Happy New Week

It's that weird long road trip stretch between holidays. You can be focused on your destination and speed through the time, or make the most of it with the sparse odd road side attractions. Here are some diversions for the week, if you ain't be out of town still. And when you do come back, watch out for tigers. Really. Wednesday, December 26th:
  • POH
  • French Miami, Raccoons, Cubik & Origami $6 Hemlock Tavern 9.30pm. Friends of friend's band. Decide for yourself
  • Still time to go to Jovino at Union/Fillmore and give a winter coat to get 5 free coffee drinks. And not just any regular cup of joe: green tea lattes, hot chocolates, and white chocolate mochas can be your rewards til Dec 31
Thursday, December 27th:
  • Nanny time! Excellent!
  • The Onion's Society for Beer Enjoyment at Rickshaw 7-9pm free beer til the punctual people drink it all. To RSVP, e-mail sfpromo@theonion.com with "RICKSHAW" in the subject field. I think they're getting serious about the RSVP thing, so get on it. They are showing videos from The Onion News Network, so you won't even have to drink to have fun. Imagine that!
  • The Finches show at Hemlock could be aight 9.30pm $7
Friday, December 28th:
  • Rademacher's CD release party 8.30pm $8 Rickshaw
  • Hemlock strikes again with The Guilty Hearts and Les Hormones 9.30pm $6. Cut your bangs and wear black
  • [CANCELLED] No more Thao, but the other bands Oliver Future and Boy in the Bubble seem good. ---Just found out about Thao Nguyen's show at Hotel Utah Saloon 9pm $6. Too many concerts from which to decide!
Saturday, December 29th:
  • Really Really Free Market 1-5pm at Art SF (110 Capp 5th floor at 16th/Mission). Jeremy Dalmas is doing his hilarious interactive show at 3pm
  • Stussy SF in Upper Haight is having an art opening 7-10pm
Sunday, December 30th:
  • Red Hill Books in Bernal has their habitual Sunday wine snack 3-5pm event PLUS some crazy talented sax player doing cool stuff
Monday, December 31st: NYE gets a blurb. I'm not gonna list expensive events, but that doesn't mean some of them might not suck. Invite me to cool house parties you know about, and I'll do the same. Here are some public events:
  • Free midnight cava at Thirsty Bear. Is this true, Elaine?
  • Elbo Room has a 60's Soul Dance Party starting at 10pm and is charging $15-20 (so they can afford a W)
  • Mojo Bicycle Cafe party. Open all day, accelerating into party mode around 7pm? Paella and booze. No cover charge, but not sure what all is free (besides biker eye candy)

