Ok, take your pick this weekend. You wanna hole up indoors? How about movies on robots, rock stars, and luaus? Need to burn off those beers (while you drink a bit more)? Saturday's midnight ride is for you. This week's Rutbusters list has something for artsy academics, budding mind readers, vinyl junkies, and glam queens, among others. What it doesn't have? A reason to stay home.
Artonica (Fri.- Sat.) Experimental electronic duo Blectum from Blechdom was at the forefront of adventurous electronics in the early 2000s. Half of that team, Blevin Blechdom, is a star in the academic and art worlds, and she bridges both this weekend with a graduate lecture (Fri.) and performance (Sat.) at the San Francisco Art Institute.
Life on Mars (Fri.) Speaking of musicians who double as art stars, David Bowie gets his due at Trannyshack this weekend, in what is sure to be a fantastic glam fest.
Garage For Good (Fri.) Support three great SF institutions – KUSF and the local garage and noise rock scenes – with this gig at Bender's on Friday night.
Surf & SFIFF (all weekend) This is a great weekend for sitting in front of a movie screen. First off, it's the big SFIFF kickoff. My picks there include Robot & Frank on Fri. and Sun. and Peaches Christ hosting Tommy on Sat. (I'd also suggest for all things SFIFF getting your tickets the second you decide to go). Then there's your cheapest ticket to the tropics this weekend, Oddball Films' selection of Hawaiian surf and Tiki movies on Sat.
You Read My Mind (Sat.) And here's something you really don't get to do that often: learn how to read minds with artists in a gallery. Southern Exposure hosts "Mind Reading for the Left and Right Brain" on Sat. from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
For the Record (Sat.) Don't forget to give your local licorice pancake peddler a little love on Sat. for the annual Record Store Day celebration. Aquarius Records will be offering some sweet heavy vinyl from my favorite "dome rock" band, Carlton Melton.
Midnight Maniacs (Sat.) Hopefully you read the about the Midnight Mystery Bike Ride on our site? This is your weekend to try out cycling through the city after hours.
Earth Mamas (Sun.) When was the last time you visited the lovely ClemenTime microhood? Sunday gives you a great excuse. Local star rock photographer Alissa Anderson is hosting a vintage and jewelry sale at her new shop, Foggy Notion. If you're a crystal fan, you won't want to miss pieces from Crystals & Leather, pictured to the right.