Dearest denizens of the most expensive metropolitan area in the U.S: How's your week going? Did you splurge a little over the weekend at Treasure Island Music Fest? Looking forward to making up for it over the next 7 to 10 days by simply not leaving your house, living on oatmeal you've scrounged from the back of your kitchen cabinets? No fun for you.
Well, stop right there. Here's this week's Cheap Date, full of shows, exhibits, and parties, all of which take place outside your house but will not leave you destitute. (You're welcome.)
Thursday, Oct. 22: Nobunny at the New Parish, Oakland. He's weird, he's vulgar, he's wearing a bunny mask...and not much else. If you see a guy who fits this description ambling the streets of Oakland, never fear -- you're just encountering a Bay Area punk legend. Not for the faint of heart, a sweaty, guitar hook-filled Nobunny show is one of those you-have-to-see-it-to-understand-it kinda things I'd recommend doing at least once. Well worth the $13 - $16; details here.
Opening Friday, Oct. 23: Reigning Queens: The Lost Photos of Roz Joseph at the GLBT History Museum, SF. Get all dolled up and relive the wild and crazy drag balls of 1970s San Francisco through this exhibit featuring photos by a noted photographer, whose drag queen series was discovered after she donated her work to the GLBT Historical Society. This opening party will feature mingling, fabulous costumes, and a disco DJ set, of course. $3 - $5; details here.
Saturday, Oct. 24: JanSport's Bonfire Sessions with Cathedrals, The She's, and Heartwatch at the SOMA StrEAT Food Park, SF. Catch three of San Francisco's buzziest bands -- all badass lady-fronted, now that I'm thinking about it -- for free, all under the stars (and, um, the 101 overpass) with food and beer options galore. Cathedrals bring a soulful electro vibe; The She's a more beachy, garage doo-wop ethos; and Heartwatch pure indie rock spunk. Free with RSVP; details here.