D.Cember

FU FEMA. And these corporations (rated 10 worst). Skip the mall and gift this, or these clever enviro-present packages. They will help the US (us!) be less gross: $1 million of energy/minute. -----------------

Mon, Dec 1:

Tues, Dec 2:
  • Lots o' museums be free today. Go get learned
  • Free bike light (must arrive with bike to receive light) 6-7pm multiple locations. Thanks, SFBC!
  • Sports Basement free bike maintenance clinic 6.30-7.30pm 15th/Bryant
  • INFORUM's Bio-Debatable panel 6.30pm Commonwealth Club 595 Market/2nd $7-20. Paper, plastic, or made-from-new-materials-cradle-to-cradle-reusable-cloth bag?
  • The Unusual History of Transportation in GG Park talk with olde timey photos 7pm Get Lost Travel Books 1825 Market. Lassoes
  • Challenging Corporate Control of Water 7-9.30pm Mission Cultural Center 2868 Mission/25th free, donations accepted. Counter-conference to "Corporate Water Footprinting," a meeting of water intensive corporations
Wed, Dec 3:
  • The Exploratorium be free. Get out before the Yelpers arrive
  • SFBC volunteer night. Folding and food 5pm til done
  • Green Drinks 5.30pm Varnish Gallery 77 Natoma/2nd. Network and arrive early for a free drink. Sponsored by Mother Jones this month
  • Holiday citrus vodka mixology! 6.30pm Macy's 170 O'Farrell/Stockton
  • Exposing US War Crimes with author and veteran panel 7pm City Lights 261 Columbus
  • The Rumble: free bands and booze 8pm Harlot 47 Minna/1st. RSVP
  • Holiday Fundraiser O'Fun benefits Leukemia & Lymphoma Society 9pm Madrone Lounge Fell/Divis. Drink specials and raffle
Thurs, Dec 4:
  • Let your wine jar and art eye be your guides: First Thursdays gallery crawl downtown. Check FecalFace link at right for details
  • Bay Area Video Coalition and Adobe CS4 party 6-8.30pm 2727 Mariposa/Bryant. "FREE demos, product giveaways, drinks and the Tamale Lady, oh my! Mingle with other professional mediamakers, artists and media geeks." Don't know how distributive that FREE is
  • Tribus Vivas and Dermafilia present A Holiday Affair: local fashion, wine, cheese, and DJ 6-10pm 3382 18th/Mission
  • INFORUM's holiday soiree 6.30-8.30pm Ambassador 673 Geary/Jones $10 members/$20 non-members. Free if you member-ize at the door
  • ReadyMade Winter Ball & Gift Fair 6.30-11pm Club Verdi 2424 Mariposa/Hampshire
  • Artist reception and group trunk show 7-10pm Le Burge't 2737 York/20th. Food, fashion, prizes, wine
  • Opening of Oyster Pirate Workshop 7-10pm Varnish Gallery 77 Natoma/2nd
  • SF Weekly's Holiday Benefit 7.30pm Aquarium of the Bay Pier 39. Donate a coat and enjoy a hosted bar and samplings from local restaurants. RSVP, and be wary of the ceviche
Fri, Dec 5:
  • Hayes Valley Holiday block party 6-9pm
  • Paragraph Boutique anniversary party 6-10pm 1245 9th/Irving. Free pizza, giveaways, great visiting designers, wine, and DJs
  • Creativity Explored holiday party and sale 6-9pm 3245 16th. Always a good spread of food and unique, affordable art. Then wander over to...
  • Artist Xchange holiday party and sale 7-10pm 3169 16th/Val-Guerr. DJ and goodies
  • Chrome Bags holiday party 7-11pm 580 4th/Brannan. Free booze and bells and whistles. Prizes for snazziest dressed. Food drive, plus free SFBC valet bike parking
  • Holiday wine/art walk in Lower Haight. 6pm-late
  • Goodbipolaroid opening 8pm D-Structure 520 Haight/Fillmore. Photopenbar

Sat, Dec 6-Sun, Dec 7:

  • Mission Bazaar: Shopping Spectacular $5 10am-6pm Sat/11am-6pm Sun. It's in the Armory, but Kink.com is not the focus 14th/Mission

Sat, Dec 6:

Sun, Dec 7:

