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The holidays can be stressful. That's why it's important to get out and have some fun between family visits, work parties, cooking and shopping. Thanksgiving eve is packed with parties like Robert Babicz and Oliver $ at Public works and K. Flay at The Independent. Political rapper Immortal Technique is stopping by Occupy camps on his current tour through the Bay Area and tUnE-yArDs is back for a hometown gig at the Regency. Local hip-hop is well represented with Digital Underground and Souls of Mischief and two nights with the reunited Latyrx, featuring Lyrics Born and Lateef the Truthspeaker. Get into the Christmas spirit with tree lighting ceremonies at Union Square and Ghirardelli Square and find one of your own at the Guardsmen Christmas Tree Lot.

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at Rickshaw Stop

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at The Factory
John Acquaviva
at Mighty

at The Independent
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at Cary Lane

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at Mezzanine
GAFFTA Benefit
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
at Magic Theatre (7pm)

After 20 years apart, Emma tracks Ulysses to a trailer park in the middle of nowhere for a final reckoning. What unfolds is a visceral and profound meditation on love and loss with the simplest of theatrical elements: two people in one room...
at The Independent (8pm)

His west coast style has become a staple in the New Orleans music scene by bringing wild themed parties to hip-hop shows. G's shows are full of sorority girls, sneakerheads, preps and hipsters - like if Kid Cudi was in Animal house...
at Bottle Cap (6pm)

Four of North Beach's top bartenders will compete to make an original, Herb Caen-inspired martini made with Chopin Vodka. And here's the best part - YOU get to be the judge! Attendees will be given a bottle cap to cast their vote...
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
at Public Works (9pm - 4am)

Join us the night before Thanksgiving for what is always one of the craziest nights of the year. This year we are proud to bring two unique artists to SF for the first time...
at The Independent (8pm)

On stage, K.Flay is a one-woman whirlwind: whether she's creating beats, singing, rapping and playing guitar, her wit and acerbic charm shine through. Her talents have led her to share the stage with a wide array of artists including spending 2010 on the road with Passion Pit...
at The Fillmore (8pm)

Most of his songs focus on social justice, covering a wide variety of topics such as urban poverty in the US and international economic inequality (especially in Latin America), protest against the imprisonment of Mumia Abu-Jamal, militarism and the military industrial complex in...
at Icon Ultra Lounge (9pm)

We wan't to give Thanks to everyone who has supported Housepitality over the last year with a special Thanksgiving Potluck. Icon Lounge and Housepitality will be laying out a lovely spread of hot, yummy, Thanksgiving FREE food for all you to come enjoy with us...
at Regency Ballroom (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...
Thanksgiving - Thursday, November 24, 2011
at Mezzanine (9pm)

Due to popular demand, we're bringing back this old school party Thanksgiving night this year! All original CREAM OF BEAT party goers and anyone that can appreciate an old school vibe and music is welcome! Don't miss this incredible night! We hope you can join us!
at Temple (10pm)

Whether you like the deep and dark sounds, the face melting filth, or hip hop and reggae inspired dubstep, you are sure to find what you are looking for at their shows...
Friday, November 25, 2011
at Ghirardelli Square (5:30pm)

Guests are invited to enjoy live entertainment that includes musical performances by the Yuletide Carolers, a visit from Santa and other activities for the entire family. The event is free to attend...
at 103 Harriet (10pm)

Soundpieces, Camp Question Mark, and Irie Cartel are presenting the ultimate family affair for Thanksgiving weekend! Please join us to help DJ Bogl & Ben Taylor recover from losing their entire home and music sanctuary to the fire that destroyed the building of 493 Haight Street...
at Mezzanine (9pm)

Ed Handley and Andy Turner have been friends since they met at school in the early 80's. In 1984 they formed a mighty breakdancing crew called the Def Squad but after several years battling in the east of England and with the arrival of acid house and Detroit techno in the UK they...
at SOM. (10pm)

This 15-year veteran of the decks was one of first female drum & bass DJs in the US, and a member of the B.A.S.S. Crew, Eklektic, and genre-bending DJ duo Syrup Girls. She has played all over the world, from the Vans Warped Tour to South Africa, from London's famed Fabric nightclub to Berlin squat parties...
at The Independent (9pm)

Lyrics Born and Lateef the Truthspeaker started out as the group, Latyrx, as part of Quannum Projects back in the day. They put out Latyrx: The Album and The Muzapper's Remixes and appeared on Quannum Spectrum...
GAFFTA Benefit
Saturday, November 26, 2011
at Festival Pavilion (9am - 9pm)

With an unparalleled legacy in the annals of analog and digital electronic music John Acquaviva can boast and list pages of accomplishments in just about every aspect of the music world. Having surged to the top A-list of producers over the years, and a steady stream of...
at Mezzanine (10pm)

His DJ-sets are equally uplifting and he's regarded by many as one of the worlds' best DJs, not only technically but also as a showman. Seamlessly mixing and remixing on the spot, Ridha never fails to deliver high-powered and gripping sets...
at Public Works (10pm)

To get ourselves out of debt and close the books on this year, we always do a November party to kick up a little dust. This year we do it Thanksgiving weekend for those of you in town ready to work off some calories the 2nd best way we know how...
Sunday, November 27, 2011
at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Novellus Theater (2pm & 3:45pm)

Join us for this beloved Bay Area holiday tradition. ODC/Dance enlivens Margery Williams' classic tale of a well-worn nursery rabbit that becomes real. Told though music, dance and a powerful narrative, The Velveteen Rabbit celebrates the unique relationship between a little boy...
at The Lab (9pm)

Regression, a darkly experimental solo project. "A fiend catcher and master of morbid atmospheres, the Detroit native's latest solo disc, Regression, out-graves anything by his erstwhile group, Wolf Eyes, with apposite subtlety rare in analogue electronic music.
at 18th and Castro (6pm)

Join Harvey Milk Democratic Club for a night of remembrance of the lives and untimely deaths ofHarvey Milk and George Moscone on the anniversary of their assassinations. Followed by a candlelight march through the Castro...
GAFFTA Benefit
Monday, November 28, 2011
at SFFS | New People Cinema (see listing for times)

After starring in the indie hit Once and winning an Oscar for Best Original Song, folk rock musicians Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova won over audiences and skyrocketed to fame....
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