Bicycle Film Fest, Swedish Metal, Dirty Prom, Armenian Food, and More

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Fixie film Empire screens at Mission Workshop tonight
Let's cut to the chase: you're in need of some good old-fashioned fun, and we know where it's at. Here's our list of 10 things to do this weekend for less than your share of the trash bill:

"200 Yards" @ Dirty Thieves (Fri.)
Sometimes it can be good to set boundaries. To prove the point, organizers of the "200 Yards" project invited photographers to shoot whatever they wanted -- the only restriction being that images had to be snapped within a 200-yard radius of a chosen location (in this case, a bar in the Mission District). At that bar, organizers present the work of 12 photographers that offer a multilayered portrait of this vibrant neighborhood. The project's judges say one winner, Carrie Brienholt, is indicative of what they were seeking: Her shots depict nooks and crannies that even residents of the surrounding blocks might miss, in addition to a number of "quintessential Mission" shots that deserved recognition. (Free, opening reception at 6 p.m.) -- Heidi De Vries

Benoît Pioulard @ Amnesia (Fri.)
Benoît Pioulard is the pseudonym of multi-instrumentalist, writer and photographer Thomas Meluch. He got his start in the 1990s, documenting field recordings on dictaphones and discarded stereos. The Portland, Oregon based artist has since moved on to personally created CDs and cassette releases for his experimental folk project. His 2010 release, Lasted, garnered a magnificent 7.9 score on Pitchforkm with the reviewer gushing "For those drawn to dark, hermetic, electro-acoustic folk, this is comfort food, and its familiarity is exactly what makes this music so compelling." Meluch comes to Amnesia courtesy of the Seaweed Sway. ($5, 7:30 p.m.)


Empire @ Mission Workshop (Fri) 
Part of the traveling Bicycle Film Festival, "Empire" is a video about people having fun riding track bikes and fixed-gears through city streets. Tonight mark's the film's San Francisco debut. Based on the preview, which features a twitchy punk song courtesy of Cro-Mags, it does look like the cyclists have a good time. Riders Chris, Dan, Dwain, John, Kai, Raf, Wilis, and Yatika takes to the streets atop shiny fixies, leaping through traffic and jumping off walls in quick succession. ($7, 8 p.m.)

Sista Sekunden @ Sub-Mission Gallery (Fri.) 
Sweden's known for luxurious landscapes, liberal politics, and awesome hardcore bands like Meshuggah and Opeth. Sista Sekunden, formed in 2005, is among those illustrious black metal acts, and the band will assault San Francisco with all of its grind-filled goodness this weekend at Sub-Mission Gallery. Sista Sekunden plays with Lecherous Gaze, Fast Asleep, and Austin's Roller. ($8, 8 p.m.)

The Bitter Honeys @ The Knockout (Fri.) 
The Bitter Honeys will make you want to do the twist. Conversely, the 1960s girl group-esque Oakland band will occasionally make you want to weep into your pillow. Bitter honey, indeed. The group -- composed of three girls and two boys -- harmonizes sweetly and plays retro tunes in the style of The Ronettes or a lady-filled Zombies. Presented by Smile, The Bitter Honeys play the Knockout with The She's, The Aerosols, and Part Time. DJ Neil Martinson will also be on hand, spinning disco-pop and glam. ($7, 10 p.m.)

Armenian Food Fair and Festival @ Calvary Armenian Congregational Church (Sat.) 
If you like gourmet cheeses and flaky pastries, this event might make your weekend. At the 29th annual Armenian food fair and festival, you can try cheese boerig fillo, swiss chard, apple strudel or baked kufta with pine nuts, among many treats for sale. Along with homemade Armenians delicacies, you can also check out traditional music or browse the event's holiday boutique. (Free, 12-9 p.m.)

"Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi" @ Japantown Peace Plaza (Sat.) 
Bollywood insta-classic "Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi" follows a shy, drab office worker who steps up his game once he meets an alluring young woman. Expect Bollywood signifiers like colorful dance scenes, cheerful music and desperate young love. The 2008 film, directed by Aditya Chopra, is the fifth highest-grossing Bollywood film of all time. The free screening takes place this weekend at the Japantown Peace Plaza. Pack a blanket and some movie-appropriate snacks. (Free, 7 p.m.)

Prom @ Milk Bar (Sat.) 
This prom is fixing to be a whole lot more fun than that crappy rented DJ and streamers affair you may have attended back in high school. Milk Bar's dirty degenerate prom features killer Wave Not Wave DJs Jacob Fury and Mario Muse spinning rock and roll along with a glittery live drag performance. You can take photos with your skanky date in the prom-themed photo studio, rally for position of prom king or queen, and receive prizes -- including a chauffeured limo. Princess dreams really can come true. ($8, 9 p.m.)

Noise Pancakes @ The Lab (Sun.) 
There's nothing better than a lazy Sunday spent munching vegan chocolate-chip pancakes and kicking back to soak in the ambient and not-so-ambient noise. This installment of the monthly Godwaffle Noise Pancakes series includes live musical experimentation by Medicine Cabinet, Conure, Mephitick Ooze, Shortwave Surfers, CMBLS, and Rape Ax. ($5-$10, 12 p.m.)

Thralls @ Hemlock (Sun.) 
Minimalistic shoegaze band Thralls was recently included on start-up label 20 Sided Records' SF locals compilation. The Thralls song on the compilation, "Waves," is a slow-moving, psychedelic jam in line with a grand tradition of fuzzed out psychedelic songs -- haunting vocals, strained and quivering guitar, backed up by consistently clashing drums. Thralls plays Hemlock Tavern with Reverse Dotty and Spiro Agnew.($6, 9 p.m.) 

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