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Friday, October 15, 2010

Die Antwoord, Gutwrench, Rank/Xerox, Free SF MOMA Admission and More

Posted By on Fri, Oct 15, 2010 at 7:00 AM

Rank/Xerox plays the Hemlock this Sunday with Toys That Kill - JILLIAN WEST
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  • Rank/Xerox plays the Hemlock this Sunday with Toys That Kill

You have two major choices this weekend -- high art or low art. There's free museum admission and frolicking dancers. Or grimy South African rap and San Francisco crust punk. Whatever you choose, take comfort in knowing it was cheap. Here's our roundup of 10 things to do this weekend for less than a pack of smokes (for now, anyway):

Die Antwoord @ Amoeba (Fri.)
This is precisely the kind of show that people have come to expect of our dear Amoeba Records. Newsworthy band (Die Antwoord) in town for a much bigger show (Treasure Island Festival) playing a totally free set for an intimate crowd. Die Antwoord (meaning "The Answer" in Afrikaans) is an eye-popping and improbable South African crew that mixes rave-raps with elements of Zef culture -- slang for modern and trashy. The crazy-haircut-sporting, oddball hip-hop group consists of rappers Ninja and Yo-Landi Vi$$er with beats by DJ Hi-Tek. (Free, 6 p.m.)

Threshold Morphologies: Recent Works by Greg Zifcak @ Kitsch Gallery (Fri.)
San Francisco sound and video artist Greg Zifcak creates multimedia pieces using analog video synthesis techniques through oscillation, interference and feedback. It's basically a constantly shifting screen with psychedelic visuals and sounds that will get your heart thumping. If you want to know what that looks and sounds like, visit Kitsch Gallery tonight for a free demonstration. (Free, 6-9 p.m.)

Gutwrench @ Kimo's (Fri)
South San Francisco punk band Gutwrench has been more or less together since 2001. Tonight, the band celebrates the release of the release of its newest record, Uncontrollable, with a show at Kimo's. The first 100 copies sold will come with a Gutwrench poster -- get one to impress all your friends. The band plays with Sad Boy Sinister, Cashed, and Ruleta Rusa. ($7, 9pm)

San Francisco Trolley Dances @ Duboce Park (Sat. and Sun.)

It's the hard-earned right of San Franciscans to complain about Muni. But imagine if your daily commute were like a flash mob: Instead of sporadic fights between riders, there are spontaneous, exquisitely choreographed dance pieces. This weekend you can realize that public transit musical, as dance takes over certain routes. For two afternoons, San Francisco Trolley Dance performers occupy Muni stations and perform a diverse and captivating selection that uses open space and city streets. (Free, 11 a.m.) -- Allison Davis

Yerba Buena Neighborhood Fair @ Yerba Buena Gardens (Sat.)

As if you needed another reason to traipse through the gardens during this fine Indian summer of ours, Yerba Buena Gardens hosts its first neighborhood fair this Saturday. There'll be live music, KFOG DJs, dancing and honest-to-goodness acrobats. Along with free neighborhood history walks, games, and giveaways, there also will be food and drinks from Whole Foods and always-tasty Thirsty Bear. Keep your fingers crossed that Thirsty Bear brings some of its wonderful patatas bravas. (Free, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.)

Zakheim: The Art of Prophetic Justice @ Jazz Heritage Center (Sun)
Bernard Baruch Zakheim (1896-1985) was among the best-known artists working in California in the mid-20th century. Zakheim emigrated from Poland to San Francisco in 1921 and remained here until his death, except for periods of study in Mexico City and Paris. He was an associate of Diego Rivera, and he earned his recognition primarily as a muralist -- although his artwork included portraiture, figure studies, and gut-wrenching depictions of the Holocaust. In the later part of his life, his works employed vibrant colors that depicted a resurgence of life. (Free, 12-11 p.m.)-- Keith Bowers

Free Family Day @ SFMoma (Sun.)

What does family mean to you? Whatever your definition, Free Family Day at SF Moma is open to all. Feel free to roam the open corridors, checking out exhibits, art activities, and live performances along with the museum's masterful mainstays. This time around, Free Family Day is themed Could You Repeat That? and will feature demonstrations with emphasis on repetition of form in art. (Free, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.)

The Myth of Ten Thousand Things @ Southern Exposure (Sun.)
In "The Myth of Ten Thousand Things," Sasha Hom and Dylan Bolles use multiple art forms -- music, installation, dance -- to craft narratives about family. Earlier in the day, there is an open-studio performance segment. Later there's a sit-down version of Hom and Bolles' collaboration, "The Edge of the Pacific." Bolles often creates original musical instruments specific to a performance. This time, a kitchen-table guitar with silk strings emerges as integral to the storytelling. (Free, 7 p.m.) -- Tara Jepsen

Rank/Xerox @ Hemlock (Sun.)
You can't tell by listening, but drummer Jon Shade of Rank/Xerox used to be known as singer Jon Shade of Jump of a Building. He only recently picked up drumming, but hits mighty hard. Earlier this year, Shade told that All Shook Down he learned to play by listening to "a lot of Liliput, Hans-A-Plast, and Grass Widow," and further explained that "Diane from Brilliant Colors and myself learned beats from Bossa Nova videos on YouTube." The result? Classic, creeped-out 1980s-style punk mixed with discordant post-punk riffs. Rank/Xerox plays with Oakland's Fleshies and San Pedro party punks Toys That Kill. ($7, 8 p.m.)

Odawas @ Make-Out Room (Sun.)
The next Seaweed Sway showcase features ambient psychedelic noise courtesy of JagJaguwar recording artist Odawas. The Berkeley-based act plays the Make-Out Room this Sunday with Ayla Nereo of Beatbeat Whisper and Sleepy Todd. ($7, 7:30 p.m.)

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