World on a Wire:
This photo alone makes me excited
There's so much going on this weekend that there's no reason to get bored doing the same old crap. Not when there's stylish sci-fi, legions of free stuff, live shows on buses and in churches and hair salons, and a beard & whiskey throwdown. What do you say we go do something a little different this weekend?
The Art of Kicking Cancer (Fri.)
I have to give it to my good friend Kelly Malone. She sure knows how to organize fundraising events that are a blast for the general public. The
Will Draw For Drugs
art show at 111 Minna — pulled together by two amazing artists and awesome folks, Ferris Plock and Kelly Tunstall — is the latest round of benefits to help the owner of Workshop (and Bold Local!) raise the cash she needs to get rid of her cancer. They've pulled together more than two dozen artists, including Jay Howell, one of my faves, to do a power drawing session, where you can pick up affordable art on the spot from a ton of the Bay Area's finest. There will also be art available on auction, and of course, koozies and rockin' tunes. A $5-$20 donation gets you through the door and the fun starts at 9 p.m.
Funk It Up (Fri.)
I love the dedication of Sweater Funk. Their motto of so many wrongs ("wrong" dank basement venue, "wrong" night for their Sunday weekly, "wrong" boogie and old funk jams) make it so right. They're celebrating three years of so much fun this Friday at SOM with a guest set from Steve Arrington of Slave alongside all those funk-loving residents who help make this collective one of the best DJ crews in town.
The Return of The Wire (all weekend)
At a SFIFF screening a couple months back, I waited in line for an hour to see
World on a Wire, a stylish sci-fi movie from 1973, and did I get in? Nope. Damn popular film fest! Fassbinder's dystopian epic (and by that I mean 212 minutes long) gets a rare screening at the Roxie this Friday through the following Thursday. I will not wait in line another hour, but I am so stoked to see this one. Who's in?
Bus Show (Fri.-Sat.)
I'm a big fan of making soundtracks for road trips. Soundwave Festival founder Alan So does me one better. He's been inviting local musicians to provide live soundtracks to the routes of their choice around the city. Grab a ticket to this series and you will be chartered around town in a private double decker bus with music from The Genie on Friday and atmospheric electronic wiz Christopher Willits on Saturday. Sounds amazing. More events in August as well...
Brilliant Party (Sat.)
Local dream pop act Brilliant Colors is throwing a CD release party for their new record on Slumberland at "a hair salon" on Guerrero St. at 14th. Also on the bill, a new band called Swiftumz, LA's Dream Homes, and Pamela (A lady and a band? Not sure). The show starts at 9 p.m., costs $5, and they are asking, please, "no jerks."
Wax On (Sat.)
There are a lot of great artists showing at YBCA's BAN6 showcase, but I found it really hard to pull myself away from Chris Sollars' Hairy exhibit. Quite the blonde mane. Such strange objects pulled outta that beard. Such odd noises made by rubbing things against that thick growth of chin straw. This Saturday Chris celebrates the art of "unruly facial hair" with a live event that features something that goes well with beards in this town — drinking whiskey! Between 5 and 7 p.m., you can get the growth on your mug sculpted, trimmed, and otherwise perfected while sipping brown booze cocktails crafted by Comstock Saloon. It's part of a daylong group of YBCA festivities, all of which are free.
Free for All (Sat.)
In this economy, who can afford to pay for anything, right? How about bartering for goods and services? The Really Really Free Market lets you trade your skills or stuff to someone who has skills and stuff to offer in return. It's like that sold out festival they throw in the desert, but in Dolores Park and without all the body paint. Trades go down from 1 to 5 p.m.
Palm Sunday (Sun.)
Hands down one of my favorite local releases right now is Date Palms' new record on Mexican Summer, Honey Devash. The vinyl has one blissed out instrumental per side, and together they melt your mind like Alice Coltrane beaming down on Brightblack Morning Light. Droney, dreamy, and downright soulful, the record has been a mainstay on my stereo since I got an early copy. I can only imagine how this music sounds live, especially when it's performed in a church. Thanks to the folks behind EpiscoDisco, Date Palms' LP release show is going down at St. John's Church, with performances by Myrmyr and Danny Paul Grody. There will also be an art installation by Ross K. Jones and Varese Layzer. Performance starts at 6 p.m. sharp and they're asking for an $8-$20 donation. Quite the spiritual high happening here.