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Friday, August 6, 2010

Psycho Beach Party, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Manuok and Pez's Sticker Art

Posted By on Fri, Aug 6, 2010 at 8:29 AM

Manuok plays The Make-Out Room this Sunday
  • Manuok plays The Make-Out Room this Sunday

In the mood to shimmy and shake to '90s hits or live Motown-esque bands? You've got it. You say you'd rather check out some gallery'd street art, free ballet or an outdoor movie screening? Sure. San Francisco's got a wild and varied lineup this weekend, all for under a 10-spot.

Annie Sajdera @ Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (Fri.)
The Yerba Buena Center for the Arts is a great place to stroll -- open gardens outside, interesting exhibits inside. This summer, the center has outdone itself yet again with the ART TAP-hosted series, New Frequencies Unplugged. The free weekly event includes live music and specialty beer and wine. This Friday, keyboardist/pianist Anne Sajdera plays New Frequencies Unplugged. The San Francisco musician performs a mix of classical and jazz standards along with her own original compositions. Classy! (Free, 6-8 p.m.)

"You Can't Win" @Fifty24SF Gallery (Fri.)
It's common to see graffiti artists move into the gallery, but it's always nice to get one who popularized a new style, such as Pez. And his style is ... sticker tagging. Confused? Take a moment: Ever seen those "Hello my name is ...." stickers tacked up in odd places, like lampposts, with a graffiti-esque scrawl where the carefully printed name ought to be? That'ss sticker tagging. Today, Pez teams up with his old friend, photographer Joshua Blank, for the exhibit "You Can't Win." The pair used to live in the city together in the early 2000s, and published a zine by the same name. Shepard Fairey has said: "Pez, a bike messenger, has crushed every city he's lived in." As always during a graffiti show, keep your eyes peeled for undocumented work. In this case, stickers. (Free, 7 p.m.) -- Michael Leaverton

Hard French Psycho Beach Party @ El Rio (Sat.) 
The meteoric rise of yet another soul party in San Francisco signifies that this must be one mother-trucking fun party. Fresh from their debut at the women-centered Fabulosa Fest, the DJs are ready for Hard French Psycho Beach Party. It's an ardently and successfully all-gender, all-sexuality crowd, so if you're feeling out of place, maybe you're wearing the wrong shoes? The theme this time around, a take-off on the Gidget-slasher-surf genre film, invites you to don your bikinis, colored balls, and badminton rackets, and work it out on the backyard patio. DJs Brown Amy and Carnita plus special guest Dick Vivian (of Rooky Ricardo's Records) bring the soul. You bring the hairdo. Beer bust and barbecue are available for the first two hours, then dance it off and beg for more. ($5-$10, 3 p.m.) -- Tara Jepsen

Ferris Bueller's Day Off @ Dolores Park (Sat.) 
The more things change, the more they stay the same. Responsibility is still boring, cutting class still rules and adventure is still, ultimately, up to you. In the classic Matthew Broderick (swoon, circa 1986) vehicle, Ferris Bueller knows how to gently finagle himself out of messy situations and into epic circumstances with the help of modern technology, some sound effects and a can-do attitude. He eats at fancy restaurants, goes joy riding in a sports car, and leads a parade through the streets of Chicago. Throw in a superhot white suede-swathed girlfriend and a morbidly entertaining BFF, and you've got the best day off in history. (Free, 8 p.m.)

John Heart Jackie @ Hotel Utah (Sat.) 
Peter Murray and Jennie Wayne of Portland's John Heart Jackie come to Hotel Utah this Saturday in support of their brand new album, We Are Gold Mounds. The record, sugary and full of two-part harmonies, was recorded in wine country at the vineyard where Wayne grew up. Yes, the sweet fruit oozed into the record's sound. The band plays with Oakland's The Moanin Dove and The Beehavers. ($8, 9 p.m.)

Debaser @ The Knockout (Sat.) 
Debaser at the Knockout is a guaranteed good time. DJs Jamie Jams and Emdee of Club Neon spin 90's alternative dance party hits, supercute boys and girls sweating in flannel while head banging to the relative oldies. Expect a steamy mix of grunge, riot grrrl and club-ready hits. ($5, free w/ flannel before 11 p.m., starts at 10 p.m.)

San Francisco Theater Festival @ Yerba Buena Gardens (Sun.) 
The SF Theater Festival is the largest theater-related party in the city. It features 130 performances on 17 indoor and outdoor stages -- drama, comedy, impov, musical pieces and even some acts for the kiddies. (Free, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.) 

San Francisco Ballet @ Stern Grove (Sun.) 
Remember when you were young and idealistic and believed you could truly be a prima ballerina despite your gangly, awkward body and lack of grace? Or was that just us? San Francisco Ballet is one of the premier ballet companies in the U.S. Here's your chance to catch a live performance for free thanks to the Stern Grove outdoor summer festival. This Sunday's performance will include dances to "Prism" composed by Ludwig van Beethoven, "After the Rain" by Arvo Pärt and "Sandpaper Ballet," composed by Leroy Anderson. Go get some culture, twinkle toes. (Free, 2 p.m.)

Manuok @ The Make-Out Room (Sun.) 
Based in San Diego, Manuok (pronounced "man-you-ok") is the audio lovechild of multinstrumentalist Scott Mercado. Heavily bearded and mellow, Mercado does experimental folk right. A touring member of Black Heart Procession and The Album Leaf, he has a sensitive way with melodies, and a delicate touch. It's apparent he's channeled everything he's learned with other acts into his main gig, creating one beautiful musical hybrid. But that doesn't mean he's a style biter -- his strengths lie with personal, complicated and moody compositions. The Marshmallows and New Cadence open. ($7, 8 p.m.)

Calm Palm Vapor @ Hemlock (Sun.) 
Chicago's Calm Palm Vapor writes and performs "independent space Motown music." What exactly is that? Layered, soulful tunes with electronic beats, psychedelics samples and retro melodies. The dreamy duo, formerly members of Midstates and the Choir of Ghost, claim they write songs about "the triumph of the human spirit." It's a bold subject to tackle, but if anyone can pull it off, it's these R&B astronauts. Palm Vapor plays the Hemlock with Change! ($6, 9 p.m.)

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