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Friday, December 31, 2010

NYE Roller Disco, Noisy Avon Ladies, Muni Party, Teenage Dance Craze and More

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Ticket prices for New Year's Eve events are notoriously jacked up. Save yourself the worry and the cash, and check out our list of cheap, way-cooler options. Here are 10 things to do this weekend in San Francisco for less than the morning-after brunch:

Muni @ Various locations (Fri.)
Okay so Muni isn't an event per se, but it's free all evening! You can travel the 7x7 grid in grimy style and gain countless anecdotes to the delight of your clueless, personal vehicle-besotted friends. Or you can just take it to get where you're going. This is also your chance to check out your party competition en route. (Free, 8 p.m. to 11:59 p.m.)

NYE Roller Disco @ CELLspace (Fri.)
Disco on skates in the front room, New Wave dance floor in the back. What could be cooler? There's also a full bar, so the chance of seeing someone eat it in full-1970s attire is high. The rink and skate rental comes courtesy the legendary Black Rock Roller Disco crew. Be safe, boozy roller skaters. ($10, 8 p.m.)

"Walt Disney Was a Homosexual" and "Cockette Close-Up" @ Steven Wolf Fine Arts (Fri.) 
One of our great public art forms is fashion, and San Francisco is eye candy no matter where you turn your face. Tonight's featured man of fashion, Billy Bowers, has designed clothes for the Cockettes, the Rolling Stones, and Salvador Dali. His new work at "Walt Disney Was Homosexual" is a culmination of 40 years playing with the visual tableau of clothing in color, line, and material. His clothes are featured in a runway show, then transferred to mannequins for you to revere through the night. Companion to tonight's fashion show is a photo exhibition by Roger Anderson, "Cockette Close-Up," featuring the Cockettes and the Angels of Light. (Free, 8 p.m.) -- Tara Jepson

1984 New Year's Eve @ Mighty (Fri.) 
Not only will there be two dance floors bumping with nonstop 1980s dance club hits, but Mighty also gifts you free party favors and a midnight champagne toast at midnight. Plus VJs will be screening mixes of classic '80s videos of the new wave, synth-pop and one hit wonder variety. (Free, 9 p.m.)

Teenage Dance Craze New Year's Eve Party @ Knockout (Fri.) 
With live music by the Dukes of Hayward, featuring resident DJ Russell Quan, this special NYE edition of Teenage Dance Craze is both extraordinary and familiar. There'll be the same surf garage-meets-soul list of hits spinning all night long, but it's bigger, better and lasts longer than ever -- 'till 4 a.m. DJ Quan and dX the Funky Granpaw are joined by special guest DJ Jackie Sugarlumps who promises to "pour the twisting sauce on ya all night long."($10, 10 p.m.)

Debaser @ The Knockout (Sat.) 
Debaser has the right ideas -- providing a no-fail option for the hungover masses of San Francisco. In fact, its dubbed this installed "Debaser: A 90's Holiday Hangover Party." DJs Jamie Jams and Embdee promise to spin all the rare indie records they amassed over Christmas. ($5 or free with flannel, 9 p.m.)

Avon Ladies @ Hemlock Tavern (Sat.) 
Sometimes you just can't allow yourself to mollycoddle a hangover. When demon rum's big brother-in-law moves beyond simply thrashing your brain with an electric whip and starts giving you body blows, you've gotta respond in kind. If that's your situation this New Year's Day, make it your very first resolution to shout the following magic mantra: "Avon Ladies calling!" Then swallow your favorite medicinal tonic and head to the Hemlock for a therapeutic deep-tissue massage that should jar a few innards loose. All four bands tonight -- Arizona's Avon Ladies and Elders; Ventura, CA's Dry-Rot; and local lungers Ecoli -- traffic in disordered forms of hardcore that link the floor-punching flails of modern noise-punk berzerkers like Cult Ritual, Total Abuse, or Mayyors with the dissonant spazzcore of O.G. '80s icons like Void, Black Flag, Flipper, et al. ($7, 9:30 p.m.) -- John Graham

Target Sundays @ Asian Art Museum (Sun.) 
The Asian Art Museum of San Francisco says it is one of the largest museums in the Western world devoted exclusively to Asian art. On this, your chance to peruse its pristine halls for totally free, check out Japanese screens in the exhibition "Beyond Golden Clouds: Five Centuries of Japanese Screens" or see pieces specifically picked by the Nexus collectors group from their personal collections in "Collector's Choice/Collector's Voice." (Free, 10 a.m.)

Twang Sunday @ Thee Parkside (Sun.) 
One way to relax after all that New Year's revelry: Twang Sunday at Thee Parkside. With kick back comfort and bluesy guitar stylings, Twang Sunday is the perfect anecdote to noise and chaos overload. There'll live music by locals Hutinanny and Keep Sweet and barbecue pulled pork for $5. (Free, 4 p.m.)

Mike Brandon from the Mystery Lights @ The Make-Out Room (Sun.)
Known as the frontman of central coast psychedelic punk act The Mystery Lights, Mike Brandon is branching out on his own to play solo acoustic sets -- and will release a new record in 2011 on Closet Trekkie Records. While Mystery Lights has played with Surfer Blood and Dr. Dog, Brandon's solo style has already garnered comparisons to early Bob Dylan and the Beach Boy's Pet Sounds. Brandon strums acoustic at the Make-Out Room with Arms and Legs. ($7, 7:30 p.m.)


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