Ho Ho Ho

A great thing this week is Whore Magazine's film night. See below for details, and check all week for updates. And throw a party so I have something to put on here. And while I have some space, check out this Alternet article and tell me what you think. And donate a winter coat at Jovino and get lots of caffeine in return. Some decent stuff on MyOpenBar for Thursday and Friday. Monday, December 17th:
  • POH Evening Shift
  • From 6-8pm each Monday, Thrift Town at 17th and Mission has 30% off everything, inexplicably celebrating football
  • Belle du Jour at ATA 992 Valencia @ 21st. Snacks and skin at 6.30, film at 7.30pm $5-20 donation benefits St. James Infirmary. Thanks Cinewhore!
  • Bluegrass at Amnesia fo' free 8.30pm
Tuesday, December 18th:
  • POH's Hand to Hand luncheon. Setting up, serving alcohol to donors at lunch to loosen their wallets
  • Sketch Tuesdays at 111 Minna Gallery 6/6.30-9pm
Wednesday, December 19th:
  • POH Midday shift
  • Chevy's "Mexican" Restaurant at 590 Van Ness is serving "free apps and drinks" 5-7 pm to sellebrate their "fresh new look." To RSVP, call (800)735-3501, press option 1 then ext. 2454#. What?
  • Compost canvassing with SF Environment. I get to knock on doors, tell people to compost, and wear a vest. And probably in the rain! Yea for efforts to be a zero waste city
  • If you'd be in the overlapping space in a Venn diagram of a SOMA loving circle, a sports bar fan circle, and a free beer aficionado circle, you are one lucky duck today because the Onion Society for Beer Enjoyment is meeting at Overtime Sports Bar at 398 Seventh St 6-8pm
  • "Film Fragments of San Francisco" at CounterPulse 7.30pm for free
Thursday, December 20th:
  • Alice Waters speaks at Red Hill Books in Bernal Heights 7.30pm. Maybe she will bring some local wild boar prosciutto and melon amuse bouche whilst she speaks about her books, sustainable plans with Slow Food, and Edible School Yard projects
  • DJ Mike Relm and Sugar & Gold perform at 330 Ritch 10pm $10-13. Wear your glittery dancing shoes
  • California Academy of Sciences has their last "Drink with penguins" night 6.30pm $5
  • Concerts at Bottom of the Hill and Rickshaw Stop look/sound pretty good.
Friday, December 21st:
  • You are throwing me a surprise party? With vegan chili cheese dogs and mudslides? You're the best!
  • Holiday and design party at Secesion 5-7 or 9pm. Store is across from Safeway down on Mission
  • Conspiracy of Venus, Conspiracy of Beards, and Wyman and his Spirit Children are playing at Noe Valley Ministry 1021 Sanchez 6.30pm $6-10. I'd go for the first choir, but honestly probably not for the band or solstice celebration. I'm not that new age-y.
Saturday, December 22nd:
  • Alemany Farm workday 12-5pm
  • Mission Greenbelt soundscape tour 1pm Dolores and 19th. Walking and sound tour with artists Jeremy Dalmas and Amber Hasselbring. I witnessed Jeremy's awesome interactive show last week and I expect some antics on this tour also
  • Pandora's Trunk is having another party with music, drink, and design 5-7pm
  • Unsilent Night at Dolores Park. Website says cassette distribution is at 7pm, event at 8pm. Bring your Yo Gabba Gabba boomboxes!
  • Push to Talk and Mother Hips shows might be good
Sunday, December 23rd:
  • Another surprise party? With caponata and Arizmendi garlic sourdough and berry pie? Thanks!
  • POH Midday shift
Monday, December 24th:
  • Chaos Christmas Carol with Chicken John and friends 8pm $8 at 12 Galaxies. For all us orphans/people too cheap-lazy to go home. Bring a wacky ecologically-wrapped white elephant gift and join in the madness
Tuesday, December 25th:
  • Go to Glide Memorial church starting at 9am to volunteer, eat, sing, sway with the Lord's love (any combination of those). Watch out for the gift of tongues! Glossolalia scares some
  • Free family day at the Contemporary Jewish Museum 11-3pm. Crafts and snacks! They really know how to celebrate Christmas!

Choo! Choo!

