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(All events in San Francisco unless otherwise noted).
Last Updated: December 12, 1997.
Friday December 12. 9:00 p.m.- 2:00 a.m.
Adrian Sherwood and George Clinton
The weekend's best music event (heck, the best musical event in the last
few months) happens tonight in one place. The only bummer about it all is
that you've got to either pick one or the other, or else cough up $50 to
taste the best of both worlds: Clinton's funkdafied groove and Sherwood's
dub-on-fire On U Sound. In the upper ballroom (both Friday and Saturday nights), the P-Funk Allstars drop in from the mothership, while in the lower ballroom (Friday only) Sherwood (of Dub Syndicate
and African Head Charge fame) and his Japanese partners-in-dub, Audio
Active, spin, sample, and blow past every expectation you ever had about
what 'dub' music is all about. $27/30 for George Clinton, $18/20 for Adrian
Hall, 450 Harrison. Go through TicketWeb for tickets, or call 974-0634 for ticket
outlets free of service charge.
Friday December 12. 8:00 p.m.
Visual Arts and Online Quilt Project Launch Party
If you're looking for less noise and a different kind of artistic
sensibility, head over to the Yerba Buena Center for its "Visual Arts
Opening" and the launch of the NAMES Project's Online Quilt Project. Grab a
free glass of wine (or indulge in the full cash bar) and check out "To Be
Real," which probes the limits of 'reality.' Rodney O'Neal Austin, best known
as the irrepressible and incorrigible country/lounge chanteuse of Minnie Pearl Necklace, will introduce his exhibit with what's sure to be a "special" performance. Meanwhile, in
the Upstairs Gallery, Hunter Reynolds brings his display of the AIDS
Memorial Dress he created for his drag persona/alter ego, Patina du Prey;
and in the Forum, you'll have the opportunity to use on-site computer
terminals to access images of the NAMES Quilt. Miss America 1998 is also
rumored to be attending this launch party, and that's bound to be more of a drag
show than Patina du Prey's. Your $10 admission fee (free for Center members.) gets you all that and more. Yerba
Buena Center for the Arts, 701 Mission Street. 978-2787.
Saturday December 13 and Sunday December 14.
10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Celebration of Craftswomen
Although The Women's Building (TWB) just emerged from
a prolonged legal mess revolving around attempts to evict
the Dovre Club (and Mr. Hinckle and his little
dog) from their mural-covered Mission District
building, the holiday fun and shopping must go on.
Each December, thousands of shoppers and
art-collectors eagerly anticipate this unique
holiday bazaar, which benefits TWB. This year,
almost 300 artisans are packing Fort Mason with
their original hand-crafted clothing, jewelry,
wood carvings, ceramic and glass creations.
Lots of food, coffee, and quite a bit of popular
'women's' music on the performance stage.
Suggested donation is $6. 252-8981.
Saturday December 13. 3:00 p.m.- Midnight
Hey all you bike commuters, messengers, recreation riders and racers--the
San Francisco Bike Coalition invites you to its second annual membership
party (it doesn't matter if you're not a member, it just costs you some
money, that's all). Food and drinks, live and silent auction-action, a
raffle, music and dancin', and a general celebration of bike culture. $20
for non-members (a one-year membership is included), and free for members.
The party is being held at Timbuk2 (they make those cool bags), 350 Treat.
Saturday December 13 through Sunday December 21.
See schedule below.
The Hard Nut
The Mark Morris Dance Group's "Hard Nut" is a humorous, satirical take on
the Nutcracker story and on Tchaikovsky's classic composition. Bring your
kids or bring your holiday sweetheart--there's a bit of something for
everyone in the "Hard Nut." Today and next Friday, Dec. 19, at 8:00 p.m.;
tomorrow and next Sunday, Dec. 21, at 3:00 p.m; Saturday December 20, 2:00
and 8:00 p.m. Zellerbach Hall, UC Berkeley. $24-48. (510) 642-9988.
Sunday December 14. 1:00 p.m.
The Holidays take a Pounding
The Japanese (and Japanese Americans) traditionally welcome in the approach
of the New Year by forming, pounding, and consuming a form of a sticky rice
ball called mochi. It's a remarkably soft and tasty food concoction
that few people seem to know about, but believe us when we tell you--it's
delightful! Today, head over to the Japan Center in Japantown for the
Holiday Mochi Pounding Ceremonies. Free. Post and Buchanan. 202-0353.
Sunday December 14. 7:00 p.m.
Solstice Techno Festival of Lights
The University of
Creation Spirituality's 'visionary' priest Matthew Fox invites you to a
seasonal community celebration of Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and Christmas in
the style of the popular Techno Cosmic Mass. Ecstatic music and dance and
multimedia imagery await you at the We The People offices, 200 Harrison
Street (at Second Street, near Jack London Square) in Oakland.
