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Events Around the City: What’s Up This Week

November 17
Time after Time 80s Prom @ Cat Club, 9pm, FREE
There’s a certain kind of joy to be experienced when your dress is sneaker-friendly, all your hair is pulled to one side (preferably by use of a scrunchie), and your overzealous dance moves are finally socially acceptable. I can only assume that’s what led Cat Club to host an annual 80s themed Prom. So dust off your pastel colored suits and reveal your hidden neon wardrobe, slide on some legwarmers and reminisce in the slow jams played on the hour every hour and endless “Footloose” routines . This night just might outshine your high school prom.

November 20th
Word! USF Night @Bazaar Café, 6pm, FREE
USF’s creative writing students are learning the tricks of the trade, so an audience filled with intrigued listeners is anxiously awaited at this point in time. Non-fiction, fiction, narratives, and anecdotes are fresh in their repertoire and ready for their reveal. The last of its kind this semester, a showcase will be open to the general public with USF’s creative writing students the main act. Bazaar café comes equipped with microphones, sofas, coffee, and a sultry atmosphere perfect for the literary aficionado in all of us. Come for an hour, come for two, and listen to the plot unfold as our fellow USF students share their stories.

Union Square Holiday Ice Rink 2011, Daily 10:30am-11:30pm, $10 Admission $5 Skate Rental
Tis’ the season to fall on your behind in front of hundreds of people you are sure to see again on your next muni trip. You know the Holidays are approaching when: Starbucks brings back the crowd favorite – pumpkin spice latte, red becomes the cult color of the nation, and Union Square brings joy (and bruises) to the city of San Francisco with their much anticipated ice skating rink! Situated directly in Union Square, the rink is calling all friends, families, lovers, and singles, and each ninety minute session starts on the hour every hour, so grab the hand of your nearest victim and glide to your favorite holiday tunes.

November 25
Union Square Tree Lighting 6pm FREE
A holiday tradition, Santa Claus himself will lead the crowd in a spirited countdown (good thing they booked him in advance, you can imagine his work schedule this time of year) before flicking the switch and lighting the tree. This year’s 80-foot fir will be decked out in over 21,000 sparkling LED lights with decorations spanning from branch to branch. There’s something about the lighting of a Christmas tree which evokes the warmth of the season. So whether you’re front and center at Union Square, watching the action at home via television, or vandalizing your own home with decorations, I wish you all the simple pleasures that come with the season, no matter what your faith may be!

Events Around the City: What’s Up This Week

November 11

Veterans Day Parade @ Market Street, 11 A.M.
Veterans Day remembers, celebrates, and appreciates all the men and women who have served our country. The parade down Market St. will include floats, drill teams, marching bands, and men and women of honor making their way to City Hall. This year marks the 60th anniversary of the Korean War so a special commemoration is planned to take place. Whether you support the war, whether patriotism runs through your blood, or if you just like to hum the tune of our national anthem the Veterans Day Parade is family fun for everyone.

Dolores Park Meditation Mob @ Dolores Park, 6 P.M.
With a historic revolution knocking on our backdoor, meditation doesn’t sound like such a bad idea. Unaffiliated with any religion, meditation serves as an outlet for progressive thinkers alike. With proven health benefits meditation aims to create and expand positive action and intention through liberation and enlightenment. The idea here is simple, one hour of silent meditation followed by eleven minutes of sound bath (soothing music). You are invited to join for all of it, part of it, or just a casual bask in the presence of peace. The Meditation Mob, sister to the better known Flash Mob, advises that you come with the deepest intentions for yourself, your community, and our planet.

Break the Silence Mural Project
With a central focus on the Palestinian-Israeli struggle for human rights, Break the Silence is an art/activist group committed to raising national awareness of the current day conflict in Palestine. The road to peace has presented many obstacles for Palestinians are in the midst of an ambivalent time. BTS aims to shed light on the urgency of social reform with positive cultural projects that directly benefit Palestinian organizations. Each mural is linked with history in hopes of increasing our knowledge of Palestinian culture and heritage. Two of their murals reside in the bay area, “Our Roots Are Still Alive,” in the Mission and “Edward Said Mural,” at SF State. In support of the many identities faced with oppression in Palestine, Break the Silences social justice movement is making a difference.

November 13

KUSF.org Rock N’ Swap Record Fair @ McLaren Hall ,7am-4pm, FREE
Trouble locating your favorite obscure vinyls, posters, books, and dvds got you down? Well pity yourself no more because KUSF is making their presence known yet again in what is known as one of California’s largest record swaps. Vendors come from all over to sell music and related items in every format your soul could conceive. Best part is, the venue lies on our stomping ground and it’s free for you and me.

