Thirsty Thursdays

It’s the time of the year to unwind, finals are coming to a close…How about catching up with some friends, drinks and a concert?

You’ll want to make sure you carry something akin to a parka with you though, given the prognosticated storm (so I’d also recommend ditching the heels) before you rock around the X-mas tree.  DO indulge in some tasty libations to bear the brunt of the weather before heading over to the much anticipated LIVE 105’s “Not So Silent Night” pre party @ Mezzanine (444 Jessie St, San Francisco -b/t Mint St & 6th St in Union Square, SoMa)

*This event is 21 and over

Club NSSN on Dec. 11 at 8:00 PM, FEATURING:

BANKS, Cold War Kids, JUNGLE, Ryn Weaver & DJ Aaron Axelsen

Here’s a preview to hold you over until Thursday.  Playlist featuring NSSN performers and 2014 debutante Banks with her heartfelt lyrics that evokes candid imagery through her synth-pop electronic sound.


Personal favourite happy hour suggestions in the Financial District (around Union Square) close by Mezzanine:

Infusion Lounge

  • 124 Ellis St
    San Francisco, CA 94102

    b/t Cyril Magnin St & Powell St in Union Square

Rye

  • 688 Geary St
    San Francisco, CA 94102

    b/t Jones St & Leavenworth St in Tenderloin

Tunnel Top

  • 601 Bush St
    San Francisco, CA 94108

    b/t Stockton St & Burritt St in Financial District, Union Square

Hawthorn Lounge

  • 46 Geary St
    San Francisco, CA 94108

    b/t Grant Ave & Kearny St in Financial District, Union Square

Local Edition

  • 691 Market St
    San Francisco, CA 94105

    b/t Kearny St & 3rd St in Financial District, SoMa

Tolerable birthday  offerings.  Being spoiled by my friends on night out at Local Edition.
Tolerable birthday offerings. Being spoiled by my friends on night out at Local Edition.
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“All the world’s a stage.”

Theater enthusiasts this is the perfect time of year to rush to a box office! Instead of staying at home being a couch potato and complaining about the dreary weather, venture out into the city, drink some tea or hot cocoa, and battle the cold from inside a theater chair. Just bundle up and enjoy the buzz of the Christmas spirit, who cares about the wretched weather right?!

Avenue Q

New Conservatory Theater Center presents the return of the sold-out hit and Winner of the TONY “TRIPLE CROWN” for BEST MUSICAL.  This risqué parody of Sesame Street addresses issues like sex, drinking, and surfing the web for porn. The suggestive themes will have you laughing out loud.

Through Jan. 18. $30-$50

Location: 25 Van Ness Ave.

Kinky Boots

Based on a true story, this inspiring adaptation is brought to life by Cyndi Lauper (musical score) and Harvey Fierstein (book).  The overriding theme of the play is rising above prejudice through a man trying to save his father’s show factory with the help of a drag queen.

Through Dec. 28. $75-$300

Location: Orpheum Theater, 1192 Market St.

A Christmas Carol

What better way to welcome Christmas than to revisit your childhood with this traditional holiday play featuring the infamous Scrooge and Marley’s Ghost.  Charles Dicken’s story of atonement is sure to rein the crowds in this heartfelt dramatization revolving around topics still relevant to American society like the division between the rich and the poor, while simultaneously reminding us of the value and true meaning of life.

Courtesy American Conservatory Theater Photo by Kevin Berne. Ken Ruta as the Ghost of Jacob Marley in A Christmas Carol at A.C.T.'s Geary Theater December 5-28, 2014.
Courtesy American Conservatory Theater
Photo by Kevin Berne. Ken Ruta as the Ghost of Jacob Marley in A Christmas Carol at A.C.T.’s Geary Theater December 5-28, 2014.

Dec. 11 through Dec. 28

Location: American Conservatory Theater, 415 Geary St.

Nutcracker

Dec. 12 through Dec. 29

Location: The War Memorial Opera House, 301 Van Ness Avenue in the Civic Center

Kurios -Cabinet of Curiosities

If you’re looking to be awed attending Cirque du Soleil’s stellar show featuring contortionists, several aerial acrobats, and balancing acts accompanied by unique music and steampunk influenced costumes is in your future.

Through Jan. 18, $53-$135

Location: AT&T Park

The Jewelry Box

An endearing tale set in the daunting streets of Oakland, about a 6 year old trying to make money to purchase the perfect gift for his mother who he sees has sacrificed so much for his benefit.

Through Dec. 27. $30-$100

Location: The Marsh, 1062 Valencia St.

Beach Blanket Babylon

Known for being America’s longest running musical revue, there’s a reason that this hilarious and eccentrically set show keeps its audience enraptured and doubling over with laughter.

Ongoing, $25-$135

Location: Club Fugazi, 678 Green St.

The Soiled Dove

Serving circus theme as dinner’s main course, this entertaining experience that combines theater and supper will be captivating (to say the least). However, this is truly the last place I would recommend for a date because clearly the last thing you’ll be paying attention to is the person sitting in front of you.