  • Free First Sunday 10am-5pm Asian Art Museum Larkin/McAllister. Cool Afghani films 11am and 2pm
  • Punk Rock Breakfast 11am Florida/2oth. Donation based vegan brunch
  • Alemany Farm workday 12-5pm. Dig it
  • Cupcake Camp 2-5pm Get Satisfaction 164 South Park (3rd/Bryant). Bring, make, take, eat. RSVP and register
  • SFBC's Winterfest 6-10.30pm SomArts 8th/Brannan $15 for beer and goodies/$40 for party + membership. Music by Brass Mafia, raffle, auction, bikers

Mon, Dec 8:

  • Source's zine release party 6.30-8.30pm Mission Pie 2901 Mission/25th. DIY sustainable projects: canning, planting, chicken raising, honey collecting

Tues, Dec 9:

  • Independent TV Services and KQED screen Helvetica 6-7.30pm, then panel discussion Main Library Grove/Larkin
Wed, Dec 10 (International Human Rights Day):
  • Local shopping fair 11am-7pm Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center 275 5th/Folsom. Free cider and snacks, plus massage raffle
  • Letter writing happy hour 5-7pm 111 Minna/2nd. Free with RSVP
  • Cello and piano concert 6pm free Community Music Center 544 Capp/2oth
  • Gender based violence films, speakers, and write-a-thon 7-10pm Freedom Archives 522 Valencia/16th. Brought to you by lots of kickass organizations that care. RSVP
  • Art party and sale John Collins paintings 7-10pm 90 Natoma/2nd
  • Bardot-A-Go-Go and The Devilettes 9pm Rickshaw Stop Fell/Van Ness. Free fun french fiesta
Thurs, Dec 11:

Fri, Dec 12:

  • Mission Block Party 6-10pm 16th-24th. Bands, food, sales, etc
  • Secession art opening 6.30-9.30pm Mission/30th across from Safeway. Food and wine and music and independent local design
  • SFBC Xmas lights bike ride/tour 6.30pm Fell/Baker. Renewable energy powers the bikes, but probably not the lights. Mountain top removal in Appalachia, anyone?
  • Excellently festive open studio shindig 7-10pm Telephone and Soup 744 Alabama/20th
  • Big Umbrella Studio winter showcase 7pm-12am Divis/McAllister
  • D-Structure jock jam party or something 9pm $1 open bar 520 Haight/Fillmore
  • Club Chuckles: comedy in a bar 9pm Hemlock Polk/Post $7. Great local comedians

Sat, Dec 13:

  • If you like oxygen and pastries, show up sometime 9am-2pm with gloves, mug, and friends for planting and greening Guerrero/20th-21st
  • LEGO League Robotic Challenge 9.45am-4.30pm Randall Museum. Brainy kids
  • IndieMart 11am-4pm Independent Divis/Hayes. Drinks, design, and doodads for sale. DJs and hipster activities. $2 suggested donation for cancer research
  • Alemany Farm workday 12-5pm. Soil yourself
  • Crafticon 12-7pm Modern Times Bookstore 888 Valencia/19th
  • DIY Eco-crafts porch sale 103 Baker/Page midday
  • Kathleen McMahon Fine Art Gallery small format show 1-4pm 3150 18th Street #105 Treat/18th. In conjunction with ActivSpace open house
  • Female Mechanics Calendar release party 4pm Luscious Garage 459 Clementina/6th-Folsom
  • The Organic Manifesto photo opening 6-8.30pm a.Muse Gallery 614 Alabama/18th. Pretty plant pics
  • La Posarela holiday play, followed by pinata and refreshments 7pm Community Music Center 544 Capp/20th
  • Cool art sale and reception 7-10pm Fabric 8 3318 22nd/Guerrero
  • SIZZLE, the monthly erotic reading series, has a "religious inspired suspension performance," along with its usual open mic, dessert, and wine 8pm Femina Potens Gallery 2199 Market/Sanchez $10-15, $5 performers
  • Conspiracy of Venus, Obo Martin, and Evening Empire 9pm $5 House of Shields 39 New Montgomery/Market

Sun, Dec 14:

  • Craft fair! 11am-2pm! Delfina 18th/Guerrero!
  • EcoHoliday: local shopping, green gifts, DIY workshops, music, food, bar, design, etc. Galleria 101 Henry Adams St 11.11am-8.08pm $5/$3 bicyclists
  • Holiday concert and party 11.30am Community Music Center 544 Capp/20th
  • Indie Industries local fair 12-6pm W Hotel 3rd/Howard. Free with RSVP. Schwag bags free for 1st 100 folks
  • Renegade Art and Cocktail Fair 1-9pm 1286 Folsom/9th
  • Free yoga 1pm Sports Basement 15th/Bryant. Benefit for YogaBear 3.30pm afterwards with free beer, food, and hot yoginis
  • US-Russian Relations panel 2-4pm Main Library
  • Food Not Bombs dessert potluck and planning meeting 4-8pm Station 40 3030B 16th/Mission. Plus maybe screen printing and films
  • Julie Sutherland's art opening, exploring alternative femininity 7-9pm Black & Blue Tattoo 381 Guerrero
  • Doo-wop dance party 9pm Knockout Mission/Valencia free
Mon, Dec 15:
  • Web 2.0 Bailout Party 6-9pm Harlot 47 Minna/1st. Free food and drinks, plus DJs. Bring food/toys for Glide (the more you bring, the more you drink)
Tues, Dec 16:
  • Curry Without Worry's 2nd anniversary. Usual meal 5.45-7pm Hyde/Market, then a fundraiser (but might be free?) 5 course vegetarian Nepali dinner and dancing 7.30-midnight Taste of the Himalayas 2420 Lombard/Scott. I say volunteer at the usual meal, then ask the organizers about the part-ay
  • Mix Bar customer appreciation party 6pm 4086 18th/Castro. Food and drink
  • Habitude: Exhibition of 14 Artists opening 7-9pm 95 3rd/Mission
Wed, Dec 17:
  • CA Academy of Sciences be free today 9.30am-5pm GG Park. Get there early
  • SFBC Volunteer Night 5-8pm. Get your administration skills and grub on
  • Billabong Snow documentary, Aussie wine, and ski lift tickets for the first 25 guests 6-8pm Lombardi Sports
  • Geology....in the future! Go to SwissNex for a talk by the author of The Earth After Us: What Legacy Will Humans Leave in the Rocks? 7-9pm 730 Montgomery. Gotta RSVP
  • Fourteen Hills Release Party 7pm Bollywood Cafe 19th/Mission. Cool raffle prizes

Thurs, Dec 18:

  • Dine Out Against Hunger at these restaurants tonight and some of your bill goes to SF Food Bank
  • The Mission Statement's meet the designer monthly event 6-9pm 3458 18th/Valencia. Sales and wine and snacks
  • Lucio: Spanish anarchist, bankrobber, forger, and bricklayer 8pm New Nothing Cinema 16 Sherman/6-7th/Folsom-Harrison. Gratis
  • Creative Commons bash 9pm-2am 111 Minna/2nd. Crazy digital interactive art, open bar 9-11pm, a cool organization, and DJs. Before 11pm - CC members $15/non-members $20; after 11pm - CC members $5/non-members $10

Fri, Dec 19:

  • Global Exchange Fair Trade Store holiday party 5-8pm 4018 24th/Noe-Castro. Drinks, snacks, and sales
  • "Menagerie" art opening + Man/Miracle 5pm-12am (music @ 7pm) The Caretakers 848 Divisadero/McAllister. Free bands, food, drink, and awesomeness. Go
  • Monthly peace vigil 6-8pm Fell/Masonic. Music, food, signs, candles
  • "E Pluribus Unum" art closing 6-9pm The Bell Jar 3187 16th/Valencia
  • Arara open house 6-10pm 665 San Jose/28-29th/Guerrero. Cute shop with vintage and handmade goods gives you sales, wine, and cheese
  • At Frankenart Mart 7pm 515 Balboa/5th Ave: "Dia Felix will be performing and recording her live album of folk hits with cat accompaniment." Are the felines Union?
  • Oldies dance night 9pm-2am $3 Knockout Mission/Valencia

Sat, Dec 20:

  • If you like oxygen and pastries, show up sometime 9am-2pm with gloves, mug, and friends for planting and greening Guerrero/22nd-23rd
  • CODEPINK potluck and Iran informational 3pm Global Exchange 2017 Mission/16th
  • Jolly Santa No-No-No on Prop 8 rally 3-6pm Union Square Geary/Stockton. Like SantaCon, but respectable. Even if your outfit is booze-stained from last week, or you just woke up after that event, come say no to bigotry
  • The Music Store 10th anniversary party 4-11pm 66 West Portal/Vicente. Free food, drinks, alt-country/bluegrass, and prizes
  • Homeless death memorial 5.30-7.30pm Civic Center Larkin/Fulton. Yearly reading of names by Coalition on Homelessness. Un/ironically by the former Victory Garden, a costly Gavin project organized when social services' budgets were cut
  • Unsilent Night 7pm Dolores Park. Bring your Casio
  • Guardian's Budget Rock Xmas Party 9pm Argus Lounge Mission/29th. Free bands, DJs, and cookies

