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Thursday, May 21, 2009

Ten Holiday Weekend Treats for Under $10

Posted By on Thu, May 21, 2009 at 5:57 PM

T.G.I.A.H.W. Which stands for Thank God It's a Holiday Weekend. In the next three days, there's plenty of cheap stuff to do for those planning a little staycation in San Francisco. Below are a couple of our top selections for what to do for under $10.

click to enlarge Sarah Applebaum (see Saturday)
  • Sarah Applebaum (see Saturday)

Mundane Shift Shape Placement Art Show (Friday)
Park Life is a great little gallery/art store in the Richmond (and a perfect way to spend the hour wait for Burma Superstar across the street). Tonight they're hosting a group show with Chris Corales, Andrea Myers, Matthew Rich, Brion Nuda Rosch, and Liz Walsh. (7 p.m., free)

The Downer Party (Friday)
Don't let the name confuse you: there's nothing depressing about local trio The Downer Party. The band is fronted by a female singer with instant star power, her yelps and yowls on pace with spastic indie acts like Be Your Own Pet. They're an act best experienced live, and tonight they pop indie's champagne cork at the ATA, where they're the live entertainment for an evening that also includes a screening of New York's 1980 cable access show Stairway to Stardom. (Tomorrow night at ATA: "A Wake for Analog," $6)

Hamburger Eyes and Friends Art Show in the Haight (Saturday)
Hamburger head Ray Potes is part of a group show with Jeff Luger, Mike Giant, and Ryan De La Hoz at the Haight St. Stussy store (1409 Haight St.) (8 p.m., free).

Go Bang! at Deco Lounge (Saturday)
Check out our Q&A with DJ Stanley Frank and then get thee to the bionic boogie at Deco, where Go Bang! gives you an international selection of disco throughout the ages and across the galaxies.

Sarah Applebaum Makes You Hallucinate (Saturday)
Sarah Applebaum's

art is visual LSD: her work moves across mediums and zigzags around

vivid colors for pieces that, even when one-dimensional in texture, are

fourth-dimensional in spirit. Fecal Face's recent studio visit gives you a taste of the eye-boggling that will be done to your peepers when Applebum presents her amazing work at Receiver Gallery on Saturday. (6 p.m., free)

Yo-Yo Championships (Saturday)

Gate Park really is the last bastion of old fashioned entertainment in

this city. They host Lindy dance lessons and roller disco on Sundays,

and on Saturday you can head to the Music Concourse for the Bay Area Classic 2009

yo-yo championships, where special things attached to strings are flung

with a flick of the wrist to music. There's a $10 fee to enter, but if

you just want to watch for the nostalgia flashbacks, that's free. (9


Chain and the Gang w/ The Fresh and Onlys (Saturday)

Doug Wallen: "After famously marketing socialist punk in Nation of

Ulysses and MC5-damaged gospel in the Make-Up, the perpetually cool Ian

Svenonius has another winning concept on his hands with Chain and the


Using the same backing players as his pal Calvin Johnson's new band,

the Hive Dwellers (who also play tonight), Chain and the Gang's enjoyable debut album is often

stripped down to finger snaps, humming, and incidental rattles of

instrumentation, while Svenonius remains a dry, rambling wit." Check

out Chain with locals the Fresh & Onlys (who you can read about here) Saturday at Thee Parkside, ($8, 9 p.m.)

SF Popfest at Various Venues (Saturday and Sunday)
The SF Popfest,

a very indie showcase of international pop acts, ranges in both price

and venue. But on Saturday you can check out the UK's twee troubadour Gregory Webster and Denmark's new wave romantics Champagne Riot at

the House of Shields (with two other bands and DJs) for $5 (doors

at 3 p.m.). Then on Sunday head over to Dolores Park for a free twee

("acoustic picnic") with Webster, Let's Whisper, and more starting at 1p.m.

Carnaval Grand Parade (Sunday--Celebration Sat and Sunday)
Tara Jespen: "The Carnaval Grand Parade

is the time to gleefully blow out your sockets. The vibrant cultural

festival and parade give a person a lot to behold in the realms of

color, artistry, and motion. Grab a spot on 24th St. or Mission early

to get a good look at the parade, because the festival's popularity

means crowded sidewalks full of dads with kids on their shoulders. A

wide swath of Bay Area art and culture is represented, with not only

scads of scantily clad dancers in feathered headdresses, but also taiko

drummers, Chinese lion dancers, and so much more." It all starts at 9:30 a.m. at Bryant and 24th. (The Carnaval Festival on Saturday and Sunday is based on Harrison Street between 16th and 22nd St.)

Films by Nara Denning (Sunday)

Nara Denning's been called San Francisco's own Guy Maddin

in the SF Weekly, and her gorgeous silent (music-accompanied) movies

see the city through a noir lens. Tonight she screens her films (and

presents a little music) at the Mission's intimate Make-Out Room.

A night of Denning's "Quiet Loud" costs only $7. (8 p.m.)

What'd we miss? Add your suggestions for the list below...

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