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Friday, September 24, 2010

Folsom Street Fair, Tour De Fat, Springsteen Tribute, Jared Mees & Grown Children, Arts Expo and More

Posted By on Fri, Sep 24, 2010 at 8:36 AM

Jared Mees & the Grown Children play The Hemlock this Sunday
  • Jared Mees & the Grown Children play The Hemlock this Sunday

There are so many awesome events this warm weekend in September, the problem won't be what to do, but how to pack it all in. Make the best use of your time, map out a proper schedule and get to it. Here's this week's list of ten things to do for a 10-spot or less:

Farm Film Night @ Hayes Valley Farm (Fri.)
Hayes Valley Farm is a community and agricultural center that occasionally has really cool parties. Tonight the farm hosts live music by The Secrets and a nighttime screening of documentary "Vanishing of the Bees." There's also the promise of local treats -- hot apple-pear cider infused with honey -- and raffle prizes! Donations will benefits the farm's Honey Bee Education Program. (Free, $5 - 6 p.m.)

Polk Street Blues Festival @ Polk between Pacific and Union (Sat. and Sun.)
This is the first annual Polk Street Blues Festival, so go check it out and support the hometown scene if you want to see more pure blues fests in the future. The festival, spread along Polk Street between Pacific and Union, will feature four stages of bands, gourmet food booths, and a merchant marketplace. Music comes courtesy of legendary bluesman John Mooney, Bobbie Webb and the Smooth Blues Band, local saloon singer Juce Garcia,  and many others. (Free, 10 a.m.)

Tour de Fat @ Golden Gate Park, Lindley Meadow (Sat.)
It's no wonder the people behind a daylong tribute to bicycles in San Francisco would discourage participants from bringing beer. But the reason might surprise you: The organizers are supplying the cerveza. They also encourage people who come to the Tour de Fat to be in costume, to trick out their rides, and to ride those rides rather than hauling them in by car or truck. The proceeds from the event all go toward bicycle and environmental causes. Plus, there are fire-jumping bike acts, a parade (remember the costumes?), and live music. (Free, 10 a.m.) -- Keith Bowers

Expo for Independent Arts @cellSpace(Sat.) 
Are you an artist, writer, musician, publisher, filmmaker or some other world-weary creative type? Then the Expo For Independent Arts is likely a vital event for you to swing by. It claims to be the Bay Area's only grassroots connection fair for local arts, music and culture. Along with plenty of helpful workshops and skillshares, there will be exhibitors from dozens of local arts organizations and nonprofits including Mission Artists United, Last Gasp Books, ATA Gallery, and CounterPULSE theater. ($5 donation, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.)

The Pinewood Derby and Art Auction @ 941 Geary (Sat.) 
Polish your axles, deburr your wheels, and keep your nose square. Keep it under 5 ounces, and be sure you've got 3/8ths of an inch clearance. At the Pinewood Derby and Art Auction, an annual benefit put on by the Hell's Belles Car Club, the builders and racers of wooden kit-cars have many regulations to keep in mind. The Belles also provide a "Show Car" category for those who can't follow any rules at all, but to enter the race and get your sanded wheels on that pretty, sloping track, you gotta toe the line. The art auction part of the event attracts car-related donations as well as professional fine art items, likely some that are both. (Free, 6 p.m.) -- Hiya Swanhuyser

The 21st Century @ Red Devil Lounge (Sat.) 
Oakland's The 21st Century is a band on a mission. The infectious indie pop septet has an opportunity to record with legendary producer Stephen Short -- the former owner of Trident Studios who has worked with David Bowie, The Clash, Paul McCartney, Queen, and Echo and the Bunnymen. So the band is using Kickstarter to raise funds so they can head to the studio ASAP. You can check them out this Saturday with San Francisco's Arcadio and Sparrows Gate. ($8, 8 p.m.)

The Big Lebowski @ Dolores Park (Sat.) 
An epic cult classic of "The Big Lebowski" proportions is the perfect way to close out the free summer movie season. Throw on your natty robe and some shades, fill up a bottle with (non-alcoholic) White Russian, and head down to Dolores Park. And don't forget to bring a blanket -- or the perfect Persian rug -- to set on that cold, damp park grass. Should be a fun night, the dude will abide. (Free, 8 p.m.)

Folsom Street Fair @ Folsom Street (Sun.) 
Leather and bondage have their day in the sun once a year -- that day is called The Folsom Street Fair. The festival, also known as "the grand daddy of all leather events," is not to be missed, if only purely for eye-popping anecdotes. But there's so much more to the fest than kink. There's food, booze, exhibitors, and live music. This year's live acts include Canadian new wavers Dragonette and techno trio Nitzer Ebb, among many others. There's usually also some porn stars on hand to keep things interesting. Keep in mind: though the fun is technically free, there is a suggested $10 donation. (Free, $10-11 a.m.)

Bruce Springsteen Tribute @ Make-Out Room (Sun.) 
Apparently, The Boss deserves our respect. This Sunday the Make-Out Room will make sure of that with a Bruce Springsteen Tribute Night featuring Tom Heyman, Jeffrey Luck Lucas, and Justin Frahm. The quintessential American rocker tribute also includes members of the Titan Ups, The Western Family Orchestra and Sweet Chariot, plus Kira Lynn Cain, Bone Cootes and more. ($7, 8 p.m.)

Jared Mees & the Grown Children @ The Hemlock (Sun.) 
Portland's whimsical Jared Mees & the Grown Children stirs memories of those crunchy, upbeat mid-1990s bands like the Amps and The Rentals. Mees, the lead grown child, has that same feel-good twang, along with a dash of Saddle Creek Records-style earnestness. The rotating lineup includes: Ezra Holbrook of the Decemberists, Jordan Dykstra, Eric Gilbert of Finn Riggins and Megan Spear, along with a smattering of likeminded musician friends who helped piece together the group's debut album Caffeine, Alcohol, Sunshine, Money. Social Studies and Monarques open. ($8, 8 p.m.)

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