Sun, Dec 21:

  • Fighting Oil Companies in Ecuador 6-7.30pm Station 40 3030B 16th/Mission. An indigenous student activist describes exploitation and resistance in the Andean country. Probably donations suggested/requested

Wed, Dec 24:

  • Jeff's Jewish Christmas Eve - free Chinese food and movies 7pm-2am Riptide 3639 Taraval/47th Ave. "Come celebrate Christmas the way Jews have for the last 2008 years"
  • Xmas Eve salsa party: 7.30pm lessons/9pm music Cocomo Cafe 650 Indiana/18th. Get jolly with free dancing and appetizers

Thurs, Dec 25:

  • Contemporary Jewish Museum family free day 11am-3pm 736 Mission/3rd
  • "December Dilemna": free discussion and film clips, optional $10 Chinese buffet, and then 2 free surprise feature films 2-6.30pm Jewish Community Center 3200 California/Presidio. RSVP required
  • Carols and cheer by the fireplace 7pm-2am/music 8pm-12am Riptide 3639 Taraval/47th Ave. "The food will be free and light. The drinking will be cheap and heavy"

Fri, Dec 26:

  • Suite Jesus: Christmahanukwanzakah dance party. Live art, DJs, and live set by HotTub 9pm-2am 111 Minna/2nd $10 or free with RSVP
  • Teenage Dance Craze party 10pm Knockout Mission/Valencia $3

Sat, Dec 27:

Mon, Dec 29:

  • Gravel and Gold gives you poems read by poets. And wine 7pm 18th/Treat
  • Whore! Magazine presents music and spoken word 8pm free MakeOut Room 3225 22nd/Mission. Bands, DJs, and hopefully not horrible charismatic poetry

Wed, Dec 31:

  • MUNI be free tonight starting 8pm. Come on ride the train. And ride it
  • Events under $20: Thanks, FunCheapSF
  • Suzanne's New Year's Eve Birthday Bash 9pm free Thee Parkside 1600 17th/Connecticut or Wisconsin or De Haro or something. A girl I don't know is turning 30, and there will also be bands I don't know, plus "!Fun!"

Challenged to a Sche-duel

So much to do this month, even in the rain. How to choose between events? A sche-duel, even though sometimes more than 2 activities will compete for your presence. You'll have much more time to get out and about once you join the movement to quit Facebook. Think of it: drinks and chats with friends in real life. For instance, this guy. But I don't think he performs in this glass bottle Thai temple. I wonder if they use LawnPCs there.

Sat, Nov 1:

  • Jam making and foraging discussion 12pm YBCA 701 Mission/3rd. BYO-fruit, jars, etc. Free, but must get tickets at 415.978.2787. I vote for basil guava jam
  • Thank A Farmer Day 1-5pm Mission Pie 25th/Mission. Music and mural
  • La Calavera Oaxaquena: Mensajes de la lucha social/Messages of social struggle Million Fishes Bryant/23rd $3-5 suggested donation. Flyer says 6-11pm, website says 7pm
  • Group show of Alternative Press Expo artists reception 7-10pm Varnish Gallery 77 Natoma/Mission-2nd
  • Parts & Labor rock Hemlock Polk/Post 9.30pm $8
  • From mi madre: REMINDER: Daylight Savings Time ends this weekend, officially at 2am Saturday night/Sunday morning. Turn clocks BACK an hour when you go to bed Saturday night = gain one more hour of sleep or partying, or maybe that should be partying, then sleep.

Sun, Nov 2:

  • First Free Sunday 10am-5pm Asian Art Museum Larkin/Grove Alemany Farm Workday 12-5pm
  • The real SF soapbox derby 1pm Bernal. Bring mimosas and helmets
  • Spinto Band performs Amoeba Haight/Stanyan 2pm
  • Anniversary and closing party 6pm Spunk Salon 4147 19th/Collingwood
  • Day of the Dead procession 7pm Bryant/24th. Conspiracy of Venus choir performs @9pm Garfield Park Treat-Harrison/26th

Mon, Nov 3:

  • Glowy bright bike ride 6pm Bow/arrow statue at Embarcadero to Gestalt Haus 16th/Valencia
  • Gypsy jazz 6.30pm Mission Pie 25th/Mission