Donation suggested--pay what you can. (510) 835-4827 x22.
Sunday December 14.
Have no fear, Tangent is here to help you get
through the Santa Season and to 'subvert the
dominant paradigm' of comic form. Riotous,
alternative stand-up comedy featuring host
Jennifer Sloan. On Thursday, December 11 and
Sunday December 14, check out local
stand-up comedians Bridget Schwartz and David
Mills, as well as Scott Capurro (Mrs. Doubtfire, Evening at the
Improv, Catch a Rising Star). MOXIE Bar and Restaurant, 17th
and Florida (near Theatre Artaud). $8 with Dinner
Reservations, $12 at the door. Call 863-4177 for
reservations and more information.
Monday December 15. 10:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
OK, so you're not exactly Kristi Yamaguchi, but that shouldn't stop you
from getting on the ice. It's not everyday that we San Franciscans get to
glide on an outdoor rink with a view of the Embarcadero. Besides, there
ain't much else going on today. Lessons are available if you've forgotten
(or never learned) how to ice-skate. $6 for adults, $3 for kids. $3-4 for
skate rental. (Through Feb. 16.) Justin Herman Plaza. 1-800-733-6318.
Tuesday December 16. 8:00 p.m.
High-energy SoCal rock/pop heavily influenced by (ya', what else is new?)
ska music. They wouldn't necessarily be all that noteworthy except the
Aquabats are really kind of a unique kick in the pants--check out the
negative energy-repelling suits they like to wear on stage. And while
you're at it, pick up a copy of the new Fury of the
Aquabats. Jimmy 2 Times and Monkey open. $8/10. Slim's, 333 11th
Wednesday December 17 through
Sunday December 21. 8:30 p.m.
A Child's Christmas in Wales/The Loudest Voice
Catch the last weekend of an interesting pairing of two plays--Dylan
Thomas's holiday story set in a Welsh seaside town and Grace Paley's classic
tale about a Jewish girl who participates in the school Christmas pageant.
Sunday's show is at 3:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. $18-29. Magic Theater, Building
D, Fort Mason. 441-8822.
Thursday December 18 through January 4. 7:30 p.m.
Circus: The Big Bang ... and other rude noises!
The New Pickle Circus opened last week to several sold-out shows, and it's
no wonder why: in a decade when entertainment has often gone the way of
"extreme" sports demos, CD-ROM games and virtual pilot simulations (hey--we
like 'em too), the New Pickle folks are still breathing life into a
time-honored tradition of circus entertainment. Thankfully, this circus is
and always has been animal-free. Instead, a dynamic and acrobatic cast of
consenting humans take on some of the most breathtaking and comedic stunts you're ever likely to see. The show runs this week on the 19th, 20th (sold-out) and 24th. Some days also have 2:00 p.m. performances. $7-22. For more date and
time details, contact the Fort Mason box office from 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
at 441-3687, or the New Pickle Circus at 665-6177.
Advance Notice! Sure to sell out:
Tuesday-Friday December 23-26. See times below.
We hate to contribute to the slow but inexorable expansion of the end-of-year holiday hype but we had to let you know that it's time to get your tickets to this 5th annual Christmastime tribute to the Jewish comic tradition. This year promises a rare treat: none other than Henny Youngman, who hasn't performed in San Francisco for more than 30 years, is headlining! And the rest of the lineup isn't too shabby either: Charlie Varon (Ralph Nader Is Missing! and Rush Limbaugh In Night School); character actress and comedian Judith Sloan (Denial of the
Fittest, a one-woman show) and Mistress of Ceremonies / Kung Pao instigator
Lisa Geduldig. Gentiles are welcome, though they may need help translating the Yiddish fortune cookie tags. Here's the deal: For $45 you get a 7-course Chinese meal (reserve ahead of time for vegetarian meals) from 6-7 p.m. and the show from 7-8:30; or for $30 have Chinese hors d'oeuvres and a drink during the 9:30-11:00 p.m. show.
Note that this year's performances will be held in a new location: New Asia Restaurant, 772 Pacific (between Grant & Stockton), and that *the food may not be kosher, but the comedy is guaranteed. These shows always sell out, and tickets went on sale October 15th, so don't put off getting yours. Some of the proceeds will go toward the Charlotte Maxwell Complementary Clinic (for lower-income women with cancer) and Shalom Bayit (Jewish Women's Task Force on Domestic Violence). Seating will be general admission, unless your party can exactly fill an entire table of 10. The December 24th dinner show is sold out. Print out and mail in the Ticket Order form along with your payment. 522-3737 for more information.
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