I am now officially retired and a full time volunteer/merry maker. This doesn't mean I'm any less busy; au contraire, my Golden Years are saturated with events and doings. I'm telling you, volunteering is the way to go: it keeps me from having to buy cat food and eat Early Bird Specials of pot roast at local diners. (Early Bird by Rodney Putnam is a great book and should inspire all of you to follow in his/my footsteps). I get food, new skills, face time with connected people, and resume builders. Hop on board the selfish altruism train everyone! Monday, December 10th:
  • POH evening shift
  • To benefit SF School Volunteers, Books Inc. at Opera Plaza is sellebrating with free refreshments. Me want cookies.
  • Want to feel like a noble, resourceful, humble, warmhearted Midwesterner instead of a black souled city slicker? Insert a little bluegrass into your night: Eileen Jewel $10 Rickshaw Stop OR Barefoot Nellies at Amnesia for free.
Tuesday, December 11th:
  • SF Environment Toxic Toy Testing. I don't think HazMat suits are involved, but waving a magic-lead-detecting-wand-thingy over Mattel products is! Hopefully the food they are giving me won't be touching the testing subjects.
  • Those quirky writers (Lemony Snicket and Lisa Brown) of The Latke Who Couldn't Stop Screaming do up a real good reading at The Booksmith 1644 Haight 6pm.
  • Benefit for cyclone victims in Bangladash $10 at Royale. DJs, dancing, auction, etc. And it's called the Red Crescent instead of the Red Cross there, which I dig.
Wednesday, December 12th:
  • POH!
  • Reading, signing, and staining of The Onion's Our Dumb World at Rockit Room 7-9pm. Drink specials + maybe free beer.
Thursday, December 13th:
  • POH
  • Absinthe is Legal Party! at Elixir 9pm. The Green Fairy may be legal, but black market organ selling still isn't, so remember that when you are shopping for a new liver.
  • Benefit for "In Search of Good Food" film at El Rio 5-9pm $5-infinity donation. Also local unique choir and bands.
  • Porcelynne Design Co-op is having a trunk show 6-9pm. Last time they disappointed with no snacks, so fingers crossed for tonight 14th and Guerrero.
  • Opening reception for "Rubicon Sun" graffiti show at Fifty24SF 7pm 252 Fillmore
  • SFBC Office work
  • Office the band at 330 Ritch 9pm $10. Chicago pop: it may be work the trek back up from the Mission.
  • Ex-boyfriends show at Bottom of the Hill could be major or mediocre $8
  • "Hey, What's Up?" opening reception at Photo Epicenter 5-9pm. This is a locally famous dude and all the cool folks will be out in full force.
Friday, December 14th:
  • Volunteering with OneBrick to lead people around a LEED house
  • Indie Wrap-Up Trunk show at Craft Gym 6-9pm. Drinky-drinks, artsy-arts, snacky-snacks, and cutesy cutes.
  • Show/play at ATA at 21st and Valencia seems...interesting. Free 8pm.
  • Friends' friend Ryan's art show at new Fort Gallery 83B Wiese St 6-9pm.
  • Secession Art & Design is a new gallery/co-op across from the Mission Safeway. The people are uber-nice and throw parties 5-9pm with nibbles and sips today and next Friday.
  • Big Umbrella Gallery at McAllisterrrr and Divis is switching out the art with an extravaganza of projection and lights, plus some drunk hipsters 7.30-?
Saturday, December 15th:
  • Alemany Farm Workday
  • BazaarBizarre at Hall of Flowers (Botanical Gardens) 11-6pm $1 and the first 300 folks get goody bags! Full of surprises and goods! Plus you can go stuff your face at delicious delicious delicious Arizmendi Bakery a block away. So delicious.
  • 3 parties. Ridiculous.
Sunday, December 16th:
  • Thread fashion extravaganza 11-6pm $7-10.
  • Guerrilla Fashionista 11-4pm at Foreign Cinema. Many merchants from BazaarBizarre will be there. This event did not advertise effectively.
  • Botticellis at Hotel Utah Saloon $6.
  • Many friends love The Blue Scholars $12 Cafe du Nord.

Hot Kakitane Arare!

