Arts + Culture
It's no secret that parking in the city is a bitch. So we've enlisted local parking guru and author of Finding the Sweet Spot, David La Bua, to dish out weekly tips on navigating the ins and outs of city parking.
"Where is my car?", you ask yourself when you can't seem to find it in the spot you last left it. If it's really not there and your memory isn't failing you after all, it's either been stolen or towed. But which occurs more often in San Francisco? David La Bua calls this quiz "SF Cars Stolen vs. Towed: The Good, the Bad, and the City". Take this double quiz and write your answers in the comments...we'll post the answers in a few hours!
1) How many cars are towed per year in San Francisco?
San Francisco has a Christmas tradition that you may not know about, but if you love The Golden Girls, drag shows, or both, you've been missing out. What apparently started as a parlor performance has earned itself a legitimate performance space at the Mission's CounterPULSE. Of note, the lovely Pollo del Mar fills Betty White's shoes as Rose Nylund, as the 4-person drag queen cast takes on two Christmas episodes of the 80s sitcom—dare I call it a cult classic—at each performance: “Twas The Nightmare Before Christmas” and “Long Day’s Journey Into Marinara.” The show runs Thursday through Saturday, tomorrow through December 23rd. Tickets are $25 a piece, available through Ticketfly.
Steven Russell is living a lie – several of them, in fact. Given up for adoption in his infancy by an indifferent mother, he is living a Norman Rockwell version of the American dream, with a worshipful, Jesus-loving wife, an adoring daughter and a quaint home in the Georgia suburbs. He even plays piano for the church choir.
But Steven is no angel, nor does he aspire to be. The family, the job, the evangelical zeal – it’s all a front for a shifty, rudderless man searching for an identity, bored by the simple life and hiding his homosexuality behind a studied veneer of old-fashioned American values.
Taking whimsical cues from the psychedelic art scene's earliest days in the 60s and 70s, three renowned, local contemporary rock artists are coming together for a special group show at Space Gallery tonight at 7 pm, perfect for music fanatics and lovers of San Francisco lore. Oh, and there will be a live acoustic performance by Howlin Rain!
No disrespect meant to Pandora's fine Christmas stations, as they're one of the many reasons we dearly love the internet, but there’s just something about the rush of human voices filling a cathedral that makes you think of pine trees and candy canes and those hotly-debated red cups. So here’s a roundup of seasonal choral performances in case you need some extra holiday spirit or Pandora goes down.
With holiday events popping up every week of December, it's hard to keep on top of it all. Here, just a few more cool things going on that you shouldn't miss.
Dreidel Spin Off at the Contemporary Jewish Museum
Tonight, on the second night of Hanukkah, the 2009 Major League Dreidel Spinagogue Champion will host a a spin off at the Contemporary Jewish Museum as part of a special Hanukkah edition of RitLab. Despite the obvious disadvantage of not being Jewish, John Heywood eked out victory with an impressive 16-second spin last year. The title is now up for Jews and gentiles alike. Plus, there will be artisanal chocolate-making and sampling of fair-trade Hanukkah gelt. As Major League Dreidel says, "No Gelt, No Glory!" $5; 12/2, 6 - 8 p.m., Contemporary Jewish Museum, 736 Mission St., thecjm.org
Tomorrow after work, head to downtown's Hotel Rex to shop local handcrafted goods, sip specialty cocktails, screen works from the Disposable Film Festival, and jam to music by our own music reporter Kevin Meenan (of the bands epicsauce and Electric Sunset), and grab raffle prizes from Rickshaw Bags and Globe bikes, all to benefit the great 826 Valencia.