Through Dec. 13, $120

Location: InnerMission, 633 Florida St.

The Totalitarians

In this play by Peter Sinn Nachtrieb, a compelling political satire that channels Colbert Report humor and encourages conspiracy theories keeps the audience at the edge of their seat throughout the performance given it’s abrupt, eye opening nature.

“Gory Hilarity…Nachtrieb’s mastery of plentiful, surefire, unexpected punch lines and circuitous plot twists is on full display”, said Rob Hurwitt, The San Francisco Chronicle

Through Dec. 14. $20-$50

Location: Z Below, 470 Florida St.

*Go to ACT to purchase tickets and enjoy 14-15 theater season.

Visit SFGate for more information on schedules and tickets

Behind the scenes of "La Boheme" at War Memorial Opera House
Behind the scenes of “La Boheme” at War Memorial Opera House

A Weekend Affair

San Francisco has always been known for its eccentric quirkiness and artsy vibes, what with the rise of burgeoning street art and amount of art galleries popping up all over the financial district.

Asian Art Museum

Showing “Roads of Arabia: Archaeology and History of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia” exhibition that examines the expansion of culture and change in economy through the use of trade routes traversing Mesopotamia and the Greco-Romans.  Objects excavated from over 10 archaeological sites spread through Arabia stand as evidence of the commercial dealings among which statues, glass work and jewelry can be found.

  • Civic Center
          200 Larkin St

Legion of Honor

“Masters of Fire: Copper Age in the Holy Land” and exhibition on display through Jan. 4 In yet another exhibition about the Middle East where over 400 copper objects found by Israeli archaeologists in 1961 will be on display.

“This is the first United States exhibition devoted to the art and culture of the Chalcolithic period (Copper-Stone Age, ca. 5500–3500 BC) in the Southern Levant (modern-day Israel and surrounding lands) ” -Ancient Art Council

  • Lincoln Park
    100 34th Avenue
    San Francisco, CA 94121

    Sea Cliff

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts

“Room for Big Ideas: Emergent Atlas”

Multi-media artists Amy Ho, Dimitra Skandali with collaborators Heejin Jang and David Janesko, Reuben Telushkin, and Ben Valentine in collaboration with An Xiao Mina. The show examines urban aesthetic of the internet memes and how their development can alter the reality of mass culture.

  • 701 Mission St
    San Francisco, CA 94103

    b/t 3rd St & Opera Aly in Financial District, SoMa

SOMArts Cultural Center

“Place/Displaced” exhibition through Dec. 13

  • 934 Brannan St
    San Francisco, CA 94103

    b/t 8th St & James Lick Fwy in SoMa

After getting an eyeful of these exhibitions continue the day with a good laugh either at Cobbs comedy center or indulging in the nightlife hte various pockets of the city has to offer.

Punch Line

Sf Comedy Showcase @ 8 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 14

Robert Duchaine 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 11- Saturday, Dec. 13

  • 444 Battery St
    San Francisco, CA 94111
    b/t Merchant St & Washington St in Financial District

Monarch SF

Ugly Sweater Party Saturday, ($20) Dec. 13 @ 10 p.m.

  • 101 6th St
    San Francisco, CA 94103

    b/t Minna St & Mission St in SoMa

Rickshaw Stop

Friday, Dec. 12 @ 9 p.m.: College and Sea Traffic for only $15-$17

  • 155 Fell St
    San Francisco, CA 94102

    b/t United States Highway 101 & Franklin St in Civic Center, Hayes Valley

The Masonic

Presenting Alice in Winterland with Ed Sheeran, Train and Christina Perri

Time: 7:30 p.m. ($100-$150.50)

  • 1111 California St
    San Francisco, CA 94108

    b/t Jones St & Taylor St in Nob Hill

The Make-out Room

Jon Sindell: The Roadkill Collection- Wednesday, Dec 10 @ 7 p.m.

Dub Riot- Thursday, Dec. 11 @ 6 p.m.

*The above events are FREE

Writers with Drinks- Saturday, Dec. 13 @ 6:30 p.m.($5-$20)

  • 3225 22nd St
    San Francisco, CA 94110

    b/t Bartlett St & Mission St in Mission

Literary Events

Writers with Drinks

Location: The Make Out Room, 3225 22nd St., San Francisco

Sat, Dec. 6: Travel Tavern @ Elbo Room, SF

A Conversation with Rebecca Solnit and Peter Turchi at City Lights Books

Rebecca Solnit, author of  “Encyclopedia of Trouble and Spaciousness” will be talking about her latest release and signing books.

Dec 7, 2014, 5:00 pm -7:00 pm

City Lights Books

261 Columbus Ave

Radar Reading Series: Indie Writers & Free Cookies

Tuesday Dec. 9th from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Location: San Francisco Main Library, 100 Larkin Street

An evening with Peter Dale Scott

Tuesday, December 9, 2014,
7:00 pm

Location: City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco

A Coastal Detour

Because given the bipolar weather of the Bay Area, you never know when the day is turn out to be sunny and fog-less.  But having been accustomed to several variations of muggy, grey, and blustery, as a San Francisco resident you become adaptable to the radical changes in climate, and appealing to that particular characteristic is what makes taking a hike in the middle of a crisp December morning enticing.

