10 Things to Do This Weekend For Under $10
Lower Haight Holiday Art Walk & Hayes Valley Holiday Block Party @ Lower Haight/Hayes Valley (Fri.)
Start in Lower Haight and head down to Hayes Valley--or vice versa--as both neighborhoods host late night gatherings in their shops and art galleries. Hit the stretch between the 400 and 700 block of Haight, where, for example, Edo Salon will host a "holiday frolic" with a "Christmas Photo Lounge" and fashion show. Hayes Valley shows off a new pop-up shop and a party in that little park, among other special events between 6 and 9 p.m. (Lower Haight festivities run from 7 until 10 p.m.)
Zombieland @ Red Vic (Fri.-Sun.)
Zombieland was just in the fancy theaters, like, yesterday (Halloween, to be exact). But now you can see it cheaper, and with better popcorn, at the Red Vic. I'll admit I didn't think much of this movie before I saw it, but it's freakin hilarious. There's a special cameo by one of my favorite all time actors that moves the horror-comedy flick into bizzaro genius status. (Times vary, $6-$9)
Holiday Indie Mart @ the Independent (Sat.)
In this city, there's very little reason to hit the mall for your holiday shopping. From now until the end of the holidays, there's a pop-up boutique (when I was a kid, they were all called holiday bazaars) a week. Indie Mart is the old vet at this artist-friendly concept, and Saturday the group moves back into its occasional home, the Independent. During happy hour (5 to 10 p.m.) the club plays host to Indie Mart's 40 hand-picked indie retailers, delicious treats, and cocktails for the purchase. It's only $2 to get in. On Sunday, Indie Mart hosts a free vintage bazaar at its Workshop space around the corner from the Independent.
Red Meat, Drunk Horse, East Bay Grease @ Annie's Social Club (Sat.)
When was the last time you saw a Drunk Horse show? And when was the last time you hit Annie's for a drink? The Bay's fantastic Thin Lizzy-riffin', stoner-rockin' band will bring down the house at Annie's, just a couple weeks before that beloved Folsom St. live music outpost closes its doors completely after New Year's Eve. With a lineup that includes Red Meat and East Bay Grease, Saturday's show is a little bit country, a little bit garage, and a whole lotta rock 'n' roll. Not sure on the price here, but most Annie's shows are under $10. (9 p.m.)
Celebrate the End of the '90s @ the Knockout and the Paradise (Sat.)
As we prepare to exit the '00s, you can slip back into the '90s at one of two nostalgia club nights this weekend. Debaser goes for the big alt hits of that decade at the Knockout, where you can hear Nirvana, Spiritualized, Hole, and other 120 Minutes classics from the turntables. ($5, or free w/ flannel before 11p.m. Free w/ horrible holiday sweater all night!). Leisure turns the Paradise into a den of vintage Brit pop ($7, 10 p.m., not sure what they'll do if you show up in a terrible sweater).
Saturday Night Soul Party @ Elbo Room (Sat.)
In a month that offers many chances to dress swank, Saturday Night Soul Party at Elbo Room attracts some of the best vintage dressers in the city. DJs Lucky, Paul Paul, and Phengren Oswald spin classics you aren't old enough to have heard the first time. Dress nice and it's only $5 to get in (get lazy about your attire and they'll charge you $10). (10 p.m.)
Seaquence Opening Reception @ GAFFTA (Sat.)
Grey Area Foundation For the Arts (GAFFTA) is the Tenderlion's premiere (and, well, only) art gallery merging the worlds of technology, art, and, occasionally, music. Saturday marks the opening of its latest show, Seaquence. It's a collaborative work that sounds like it'll rest in the windows of the gallery, but tonight there's gonna be a party to celebrate the work of Gabriel Dunne, Ryan Alexander, and Daniel Massey with a "special installation reception" from 7 to 10 p.m. (Free)
The Fresh & Onlys @ Amnesia (Sat.)
The Fresh & Onlys are back in town and hitting up the coziest live music venue in the Mission, Amnesia. Come check out the city's spaciest psych pop act as they perform with Austin's Woven Bones (fuzzed out n' fucked up garage rock) and S.F.'s The Aerosols. (9 p.m., $8)
Guerrilla Drive-In Movies @ 17th and Folsom (Sat.)
Drive-in theaters have sadly gone the way of cheap rent in the Bay Area, but you can still watch movies from your car thanks to MobMov, the "modern drive-in and mobile movie theater". Sign up for MobMov's Twitter and you'll hear about films being screened at various locations around and just outside the city. On Saturday at 7 p.m., they'll be screening the Discovery Channel's Clash of the Dinosaurs and National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation, a classic you can't get through December without watching at least once, right? The movie's free, and the location just announced through Twitter.
Carletta Sue Kay and Tiny Television @ The Rite Spot (Sun.)
Country music gets an alternative twist with Carletta Sue Kay and Tiny Television. The first of those two acts isn't a woman--it's a collective that includes piano, cello, guitar, harmonica and bass to craft melancholy roots music with pop hooks. Tiny Television moves between back porch jam vibe and robust melodies, serving up its tunes with more than a little twang. They play together on Sunday at a free show at the Rite Spot. (8 p.m.)