That is the name of my new favorite spicy rice cracker snack and my new exclamation for expressing astonishment. One could say: "Hot Kakitane Arare! Why are the posts so detail-less for this week so far?" The response would be: "Computer access has been wonky, but will be better soon. Kisses! Don't change!" This posting will change as I have more info. Tuesday, December 4th:
  • Naked Raygun and Swinging Utters at the Elbo Room. Good luck getting in, as tickets are elusive/sold out. Bring your aggression and black wardrobe and American Spirits.
  • Urban Alliance for Sustainability events team potluck 7-8.30 at New College. Planning meeting for upcoming events, or possibly to figure out rideshare to Burning Man.
Wednesday December 5th:
  • The Thermals at Slim's.
  • Vampire Weekend at the Independent. I haven't listened to this band, but the openers Still Flyin' are pretty fantastic.
  • Holiday party at Studio 3579 at 17th and Dolores. Drinks, food, fashion 6-9pm.
  • RAN, Forest Ethics, and other do-gooders are throwing a party 6-9 at Bruno's in the Mission. This is supposed to be a private party open to the public at 9pm, but hug a tree and you'll be good to go.
  • SFBC Volunteer Appreciation Party 5pm-?. Can I fit all the free drinks and food from this night into my body?
  • Penny Arcade showcase at Make-Out Room. This is a monthly semi-acoustic event. $6 gets you good local music. Usually.
Thursday December 6th:
  • Jonathon Richman at Great American Music Hall. This dude is hilarious and talented. His tunes will be in your head for eons.
  • Surprise Me Mr. Davis show at the Independent. I don't know much about them except some very strong recommendations from friends of friends.
  • ReadyMade Magazine's Winter Ball and DIY Gift Fair 6.30-11pm Verdi Club, 2424 Mariposa in Portrero Hill.
  • First Thursdays art openings. Check out the Fecal Face link to the right. Or just wander around downtown with a wine glass and napkin.
  • ArtSpan stuff at 111 Minna. $75 from 5-7pm, then a general reception from 7-8.30pm
Friday, December 7th:
  • I suggest finding someone's office holiday party to crash. Wear a cocktail dress and you'll be welcomed.
  • Lower Haight Xmas crawl 8-11pm. Like Christmas carol-ing, but maybe without the carols.
  • A special holiday Teenage Craze Dance Party at the Knockout. These things are unbelievably fun.
  • Art Murmur in Oakland, if you decide you need a little BART in your life. That transit system should be open later than midnight.
  • Hayes Valley Holiday Block Party. Wander around the trendy shops and wonder about the prices. Going says the party starts at 6pm, and Yelp says noon. Whom to believe?
  • Creativity Explored's Holiday Art Sale: a sale of artwork in various media by more than 100 artists with developmental disabilities at 3245 16th Street 6-9pm, plus Sat/Sun 11-6pm through Dec 29th.
  • The Society of Saints and Sinners re-launch party 8.30pm with food and drink at O'Reilly's Holy Grail 1233 Polk. This could be amazing or sketchy.
  • World Savvy's global youth media and arts festival 6-9pm at Zeum.
  • Curiosity Shoppe opening of "The Small Stakes: A Year in Posters" 6-9pm. 855 Valencia.
Saturday, December 8th:
  • Your heart might explode at the Rocket Dog Rescue 1st Annual Very Puppy Christmas 12-4pm at Java Beach Cafe. They have a puppy kissing booth. Seriously.
  • 2nd Annual Super Market Street Sweep. Prove your superiority at biking and clipping coupons 12pm.
  • KPFA Craftshow at Concourse Center. Go and get cool gifts whilst supporting local radio. Everyone wins! Plus you can get volunteer and get hooked up.
  • Giant Robot is sellebrating the anniversary of the Ugly Doll with the creator and a costume contest. Some of you won't have to dress up. 6pm in the Upper Haight.
  • "Something Visionary" art show opening at Culture Skate 214 Valencia across from Zeitgeist. Think trucks and bombing hills plus local painters 6-10pm
  • Anyone up for a Devo tribute band? $10 at 12 Galaxies. Their name is Mongoloid-a-polooza. For realz.
  • Hanukkah vs Christmas holiday party with beer tasting at City Beer Store 4pm.
  • Pandora's Trunk opening party at 544 Haight 6-10pm. This is a new studio/gallery/boutique of local artists. Free food and drink. They get points for asking that you bring your own cup. Plus you can bring an instrument and impress everyone with your mad musical skillz.
Sunday, December 9th:
  • IndieMart at 12 Galaxies noon-5pm.
  • KPFA Craftshow again.
  • Free BBQ at Delirium and 500 Club when you buy their cheap beer. This happens every Sunday around 3pm-ish, plus they're so close together you can walk between them to compare BBQ fare.

Nov 26 til ???

