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Friday, January 14, 2011

Night Market, Royal Baths, Morrissey Tribute, Seaweed Sway, Cheese Books, and More

Posted By on Fri, Jan 14, 2011 at 8:34 AM

Royal Baths plays Amnesia this Saturday
  • Royal Baths plays Amnesia this Saturday

San Francisco is obsessed with artisan food. Perhaps the SF Appeal said it best earlier this week with its simple statement; "Things San Franciscans Like: Food." Simple as that. This weekend is bloated with food-friendly events along with the expected (and celebrated) art openings and live shows. Even better, those events all cost less than an expert mustache grooming kit. Here's our list of 10 things to do this weekend for under $10:

"CUSP" @ Luggage Store (Fri.)
If Chris Rock's Good Hair is an American arena concert, Akosua Adoma Owusu's Me Broni Ba (My White Baby) is a secret show: intimate, and the ideal realization of the vision of a valuable genius. Both are good, and in the world of commentary on the poetic, unfair world of black hair, both are good to have. In the world of art film, Owusu is the protégée of Kevin Jerome Everson, a filmmaker of international renown -- this former professor and student team exhibit together at "CUSP." They share a "sparse, rugged formalism," as Everson says of his work, as well as a lyrical attack on other people's observational deficiencies. (Free, 7 p.m. opening reception) -- Hiya Swanhuyser

Colin L. Orchestra @ Hemlock Tavern (Fri.) 
Colin Langenus may be best known as the co-founder/guitar player from USAISAMONSTER, but he's been involved with dozens of other projects over the years -- from playing to producing to hosting as venue owner. His current act, Colin L. Orchestra, might be his most ambitious yet: a nine-piece orchestra that consists of a bunch of dudes making improvisational psychedelic jams. The band's sound has been described as "if Shuggie Otis joined the Dead and only played Dark Star." Reason enough to see them live. Colin L. Orchestra plays Hemlock Tavern with Common Eider King Eider, CSC Funkband. ($7, 9:30 p.m.)

Maus Haus @ The Knock-Out (Fri)
Experimental digi-rock band Maus Haus brought its "A" game to Treasure Island Festival last year. In a lineup packed with outstanding acts, the San Franciso pysch-pop sextet held it's own playing assortment of vintage instruments, drums, synths and horns. The bands mixes it up with a whole mess of instruments, with one major exception -- the standard guitar. From giant outdoor to stage to tiny packed club, it's much cheaper to see the band at the Knock-Out this Friday. ($7, 10 p.m.)

Good Food Award Winners Marketplace @ Ferry Building (Sat.) 
The food parties continue this Saturday with a visit from the illustrious Good Food Award winners. More than 70 food and drink vendors from across 20 states will show up to the Ferry Building with choice selections for their winning product. Visitors to the building will have a chance to taste the award-winning foods during the Saturday Farmers' Market. If you want to get the best treats, arrive early. (Free, 8 a.m.- 2p.m.)

Night Market @ Public Works (Sat.)

Presented in collaboration between Forage SF and Public Works, Night Market offers the best of both

worlds -- underground food and live DJs. Forage SF will bring edible

treats, Public Works provides entertainment by street performers, live

bands and DJs -- including Brown Amy and Carnita of Hard French.

($5-$10, 6 p.m.-2 a.m.)

Royal Baths @ Amnesia (Sat.) 
Royal Baths takes the good parts of surf rock (jangly guitar) and the good parts from classic punk (dark vocals and heavy feedback) and blends them to make a killer garage-rock sound. The San Francisco four-piece would fit in well with any of the psychedelic Nuggets-era acts, but its darkness brings it to present-day. During Noise Pop Royal Baths will play the Regency Ballroom with Best Coast and Wavves, but you can catch them this weekend at Amnesia with Late Young, Ssleeping and Desires. ($5, 9 p.m.)

The Queen is Dead @ Milk (Sat.) 
Every club should have a Smiths/Morrissey tribute night. It should be a requisite for owning a club. It brings old fans, hell-bent on reliving those deep, dark Manchester days along with fresh young faces looking to discover what all the fuss was about. Milk's contribution to the world of Smiths/Morrissey appreciation consists of DJs Mario Muse, Jacob Fury, and Lance Craig spinning new wave, post punk and Brit pop all night long. Push those stringy bangs over your eyes and get shuffling. ($5, 9 p.m.)

Sasha Davies @ Omnivore Books on Food (Sun.) 
Last year, Sasha Davies became the cheese hero we didn't know we were waiting for by releasing a book we didn't know we needed -- it covers the entirety of West Coast cheese, crumbling the three-state behemoth into manageable bites with descriptions of more than 300 varieties from 92 producers. More than simply a good read, The Guide to West Coast Cheese is godsend for people who have run through Cowgirl Creamery and are sick of the pedestrian Q&A from the local cheesemonger. Davies researched in the very best way, by taking a summer to drive around and visit cheesemakers, and we love people who take summers to drive around and visit cheesemakers. (Free, 3 p.m.) -- Michael Leaverton

Seaweed Sway Showcase @ The Make-Out Room (Sun.) 
In celebration of the impending full moon, this Seaweed Sway Showcase includes live music by folky banjo player Kelly McFarling, Sandy's (a new musical project by Alexi Glickman of the Botticellis and Little Wings), and San Francisco band Backlit, which features singers from all-girl a capella act Conspiracy of Venus. Along with the eclectic musical lineup, host Jeremy Dalmas and the Absurdists will do perform classic game show theatrics between sets. ($7, 7:30 p.m.)

The Rantouls @ Hemlock Tavern (Sun.) 
Formed in San Francisco four years back, the Rantouls continues the local style of harkening back to an earlier time: namely, the 1960s. But its sound is sweeter, poppier then some its retro-inspired contemporaries. This is joyful, bubble-gum pop. The band, which even dresses the part in tight pants, bright patterns, and floppy hairdos, will release its full-length debut on label Chocolate Covered Records later this year. The Rantouls play Hemlock Tavern with Wrong Words, Tropical Sleep. ($6, 9 p.m.) 


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