Freecember

I thank all that does or does not exist below and/or above for this great month of free and quality events. And for the internet, which provides info about said/typed events and also great articles (which will come soon).

And seriously, look at this plethora of independent, local, quality craft and gift fairs. Get off Amazon, go into the city, meet new folks, drink some drinks, meet and shop from people who make stuff. Yay or Boo? Green border crossings with Mexico....do I support it because of my environment loving ways? Or is that supporting that the militarized borders exist at all? What's a bleeding heart liberal hyper-conscious greenie to do? Speak out against Don't Ask Don't Tell. More than 13,500 trained service members have been discharged thru this discriminatory regulation. RSVP now for a free Geographer concert on Wed, Jan 5th at 111 Minna.

Mon, Dec 27:
  • Krazy for Karaoke Pizza Party 7pm Knockout 3223 Mission/Valencia. Free Escape from New York slice and awesomely bad singing. Yes and yes
  • Cat's Pajamas presents quirky performers and film 8pm Makeout Room 3225 22nd/Mission $5
Wed, Dec 29:
  • SeaweedSway and Orange Room present: Dina Maccabee and the Excellent Spellers + Holly Mae and the Painted Room + Sylvain Room Quartet + Tenderfoot 9pm show Milk 1840 Haight/Stanyan $5
Thurs, Dec 30:
  • Kacey Johansing + Rad Cloud + Sparrows Gate 9pm show Amnesia 853 Valencia/20th $7
Fri, Dec 31:
  • Free Muni starting 6pm. Even the cable cars!
  • Johnny at SFfuncheap has compiled an amazing NYE event list: free booze, cab rides, music, coffee.....
  • Fresh & Onlys + Sonny & The Sunsets 9pm Amnesia 853 Valencia/20th $20. Free champagne toast, and food (not sure if grub is free)
Sun, Jan 2:
  • Asian Art Museum be free 10am-5pm Larkin/McAllister
  • Kally Price + Emperor Norton's Jazz Band swing in the new year 9pm Amnesia 853 Valencia/20th $5
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  • Sit and eat against Sit/Lie 4pm Macy's: Geary St across from Union Square
  • 826 Valencia volunteer 5 minute reading series 7pm Amnesia 853 Valencia/20th
  • Inception screens 7.30pm doors Independent 628 Divis/Hayes. "Free w/ 2 drink minimum" 21+
  • Smile! Xmas Extravaganza 9pm Knockout 3223 Mission/Valencia $7. Bart Davenport + Helene Renault + Cris Armijo + Matthew Edwards and the Unfortunates + Dina Maccabee
  • Lunar eclipse and solstice and stuff.....the crazies are coming out tonight!
Tues, Dec 21:
  • Pauline's Pizza 25th Anniversary 6-10pm 260 Valencia/Duboce. Gotta RSVP for some free 'zza
Fri, Dec 24:
  • Peet's Coffee gives you free coffee/tea for donating to local charities all day various Peet's's around town. Bring a mug!
Sat, Dec 25: --------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Mon, Dec 13:
  • All-Night Krazy 4 Karaoke Pizza Party 7pm Knockout 3223 Mission/Valencia no cover, and maybe free slices?
