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If you need a good laugh, San Francisco is the place to be this week. Sketchfest, the comedic bust-up held at venues throughout the city, brings some of the nation's top comics to town for four days. The festival kicks off Thursday and closes Sunday with a tribute to Conan O'Brien, featuring an appearance by newly crowned "Tonight Show" host. "Weird Al" Yankovic, the Reno 911! Sheriff's Department, Doug Benson, and Greg Proops are among several other comedians scheduled to perform. If material things are more likely to put a smile on your face, Cartier and America at the Legion of Honor will light up your life with an exhibit featuring more than 200 hundred pieces of jewelry. More good times are in store at Hot Chocolate, a new weekly disco/funk party, and Ice Cream Social with Brooklyn-based producer/DJ Kingdom. Get arty and party on Saturday during SFMOMA's 75th anniversary bash before you take your crazy heart to the 14-hour Space Cowboy marathon at the Endup. And don't forget to take a moment to reflect on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. as his holiday approaches on Monday. In the Name of Love and Bringing the Noise for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., with spoken word from Youth Speaks, are events held in his honor this week.

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Speed Racer

The Fetching Veggie Etchings


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Blow Up
at Rickshaw Stop

Sea of Dreams
at Concourse Exhibition Center
Sonic Youth
at The Fillmore

Roll Call
at SOM Bar
at 330 Ritch

Streets of SF
at Fort Mason
NightLife at the Academy
Tuesday, January 12, 2010
at Hemlock Tavern (9pm)

"Shannon and the Clams are a band from Oakland and also, another era. An era when music was what it should be-catchy, energetic and full of kissability. Picture if The Crystals, Bad Brains and Wanda Jackson had a giant surf party orgy in a vat of ice cream and you have it..."
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
at Legion of Honor (9:30am - 5:15pm)

Through April 18, Cartier and America at the Legion of Honor covers the history of the House of Cartier from its first great successes as the "king of jewelers and jeweler to kings" during the Belle Epoque through to the 1960s and 1970s, when Cartier supplied celebrities of the day...
Thursday, January 14, 2010
at various locations (see listing for times)

SF Sketchfest was founded in 2001 by David Owen, Cole Stratton and Janet Varney as a way to showcase the talents of six Bay Area sketch comedy groups: The Fresh Robots, Kasper Hauser, The Meehan Brothers, Please Leave the Bronx, Totally False People and White Noise Radio Theatre...
at The Independent (9pm)

Draped in the rich colours of African cloth, his trademark staff in hand, and his dreadlocks wrapped regally on his head, Anthony B embodies all that it is spiritual and proactive about Reggae music. This artiste has been steadfast in his mission to represent the poor and oppressed...
NightLife at the Academy
Friday, January 15, 2010
at Make-Out Room (8pm)

Hailed a "cultural phenomenon" by Newsweek and celebrated for years by the likes of This American Life, The Today Show, Esquire, The Onion AV Club, Daily Candy, Entertainment Weekly, and E!, Mortified is a comic excavation of the strange and extraordinary things we created as kids...
at Milk Bar (9pm)

We want the funk! The Milk Bar embarks on a new fantastic voyage fueled with slabs of funk driven club hits by the Hot Chocolate crew every Friday night. Brought to you by some of the Bay Areas top DJ Heroes...
at Mighty (10pm)

No matter what sounds you profess to be your music of choice, chances are, that at some point over the last five years, you will have got your rocks off to Matt Edwards, aka Radio Slave! Considered by many as one of the most unique and important artists in electronic dance music...
at 222 Club (10pm)

Kingdom is a Brooklyn-based producer and DJ whose signature sets and productions have been gathering a rabid following since he released his first mixtape in 2006. Since then, DJs from Diplo to BBC's Annie Mac have given his tracks spins, and with his recent signing to Fools Gold Records and...
Saturday, January 16, 2010
at SFMOMA (6pm - 11pm)

The Haas Atrium comes alive after dark with live performances by avant cellist Zoe Keating and cello/vocals duo Loop!Station. Electronic collage artists Matmos headline. A cash bar adds to the anniversary revelry...
at The Fillmore (9pm)

Few bands are as outspoken and thought-provoking as State Radio, the musically inventive, socially and politically charged trio fronted by Chad Stokes. With its sophomore album, Year Of The Crow, the group - rounded out by bassist Chuck Fay and drummer Mad Dog...
at The Endup (10pm)

14 hours of non stop music madness! San Francisco, We have another problem! Sense SF, NicolePresents & The Endup bring you The Space Cowboys!
Sunday, January 17, 2010
at Scottish Rite Center (7pm)

This year's amazing line-up includes Ledisi, one of the country's most gifted rising stars, the John Santos Sextet featuring vocalists Kimiko Joy and Orlando Torriente; the powerful 60-voice Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir; and the Oakland Children's Community Choir under the musical direction of Melanie DeMore with...
at Swedish American Hall (7:30pm)

While Asobi Seksu's creative core explored music at an early age (lead vocalist/keyboardist Yuki Chikudate got standing ovations at child prodigy recitals when she was just 8; guitarist/vocalist James Hanna bounced between sludgy hardcore and Mogwai-schooled post-rock in his teens)...
at The Warfield (8pm)

Although they began as an artsy prog rock band, Styx would eventually transform into the virtual arena rock prototype by the late '70s and early '80s, due to a fondness for bombastic rockers and soaring power ballads. The seeds for the band were planted in another Chicago band during the late '60s...
Monday, January 18, 2010
at Herbst Theatre (7pm)

This year, keep the tradition alive by celebrating Dr. King's birthday with the Bay Area's leading youth spoken word artists and performers as they remember Dr. King and the other unsung heroes in the movement...
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