Gypsy Jazz, Masked Punks, Crafts and Beers, Doom Metal, Grease, and Free World Music

Angélique Kidjo plays for free this Sunday as part of the Stern Grove Festival

This weekend, you can join in a group Grease sing-along, witness a masked punk legend in action, celebrate the art of craft, check in with the world-music scene and ride a seven-person bicycle -- all for less than two shots of quality whiskey. Just don't forget to call Dad on Sunday before you've had a few.

Gaucho @ 111 Minna (Fri.) Gypsy jazz could just be the new Afro-pop, if Gaucho has anything to say about it. The six-piece San Francisco band plays an excitable mix of klezmer, Brazilian choros, New Orleans jazz and vintage swing. The show also includes sets by Chris Orr and DJ Phleck. Plus, the show is free and there will be $2 PBRs. So, win-win? (Free, 5-9 p.m.)

The Etsy Birthday @ Workshop (Fri.) Can you remember a time before Etsy? Probably. But wasn't it so much more complicated to track down ideal homemade, handspun crafts and goods before the clever folks at Etsy decided to categorize it all for you? The website has become a bona fide phenomenon - entire clothing lines are built and sold exclusively on its easy-to-use pages, and it even spawned a backlash (the brilliant mess that is Regretsy). So in celebration of its continued existence, Etsy has teamed up with the crafter's bible, Ready Made, to launch DIY birthday parties around the world. The local party takes places at Workshop, off McAllister and Baker, with a too-cute night of crafts, beers, music and conversation. ($5, 5:30-7:30 p.m.)

Jamie Lidell @ Ameoba (Fri.) Stepping out to the microphone from behind the turntables was probably the smartest move Jamie Lidell ever made. Lidell, a rather hard-to-classify British musician, morphed from D.J. to crooning, soul-electronica artist in 2000 with the album Muddlin Gear. Since then he's put out 2005's hit Multiply (which resulted in his music being featured on the mom-loved doctor show "Grey's Anatomy"), 2008's groove-heavy Jim, and his latest album, Compass, which features appearances by Beck and Feist. You can check out Lidell for free at Amoeba before his sold-out Independent show a few hours later. (Free, 6 p.m.)

Grass Widow @ El Rio (Fri.) San Francisco group Grass Widow was signed this year to indie stalwarts Kill Rock Stars for good reason. The all-girl, garage-pop group echoes the label's punk and feminist sensibilities. Grass Widow was also recently featured in the documentary Girls on Girls about ladies in music. Pretty exciting to again be seeing bands out there that sound like the classic '90s punk girl groups, and from your adopted home, no less. Drum-heavy Brooklyn duo Shellshag also play along with Dirty Marquee and Street Eaters. ($8, 9 p.m.)

Thou @ Thee Parkside (Fri.) Baton Rouge's Thou come from the same school of doom/sludge as their Louisiana peers Eyehategod (the latter perhaps known best for a brief, screamy audio appearance on the cult classic film Gummo). Heavy, gloomy and full of Southern rage, expect some heads to be banged. Thou plays with Moloch, Fell Voices and Pale Chalice at Thee Parkside. DJ Rob Metal spins all night. ($8/$10, 9 p.m.)

He Who Cannot Be Named @ El Rio (Sat.) The masked guitarist of vulgar, oft-naked punk legends the Dwarves, is celebrating the release of his solo album, Sunday School Massacre with a party at El Rio. In typical Dwarves fashion, He Can Not Be Named will likely be sporting a Lucha Libre-style mask and bare chest. (We can only hope.) The show opens with S.F.'s fast-living, hard-drinking White Barons (with Eva von Slut from Thee Merry Widows) and Lords from Louisville, K.Y. ($7, 9 p.m.)

Film night @ Dolores Park (Sat.) John Travolta was cool 30 years ago, though all people (and this may shock young people) are cool when they're young. Of course, he wasn't all that cool (Urban Cowboy), but he was pretty cool (Saturday Night Fever) -- at least cool enough for nostalgic Americans (Grease). He got leading-man parts because his chin had a gunshot dimple and his smile curled like devil's horns; also, because he could dance. Maybe you can, too. Maybe you're going to be one of the ballsy young men -- like Kenickie, make yourself Kenickie -- who jumps up, flings out a hand, and swings a gal or a whole row of them around Dolores Park during Film Night in the Park. The Rydell High classic is playing, but it's not just any screening: This is a Grease sing-along. Make yourself known. (Free, 8 p.m.) -- Michael Leaverton

Sunday Streets @ Garfield Square at Harrison at 26th St. (Sun.) Sunday Streets is old-fashioned fun for the whole cycling family. Glide with ease on your two-wheeled transportation across streets typically riddled with gas-guzzlers. And when you take a break (ha) from the bike, you can check out live performances and the probably amazing youth bike rodeo. You can also take free rides on the Funcycle - a crazy circular bike built for seven people to pedal at once. I saw one of these roll by in the Panhandle a few weekends ago and, though the riders looked mildly ridiculous, my mind was sufficiently blown. (Free, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.)

Angelique Kidjo and Sarazino @ Sigmund Stern Grove Amphitheater (Sun.)
Grammy Award-winning Beninoise singer-songwriter Angélique Kidjo kicks off the all-summer-long 73rd annual Stern Grove Music Festival in San Francisco this weekend. Fluent in Fon, French, Yorùbá, and English (count 'em -- four languages!), Kidjo makes soulful world music that includes bits and pieces from gospel, rumba and jazz. Her live counterpart for the festivities is Sarazino (real name: Lamine Fellah), an Algerian drummer and vocalist who blends Latin pop, reggae, funk, African and Arabic music. A global treat, indeed. (Free, 2 p.m.)

Thorny Brocky @ Make-Out Room (Sun.) There is little hope for Aaron Novik. In the world of mainstream professional musicians, "hope" means only one thing: bucks. As euphemized by "charting," "getting signed," and "touring with someone more famous than yourself," "success" has a horribly narrow definition. None of that stuff is even a glimmer in local clarinet virtuoso Novik's eye, so chances are he'll never "make it." But in the real world, where most people live, coins of the realm include fulfilling the harsh demands of a genuine vision, thinking deeply, and having fun. In the real world, Aaron Novik is a deeply desired man-about-town and a raging success who sets weird poetry to music, plays in a bass clarinet quartet, and studies ancient Jewish mysticism. That a popular one of his current projects, Thorny Brocky, also features respected musicians from the jazz, art music, rebel-classical, and heavy metal worlds shows his commitment to -- nay, enjoyment of -- unusual collaborations, another mainstream death kiss. Thorny Brocky sounds like a stripped-down Middle Eastern Sun Ra tribute band with original compositions as accessible as indie-rock. It'd be hard to lure Coldplay fans with that kind of bait, but who cares? ($7, 8 p.m.) -- Hiya Swanhuyser

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