Tues, Dec 14:
  • Everything You Know is Pong literary celebrity tournament! 7.30-9.30pm 190 Capp/17th $10-20 donation to 826 Valencia
  • "Coming of Age" authors event 10pm-12am The Summit 780 Valencia/19th
Wed, Dec 15:
  • Cheap Art Show 5-8pm Pop's 24th/York. Local art <$50
  • ITVS screens The Calling 5.45pm Main Library Larkin/Grove. Doc following folks becoming professional religious leaders
  • SF Women's Political Committee holiday party 6-9pm Carnelian By The Bay 1 Ferry Plaza/Ferry Bldg. First 100 ladies get free bubbly, first 200 get a drink ticket
  • SF Community Land Trust fundraising party 6-11pm El Rio Mission/Valencia $5-20 suggested donation. Food for $donation, live music, presentations on gentrification, karaoke, networking
  • PlayWorks benefit and sale 6.30-8.30pm Sports Basement 1590 Bryant/15th. Free beer and snacks and such
  • Glow In The Dark Garden opening 7pm 165 Grove/Van Ness. "The show brings together light sculpture, interactive projects, sound art, and tactile experiences that reflect on the condition of blindness and visual impairment"
  • Green Party Holiday Hoopla 7pm Public Works 161 Erie/Mission/13th. DJs and dancing and politicos
Thurs, Dec 16:
  • Beethoven's 240th Birthday concert with hella musicians 2.40-11pm Kaleidoscope 3109 24th/Folsom $5-20 donation to musicians
  • Teen dance off!!!!! 4-8pm Main Library Larkin/Grove. High school troupes work it
  • Last Mission Community Market til April. Go get veggies and gifts 4-8pm 22nd/Bartlett. Hella street food carts, live music from The Heated, and tasty local foods
  • Fourteen Hills release party 7pm Coffee Bar 1890 Bryant/Mariposa free. Lots of local authors reading
  • Ghost Bird screens 7pm and 9.15pm Roxie Theatre 16th/Valencia $9.75. Documentary about the long lost (and found?) Ivory-bill
  • Mustaches for Kids 8pm Rickshaw Stop 155 Fell/Van Ness $10. Folks have been growing facial hair to raise money for low-income schools. The molester 'staches will be gone soon.
(RAINRAINRAINforever) Fri, Dec 17:
  • "Stirred + Simmered" graphic design + food + community opening reception 3-6pm 18 Reasons 593 Guerrero/18th. Great project benefiting La Cocina, plus delicious samples
  • Singapore 60s dance happy hour 5.30-9.30pm Knockout 3223 Mission/Valencia. Then go-go to....
  • Holiday and opening party for Hilary Williams and Bughouse 6.30-9.30pm Secession Art & Design 3361 Mission/30th. Bring a mug for some homebrew!
  • "The Last Kodachrome" opening reception 6pm RayKo Photo Center 428 Third/Harrison. Awesome old photos using a discontinued film
Sat, Dec 18:
  • Garfield Square Park cleanup and picnic 10am-2pm 25th/Treat. Please RSVP
  • Sidewalks Are For People day of action 11am-6pm all over SF. Stand up against Sit/Lie law: throw your own event, or join in others! Knit-ins, picnics, community, civil rights, marching bands....Rain or Shine
  • Underground Farmers' Market 11am-4pm (take home stuff) and 6-11pm (eat it now) SomArts 8th/Brannan $5 for one shift, $8 for both. Gotta sign up to be a member online (free)
  • Renegade Craft Fair 11am-7pm Concourse 7th/Brannan. Over 200 independent vendors of handmade awesomeness. Then head hungry back to the Mission....
  • New Taste Marketplace 4-9pm St. Greg's 500 DeHaro/Mariposa. Lots of local food vendors sell you delicious things
  • Veronica de Jesus book release party 6pm Dog Eared Books 900 Valencia/20th. Thoughtful art obituaries. Mosey on over to....
  • Cluster F@#k art show 7-11pm Mission Comics & Art 3520 20th/Valencia. "Hella fine art." Plus, they are having a food drive, so chip in!
  • La Victoria Kitchen Sinfull holiday party 7pm-1am 2937 24th/Alabama. Free conchita if you donate a coat or toy!
  • Unsilent Night 7.30pm Dolores Park. Download the song and waterproof your boombox
Sun, Dec 19:
  • Art party and craft time 11am-3pm Pear Tree Studio collective 1890 Bryant/Mariposa. Make stuff, sip stuff, buy stuff
  • Renegade Craft Fair 11am-7pm Concourse 7th/Brannan. Over 200 independent vendors of handmade awesomeness
  • Holiday Hootenanny Bluegrass Brunch 12-4pm Hotel Utah 4th/Brannan. Music free. Southern menu not
  • Free yoga classes! 1pm, 3pm, 5pm Yoga Loft 321 Divis/Page
  • Seaweed Sway Showcase goes jam with Chasing the Moon 7.30pm Makeout Room 3225 22nd/Mission $7. The Beehavers + New Cadence + Sourmash Jug Band + premiere of Magic Leaves video. MC Jeremy Dalmas and the Absurdists will be reenacting PERFECT STRANGERS between sets!