Events Around the City: What’s Up This Week

November 2
Occupy SF Open Mic @ Justin Herman Plaza, 8pm

Ingenuity, creativity, and perseverance all lie intermingled among the 99% dwelling in Justin Herman Plaza, and their weekly open mic has proven itself conducive to their cause and rally for change. The platform is open to the general public utilizing the repeat-after-me technique with the advantage of a megaphone. Organized enough to produce a line up, yet innately free form. Voices from every walk and background will express a raw frustration of our social and economic crisis with optimism for hope in the future. The glimmer of light at the end of the tunnel is the spirit in which the demonstrators’ preform so need not shy away in fear of sermon out of anger and disparity, this event is truly uplifting.

November 5
Occupy SF March, 3pm, Starts @ Justin Herman Plaza

Occupy SF aims to start a revolution with their revolt against corporate greed and economic inequality. Demonstrators have been camped out at the Justin Herman Plaza for 5 weeks now, or tent city as the SF police have deemed it. As more and more people are rising in support of the much controversial protest, the marches are getting larger enhancing the demand for change. This Saturday the 99% are planning to march down Market Street in hopes of reaching Civic Center. Our generation holds the power for reform. If we stand together and demand rectification, imagine the upheaval.

November 6
Avant Garde Poetry Nights @ City Lights, 5pm, FREE

A landmark of poetry, City Lights will never stray far from its roots. Freedom of speech is exercised weekly in their small yet historic underground domain. George Albon has composed numerous collections of poetry, award winning novels and has even been featured in the anthology Bay Poetics. Alongside Albon, Denis Phillips, will be reading his new collection of poems titled Navigation. If just for familiarity with the venue alone, come hear the spoken word by two of the most innovative poets of our time.

Oct. 28 – Dec. 11
Cirque Du Soleil – Totem @ AT&T Park, tickets run $50-$150

Cirque Du Soleil conjures up our inner child who is still in search of awe and amazement. Misfits from around the world come together to produce a show featuring jugglers, rapid-fire, helium balloons, trapeze artists, acrobats, and lions and tigers and bears oh my! The dreamy half-dressed men and women who fly overheard draw the audience into the plot with live music, mythological stunts, and gravity defining maneuvers. This tour, called Totem, will showcase “a fascinating journey into the evolution of mankind from its primordial, amphibian state towards the aspiration of flight.” Although a student discount is available I know this comes as kind of a splurge, but c’mon, who doesn’t want to see the circus!

Events Around the City: What’s Up This Week

October 27
Halloween College Night @ Milk Bar, 9pm-2am, $2, 21+
With hopes of getting everyone in the ghoulish spirit Milk Bar is hosting its monthly college night with a Halloween theme. Milk Bar, located on Haight Street, has become a go-to venue for live entertainment near campus. Their lineup this evening brings you innovative student DJ’s and bands performing strictly for the likes of their peers. (USF will be represented by Stereo Fi) With regard to the approaching holiday discounts will be given in favor of those who come decked out in the most outlandish costumes.

October 29
Halloween Capture the Flag @ Golden Gate Park, 12pm-3pm, FREE
I hope you’ve realized by now that Golden Gate Park is home to bizarre oddities, unusual creative roots of expression, and unique free-for-all entertainment venues. If you in fact already arrived at this conclusion yourself then a mass capture the flag should come as no surprise. Capture the flag is a game with the potential to please even the most stubborn stumps on the log. This venture comes well organized for rules and tactics will be discussed at the beginning of the match. Whether you’re a novice or a veteran, don’t miss this one.

Urban Snowboard Showdown @ Civic Center Plaza , 12pm-4pm, FREE
With the 2012 winter Olympics still almost a year away, the Urban Snowboard Showdown is sure to prove itself as more than an intersession for its much-anticipated counterpart. Against better judgment the City of San Francisco is allowing Lib Tech to pile an overwhelming measure of snow in Civic Center for this non-stop shred junction. The Urban Snowboard Showdown is a snowboard competition crying out to extreme sport lovers and winter season devotees alike. Watch as 25 of the biggest up and coming “jibbers” battle it out for the $10,000 grand prize. This urban rail event will also feature food, music, autograph signings, and raffles with proceeds going directly to local charities.

KUSF in Exile: A DJ Set @ Amoeba Records, 2pm-5pm, FREE
For many of us, talking about KUSF – our former beloved “cultural oasis” radio station – is still a sore subject. Although we are no longer able to listen to our favorite DJs discuss the music that’s been pumping through their Beats by Dre headphones over the radio, the free-form radio station lives on. As part of the Save KUSF movement, Amoeba is showcasing KUSF DJs: t his particular set will feature DJ Harry Duncan and his award winning Roots and Rhythm mix. For those of you still in turmoil over the controversy, DJ Duncan is sure to bring back some fond memories.

October 31

Halloween! (All day, All ages)
I’ll admit that the timing of Halloween this year could have been more conducive to our weekend. But nonetheless, it is a holiday worth celebrating, and celebrate we shall! From me to you, Happy Halloween folks!

