Arts + Culture
Neil Young is staying busy these days. On December 8, he's playing a benefit show for the UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital at the Nob Hill Masonic Auditorium, and guess who's opening the show for him? The etheral, elfin Joanna Newsom. What a crazy-amazing duo. All we can do is cross our fingers and hope these two virtuosos jam on some duets together.
Christmas everything is about to hit big time. But for a good majority of us, Santa Claus is NOT coming to town. This year, thankfully, the Hub at SF's Jewish Community Center is throwing it down for the Jews. The Super 8 Hanukkah Festival: Eight Ways to Burn Bright is a weeklong celebration of the other holiday with food, film, music, comedy, survival kits, and more.
My long-distance girlfriend lives in England, and I’ll be rejoining her there in nine months. Last night, I kissed another girl (whom I don’t even remotely like) for a second or two, after which I realized what I was doing and explained that I had a girlfriend. Though it’s no excuse, it’s worth noting that I was mega-drunk. I know I’ve cheated. Do I tell my girlfriend and possibly ruin our relationship or keep it to myself and live with the guilt?
He Said: Unless it’s one of your girlfriend’s blood relatives or BFs, a two-second kiss while drunk is a relatively mild betrayal. And luckily, guilt is an ugly, blunt, but effective tool we use to corral our own bad behavior. It sounds like this was a one-time slip on your part, so maybe you don’t need to beat yourself bloody.
Holiday music be damned! At this point, it's increasingly impossible to get away from it in coffee shops, cabs and customer service hold lines. Enter the Wu-Tang Clan to rescue our poor ears (and maybe do some holiday rhymes of their own?) from this onslaught of jingle bells.
Romantic Comedy: Nora Ephron
Admit it—you know every line of When Harry Met Sally by heart. You're embarrassed to say that you own Sleepless in Seattle and You've Got Mail, and Julie and Julia is on your holiday wish list. Well, tonight you can writer and director Nora Ephron in person. You know you want to. $20; Monday 11/22; Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave., cityarts.net
Music: Pretty Lights
What do you have to do to get in? Just cross those fingers and click here. 161 Eerie Street is where our favorite new Mission chill spot Public Works hides, so there will be plenty of space for you to punch the air and shuffle those feet.
Need a primer? Download local guitar wizards Thee Oh Sees' The Master's Bedroom Is Worth Spending A Night In (Castleface/Tomlab), Bare Wires' jittery, loved-up punk style on Seeking Love (Castleface) and the Black Lips' (who are known to let their freak flags fly live) Good Bad Not Evil (Vice).
Was Eliot Spitzer, the so-called "Sheriff of Wall Street" whose attention-grabbing crusade against big-business corruption catapulted him to New York's governorship, sabotaged by his own hubris or the victim of a calculated political hit?