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Friday, February 18, 2011

Chinese New Year Parade, Star Fucking Hipsters, Jazz History, and More

Posted By on Fri, Feb 18, 2011 at 8:30 AM

click to enlarge Star Fucking Hipsters play Thee Parkside this Friday - ALYSSA TANCHAJJA
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  • Star Fucking Hipsters play Thee Parkside this Friday

Rain, wind, hail -- we've battled the elements this week and have emerged triumphant. Or at least, ready to party. Check out our list of top 10 things to do this weekend for less than a Crispy Ebi Sushirrito:

Star Fucking Hipsters @ Thee Parkside (Fri.)
N.Y.C-based punk act Star Fucking Hipsters is not a side project band. It is, however, made up of musicians mostly known for their other influential punk and ska bands -- they've done double duty in acts including Leftover Crack, Choking Victim and The Slackers -- all legendary in their own right. Appropriately, the band is on that Bay Area bastion of punk history, Alternative Tentacles. Star Fucking Hipsters play Thee Parkside with Static Thought and Civil War Rust. ($8, 9 p.m.)


click to enlarge An Island - ANTJE TAIGA JANDRIG
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  • An Island

"An Island" @ Artists Television Access (Fri.)
An experimental band, a large assemblage of additional local musicians, and a small island off the Danish coast; this is the unique setting for "An Island" a film by Vincent Moon of eight-piece act Efterklang. As you might have guessed, Efterklang is the experimental band in question and those other musicians are a 200-strong group of kids and adults who like to play. Together the band and crowd created new pieces of sound over four days and Moon filmed the whole experiment. The result: "An Island." ($6-$10, 8 p.m.)

Wild Thing @ Hemlock Tavern (Fri.)
Keeping in line with its bratty name, Wild Thing is the kind of flipped bird snot-nosed punk teenagers love to throw in their parents' faces. Which means they likely are a fun band to see live. With songs like "You're a Punk" and "Age Difference," the San Francisco bands carries on a long tradition of local spazzy punk, which is much appreciated.
($7, 9:30 p.m.)

Ana Tijoux @ Elbo Room (Fri.)
Hip-hop monolinguists take note: The revolution may not be translated, but it will be amplified this weekend when the French-Chilean rapper Ana Tijoux brings her combination of dusty grooves and percussive rhymes to two Bay Area venues. The Grammy-nominated, NPR-hyped, Thom Yorke-approved Tijoux raps in rapid but intelligible and intelligent Spanish (and occasionally French) with an urgent, husky flow that belies her pixieish appearance. On her latest album, 1977 -- her fifth, but the first to see stateside release -- she keeps it conscious, personally and politically, over a range of appealing beats that hit most of the genre's major stylistic points since, well, 1977. ($8-$10, 10 p.m.) -- Daniel Levin Becker

click to enlarge Ronnie Ronnie of Krip Hop Nation
  • Ronnie Ronnie of Krip Hop Nation
Black Disabled Artists, Authors, Activists & Friends @ Koret Auditorium (Sat.)
When hip-hop artist/author Toni Hickman suffered her second brain aneurysm in 2007, those close to her suggested it was time to put her art on hold. Thanks in part to Leroy Moore's Krip-Hop Nation palladium -- which gives voice to disabled artists in the hip-hop community -- Hickman has been able to travel the world as an advocate for other disabled artists. Black Disabled Artists, Authors, Activists & Friends provides a platform for readings, music, discussions, and panels from local and national artists with disabilities. Hickman hails from Houston; she joins L.A.'s DC Curtis and Bones Kendall as well as San Francisco's Allen Jones on the author panel. Lee Williams and Avotcja take the mic for poetry and song sessions that reflect the Krip-Hop ethos of advocacy for disabled hip-hop artists. (Free, 1 p.m.) -- Chris Trenchard

Chinese New Year Parade @ Chinatown (Sat.)
The Chinese New Year is a San Francisco institution. It's been around since the Gold Rush. That's pre-major earthquake number one (1906) and two (1989), pre-Newsom high-gloss sheen. It's a revered tradition, loud and colorful, parading down the streets of Chinatown, full of revelry. More than 100 different organizations and companies will participate this year -- meaning many a float, and copious hand waving. Plus firecrackers, Miss Chinatown U.S.A and, of course, the 250-foot golden dragon. (Free, 5:15 p.m.)

Clorax Girls @ Hemlock Tavern (Sat.)
Clorax Girls play that fun style of surf punk that show-goers tend to crave. It's not enough to be merely talented in this highly competitive day and age, you need to perform with gusto. Note: there are no actual females in Clorax Girls. The Oakland act has that down pat. Clorax Girls plays Hemlock Tavern this Saturday with Midnite Snaxxx, Cigarette Burns, Mermaid Bones ($7, 9 p.m.)

Lecture and Performance: Jazz in the Gallery @ Museum of the African Diaspora (Sun.)
You've heard of "the flow." Optimal production process. Truckin'. It happens when your skill, your creativity, and your environment align, allowing you to work hard and joyously. Drummer Jaz Sawyer seems to be permanently in the flow zone when he plays; he's the right person doing the exact right thin. At today's Lecture and Performance: Jazz in the Gallery, Sawyer covers the waterfront of New Orleans, the birthplace of jazz; he tells the history and demonstrates the different styles that led to and resulted from that birth. That's a lot to cover, including the famous NOLA funeral march, brass-band, gospel, folk, and other styles plus the new-world musical structures of call and response, improvisation, and syncopation, among many more. (Free with museum admission, 2 p.m.) -- Hiya Swanhuyser

SF Mixtape Society: Guilty Pleasures @ The Make-Out Room (Sun.)
With the recent revelation that cars will no longer be manufactured with tape decks, the legacy of the mixtape is even more in peril. Whole factions of zit-faced teens will miss out on this junky, shoddily constructed right of passage. Luckily, there's a collective, a society that understands the importance of the waning art form, and have the smarts to include the future of the concept: San Francisco Mixtape Society. Any one can show up with mix in hand (be in tape, CD or USB stick) and exchange at the society's monthly events. This installment, the point is to go for the cheesiest, most cringeworthy, and therefore awesome tracks of your youth. The ultimate guilty pleasures. (Free, 4-6 p.m.)

Hunter Valentine @ Milk (Sun.)
Hunter Valentine is an all-girl alternative act from Toronto, not a heartthrob crooner like the name might suggest. The band actually created the name as a fictional character, which explains the confusion. The trio's poppy rock sound is decidedly '90s, a special time in the world of music when girl-fronted acts thrived (Elastic, Hole, The Muffs, etc). Perhaps Hunter Valentine signals a return to such splendor. ($7, 8 p.m.)


For more events in San Francisco this weekend and beyond, check out our calendar section.

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