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We Heart Kate Ellen Metals

Local jewelry designer Kate Ellen is offering an exclusive discount to 7x7 readers for her new collection. Check out the goods at her Etsy Pop Up store (she's currently hard at work revising her own website). Type in welove7x7 at time of purchase and you'll receive 25% off your order! Christmas came early this year!

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This Week's Hottest Events: Neil Young + Joanna Newsom, SF Ballet Nutcracker, and Bazaar Bizarre

Music: Neil Young + Joanna Newsom
In case you missed our pre-Thanksgiving blog about UCSF's Neil Young and Joanna Newsom show, here's the scoop again. These two amazing performers will be playing a benefit show and we're only hoping they'll throw in some duets. Money raised goes to help build a new home in Mission Bay for the Benioff Children's Hospital, which is considered one of the best kid's facilities in the country. And did we mention the pre-show cocktail reception with General Colin Powell, a post-performance dessert reception, and an afterparty with beats by will.i.am? Enough said. $250+; Wednesday 12/8; Nob Hill Masonic Auditorium, 1111 California St., theconcertforucsfbch.com

Two Art Events Worth Your Time: It's All A Blur + Garage Biennale Book Release

Justin Hoover, artist and curatorial genius at SOMArts, has big news:
His Garage Biennale Book ($40), funded in large part by Southern Exposure's alternative exposures grant, is finally complete. The catalog illustrates a collection of shows, each one night only, by a group of artists exploring the temporality of art production. This week, you have two chances to get the book in person before it's gone—only 250 copies were printed and each features hand-adhered vinyl lettering on the cover. It's the perfect holiday gift for your art-loving friend or the perfect collectible for your coffee table.

Tales of the City Tickets, Hanukkah at the Jewish Museum, and Central Market Lighting Ceremony

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

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.

Big Hanukkah Happenings

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.

Beyond Black Friday: Local Deals App

If the thought of Black Friday shopping scares the bejesus out of you, there's good news. Signpost, the local community-powered deal site, just announced the launch of its free iPhone app. An extension of its member-driven site (which launched earlier this year), this new app will clue you in while you're out—whether it’s a steep clothing discount from your favorite boutique or a dinner special from a trendy local restaurant that would make for the perfect post-shopping date.

This Week's Hottest Events: Nora Ephron, Pretty Lights, and Jackie Greene

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

Local Artist Bill Fontana Unveils Latest Sound Sculpture at SFMOMA

Conceptual? Yes. Intelligent? Yes. Over my head? Yes. Local artist Bill Fontana is an international phenomenon and has been a pioneer of sound art for the past 40 years. Turning what we're accustomed to with visual art on its head, it is not what we see but rather what we hear that is Fontana's body of work. He calls it sculpture, but what you're looking at in his work is only an instrument that generates the desired effect. And this time around, the SFMOMA building itself is the medium for Fontana's latest site-specific sound sculpture.

Calling All Men: Bring Your Guns to the SF Opera and You Could End Up Onstage

The words "seeking adult males with strength and athletic ability," read more like a porn audition, male model call, or kinky personal ad than they do of a press release from the SF Opera, but hey, it caught our attention. And now it's got yours. It's so good we just had to repeat it for you, word by word:

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