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Whether you’re looking for Thanksgiving traditions or something with absolutely zero sentimentality (hey, the holidays aren’t for all of us!)The Bay has a multitude of ways to put your days off to good use! With dance parties, karaoke extravaganzas, and holiday markets, this week is positively stuffed with fun things to share with all of your visiting family and friends – or to enjoy all on your own. Here’s what we’re most excited about for the week of 11/23/21…

 

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Get Stuffed: Thanksgiving Night

Thursday, 11/25  | 9:00 pm | Monarch, 101 6th Street | Free

Feeling full yet? ICARUS, Thump Therapy, and Blanq Slate invite you to GET STUFFED. There’s so much to be grateful for this year, including the incredible San Francisco music community. And Monarch is gonna get that community together in the best way they know how: in front of some bigass speakers! Let’s get gravy-wavy, baby! 

 

Cream of Beat Reunion: Thanksgiving Celebration

Thursday, 11/25 | 9:00 pm | The Great Northern, 119 Utah Street | $20-50

After you’ve had the big meal, watched the football games, and taken that turkey nap, use that second wind to party with the best of them at Cream of Beat’s Thanksgiving reunion party! Featuring Pirate DJs Mind Motion, Ivan, and Dark Motion, with special guests Scotty Fox, Chuy Gomez, and more – get down to The Great Northern instead of hanging around helping with the post-Thanksgiving dishes!

 

This Week’s Events

 

Tuesday, 11/23

 

Midnight Hour: Crime Writers of Color Anthology Reading

6:00 pm | Virtual Event | Free

If you love a good suspense story, Green Apple Books and Music has your back! Featuring readings from Midnight Hour anthology contributors H.C. Chan, Jennifer Chow, Tracy Clark, Delia C. Pitts, David Weiden, and editor Abby Vandiver, tonight’s virtual celebration will highlight suspenseful stories from writers of varied backgrounds and points of view.

 

Presumed Guilty: SCOTUS Police and Subverted Civil Rights with Erwin Chemerinsky

6:30 pm | Manny’s, 3092 16th Street | $5-25

Join the Dean of UC Berkeley’s School of Law, Erwin Chemerinsky, for this discussion of his new book, Presumed Guilty: How the Supreme Court Empowered the Police and Subverted Civil Rights. The book is an unprecedented work of civil rights and legal history, and reveals how the Supreme Court has enabled racist policing and sanctioned law enforcement excesses through its decisions over the last half-century. Get all your questions answered by the author himself at this lecture / Q&A session!

 

American Stories with Ash K.

Every Tuesday, tonight through 12/28 | 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm | Columbus Cafe, 562 Green Street | $30

You’ve seen magician Ash K. at countless events in the Bay Area over the last 20 years. This summer, he went on tour and saw the entire country – every state and the District of Columbia, sharing magic with thousands of Americans and visitors to the country. Now, he’s back in town with a new show sharing the stories he experienced on that journey. Join the intimate atmosphere and have miracles performed for you from just inches away, all while your magical host tells you tales from his cross-country adventures.

(AND four of our lucky readers will get 25% off their ticket to TONIGHT’s opening night show when they use the promo code FOBAS at checkout at the link right here! The discount is first come, first serve, so if you want to snag a cheaper ticket, you better act fast!)

 

Wednesday, 11/24

JPEGMAFIA

8:30 pm | The Regency Ballroom, 1290 Sutter Street | $25-40

If trap music is the sound of the street, then JPEGMAFIA is trap’s subconscious; dark but not without a humor that makes things even more uncomfortable. His role as villain or satirist, hood protector or nihilist is intentionally hard to put one’s finger on. Get down to the Regency tonight and let your mind be blown by JEGMAFIA’s chameleonic sounds.

Thursday, 11/25

The Annual Thanksgiving Day Karaoke Extravaganza

8:30 pm – 11:30 pm | The Knockout, 3223 Mission Street | Free

Listen, not all of us like turkey – and sometimes you just don’t want to spend Thanksgiving with friends and family, and that’s valid as hell. Sometimes the best way to spend a holiday is at your favorite dive, where the bartenders are better than brothers, and cheering on strangers as they belt out showtunes feels better than a gut full of canned cranberry sauce. As always, The KO is here for you, providing karaoke magic to get you through the holiday.

 

Cream of Beat Reunion: Thanksgiving Celebration

Thursday, 11/25 | 9:00 pm | The Great Northern, 119 Utah Street | $20-50

After you’ve had the big meal, watched the football games, and taken that turkey nap, use that second wind to party with the best of them at Cream of Beat’s Thanksgiving reunion party! Featuring Pirate DJs Mind Motion, Ivan, and Dark Motion, with special guests Scotty Fox, Chuy Gomez, and more – get down to The Great Northern instead of hanging around helping with the post-Thanksgiving dishes!

