10 Things to Do This Weekend For Under $10

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Finally! The decade from hell is officially over and now, with the world out of its childish '00s on to its '10-plus tweens, we have so many growing pains to look forward to. So what's your New Year's resolution? If it's to party like a charmed indie pop star on a meager roadie budget, why not start this weekend? Here are some easy ways to fulfill that 2010 goal:

1. Mike Giant new works opening @ The Skullz Press (Fri.).

Kick off 2010 with epic street art and free beer. The Skullz Press is the Divisadero studio of renowned tattooist/graffiti artist/photographer/illustrator Mike Giant. Giant's work includes everything from illustrations of tattoo-covered Chola chicks to photographs of San Francisco bicyclists to skull and rose-filled skateboarder motifs. His pieces have graced the cover of Shepard Fairey's culture and lifestyle magazine Swindle and the bodies of countless hipsters. Go for the beer, stay for the art. (Free, 6-9 p.m.).

2. The Pine Box Boys, Los Duggans @ Elbo Room (Fri.).

In the mood for some hyper and twangy country jams? Elbo Room may just be the spot for you tonight. San Francisco-based crew The Pine Box Boys will plow through a speed-country set featuring their own personal brand of "songs of murder and misery" plunked out on acoustic guitar and banjo. Echo Park quartet Los Duggans will open the show with its equally hectic mix of Appalachian-revivalist-punk-bluegrass jams. Get ready to toss your Stetson in the pit.($10, 9:30 p.m.)

3. FLOOR SCORE @ The Beatbox (Fri.)

The personal mission of dance party FLOOR SCORE is to preserve the San Francisco nightlife scene. The party intends to follow through with its promise by blasting a heart-pumping mix of disco, acid and vintage house beats provided by DJs Pee Play and Nick B. The event, presented by Ryan Robles (Rehab, Feather, Playboy) also boasts dance floor light installations and all-night-long drink specials. Sleep off the NYE hangover and get right back out there, champ. ($6, 10 p.m.).

4. Loopt Holiday Scavenger Hunt @ 111 Minna (Sat.)

Remember those old hand-scrawled scavenger hunt lists that ended with crossed out tasks and crumpled paper? They are apparently a thing of the past, a bygone era. The creators of Loopt (an app that allows you to hunt down your friends' exact location) are sponsoring a technologically-superior urban "Holiday From the Holidays" scavenger hunt this Saturday. Players can download the app for free (www.looptgames.com) then follow coordinates and traipse across our fair, foggy city through galleries and coffee shops in a mission to win various treats. Prizes include freebies and drink tickets from local businesses - and the grand prize is a round-trip ticket to Hawaii. Don't think you have what it takes? Hint - players who fail to procure prizes can still attend the boozy VIP after-party. (Free, 2-6 p.m.).


5. Julie Wolf, Shelley Doty, Dawn Richardson and Paul Olguin @ El Rio (Sat.)

Musicians Julie Wolf, Shelley Doty, Dawn Richardson and Paul Olguin are used to sharing the spotlight - they've separately performed as backing musicians for bands and vocalists such as Indigo Girls, Tracy Chapman and Maria Muldaur. Wolf, Doty, Richardson and Olgion met and fell in audio love while working as the backup act for Shana Morrison (daughter of Van Morrison). At the El Rio show, the four talented musicians will at last take center stage, performing instrumental R&B and funk jams. (Free, 9 p.m.)

6. Macy's Holiday Pet Adoption Windows @ Union Square (Sun.).

Who can resist a sweet kitty surrounded by Christmas stockings, resting on a tiny feline-sized loveseat? Not us. As this is the final day of Macy's and SPCA's annual holiday pet adoption window display, head down to Stockton and O'Farrell Street in Union Square, push through the tourist masses and consider adopting a pup or kitten in need. Or just do a little doggie window shopping. SPCA representatives hover near the display to answer questions from potential adopters. (Free, 12 p.m.).

7. "Rising Steel: Two Centuries Of San Francisco Architecture" city tour @ Stockton and Maiden Lane (Sun.).

Be honest - during your daily commute your head is usually securely fastened downward, reading emails on cell phones or slogging through last-minute work. You probably rarely look around and notice the astounding architecture that surrounds us. The solution could be as simple as a hopping on a free walking tour of S.F's historical buildings. Lisa Ryers will host the march through downtown and lead discussions on 30 area buildings, some of which were constructed pre-1900. The tour will make stops at famous buildings along with some lesser-known architectural feats. (Free, 11 a.m.).

8. "You, The Living" @ Red Vic Theater (Sun.)

An overweight woman with an equally overweight boyfriend, a disgruntled psychiatrist, a pickpocket , a tuba player who earns a living playing funerals. Swedish film "You, The Living" includes loosely related vignettes on them all of them, plus a gaggle of others. The film is both esoteric and familiar - everyday life, magnified. Written and directed by Roy Andersson, the 2007 black comedy, won rave reviews at international film fests and celebrated its U.S. premier this past summer in New York. ($10; 2, 4, 7:15, and 9:20 p.m.)

9. S.F. Chamber Orchestra: Double Trouble @ Herbst Theatre (Sun.).

Time for some sophisticated fun. Get cultured at the S.F. Chamber Orchestra's concerti for two instruments. The fancy-pants program will include three sets of two-person compositions followed by a solo encore. In their musical debut, Isabel Lau and Benjamin Luo will perform Vivaldi's "Concerto for Two Cellos." Accompanied by Eric Gaenslen on cello, Gloria Justen will premiere her "Double Concerto" on violin. Tod Brody and Peter Lember will perform Honeggar's "Concerto da Camera" on flute and English horn, respectively. (Free. 3 p.m.).

10. Hunx & His Punx, Brilliant Colors @ The Hemlock (Sun.)

Hunx and his Punx could quite possibly be the very best super gay party band in the Bay Area. The group meshes a sweet sixties girl group vibe with lusty lyrical rants and head-popping beats. Descriptions of sweaty affairs with straight boys and going cruising for men are commonplace - "I don't think he's going to miss her, 'cause I'm a really good kisser." Leader of the pack is Hunx, the nasal-voiced showman who doubles as a member of sexually-charged Oakland electro poppers Gravy Train!!!! Both bands bring a raucous live show - replete with underwear-baring tushy shakes. ($6, 9 p.m.) .
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