Grand Tree Lighting, Teenage Dance Craze, Sassy!!!, deYoung Finale, and More

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Dead Western plays Kitsch Gallery's Evening with Friends this Friday

Stuffed, satiated and sleepy: Now that the first of many major holidays meals is over, it's time to whip yourself back into shape with some active moshing or thunderous booty shaking. Here's our list of 10 things to do this weekend that won't break the bank, but just might help fracture the fatigue:

Free Friday Nights Season Finale @ de Young (Fri.)
Enjoy Post-Impressionist era stringed instruments? Prefer opera, live theater, or magic shows? Yes, the Free Friday Nights at the deYoung season finale will have a little bit for everybody. City Opera SF will present "Soirée" with Sopranos Jennifer Muhawi and Sibel Demirmen, which includes classics such as "La Vie en Rose" and "Habañera" from Carmen. Across the museum, Paul Nathan and John Anaya will put on a musical, magical theater performance backed by a full band. (Free, 5-8:45 p.m.)

Macy's Great Tree Lighting @ Union Square (Fri.)
Relive warm, fuzzy childhood memories of sparkling little holiday lights by watching the great tree lighting ceremony in Union Square this weekend. This year the tree is an 80-foot Shasta White Fir from the Carlton Tree Farm in Mount Shasta. The mighty tree will be decorated with lights and 1,500 red and gold ornaments. There will also be appearances by both Santa Claus (yep, the real one) and American Idol winner Katharine McPhee, who will perform select songs from her new CD, Christmas Time Is The Time to Say I Love You. Plus, there's free hot chocolate before the ceremony. (Free, 6 p.m.)


Dead Western @ Kitsch Gallery (Fri.) 
The day after Thanksgiving can be brutal for anyone, Kitsch Gallery has the perfect event to soothe your bedraggled soul, the pleasantly named "Evening with Friends: A Post-Thanksgiving Gathering." The gallery also will provide warm treats, drinks, and a comfortable place to rest your legs. Highlights include live music by Dead Western, Janina Angel Bath, Featherbeard, and a secret guest. Dead Western is mostly vocalist-multinstrumentalist Troy Mighty, along with some backing percussion and violin help. Mighty plays a hiding-in the-forest-taking-acid psychedelic folk sound with what might be the deepest baritone throat vocals you've ever heard. ($5-$10, 7 p.m.)

Vertigo @ Great American Music Hall (Fri.) 
Great American Music Hall is a classic restored venue, normally reserved for live music and touring bands. This Friday, the space will host a free movie screening, and what movie is better suited than a classic, beautiful -- and disturbing as hell -- Hitchcock movie. The 1953 film Vertigo has memorable scenes of a trademark icy blonde (Kim Novak) and the dizzying heights of San Francisco architecture and landscape. Keep an eye out for shots of the Golden Gate Bride, Coit Tower, and the Palace of Fine Arts. An added bonus: every attendee gets a raffle ticket for a chance to win pair of tickets good for any show at Great American Music Hall. (Free, 7 p.m.)

Ferris Bueller's Day Off @ Park Chalet (Fri.) 
It's clearly far too chilly for an outdoor film screening, so Park Chalet smartly moves its free 1980s film screening series indoors for the winter months. This time around, the movie in question is penultimate Mathew Broderick star-maker Ferris Bueller's Day Off. Appetizer and drink specials will be offered along with the screening. (Free, 9 p.m.)

Teenage Dance Craze @ Knockout (Fri.) 
Get in line with that hip (faux-) teenage dance craze this Friday at the Knock-Out. The consistently sweaty dance night includes surf, garage, and twist invasion spun by DJs Sergio Iglesias, Russell Quan, and DX the Funky Granpaw. Girls in bikinis get in free, so expect to see some fine ladies. ($4, 10 p.m.)

Chris von Sneidern @ Make-Out Room (Sat.) 
Around here, no one asks the title question of a recent documentary: "Why Isn't Chris von Sneidern Famous?" The person interviewed in Kathleen McNamara's film implies that not enough people "know," which may be true. But around here, he is famous. Or better, the veteran songwriter is just really fucking good, a dependable sound engineer, and a person who goes around encouraging other people to make music. The subject of all this speculation, his music, is heartfelt hard-edged pop with a 1960s feel, of a piece with CVS' contemporary, Kelley Stoltz, and other local Kinks-influenced, girl-group-loving musicians. Why isn't he? Maybe he doesn't want to be. ($7, 7:30 p.m.) -- Hiya Swanhuyser

Sassy!!! @ Hemlock Tavern (Sat.) 
We fell for Sassy!!! when the two-woman band opened for the Slits nearly a year ago. Drummer Kitty Largewood (Christa DiBiase) and guitar player Trixie Delicious (Lynda Mandolyn) jumped onstage to sing volunteer backup vocals when Slits leader Ari Up asked if anyone in the room could do so, thus earning themselves permanent goddess status. Sadly, Up passed away recently; we're pretty sure the women of Sassy!!! won't ever forget her. Instead, they're likely to keep her in mind as they pound out short, muscular songs full of pop harmonies, punk beats, and severely catchy lyrics like "When you kissed me I wanted more -- then I fell face down on the floor." ($6, 9 p.m.) -- Hiya Swanhuyser

San Francisco International Auto Show @ Moscone Center (Sun.) 
This Sunday tops the weeklong gear head event that draws thousands to the Moscone convention center. It's the 53rd annual SF International Auto Show, and it features exotic sports cars, hot rods, and classic cars for your viewing pleasure. There also will be an interactive 3D racing game, electric car exhibitions, and tricked out rides -- hey, what ever happened to "Pimp My Ride?" ($9, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.)

King Louie's Missing Monuments @ Thee Parkside (Sun.) 
New Orleans-based King Louie's Missing Monuments claims to play "bubble gum that makes your gums bleed!" The quintet, led by King Louie, does have a no-regrets upbeat power-pop style that makes it hard not to smile; especially with songs like "Dance All Night," in which the protagonist works to convince a girl to stay out and stay with him for a night of sexual exploits and fun. It's like something out of a 1980s teen angst movie. The band plays with Shannon and the Clams, The Outdoorsmen, Elvis Christ and Nectarine Pie. ($6, 8 p.m.) 

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