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Friday, August 27, 2010

Crunk's Not Dead, the Haberdash, Kelley Stoltz, Godwaffle Noise Pancakes and More

Posted By on Fri, Aug 27, 2010 at 8:30 AM

click to enlarge Jenna Riot plays El Rio this Friday
  • Jenna Riot plays El Rio this Friday

Let's get cultured, San Francisco. Put on your leopard-skin pill-box hat and paint the town red. But before you brave those cruel streets, check our list of cheap things to do this weekend for less than the cost of a quality whiskey sour. Here are ten things for under $10:

The Haberdash @ Candystore Collective (Fri.)

Presented by jaunty online publication The Bold Italic. The Haberdash is a weeklong event recognizing men's fashion and style. Tonight's shiny grand finale, capping off a week of daring duds for dudes, takes places in the Candystore Collective. Inside the shop, there'll be a pop-up store from Falcon & Snowman celebrating vintage motorcycle jackets. Along with deals on stylin' threads for the sartorial male, there also will be free beer (!). (Free, 7-9 p.m.)

Crunks Not Dead Electro Queer Music Party Nite @ El Rio (Fri.)

San Francisco queer icon Jenna Riot headlines record label Crunks Not Dead's Electro Queer Music Party Nite this Friday at El Rio, the cheap beer oasis. For such a glamorously lipsticked lady, Ms. Riot screams some serious electro-pop. Along with her own solo projects, Riot's worked with celebrated underground electro producers like Joey Casio and Cindy Wonderful of famed Scream Club. She also raps and sings with Katastrophe in its upcoming music project, Ice Cream Socialites. Openers include multimedia electro comedy performer Nickyclick and Portland's tranny popster CJ and the Dolls. ($5, 9 p.m.)


Kelley Stoltz @ The Hemlock (Fri.) 
If you've heard a good garage punk record out of San Francisco in the past few years, chances are Kelley Stoltz played on it or worked on it. Beside his own solo project, Stoltz has gifted his legendary guitar and producing skills to the likes of Thee Oh Sees, The Fresh & Onlys and The Passionistas. His new album, To Dreamers, is out on October 12 on Sub Pop Records. Among other classic fuzzy jams on the record, there also is a cover version of the '60s nugget "Baby I Got News for You," by "Big Boy" Pete Miller, whom Stoltz enlisted to perform on the recording. Miller used the same valve amps and guitar he employed in the 1965 original. Stoltz plays Friday with U.V. Race, Total Control and Young Offenders. ($8, 9 p.m.)

Party on Block 18 @ 18th St. between Dolores and Guerrero (Sat.) 
Come to the Party on Block 18 and expect food prepped by nearby chefs like Delfina's Craig Stoll and Bi-Rite's Sam Mogannam, beers from S.F. Brewers Guild, bands like Gaucho and The She's, and local DJs spinning pleasurable mixes. Food and drinks cost between $2.50 and $15, but strolling is free. Plus, all proceeds benefit the Women's Building, BuenDia Family School, 826 Valencia, Next Course, and Pie Ranch. So really, why wouldn't you use this as yet another chance to eat tasty local food and catch live music outdoors? (Free, 12-5 p.m.)

"Regeneration" @ Intersection for the Arts (Sat.) 
Curators are underappreciated. Sure, you've heard of Jean-Michel Basquiat, but have you heard of the person who decided to put his art on the walls in the first place, helped him choose which paintings to show, or considered what color to paint those walls? Neither have we, but we'd sure like to hear what she'd have to say. At "Regeneration: Intersection for the Arts Intern Artwalk," seven young people who've been studying the art of curation walk you around to their streetside window installations at local businesses, and explain what they've chosen to put there and why. If you love art, this rare type of event is a great, juicy treat; extremely fun and extremely thought-provoking. (Free, 12 p.m.) -- Hiya Swanhuyser

Ralph Carney's Serious Jass Project @ Amoeba (Sat.) 
Ralph Carney, a seasoned musician who's played with both Tom Waits and Black Francis (ahem, Frank Black), is back with his own act, in which he's the lead hornblower and bandleader. For the Ralph Carney Serious Jass Project, Carney reworked his favorite jazz and big band hits from Duke Ellington circa 1930, Big Jay McNeely and Lee Allen. You can check out his audiorevisions for free at Amoeba Records in the Haight this Saturday. (Free, 2 p.m.)

Rear Window @ Union Square (Sat.)

In Rear Window, Jimmy Stewart plays a free bird, an adventurous action photographer named L.B. Jeffries who's scared to death of being caged in marriage -- even if he'd be sharing the friendly confines with the gorgeous and lusty Grace Kelly. The first joke on Jeff, at the very beginning of Alfred Hitchcock's impeccably framed 1954 film, is that he's immobilized by a broken leg and confined to his New York apartment, dependent on his high-toned darling's occasional visits for stimulation. When our emasculated "hero" thinks he sees some bad behavior across the courtyard, he can rely only on his enormous telephoto lens and his feisty, thrill-seeking girlfriend to penetrate the mystery. (Free, 8 p.m.) -- Michael Fox

Godwaffle Noise Pancakes @ The Lab (Sun.) 
The monthly noise showcase Godwaffle Noise Pancakes returns this Sunday with the pulsating cacophony of avant-garde tapefiends. The lineup includes theater sound designer and experimental composer Cliff Caruthers with San Francisco shebabe Terror Apart, Oakland's Pain for the Party, and Mexico's Arachnid Arcade. ($5-$10, 12-2 p.m.)

Alex Cohen and Jennifer Barbee @ Amnesia (Sun.) 
Alex Cohen and Jennifer Barbee's Down and Derby: The Insider's Guide to Roller Derby chronicles the sport's transformation from kitschy historical footnote to the hobby of choice among bad-ass tattooed babes. Tonight's reading and release party celebrates the book, which draws an evolutionary line between the sport's origins in the 1800s, its 1970s peak, and its recent resurgence. NPR personality Cohen and journalist Barbee offer the credibility of true insiders, having skated with the L.A. Derby Dolls as Axles of Evil and Kasey Bomber since 2003. They portray roller derby as having an ethos of inclusion that shares much with the D.I.Y. spirit of the punk rock community. (Free, 6:30 p.m.) -- Paul M. Davis

Sonny & the Sunsets @ Amnesia (Sun.) 
Ah, blissful summer tunes are in the air. Amensia's End of Summer Formal/Sonny's Birthday Ball will be packed, and likely sweaty, swathed in bouncy surf pop and memories of nights gone by. Sonny & the Sunsets, likely candidates for Kings of S.F. Summer 2010, headline the Sunday evening show. "Too Young To Burn," indeed. ($5, 9 p.m.)

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