The Presidio is a great location to start your day!  This area encompasses Baker Beach, Inspiration Point, Crissy Field, not to mention stellar views of both Alcatraz and The Golden Gate Bridge.  If you head over on a Sunday make sure to stop by Off the Grid to enjoy all the gourmet food trucks.  But leave all the eating for later, why not take a contemplative stroll through the Presidio Bay Area Ridge Trail in preparation for all the calories later?

The Ridge Trail extends 2.5 miles through the woods overlooking the Bay.  This could take up to 1-3 hours ending along the coast at the foot of the Golden Gate Bridge.  (The wind chill can pick up quickly so a windbreaker always comes in handy.)

*Visit EveryTrail to get more information on location and climate around the Presidio.

Here’s a playlist related to all things San Francisco to accompany you on your trek

NightLife @ the California Academy of Sciences

By the time Thursdy rolls around you’re already in Friday mentality, so what better way to kick off the weekend fun that allows you to explore biology and indulge your curious mind, all while with a  drink in your hand.  This event is also affordable given that you pay only $12 which is half of the normal price and you get access to the entire place, the special exhibits, and the planetarium.

If you are a night owl and are interested in the Bay Area’s  marine life local businesses, this is the perfect plan for you. A few of the things you’ll encounter during the night are several drink stations setup all around the venue therefore, the lines never get outrageously long.  Furthermore, you will find several organic wine tasting stations, ice-cream sampling as well as other delicacies made with unconventional ingredients –such as crushed cricket cookies– which by the way taste like chocolate or orange cardamom and unless previously informed of the components you would never guess the  unusual critter was even present.  Plus you get to show of your dance moves by the DJ booth next to the shark tank.

This event is +21 and over a quick tip is remember to go early! NightLife starts at 6 p.m. and tickets to the planetarium run out quickly.

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For more pictures of the night check out this slideshow:

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An Evening with Chuck Palahniuk

On Oct 21st Chuck Palanhniuk, author of renowed novels “Fight Club”, and “Invisible Monsters” introduced his new work “Beautiful You” by doing a reading in San Francisco’s DNA Lounge.  The  promotional tour for the acclaimed author who I would describe a modern day Oscar Wilde, who tackles subjects that are both controversial and taboo presents a book dealing with the sexual awakening of a naïve young girl named Penny who gets involved with a millionaire debonair who uses her as a research subject for his new line of toys called “Beautiful You”.  The theme matter itself reflects the warped mind of the author who at first paints the scene like a contemporary romance tale but that is far from the plot of the book.

Paying $35 at the entrance of the venue you receive a signed copy of Palahniuk’s latest release.  As soon as I walked in I was greeted by neon colors and dark corners shrouded in shadows, to say the event was refreshing given its unconventional nature by making it an entertaining and interactive night.  Big floating, glow in dark balls were constantly being thrown around the scene, tables of candy (candy corn) were spread through due to the events proximity to Halloween, and long silks hanging from the ceiling fit for any aerial acrobat to command the attention.  The landscape was decadent in a kitschy yet ostentatious way.

The author of the satiric examination of a human’s basest needs consisted of several interactive games such as dodgeball with said lit up beach balls, followed by a reading of a couple of Palahniuk’s unpublished short stories.  These short stories were not related to “Beautiful You” but dealt with recurring themes of human nature and fiction maintaining an air of carefree and lively atmosphere throughout the night.   The night ended after a brief Q&A segment where Palahniuk chose only to answer five lucky audience members to which he responded with long winded, well thought out answers varying from his sources of inspiration to his writing technique where he surmised that he mostly writes nonfiction.  To top off the bizarre night Palahniuk threw dozens of signed prosthetic arms at the audience before he took his leave.

The event felt intimate given the conversational progression of the evening.  I look forward to reading Palahniuk’s cynical and twisted novel and hope that it is as thought provoking as his previous works.

To find out about more tour dates visit The Cult

To keep up with Palahniuk, follow his twitter here

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Friday plans Oct.17

California Academy of Sciences | Free Day for Richmond Dist. Residents   FREE*
All Day Litquake 2014: Free Friday Events | Oct. 17   FREE*
All Day Free Massage Day: Wellness Center Grand Opening | Mill Valley   FREE*
10:00 am 2014 Youth Film & Media Showcase Festival: Friday | SF   FREE*
All Day 2014 Glass Pumpkin Patch & Glassblowing Demos | East Bay   FREE
11:30 am 25th Anniversary of 1989 Quake Memorial Event | Oakland   FREE

Halloween and Treasure Island Music Festival

Coming up this weekend Half moon bay is hosting the Half Moon Bay Art and Pumpkin Festival on Oct. 18-19 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Main Street (between Miramontes st. and Spruce st.). Simultaneously occurring will be the Treasure Island Music Festival from 12 p.m. to 11 p.m.  However, thanks to one day sale tickets, you don’t have to sacrifice going to either of the events!

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