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. 

Saturday, Oct. 24: Bollywood at the Castro, SF. The San Francisco International South Asian Film Festival — or 3rd i — features four days packed with dramas, comedies, documentaries, shorts and features from all over India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and more. But Bollywood night is a perennial favorite for a reason. This year’s includes a screening of the comedy PK, starring Aamir Khan as “an inquisitive space alien who lands on Earth and shakes up society…deftly poking fun at the foibles of earthlings — especially their warring religions.” $10 – $13; details here. 

Sunday, Oct. 25: Patchwork Show, a Modern Makers’ Festival in Jack London Square, Oakland. Dear Handmade Life is a community of artists, crafters, and builders with one thing in common: They’re hardcore about D-ing It Y. Check out jewelry, furniture, collectibles, decorative art and more from 160+ vendors; food trucks and live music don’t hurt either. Free; details here. 

Sunday, Oct. 25: Mudhoney, Jonny Manak & the Depressives, and Happy Fangs at Rock Bar, San Jose. One of Sub Pop’s most prescient early signings, Seattle’s Mudhoney helped shape what would come to be known as grunge, mixing heavy, high-distortion guitar with emotive songwriting and and a devil-may-care spirit. Some 25 years later, commercial success has always eluded the band, but their sizable following couldn’t care less. Opener Happy Fangs is one of San Francisco’s finest art-punk residents to boot. $18-$20; details here.

Are you throwing a thing that is $20 or under? Should I know about it? Email me: esilvers(at)kqed.org

Author

Emma Silvers

Emma Silvers is the music editor at KQED Arts. An East Bay native, she has previously served as music editor at SF Weekly and the San Francisco Bay Guardian, and fact-checked for Mother Jones. Follow her around the internet at @emmaruthless, if you're into that kind of thing.

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