---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Tues, Dec 7:
  • Hella museums around town be free
  • Green Drinks 5.30-9.30pm 111 Minna/2nd. Eco networking. First 25 in good holiday sweaters get a free drink
  • Megan Keely and Calliope croon 7pm El Rio Mission/Valencia freeeee
  • Fight Fire With Fire benefit 7.30-10.30pm Coda 1710 Mission/14th $10-$100. Great line up of various musicians
  • Good folky-peppy music from Big Tree, The Lumineers, and Kelly McFarling 9.30pm Amnesia 853 Valencia/20th $5
Wed, Dec 8:
  • Curious Affair experience gift fair 5-9pm Verdi Club 2424 Mariposa/Hampshire $10 includes a cocktail and donation to Pie Ranch. Get gift certificates for glass blowing, wine making, etc
  • League of Pissed Off Voters meet-up open-house party 6-8pm Mason Social House 50 Mason/Market/Turk. "Calling the curious! Calling artists, wonks, activists, newbies, zinesters, campaigners, calling all and sundry" to get involved with politics via drinks, info booths, local political celebrities, etc
Thurs, Dec 9:
  • ARTery launch celebration 5-7pm 1007 Market/6th. Facelift for this area gets a kick-off party with music, mirth, and marketing
  • BAYCAT holiday party and screening 5-8pm 2415 3rd St/20th. Cool youth art video celebration
  • Art walk up and down lower Divisadero 5-11pm. Openings, sales, drinks specials, merriment
  • IndieMart takes over CA Academy of Sciences 6-10pm $12. Hipster accessories for Claude, the albino alligator? Rad DJs, vendors, and performances (AB & The Sea!)
  • Bernal Holiday Stroll 6-9pm Cortland Ave. Lots of small local businesses giving you sips and snacks and sales
  • Holiday Party for Hellraisers 6-10pm Bruno's 2389 Mission/21st. Join activists from Rainforest Action Network, Corporate Ethics Network, Ruckus Society, and more for drinks (punctual = free), appetizers, and dessert competition
  • Believer release party with music, authors. Part of "Stella Luminosa" 7.30-9.30pm Electric Works 130 8th/Minna. Art by Dave Eggars, Matt Furie, other hip folks
  • Wits'n'Ass 8pm Dark Room 2263 Mission/18th $10. Hella funny local ladies
Fri, Dec 10:Sat, Dec 11:
  • Bazaar Bizarre holiday indie craft fair 12-5pm Fort Mason Center Marina/Buchanan free. Cocktail and craft special party 7-10pm $10
  • While up there, why not? 25th Annual Tibet Day fair 11am-7pm Fort Mason Center A $10
  • Annual "H" sale 4-8pm Root Division 3175 17th/S Van Ness. Everything under $100. Lots of awesome things
  • 14th annual Postcard Show opening reception 7-10pm The Lab 2948 16th/Capp
  • Shannon and the Clams rock out 9.30pm Hemlock Polk/Post $5
Sun, Dec 12:
  • Free when you show your SF Public Library Card 10am-5pm Contemporary Jewish Museum 736 Mission/4th. Plus your illiterate (non card holding) friend can get in, too
  • Bazaar Bizarre holiday indie craft fair 12-6pm Fort Mason Center Marina/Buchanan free
  • La Posarela takes the stage 2pm Victoria Theatre 16th/Capp. Cool Mary/Joseph play modernized to touch on immigration
  • Shhhhhh.......Undercover Capture the Flag game 2-5pm undisclosed mall location....check here to get details
  • When in Berkeley....Berk Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists has it all today: atlernative gift fair, human rights discussion + dinner + film, and a singles potluck!
