10 Things To Do This Weekend For Under $10: Gastronomic Adventures, Free Comics, Electro-disco Noiseniks
Were those glorious super-warm days of last weekend simply a tease? Are we doomed to a more traditional mid-season S.F. weekend of half-sunny, half-windy days? Well I hate to say it fellow park-dwellers, but if you don't like the weather in our oft-overcast city, perhaps you are in the wrong spot. Suck it up people. There's plenty to see this weekend for the San Francisco explorer on a budget; here's our list of events under a 10-spot.
"Low Lives 2" @ Galería de la Raza (Fri.) "Low Lives 2" exists to drive perfectionists insane. This interstate art event involves seven performance art spaces Inter-netcasting each other using "works with a lo-fi aesthetic such as low pixel image and sound quality." Control and expertise are not the idea here. Spontaneity, creativity, self-expression, and communication are the ideas here. Gigi Otálvaro-Hormillosa, who is also known as Devil Bunny, performs here in San Francisco, from a piece called Big Pink; it involves a very bright wig and a rosy gorilla. Other cities beaming in live, uncensored art include Minneapolis, Clarksville, Houston, and Miami. ($5, 5 p.m.) -- Hiya Swanhuyser
Afrolicious 3-Year Anniversary Party Night 2 @ Elbo Room (Fri.) A global beats dance party three years in the making. Well, technically, the first night of the Afrolicious Anniversary Party took place Thursday, but those who can't quite drag themselves out on a weeknight will be redeemed as the Elbo Room is offering another sweaty night of tropical and electronic beats tonight. The groove-oriented celebration includes resident Afrolicious remix brothers Pleasuremaker and Señor Oz along with guest Chico Mann (NYC), DJ Sabo and DJ Similak Chyld. ($8-$10, 9:30 p.m)
Clipd Beaks @ The Hemlock (Fri.) Raucous, genre-bending Oakland trio Clipd Beaks was once described on this site, fittingly, as "electro-disco noiseniks." The band also claims to never have performed a repeat show - each concert meanders nearby the group's psychedelic tunes, but those jams are stretched out and reworked for a unique set. As if that's not already enough to get you heading to the Tenderloin, the show opens with New York avant-garde rockers Sightings and ex-Harry Pussy guitar player Bill Orcutt. ($7, 9:30 p.m.)
Free Comic Book Day 2010 @ various locations (Sat.) Sometimes it feels like those fast-action, glossy superhero movies come out every other weekend. And while its awesome to catch a good CGI creation on occasion, we sometimes forget the importance of the characters' origins. The colorful pages of a flimsy comic book can take you back to an early, simpler time when thoughts were in bubbles instead of voiceovers and action was marked by minute details. Luckily, actual comic-readers are gifted a yearly treat the first Saturday in May -- Free Comic Book Day --during which many stores will be giving away free (yep, totally free) copies of select comics. Participating San Francisco comic book shops include: Jeffrey's Toys at 685 Market St.; Neon Monster at 901 Castro St.; Whatever at 548 Castro St.; Comix Experience at 305 Divisadero; Caffeinated Comics Company at 3188 Mission St.; Mission: Comics & Art at 3520 20th St.; Isotope at 326 Fell St.; Comic Outpost at 2381 Ocean Ave. (Free, times vary)
Marcus Shelby Jazz Orchestra @ Yerba Buena Gardens (Sat.) The Marcus Shelby Jazz Orchestra kicks off this year's Yerba Buena Gardens Festival, which offers free entertainment and cultural events between May and October. Shelby's new oratorio, "MLK" was created to honor Dr. Martin Luther King with a composition that references African-American freedom songs and jazz of the Civil Rights Movement (think Charles Mingus and John Coltrane). The world premiere includes a jazz orchestra and choir featuring Faye Carol, Kenny Washington, Jeannine Anderson and Nicholas Bearde. (Free, 1-2:30 p.m.)
Verbal Abuse @ Bender's (Sat.) Verbal Abuse is a hardcore act that's been doing what they do since 1981. That's right, since the early days of hardcore punk, first banding together in Austin, Texas before smartly moving west to the Bay Area. They took a few years off from the scene in the 1990s, but when lead vocalist Nicki Sicki was released from prison (too punk), they regrouped in 2005. The band also has the distinction of being covered by legendary metal act Slayer -- five times. ($5, 9 p.m.)
Godwaffle Noise Pancakes @ ATA Gallery (Sun.) The first of four Godwaffle Noise Pancakes morning shows at ATA Gallery as part of the Brutal Sound Effects forum. Godwaffle Noise Pancakes shows are unique among noise events in that they  start pulverizing your eardrums at the sleep-defying hour of noon (and on weekends, no less!) and  they offer a mighty challenge to one's dexterity, testing your ability to balance a syrup-soaked paper plate in one hand, cut and shovel flapjacks with a plastic fork in the other hand, and scratch your head with an as-yet-unevolved third hand during the music's more abstruse, impenetrable moments. Playing this week: Scummerai, Matt Ingalls, +DOG+, Famous Techno, Skumk Mummypooze Fizz Trio, Zachary Watkins ($5, 12 p.m.) -- John Graham.
Food Adventure Club: The Sting of Nettles @ Kirk's House (2840A Folsom St.) (Sun.) Maybe we should just go ahead and admit it - San Franciscans are obsessed with food. We like eating it, talking about eating it, and attending over-crowded events in which we find new ways to consume it. But with so many supposed gastronomes in our food-crazy city, how can we separate ourselves from the naïf? Perhaps by taking a Sunday afternoon to join those serious eaters in the Food Adventure Club. This week they'll meet up in the Mission, then carpool down to Pacifica to gather the elusive, stinging nettle, barehanded. Upon their S.F. return, the group will make nettle tea, nettle pesto and nettle soup. Be prepared to taste the concoctions -- the group shuns spectators. Can you handle the foodie challenge? (Free, 1-6 p.m.)
"The White Ribbon" @ Red Vic Movie House (Sun.) The White Ribbon is Michael Haneke's first German-language film since the original Funny Games (1997) and it's his best ever. A period piece set on the eve of World War I in an echt Protestant, still-feudal village somewhere in the uptight depths of Northern Germany, The White Ribbon is as cold and creepy and secretly cheesy as any of Haneke's earlier films, if not quite as lofty. Instead of sermonizing, Haneke sets himself to honest craftsmanship. The White Ribbon's original title identifies the movie as "A German Children's Story" and, recounted by the village school teacher 40 or 50 years later, this dark fable has a mock legendary aspect. The tale may not reflect "the truth in every detail," the elderly narrator announces. ($6-$9; 2, 5 and 8 p.m.) -- J. Hoberman
Eluvium @ Café du Nord (Sun.) Layered and ambient, Matthew Cooper (A.K.A. Eluvium) may just be the perfect respite from a hectic weekend full of rough-and-tumble drunken antics and earsplitting noise. The Portland resident's lush songbook harkens back to a simpler time, foggy nights spent at the beach alongside your S.O. and a crackling fire. Cooper is likely to perform tracks off his recently released album Similes (Temporary Residence Limited), a delicate record channeling the Patron Saint Brian Eno. Ah, the dreamy aesthetic gives me goose bumps. ($10 pre-sale, 8 p.m.)