Tues, Nov 4:

  • VOTE before you hit all the free museums around town for First Free Tuesday
  • Celebrate democracy with ice cream (5-8pm) and free donuts! Hopefully the new president will fix health care so you can treat your newly acquired diabetes
  • INFORUM's Celebrate/Commiserate party 6pm Cantina 580 Sutter/Mason
  • Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Election Party 6-11pm YBCA 701 Mission/3rd. Election coverage, music, art, cash bar, and free Goat Hill Pizza when the polls close
  • Specials and prizes from The Guardian 7-9pm Kilowatt 16th/Valencia

Wed, Nov 5:

  • Celebrate or commiserate the election at the Exploratorium, which is free today
  • Pro Peace march 5pm Powell/Market
  • Climate Change, Water, and the Himalayas panel discussion and film 1 Embarcadero Center 14th Floor 6pm Free, RSVP recommended
  • Secession party 6-8.30pm Mission/30th across from Safeway. Design and wine and music
  • Rumble SF presents free booze 8-9pm and The Blacks and DJs and such Harlot 49 Minna/2nd. Free with RSVP
  • North African jazz concerts 8pm and 10pm Yoshi's 1330 Fillmore/Eddy free but with some bullshit $3 online ticket fee

Thurs, Nov 6:

  • Grab your wine jar and check the FecalFace link to the right for downtown's First Thursday art crawl
  • Mission Local launch party 5-8pm Cava 22 22nd/Bartlett
  • Asian Art Museum's Afghanistan party with food, cash bar, jewelry making, raffle, dance, poetry, and music $5 or win tix 5-9pm Larkin/Grove
  • Fall collection premiere 6-9pm Studio 3579 Dolores/18th
  • Invisible Lives: Exiles of Burma's 60 Year War photo exhibit 7-9pm SF Design Guild 427 Bryant/2nd
Fri, Nov 7:
  • If you didn't buy Andrzej Karwaki art at Secession on Wednesday, get some at Mina Dresden Gallery's reception Valencia/14th 6-9pm
  • Octavia's Haze Gallery opening of cool New Orleans paintings, accompanied by beignets and Louisiana rum 6-9pm 498 Hayes/Octavia
  • Poetry and Pizza 7.30pm Escape From NY Pizza 333 Bush/Montgomery $5 suggested donation for all you can ingest iambic pentameter, pizza, soda, and salad
  • Ann Arbor Film Festival Touring Program short films screen 8pm $6 ATA Valencia/21st
  • Free Boticellis, Minipop, and Birds & Batteries show 8.30pm Independent Divis/Hayes
Sat, Nov 8-Sun, Nov 9:

Sat, Nov 8:

  • Compost class 10am-12pm free Garden for the Environment 7th/Lawson
  • Curiosity Shoppe party with Alabama Stitch Book author, plus snacks 2-5pm 855 Valencia/19th
  • Draw Me Your Childhood Garden artist session and potluck 3-6pm Southern Exposure 417 14th/Valencia free. Recollect those gardenias and dandelions and worms
  • Femina Potens presents Sizzle: literary erotica open mic 7.30pm doors/8pm show Market/Sanchez $10-15/$5 for performers. Hot words, wine, dessert, and discussion
  • Conscious Fashionistas bring you thrift couture, art, cocktails, DJs, and belly dancing 8pm-2am CellSpace 2050 Bryant/20th
  • The Dont's and Geographer $7 El Rio concert time

Sun, Nov 9:

Tues, Nov 11:

  • Art For Kids' Sake soiree 6-9pm West Bay Conference Center 1290 Fillmore $40. Art, wine, music, food, auction, warm fuzzy feeling
  • Winter Soldier book release 6.30-8.30pm War Memorial Veterans Bldg 410 Van Ness room 223. If the atrocities of war don't kill your appetite, there will be refreshments
  • POOR Magazine party 7-9pm Modern Times Bookstore 888 Valencia/20th
  • The Guardian's Goldies 2008 Party with performances by Citay and DJs 9pm 111 Minna/2nd free/$5 suggested donation to Guardian Community Fund

Wed, Nov 12:

