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Tue Dec 18 - Tue Dec 25, 2007
It's the holiday edition of the guide! Deck your halls and jingle your bells - it's time to celebrate. For some, Yule entails getting on crowded, cheap flights to lesser places but for others in SF it means free reign of the city. This week live it up like Christmas royalty. Start off with Smuin Ballet's The Christmas Ballet at YBCA. Three words: dancing Christmas trees. Then get your groove on Kris Kringle-style at The Jingle Ball at the Cellar. On Saturday, celebrate like an animal at the Reindeer Romp at the San Francisco Zoo or drag out your boombox from 1986 for hipster caroling at Unsilent Night at Dolores Park. Feeling a little anti-Christmas? Overwhelmed by all the ridiculous materialism and undo cheer? Indulge your Scrooge-y ways at The Santaland Diaries at Eureka Theatre. However, if what you need is a little inspiration, then make sure to check out the Oakland Interfaith Gospel Ensemble at Slim's. Or you can just celebrate the birth of Jesus the way the Jews do: with Chinese food and movies! For an extra special Christmas, there's Kung Pao Kosher Comedy at New Asia Restaurant.

Happy Holidays from everyone here at SF Station!
This week's articles
David Shrigley

Elizabeth: The Golden Age


The Curiosity Shoppe

Depravities of War

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Tuesday, December 18, 2007
at Bently Reserve (6pm)
Global Green's 3rd Annual San Francisco Party is happening on December 18th. Global Green's mission is to create a global value shift toward a more secure and sustainable future by working to solve global warming, expand green building and green schools, eliminate weapons of mass destruction, and ensure access to clean water.
at 111 Minna (7:30pm)
Featuring Romanowski, M3, Toph One, Joshua-Iz and Rueben. Santa's selectors rockin it all night with deep funk, disco dynamite, jazzy breaks, & soulful sounds, snowcones! maker's and eggnog specials!
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
at Red Poppy Art House (7pm - 9pm)
Fourteen Hills is a non-profit publication run by SFSU graduate students in the Creative Writing department. Two issues are published each year containing original submissions of poetry, fiction, plays, and artwork from around the world. The goal of Fourteen Hills is to foster literature and the arts internationally and within the San Francisco Bay Area. Please come out and support small press.
at Rickshaw Stop (8pm)
Darondo has his first show in decades at the Rickshaw Stop on December 19. A mystery to most, Darondo records are high on the wants-lists of many collectors. He is spoken about in hushed-tones by other Bay Area musicians. He opened-up for James Brown and lived a colorful lifestyle hanging with folks like the notorious Fillmore Slim.
at Mezzanine (7:30pm)
SF360 Film+Club is a monthly series taking movies out of the theater and putting them in the club. Presented by the San Francisco Film Society, Mezzanine and Rehab. In 2006, the critically acclaimed Swedish band, the Knife, performed live for the first time. The show, which presents an immersive and synesthetic experience of visual music, instantly garnered the group a reputation for innovation.
Thursday, December 20, 2007
at Red Hill Books (7:30pm)
Alice Waters leads the delicious revolution at Red Hill Books. Ms. Waters will discuss the elements of her brilliant and profoundly accessible new cookbook, The Art of Simple Food in person at 6:30pm. Be there early; as, realistically speaking, our store is intimate and seating will be limited.
at The Independent (8pm)
"This is a multi-media, cabaret-style variety show with amazing artists from across the country. The program this year will be almost all new material and will feature a different cast of characters from many artistic disciplines. However, the values of the Concert Carnival remain the same: This is an opportunity for performers (myself included) to step outside of their normal performing context and try new stuff in new ways."
at Temple Nightclub (9pm)
Delight in the taste of p.i.n.k. Vodka and fabulous hors d'oeuvres. Enjoy the chic fashions of AMY FINK and GEORGIOU, presented in an innovative display of live digital light painting by Mateo M, and dance the night away with beats from an impressive line-up of DJs: Dave Mak, Label, and Aykut. Dress to kill with a twist of pink!
Friday, December 21, 2007
at Palace of Fine Arts (7pm)
Jo Koy will for sure deliver a Knokout performance! The Knockout Show will also feature: Joey Guila (Bad Boy of Comedy), Edwin San Juan (Bet's Comic View), and The hilarious improv specialist Touchblue! This will be the ultimate event to spend the holidays together with friends & family in complete laughter!
at YBCA (8pm)
The 2007 Christmas Ballet includes three new dances by Amy Seiwert, Shannon Hurlburt and Robert Sund, as well as three favorites from our archives...Blue Christmas, Winter Weather and Cajun Christmas, making wonderful additions to the 2007 Christmas Ballet!
at The Warfield (8pm)
Queens of the Stone Age came to bury NuMetal, not to praise it. While the current crop of black shirted crybabies strap on their 7-string guitars and warmed over hip/hop, frontmen Josh Homme and Nick Oliveri have opted to turn the Queens into an unpredictable, ever-changing unit, a kind of Q-Tang Clan of Rock.
