10 Things to Do This Weekend for Under $10

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Windsurf @ Amnesia on Friday
Not all summer music fests require sizable chunks of your paycheck. This weekend, two budget music shindigs blanket San Francisco, championing alternatives to both mainstream music and mainstream admission prices. San Francisco's Doomed and Homo a Go Go are just two of 10 recommendations we have for running around the city without running down your bank account.

San Francisco's Doomed (Fri-Sun)
"'San Francisco's doomed,' O.G. proto-punks Crime sang, 'I need me some kicks!' With that attitude in mind, the S.F. All-Ages Show Space Project, Thrillhouse Records, and Maximumrocknroll mag organized the five-day San Francisco's Doomed fest benefiting their quest for a permanent all-ages punk club -- and, yes, it definitely promises some kicks. Music styles range from nerdy punk-pop, nail-hammering thrash, and acoustic-armed whiskey rebellions to stoner rock, homocore, and more at venues around the city. Crime itself headlines the festival's closing show on Sunday at Balazo. And with most events $5 and open to everyone with a birth certificate, it's an all-inclusive party to boot." John Graham

Homo a Go Go (Fri-Sun)
"If the macabre, joyless pageant that passed for Pride this year left you disappointed -- that is, if you would've rather celebrated vibrant music and art instead of watching a dreary procession of politicians smiling and waving from their cars, nonprofit groups pouting beneath their banners, and rubes dancing on Bank of America and Whole Foods floats -- then welcome Homo a Go Go with open arms. The blowout (at various venues) features a lively, lovely array of independent-minded aesthetic pleasures and parties: more than 60 films, a fashion show put together by local multitasker Chelsea Starr, and, of course, a small galaxy of talented music-makers. Shit-kicking Southern garage-rock action from Girl in a Coma, the Philadelphian homo hip-hop of Sgt. Sass, and chic Italo-disco by Portland, Oregon's Glass Candy are just a few of the must-see shows on the docket. This is the festival's first time in San Francisco after years of packed crowds in Olympia, Washington; the party sprawl includes after-hours bashes, workshops, and the kind of artistic revelry that gives being queer a good name." Evan James
Jonas Reinhardt, Tussle, Windsurf @ Amnesia (Friday)
If you like the sort of dance music that's more about the offbeat than keeping a beat, this is a pretty killer lineup. All three local acts craft meditative rhythms that keep your legs from locking, but their experiments in creative percussion, as well as electronic and acoustic combos, keep the sounds fresh and the live shows engaging. Jonas Reinhardt, Tussle, and Windsurf are top-shelf talent from a scene that keeps a foot on the dancefloor and a head in the cosmos. They play together at Amnesia (9 p.m., $7)

S.F. Venues Benefit @ Uptown (Friday)
How about that -- the East Bay helping out San Francisco? Oakland venue the Uptown is hosting a benefit show to raise a little cash for the legal defense fund of S.F. all-ages venues getting fucked with by the ABC. The Hundred Days, The Hot Toddies, Oona, and others play tonight in hopes of helping other bands play tomorrow at clubs like Bottom of the Hill, Cafe du Nord, Slim's, and Great American Music Hall, all of which have been put under the microscope for arcane "violations" of their liquor licenses. (9 p.m., $8)

The PRINCE vs MICHAEL Experience @ Madrone (Saturday)
The last time we hit this party, it was so jam-packed you had to order your oxygen outside. Of course it was also the first Prince vs. Michael event to go down post-MJ R.I.P., but still. This round promises to be no less popular, with DJs pitting two pop kings against one another in song and video montages, and fans taking sides with paper Prince and Michael masks. Plenty of pretty young (and older) things will file their way into Madrone for this $5 party. (9 p.m.)

J-Pop Summit Festival @ Japantown (Saturday)
Whether you're specifically a J-Pop aficionado or more of a general pop culture voyeur, Saturday's celebration of Japanese cool is worth dropping into. This street fair takes over Post from Webster to Buchanan and goes into the Peace Plaza of Japantown, bringing together fashion, film, music, and New People. The event kicks off at 11 a.m. (free)

Reach Up @ Il Pirata (Saturday)
Spend a Saturday afternoon grooving to vintage rocksteady, soul, reggae, and lowrider oldies with the Reach Up crew, which comprises DJs from the Sweater Funk, Revival Sound System, 40neFunk, Hear the Sounds, and Grown Kids Radio gangs. They spin at this free party at Il Pirata (3 until 8 p.m.)

Alamo Square Flea Market (Saturday)
Who doesn't love a little thirfting while picnicing? Saturday the Painted Ladies take a back seat to booths of vintage wares on Fulton, Hayes, and Scott Streets at the Alamo Square Flea Market from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (via FuncheapSF).

The Indie Mart's Summer Street Fair @ Thee Parkside (Sunday)
When Indie Mart hosted its last Summer Street Fair a couple months back, it was the ultimate block party. Creative vendors, great DJs, live bands, places to eat off the grill and drink booze--minus that whole frat boy drunk in the sun mentality. The outdoor craft fair returns this Sunday for another round of clothes, beats, jewelery, hot dogs, and fun, taking over Thee Parkside and surrounding streets (17th St. and all down Wisconsin) between 12 and 6 p.m. A $2 suggested donation supports the new Indie Mart Workshop Space opening in September.

Pinball Wizard Flash Mob @ Union Square (Sunday)

Zombie flash mobs are so common in this city thT they're about as shocking as the opening of a new pizza restaurant in the Mission. But a 100-stron dancer mob moving to the Who's "Pinball Wizard" in Union Square? We'd love front-row seats to that one. To let a poorly kept secret outta the bag, check out "a choreographed public group performance to 'Pinball Wizard' from The Who's Tommy" on Sunday at 4:30 p.m. in the heart of tourist town. It's supposedly gonna look at little something like this.
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