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Tue Nov 18 - Mon Nov 24, 2008

Times are tough. You don't need us to tell you that. You're scrimping, you're cancelling travel plans, and you're stuffing cash under your mattress for safe keeping. We get it. But, fear not, it will get better. Put financial stresses in perspective and vow to give yourself a treat this week. After all, there are plenty of options. The Golden Gate Express chugs its way into the Conservatory of Flowers on Thursday. And at $1-5 admission, this special holiday attraction is a great, inexpensive activity. Also on Thursday, part performance art, part spectacle and 100% rock, Gwar makes an appearance at The Grand; blood, guts and thrash metal - oh my! And everyone's fav dance fest, the SF Hip Hop DanceFest, will be throwing it down at the Palace of Fine Arts this weekend. Also on the decks is Barracuda - the 80s dance party of all 80s dance parties - at 111 Minna Gallery. Rounding out the weekend are two excellent events your wallet will thank you for: the Holiday Tree Lighting ceremony at Pier 39 and the SF Cupcake Social at Specs (yum!).

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at de Young Museum
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at Poleng Lounge
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
at The Warfield (8pm)

"That's no small goal to set for yourself, but Usher Raymond has never been shy about his ambitions. With his new album, Here I Stand, one of the biggest stars in the pop universe has truly stepped into new territory-boldly presenting his music with a maturity, scope, and range..."
at Landmark's Embarcadero Center (see listing for times)

This eight-day festival is dedicated to celebrating the rich cinematic tradition of Italy and bringing to Bay Area audiences the directors and films that are driving the recent resurgence in Italian filmmaking. The core of New Italian Cinema is the competitive section with seven films by emerging directors...
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
at W Hotel (6:30pm - 9:30pm)

Yetunde Schuhmann and The Innovative Fashion Council of San Francisco Cordially Invite You to A Networking Cocktail, Panel Discussion, and Fashion Show. And a Special Fashion Show featuring Eco-Designer brands Kailia Italian Footwear, Del Forte Denim, Jen Darling Eco Lux bags, and select looks from Carrots Boutique in SF and Hearts Desire in Oakland...
at Cobb's Comedy Club (6:30pm - 10pm)

A live taping of interviews with musicians Jello Biafra and Richard & Alan of the Sun City Girls...
Thursday, November 20, 2008
at Conservatory of Flowers (9am - 4:30pm)

All aboard The Golden Gate Express for a San Francisco holiday experience like no other! This winter, Golden Gate Park's Conservatory of Flowers premieres its first garden railway exhibition. It's a celebration of the city of San Francisco as model G-gauge trains wend their way through a lush landscape of dwarf plants and steam past mini versions of the city's landmark buildings...
at Mr. Smiths (6pm)

One of the most frivolous and animated rituals in the wine world has begun. By the time it is over nearly half of the region's total annual production will be distributed and drunk around the world. It has become a worldwide race to be the first to serve to this new wine of the harvest. In doing so, it has been carried by motorcycle, balloon, truck, helicopter, Concorde jet, elephant, runners and rickshaws...
at Grace Cathedral (7:30pm)

A talk and book signing with the preeminent teacher of Eastern philosophy and New York Times best selling author. Mr. Chopra's book, Jesus, is a fresh and inspirational re-imagining of a young man's transformational journey from carpenter's son to revolutionary leader - the man seen by many as the savior of the world...
at The Grand (8pm)

"GWAR (an acronym for God What an Awful Racket) is thrash metal's answer to the more mainstream satire of Spinal Tap. Gory, sexually perverse, and scatological in the extreme, GWAR was formed at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond as an experiment in marketing strategy by several musicians, art students, and dancers..."
at DNA Lounge (8:30pm)

A benefit for Afghanistan's children of war. Our mission is to restore hope to the lives of Afghanistan's children of war; by removing them from a state of anguish, isolation and persecution, toward a future of hope, opportunity and justice inherent to our most primitive human rights.
at Slide (9pm)

This party is about "unity" and bringing the best of crowds and worlds together. On this special night, Donovan returns to his "old school" roots, performing an "exclusive" set of dirty beats accompanied by live conga drummer Sergio "El Conguero" Criollo to bring a sexy vibe. So bring your dancing shoes and come get dirty with us.
Yum Diary
Friday, November 21, 2008
at The Grand (8pm)
"The brainchild of singer/guitarist Kevin Barnes, Of Montreal was among the second wave of bands to emerge from the sprawling Elephant 6 collective. A native of Athens, GA, Barnes was inspired to form the euphoric indie pop group in the wake of a broken romance with a woman from Montreal..."
at Palace of Fine Arts (8pm)
This is a landmark event that is guaranteed to thrill and amaze audiences of all ages and tastes. Join the hip hop DanceFest nation as it celebrates 10 years at the helm of the art form and launches the next stage of its history.
at The Independent (9pm)
It was while touring with Coconut in 2006 that the idea for El Guincho -- blending samples of his favorite tropicalia and calypso along with percussion and his own vocals -- came about. Alegranza was almost instantly compared to Panda Bear's Person Pitch and won El Guincho prized spots at both SXSW..."
at Hemlock Tavern (9:30pm)

