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In recent days, the city has been abuzz with black and orange fever—Giants, Halloween, etc. This weekend, instead of sugary sweets and sports-based revelry, how about an art cleanse? Like North Beach’s First Friday and ArtSpan’s Open Studios, here are five more weekend art happenings to get you back to a more creative mindset.

Bad Dads: An Art Show Tribute to the Films of Wes Anderson
Because we can’t get enough of Bill Murray and slouchy red beanies. Director Wes Anderson’s portrayal of first love fantasy in Moonrise Kingdom seemed to make his deadpan quipping characters and eccentric dream worlds a commercial hit. For the Steve Zissou and Tenenbaum enthusiast, Bad Dads serves this: Anderson mainstays re-envisioned in over 100 paintings, drawings and sculptures.
Bad Dads: An Art Show Tribute to the Films of Wes Anderson through Nov. 24 @ SpokeArt

Return to SFAI Party & Winter Art Festival
Part of a two-day celebration, Saturday’s Return to SFAI Party features specialty cocktails from The Bon Vivants (of the pop-up bar Rio Grande), hors d’oeuvres by Bay Area chefs including Chester Watson of Trick Dog, and a performance by Karen Finley. On Sunday, the Russian Hill campus transforms to a colorful art bazaar featuring over 200 works for sale, including paintings, prints, fiber art and mixed media works.
Return to SFAI Party, Nov. 3, 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. and the SFAI Winter Art Festival, Nov. 4, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. @ The San Francisco Art Institute

Papergirl San Francisco 2012 Gallery Opening
Now is your chance to catch the works of over 100 artists who have contributed to the Papergirl SF project. The opening reception will feature Beer Citizen brews, sweet treats by Audrey Leigh and a new mural by international artist, Taylor White. Can’t make it? Head to Rickshaw Bagworks on November 11 to help roll over 1,000 art works into backpacks and panniers before distributing them around the city at randon via bicycle delivery.
Papergirl San Francisco 2012 Gallery Opening, Nov. 2, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. @ Incline Gallery

Calling on the Spirits to Face the Future: Día de los Muertos
In honor of the Mexican celebration of the spirits of the dead, the SOMArts Cultural Center has curated an exhibition featuring 80 participating artists. Marigolds, calaveras and beautiful traditional altars and multi-dimensional art installations abound.
Calling on the Spirits to Face the Future: Día de los Muertos 2012, through Nov. 10 @ SOMArts Cultural Center

10.-22.-38 Astoria #2
Xerography (photocopying) is not just for the nine-to-five office junky concerned with listlessly printing out “TPS Reports.” Apparently, it’s an art thing too. The Mission gallery has transformed into a “pop-up copy shack” complete with ready-to-copy works by 40 Bay Area artists. Choose a drawing, pay one dollar and voilà, instant art to take home. Original prints can be yours for five dollars. The catch? Replace it with one of your own.
10.-22.-38 Astoria #2 through Nov. 17 @ The Lab

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