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Friday, September 3, 2010

Magic Kids, ZineFest, Prince vs. Michael, Doin' It in the Park, and More

Posted By on Fri, Sep 3, 2010 at 8:25 AM

click to enlarge Magic Kids plays Bottom of the Hill this Sunday
  • Magic Kids plays Bottom of the Hill this Sunday

It's Labor Day! Meaning: an extra day to your weekend, 10 percent more texts than usual and even more chances to nurse epic hangovers. Have fun San Francisco, you deserve it. Here's our list of fun things to do this weekend for less than a ticket to some lousy rom-com:

Vincent Moon @ ATA Gallery (Fri.)

Paris-born music video director Vincent Moon will screen a handful of his inspired music shorts. The series of improvised documentaries consists of video sessions with musicians set in unexpected locations and broadcast freely on the web. In a year, he shot bands such as Arcade Fire, Beirut, Grizzly Bear, Sufjan Stevens, and dozens more. The intimate videos include each band playing three or four of its songs, with warm, contrasting colors, and long-running shots. ($6-$10, 8 p.m.)

Braza! @ Som Bar (Fri.)
It's an electronic music cliché that DJs can bring the world together with their globally conscious mixes. And while this grand notion might be dubious, it's still dope to hear a Colombian cumbia percussion mixed with Jamaican dub bass and Nigerian Afrobeat horns. Few are better at global fusions than New York's DJ Sabo, the production alias of Will Sabatini. Sabo's tracks evoke African, Brazilian, and Latin music traditions with staccato thunk-a-thunk drum patterns, swishing shakers, rattling percussion, and rubbery bass licks that connect the dancefloor idioms of London, Lagos, and Lisbon. Sabatini brings his global spin to monthly Brazilian party Braza! ($5-$10, 10 p.m.) -- Tomas Palermo

San Francisco Zine Fest @ San Francisco County Fair Building (Sat. & Sun.) 
Even though new-media pundits have declared zines dead and irrelevant for at least a decade, and many large print publications have gone under in recent years, the scrawled-pamphlet form has demonstrated the tenacity of a cockroach. There are still plenty of people who prefer to commit their thoughts to photocopied or screen-printed paper rather than some ephemeral Tumblr. The annual San Francisco Zine Fest bills itself as one of the largest zine events in the country, with more than 100 exhibitors. Exhibitors include well-known presses such as Microcosm and AK Press, as well as classic solo zinesters. The fest also features readings, workshops, and, true to the form's DIY ethos, hands-on tutorials on bookbinding and screenprinting. (Free, 11 a.m.) -- Paul M. Davis

"Teen Age: You Just Don't Understand" @ Catherine Clark Gallery (Sat.) 
An art show that draws inspiration from The Catcher in the Rye and social media -- occurring at the dawn of another goddamn school year -- is best left in the hands of adolescents. At "Teen Age: You Just Don't Understand," curators Ken Goldberg and Catharine Clark have done just that, picking more than 10 works from a pool of 60 international submissions, with an eye toward Holden, high tech, and parental guidance -- and all the artists are duly chaperoned. Allison Reilly, accompanied by Miguel Farias, gives us a teenager lying in bed at night, illuminated by her open MacBook, her face featureless in the blinding glare. Words from 100 Colma and Richmond teens show up in "Metapuentes," which features doors inscribed with text-club dialogue. (Free, opening reception at 3 p.m.) -- Michael Leaverton

The Front Row @ Dark Room Theater (Sat.) 
An all-female sketch comedy troupe? It's about time. The Front Row consists of funny S.F. ladies Jennifer Keller, Lauren Davidson, Lisa Quiriconi, and Layla Rudy performing flamboyant situational sketches. Like the traditional male comedy troupes that have come before them, The Front Row plays with gender roles, allowing women to play men and men to play dumb. ($7, 7:30 p.m.)

Prince vs. Michael @ Madrone Art Bar (Sat.)
What ultimate 1980s party jam will always, without fail, force you to the dance floor? "Raspberry Beret" or "Thriller"? "Purple Rain" or "Beat It"? Perhaps you can put this persistent life question to rest -- or at least have a good time sweating to your favorites -- this Saturday at Madrone Art Bar's Prince vs. Michael dance night. The crowd-favorite club night, going strong for seven years, is back after a brief hiatus, with DJs Dave Paul and Jeff Harris choosing the battle tunes.($5, 9 p.m.)

8th Annual Doin' It in the Park @ Jerry Garcia Amphitheater (Sun.) 
Doin' It in the Park is not as risqué as it sounds -- the community hip-hop festival is actually pretty family-friendly. The 2010 DJ lineup includes Apollo, Shortkut, Sake One, Mind Motion, T.D. Camp, D-Sharp, the 4OneFunk crew, the Coo-Yah! Girlz, and Jah Warrior Shelter Hi-Fi. There's also free food (while it lasts) for everybody, red cups for adults, and games for kids. (Free, 12 p.m.)

"Handmade Nation" @ Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (Sun.) 
Thanks to our plucky nation of DIY crafters, artists and designers, the contemporary crafting community is thriving. Faythe Levine's 2009 film "Handmade Nation" documents the steady rise of the new wave of craft in 15 American cities, through lo-fi interviews with stars and champions of the scene, such as Jill Bliss, Debbie Stoller, Jenny Hart, and dozens more. ($8, 2 p.m.)

Magic Kids @ Bottom of the Hill (Sun.) 
Catch Magic Kids fresh from its set at L.A.'s FYF sprawling music event. The pinch-their-cheeks cute, surf-drenched twee-pop act hails from Memphis, but effuses a cool Californian vibe. Seems you can't mention this band without bringing up Beach Boy Brian Wilson, and they do boast an uncanny musical resemblance -- think 1960s Laurel Canyon. (Pre-Manson of course.) Magic Kids play Bottom of the Hill with San Francisco's The She's and Candy Claws. ($10, 9 p.m.) 

Labor Day Dance Party @ The Knockout (Sun.) 

To get you in the appropriate extra-day-off spirit, The Knockout is playing host to a Labor Dance Party this Sunday. DJs Paul Paul, DX the Funky Granpaw (of 45 Club fame), and Deadbeat will be spinning soul, Latin, rock pop and hop-hop. ($3, 10 p.m.)

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