Off the Grid Finale, TurbonegrA, Indie Capoeira, Dub Mission, and More

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Bad Religion's Gregg Graffin reads at Booksmith this Friday

There's less than a week left to master your perfect Turkey Day dish, or mentally prepare yourself for a shared meal with the family. Instead of worrying about the impending chaos, celebrate the calm before the storm with a weekend full of fun, cheap events in San Francisco:

Off The Grid Season Finale @ Fort Mason (Fri.)
We've resisted adding Off the Grid to this list, because for one we don't want to show favoritism to street food. Also, it happens every week. This Friday night, however, is a super-special installment of the Off the Grid. It's the Fort Mason location's season finale. So before the trucks shutter and the tables fold up due to fierce winter winds, you can head to Fort Mason and try street food from 26 different vendors one last time. Plus, there will be live music from excellent local bands: Soft White SixtiesThe Ferocious Few, Top Cat, and jazz guitarist Terrance Brewer. Don't bring booze, do bring gloves. (Free, 5-10 p.m.)

Greg Graffin @ Booksmith (Fri.)
Here's a bit of rock and roll trivia: Bad Religion's Greg Graffin is both a punk icon and a professor of Life Sciences and Evolution at UCLA. If you weren't already aware of this, don't fret, he lays out the connection between the two in his new book "Anarchy Evolution." And he'll be giving the crowd at Booksmith in Upper Haight a lesson in punk rock evolution this weekend at his book reading and signing. Show up to get a free lecture from the esteemed Professor Graffin. (Free, 6 p.m.)


"Kangen: Reunited with Nature" @ Fivepoints Arthouse (Fri.)
Aoi Yamaguchi is a performance calligrapher. Wielding a big brush, she turns music up loud, a crowd gathers, and she writes on someone's shirt. Or the floor. Or the wall. To the beat. Tonight, as part of "Kangen: Reunited with Nature," Yamaguchi's soulful take on traditional Japanese art is echoed by her performance compatriots, New York dancer Mika Yanagihara and Swedish textile artist Hiroko Tsuchimoto. Each one, at this opening reception, uses live art to express a vision of "rebirth to death." (Free-$5, 7 p.m.) -- Hiya Swanhuyser

Kites & Crows @ Velo Rouge Café (Fri.)
Bay Areans have plenty of live music to choose from tonight. Big hipster warehouse rock show, alt-country titans in a palace, gay spaz-punk genius at the art gallery. But maybe you don't feel like doing any of those things. Say you're more in the mood for warm and relaxed. Ashland, Ore.'s Kites & Crows is the kind of band its entire hometown turns out to see. Ashland is a town of extremely wealthy old people, dreadlocked hotties, mountain men, and manic Shakespeare-festival workers, and they all love the sweet, philosophical folk songs of Kites & Crows. Banjo, acoustic guitar, and cello underscore singer and songwriter Mysha Caruso's appealing, honest voice and the sugary harmonies provided by Jesse Baldwin and Nancy Martin. (Free, 7 p.m.) -- Hiya Swanhuyser

The Love Dimension @ Hemlock Tavern (Fri.)
The Love Dimension is a big, folky family affair-type rock act. With six members and countless contributors, the group has a strong sound -- lots of voices and dueling instruments full of vigor. Its songs are varied; sometimes they recall 1960s-era country rock giants, other times, bluesy folk. Its album art is pretty retro as well, with funky paintings of colorful, long-haired beauties with butterflies on one side, horns and blood on the other. Love Dimension plays Hemlock Tavern with the Parties, Trevor Childs, and the Beholders ($7, 9:30 p.m.)

Indie Session @ Guerrero Gallery (Sat.)
If you're in the mood for fashion, art and capoeira, Indie Session is the event for you this weekend. That's correct, we said capoeria. Hosted by Capoeira Maculelê, Indie Session includes an indie market with more than 20 vendors, Brazilian martial arts, nosh and libations. Vendors include Ideum Apparel tees and hoodies, GoldenGrey vintage clothes, Olio handmade cards and Taxidermy Couture - upcyled jewelry and art featuring animal skulls and fur. ($5, 4-8 p.m.)

TurbonegrA @ Thee Parkside (Sat.)
It's true what they say; imitation is indeed the highest form of flattery. How to make a killer band such as Norwegian punk act Turbonegro even more legendary? Start an entirely female tribute act: Turbonegra. What's more, they're bonafide babes who totally shred. TurbonegrA plays Thee Parkside with Ancient Mariner, Five Magics, and Rock School Band. ($8, 9 p.m.)

Fauxgirls @ Kimo's (Sat.)
Citizens from "red" states say they're against San Francisco values, but we've seen them wriggling with adoration at Fauxgirls! -- and Fauxgirls! is not a delicate show. It's wonderful and funny and the gowns are very pretty, but the performers aren't playing. The visitors in question, a whole family of them in their baseball hats, proudly and repeatedly asserting they were from Kentucky or something, learned at the same time we did that "hooker" is a term of endearment. And they loved it. Victoria Secret, an accomplished drag personage, leads a cast of sparkling female impersonators in a show involving synching, singing, audience participation, generous tipping, and getting called "hooker."(Free, 10 p.m.) - Hiya Swanhuyser

Andre Thierry and Zydeco Magic @ The Knockout (Sun.)
Though he was raised in Richmond, Andre Thierry's French Creole heritage is rooted in Louisiana. Both sides of his family were subsumed in Louisiana music culture before his parents moved West and he happily continued the family tradition. With his band, Zydeco, Theirry brings a wild Creole boogie dance party to the Knockout this Sunday. Dancing is highly encouraged. ($7, 7 p.m.)

Dub Mission @ Elbo Room (Sun.)
Check out a Dub Mission at Elbo Room this weekend for a healthy serving of dub, dubstep, roots, and dancehall. The night features DJ Sep, Ludichris, Dub Snakkr, Bongo and Iggy Mon. Sunday seems like as good a night as any to shake your sweet tush in public. What more fun to dance to than dancehall music? ($6, 9 p.m.)

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