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Friday, May 29, 2009

Cheap Weekend: 10 Things to Do for Under $10

Posted By on Fri, May 29, 2009 at 7:56 AM

Ash Reiter plays ATA on Friday
  • Ash Reiter plays ATA on Friday
Every work week should last only four days, max. It's already Friday, friends, and time for a roundup of the best cheap ways to spend your time until the Man chains you back to your paycheck Monday morning.

Inglourious Basterds at YBCA (Friday)
Tonight Yerba Buena screens the low budget war flick, Inglourious Basterds--a movie that made such an impact on director Quentin Tarantino that the king of goresploitation is offering his remake with Brad Pitt later this year. In Enzo G. Castellari's 1978 original, "a group of

bad-apple G.I.s who find themselves unexpectedly at loose ends in

occupied France in 1944 take on a Dirty Dozen-ish suicide

mission wiping

out brigades of Nazis." (7:30 p.m., $8)

Walken at Elbo Room (Friday)
You can bet that a metal band with Christopher Walken as its patron saint is gonna peel the wax off your ears real quick. San Francisco's Walken may lure listeners in with classical intros that diversify the roles its guitarists play, but these songs are horror scenes at their core, with blood-gurgling roars and drums that surge like the devil's stampede. (9 p.m., $7)

Wholphin Animation Screening at ATA (Friday)

Wholphin is an eclectic,

quarterly-distributed collection of film shorts-- of the documentary,

comedy, drama, and animated variety. Tonight the folks behind the

internationally-distributed DVD are hosting a screening

of their favorite animated shorts from the collections. Should be great

stuff. Plus, there's a musical performance by indie folkster Ash Reiter. (8 p.m., $6)

Pontiak at the Hemlock (Friday)
We couldn't really let a weekend go by without one pick for something of the heavy psych variety. Behold Pontiak,

a band on the Thrill Jockey label that takes metal and stretches it

like Technicolor taffy. Delicious. They can also get real pretty,

making creepy country blues tunes that'd do well as soundtracks for old

Gus Van Sant films. Hear Pontiak shapeshift tonight at the Hemlock, where they'll play with Sex Worker, the new experimental post rock project from Daniel of Mi Ami.  (9:30 p.m., $6)

Tour de Fromage (Saturday)

vegans, but cheese is one of the tastiest foods on the planet. The

problem, though, is that the best kinds of cheese are heavy on the

cream. Saturday's Tour de Fromage

helps you balance your intake with some peddling between purchases.

Meet at the Panhandle statue at Fell and Baker at 11 a.m. and bike

until 3 with a guide who claims to know the best places for the goat, sheep, and

cow varieties. (Free) 

Mantles at Amnesia (Saturday)
Pop music is often for romantics, especially the Mantles'

brand of basement pop, which is artfully rough around the edges and

made for the ages. The reverb-friendly band has a '60s kick to its

sound and a special affinity for vinyl recordings--hence the Saturday

party to celebrate the release of a new Mantles 7-inch. They perform

tonight with San Francisco peers in pop Brilliant Colors at Amnesia. (9 p.m., $7)

Brass Tax Golden Gate Park Party (Saturday)

Francisco is the city where you never have to say "grown up" before

you're ready (or at least while it's still the weekend). To wit: on Saturday the BrassTax DJs

are hosting a party with a giant boom box, a bouncy castle, and lots of

music in Golden Gate Park. (Free, 12-6 p.m., Elk Glen Picnic Area)

Free Sinful Walking Tour (Saturday)

San Francisco City Guides offers free walking tours practically every day of the week. On Saturday alone, there are guided trecks through Pacific Heights mansions, Coit Tower murals, and our recommendation for the day, "Ghosts, Sinners, and Secret Places."

Meet for that last one at 7 p.m. to learn about speakeasies, stagecoach

robbers, and ghosts that haunt areas around Chinatown and Maiden Lane.

Union Design Festival (Sunday)
Hayes Valley isn't lacking botique retailers specializing in design for your home and/or wardrobe. But the Union Design Festival (formerly

Capsule) kicks small retailers to the streets--where they go by choice,

of course, for a fair that includes over 130 stations for crafters of clothing, accessories, housewares, and more. It starts at 11 a.m. and

is free.

Bad Movie Night at the Dark Room (Sunday)
If you secretly think Pierce Brosnan made a great James Bond, it's time to come out of the closet. The Dark Room's Bad Movie Night will screen Die Another Day, the film that tried to turn Remington Steele into James Bond. (8 p.m., $5)

Bonus: William Kentridge at SFMOMA (through Sunday) 

Don't miss the huge exhibit by this unreal multi-media artist. William Kentridge

is a South African painter, filmmaker, sculptor, and more, and his best

pieces of work involve a bit of each. His black and white films

fill the walls of one room, while in another room he's visualized an opera about a giant nose. You could spend hours watching just one of his pieces

(especially the one that spins and projects fractured images upon a

mirrored post). His exhibit leaves the MOMA

at the end of the weekend.

And while you're at the MOMA, check out the

beautiful new rooftop garden, the display of contemporary painting and

sculpture on the top floor, and the Robert Frank photos. (Free for members...if

you're not a member, it's $12.50 to get into the museum. We need to fudge on the under $10 rules here because there's so much inspiring art to see here before it goes away).

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