Club Six – Aural Fixation
Ok, let’s get real, when the flyer of an event says: “droppin’ straight flame for that ass in the BASEMENT,” it has to be legit. But, when you’ve got the self proclaimed “Black Elvis” of hip-hop Kool Keith and DJ Godfather providing the music, it’s going to be one uncontrollable firestorm. This isn’t for the Ruby Skye crowd; this is for serious dirty dancers and fans of booty bass, Detroit techno, and even dubstep.
Lower Haight Art Walk
Another promising season to go ga-ga over one of the city’s most artistic communities and party on the street. If you haven’t noticed, as of late, a lot of artists have been throwing up some new murals around the area, and they are sublimely daunting and beautiful. Expect intimate gallery openings, great eats, and live music on the street, including local thrashers Young Offenders and Airfix Kits, playing literally on top of Idle Hand Tattoo shop.
Embarcadero Center – 33rd Annual St. Stupid’s Day Parade
Why haven’t I ever heard of this April Fool’s Day parade before? Just another excuse for San Franciscans to get stupid, make some noise, and blow the wigs off those crusty financial suits downtown. I scream, you scream, we all scream for anarchy!
Bottom of The Hill – Hunx and His Punks / Shannon & The Clams
“I got so many fellas, I make the ladies jealous,” whines out Seth Brogart (lead singer of Hunx) off his song “Cruising.” Brogart and his power pop band are local faves for all those that love being vicariously young while wearing studded leather, and of course, preferring bananas over peaches. Sexual innuendos aside, Brogart is just fun. He shares the stage with Shanon & the Clams. Her voice would make Roy Orbison sweat.
Gallery Hijinks – “American Mythic”
Peter Gronquist is known for conceptualizing the revolution as chic with his collection of Louis Vuitton shotguns, Burberry AK-47s, and Dolce & Gabbana Uzis. He will feature his old and recent parodies of American excess, featuring mediums like taxidermy and acquired junk via online auction.
Tenderloin – Cambodian New Years Festival
According to the Cambodian Community Development Inc., the Bay Area houses the fourth largest number of Cambodian residents in the United States. Come celebrate a fascinating culture with traditional festivities, live music, and of course, simmering BBQ.
YBCA – Fearless: Independent Chinese Docs
These are low budget, under the radar documentaries made in China. They have rarely gotten play in their communities due to their heavy political content, and we all know how the Chinese government loves to control content. These films aren’t necessarily trying to spark a revolution, but expose overlooked at truths behind catastrophic events that you would never know in the West, and even how these filmmakers see themselves within China’s modernity.
Brava Theatre – Switchboard Music Festival
If you haven’t treated your ears to the city’s experimental jazz, folk, and pop scene, this is a great event that features some very accessible musicians. Meaning, you don’t have to grind your ears and clasp your teeth, just because it’s “avant-garde.” The festival features the amazing Classical Revolution Quartet, the genre splitting guitarist, Genie, Dirty Projector-esque Birds & Batteries, and many jazz influenced composers. Prices for the tickets are pretty reasonable, too: ranging from $15 to $40.
April 5 – 6
Free Admission to these fabulous museums
April 5 = De Young / Legion of Honor / SOMA / YBCA / Conservatory of Flowers / Cartoon Art Museum
April 6 = SF Zoo / Exploratorium