at The Cellar (10pm - 2am)
Dress in the holiday spirit! Be it naughty or nice, that elf sweater grandma knitted for you last year, or Ralphie's pink bunny suit - - dress in holiday spirit and win gift packs, t- shirts, champagne bottle service, or passes! (who knows, you might even win some New Year's Eve tickets!)
Saturday, December 22, 2007
at San Francisco Zoo (10am - 5pm, skating from 5pm - 9pm)
Celebrate the magic of the holidays at the 3rd Annual Reindeer Romp. Come to the San Francisco Zoo this holiday season to see Santa's reindeer and stay for the ice skating. Holly, Velvet, Belle and Peppermint will be landing once again with a flurry of festivities to bring the spirit of the season to children of all ages. Families, couples and ice skating enthusiasts will delight in taking to the ice amid holiday music and twinkling lights at the Zoo's first-ever holiday ice skating rink!
at Dolores Park (6:45pm)
Performed within the confines of the city streets, Unsilent Night reverberates off the cars and buildings, resulting in a magnificent, drifting cloud of shimmering, echoing sound. The 43-minute piece includes sounds of chiming bells, choral voices and various electronic effects. (Kline cites Brian Eno and Charles Ives among his influences.)
at Shine (9pm)
"Deck the halls with a bunch of techno, electro, tech-house, breaks and then some. Celebrate the holidays with the Tekno-Sexuals for our third event ever and the last one of 2007. Our headlining guest DJ and producer extraordinaire is the Bay Area's very own rising star Alland Byallo."
at Fillmore (9pm)
For its fifth release, Blackalicious has created a record of such sonic depth and breadth and lyrical ambition that it can proudly stand alongside the work of Bay Area funk fathers Sly Stone and Shuggie Otis, or hip-hop classics like Outkast's Aquemini, The Roots' Things Fall Apart and Gang Starr's Daily Operation. But The Craft is not nostalgia for some "golden era" that never existed, it represents state-of-the-art hip-hop with an expansive worldview.
at Cafe du Nord (9pm)
Veronica Klaus is a San Francisco Cabaret Icon well known for her soulful renditions of jazz, blues and cabaret music such as on her latest CD "Veronica Klaus-Live at the Lodge!" She recently finished a highly successful run of her critically acclaimed autobiographical show Family Jewels-The Making of Veronica Klaus.
Sunday, December 23, 2007
at Thee Parkside (4pm)
Not doing anything on Sunday(s) come over to Thee Parkside featuring the bay area's best acts playing Country, Western, Bluegrass, Americana, Y'All-ternative, & Rockabilly. The best thing about it is that admission is free and it's all ages!
at Eureka Theatre (7pm)
David Sedaris' brilliant evocation of Christmas as seen from the other sidehellipthrough the eyes of a Macy's elf. Our hero, David the elf, will have you bending over with laughter. San Francisco actor David Sinaiko fills the pointed shoes of everyone's favorite elf! (And John Michael Beck returns Christmas week to reprise the role...)
at SF Ballet (2pm, 7pm)
Be there as the San Francisco Ballet -- the oldest ballet company in the nation -- brings to life this holiday tradition, complete with all the magic, from the Nutcracker Prince to the Sugar Plum Fairy. ... During its run, Nutcracker will stage six family performances, where the first 500 children to arrive will receive a special gift.
Christmas Eve - Monday, December 24, 2007
at Slim's (9pm)
The principal purpose of the Oakland Interfaith Gospel Ensemble is to employ Black gospel music to express the power of spirit and bring a message of faith, hope, love and joy to the country and to the world, to exemplify through interfaith, multi-racial and multi-cultural membership the principles of equality, justice, peace, unity and cooperation and to serve as a model for what is possible among all people. Please join us at Slim's for our annual Christmas tradition!
at 12 Galaxies (9pm)
19 years ago, Chicken John started a tradition. Family holiday for people without families. On Christmas Eve, no one should be alone. So he threw a show. Here's how it works: everyone brings a stupid gift or two, and puts it under the tree. Chicken hosts a game show that everyone in the club plays for like 3 minutes. Everyone wins. You open the gift that you select for winning right there on stage. When we run out of gifts, the show is over. Last year the show was 3 1/2 hours long. It was either the greatest thing anyone has ever seen or the worst show on Earth.
Merry Christmas! Tuesday, December 25, 2007
at Rayko Photo Center (11am - 3pm)
Celebrate the building of the new Contemporary Jewish Museum with a day of creativity, family and fun. Roll up your sleeves to construct a take-home art project, nosh on tasty snacks and enjoy two exciting performers. Sing and dance with musician Jonathan Bayer at noon and 2pm and help story-teller Michael Katz tell amazing tales at 1pm
at New Asia Restaurant (5pm, 8:30pm)
Celebrate the building of the new Contemporary Jewish Museum with a day of creativity, family and fun. Roll up your sleeves to construct a take-home art project, nosh on tasty snacks and enjoy two exciting performers. Sing and dance with musician Jonathan Bayer at noon and 2pm and help story-teller Michael Katz tell amazing tales at 1pm
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