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Friday, August 13, 2010

Toys That Kill, S.F. Vs. L.A., Indoor Block Party, C*nt Sparrer, and More

Posted By on Fri, Aug 13, 2010 at 10:15 AM

C*nt Sparrer plays Laszlo on Sunday
  • C*nt Sparrer plays Laszlo on Sunday

Well, it's really summer now! Bundle up, grab a hoodie and go check out the many fun and cheap events our chilly city has to offer this weekend. Here's our list of 10 shows, fests and fairs for less than two cups of quality hot cocoa.

S.F. vs L.A. @ Levi's Workshop (Fri.)

The event title "SF vs LA" sounds a lot more combative than the evening's actual schedule. Co-presented by Filter Magazine and 826 National, the Levi's Workshop party will merely be in celebration of fine DJs and printmakers from up and down the West Coast -- no official brawl is planned. Along with masterfully mixed music by Aaron Axelson of Popscene, there will also be limited edition prints for sale by Option G of L.A. and S.F.'s Mars 1. Libations come courtesy of Skyy Vodka. (Free, 8-10 p.m.)

Mister Loveless @ Milk Bar (Fri.) 
Mister Loveless isn't fashionable. The four dudes in the band get that. They put a lot into their sigh-heavy, Smiths-indebted post-grunge -- years of hunting for the right band members, obsessive songwriting, coordinated outfits -- and the finished product is promising (if restrained), crisp (if predictable), and sort of hard not to like (unless you just hate bands that sound like they know what they're doing). The band sounds right at home on Live 105 -- hell, it sounds better than a lot of bands that get played on Live 105. Named after a teacher their singer had in sixth grade, Mister Loveless is getting somewhere. The band has toured up and down the West Coast, and plans to hit SXSW next year. ($8, 8:30 p.m.) -- Ian S. Port

Nihonmachi Street Fair @ Japantown (Sat. and Sun.) 
The 37th Annual Nihonmachi ("Japan town") Street Fair includes a pretty divergent lineup of live acts -- Polynesian, hula, and ukulele groups along with reggae, hip-hop, and jazz bands. Headliners Native Elements, of San Francisco, play casual island funk. After checking out live bands, you can stop in one of Japantown's many awesome food spots or its modern, eye-popping glass mall of wonderment, New People. (Free, 11 a.m.)

Pistahan Parade and Festival @ Yerba Buena Gardens (Sat. and Sun.) 
At the Pistahan Parade and Festival, local Filipinos can find plenty of traditional food. So can everyone else, of course. And the elaborate pavilion system at the festival -- art, dance, heritage, health, and creativity each get their own, with that last one just for kids -- means the experience promises an exciting jolt of island culture. However, we figure it's specifically Filipinos, not everyone else, who can rule the two most popular events (besides the parade on Saturday). You practically have to be a traditional grandma type to win the adobo cook-off, right? And for the balut eating contest, well, athletes need to train from a very early age to be able to down boiled-in-the-shell embryonic ducklings, one after another. A very early age. (Free, 11 a.m.) -- Hiya Swanhuyser

17th & Capp Indoor Block Party @ various locations (Sat.) 
There's nothing more fun than a late-summer block party. But since summer in San Francisco is essentially a light winter, the 17th and Capp Block Party is, smartly, held inside. Beginning at 2 p.m., The Secret Alley will host bands and musicians Chris Klippel, The Ferocious Few, Atole, Casy & Brian and Boyz IV Men (which will celebrate its album release). There also will be films screened courtesy of Wolphin. At 6 p.m., Kitsch Gallery will begin its silent auction with a performance by Waisem. And beginning at 7 p.m., you can peruse pieces by a host of hip artists at The Sub, along with music by Blackbird Blackbird and DJ Atish. (Free, 2 p.m.)

Toys That Kill @ Thee Parkside (Sat.) 
With his former band, F.Y.P, current acts like Underground Railroad to Candyland, and a label full of party music (Recess Records), Todd Conelliere is like the pied piper of snotty San Pedro punk. You can always follow him to the fun. Conelliere's other current act, Toys That Kill, plays Thee Parkside this Saturday as part of the San Francisco's Doomed fest, which is put on by Thrillhouse Records in support of S.F. All-Ages Show Space Project. Songs For Moms, The Reaction and Kung Fu USA kick off the show. ($5, 8 p.m.)

Blank Tapes @ Hemlock (Sat.) 
Matt Adams has one of those semi-one-man bands. It's called the Blank Tapes, and a lot of people wonder why it isn't more famous. The music is rompy-stompy folk-rock one minute, and stretched-out, sunwarmed balladry the next. Adams is a hip hipster hippie -- he is, and his band is, implicated in the current swarm of interest in the music and culture of the 1960s counterculture. But a lot of people look only to the stereotypes of those times, and miss what was important about them in the first place: culling from the past, invention, an emphasis on joy to spite joylessness. Adams gets to the heart of a certain kind of '60s sound by leaning on the strong talents around him in the Mission District music scene, including Indianna Hale, Josh Bruner, and recently, the returned-from-Portland Sean Olmstead of Fpod Bpod. ($7, 9:30 p.m.) -- Hiya Swanhuyser

48 Hours @ The Cannery (Sun.)
Filmed on the steep hills of San Francisco, 48 Hours (1982) features Eddie Murphy's film debut as wacky, wide-eyed con/novice alongside Nick Nolte's grizzled, worn-out veteran cop. There's fast-paced action, sweeping shots of local scenery and great comedic tête à tête moments between the two lead actors. Who can forget the racist country-western bar scene? More than 25 years later, the movie still kills it. 48 Hours will be screened in The Cannery's outdoor courtyard. (Free, 8 p.m.)

Shellshag @ Thee Parkside (Sun.)
Minimalistic Brooklyn-based duo Shellshag returns to the Bay Area this Sunday as part of the San Francisco's Doomed fest. The lo-fi rockers (Johnny Shell and Jen Shag) originally met in San Francisco at Starcleaner, a warehouse venue ran by Jen and friends. The Starcleaner name stuck, and the two eventually used the name for their indie record label. They've officially been Shellshag since 2005, but have been playing together on-and-off for a decade. ($5, 8 p.m.)

C*nt Sparrer @ Laszlo (Sun.)
Super Rock Sunday at Laszlo usually features punk, mod, Brit-pop and metal jams by DJ Mike Apocalypse of hardcore band, Gehenna, fame. But this time there's an added bonus -- a performance by killer Cock Sparrer cover band, C*nt Sparrer of Long Beach. The trio, singer-guitarist Jennie Cotterill, singer-keyboardist Sara Lyons, and Evan Sinclair on drums (though his drumming is usually limited to one snare or thumping the side of a suitcase), performs bubbly, acoustic covers of the classic U.K. punk band. They've already made fans of other L.A. punk bands, playing a handful of shows with U.S. Bombs, and others. And yes -- the band C*nt Sparrer pays tribute to has heard of them: Cock Sparrer recently tweeted its approval. (Free, 9 p.m.)

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