------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Thurs, Dec 2:
  • First Thursday art crawl. Check FecalFace link at right for details. Below are some highlights, grouped by 'hood:
  • Renaissance and Working Solutions art bazaar and fundraiser 3-7pm Old MacArthur Restaurant 607 Front/Jackson
  • 111 at 111 Minna/2nd 5pm-late. 111 artists. 1 piece each
  • Indie craft 826 Valencia fundraiser 6-9pm Hotel Rex 562 Sutter/Mason
  • 4th anniversary and holiday party 7-10pm Suite Five Salon 305 Grant/Sutter 5th Floor. Bubbly plus art by Matt Gonzalez (yes, Ralph Nader's running mate) and Ben Irvine
  • Goodbye party & storewide sale 5.30-8pm Get Lost Travel Books 1825 Market/Guerrero
  • Hayes Valley block party 6-9pm Hayes/Octavia. Lots o' businesses giving you lots o' treats
  • Pear Tree Art holiday opening party 5-8pm 1890 Bryant/Mariposa
  • SpaceCraft monthly art series does comedy 7-10pm CellSpace 2050 Bryant/19th. See 4 comediens, art, music, and drinks in your hand 4 free
  • Benefit for Liberation Institute 7pm doors Swedish American Hall 2170 Market/Sanchez $12/$15/$40 VIP ticket (food, drink, gifts, artist hobnob). Music by Annie Bacon's Folk Opera, Audiofauna, The Seedy Naturalists
Fri, Dec 3:
  • "Stella Luminosa" opening 6-8pm Electric Works 130 8th/Minna. Art by Dave Eggars, Matt Furie, other hip folks....
  • Holiday fair fundraiser 6-8pm SF Center for the Book 300 De Haro/17th
  • Creativity Explored holiday opening 6-9pm 3245 16th/Guerrero. Awesome non profit that puts on great parties
  • Live mural painting 6-9pm Art 94124 3900B 3rd/Fairfax. Art, cider, and marshmallows
  • Lower Haight art walk and scavenger hunt 6-9.30pm Haight/Steiner-Webster. Sales, drinks, merriment
  • El Salvador Film & Video Fest 7pm Mission Cultural Center 2868 Mission/25th $10/$8 students
Sat, Dec 4:
  • Supermarket Sweep bike race-food fundraiser 12pm Embarcadero/Folsom - Cupid's Arrow sculpture. Free to watch, $ to shop whilst racing
  • Produce to the People jam and other great things sale 12-4pm Mission Pie 25th/Mission
  • Outside In #9: Outside India food cart extravaganza to benefit Doctors Without Borders 12-5pm El Rio Mission/Valencia. Hot curry and cool DJs
  • Noise Pop'n'Shop 12-5pm Verdi Club 2727 Mariposa/York. Crafts, music, food vendors, food bank donation drop off, fun
  • Etsy craft bazaar 1-9pm Urban Bazaar 1379 9th Ave/Judah. Cheap drinks, quality handwork, and sweets
  • El Salvador Film & Video Fest 2-9.30pm Mission Cultural Center 2868 Mission/25th $10/$8 students
  • Chocolate chip cookie class 3-4pm Omnivore Books 3885a Cesar Chavez/Church
  • Aaron Rodriguez opening 7-9pm Gravel & Gold 21st/Valencia. Mountain climbing photos
Sun, Dec 5:
  • Asian Art Museum be free 200 Larkin/McAllister
  • El Salvador Film & Video Fest 2-6pm Mission Cultural Center 2868 Mission/25th $10/$8 students
  • Capsule design and local fashion fair 1-8pm Warehouse 1131 Mission/8th. Free to browse 70+ independent artisans
  • SFBC's Winterfest 6-10.30pm SomArts 8th/Brannan $15 members/$40 non (includes membership). Hella bikers to check out, art pieces to bid on, raffle tickets to purchase, beers to drink, crafts to buy

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