The title is a reference to all those party announcements that say "6pm til ???" meaning the cops could break it up at 6.30pm or it could rage until 3.30am. Here are the haps for this week, and I'll update when I have updates. Look at the whole week so you know what to pencil in your Hello Kitty datebook. And if somehow you've haven't happenstancedly seen Ozomatli for free 3 times in the last year as I have, they're playing Thursday thru Sunday at the Independent (not free: $27). The trombone player's charisma might be worth that price alone. Monday, November 26th:
  • Midnight Cowboy at ATA 7.30pm $5 for movie, discussion by Whore magazine, and cupcakes!
  • 6pm BBQ and POTLUCK @ http://cellspace.org/ 2050 Bryant btwn 18th/19th St. Community Meeting at 6:30 Board Meeting @ 7:30 GET INVOLVED. [sic from that PlantTrees Guy, so I don't know much about this event, but who doesn't enjoy potlucks?]
Tuesday, November 27th:
  • Movie night! At your own place.
Wednesday, November 28th:
  • Sugar and Gold, The Most Serene Republic, and Los Campesinos! [sic] at Great American Music Hall. Show at 8pm $12. I'm going to eat so much at the SFBC meeting beforehand because I need calories to burn as I shake it nonstop at this concert. Wear something shiny.
  • With Blood doc surveys the lives of health workers and patients in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. 8pm at Station 40.
Thursday, November 29th:
  • The Onion Society for Beer Enjoyment meets at Danny O'Coyles in the lower Haight. To RSVP, e-mail http://us.f607.mail.yahoo.com/ym/Compose?To=sfpromo@theonion.com&Subj=COYLES with "COYLES" in the subject field. 6-8pm, but the free beer will probably be gone by 6.21pm.
  • Another CellSpace Potluck.
  • The Gleaners and I. Another Station 40 film 9pm: Agn├Ęs Varda's The Gleaners and I is jam-packed with information, personalities, and affecting images. Varda spent nearly a year touring France with a small crew and several tiny DV cameras, capturing the people who scavenge and salvage the food and objects left behind by others.
  • Teenage Craze Dance Party at the Knockout. Free at 10pm, with bingo before that.
Friday, November 30th:
  • 50% off clothing at Thrift Town! 17th and Mission.
  • Dog Eared Books at 20th and Valencia. 7-9pm. Cool art and book reading, even though it isn't listed on their website.
  • The Lab's 11th annual small format art show and reception 6pm. If you are a fancy member, you get in at 5pm.
  • Love 4 Amy fiesta and fundraiser at Balazo Gallery 6pm til ???. She got hit on her bike by a drunk driver and is throwing a bash to pay her billz. Auction, food, libations. You can bid on reiki, but I'd bid to not have it done to me. Donate some dough and get goods and cute people's phone numbers.
  • Conspiracy of Venus Choir and other arty stuff at a.Muse Gallery (Alabama and 18th). Free nibbles and wine 8-10.30pm. They'll be singing some very non-traditional choir music at 9pm.
  • Etienne de Rocher and amigos at Rickshaw Stop 9pm $10. As if there weren't enough to do Friday night, here is another quality ensemble including Kelley Stoltz, Bart Davenport, The Moore Brothers, and more.
  • Iron and Wine at Paramount Theatre 8pm $28.50 is indeed expensive, but "Boy with a Coin" on the new album is muy bueno.
  • Optimistic film at Victoria Theatre $5 at 8pm. I don't even snowboard, but this looks DOPE.
  • The Music Lovers are supposed to be fabuloso. $5 at Amnesia 9pm.
Saturday, December 1st:
  • Crafticon at Modern Times Bookstore 12-7pm. Skill share, musica, and bake sale!
  • Animal Rights film festival/potluck/bake sale 11.30-10pm. Besides all the thin pale vegans and the fat milkshake-french fry vegetarians, you can watch King Corn (supposedly a pretty great doc).
  • Celebration of Craftswomen show. Buy your mom stuff, but count the entrance fee as part of the gift. You can get in free by volunteering.
  • Look at MOB to plan your whooooole evening of free stuff. Yea for this website.
  • Cool art stuff at Little Tree Gallery 6-9pm. Woohoo! The Fetching Veggie Etchings by Maria Forde.
  • Underskatement film festival 7.30pm Victoria Theatre at 16th and Capp $7. And free afterparty at Cafe Du Nord with bands I don't know.
  • You can pretend you are haute at this Chillin event at Mezzanine. High Fashion and house music. I'm not going.
  • VHS or Beta and Foreign Born at Slim's 9pm $15. Foreign Born are good in concert, and the other band has a great analog name.
  • Heavenly States at Rickshaw Stop 8.30pm $10.
Sunday, December 2nd:
  • 10am-1pm: Beach Clean-Up Event - Ocean Beach - JOHN BUTLER & BRETT DENNEN
  • Winterfest! I'm volunteering with trash diversion, then joining in the debauchery of The Extra Action Marching Band.
  • Aimee Mann's Xmas show with lots of cool people, including Sean Hayes, at Bimbo's. $35.50 is steep, but you saved money the rest of the week by following my blog, so splurge. Drink and eat at the Mexican place closeby to save some masa (dough).

