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!"

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