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Friday, July 16, 2010

Bastille Day Party, Indie Mart, Mission Creek and Dave Eggers' art

Posted By on Fri, Jul 16, 2010 at 8:36 AM

click to enlarge Teri Gender Bender of Le Butcherettes plays McLaren Park this Saturday
  • Teri Gender Bender of Le Butcherettes plays McLaren Park this Saturday

Now that the World Cup is long over, let's get back to business. If you're like some people, you're probably wondering how will you spend your vuvuzela-less days. Others may not know what that word means. Either way, rejoice in our list of fun stuff to do in San Francisco this weekend for under 10 bucks:

Bastille Day Celebration @ the de Young Museum (Fri.)
Celebrate France's biggest holiday with art, lectures and French gypsy-funk music. The live music comes courtesy of Santa Rosa Francophiles, Dgiin. The Santa Rosa foursome has been performing French-flavored tunes in the Bay Area for the greater part of a decade. There also will be an Edward Degas-inspired ballet performance by students of Sunset Movements Arts, and hands-on art projects. The event is part of the Friday nights at the de Young nightlife series. (Free, 5-8:45 p.m.)

"It Is Right to Draw Their Fur" @ Electric Works (Fri.)
Dave Eggers is guilty of being famous, and those who sentence people for that have been sentencing him for years. He writes books? Opens writing schools? Publishes a one-day rocket-car newspaper? He's like a fucking criminal. If he sucked, we would get it, but he doesn't. Eggers works. He invents. He brings the payload safely home. Maybe you found the "Hey, look at me! I'm doing goddamn somersaults over here!" style of his first book grating (you shouldn't have), but move on. He did. He hasn't drawn a stapler in a book in nine years. And it hasn't escaped us that had Eggers limited himself to just, say, two books and one writing school -- and, okay, the pirate store -- people would be in a defensive crouch around their little genius holed up on Valencia Street, especially those who flipped through Might. Now he has an art show, "It Is Right to Draw Their Fur," like he's John Waters or something, and you can really find something wrong with it. It's drawings of little animals. More than 100 adorable little creatures. They're good, and some people are going to be unsettled by that. (Free, 6 p.m.) -- Michael Leaverton

Short Movie Revolution @ ATA Gallery (Fri.)
The Mission Creek Music and Arts Festival Short Movie Revolution will screen a diverse lineup of brief celluloid moments. There'll be narratives about finding love ("The Vagina Son"), animated mice tales ("Operation Orange Gold"), and documentaries about gay life ("Queer in Kansas"), along with many others. Participating filmmakers include Charles Chadwick, Victor Fanucchi, Kate Hupp, Dana Jae, Alex Lasky, Peter Max Lawrence, John Madden, Doc Matthews, Jennifer Noland, Michael I. Shiller, and Jim Swanson. ($5-$10, 8 p.m.)

Seven Hells of S.F. @ Panhandle Statue (Sat.)
We're not going to be in the Seven Hells of S.F. bike ride because we can't ride a bike more than one mile without falling off. We also can't ride up a hill, even Bryant Street Hill -- that little rise that peaks at 16th St. -- without stopping, cursing, looking for public transit, pushing our bike the rest of the way, then going home and stewing. But we encourage you to, because you're tough like that. The four-hour, 30-mile trek visits the air at Twin Peaks, Mount Davidson, Castro Hill, Telegraph Hill, Russian Hill, Nob Hill, and Pacific Heights. (Free-$5, 10 a.m.) -- Michael Leaverton

Mission Creek Music and Arts Festival @ McLaren Park (Sat.)
Capping off a week of good, cheap shows, the Mission Creek Music and Arts Festival celebrates on Saturday with a totally free outdoor concert. It features Mission favorites such as The Fresh & Only, Grass Widow, Thorny Brocky, and Sacramento's Ganglians. There also will be a poetry reading and acoustic set by Teri Gender Bender of Mexico's Le Butcherettes, an excellent hard rock band that has opened for the likes of Yeah Yeah Yeahs and the Dead Weather. Let's just pray the fog doesn't roll in too early. (Free, 12-6 p.m.)

Hooray for Everything @ Pissed Off Pete's (Sat.)
Oakland's Hooray for Everything plays Pissed Off Pete's this Saturday with Meow, Mind and C'mon Everybody. The fresh-faced, female-fronted trio is reminiscent of structured, melodic early-1980s punk groups like The Wipers and Hüsker Dü. Singer Faith Gardner is a musician/writer whose sweet vocals occasionally recall That Dog's Anna Waronker. ($5, 8 p.m.)

Indie Mart @ Thee Parkside (Sun.)

The always-fun Indie Mart promises 90 vendors "bringing you the best makers, designers, vintage, handmade unique goodies, art, baked treats and much more." Plus, a third of the vendors are new this time around -- so here's your chance to check out some rookie Indie Mart stands. Of course, cheap booze is always on the menu. ($3, 12-6 p.m.)

Caravan Palace @ Stern Grove (Sun.)
Playing a somewhat confusing genre known as "electro-swing," Parisian group Caravan Palace will represent the land of wine and cheese during the next free session of the ongoing Stern Grove Festival. The French six-piece cites both Daft Punk and early 1900s Gypsy jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt as major influences -- which makes for an interesting combo. It gives them a sort of post-apocalyptic feel, if there was an apocalypse in 1950s Europe. (Free, 2 p.m.)

The Secret History @ Rickshaw Stop (Sun.)
New Yorkers The Secret History play songs about "ghosts and monsters and sometimes Italy." Vocalists Lisa Ronson and Erin Dermody may front the band, formerly known as My Favorite, but the band's prolific songwriter, Michael Grace Jr., crafts the words they sing. The Secret History's debut album Le Grand Magistery was released this March. The band plays Rickshaw Stop with Jetskiis, Kids on a Crime Spree, Matthew Edwards and The Unfortunates. ($9.99, 7 p.m.)

Touch the Gear @ Community Music Center (Sun.)
When experts play the skatchbox, it sounds like an amplified group of rhythmically barfing hamsters -- aka awesome. Add to that the instrument's cardboard-and-plastic-comb construction, and you have a contraption that's intensely alluring to kids of all ages. At "Touch the Gear," part of the OutSound Music Summit, the skatchbox is only one of the amazing musical gizmos to get your grimy paws all over, and each one comes with its own explainer. In the case of the skatchbox, Tom Nunn is the explainer -- you can see him explaining it online, and he does a great job. But today, you can play the skatchbox yourself, along with noise pedals, hand-crank instruments, and the Looperlative LP-2, among many others. (Free, 7 p.m.) -- Hiya Swanhuyser

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