Turk-y Day

I'm not aware of anything super amazingly fantastic happening tonight, Wednesday, except for everyone hitting up the bars before having to act Puritanically around their families the next few days. Talk up somebody and get a free drink, is my advice. I will be baking monstrous amounts of pie at Dusty's on Turk St (the new IT hang out, because he has functioning internet and RealPlayer on which I can fast forward music I don't like on KDHX.org shows). And remember to look ahead for getting in free and getting free stuff by volunteering: TurkeyTrot, and if you are in the SF Bicycle Coalition or want to barter a membership for a mere 10 hours of your time, Winterfest is going to be AMAZING. More about volunteering later. Oh, and sign up for MyOpenBar.com's email list please. I might be a contributor for them, and we'd all benefit. Wednesday, November 21st:
  • POH
  • TWINS
  • PIE
  • Rademacher and Built like Alaska for $6 could be good at the Knockout.
Thursday, November 22nd:
  • Aren't you glad you have food? You have the day off. Take 2 minutes and call your legislators about the farm bill. Shout out to Jessy for giving this attention.
  • Volunteer or run at the TurkeyTrot at the beach. A colder, more focused Bay to Breakers. Some giving person will probably hand you a Hamm's or Schlitz.
  • In Berkeley, but Food Not Bombs is having a potluck for anyone and everyone. Details in the Guardian Alerts.
  • Hostelling International's Thanksgiving. Teaching cute foreigners about our colonization tactics. Maybe I will ironically serve a meal to a British person.
  • Free pumpkin pie at Madrone Lounge 2pm-2am. Some DJs are playing a variety of genres starting at 9pm, which is when I plan to leave, intentionally and coincidentally.
  • Dodgeball at Dolores tennis courts. BYOB (Balls. It wouldn't be any fun to imbibe whilst hurling objects at high speeds at your peers, would it? No, not at all. Definitely not.)
  • Take advantage of the food and beer induced state of your punk crush and hit on them at Bingotopia/Turkeytopia at 10pm at the Knockout.
Friday, November 23rd:
  • My pal Zan now lives here. She is having a dinner party tonight. Oh, you weren't invited. Then, um, I don't know of anything going on.
  • Band of Horses at the Fillmore for $20. The buzz says it's worth the price.
  • The Devil Makes Three; Or, The Whale; and The Trainwreck Riders at the Independent. $15. You did not foil my punctuation with your punctuation, tricky middle band.
Saturday, November 24th:
  • Really Really Free Market 1-Dusk in D'Lorez Park. Bring stuff then take stuff. Or not.
  • Alemany Farm workday.
  • Fungus Festival (also Sunday) at the Ferry Building. Hopefully this does not involve feet. It benefits the SF Mycological Society, which is a real thing. The event will be fun and funny, but not fungible.
  • Trunk Show at Porcelynne Designer Collective 11am-6pm. Free wine that will help convince you to buy your friends (eh-hem) pretty shiny things and cool clothes.
  • Double Punch Gallery is opening their exhibit "Tinyshop" 6-9pm. Quintessential art opening fare provided whilst you gaze at cute mini things.
  • Matador Travel, 111 Minna, and 826 Valencia are throwing a shindig to help kids read more better. $15-20 to shake your bum, eat free hors d'oevres, and people/art watch. The event is called "Thanks for Dancing!" I say thanks to the administration for leaving so many children behind.
If you attend the last two events listed, save me some food and eye candy, as I'll be babysitting sleeping kids until later in the evening.
Sunday, November 25th:
  • Jose Gonzales and Cass McCombs $25 at Bimbo's. Yes expensive, but I didn't see Jose when he was in town last time, so I saved money, right? $22 in advance! That saves you $3, so you break even on the bus fare to get there a day ahead, and then on the night of the concert. Let's go MTA: Proposition A passed. Get it in gear.

