Regardless of whether it's the old 99 versus 100 trick at work, $99 sounds like a deal for art. And it is; many artists around town charge hundreds or even thousands of dollars for a piece of their creativity. Friday night marks the opening party for the popular $99 sale at the Soap Factory, which benefits the space and the activities it hosts. As usual, it features an unusual twist: Art collectors purchasing pieces (all 5" by 7") won't know who the artist is until afterward; artists have signed their work on the back rather than the corner. Last year people waited outside for the doors to open, and this year's advance ticket sales suggest the potential for a Black Friday-like competition for items. The good news is that you'll be collecting really good art from anonymous artists instead of that lame Tickle Me Elmo doll. This should also make for fun people-watching (after you've staked your claim, of course). And it is a party, after all, so guests can brag about purchases while munching on nosh from nearby Restaurant Alma and enjoy music sets from Too Much Love's DJ Soviet Panda and Elliott Payne. Can't make it Friday? Stop by Saturday, when the remaining pieces will still be on sale. Visit www.soap99.com for tickets.
Fri., Sept. 11, 7-10 p.m.; Sat., Sept. 12, 9 a.m.-noon, 2009