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Friday, September 10, 2010

Fecal Face, 'Amélie,' Power to the Peaceful, Pineapple Princess, Fillmore Art Walk, and More

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Pineapple Princess plays Saturday at the Hemlock
  • Pineapple Princess plays Saturday at the Hemlock

Whether you're into 1960s Southeast Asian pop, free concerts in the park, or flying dancers, San Francisco has got you covered this weekend. Here's our list of 10 things to do for considerably less than a parking ticket: 

10 Years of Fecal Face Dot Com @ The Luggage Store (Fri.)
Fecal Face is an arts and culture website that has supported San Francisco's art underbelly since it was founded by John Trippe in 2000. The site now boasts 11,000 to 13,000 visitors a day. Celebrating 10 years of online and real world contemporary art promotion, Fecal Face's anniversary show will feature the works of 25 artists whose careers it helped launch. Among them: Mike Giant, Maya Hayuk, Mars-1, Kelsey Brooke and David Choe. Plus, there's an $8 after-party at the Mezzanine at 9 p.m. with live music by Kelley Stoltz, Sonny Smith, and Ty Segall. (Free, 6 p.m.)

Mandala Presents: Let's A Go-Go @ Amoeba (Fri.)
Looking to dance to Southeast Asian pop of the 1960s? Tonight, Amoeba's Mandala DJ series explores world pysch tunes with Special Lord B (AKA DJ Paul Paul) of Saturday Night Soul Party, and DJ Sid Presley, producer of the eponymous album Let's A Go-go! Singapore And Southeast Asian Pop Scene 1964-69. (Free, 6 p.m.)

September 2010 Fillmore Art Walk @ Fillmore from Eddy to Post (Friday)
Making your way up Fillmore from Eddy to Post this Friday, you can check out free art and live music in different neighborhood establishments -- the works of 60 artists and the music of 10 bands, to be precise. Sheba Piano Lounge will have live music and film projections while Jazz'z Hair Salon offers free massages, and live hip-hop and punk performances. Witness a graffiti battle in front of Bumzy's Cookies. The main event will be at the West Bay Conference Center, with 30 artists' works on display, live painting, light refreshments, and wine. (Free, 6 p.m.)

"Singing Praises" @ Women's Building (Fri.) 
We imagine that the Flyaway Productions dancers show up to their performances looking like movie astronauts: Walking all in a row, slo-mo'd by their own majesty, backlit, and slinging heavy equipment over their shoulders, these daredevils smirk at each other to show their fearlessness and team spirit. While this exact scenario is fictional, the fact remains that Jo Kreiter's dancers are highly trained specialists who can fly. At "Singing Praises," they join forces with preternaturally talented composer Jewlia Eisenberg to swarm the MaestraPeace mural in loving celebration of the community center, social hub, and health spot that houses it. By climbing, swinging, jumping, and rappeling over the three-story building's surface, the company praises history as well as the present, and Eisenberg, who worked with the band Charming Hostess and guest composer Ava Mendoza, provides an original score. (Free, 8 p.m.) -- Hiya Swanhuyser

Power to the Peaceful @ Golden Gate Park, Speedway Meadow (Sat.) 
The Power to the Peaceful festival is likely one of the reasons outsiders still call San Franciscans hippies. We care about the environment and social causes, but we also like to dance barefoot in the park. The fest, which began in 1999, is a free event hosted by singer/humanitarian Michael Franti with the lofty goal of "inspiring people to serve in ways that empower and enrich their lives and the lives of others." There will be a food drive, a shoe drive, and a nonprofit donation request. But there's also art, yoga and live music courtesy of Franti and his band SpearheadCrystal BowersoxRebelutionRupa & the April Fishes, plus dozens more. (Free, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.)

Stop & Go Rides Again @ Intersection for the Arts
Stop-motion animation is a welcome respite from a world of terrifying Pixar domination. Curated by artist Sarah Klein, Stop & Go Rides Again is a series of experimental animations created by local and international artists. The labor-intensive process of stop-motion ensures the artist's utmost attention to detail, and promises inclusion of scenes created out of everyday materials like colored paper, photographs, and shadow puppets. ($9.99; 4 p.m., 7 and 9 p.m.)

John Brandon @ Book Passage (Sat.) 
Spend any time driving around this country, and you'll find that the one thing America has a surplus of is dead-end towns. It's these towns that interest author John Brandon. His new McSweeney's novel, Citrus County, luxuriates in the blighted majesty of rural America. The narrative is bracing, concerning teenage lovers who find themselves in a true-crime caper gone awry. Brandon is concerned not only with the key players, but also with the people affected by their actions, those characters usually ignored like the collateral damage many authors consider them to be. What results is a novel suffused with musky swamp air, teenage love, and mosquito bites. (Free, 1 p.m.) -- Paul M. Davis

Pineapple Princess @ Hemlock (Sat.) 
Pineapple Princess is a San Francisco band that mixes punk rock with traditional Hawaiian songs. With screamy vocals and messy punk tunes like "We Suck" and "Roll Out the Malt Liquor Barrel," it's the most frantic use of ukulele you've ever heard. And possibly the most fun. Pineapple Princess plays Rotfest II: Son of Rotfest this Saturday at the Hemlock, presented by The Guest List Abuse Prevention Program (GLAPP). Other acts include 3 Stoned Men, Smile God Loves You, Vanilla Whores, Count Dante, and David Nudelman and his Wiki Wiki Boyz. ($7, 5:30 p.m.)

Amélie @ Washington Square Park (Sat.) 
Ah, the sheer brilliance of Amélie. Who wasn't charmed by the 2001 French film about a loveless young woman with odd hobbies? The film, starring Audrey Tautou, netted five Oscar nominations and won four Césars (the French equivalent) including Best Film. Washington Square Park will host picnic-toting families and lovers this Saturday to screen the film in all its elegance, once the night rolls in. (Free, 8 p.m.)

Opera in the Park @ Golden Gate Park, Sharon Meadow (Sun.)
When it comes to free al fresco opera, San Franciscans quite possibly lead the nation in arias per capita. SF Opera's twice-yearly simulcasts at the baseball stadium may have captured the city's imagination in recent years, but the company's venerable Opera in the Park counters with something not even the slickest JumboTron could trump -- real, live musicians, braving the fickle elements right there with you. Performers taking the outdoor stage this afternoon include Micaela Carosi and Dolora Zajick, the soprano and mezzo-soprano leads in Aida; Ramón Vargas, who sings the title role in Werther; and Lucas Meachem and Luca Pisaroni, both from The Marriage of Figaro. (Free, 1:30 p.m.) -- Emily Hilligoss

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