On the Cheap
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SPACEcraft's birthday bash CELLspace, 2050 Bryant, SF; www.cellspace.org. 7-11pm, free. This one-night-only event featuring visual art, music, and performances from emerging artists has been going strong every first Thursday at CELLspace for two years now. It is once again time for the yearly celebration of this local art collective with a show featuring the works of Grace Cooper (you may also know her from the Sandwitches), Kool Kid Kreyola (yeah, that Kid Kreyola), and 25 others – not to mention musical performances from Panic is Perfect, Late Space Empire, and more.
Renegade Craft Fair Fort Mason Center Festival Pavilion, Marina and Buchanan, SF.; www.renegadecraft.com. Sat/9 and Sun/10, 11am-7pm, free. Been jonesing for some post-Maker Faire handmade whatchamacallits? Get your D.I.Y. fix at this two-day smorgasbord of handmade goods – everything from jewelry, clothing, ceramics, stationary, and housewares to comics, art, and more. Looking for something specific? Plushy pomegranate-shaped salt and pepper shakers? If it's handmade, it's fair game and chances are you will find whatever you are looking for here – if not the inspiration to make it yourself.
Bay Area Now 6 Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 701 Mission, SF.; (415) 978-ARTS, www.ybca.org. Noon, free. This is the YBCA's triennial nod to outstanding artistic talents who are inspired by the Bay Area – whether it be African American identity in Oakland as expressed in the afro-futurist canvasses of David Huffman or the re-birth of heavy metal, articulated in the quilting of Ben Venom. However varied the media and styles, the works are all connected by a common thread that resonates Golden Gate.
"Sees Girls" opening reception Mission Comics and Art, 3520 20th St., SF; (415) 695-1545, www.jenwang.net, www.missioncomicsandart.com. 7pm, free. Jen Wang – San Francisco native now living in L.A. – can add artist, illustrator, cartoonist, paper doll designer, and now graphic novelist to her curriculum vitae. Having contributed artwork to various art anthologies and McSweeny's publications in the past, Wang has recently published her very own graphic novel, Koko Be Good, a colorful tale of a happy 20-something drifter living in San Francisco about to embark on some big life changes. Be sure to check out her homecoming exhibition, mostly of recent paintings, illustrations, and (hopefully) fan-art (fingers crossed – we hear she's a big Game of Thrones enthusiast).
A Rocky Horror roller disco Big Gay Warehouse, SF; www.biggaywarehouse.com, Facebook: Rocky Horror Roller Disco. 7pm, sliding scale donation. Dust off your roller skates, this will be the last event ever at the Big Gay Warehouse – for real this time, (sadly) we swear. Be sure to bring some cash because they need help with their moving costs. It will surely be worth every penny with the night they have planned – lot's of bands, a showing of Rocky Horror Picture Show ("I'm just a sweet transvestite, from Transsexual, Transylvania") and a roller disco with DJs spinning everything from – surprise! – disco to house and hardcore. Be sure to check Facebook – the exact address will be disclosed the day of for the newbies.
The Stranger Dinners Various locations, SF; www.strangerdinner.org. Time TBD, $5-10 suggested donation. Tonight (and usually about once or twice a month), groups of six strangers will come together to create a collaborative meal without any expectations or commitment attached. Did you say the guy across from you chews with his mouth full? Gross! You won't ever have to see him again. But more than likely, you will make a new friend or two, snag a couple of recipes or learn a new joke, because you're an amazing, outgoing, and adventurous person, right? Bring your favorite dish to share (social lubricants provided) and get ready for a serendipitous adventure! Don't forget to register online to participate and receive the deets, like time and location.
Sunday Streets: Great Highway! Great Highway, SF; www.sundaystreetssf.com. 11am-4pm, free. The fifth "Streets" of the season returns to the Great Highway. It will begin at the SF Zoo and follow Route 1 to Golden Gate Park and continue down JFK Drive to Stanyan. Bring your roller skates, unicycle, skateboard, or just a plain pair of walking shoes and enjoy the activities and vendors that line the nearly six miles of car-free roads.