An astonishing two-man entertainment strike-force comprised of performer/musician JP Hasson and projectionist/costume designer Thomas Hurley III. Both raised in bucolic rural Western Washington, Pleaseeasaur have taken their act to the streets of the world and have now reached the top of the international comedy pile by signing a 7 year contract with Comedy Central.
Saturday, November 22, 2008
at Hyatt Hotels & Resorts (5:30pm - 9:30pm)
This is a time to celebrate the harvest in a grandiose atmosphere of French Food and Wine tasting. Enjoy the fun and exciting Fashion Show and Silent Auction. If you can't make it to France in time for the traditional celebration of the uncorking of the first wine of the year, join us with an estimated 1000 guests for an evening of celebration right here in San Francisco. This is the best annual festival in town!
at Swedish American Hall (7:30pm)

"My Brightest Diamond is spearheaded by Shara Worden, granddaughter of an Epiphone-playing traveling evangelist, fathered by a National Accordion Champion, and mothered by a classical organist. Having a family of musical wanderers who migrated across the US every few years, the landscape and the musical influences were constantly changing..."
at Magic Theatre (8pm)

"Oh, hi! I didn't hear you come in over this music. Did you know that Ricky Martin was only 11 when he joined the Latin pop sensation Menudo? I know, right?! You know who else's lucky number is 11? Your very own Lobsters! That's why we thought we'd take 11 sketches (one from each of our 11 years o' magic), 11 directors, and throw it down Lobster-style..."
at 111 Minna Gallery (9pm)

SF Station & Barracuda present a smash decade dance ball featuring San Francisco's top 80s dance and rock DJs spinning deep cuts, 80s hip hop, new wave hits and danceable classics from everyone's favorite era at San Francisco's epicenter of art, music and culture, 111 Minna.
at Levende Lounge (9pm)

Benefiting Second Harvest Food Bank. We are truly blessed to have 3 meals a day. But there are many families in our community who are less fortunate and cannot afford to eat. Come make a difference this Holiday Season...
at Bentley Reserve (9pm)
An opulent gathering of tribes in celebration of our artistic treasures and vital community spirit awaits! Partake in an evening of abundant visual delights, auditory pleasures, beguiling libations, and a cornucopia of spectacular people, art and performances...
at Hemlock Tavern (9:30pm)

"Join the Family. AIDS Wolf is a nuclear family, from which flows an ever-expanding extended family network. Artistic collaborations, shared travels, exchanged stories, and general camaraderie with other bands and artists are not only motivating and inspiring but also serve as a vital metrics..."
at underground location (10pm)

Roam Music proudly brings Vancouver's Mathew Jonson, one of the preeminent artists in electronic music today, to San Francisco for the very first time on Saturday night at a proper underground location. This second installment in our AudioKinesis series is titled "Jade".
Sunday, November 23, 2008
at Moscone Center (10am - 10pm)

The San Francisco Chronicle|SFGate.com 51st Annual International Auto Show is presented by AutoTrader.com and supported by the California Motor Car Dealers Association. Featuring over 40 of the world's major manufacturers displaying their 2009 model cars, SUV's, trucks and vans... almost 800 vehicles in all.
at Regency Center (10am - 5pm)
The triumvirate of SF's sickest purveyors of urban style come together over 2 days to offer huge discounts at a joint warehouse sale. All items up to 80% off! All major credit cards and cash accepted.
at Zellerbach Hall (see listing for times)

Celebrating its 40th anniversary, San Francisco Taiko Dojo brings a visual, audio, and visceral performance like no other. Taiko is a dynamic combination of traditional and contemporary rhythms, dance, and martial arts.
at Pier 39 (1pm - 6pm)

The enchanting entertainment will include holiday traditions from Christmas, Chanukah and Kwanzaa. Children can also enjoy free activities including face painting, letters to Santa, crafts, and photos with Santa. PIER 39's majestic tree, adorned with 400 glistening ornaments, 500 bows and 2,000 twinkling LED lights...
at Mission Rock Café (2pm - 2am)

We have an awesome line-up of performers, wonderful middle eastern foods and treats to partake in, and non-stop fun. This event starts at 2pm and goes until 2am. Come and chill with the hookahs, listen to some music and visit with your friends. Dress up in your favorite burning man attire, or come as you like!
at Yoshi's San Francisco (7pm)

"Béla Fleck, often considered the premiere banjo player in the world, has made a name for himself as a virtuoso instrumentalist unbounded by genre. His band The Flecktones - Victor Wooten on electric bass, Jeff Coffin on sax and flute, and Future Man on percussion - are equally talented and adventurous as Fleck himself..."
at Berkeley Community Theatre (8pm)
"Cheech & Chong are a comedy duo, consisting of Richard 'Cheech' Marin and Tommy Chong, who found a wide audience in the 1970s and 1980s for their stand-up routines, which were based upon the era's hippie, free love, and especially drug culture movements. The duo released a number of successful comedy albums, and starred in a series of low-budget films..."
Monday, November 24, 2008
at Specs Twelve Adler Museum Cafe (7pm)

"The only two things on the agenda are: fun and cupcakes. This is a chill, social group so pls come out and we'll all have a great time and go on the greatest cupcake high ever! No need to worry about ice breakers and being put on the spot. The first question thrown at you will probably be, 'Wanna cupcake?' Haha..."
at Great American Music Hall (8pm)

"Deerhunter is a five-piece group originated from Atlanta, Georgia. The band, comprised of Bradford Cox, Moses Archuleta, Josh Fauver, Whitney Petty, and Lockett Pundt, has described themselves as 'ambient punk,' though they incorporate a wide range of genres, including noise rock, art rock, ambient, and post-punk. The band has weathered chaotic line-up changes, the death of a member, and much discouragement..."
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