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Friday, November 5, 2010

Hard French Season Finale, Indie Mart, Kitsch & Fuzzz, Bookfest 2010, and More

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Walken plays Hemlock Tavern this Saturday
  • Walken plays Hemlock Tavern this Saturday

Still covered in orange and black tickertape from the Giants parade? Got a hangover from all the revelry? Don't stop believing S.F., hang on to that feeling. You can keep the party going through the weekend with these cheap local happenings. Here's our list of 10 things to do this weekend for less than a knock-off Giants cap:

"Incidental Objects" @ Haines Gallery
Andy Goldsworthy's art swings between two poles: big, permanent exhibits in museums and parks, which can withstand a good blast, and delicate, temporary works in unmolested nature, which succumb to a stiff breeze. Both approaches mesh in the exhibit "Incidental Objects." Highlights include proposals for the Presidio works, including preliminary drawings for the upcoming Wood Line, to be composed of eucalyptus branches laid down in a sinuous line and left to rot over the years. The exhibit also features evidence of his most intensely temporary pieces, such as a video of him lying on the ground through downpours to make "rain shadows."(Free, 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.) -- Michael Leaverton

I Live Here: SF Retrospective @ SOMArts Cultural Center (Fri.)
We're all obsessed with each other, right? We have an unmatched interest in the nuances of our fellow San Franciscans: what neighborhood they dwell in, how they got here, their favorite local haunts. That's what is so brilliant about the website I Live Here: SF. The site is the brainchild of artist/photographer Julie Michelle. The concept is simple but the end result is compelling. Anyone can submit their personal story to Michelle. She chooses a wide cross-section of residents, then shoots their portraits. Now a retrospective art exhibit is on display for all those peering S.F. eyes to see. (Free, 6-9 p.m.)

Le Vice @ Milk Bar (Fri.) 
Tonight Milk Bar gifts you a night of live dance music courtesy of two divergent San Francisco bands. Electronic pop music comes courtesy of The Frail, and then there's Le Vice, in a spunky category all it's own. The band blends hip-hop and R&B vocals with angular guitars and indie sensibilities. Singer Alex Lee's pipes are both strong and sexy, knocking out poppy hits like "Shy Guy," and "Hard to Be Ill." Along with the live acts, DJ Mario Muse will be spinning all night. ($7, 9 p.m.)

Walken @ Hemlock Tavern (Fri.) 
No one is tougher than Christopher Walken. At least, that was his onscreen persona before he took to self-parody and dancing in music videos. Walken, the San Francisco punk band, maintains its hard and crusty edge. The group, which features two members of Grayceon, has been grinding through fast-paced, drum-heavy jams with hardcore metal vocals for the past decade. Its new album drops this weekend, so this show will likely dissolve into a messy, thrashy release party. Here's hoping. Walken plays Hemlock Tavern this Friday with Lesbian and Grayceon. ($8, 9:30 p.m.)

Hard French Season Finale @ El Rio (Sat.) 
Hard French's season finale will remind why you're going to miss the daytime DJs-plus-barbecue club. Those clever organizers have assembled an all-star lineup of DJs you might remember from this past season of Hard French. This time, they're all there together: DJ Carnita and DJ Amy Brown playing 1960s girl groups and 1970s soul, PRIMO from oldies night spinning soul, Lucky from Soul Party! playing Northern soul rarities, and DJ Bus Station John with fresh disco. ($5-$10, 3-5 p.m.)

Popomo by Kitsch and Fuzzz @ 111 Minna (Sat.) 
Pick a team -- Kitsch or Fuzzz. One a respected gallery and the other a respected dance night, the two will duke it out with dueling rooms as Popomo (post-post modern) at 111 Minna. If you choose the Fuzzz room, you'll be treated to avant-garde music videos followed by guest DJ Boyz IV Men, then a montage of video selections by Snaps and Claps. If Kitsch is more your thing, your room will include mixed media installation and performance pieces along with music by First Family (formerly Shimomitsu), Great Willow and Yoshi Omori. The fashion theme for the evening is one-piece outfits: jumpers, dresses, leotards, catsuits, ponchos, jammies, you choose the garb. ($5, 9 p.m.)

Bookfest 2010 @ JCCSF
If you love books -- and in this town who doesn't -- Bookfest is an economical way to check out a whole bunch of popular authors under one roof. Bookfest packs lectures and book signings by nearly 20 writers into one big word-filled day. Among the authors illuminating JCCSF patrons this Sunday: Michael Krasny, Ayelet Waldman, Yann Martel, and Gary Steyngart. A dessert reception follows the readings. ($7, 11:30 a.m.-6 p.m.)

Indie Mart @ Thee Parkside (Sun.) 
For Indie Mart's last outdoor hurrah this season, the organizers are throwing a proper party. Along with 85 vendors selling low-cost DIY treasures, there also will be live bands all day long, including locals The Stone Foxes. Plus you can get a mugshot in the Magnolia photobooth and nosh on barbecue and tater tots. Not only is Indie Mart the ideal place to shop for the upcoming holiday season, this also will be your last chance for a very long time -- the next mart doesn't happen until June of 2011. (Free, 12 p.m.)

Linda King & Company @ The Beat Museum (Sun.) 
Narrator wakes up hungover. Narrator starts drinking. Narrator writes something brilliant. Narrator finds someone to fuck. Narrator finds someone to fight. Love him or hate him, the late Charles Bukowski rarely strayed from this predictable pattern in most of his short stories and novels. One would think that any woman involved with Bukowski for five years off and on would want his head, at least figuratively. Linda King has it literally -- or, to be exact, a sculpture of it, one that she made. King, who's also a poet, reads her work and unveils sculptures of Bukowski and five other literary lions -- Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Robinson Jeffers, Gerald Locklin, Harold Norse, and Jack Micheline -- at Linda King & Company. Other poets reading are Jack Hirschman, as well as Neeli Cherkovski and A.D. Winans. (Free, 2 p.m.) -- Keith Bowers

Emperor Norton's Jazz Band @ Amnesia (Sun.) 
"Traditional jazz need no longer be viewed as old timey music played by old timers." 
Emperor Norton's Jazz band has a point -- often jazz is indeed pigeonholed as old people music, much to the chagrin of hip and classically-trained young players in the city. This band plays upbeat swing jazz tunes on clarinet, trombone, tuba, tenor banjo, and trumpet. It sites Louis Armstrong and smartly points out that Armstrong was only 21 when he got his big break. Definitely not old-timer status. ($5, 9 p.m.) 

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