Thurs, Nov 13:
  • This Place Called Poetry: WritersCorps 15th Anniversary reading and exhibit 5.30-7.30pm SF Arts Commission 401 Van Ness/McCallister
  • Art opening 6pm Good Vibes 1620 Polk/Sacramento
  • INFORUM presents Gil Penalosa speaking about Ciclovia and livable cities 6.30pm $12/20 Commonwealth Club Market/2nd
  • Photos of fire hydrants The Candy Store 3153 16th/Guerrero reception 6.30-8.30pm
  • Ellen Stagg's steamy photography reception 7-10pm Center for Sex and Culture 1519 Mission/11th
  • My pal's band Aim Low Kid plays a free show 8pm Pirate Cat Radio 2781 21st/Florida
  • MetaFilm Fest screens 8pm $5 Roxie Theatre 16th/Guerrero. Afterparty 10pm Dalva next door with food and drink specials

Fri, Nov 14-Sun, Nov 16:

Fri, Nov 14:

  • Plant native trees at Bernal Heights Living Library & Think Park 9am-5pm Holly Park
  • John's Grill 100 Anniversary Party 63 Ellis 11.30am-3.30pm free appetizers and 8 cent martinis
  • Wine tasting and book launch 5.30-7pm W Hotel 3rd/Howard. RSVP
  • New show up 6-9pm Photo Epicenter 26 Lilac/24th-Mission
  • Big Umbrellas Studio opening 7pm-12am Divis/McCallister
  • D Structure gives you fashion and fermentation: SF designers and open bar 8pm 520 Haight/Fillmore. Gotta RSVP

Sat, Nov 15:

  • Plant native trees at Bernal Heights Living Library & Think Park 9am-12pm Holly Park
  • Yeah, I know it might seem moot, but show people bigotry is not cool: Protest Prop 8 Rally 10.30am City Hall
  • From Ecuador to Nigeria: Oil's Stained Legacy film and panel 2-5pm Main Library Larkin/Grove
  • SwissNex 5th Anniversary party with music, food, wine, art, and chocolate 6.30-10.30pm 730 Montgomery RSVP
  • Lesbian Life: Real Sex SF 8pm $10-15 sliding scale Femina Potens 2199 Market/Sanchez
  • flatmanCROOKED and McSweeney's readings 8.30pm free Koko's 1060 Geary/Polk

Sun, Nov 16:

  • Alemany Farm workday 12-5pm
  • The Role of Women in Afghanistan panel 2.30-3.30pm Main Library

Tues, Nov 18:

  • Susan Middleton, wildlife photographer, speaks 6-7.30pm Main Library
  • Reading and reception for Shanti's Lifelines breast cancer survivor program 6-8pm Femina Potens 2199 Market/Sanchez
  • Gorilla Foundation's soiree with art, food, music, and auction 6-9pm 111 Minna/2nd $15 in advance/$20 door. Koko wants you there
Wed, Nov 19:
  • CA Academy of Sciences be free today 9.30am-5pm. Get there early
  • Dine Around Town and benefit AIDS Emergency Fund and Breast Cancer Emergency Fund. Indulge for a good cause at restaurants around town. Greeters and captains are needed, so sign up
  • SFBC Volunteer night. Lots of folding and friends and food 5pm til done
  • TransForm's regional meeting takes on walkable cities and discusses Prop 1A 5.30-7.30pm 85 2nd/Market. Dinner provided to fuel your brain. RSVP requested
  • Soft Focus presents cool music interviews with Jello Biafra and other folks 6.30pm Cobb's 915 Columbus. After party with free Dewar's whiskey 10pm Hemlock 1131 Polk/Post. RSVP strictly required
  • Green Cities: Redesigning SF One Block at a Time panel 7.30pm CounterPulse 1310 Mission/9th free

Thurs, Nov 20:

