10 Things To Do This Weekend For Under $10


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EpiscoDisco hits Grace Cathedral on Sat.

The holidays make everyone broke. First there's all the money you spend on loved ones, and then there's all the money you spend drinking as you think about all the money you spent on loved ones. Luckily, you can still give yourself the gift of entertainment this weekend, with these 10 Things-approved events, all of which cost less than a 10-spot.

O.K. Hole's "O.K. Christmas" @ Amnesia (Fri.) Local producer/DJ C.L.A.W.S. tweaks techno and electro mad professor style, crafting Frankenstein beat monsters that command you to move around the room. He heads up a dance party that should keep the stools empty and the floor bumping at Amnesia on Friday, when you're invited to join C.L.A.W.S. and friends DJing your trip down the O.K. Hole. ($4, 10 p.m.)


KFJC 50th Anniversary Party @ Cafe Du Nord (Fri). "When was the last time you went to a 50-year-old's birthday party and a bunch of cool bands showed up? Los Altos Hills' KFJC (89.7 FM) is celebrating its golden anniversary tonight at Café Du Nord, and the Foothill College station is sweetening the deal by waiving the cover. Acts on the bill include psych-prog supergroup Pink Mountain, T.I.T.S., Al Queda, and Old Time Relijun's Arrington de Dionyso. 'KFJC has always been ahead of its time,' says publicity director Leticia Domingo, a.k.a. Ms. Tiza, who hosts 'Groove Therapy' on Monday afternoons from 2- 6 p.m. 'This group of artists has found a home at KFJC,' she adds of Friday's lineup, 'and they understand our mission.' In addition to the music, Friday's patrons will have a chance to chitchat with KFJC's staff and alumni and pick up some free souvenirs. Show starts at 8 p.m." -- Marc Hawthorne

Radioactivity @ 222 Hyde (Fri.) For those looking to kick start the weekend as soon as Friday happy hour hits, Radioactivity fills the early evening with lots of good tunes. At 222 Hyde, DJs Tristes Tropiques and Robots.In.Heat spin a mix of Krautrock, post-punk, cosmic, minimal synth, Italo, and other "weird and funky shit" between 6 and 9 p.m. Radioactivity is free, and it comes with a happy hour special: $8 for a pepperoni pizza and a beer.

Dubstep Holiday Party @ Club Six (Fri.) "The word 'redline' refers to pushing something to its limit. That's precisely what Redline promoters and resident DJs UltraViolet and Kozee have been doing to dubstep, electro, jungle, and other bass-heavy music at their monthly Makeout Sessions. The club night is a regular fixture at Showdown bar (formerly Matador) on Sixth Street, where local and international producers drop in to drop big dubplates. A typical session causes sweaty bodies to mosh, punters to shout 'rewind,' and shot glasses to slap the countertop as DJs stoke riotous fun. For their Holiday Party at the Dark Room, the ladies go big with S.F. hip-hop and dubstep producers Matty G and Roommate, L.A. Smog crew DJ Pawn, and MC Audio Angel. This event will be in "the Bassment" section of Club Six; enter via the club's side door on Jessie Street. Entry is free before 10:30 p.m. with RSVP. (otherwise it's $5)." -- Tomas Palermo


Jern Eye @ Milk (Fri.) "Jern Eye is that rare Golden State MC whose influence is equal parts Northern and Southern California. He lives near Lake Merritt in Oakland and works at True Clothing on Haight Street in S.F., but was raised in northeast Los Angeles. As a preteen, he fell under the gangsta rap spells of Eazy-E and Ice Cube before learning to appreciate Native Tongues affiliates like Del tha Funkee Homosapien when he got older. 'I would say I'm equally influenced by Hieroglyphics and N.W.A.,' says the rapper, whose given name is Francis Rodriguez. 'L.A. was really important in developing my craft and art, and the Bay kept it inspired." Check out the full story on Jern Eye by writer Ben Westhoff here. Jern plays Milk tonight ($5-$10, 9 p.m.).

Carlton Melton @ Pissed Off Pete's (Fri.) You know a band's serious about getting stony when it builds a dome in Mendocino County to perform and record in. Carlton Melton accomplished this very task, setting up shop in a space that would enrich its " live, loud, improvised, experimental, instrumental, psychedelic" vibe. The results can be heard on the band's limited-edition vinyl, Pass It On, which buzzes with lysergic energy--a heavy, spaced out gem of a recording. (That record made J. Mascis' top 10 records of 2009, by the way.)
Two of Carlton Melton's members, Andrew Duvall and Rich Millman, have played together for over 20 years: they're vets of another great heavy act that sent your mind on an acid trip, Zen Guerrilla. Tonight Carlton Melton gives Pissed Off Pete's a hearty dose of "dome rock" at a free show that starts at 9:30 p.m.

EpiscoDisco @ Grace Cathedral (Sat.) 'Tis the season to go to church--and dance. Grace Cathedral has to be one of the more creative spaces promoters--in this case, your hosts include an Episcopal reverend--are using for music events in the city. Saturday's version of EpiscoDisco includes trippy visuals by Maya Hayuk, and appropriately ethereal live music by Pale Horse, whose MySpace music reminds us very much of Low. It doesn't include any sort of religious services, from what we can tell. (Free, 7p.m.-10p.m.)


Renegade Craft Fair @ Fort Mason (Sat. & Sun.) Where can you find an indie craft mart of homemade goods for sale in this city? Kidding! Of course this has been a month jam packed with crafters selling their wares, and we much prefer that style of shopping to hitting the mall anytime. This weekend is your last before Christmas, Kwanzaa, and Boxing Day all show up on the calendar. If you still have some gifts to grab, you can head over to Fort Mason Center Herbst Pavilion for the Renegade Craft Fair, a national organization that will offer 150 different booths in San Francisco this weekend. It goes down 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, with free admission.

Unsilent Night @ Dolores Park (Sat.) "At Unsilent Night, you bring the boombox, Phil Kline's elves bring the cassettes and CDs, and you march around silently, bringing equal parts holiday cheer and creepiness to the usual assorted crowd along the mile-long Mission District route. The music coming out of the boomboxes is by Kline, who organized the first Unsilent Night 17 years ago, sending New Yorkers out into the streets with cassettes and CDs of his Brian Eno-inspired composition. Something clicked, and now the event takes place in 25 countries around the world -- and for seven years straight in S.F., with more than 400 showing up last year. Kline calls it a 'participatory sound sculpture.' (Free, 7 p.m.)" --Michael Leaverton

Emmet Otter's Jug-Band Christmas @ Yerba Buena Center For The Arts (Sun.)
"Wrapping up the seasonal and sincere 'Joy of Life' film series at Yerba Buena, Emmet Otter's Jug-Band Christmas, a 1977 holiday television special adapted from Russell Hoban's children's book, is as smile-inducing as anything in Jim Henson's oeuvre. Poor Ma Otter and son Emmet are having a tough go of it in Frogtown Hollow, with no dough to spare for Christmas presents. (A timely sentiment this year, alas.) Each secretly enters a talent contest in hopes of winning the prize money and going shopping. Along with Henson's marvelous puppetry, the production boasts original songs by Paul Williams, including 'When the River Meets the Sea.' The uncut version screens today, with Kermit the Frog's restored role in the proceedings, to the delight of grown-ups with fond memories and children afforded their first glimpse of Henson's special gifts. ($8, 2 p.m.)" -- Michael Fox


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