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Liss Fain Dance at Theater Artaud

Random architectural spaces are the new stage - especially when it comes to modern dance. Inspired by the gallery where her company performed in Germany, Liss Fain choreographed a work where dancers stayed in the microcosm of their prescribed room, each of which had its own complete performance - so no one in the audience saw everything and no one saw the same show. It’s the dance world’s version of choose-your-own-adventure, and you decide what you see based on where your feet take you.

The Origin of the Golden Gate Park Bison

How did the bison get into Golden Gate Park? Local artist Wendy MacNaughton (who also did our July neighborhoods cover) has a new drawing out on the very subject.

Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti & Os Mutantes Co-Headline @ The Regency Ballroom

If you've been trying to think up ways to keep busy on these cold, mellow nights, look no further than tonight. Ariel Pink's Haunted Grafitti and 60s Brazilian psych-tropicalia mash-up masters Os Mutantes, two trailblazing titans of delightfully bizarro music, are joining forces on stage tonight at the Regency Ballroom, and you'll want to be there for all the madness.

Margaret Cho's Top 7 San Francisco Picks

Paratrooper, punk rocker, sailor, sex kitten: Margaret Cho is comedy’s chameleon. The SF native has stunned sold-out crowds with her crass stand-up spiel—think Notorious C.H.O., Revolution, Assassin, and Beautiful—and has tackled television with her VH1 reality sitcom The Cho Show and Lifetime dramedy, Drop Dead Diva. Never afraid to reinvent herself, Cho made her first foray into music last August and is currently on tour promoting her debut album, Cho Dependent, which features indie faves Tegan and Sara, Andrew Bird, and Grant Lee Phillips, plus Fiona Apple and Ani DiFranco.

Robin Williams and W. Kamau Bell at Glide’s Annual Holiday Festival

If you want to support San Francisco's disenfranchised in this season o’ charitable giving, but need more compelling incentive than a dude with a red bucket and bell - incentive like, say, Robin Williams and fried chicken - mark Thursday for Glide’s annual fundraiser. You'll get world-class comedy and the smug satisfaction of supporting Glide's grand tradition of helping Tenderloin residents find their feet and their spirit. 

This Weeks' Hottest Events: Mortified 5-Year Anniversary, Margaret Cho, and Noise Pop Holiday Shop

Comedy: Mortified 5-Year Anniversary
Okay, nothing new here, but if you haven't seen Mortified yet or if it's been awhile, get your tickets to the 5-year anniversary show now. No excuses. Expect the craziest and best pieces from 2010, plus giveaways, contests, and the hard rock of house band Live Evil. It will be a night of the most embarrassing and cringe-worthy readings from teen journals, unanswered love letters and angst-written artifacts.

Grinderman Brings The Dirty Blues To The Warfield


















“I waaant you,” wails Nick Cave on “Kitchenette” off the latest Grinderman album, 2 (Anti-). Oprah Winfrey burning up the flatscreen, buck-toothed imbeciles are plaguing the vocalist’s existence, and Cave’s howl starts on a high note before teetering over into an even more precariously higher place and then crashing and burning with the undercutting next line. “Yeah, I want you—to be my friend.”

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