Stay warm

It's getting a little cloudier, grayer, and chillier here in SF. Make yourself some garments out of plastic bags before they're an endangered resource. And remember, it's warmer here than in Iceland. Monday (Lunes, el 19 de noviembre)
  • Sigur Ros does Reykjavik: Film Heima 8pm free with RSVP@mezzaninesf.com. The band makes a film about their concerts and homeland. Could be soporific, could be breathtaking, could be both.
Tuesday (Martes, el 20 de noviembre)
  • Plastic Bag Ban Bash at 111 Minna 6-9pm $5 donation. I am not in total accord with Chico Bag products, but I do think this ban is a good step towards awareness and innovation. Plus I am going to win $250 in the fashion contest. The free drinks and food (6-7) are on me!

This week, on The Week in Troeh....

Hello SFers, this is from Tuesday on. I'll update the days as stuff comes my way. And to inspire you to check out Webster's word of the day: What do you call run-of-the-mill, non unique mushrooms? Fungible! (It is funny.) Tuesday, November 13th:
  • The Walkmen at The Independent. They existed before The OC. Go quench your thirst at Bean Bag Cafe beforehand.
Wednesday, November 14th: Thursday, November 15th:
  • Sean Hayes at the Great American Music Hall 8pm. My pal Jessy L-O-V-E-S this musician and his entourage.
  • The Onion's Society for Beer Enjoyment Amy Winehouse Look Alike contest and DVD screening at The Knockout. You'll look most like her if you partake in the free suds. Whilst supplies last. 6-8pm.
  • Broke-Ass Stuart's Guide to Living Cheaply in SF book release at Rickshaw Stop. Holler for $1 and get food, "drink specials," and music. This guy could be my soulmate.
  • Erin McKeown & Matt the Electrician $15 9pm Cafe du Nord. Chill boppy guitar music.
Friday, November 16th:
  • Mr. Dusty Mendes has an art show in Los Banos. I was a foot model for it. Ironically, I can't go because I'm gonna be a hair model that night. I'm so fancy. With a few more body parts, I could be on Tyra's show soon.
  • Big Umbrella Co-op Gallery Grand Opening. On the NW Corner of Divis and McAllister. 7:30-Midnight.
  • Midnites for Maniacs Disco Extravaganza at Castro Theatre $10. Probably best if you've imbibed a few or are in a mood to groove in your seat.
  • Mortified at the Make-Out Room 8pm, $10/13. Bring the notes you wrote about me in 6th grade, mocking how I was the only girl with white sneakers on the first day of school. Sorry I missed the summer memo, jerks. My parents were divorced, and I was in AZ doing summer camp.
  • Journalist John Ross's talk and excerpt from Viva Mexico at New College Theatre 777 Valencia 7-9pm. This guy lost his eye in the line of duty and needs a new peeper, so bring a few bucks.
  • Special Oakland exception for the Give In Benefit at LoBot 9pm sliding scale cover. A dance party benefiting orphans at the collective recently featured in ReadyMade Magazine? Worth the BART fare.
  • Red State Cinema at Yerba Buena 7.30pm. Phil Chambliss: The Arkansas Auteur
  • The Junkestra at Herbst Theatre. Like Stomp, but more better. Remember those plastic bags you threw away and those chopsticks you didn't compost? It all might be a cello now. Hopefully they did not create an oboe, as I hate that instrument.
  • And in that line of things, my sister's birthday.
Saturday, November 17th:
  • Mission Greenbelt art project work party. Get dirty and creative 12-3pm in front of the SF Commission Gallery.
  • Food System Film Benefit Show. Food, film, fun, and music all from 6-11pm at Station 40. Think about your vision of SF before you got here. You probably thought everyone in this city lived in a place like this co-op/commune. Not scary, I promise.
  • Mortified again.
  • Mist and Mast sounds pretty decent. Hemlock Tavern 9.30pm
Sunday, November 18th:
  • Alemany Farm work day. Produce and get produce.
  • Run and Walk for the Hungry 5k and Mile 8.30am GG Park $30 gets you and the Food Bank nourishment of body and soul.
  • Six Organs of Admittance free show at Aquarius Records 1005 Valencia4pm