Events Around the City: What’s Up This Week

October 14-27
Documentary Festival: @ Roxie Theater, $11/$90
What do Scenes of a Crime, Dirty Pictures, and Heavy Metal Picnics all have in common? They are all documentaries that will be showcased this week courtesy of the SF Independent Film Festival. The organization celebrates and supports the mavericks in the film industry by presenting three annual film festivals. Doc Fest lures the realists in and around the bay and holds evident that truth is in fact stranger than fiction. Featuring over 50 docs from around the world, a pass is available good for admission into every screening.

October 20
Artist in the Alley/Art Walk: @ Polk St (43 Fern Alley), 6pm-10pm, FREE
This Thursday Fern Alley will be converted into a lively street scene consisting of face-to-face interactions with artists, exhibitions, and live performances. For those of you yearning for exposure to local SF artists and their affairs, these monthly art walks will initiate you unto the underground metropolis of creation and innovation. As for you already established art aficionados, I know the aspect of free and all-inclusive (complementary refreshments and table snacks are always provided) comes as a mere bonus and a secondary attraction to the cutting edge ideas and ingenuity showcased. Galleries continue this open door tradition for the buyers, browsers, and artistic nomads that shuffle through their doorways each month in pursuit of awe and discovery. With the exhibition of new and independent artists, video projections, and live graffiti, Russian Hill is only one of the many neighborhoods hosting this monthly extravaganza.

Every Saturday
Mission Flea Market: @ 1850 Mission Street, 11am-4pm
Possibly one of the most obscure flea markets in the city, the Mission flea market is almost that of a myth. Housing all of our coveted treasures, the accessories we never knew we fancied, plus home décor for the hip/financially impaired, the Mission flea market is the epitome of thrift. There lies but one problem, where exactly is the mission flea market? In search of the answer to that question I squandered the mission this past week along with its forsaken back allies. An hour long detour at Thrift Town, a delicious ice-cream from bi-rite, and countless hipsters later I stumbled upon what I do believe is the Mission flea market. Now listen carefully, it is between 15th and 14th on Mission Street, you will see a large building covered in murals called “Arriba Juntos”, right next to that building an abandoned parking lot will be marked with a sign that reads “Mission Flea Market” -you are on your own from there. Happy thrifting!

October 20
Comedy Night: @ Purple Onion, 7-9pm, FREE, ALL AGES
The Purple Onion comic club rose to fame during the Beatnik era and is now deemed one of the most historic venues in the world. What is arguably the birthplace of the San Francisco comedy scene, this intimate venue seats 80 guests with ample room for laughter. Each Thursday night in sheer tradition, the Purple Onion is devoted to the brightest and best fresh-faced comics soon to become the new sensations. This ritual is and will always remain free.

San Francisco This Week: Events Calendar

October 8
Fleet Week Blue Angels Air Show: 1pm-4pm FREE
Fleet week has been a San Francisco tradition since 1981 and the Blue Angels remain the most anticipated stars. Every year spectators from San Francisco and across the bay flock to the coast to watch the Angels strut their stuff. The Blue Angels continue to mesmerize their audiences with their high-flying antics, outlandish tricks, and disciplined formations. If you happen to be curious about all the commotion, make your way down to the main viewing area at Marina Green Park. For a more intimate show, discover for yourself the obscure vantage points located across our city, like Lone Mountain or student rooftops throughout the Richmond.

October 9
Indie-Mart: 12pm-7pm @ Thee Parkside & Wisconsin St., $2

New to the San Francisco thrift scene, Indie-Mart exhibits a pride and regard for the individuals who manage to stray from conventionality. Catering to the true underground society (or to those who seek the underground society) Indie-Mart is a celebration of all things local. DIY, handmade, vintage, art, baked and crafted goods are all up for grabs. The market also features two fully equipped stages featuring local bands jamming for your enjoyment.

October 10
Bottom of the Hill Bargain Basement Night: 9pm, 21+, FREE

Bottom of the Hill, known as a breeding ground for up and coming bands, is hosting a free Monday night concert series in consideration of the financially impaired. The local lineup has yet to be announced, but will shortly be revealed via their website. From my own experience a trip down to the Bottom of the Hill is always worth it.

October 7-15
Litquake: @ various venues across the city, FREE

Litquake is San Francisco’s very own literary festival, a festival with over five hundred authors, one hundred events (workshops, readings, shows) and several “lit crawls.” For many, these events around the city remain obscure; Litquake is not to be confused as a lecture series; it is rather an outlet for those who appreciate poetry, literature, and thought provoking discussions. The full schedule along with details of the events can be viewed online at www.litquake.org

Every Wednesday 4pm-6pm
Upper Haight Farmers Market (Waller St & Stanyan St) FREE

Our city has many farmers markets lurking around each and every corner, offering great local produce and tasty organic treats and each neighborhood has its very own distinctly different market, effectively unifying each community. Haight Ashbury, our closest counterpart, has a vibrant marketplace with a number of free samples that can only be rivaled by Costco. Insider tip: bring cash, as few sellers take credit cards!