10 Things: Good Bands, Gay Pride, Free Market and The Life and Death of an Italian Cat

On this fine Pride weekend, let's step back and take a moment to appreciate all the superb events our foggy town has to offer without high costs or shitty attitudes. Where else in the world can you find citywide Michael Jackson flash mobs, vast and sparkling parades, women acting like Italian cats, and garage pop galore — all during the same weekend, all for less than $10? Nowhere, I tell you. Here's our list of cheap events in San Francisco during this delightful final weekend of June:

The Dresses/ Objects Project opening reception @ Z Space at Theater Artaud (Fri.)

Inspired by the poems of feminist hero Gertrude Stein, interdisciplinary art installation The Dresses/Objects Project features handmade dresses, letterpress prints, photographs, poetry, and dance. Artist Katrina Rodabaugh created the installation in collaboration with 30 other female artists. The opening reception will include a dance piece choreographed by Erin Mei Ling Stuart. The installations on view June 25- July 18, Tuesdays-Saturdays 1-5 p.m.; with live performances June 25 & 26, Closing reception July 18, 2-5pm with poetry reading at 3 p.m. (Free, 7:30-9 p.m.)

Soft Metals @ Li-Po Lounge (Fri.) 

Electro-rockers Soft Metals is comprised of the stunning Patricia Hall and Ian Hicks of Portland, Oregon. The jumpy duo, who possess a shared love of vintage synthesizes and drum machines, are coming to San Francisco off a fresh gig with L.A. heavyweights HEALTH. Their tunes recall dark, romantic, early-'80s synth music and Italo-disco. Party Effects, DJ Primo and DJ Jordan open the show — should be a pretty danceable evening in Li-po's cramped and humid basement. Wear something loose and glittery. ($5, 10 p.m.)

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