 

Get Stuffed: Thanksgiving Night

Thursday, 11/25  | 9:00 pm | Monarch, 101 6th Street | Free

Feeling full yet? ICARUS, Thump Therapy, and Blanq Slate invite you to GET STUFFED. There’s so much to be grateful for this year, including the incredible San Francisco music community. And Monarch is gonna get that community together in the best way they know how: in front of some bigass speakers! Let’s get gravy-wavy, baby! 

 

Friday, 11/26

Liza Treyger

7:30 pm | Punch Line SF, 444 Battery Street | $25-35

She’s cute and colorful, but she’ll make you laugh till you ugly cry! Fresh off her Comedy Central special and album Glittercheese, and gaining notoriety as the host of That’s Messed Up: An SVU Podcast, Liza Treyger is making her way to SF for a series of Bay Area shows. Check her out at the Punch Line tonight!

 

SoundProof Presents: Baddies and Beats

9:00 pm – 3:00 am | F8, 1192 Folsom Street | $0-20

Get ready to dance away all that pumpkin pie you ate yesterday! SoundProof has stacked the bill with talent in tonight’s all-female DJ lineup. Join powerhouses JLittle, Ton Ton, Prizmatix & Mama Rainbow for a full night of House and Techno (and when you get home wasted and starving at 4am, there’ll still be leftover pie!)

 

Saturday, 11/27

Creativity Explored Holiday Pop-Up

Every Saturday, today through 12/18 | 8:00 am – 3:00 pm | The San Francisco Ferry Building | Free

Ferry Building visitors and holiday-goers are invited to explore and shop original drawings, paintings, prints, ceramics, tapestries, and one-of-a-kind fashions created by Creativity Explored artists – plus, stock up on gift-giving essentials with CE wrapping paper, greetings cards, artful accessories, books, stationery, art supplies and more. There will also be meet-and-greet events with the artists, contests, and art-making activities for all to enjoy!

Saint Joe’s Holiday Bazaar

Through 12/23, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm | St. Joseph’s Arts Society, 1401 Howard Street | Free

Get your Holiday shopping done in style with offerings from Dark Garden, Kamperett, Louis Sherry, Lingua Franca, Dana Harel, Respoke and more! As you wander the market, sample a special preview of Little Saint’s offerings: Sonoma County wines, unique cocktails, and innovative plant-based cuisine with a focus on sustainability.

 

 

Sunday, 11/28

(((folkYEAH!))) Presents: Ramblin’ Jack Elliott

3:00 pm | The Chapel, 777 Valencia Street | $30

Held in high esteem by the likes of Johnny Cash, Elvis, and Bob Dylan, Ramblin’ Jack Elliott is one of the last living legends of American folk music. With more than 40 albums and 70 years of music under his belt, there’s far more to this icon than just a cowboy hat and a twang. Don’t miss out on your chance to see him live in concert at this matinee show with Peter Rowan and Rainy Eyes!

Intervals

Doors at 6:00 pm, show at 7:00 pm | Cornerstone, 2367 Shattuck Boulevard, Berkeley | $20-24

Intervals are a progressive, instrumental powerhouse, hailing from Toronto. With roots firmly planted in metal, and inspiration ranging from fusion to electronic, the four-piece wields a gripping sonic aesthetic. Energetic riffs, coupled with memorable melody take the listener through a myriad of moods and soundscapes. Don’t miss out on your chance to jam with them tonight at Cornerstone!

 

Monday, 11/29

A John Waters Christmas: It’s a Yuletide Massacre

8:00 pm | Great American Music Hall, 859 O’Farrell | $65-130

Merry Fistmas! Season’s Beatings! Happy Hole-A-Day! Like a nutcase St. Nick for Christmas crazies, John Waters – “gutter” filmmaker, tawdry stand-up comedian, and author of many appalling books – is on tour again with a whole new bag of holiday filth for bad little boys and girls everywhere. Both Santa and Jesus will send their regrets when this ho-ho-homo lets loose about reindeer virgin births, the illegally squatting Christ-child and chubby-chasing Mrs. Clause. John Waters is the Santa Clause who will give you pause, the fucked-up Father Christmas who’s coming to town to put the X back in Xmas for the 24th year in a row. Be there or die!

 

Mark Your Calendar

Every Tuesday through 12/28 – American Stories with Ash K.

Friday, 12/3 – Paul Stamets on Psilocybin Mushrooms and the Mycology of Consciousness

Rad Ongoing Events

*NEW!* Every 4th Sunday – Salsa Sundays @ El Rio

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Lizzie Locker - Events Editor

Lizzie Locker - Events Editor

Lizzie Locker has been an artist, entertainer, and “glamour girl” since birth. Since 2017, Lizzie has been writing professionally for small businesses, as well as creatively. She has published essays in VIE Magazine, and has written website and social media content for pole dance studios, afterschool programs, and reference sites. At the same time, Lizzie has also continued to develop her performance career at queer nightlife events across the Bay Area. She can be found both onstage and off, reading her stories aloud in bars, emceeing drag and burlesque shows, and producing arts events that defy genre and expectation.

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