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This Week's Hottest Events: Wine + Art at SFMOMA, Amy Sedaris, and Zion I

Art: How Wine Became Modern
If it sounds groundbreaking, that's because it is. The first exhibition of its kind, How Wine Became Modern explores wine's visual culture and the history of that transformation over the last 30 years through the lens of architecture, design, and media. You'll see multimedia installations, architectural models, and even a smell wall. But if pontificating and sniffing isn't enough to satisfy your senses, head to the SF Vintners Market at Fort Mason for a showcase of top-notch wineries. Billed as a liquid farmers market, you can sample wines from more than 200 wineries and buy on the spot. $18 and $40+ respectively

Image: Etienne Meneau, Carafe No. 5, 2008, fabricated 2009

Happy Hour with Muni Diaries & I Live Here:SF This Wednesday

This Wednesday, November 17th marks a new kind of happy hour. At SOMArts from 5-8 pm, celebrate with your fellow workers bees fresh from the office at Muni Diaries' and I Live Here:SF's happy hour, in which you can offer up your own Muni horror stories and fairy tales under a real Muni bus shelter (a generous donation by the SFMTA). Your stories will be collected and unveiled on a new Muni Diaries page called "Muni Time Capsule", a trove of Muni ephemera from days gone by.

Teatro ZinZanni: Psychedelic Cabaret + Steak

Longtime purveyors of quirky vaudeville, Teatro ZinZanni lures veterans from Cirque du Soleil and Moulin Rouge to create an intimate circus with aerialists in lingerie, tap dancing waiters, orgasmic cherries, tightrope-walking bears, and tasty soup.

Photos: Mayer Hawthorne & The County and Gordon Voidwell @ Bimbo's 365

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Photos: Fistful of Mercy @ Great American Music Hall

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Photos: Usher, Trey Songz and Miguel @ Oracle Arena

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Death from Above: The Search for Intelligent Life Stalls in 'Skyline'

Skyline, in which an army of airborne aliens comes up with the novel idea of storming Los Angeles in search of fresh human brains, shatters the unintentional comedy scale with its clunky dialogue and laughably straight-faced treatment of B-movie schlock.
 
As a showcase for brothers Colin and Greg Strause, visual-effects specialists with a single directorial credit to their names– the middling Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem (2007) – the film confirms their ability to create a diverting spectacle on a limited budget, but speaks little to their storytelling acumen.
 

Fun Fact: Salvation Army Holiday Collection Buckets Started as Crab Buckets in SF

Here's some local knowledge to send you on your merry way this Friday afternoon: The Salvation Army Holiday Kettle campaign started back on the San Francisco wharfs in 1981. The first buckets? Crab pots.

KUSF's Epic Record Swap Will Light Up Your Sunday

San Francisco has no shortage of reliable record shops. In fact, this city is so inundated with dusty vinyl gems, it's nurtured some of the biggest music snobs on the planet. So when they feel like unloading their precious vinyl collections upon the rest of us, you'd best be there to scoop up the good stuff.

Underground Photographer Dave Schubert's Works Showing @ Shooting Gallery This Saturday

In the vein of Larry Clark, Ryan McGinley, the late Dash Snow and the Mission School of art, Dave Schubert's photography documents his day-to-day life spent on the underbelly. Considered a "quiet leader" in the documentation of underground cultures, his world is populated by weirdos, libertines, clowns, artists and randoms caught in the blink of an eye living in the "beautiful grime" of city life and really not giving a hoot. His fleeting subjects are surreally captured, often mid-mischief, in a hazy wash of colors on film processed by hand.

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