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Friday, August 20, 2010

They Might Be Giants, Street Food Fest, Rock Make, Booty Bassment and More

Posted By on Fri, Aug 20, 2010 at 9:18 AM

click to enlarge They Might Be Giants play Stern Grove for free this Sunday
  • They Might Be Giants play Stern Grove for free this Sunday

Celebrate San Francisco this weekend. We have awesome bands, awesome fests and awesome non-summer summers. Check out our list of top ten things to do for less than a cocktail costs at some fancy-pants L.A. club. Locals only:

Alamo Square Flea Market & Indie Mart @ Alamo Square (Sat.)
A lone garage sale can be exciting enough, but a whole neighborhood selling beautiful and weird treasures along a park is not to be missed. The Alamo Square Flea Market has been around for 27 years -- that's nearly three decades of selling upcycled vintage, rare antiques and barbecue. This year it teams up with Indie Mart in what might be the grandest collaboration since Gaga met Beyonce. It makes perfect sense - Indie Mart's headmistress, Kelly Malone, is based in NOPA (yep, I called it that) as is her multipurpose creative space, Workshop. So along with vintage thrift, there also will be crafty vendors lined up around the park. ($2 donation, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.)

SF Street Food Festival @ Folsom & 24 (Sat.)
Last year's inaugural SF Street Food Festival was crowded. This year, the fest is scaling up, with four times the vendors and seven times the space. Again, it takes over the street outside fest-host La Cocina, but it also whips down 25th Street to Treat, and takes over Garfield Park as well. And this time there are more than 40 vendors, from the biggies (Slanted Door, Delfina, Flour + Water) to the little guys you've always wanted to try (Hapa Ramen, Kitchenette SF, Kung Fu Tacos). There's also a strong contingent of La Cocina-bred places, like El Buen Comer and Sabores Del Sur. With vastly more acreage and vendors, the fest should test the limits of the street food craze. If it does not, and the crowds overwhelm it yet again, quit your job, cook anything and serve it outside. (Free, 11 a.m.) -- Michael Leaverton

Inaugural Exhibition @ Gallery Hijinks (Sat.) 
The art at "Gallery Hijinks Inaugural Exhibition" is all about examining the tensions between various opposites. Brynda Glazier's sculptures contrast utopian idealism and dystopian decay, while Lisa Congdon explores modernism versus deterioration. But the most transfixing works may be Morgan Blair's shit houses. Don't let the scatological titles turn you off: Blair's houses are not made of actual shit, but are really highly geometric structural drawings of homes. Blair is juxtaposing our desire to create order out of chaos with the innately primal human state. Reconciling opposites is far from a unique subject in the art world, but this is a solid set of work that thrives on its unsettling juxtapositions, and makes a strong case that this gallery is a promising new venue for the bustling Mission art community. (Free, 6 p.m.)-- Paul M. Davis

Joe Strummer Tribute @ Bottom of the Hill (Sat.) 
Quick, name a zillion-selling rock musician who is and has always been a loudmouthed anti-racist? Bono and Billie Joe Armstrong are stand-up guys, but we don't like their music. The point is, nobody is Joe Strummer anymore. Although Strummer and the Clash were viciously criticized during their heyday as "sellouts," he remained informed, articulate, brilliant, and highly political until his untimely death in 2002. At the annual Joe Strummer Tribute, bands gather to play his music and sing his praises. This year's lineup includes Sistas in the Pit, who describe themselves as "sexy rock, black girl style," underrated Cupertino ska band Monkey, and Interchords, who backed up Billy Bragg at last year's show. (Free, 9 p.m.) -- Hiya Swanhuyser

Nobunny @Thee Parkside (Sat.) 
At various times, Oakland's Nobunny has been described as the following: a horny Muppet, sick trash, the illegitimate offspring of Kim Fowley, and "a mindfuck multiplied by a clusterfuck." With a pedigree like that, how can you afford not to check it out? Nobunny, a raucous character played by garage punk musician Justin Champlin, issues discordant guitar sleaze and appropriately whiney vocals amid flirty hints of 1960s bubblegum pop. And the shows are a whole mess of masked fun. Nobunny plays with Mean Jeans, Anomalys and Charlie and the Moonhearts as part of Total Trash Fest 2010. ($10, 9 p.m.)

Man/Miracle @ The Hemlock (Sat.) 
Who doesn't love a good live act? Oakland's Man/Miracle is a guitar-heavy, indie-rock four -piece renowned in local circles for its frenetic shows. The quartet, which toured earlier this year with East Bay brethren Rogue Wave, plays accessible noise, battling fuzzy guitar with slick drums and jittery vocal harmonies. Man/Miracle plays the Hemlock with Slang Chickens and Yellow Dress. ($7, 9:30 p.m.)

Booty Bassment @ The Knockout (Sat.) 
Enough with this slow-swaying, shoulder-twitching style of dance. I don't want to shoegaze or to maintain a somber stare. Let's get wrecked and get serious about mind-blowing, ass-shaking, booty-bouncing. Pounding beats and memorable hip-hop jams are commonplace at The Knockout's monthly booty party -- not that we're complaining. The club encourages attendees to "shake your chicken noodle with a coke on the side!" DJs Ryan Poulsen and Dimitri spin your favorite club-ready tunes, so don't lose yourself in a sticky cocktail -- get out on the dance floor. ($5, 10 p.m.)

Tussle @ Amnesia (Sat.) 
At the start of the summer, just prior to a tour through Europe, psychedelic rock band  Tussle told SF Weekly it was working on its fourth album, to be mixed by JD Twitch of Optimo in Glasgow. This Saturday, before embarking on yet another European jaunt next week, the experimental act will play Amnesia -- hopefully tearing through tracks off that secretive forthcoming release. Presented by OK Hole, Tussle's SF farewell show will include Asss and Sword and Sandals, along with resident DJs C.L.A.W.S, Muscledrum, and Nay Nay. ($5, 10 p.m.)

Rock Make Festival @ Treat Avenue and 18 Street (Sun.) 
Rock Make Festival is one of the few local music and art fests without sky-high ticket prices, annoying tourists or long treks to far-off parks. It's in the heart of the Mission, unassuming and lots of fun, organized by the Bay Bridged, indie rockers Tartufi and Cookie and the Dude, a fabric shop. It showcases hip local acts and crafty Bay Area vendors. Doubled in size this year, Rock Make includes live performances by Tartufi, AB & the Sea, Still Flyin', Leopold and His Fiction, Social Studies, The California Honeydrops, Butterfly Bones, Sea of Bees, Jhameel, Billy and Dolly, Blue Rabbit, The Thrashers (kid rock!), The She's, The Psychotherapists and Wizard Lizard. Plus there will be more than 100 arts and crafts vendors -- yep, they're all local too. Show your support for San Francisco's creative community. (Free, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.)

They Might Be Giants @ Stern Grove (Sun.) 
They Might Be Giants is what an indie nerd band should be. The two main dudes, John Linnell and John Flansburgh, have been playing and making an honest living off it for more than 20 years. They write the songs, call the shots, and have an obsessive legion of fans. If you aren't one of said ardent fans already, you likely still know the band's music, thanks to its Grammy Award-winning "Malcom in the Middle" theme song or the opening orchestral piece for the Daily Show. They Might Be Giants plays the last Stern Grove Festival date of summer 2010 with Rogue Wave and Sloat Blvd. (Free, 2 p.m.)

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