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The holidays often create unwanted stress, commitments and tension, but for every unavoidable holiday party or shopping trip, a unique Bay Area event looms nearby. Take a break and bug out today on Union Square with the Bug Mob Dance Squad, featuring performers from Cirque du Soleil's Ovo production. While the Bay Area does it's best to become a winter wonderland, blow of some steam at Slim's when the hard-rockin' ladies of The Donnas take the stage, or get decked out and snuggle up with other holiday revelers for the Beauty Bar Christmas Party. Find a red suit and white beard and party incognito on Saturday at the annual Santacon blowout that emerges at an undisclosed location before creating "Santarchy" throughout the City. And give yourself a final holiday reprieve and rock out with your disco stick out on Sunday with pop's latest diva sensation, Lady Gaga. You deserve it!

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at Paramount Theatre

Cold Cave
at Bottom of the Hill
Less Than Jake
at Regency Ballroom

Chris Clouse
at Manor West Opening Party
Special Disco Version
at Mighty

Mad Science
at 111 Minna
NightLife at the Academy
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
at Union Square (noon - 2pm)

Cirque du Soleil will host Bug Dance Fever with costumed performers from OVO leading Cirque fans and passersby in a specially-choreographed dance. The festive event will include complimentary snacks and the opportunity to win OVO prizes...
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
at Slim's (8:30pm)

Yes, The Donnas are for real and they are here to stay. They are a loud and proud American original. They are a band of influence, survivors in an industry known more for comet casualties than career success stories. And the Donnas really are a savvy, brazen success story...
Thursday, December 10, 2009
at Bottom of the Hill (9pm)

The Slits are one of the last remaining bands from the inner circle of Punk. Their meaning and relevance transcends even that narrow classification. They became the forerunners of a unique Dub/Punk fusion. They remain one of the most influential bands in the world...
at Bimbo's 365 Club (7pm)

Known for her adventurous blends of Brazilian, European and electronic pop styles, Bebel Gilberto continues to blur musical boundaries with every performance. Sensual rhythms of her native country dominate the New York-born Brazilian vocalist's work. Many of her songs are...
at SFMOMA (7pm)

"George and Mike Kuchar are the twin darlings of the experimental film world, makers of hundreds of films and videos and legends in their own time. But back in the '50s and '60s they were just a couple of brothers from the Bronx who shared an 8mm camera..."
at Beauty Bar (9pm)

Wear your finest fur, your highest Marcello heals, that beautiful camel hair blazer, white bow tie and the nicest dress shoes in your closet. This time of year is for partying with your family and loved ones and The Beauty Bar has a family in this city like no other place. We love you all and are so excited that Jeffrey Paradise has come back in the fold to make this a night we won't soon forget!
at Mezzanine (10pm)

Kick off Not So Silent Night with a fabulous pre-party at the Mezzanine! Featuring DJ Sets by Gossip and Passion Pit along with your favorite Popscene DJs! With a live performance by Hey Champ!
NightLife at the Academy
Friday, December 11, 2009
at Scottish Rite Center (see listing for times)

Celebrate the holidays with family and friends at the 24th annual Christmas Revels, a beloved Bay Area holiday tradition. This year's homage to the frosty season will feature music, dance and folklore from 19th century Bavaria as California Revels explores the very roots of modern Christmas...
at The Regency Center (9pm - 4am)

FlirtyFlirty invites you to a special evening at the Regency Ballroom in San Francisco with our #1 favorite DJ, Fedde Le Grand, coming all the way from the Netherlands! Don't miss your chance to experience a night of awesome house music form the DJ/producer who brought us Put Your Hands up for Detrioit...
Saturday, December 12, 2009
at Concourse Exhibition Center (10am - 6pm)

An annual craft fair held in San Francisco's Concourse Exhibition Center. Help welcome over 200 artists and craftsmen to the Bay Area by paying them a visit during this holiday shopping season. The festival will also feature a gourmet food pavilion, and live performances by Bay Area musicians.
at TBA (3pm)

It all started back in 1994 when several dozen Cheap Suit Santas paid a visit to downtown San Francisco for a night of Kringle Kaos. Things have reached Critical Xmas and Santarchy is now a global phenomenon. You'd better watch out! Santa's coming to town!
at American Rag (3pm - 7pm)

Before starting his high-end menswear line, Los Angeles-based designer Randy Freedman worked as Ben Harper's guitar technician for nearly a decade. Randy began crafting custom 'one of a kind' made to measure button downs for musicians and other influential people in the entertainment industry...
at HP Pavilion (7pm)

Rock legends Metallica will take the HP Pavilion stage the night of Dec. 12 to perform some of their greatest hits from their more than a decade long career...
at The Lab (8pm)

Bryan Von Reuter organizes a Tetris battle with live music for your game geek pleasure. Tetris will be projected gonzo-sized on the wall of the gallery and the games will proceed March Madness style. A winner will emerge victorious to take the title and the prize...
at supperclub (9pm)

Once again Red Square teams up with DJ4LIFE to bring you this unforgettable Red&White party at one of the sexiest and intimate venues in San Francisco Supperclub with super sophisticated interior.
at Elbo Room (10pm)

As crazy as this sounds, Bersa Discos has been throwing the monthly cumbia/tropical explosion known as Tormenta Tropical for two whole years. Thanks so much to everyone who's supported us...
Sunday, December 13, 2009
at Bently Reserve (noon - 7pm)

A multi-faceted and sensory holiday experience crafted by Style Division to entertain, inspire, and engage attendees. The event will include a runway show, adult beverages, some of the city's best DJs, an art gallery and live art creation, interactive holiday activities, and more...
at SF County Fair Building (Hall of Flowers) (noon - 7pm)

Come one, come all to one of the oldest and best indie craft fairs in the nation! Bazaar Bizarre began in 2001 in the Boston-area as an offbeat entertainment extravaganza to showcase the DIY movement and handmade goods. Bazaar Bizarre has spread across the nation to cities...
at Palace of Fine Arts (3pm)

A narrated international holiday production, opens a joyful world with feelings of amazement, festivity and wonder, delighting audiences of all ages with a celebration of holiday favorites from the great ballets and holidays across cultures...
at Bill Graham Civic Auditorium (7:30pm)

When Lady Gaga was a little girl, she would sing along on her mini plastic tape recorder to Michael Jackson and Cyndi Lauper hits and get twirled in the air in daddy's arms to the sounds of the Rolling Stones and the Beatles. The precocious child would dance around the table at fancy Upper West Side restaurants...
at SOMA Arts Center (8pm)

A critical, virtual journey through the psyche of Roy Sullivan-the real-life American who purportedly holds the world record for being struck by lightning: seven times. Sullivan encounters and falls hopelessly in love with the enchanting Hot Wire Honey...
at Chabot Space & Science Center (6pm - 10pm)

We're having a holiday party with meteors in the sky and wine in your glass at Chabot Space and Science Center. Astronomer Conrad Jung told me that this year, the Geminids meteor shower will peak on Sunday...
at The Crucible (10am - 4pm)

Whatever holiday you celebrate, spark it up with a visit to The Crucible's Holiday Gifty celebration. Shop for unique and affordable gifts created by over 70 Bay Area artisans, and experience the excitement of our 56,000 square foot studio, where furnaces roar and sparks fly...
Monday, December 14, 2009
at Davies Symphony Hall (8pm)

Star power returns to Davies Symphony Hall! Hear timeless seasonal standards such as The Most Wonderful Time of the Year and Do You Hear What I Hear, performed as only these stars can! The line-up includes great r&b/pop hitmakers of the 80s and 90s Peabo Bryson...
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