  • Beaujolais Nouveau Soiree fancy pants premiere wine tasting (one glass gratis) 5.30-7pm Grand Cafe 501 Geary/Taylor. Plus some hors d' oeuvres
  • Another wine arrival celebration 5pm-close Mr. Smith's 7th/Market with free hors d' oeuvres, but here the wine costs $25/bottle. And bands and such
  • World Food Program benefit party 5-8pm 111 Minna/2nd $15/20. Music, raffle, etc. Free drinks?
  • "Universes Unlimited" shows universes made with uranium and gum 5.30pm Modernism 685 Market/Kearny. Free refreshments.....Milky Ways?
  • "Making Sense Out of the Economy in a Time of War and Empire" 6-8pm Local 2 Here 261 Golden Gate/Hyde
  • Mission Statement's meet the designers party 6-9pm 3458 18th/Valencia. Sips and nibbles
  • Business Networking Mixer 6-9pm Jillian's at Metreon 4th/Mission. Schmooze, booze, and eat before the jam band goes on. RSVP appreciated
  • Design Preiz Schweiz opening 6.30-9.30pm SwissNex 730 Montgomery RSVP required
  • Center for Political Education talks on the election and improving communication between minority groups 7-9pm free 522 Valencia
  • Conspiracy of Venus choir sings Adobe Books 16th/Guerrero ~8.30pm free
  • Dance party benefit for Childcare Collective 10pm $3-5 Gangway 841 Geary/Larkin
Fri, Nov 21:
  • Clean Energy Campaign Potluck 6-8pm Global Exchange 2017 Mission/16th. Come discuss future efforts
  • Jason Munn's "Small Stakes" poster reception 6-9pm Curiosity Shoppe 855 Valencia/19th
  • "Heart of the City" opening reception 6pm 134 Golden Gate/Jones. Eye-opening social photos of SROs and Tenderloin residencies
  • Secession party 6.30-9.30pm Mission/30th across from Safeway. Snacks and wine and art and music and goodness

Sat, Nov 22:

  • Victory Garden community day 11am City Hall
  • Alemany Farm workday 12-5pm. Dig it
  • Darwin's birthday celebrated with an evolution/religion panel 12-1.30pm Main Library
  • Holiday Design Benefit Bazaar for Buen Dia Family School 12-6pm A.muse Gallery 614 Alabama/18th. Local design and music and bake sale and cuteness
  • Runway Cabaret 1-5pm Climate Theatre 285 9th/Folsom. Circus stuff, saw music, free refreshments, and off-beat design
  • Cute tiny postal service 2-6pm Curiosity Shoppe Valencia/19th
  • Aurora Mandolin Orchestra 3-4pm Main Library
  • Wolfgang's Slideshow 4-6pm Baer Ridgeway Exhibitions 172 Minna/3rd
  • Fabric 8 art opening 5-8pm 22nd/Valencia
Sun, Nov 23:
  • Free bubbly and jewelry trunk show 12-2pm Chrissy Bee Shrader/Haight
  • "Polar Descriptions" opens Studio for Urban Projects 3579 17th/Valencia. "Also included in this presentation will be the premiere of an arctic-sublime-cocktail-float: The Sea at Night Space is limited. Please RSVP to mephilross@yahoo.com"

Tues, Nov 25:

Wed, Nov 26:

Thurs, Nov 27:

  • Hug your friends, family, and turkeys
  • Then throw things at high velocity at the first two 8pm Dolores Park Tennis Courts. Dodgeball!

Fri, Nov 28:

Sat, Nov 29-Sun, Nov 30:

Sat, Nov 29:

  • Long event listing: UN's "International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and Girls"'s "The Indigenous Wisdom Block Party." Music and healing and Aztec dance 10am Capp/24th. Should be a spectacle
  • Alemany Farm workday. Give thanks to the land
  • Really Really Free Market 1-5pm Dolores Park
  • Last Saturday SOMA/South Beach art walk 1-5pm
  • They Turned Our Desert Into Fire screens 8.30-10.30pm ATA Valencia/21st $7 (portion goes to Doctors Without Borders)
  • Toy drive and Papalote party 10pm Milk 1844 Haight/Schrader. New toy or $5=free food. Beats and burritos

Sun, Nov 30:

