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Friday, February 4, 2011

Little Dragon, All Shook Down Pop-Up, Big Lebowski Party, Debaser Sweethearts and More

Posted By on Fri, Feb 4, 2011 at 11:26 AM

click to enlarge X-Ray Press plays Hemlock Tavern this Saturday
  • X-Ray Press plays Hemlock Tavern this Saturday

There's plenty to do this weekend -- even a few things as enticing as the free party thrown tonight by this very blog, All Shook Down. (Hehe.) Here's our list of 10 things (or, um, ours plus nine) to do this weekend for less than the price of a bottle of sunscreen:

"A Sensory Feast" @ SomArts Cultural Center (Fri.)
San Franciscans are obsessed with food. Maybe it's because food is one of life's ultimate pleasures, especially in those moments when it transcends its role as mere sustenance and activates all five senses at once. The group show "A Sensory Feast" offers just such stimulation, serving up work by 10 Asian-American artists who tackle the edible in their art and invite visitors to see, sniff, and taste. Sita Kuratomi Bhaumik uses the pungent scent of curry powder in her work, Kira Greene paints unusual still-life works of hunks of meat, and artist Jean Chen displays pictures of the various fruit and vegetable designs she has inked on her clients over the years. Attendees can sample savory nibbles from local food trucks. The opening for "A Sensory Feast" starts at 6 p.m. (Free, 6 p.m.) -- Heidi De Vries

All Shook Down Pop-Up Party @ Fifty24SF (Fri.) 
Attend All Shook Down's (epic) Pop-Up Party and you'll be privy to only the finest low-quality free beers, plus live music by Richie Cunning and "electro-whiz" Blackbird Blackbird (aka Mikey S.). Plus you get to hang out with super cool All Shook Down writers and get wrapped up in endless music geek conversations. How can you resist? (Free, 6-10 p.m.)

Mission Arts & Performance Project @ Red Poppy Art House (Sat.) 
Lots of people randomly stumble across the Mission Arts & Performance Project. The not-quite-anarchy of this rangy bimonthly exhibit happens under their feet, in their cafe, or in the neighbor's garage. The MAPP intends to make art normal, to paraphrase its mission statement. So its planning meetings are open to anyone, and the art is put up in living rooms, or projected onto neighborhood walls in the area of South Van Ness/Potrero and 20th to 26th streets. When someone can score a spot in a mechanic's shop, everyone's excited. Writers read, musicians sing, dancers dance. No one knows exactly what will happen beforehand, see "anarchy," above, except that everyday spaces are suddenly covered with creativity: Normal made art. (Free, 1 p.m.) -- Hiya Swanhuyser

Little Dragon @ Amoeba Records (Sat.) 
Swedish electro rockers Little Dragon are almost as known for their killer out-of-band collaborations as for the band itself. In one form or another, members of the four-piece act have worked with Jose Gonzalez, David Andrew Sitek (of TV on the Radio), and most notably, Gorillaz. But the band is also a valuable entity unto itself, with some serious synth-pop chops. And it has secret weapon: fierce-voiced half-Japanese vocalist Yukimi Nagano, who gives the band a more digital Blonde Redhead feel. Plus, the show is totally free, so you can chuckle at all those poor suckers who paid to see the band play night before -- though we're sure that show was even more special. (Free, 2 p.m.)

8th Big Lebowski Party @ CellSpace (Sat.) 
There don't seem to be casual Big Lebowski fans. Either you're obsessed with the Coen Brother's 1998 film about bowling, kidnapping, nihilists and identity mix-ups, or you couldn't care less. We're the former and you should be to, too -- here's why: Mini-bowling (you knock out the pins with your head while sliding on a giant skateboard style piece of wood), trampoline action, flying carpets, and the all-important White Russians. Don't forget to don a Bunny Lebowski or the Dude costume. You'll get in for $5, and you'll feel like a jackass if you don't, because this is one party where you're absolutely expected to arrive in character. ($5-$10, 8-11 p.m.)

Debaser: A '90s Sweetheart Party @ The Knockout (Sat.)
Hosted by DJs Emdee and RamblinWorker, Debaser's pre-Valentines Day soiree includes soulful and penetrating '90s hits that will assist your make-up, break-up or make-it-happen plans for the evening. 
($5 or free with flannel or babydoll dress, 9 p.m.)

X-Ray Press @ Hemlock Tavern (Sat.) 
Both melodic and dissonant, Seattle's X-Ray Press has the angular style of D.C. post-punk acts that brings together the hardcore kids and the indie rockers. The band's album UVB-76 dropped Jan. 11. According to the band, the album is named after "a mysterious Russian radio transmission site also known as 'the buzzer,' which has been transmitting the same intermittent buzzing sound for decades without any explanation." Sounds about right. X-Ray Press plays Hemlock Tavern with Third Victim Of Abigal Rutledge and Hurry Up Shotgun. ($6, 9:30 p.m.)

Third Annual Super Bowl Heavy Metal Chili Cookoff @ Bottom of the Hill (Sun.) 
If you're going to watch the big game, you might as well do it with a fun-loving San Francisco crowd and endless chili options. The chili cookoff's celebrity judge panel includes James Beard award winner Amy Machnak, Flour & Water chef Freedom J. Rains, Morty's Deli owner John Eppenheimer, and Memphis Minnie's general manager Ben Seabury, among other esteemed chili experts. (Free, 1-7 p.m.)

Riding While Black 1955: Claudette Colvin/Walking While Black 1999: Byronn Bain @ Main Library, Koret Auditorium (Sun.) 
In civil rights circles, Claudette Colvin's name might not be as ubiquitous as Rosa Parks', but she refused to give up a seat on a Montgomery, Ala., bus nine months before Parks did the same. Colvin is among the people who appear today in Riding While Black 1955: Claudette Colvin/Walking While Black 1999: Byronn Bain. Colvin was just a high school student when she refused to relinquish her seat to a white passenger, and, like Parks, she was arrested and taken to jail. She later became the star witness in the federal case that would desegregate Montgomery buses. She also moved to New York City, became a nurses' aide, and was the muse of a poet laureate and the subject of a book. Activist, author, and hip-hop artist Bain performs and appears in conversation with Colvin and educator Enid Lee. (Free, 1:30 p.m.) -- Andy Wright

All My Pretty Ones @ Viracocha (Sun.) 
Woo, that was a brutal weekend (we're guessing that's how we'll feel by Sunday evening). The perfect way to relax and prepare for the hectic week ahead -- enjoy some "mellow, melodic and awesome groovytastic music" at Viracoca in the Mission. The East Bay's All My Pretty Ones is a folky crew of talented musicians, led by singer-songwriter Derek Schmidt. The band's debut album Tone Poems is bolstered by Schmidt's dreamy, mythical lyrics. ($6, 8 p.m.) 


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