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If your mama is down for whatever (or if you just want to party it up without her), it's time to have a ball this Mother's Day weekend. Clear you calendar for Not Yo' Mama's Brunch, featuring free eats for your mother, bottomless mimosas, DJs, and more. Work off your meal at the family-friendly Sunday Streets 2011: The Mission before anything goes at the queer-friendly Slippery Smackdown II: Not Your Mother's Lube Wrestling. Air out your bedtime attire at the Dirtybird Springtime Pajama Jam and get grungy with solo performances from Chris Cornell (Soundgarden) or J Mascis (Dinosaur Jr.). Heavyweight rappers Atmosphere and Raekwon make Bay Area stops this week, and the budget-friendly Big Payback 7 Year Anniversary party presents a night of some of the top local hip-hop DJs. Now make your mother proud, and go have some fun.

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Explosions in the Sky
at Fox Theater

Childish Gambino
at The Fillmore
ELECTR!C: Felix Cartal
at 330 Ritch

Nice Dream 2
at Kelly's Mission Rock
Store Opening
at Benny Gold

Donuts: Blondes
at Public Works
Tuesday, May 3, 2011
at Beretta (5:30pm)

Steve Schneider, the well-known, principal bartender of NYC hotspot Employees Only, is coming to SF! He'll guest tend at Beretta on Tuesday, May 3 from 5:30pm - 1am and at sister restaurant Delarosa on Wednesday, May 4...
at The Fillmore (8pm)

Chris Cornell is a rock icon who thrives on contradictions. An innovator who resists genre labels, he was nonetheless the chief architect of the 90s grunge movement. Frequently ranked as one of the best voices in music history, he has successfully maintained his own unique identity...
Wednesday, May 4, 2011
at The Independent (8pm)

It's all but inconceivable that J Mascis requires an introduction. In the quarter-century since he founded Dinosaur (Jr.), Mascis has created some of the era's signature songs, albums and styles. As a skier, golfer, songwriter, skateboarder, record producer and musician...
at Rickshaw Stop (8pm)

"There's almost no gray area when it comes to Vivian Girls - people either love or hate this band. For all of us who fell for their 2008 debut, there were just as many others who cried foul. Boy, did they cry. "The singing is flat!" "I heard this in the 80s when it was better!"
at 222 Club (9pm)

A party from Paris, again in San Francisco. A Cosmicotherapy session for groups, individuals, singles, married, divorced, veggies, epileptics, pets...feeling seasick, spacesick, musicsick...
Thursday, May 5, 2011
at California Academy of Sciences (8pm)

Dance the night away with the fabulous DJ Solomon, Ean Golden and others. Watch gravity-defying performances by Project Bandaloop. Catch David de Rothschild and The Plastiki in the Planetarium. Indulge in cocktails, desserts and late-night snacks crafted by local celebrity chefs at hosted bars throughout the museum...
at Madrone Art Bar (6pm - 2am)

The only original Thursday night party to throwdown for 8 consecutive hours with residents DJ Don Bustamante, DJ Apocalypto, DJ Santero, DJ Mr E and very special guest from Los Angeles...
at Mezzanine (9pm)

Corey Woods (born January 12, 1970) is an American rapper most well known as Raekwon (the Chef), one of the nine talented Wu-Tang Clan members. Raekwon joined Wu-Tang Clan...
at The Endup (10pm)

At the young age of just 20 years old, Ardalan from the Tech Dolphin crew in San Jose is quickly proving himself to be a leader in the next generation of Bay Area house music. Justin Martin quickly recognized his talent when Ardalan sent him a 10 minute demo...
at Harlot (10pm)

Enjoy a few shots of Don Julio and some funky Latin flavored beats courtesy of Miguel Migs and Mauricio Aviles, along with a special visual production by Slide and Spin to help create the mood...
Friday, May 6, 2011
at Rickshaw Stop (9pm)

2010 was a benchmark year for the young Miss Nika Roza Danilova. Under the moniker Zola Jesus, Nika released two stunning EP's stateside via Sacred Bones, Stridulum and Valusia. Abroad she combined those EP's (mostly) into her debut full length, Stridulum II...
at The Fillmore (9pm)

There has to be some credit given for this band's name alone -- co-founder John Gourley once explained it as an attempt to create a demi-mythic entity bigger than the individual members. Formed in Wasilla, AK, Portugal. The Man...
at Mezzanine (9pm)

Dirtybird presents the 2nd Annual springtime pajama jam. For those of you who aren't afraid to have fun. Everyone in pajamas is free before 11pm!
at The Independent (9pm)

Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars are a group of musicians who escaped the horrific violence of Sierra Leone's civil war, landed in a West African refugee camp and formed a band to keep their spirits up and their hopes alive...
at Public Works (10pm)

Bikes & Beats is a new collaborative that lives happily at the intersection of bicycle and dance music communities. We are proud to partner with Sunday Streets and The Wigg Party, who will both receive a portion of the event proceeds...
Saturday, May 7, 2011
at Paulding & Company (1pm)

A two-part event celebrating the wonderful Duck, featuring an hour with Jim Reichardt, food, wine, socializing, a hands-on butchering class followed by a hands-on cooking class followed by more eating!
at Greek Theatre (6pm)

In the three years since Atmosphere's dropped a full length record on the world, they've been far from stagnant, staying at the top of their game in every respect. For the better part of two years, Atmosphere toured the globe in support of their critically acclaimed...
at Rickshaw Stop (9pm)

Back in 2008, a lot of heads turned to clock Crystal Stilts' Alight Of Night, their first album after a string of here-today-gone-tomorrow singles and EPs. It wasn't exactly a surprise - Crystal Stilts felt like part of a new age dawning, of underground collectives and random, crazy groups who'd rediscovered the joys of noise-pop...
at Mezzanine (9pm)

"We've always wanted to do a lot of different styles, whether it's a commercial pop hit or an eight-minute experimental dance track," he continues. "And electronic music is where you can do it all. We're just always excited to try different things. There are club tracks, there are indie rock tracks, and there's everything that we're into..."
at SOM. (10pm)

Although celebrated in SF for close to 20 years and genuine music lovers at heart, the Triple Threat DJ Crew and Mr. E have both been wanting a club night and a venue free from playing songs that have long outstayed their welcome...
at Mighty (10pm)

The legendary Non-Stoppin', Body Rockin', Recession-busting All Night Jam celebrates 7 years! True Skool is paying back the Hip Hop community for years of dedicated support with a $5 party showcasing an All-Star DJ lineup...
Sunday, May 8, 2011
in SF (11am - 4pm)

Returning activities include the ever-popular bike programming: free bike rentals offered by Bike & Roll, Bay City Bike Rentals and Tours and Blazing Saddles, bike safety courses presented by the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition and Presidio YMCA's Y Bike Program...
at supperclub (11am - 3pm)

$25 includes food, bottomless mimosas, performances, and a hot DJ lineup including: David Harness, Chris Smith, Kevin Kind, Michael Anthony, and visuals by 3...
at Rickshaw Stop (7pm)

Get your queer lube wrestling party on -- with or without your mother. Be prepared to be amazed as teams of lubed-up lesbians and gay men duke it out in the wrestling ring. Don't miss the most fun way ever to donate to the SF AIDS Foundation...
Monday, May 9, 2011
at Regency Ballroom (8pm)

Scottish five piece Mogwai formed in 1995 and debuted a year later with the single "Tuner/Lower", released on their own Rock Action label. They've since gone on to develop their distinctive style of apocalyptic, yet deeply humanised noise across four albums...
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