  • Bazaar Bizarre Art & Craft Fair 10am-5pm $1 County Fair Bldg GG Park 9th/Lincoln
  • Tribute to SF poet George Sterling 3pm Greenwich/Larkin "My cool, grey city of love..."
December preview Mon, Dec 1: Tues, Dec 2:
  • Lots o' museums be free today. Go get learned
  • Free bike light (must arrive with bike to receive light) 6-7pm multiple locations. Thanks, SFBC!
  • Sports Basement free bike maintenance clinic 6.30-7.30pm 15th/Bryant
  • INFORUM's Bio-Debatable panel 6.30pm Commonwealth Club 595 Market/2nd $7-20. Paper, plastic, or made-from-new-materials-cradle-to-cradle-reusable-cloth bag?
  • The Unusual History of Transportation in GG Park talk with olde timey photos 7pm Get Lost Travel Books 1825 Market. Lassoes
  • Challenging Corporate Control of Water 7-9.30pm Mission Cultural Center 2868 Mission/25th free, donations accepted. Counter-conference to "Corporate Water Footprinting," a meeting of water intensive corporations
Wed, Dec 3:
  • The Exploratorium be free. Get out before the Yelpers arrive
  • SFBC volunteer night. Folding and food 5pm til done
  • Green Drinks 5.30pm Varnish Gallery 77 Natoma/2nd. Network and arrive early for a free drink. Sponsored by Mother Jones this month
  • Holiday citrus vodka mixology! 6.30pm Macy's 170 O'Farrell/Stockton
  • The Rumble: free bands and booze 8pm Harlot 47 Minna/1st. RSVP
  • Holiday Fundraiser O'Fun benefits Leukemia & Lymphoma Society 9pm Madrone Lounge Fell/Divis. Drink specials and raffle
Thurs, Dec 4:
  • Bay Area Video Coalition and Adobe CS4 party 6-8.30pm 2727 Mariposa/Bryant. "FREE demos, product giveaways, drinks and the Tamale Lady, oh my! Mingle with other professional mediamakers, artists and media geeks." Don't know how distributive that FREE is
  • INFORUM's holiday soiree 6.30-8.30pm Ambassador 673 Geary/Jones $10 members/$20 non-members. Free if you member-ize at the door
  • ReadyMade Winter Ball & Gift Fair 6.30-11pm Club Verdi 2424 Mariposa/Hampshire
  • Opening of Oyster Pirate Workshop 7-10pm Varnish Gallery 77 Natoma/2nd
  • SF Weekly's Holiday Benefit 7.30pm Aquarium of the Bay Pier 39. Donate a coat and enjoy a hosted bar and samplings from local restaurants. RSVP, and be wary of the ceviche
Fri, Dec 5:
  • Goodbipolaroid opening 8pm D-Structure 520 Haight/Fillmore. Photopenbar

Sat, Dec 6-Sun, Dec 7:

  • Mission Bazaar: Shopping Spectacular 10am-6pm Sat/11am-6pm Sun. It's in the Armory, but Kink.com is not the focus 14th/Mission

Sat, Dec 6:

  • Lollipop Family Fun Run 10am Bandshell GG Park by de Young Museum $30/$35. Benefits Girls on the Run
  • Bike Ed - Day One: Street Skills 10am-2pm Noe Valley Ministries 1021 Sanchez/23rd. Free, registration required
  • Pothole marking sweep 10am 6th/Market. Report and mark street obstacles with SFBC
  • Supermarket Sweep bike race/food drive 12pm Bow+Arrow statue Embarcadero/Folsom
  • Winterfest art preview 6-8pm SomArts 8th/Brannan
  • Conscious Fashionistas trunk show 6.30-9.30pm Bollywood Cafe 19th/Mission
  • "Oh, oh, oh, Christ! Religious Iconography" art opening with lots of famous folks 7-10pm Femina Potens 2199 Market/Sanchez
  • Chillin' Design 8pm-2am Mezzanine 444 Jessie/5th $7. DJs, designers, photos, dancing, and live painting

Sun, Dec 7:

  • Cupcake Camp 2-5pm Get Satisfaction 164 South Park (3rd/Bryant). Bring, make, take, eat. RSVP and register
  • SFBC's Winterfest 6-10.30pm SomArts 8th/Brannan $15 for beer and goodies/$40 for party + membership. Music by Brass Mafia, raffle, auction, bikers
Wed, Dec 10 (International Human Rights Day):
  • Letter writing happy hour 5-7pm 111 Minna/2nd. Free with RSVP
  • Gender based violence films, speakers, and write-a-thon 7-10pm Freedom Archives 522 Valencia/16th. Brought to you by lots of kickass organizations that care. RSVP
Thurs, Dec 11:
  • Rickshaw Bags launch party 4-9pm 904 22nd/Minnesota. Prizes and food and beer

Fri, Dec 12:

  • Secession art opening 6.30-9.30pm Mission/30th across from Safeway. Food and wine and music and independent local design
  • SFBC Xmas lights bike ride/tour 6.30pm Fell/Baker. Renewable energy powers the bikes, but probably not the lights. Mountain top removal in Appalachia, anyone?

Sat, Dec 13:

  • DIY Eco-crafts porch sale 103 Baker/Page afternoon

Sun, Dec 14:

  • EcoHoliday: local shopping, green gifts, DIY workshops, music, food, bar, design, etc. Galleria 101 Henry Adams St 11.11am-8.08pm $5/$3 bicyclists
Wed, Dec 17:
  • SFBC Volunteer Night 5pm-done. Get your administration skills and grub on
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