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While business at many companies slows during the final weeks of December, San Francisco's clubs and venues are anything but quite. It's only appropriate that Kid Cudi, the artist who helped revive hip-hop in 2009 with "Day and Night," kick starts the week with a gig tonight at the Regency Ballroom. His spacey rhymes should give the Bay Area's lonely stoners plenty of inspiration to attend the Shadow Circus Christmas Special, a holiday puppet show featuring drugged-up dinosaurs and giant cockroaches at the Climate Theater. On Thursday, the organizers behind the annual Noise Pop festival get into the holiday spirit with handcrafted gifts at other goodies at Noise Pop Holiday Shop. Elevate your spirits later that evening and get an aerial view of the Christmas decorations on Union Square with Dresscode at the classic SF venue, Harry Denton's Starlight Room. And help break in one of San Francisco's newest venues on Friday with Designer Deejays at Manor West. If you are not out of breath by the end of the weekend, head to The Marsh on Sunday and cleanse yourself with some wholesome entertainment at the Greatest Bubble Show on Earth.

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NightLife at the Academy
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
at The Warfield (8pm)

"The men behind the European downtempo outfit Zero 7 -- producers Henry Binns and Sam Hardaker -- launched their careers in the music industry as tea boys at a London recording studio. Shortly thereafter, however, both were in the thick of action..."
at Regency Ballroom (8pm)

Hip hop hasn't evolved drastically in some time, and with all the new comers making catchy and infectious records for a quick ring tone sell, there's a lack of creativity in hip hop and the focus is more about how many units can be sold. Every generation a few...
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
at Climate Theater (8pm)

San Francisco 's most belligerent puppetry troupe is returning once more to the Climate Theater, bringing you a cornucopia of Holiday mayhem. Shadow Circus uses life-sized latex puppets to create a seething underworld of...
at Harry Denton's Starlight Room (8pm)

San Francisco's Wednesday premiere night hotspot. Sip on your favorite cocktails while dancing to fabulous penthouse views. Starring Custom Couture Burlesque Designs by Dance Visual & Models by Desired Temptations
Thursday, December 17, 2009
at Verdi Club (5pm - 10pm)

Featuring an incredible array of vendors, you will be able to find homemade botanical soaps, handcrafted jewelry, beautiful one-of-a-kind artwork, beautiful and cute designer clothing for babies, children, and adults, and more.
at The Independent (8pm)

What happens when a squadron of guitar-wielding Lucha Libra heroes on their way to rescue Santa Claus get lost on their way to North Pole and end up wandering the strees of East LA? Well, a tree trimming party hosted by none other than the King of Rock y Roll, of course...
at Vessel (9pm)

Every so often a DJ or producer comes along who inspires the collective imagination. Loco Dice is someone who can puzzle together intangible moods with a direct approach. Via his DJ sets or his productions on labels like M_nus, Cadenza, Ovum, Four Twenty and Cocoon...
at Harry Denton's Starlight Room (9pm)

All of us at Habit are really excited about this months party, featuring local favorite's Moniker and Christian Mora. Resident duo Bells & Whistles will ease you into the night with their saultry Deep Tech House sound, perfect for setting the mood...
NightLife at the Academy
Friday, December 18, 2009
at Gallery 16 (6pm)

Gallery 16 is honored to present its third exhibition with the internationally acclaimed Rudy VanderLans, and its first of the work of Emigre! Rudy VanderLans' creative output over the past twenty five years is as varied as it is influential. Rudy is a world-renowned designer, a magazine and music publisher...
at GAFTA (6pm)

In 2010 as part of our Phase II Taylor street expansion, GAFFTA will open a new project boutique called Archetype. With an emphasis on wearables, this unique product-focused space will support emerging local and international designers around the principles of technologically-inspired and...
at Mighty (10pm)

A Special Holiday Benefit for Next Aid World AID'S Day. Featuring M3, Christian Martin, Fred Everything, J-Boogie, Amp Live, 40 Thieves, Sleazemore, DJ Fluid, Rob G, Al Velilla, Davi Williams, Errol and a special DJ set from Santa!
at Regency Center (9pm)

DJ Dan began spinning in L.A.'s early '90s rave scene and then became the main DJ for San Francisco's aptly-named Funky Techno Tribe. Along with headlining raves in the US and worldwide, DJ Dan has remixed popular dance artists such as Cirrus and released...
at Manor West (9pm)

Free with RSVP! This new venue just opened up on December 3rd. It has been described as, "the new best club in San Francisco", "open and spacey", "great layout and great sound", "clubby and Vegas-like", "classy with a great crowd." So come check it out and see for yourself!
Saturday, December 19, 2009
at Herbst Pavilion (11am - 7pm)

Over 150 of today's finest indie-craft and contemporary design talents will be setting up shop. Those looking to shop handmade and support small business this holiday season will surely find something for everyone at this large-scale, free-to-attend art, craft and design extravaganza!
at Mighty (9pm - 3am)

This months installment of Salted hosts Marques Wyatt along with residents Miguel Migs and Julius Papp. Pink Mammoth will be holding it down in the side room. This is a night of classic SF deep funky house not to be missed!
Sunday, December 20, 2009
at The Marsh (11am)

You will witness all kinds of extraordinary things such as spinning flying saucer bubbles, square bubbles filled with fog, universe bubbles with orbiting planets and bubble chains that look like centipedes...
at The Independent (4:30pm & 7:30pm)

Vienna Teng's two critically-acclaimed independent albums, 2002's Waking Hour and 2004's Warm Strangers, landed on Billboard album charts and reached No. 2 on Amazon's bestseller list. With a "smooth and sophisticated" voice (Washington Times) and lyrics that are "smart and introspective" (Philadelphia Daily News), this Saratoga native...
Monday, December 21, 2009
at SFMOMA (11am - 5:45pm)

From mounting Jackson Pollock's first solo museum exhibition in 1945 to exhibiting vernacular photographs and championing the emerging Mission School scene in the mid-1990s, SFMOMA has consistently broken new ground, challenging the conventional wisdom of what an art museum should present and collect...
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