Survival and separation

Still living after working at the Green Festival all weekend. It paid the rent, twice over. Alas, I am separated from some of my source material by a few city blocks, so the events listing for manana is not all it could be. Monday, November 12th Music Mania!:
  • Of Montreal playing (thru Wednesday) at Great American Music Hall. $18 Worth seeing and shaking to at least once in your life.
  • The Whigs at Cafe du Nord. $10 From Athens, GA. Pals from that area love this band, though last time I saw them no powdered hairpieces nor Federation Papers were involved. Fingers crossed for tomorrow night.
  • *Changing diapers (not mine), interviewing for a posh live-in nanny position (they have a home here and in Bermuda), interviewing for an apartment, and most likely chopping copious amounts of onions.

Fish Fri, Saturated Sat, Super Sun

All 3 days: Amnesty Int. Western Regional Conference, SF Green Festival (they still need volunteers and you'll get hooked up with schwag), SF International Animation Festival (volunteer here too). You lose if you stay in this weekend.

Friday, November 9th:

  • Fringe films at Artists' Television Access 8pm $6-10
  • MS Cure Project Reception and Auction 6.30pm free RSVP
  • *Feist at Nob Hill Masonic Center
  • Ponys, ChinupChinup, The Dodos at 12 Galaxies. These bands are grand. Go to this.
  • Friends say the Pete and J show at Hotel Utah Saloon will rock.
  • Tim's huge house party! Psych, this is in Florissant, MO
  • Decent show at Bottom of the Hill
  • New pal Mike's stand up show at The Purple Onion
  • Recommended show at Cafe Du Nord
  • Joe Strummer doc at Lumiere Theatre
  • Friday Nights at the de Young Museum
  • Coheed and Cambria show. Wrong! If you thought I was going to this, you are not allowed to visit this blog anymore.
Saturday, November 10th:
  • *Trekking through Chinatown with Girl Scouts from Cupertino. How did I get roped into this?
  • Yerba Buena Gardens free for all museum day!
  • Koshland Gardens Harvest Festival at Page and Buchanan. Pretend you are in Omaha. Good bands, potluck, dirt diggin' - also it's a work day at Alemany Farms. Go get dirty.
  • Swearing Festival at Edinburgh Castle! F you!
  • Gama-Go Holiday Sale at Rickshaw Stop - hip clothes and shizl
  • Earlimart at the Independent could be good
  • Kafana Balkan show at 12 Galaxies. How could you beat Eastern European brass and circus that raise funds for refugee kids?
  • 8pm reading of To-Do List book by Sasha Cogen (quirkyalone, stylemob) at Cafe Royale
  • Deborah's Super Super Hero Birthday Extravaganza - if you're going to San Diego
Sunday, November 11th:
  • The Everywhere Game - citywide scavenger hunt and victory party
  • Boss of the Sauce Competition in North Beach. $20 to get fatter and Italianer
  • New Italian Cinema at Embarcadero (volunteer shifts available through SF Film Society)
  • 8pm Live old timey radio with foley artists and stuff at Artists' Television Access $6
  • Sondre Lerche at Swedish American Music Hall - Norwegian songs for your soul
  • The Botticellis at Bottom of the Hill
Got lazy with the hyperlinks. Lo siento.

If I were 10 people

I'd do all of this stuff. What is it with everyone planning everything this week? Come on SF, I had to search out my own fun last Sunday, and now you supersaturate Nov. 8-11 with extraordinary stuff. The * marks what I'll be doing. I'm super rushed, so I'll just cheat and say: Look at the Guardian this week, all the little blurbs, it all looks great. I haven't checked the Onion in paper form yet, and the SF Weekly has some to offer. I'll put up some awesome links manana.

Thursday, November 8th:

Okay, look here for this weekend. It is crazy stupid busy. And I'm taking suggestions for the blog's name. Thanks for the set up, Dusty.
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