San Francisco has more subcultures than it does neighborhoods. It's one of the city's biggest selling points – that no matter how niche your taste, there's gonna be a group down to join you in your random, bizarre, or just plain awesome activities. It's also great for boosting us out of our routines. Why not check out how the other side lives with, say, a night of Twin Peaks worship, or indoor camping, or heading out on a bike ride in the middle of the night? Below are this week's Rutbusters.
SF Bulls wing and enforcer Hans Benson. Photo by Ina Maria
Sculpture of Barry McGee being Barry McGee at BAM
Tussle photo by Naoki Onodera
Beers & Bulls (Fri.) Hopefully by now you know about Bull Headed, our effort to introduce locals to our newest sports team, pro hockey outfit the SF Bulls. We plan on filling guests with craft beer and getting them to the Cow Palace and back on a one-of-a-kind mobile taproom. Wanna hop on board?
Twin Fans (Fri.) Twin Peaks first aired more than 20 years ago, but time hasn't dampened the show's cult following. On Friday, New York band Silent Drape Runners provides their live interpretation of the Twin Peaks soundtrack during a screening of Twin Peaks: The Beginning at the Vortex Room.
Art & Honey (Fri.) Fans of Barry McGee likely know of his partner in crime, the talented artist Clare Rojas. Friday night is the perfect opportunity to catch them together, as she performs as her alt-country alter ego, Peggy Honeywell, at the Berkeley Art Museum. The museum is currently showing a retrospective of McGee's work that includes life-size sculptures. It's an amazing show, and her live gig can only add to it.
Camp-In Style (Sat.) San Francisco is a cold city for camping, even when the fog cooperates. So why not take your outdoorsy hankering indoors for the afternoon and faux camp while watching funny camping scenes? Local camping equipment designers Alite host a Camp-In on Saturday, where you can test their outdoor equipment while watching cult classic Wet Hot American Summer and dining on Rice Paper Scissors' Vietnamese street food from 4-7 p.m.
Tussled Head (Sat.) This is a city that loves to dance, and one that digs its psychedelics, so it makes perfect sense that a band like Tussle would flourish here, its sound boasting a mixture of those two worlds. The group is now in its sixth iteration and still banging out insistent beats that bounce around your eardrums and cascading melodies that move your mind through other worlds. The new album, Tempest, is a mixture of dance floor buzz and outer space experiments, and, well the New Yorker really digs it. Their CD release party is this Saturday at Amnesia as part of the OK Hole club night.
Grand Pong (Sun.) We know that San Francisco loves ping-pong, but you know who else loves it? Old people! This film, screening as a part of DocFest at the Roxie on Sunday, follows four ping-pong champs over 80 years old. How rad is that?
Going into Chambers (Sun.) San Francisco may offer a mix of low and high brow ways to entertain yourself, but the high isn't always within my budget. That's why I'm all for taking advantage of free performances like Sunday's Chamber Music Day, when classical, jazz, and experimental ensembles fill the halls of YBCA with music between noon and 7 p.m.