J-Pop Party, Indie Erotica, Amoebapalooza, Comedy Day, Mexico's Independence, and More

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Nic Buron
Killbossa bring tropicalia to the Make-Out Room this Sunday

Already sick of your classes? Feeling a bit sluggish at work? Let San Francisco ease your pain with ten stress-soothing events for less than a bottle of self-medication. Here's our list of 10 cool events this weekend for under $10:

Friday Night at the de Young: Mexico 2010 @ de Young (Fri.)
With short films, a fashion show, live ballet, and audiovisuals by artists Sergio de la Torre, Ana Labastida, and Nora Enriquez, your every sense should be tingling at the de Young's Mexico 2010 free nighttime event. But there's more: DJs Julio Morales y Juan Alvin will be on hand mixing obscure Latin American tunes, and world-renowned DJ Toy Selectah will spin an expert set. All activities are in celebration of the bicentennial of Mexico's independence, which was won in a war with Spain that began on September 16, 1810. (Free, 5 p.m. -- 8:45 p.m.)

J-Pop Summit Festival @ Japantown Peace Plaza (Sat.) 
Hosted by New People, the J-Pop Summit Festival will feature the best modern Japanese films, fashion, music, and art. It caps a weeklong celebration of Japanese pop culture throughout Japantown. Local rapper Hopie Spitshard, Tokyo quartet Soulit, and all-girl Osaka trio Jinny Oops! will perform at the Pagoda Stage. Gloomy Bear creator Mori Chack will answer questions, and anime will be on display on lower Post Street. Not to miss: Black Peace Now's gothic fashion contest, Not Enough Pocky (chocolate covered sticks from heaven) eating competition, and innovative artist Ken Hamazaki performing the art of "teeth-marking." (Free, 11 a.m. -- 6 p.m.)

Flotsam's Wonder World @ 941 Geary (Sat.) 
Artist Mike Shine has a way of turning the strange into the familiar. He mixes carnivals, Nordic mythology, and surf-and-skate culture -- and by the time he's done with them, they seem like a natural fit. His subtly disturbing otherworldly characters and stark colors resemble the work of comic book artists from the 1960s and '70s such as R. Crumb and Bill Griffith. His current show, "Flotsam's Wonder World," gives him the chance to expand into 3-D and performance. Gallery owner Justin Giarla describes the opening reception as an "art opera," including films, music, a carnival tent, and more than 200 mixed-media pieces. (Free, 7 p.m.) -- Keith Bowers

Good Vibrations Indie Erotic Film Fest Kick-Off @ El Rio (Sat.) 
This one will be sexy. Check out a sexy clip show of hipster porn from Reel Queer Productions, dance to sexy live music by The Passengers, then watch the sexy burlesque stylings of the Diamond Daggers. You also can spin the Wheel of Pleasure for free erotic-themed bootie. ($7, 9 p.m.)

Comedy Day in the Park @ Sharon Meadow, Golden Gate Park (Sun.) 
One stage: 40 comedians and free laughs. The 30th Annual Comedy Day in Golden Gate Park once again includes laughtastic contributions from the cities best comedy spots. Cobb's Comedy Club, Pepperbelly's, The Punch Line, and Rooster T. Feathers all submitted their favorite comedians for the task. Among those performing this time around: local favorites Will DurstBruce Baum, Tony Sparks, and the like. (Free, 12-5 p.m.)

Indie Mart @ Thee Parkside (Sun.) 
Themed "dreamy vs. darkness," crafters haven Indie Mart returns this weekend to Thee Parkside. This time, along with dozens of DIY vendors, there will be live metal bands rocking inside, and sweet indie bands strumming outside. Live acts include Ugly Winner, Ash ReiterHot Fog, Blue Rabbit, Glitter Wizard, and a super-secret surprise guest. There also will be awesomely-named DJ Rick Moranis spinning heavy metal and classic rock. (Free, 12-6 p.m.)

The Roadworks Steamroller Prints Street Fair @ SF Center for the Book (Sun.) 
Artists will literally take their process to the street by using a three-ton steamroller to make prints. The Roadworks Steamroller Prints Street Fair will feature block prints carved from linoleum. Three featured artists will be Gary Brewer, Sarah Newton, and Rik Olson, who will work with three-foot-square pieces of linoleum. In the "Little Lino" project, people can purchase pieces of linoleum to carve and then have printed by the steamroller. Other activities at the street fair include a letterpress workshop, tours of the Austin/Burch Gallery, live music, and food vendors. (Free, 12 p.m.) -- Keith Bowers

Amoebapalooza @ Milk Bar (Sun.) 
You know those knowledgeable  music nerds who help you find your records at Amoeba Music in Upper Haight? Well they don't just know everything about other people's music; they also make their own. Once a year, the store that employs them gathers up store bands and showcases their talent at an event dubbed, simply enough, Amoebapalooza. This year's talent, in no particular order: The Sidehackers, Evelyn Taft is gone, The Krispy Kunstz, Aqua Buddah, Gabi Beck, Gordon Summer's Lonely Hearts Club Band, Von Der Berc's Cabaret, The Sally Fields, Vanishing Breed, and Demon Sweat. (Free, 8 p.m.)

Grand Lake @ The Hemlock (Sun.) 
You surely have heard of Grand Lake by now. The indie rock Oakland quartet, front by singer Caleb Nichols, seems to be all over the Web with high praise, or at least, recognition. That acknowledgment stems partially from the group's undeniable talent, and partially from its enigmatic cover songs -- both Pavement and theme song to ginger-fied '90s Nickelodeon hit "Pete and Pete." Check out Nichols and his crew play the Hemlock this Sunday with Hosannas, and Laura Stevenson and the Cans. ($7, 8 p.m.)

Killbossa @ The Make-Out Room (Sun.) 
Hailing from 1960s Brazil, the Tropicália movement left us with a colorful, bouncy, influential sound. The danceable genre is a favorite of experimental musicians; including Oakland's own Killbossa. The local band plays with Tropicália influences using copious percussion, chanting vocals, clarinet, violin and mandolin. Killboass plays the Make-Out Room this Sunday with Vanessa Verlee & Jeremy Rourke and Anna Ash. Show host Jeremy Dalmas will do a dramatic reenactment of the Oregon Trail. ($7, 8 p.m.)

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