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Friday, January 28, 2011

Free Opera, Canada's Bonjay, Surf Music Party, Glitter Wizard, and More

Posted By on Fri, Jan 28, 2011 at 8:03 AM

click to enlarge Glitter Wizard plays Hemlock Tavern this Sunday - HOWARD KAN
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  • Glitter Wizard plays Hemlock Tavern this Sunday

These unseasonably warm days mean we must party. The city is begging us to invade it, take over clubs and bars, swarm parks, fill galleries; to enjoy its every offering. To maximize the fun, pick events with cheap entry fees. We've got the rundown on those listed below. Here's our list of 10 things to do this weekend for less than a copy of the The Last Airbender on DVD:

Free Opera Night at the Museum @ the deYoung (Fri.)
How do we commoners get the chance to enjoy a live opera performance? We don't have exact numbers, but we'll venture a guess that the answer is not too often. Free Opera Night at the Museum changes all that; it brings us to the level of kings, patrons, and people with real jobs. Cutting-edge local outfit Ensemble Parallèle will preview excerpts from its upcoming performance of the Philip Glass opera Orphee. There also will be a companion art project (Venetian opera mask-making) along with main attraction. Savor some high society. (Free, 6 p.m.)

"I Love Glenn" @ 111 Minna Gallery (Fri.) 
"I Love Glenn" is not only cherished sentiment toward gloom-king Danzig, but also a music and dance event, with burlesquey performances by Eva Von Slut, Bunny Pistol, Sparkly Devil, Lady Satan, Cupcake, and sASSy Hotbuns. It's likely that some of these women have Misfits fiend tattoos, or at least gigabytes of lyrics locked in the wild adolescent lobes of their brains, ready for the sing-alongs with Misfits tribute band Plan 9. Who knows what version of Glenn will reign supreme tonight, but most likely it'll be the devilocked Glenn who sang like Elvis about Marilyn and not the presteroidical one who tore apart a chicken over a nearly naked submissive woman in Danzig's original "Mother" video. ($7, 9 p.m.) -- Michael Leaverton

"Reset!" @ Underground SF (Fri.) 
Last year, Britney Spears collaborated with U.K. dubstep producer Rusko, leading many in the music press to wonder whether his bass-saturated dancefloor genre was officially dead. For promoter Sam Supa, however, that just meant it was time to take things farther down the rabbit hole. Instead of giving up, the Grime City veteran launched a new club series at Underground SF to highlight the music's innovators. Baltimore's Joe Nice fits this bill as an energetic US dubstep ambassador and purist who plays his hefty exclusive tracks off vinyl acetate dubplates. Also featured are Wheel and Deal Recordings' Dean J. "DJG" Grenier playing his own dubby uptempo material, along with Ed "UFO!" Garro, whose new single drops soon on Supa's Brap Dem label. Supa himself, under the moniker Prince Zammy, rounds out a bill that promises more than just dubstep. ($7-$10, 10 p.m.) -- Tomas A. Palermo

Grass Widow @ Artists' Television Access (Sat.) 
It's a little annoying when a band that's putting San Francisco on the national radar is made up of women who are really level-headed. Grass Widow's trio of redhots is a wildly talented group that draws on the loud, contrapuntal sound of late-'90s postpunk like the Breeders, and all three ladies are also calm, reasonable, nice people. Don't they know audiences like their musicians to get crazy, irresponsible, mean, and high? But seriously, Grass Widow's recent signing to Kill Rock Stars is only one reason we're proud to call 'em ours; others include the three-part harmonies that sound like they were made on a loom. ($6-$10, 9 p.m.) -- Hiya Swanhuyser

Rachel Goodrich @ Amnesia (Sat.) 
Plucky and original, Rachel Goodrich is a one-woman ukulele, guitar and tender vocals show -- with a backing band. She also is said to be the pioneer of so-called "shake-a-billy," a mix of vaudeville, swing and country-folk. The Miami based musician, who is known to bust out the kazoo, is set to release her follow up to 2008's Tinker Toys this February. This Saturday she plays Amnesia with the Devotionals. Georgia-born San Franciscan Kelly McFarling opens the show with her trusty banjo. ($7, 9 p.m.)

Surf Music Extravaganza VI @ Milk (Sun.) 
Dude, all we really want on a Sunday afternoon is a hangover-curing stiff drink and the sweet, sandy beach-infused sounds of the surf-rock guitar. Upper Haight club Milk understands this, so it gifts us Surf Music Extravaganza VI this weekend, with live tunes provided by The Deadlies, The Reefriders, and Trivalve. (Free, 3 p.m.)

Go Deep! @ El Rio (Sun.) 
Go Deep! kind of has everything -- including a saucy event title. There'll be Red Hots Burlesque, DJ Ruby White spinning 60s pop and garage rock, trivia, and Gino's Famous Balls (meatballs). The entertainment is free, the food (including meatballs, salad and garlic Hawaiian bread) is $4 to $10.
(Free, 5-7 p.m.)

Bonjay @ Rickshaw Stop (Sun.) 
There's no accounting for why this show is so cheap, but we're not ones to complain. There's also no way you will you be able to stand still when this Canadian electro-soul-pop duo takes the stage -- trust us, you'll be dancing before the night is done. Bonjay was part of Ottawa's legendary Disorganised parties and quickly gained media attention, garnering stunning reviews from tastemaker magazines The Fader and Dazed & Confused. The Montreal Gazette described it as "next-level club music, with texture and depth to spare." Looking like Janelle Monae and Diplo respectively, Alanna rocks the mic while Pho controls the beats. ($7, 8 p.m.)

Gravelroad @ Thee Parkside (Sun.) 
Seattle's Gravelroad is comprised of self-described "deep blues fiends" and the band delivers just, that mixed in with some crunchy alt-country. In 2010 Gravelroad spent some touring dates as backing band for T-Model Ford, a respected bluesman born in Mississippi in 1920 -- the band and Ford were subsequently picked by Jim Jarmusch to play All Tomorrow's Parties Festival in New York. Currently on a West Coast tour, Gravelroad plays Thee Parkside with the Mission Three and Golden West Trio. ($7, 8 p.m.)

Glitter Wizard @ Hemlock Tavern (Sun.) 
With magical laser synth bleeps cutting through heavy rock in songs like "Black Lotus," Glitter Wizard stays true to its moniker. And um, the band wears a whole lot of glittery clothing, too. Despite all that (or perhaps because of it) the Oakland band has all the makings of a legendary rock act: thick drums, fingers flying across frets during wild guitar solos, and distinctively hoarse vocals. Glitter Wizard will (figuratively) destroy Hemlock Tavern this Sunday, following sets by Smoke and Feathers and Lecherous Gaze. ($6, 9 p.m.)


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