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Friday, October 8, 2010

El Rio's Birthday Party, Moon Duo, Autobahn, Mission Dolores Fiesta and More

Posted By on Fri, Oct 8, 2010 at 8:45 AM

Diamond Daggers will perform at El Rio this Saturday - CODY T WILLIAMS
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  • Diamond Daggers will perform at El Rio this Saturday

If you don't have tickets to Giants playoffs games this weekend, didn't want to pay the jacked-up prices, or simply do not care about baseball, check out every other cheap event in the city. There are many. Here's our list of 10 things to do for less than a overpriced ballpark beer and hot dog:

Poetry Series @ de Young Museum (Fri.)
To add a dash of class to your weekend, check out free readings by Harryette Mullen and Elizabeth Robinson. Mullen's books include Blues Baby, Sleeping with the Dictionary, and Recyclopedia, among others. Elizabeth Robinson is known as the author of Also Known As and The Orphan & Its Relations. The event is part of the museum's ongoing Friday Nights at the de Young series, (Free, 5 p.m.)

Day of the Dead @ SOMArts (Fri.)
Every year SOMArts displays a colorful and powerful exhibit celebrating El Día de los Muertos, or the Day of the Dead. This year's show, dubbed "Honoring Revolution with Visions of Healing," is up through Nov. 6. The exhibit, featuring altars and installations, is dedicated to the centennial celebration of the Mexican Revolution. It explores themes including destruction in the Gulf of Mexico and the death of a loved one. Featured artist Adrian Arias will showcase an installation for his mother. (Free, opening reception at 6 p.m.)

Altars @ Milk (Fri) 
The premiere of Milk's live music-meets-DJs-meets-dance party event, CHiPs, will be in full swing this Friday. The new club night, promoted by Life/Style and Penny Arcade, will include live synth-y dance tunes by Altars, along with DJs spinning indie, soul, and glam all night long. ($5, 9 p.m.)

Mission Dolores Fiesta @ Mission Dolores Auditorium (Sat.-Sun.) 
At the annual Mission Dolores fiesta there will be games, entertainment, international food booths, silent auctions, and a major raffle. Most activities are free, others are for a good cause. Check out the live entertainment, then throw down some change at the food booths. (Free, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.)

Art Publishing Now @ Southern Exposure (Sat.) 
Your art blog is staggeringly thoughtful. Your sophistication is years in the making and your networking savvy -- well, you've got a cousin with an editor friend, or something. But screw the convention machine, it's all about the art, right? Maybe not. The "Art Publishing Now" clustersummit raises its flag this weekend. The Saturday summit educates and unites contributors to periodicals, blogs, essays, books, podcasts, open source databases, arts editions, and newer hybrid forms. Heads from across the media and art worlds smorgasboard -- including folks from SFMOMAMcSweeney's, NPR and Chronicle Books -- are on-podium. (Free, 11 a.m.) -- Christopher Trenchard

El Rio's 32nd Birthday Party @ El Rio (Sat.) 
Where would we be with the spacious Mission bar El Rio? Thankfully, one needn't worry about this prospect. In celebration of its 32 years of existence, El Rio is throwing itself an old-fashioned birthday party, replete with half-price drinks, house barbecue, burlesque, and plentiful live music. Bands and performers include Jack O The Clock, Maria MachetesDiamond Daggers, Weed Wolf (Jenny Hoyston), Dottie Luz of Red Hot Burlesque, and plenty of other familiar El Rio faces. (Free, 3 p.m.)

Moon Duo @ Amnesia (Sat.)
Lucky you, moody psych act Moon Duo plays an intimate show at Amnesia this Saturday. The ambient band, fronted by Wooden Shjips's Ripley Johnson, is on Brooklyn label Woodsist, and drops influences like Lou Reed and Spacemen 3 (a band it also covers). ($8, 10 p.m.)

Midnight Chaser @ Hemlock (Sat.)
San Francisco's Midnight Chaser (formerly known as Awesome Party) harkens back to a classic era of metal, when men had long hair and thrashed-up black shirts, not noise machines and fancy dark denim. The band plays the Hemlock this Saturday with Canada's Evil Survives, Portland's Spellcaster, and Serpent Crown. ($7, 9:30 p.m.)

Crystal Monee Hall @ Rasputin Berkeley (Sun.)
Crystal Monee Hall's music includes elements of folk, gospel, jazz, and blues. Before her solo career, she was a featured vocalist with the Broadway production of Tony Award winning musical RENT. Since striking out on her own, she performs live backed by drummer Scott Amendola and members of the Jazz Mafia. (Free, 1 p.m.)

Autobahn @ Koko Cocktails (Sun.)
Autobahn is a club night specializing in -- what else -- krautrock! This Sunday electro German style music will be spun by DJs Shawn Ryan, Pat Les Stache and Tristes Tropiques. Shimmy to krautrock classics, along with Italo disco and cosmic mindfucks. We believe in nothing. Except maybe having a good time. (Free, 9 p.m.)

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