On the Cheap

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THURSDAY 1

"Thinking Captions: Cartoonists Reading Their Cartoons" Cartoon Art Museum, 655 Mission, SF. (415) CAR-TOON, www.cartoonart.org. 7-9pm, $5 suggested donation. Five different indie cartoonists, from the adorable Lark Pien (the man behind this year's precious Zine Fest poster) to Susie Cagle of This is What Concerns Me talk about the inspiration behind their works — PowerPoint presentations brought to you courtesy of our friendly local Zine Fest.

SATURDAY 3

Sausalito Art Festival Marinship Park, Sausalito. www.sausalitoartfestival.org. Through Mon/5. Sat, 10am-6pm; Sun, 10am-6pm; Mon, 10am-5pm. $25 one day pass, $40 for three days. The first Sausalito Art Festival was held in 1952. Did organizers know what their baby would grow into? These days, the event hosts the wares of 275 fine artists and supplies snacks and sips to art lovers hoping to browse tough for the weekend. This year, exhibits range from textiles to the photo images produced by neuroscience medical staining techniques.

Millbrae Art and Wine Festival Broadway between Victoria and Meadow Glen, Millbrae. (650) 697-7324, www.miramarevents.com. Also Sun/4. 10am-5pm, free. Just one of those good old small-town summer fairs. Millbrae's edition features a kid's stage, a talent show, gourmet snacks to munch on while you parade past crafts and art — even a classic car show that'll feature touring cars, hot rods, low riders, and more.

Jazz Fest at the Park Lefty O'Doul Plaza, SF. www.sresproductions.com. 2-6pm, free. Get there early for the Giants versus Diamondbacks late afternoon showdown — you've got jazz to jam with. The Jazz Fest is meant to be a celebration of African American culture, and will bring craft booths and stages of live music to the picturesque promenade that runs between the Bay and the ballpark.

SF Zine Fest County Fair Building, 1199 Ninth Ave., SF. www.sfzinefest.org. Also Sun/4. 11am-6pm, free. Calling all copy machine cats — the city's biggest gathering of cut-and-pasters is upon us. You'll be able to hear talks from zinester writ large (successful Mission District collective Hamburger Eyes comes to mind), support peers in the exhibitor's hall, and meet like-minded small fries. It's a family affair, you can all talk about getting high off rubber glue and paper cut war stories.

Crafternoon at the Library Presidio Branch Library, 3150 Sacramento, SF. www.sfpl.org. 2-4pm, free. The host of New York Public Library's Crafternoon series has made the trek across the country to bring the DIY tradition over here, making this the 800th craft-oriented event that you can take part in this weekend. Maura Madden is thinking collage for today's project — bring a box in if you feel like a little decoupage.

SUNDAY 4

Doin' it in the Park Marx Meadows, Golden Gate Park, SF; Noon-6pm, free. Mighty, 119 Utah, SF; 10pm-2am, $10. Facebook: Doin' it in the Park and Doin' it After Dark. Spend your Labor Day with your San Francisco family — with real good, real free hip-hop during the day to boot. Check out a line-up with J. Boogie, DJ Apollo, and 15 other artists in Golden Gate Park from the comfort of your picnic blanket and lawn chair. Afterwards, grab a shower so you're fresh for the nighttime portion of the event — multi-genre beats at Mighty that'll make you nice and tired for your Monday off the next day.

MONDAY 5

"Freddie (Mercury) for a Day" The Mint Karaoke Lounge, 1942 Market, SF. (415) 626-4726, www.themint.net. 4-9pm, free. Things any self-respecting Mercury fan knows: he was born on the island of Zanzibar, he recorded songs with Michael Jackson, and he passed away due to pneumonia resulting from AIDS. In 1992 the remaining members of Queen set up an AIDS charity in the name of Freddie Mercury, their dearly departed singer. Today would have marked Mercury's 65th, so the Mint is holding this party-fundraiser for Phoenix Trust, his posthumous foundation. Dressing up like Mercury is encouraged, and free moustaches will be provided to help you along the way.

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