture of quality homemade and vintage products, booze and live bands. This time around there will be performances by Music for Animals with Jonesin' and the Pleasure Kills. Vegan cupcakes and vintage jewelry and screen printed t-shirts aplenty - I'll take it all with a whiskey & coke on the side, thank you. (Free, 12-6 p.m.)

Lord Nasty @ Hemlock (Sun.)

Working it like some freaky hybrid between nasty hip hoppers 2 Live Crew, James Brown and satiny-voiced R&B hipster icon Har Mar Superstar, Ukiah-based musician Lord Nasty will hold Sunday services at Hemlock this weekend. The middle-aged crooner writes songs about dirty psalms, cumming on the dance floor and disco sluts. Needless to say, this one isn't for the faint of heart ($6, 9 p.m.)

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