Ten Things to Do This Weekend For Under $10
Slideluck Potshow (Friday)
So there's this photographer named Casey Kelbaugh, and when he lived in Seattle, he used to throw these really cool get-togethers called Slideluck Potshows. He solicited photos (slideshow) along a theme beforehand, then told folks to bring food (potluck) and he'd present the photos while you "presented" the food. It was a real fun deal, and although he's since moved to New York, his photo party is going strong--and hitting the road. Tonight it comes to SF at LeftSpace (2055 Bryant St.), where you can see photos from over a dozen shutterbugs (including Shepard Fairey) along the theme of "nourishment." Potluck part starts at 7, slideshow at 9, and the afterparty moves to Mission Hill Saloon (491 Potrero Ave). Best of all, it'll cost ya zero dollars (except, of course, what you spend on the chow you bring). Details here.
Berliner Unkraut and Trace Elements (Friday)
Instead of staring at your beer during happy hour today, how about staring at some art--not just any art, but pieces made in Berlin, that uber cool city that we all talk about moving to someday but then realize that German is a really tough language to learn. Tonight 111 Minna showcases a couple lowbrow/pop-surrealist artists from Berlin, starting at 6 p.m. The only cost comes in what you choose to order from the bar. Another arty endeavor to add to the list of post-work activities: The Trace Elements opening at the San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery (155 Grove St.) which will be showing artwork by some of our favorite local artists, including Ferris Plock, Clare Rojas, Kelly Tunstall, Porous Walker, and the folks from Hamburger Eyes, among others. (6 p.m., free)
Charlie Horse (Friday)
From our pal Steven Gdula: "So Polk Street is getting scrubbed? Not on Anna Conda's watch. The recently canonized "Protector of the Polk" keeps it raw and real at Charlie Horse, her weekly drag-show-cum-car-crash at the Cinch on Friday nights. If you like more than just a little grit with your glamour, sidle on in. Where else can you catch such acts as the inimitable Holy McGrail, the genre- and gender-defying Mutha Chucka, and the fiercest of the fierce, Monistat, in one night? DJs Bearzbub and Dirty Knees mix the B-52s instead of BeyoncĂ©, Karen O but not J. Lo, and Iggy Pop over Lady GaGa. There are two-for-one drinks from 10 till 11 p.m. Charlie Horse is every Friday at the Cinch. 10 p.m. (show at midnight), free."
Fo'Sho Fridays (Friday)
Learn the international language of funk tonight at Madrone, when DJ Makossa, Kung Fu Chris, & Quickie Mart spin the vinyl globe for the best in soul, rare groove, hip-hop, and funk. (10 p.m., $5)
Tenderloin National Forest (Saturday)
If you thought bedbugs, cockroaches, and pigeons were the only bits of "nature" the Tenderloin has to offer, think again my friend. The hood is also host to a burgeoning art scene, thanks to the long time efforts of the Luggage Store. The gallery's annex (at 509 Ellis St., near Leavenworth) is the new home of the Tenderloin National Forest, which has been erected right there at Cohen Alley. The forest features artwork by Rigo 23 and a host of others, and the opening day celebration starts Saturday at 10 a.m. with a cross-section of entertainment (including a performance by Tommy Guerrero). All the info you need is right here. And like most things outdoors, it's free.
Jonas Reinhardt, Bronze, Dzgenghis Khan, Magick Daggers (Saturday)
Amnesia's booking has been pretty swell lately, with tons of experimental and garage acts playing that teeny stage, as well as a weekly bluegrass jam on Mondays. Saturday is all about the nu prog, though, with Jonas Reinhardt's Krautrock digressions and Bronze's tranced-out electronic trips. They'll gel well with the tribal no wave of Portland's Magick Daggers. ($6, 9 p.m.)
Eternal Tapestry (Saturday)
Stoner metal invades the Li Po basement on Saturday night, as the bowels of the Chinatown dive bar becoming the cauldron where Portland's Eternal Tapestry makes a thick rock stew. Also on deck, noise wizard Noel Von Harmonson, along with Temptation and Sean McCann. (9 p.m., $5)
Ferrari Party (Saturday)
Forget the Polly Esther's definition of disco (i.e. the suburban invasion of tacky costumes and the same old wedding singer crapola tunes). The DJs hosting the monthly Ferrari Party (Primo, Nick B., Conor, and Jordan) dig through the crates to catch the more Italo, Euro, and plain old obscure-o tunes to make you feel love at Deco Lounge (9 p.m., $5)
Salsa Sundays (Sunday)
If the sun delivers on the weatherman's promises this weekend, you'll want to play outside as much as possible. Perfect timing for a salsa lesson on El Rio's back patio. Starting at 3:15 p.m., Danilo teaches you how to have only one left foot (and where to place the right one correctly), with lessons for a mere $8 (classes go from 3 until 8 p.m.).
And now for those who really don't want to call it quits: DJs Nikola Baytala and Solar burn down the house (and techno) at the Triple Crown, the new Market St. home for the pair's Bionic dance night. (10 p.m., $5)