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OSL Nightlife

You can have Lights Down Low or a Fantasy of Lights this week as we welcome December and the height of Holidaze madness. Events like the Creativity Explored Annual Holiday Art Sale, Bazaar Bizarre and the 37th Annual Art Exhibition and Sale provide a local option for the shopping season, while a variety of events provide an outlet for those hoping to escape the "Christmas spirit." The New Orleans Suspects bring an all-star cast of musicians from the Big Easy to SF and the latest installment of Mushroom Jazz is back at Mighty. Get close to the edge at Fringe and put one back while your favorite bar backs kick up the competition at the Barback Olympics.

Exclusive Discount: Celebrate a local arts institution at the 2nd Annual Benefit Gala for Gray Area Foundation for the Arts on December 15th. SF Station readers receive 50% off general admission with discount code "sfstation"

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Boys Noize
at Mezzanine

ETD: Blackout
at The Factory
K. Flay
at The Independent

John Acquaviva
at Mighty
3 Year Anniversary
at Cary Lane

Black Star
at Mezzanine
New Years
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
at Cafe du Nord (8pm)

Hailing from the edge of familiarity, by way of the dregs of Oakland, Ca. comes Metal Mother, the moniker of the newest musical undertaking of singer/soundmaker Tara Tati...
at Mezzanine (8pm)

The three Latin American reggae champions will be joining local legends Bayonics for an unprecedented event: Reggae Latino 2011. Also, selecting tunes in between sets will be DJ Who and DJ Stepwise, to guarantee a full experience of immersion into the Latin take on Jamaican music...
Wednesday, November 30, 2011
at Icon Ultra Lounge (8pm)

No longer is her artful songwriting and soulful voice obscured by digital fuzz as it often was on her solo debut, BiRd-BrAiNs. Transplanting herself from Montreal to sunny Oakland, California, while touring almost non-stop for over two years...
at Elbo Room (10pm)

120 Minutes, Shutter and Crackwhore are please to bring you this show...
Thursday, December 1, 2011
at The Warfield (7pm)

Introducing an all-star music line-up for the GLIDE Annual Holiday Jam "The Love Groove." Musicians currently scheduled to perform include Sheila E., Pete Escovedo, Tom Johnston of the Doobie Brothers, Paula West...
at Exploratorium (6pm)

Keep the early dark of winter at bay with the light and warmth of the Exploratorium's After Dark: Glow! Enjoy a cocktail and experience the return of the Cubatron, a visually stunning 3D light sculpture by Bay Area artist and engineer Mark Lottor...
at California Academy of Sciences (6pm)

Jump start your holiday season with live reindeer, indoor snow flurries, and all the sugar & spice you can handle. This week marks the NightLife debut of 'Tis the Season for Science, the Academy's new exhibit featuring the sights, sounds, and smells of the season...
at Public Works (10pm)

Hot off the heels of a series of lectures at the 2011 Red Bull Music Academy in Madrid and the spring release of one of the most talked about electronic albums of the year, the legendary duo of Mark Pritchard and Steve Spacek will open your mind and heart...
Friday, December 2, 2011
at Public Works (9pm)

This phenomenal lineup is comprised of the best rising artists of 2011. We've been putting this epic event together since February and along with Public works, are ecstatic to finally present it to you in all its glory...
at Brick & Mortar Music Hall (9pm)

The New Orleans Suspects is comprised of musicians with experience and versatility that rival any band that the city of New Orleans has ever produced...
at Creativity Explored (6pm - 9pm)

The New Orleans Suspects is comprised of musicians with experience and versatility that rival any band that the city of New Orleans has ever produced...
at DNA Lounge (9pm)

Be there as your favorite party goes BIG one more time at the best dance club in San Francisco! The biggest and baddest Fringe bash to date with more space, more music, more screens, more booze and as always your favorite indie rock...
New Years
Saturday, December 3, 2011
at Electric Works (4pm)

Electric Works is pleased to announce McSweeney's McMullens: Artwork from Children's Books, plus 1,032 Illustrated Lunch Bags, a group show celebrating the artwork of McSweeney's McMullens, the children's book imprint launched by McSweeney's earlier this year...
at Mighty (9pm)

Mushroom Jazz is a series of musical compilations by DJ Mark Farina. Originating in 1992 these were released on cassette tape, then since 1997 have been commercial CD and vinyl releases. Farina combines elements of downtempo, hip hop, jazz and R&B, French, Latin...
at Bill Graham Civic Auditorium (7:30pm)

The National's fifth album, High Violet, was the first to be recorded at the band's own studio in the Ditmas Park section of Brooklyn, with mixing by long time associate Peter Katis at his Tarquin Studios in Bridgeport...
at CCSF Fort Mason Art Campus (all day)

This occasion gives the community an opportunity to visit the art facilities at the Fort Mason Art Campus and to see and buy student work from the classes held there...
at Union Street between Van Ness & Steiner (3pm - 7pm)

San Francisco's historic Union Street kicks off its month-long holiday celebration on when the annual Fantasy of Lights brings young and old together to enjoy festivities and celebrate this exciting time of year. A highlight of this holiday event are the thousands of twinkling...
Sunday, December 4, 2011
at Concourse Exhibition Center (noon - 6pm)

We are happy to announce the Bazaar Bizarre San Francisco Winter Show which will take place at the Concourse Exhibition Center! Bazaar Bizarre began in 2001 in the Boston-area as a hodge-podge of friends and acquaintances cobbling together their handcrafted DIY wares to sell and staging an offbeat entertainment extravaganza...
at Mezzanine (9pm)

This year's Barback Gladiators will compete for prizes through a series of rigorous bar related activities that promise to delight a crowd of cheering bartenders, owners, and industry enthusiasts...
at 111 Minna Gallery (11:30am)

Half Swap Meet Half DSLR Workshops. Meet and interact with local Bay Area video producers & photographers...
at The Warfield (8pm)

Iggy and The Stooges is an American rock band from Ann Arbor, Michigan first active from 1967 to 1974, and later reformed in 2003. Although they sold few records in their original incarnation and often performed for indifferent or hostile audiences...
at Great American Music Hall (8pm)

Cass McCombs was born in 1977 and raised in Northern California. He is of the generation that grew up hearing the stories still fresh on people's minds: Zodiac killings, Zebra killings, Manson, Black Panthers, SLA, riots, People's Park, LSD, etc.
New Years
Monday, December 5, 2011
at Theatre of Yugen / Noh Space (see listing for times)

Mr. YooWho travels to the Himawari Shrine, hoping to glimpse the famed illustrious treasure. To his surprise, upon arrival, he is challenged with higher tasks. Drawing from his vaudevillian treasure chest, he attempts to satisfy the caretaker's cantankerous demands. But where is the treasure of the shrine?
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