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The Purple Onion's New Weekly Comedy Series to Showcase Local Talent on the Rise

Ever since the Purple Onion tried to re-establish itself as a comedy destination some seven years ago, weekly series have come and gone, and the place has mostly been a spot for fledgling local comics to find stage time. A good thing, to be sure.

The historic laugh lounge's latest stab at renaissance is its new weekly Comedy & Cocktails series, a free show featuring a long list of comics of varying experience levels. We'll assume that means short sets for all involved, save the headliner. Like speed dating, but with comedians.

JumpstART: A Free Day of Dance, Theater, and Performance at ODC Theater

How's this for a cool gig? ODC is throwing a housewarming party to celebrate its brand-spanking-new community performance space in the Mission. But unlike most housewarmings, you'll be the one getting the gift. 

Haven't yet had the chance to witness Joe Goode's masterful choreography? Always been dying to see a skit by Killing My Lobster? Secretly want to get in on the madness of a Youth Speaks poetry slam? Curious about playwright/director Mark Jackson's work and Lily Kharrazi's world music? This Saturday is your chance to tap into the arts for free.

Win This: 7 Hours in Heaven at East Bay Spa

You’ll have to wait until April for Spa Week, the national event that prompts over 800 spas nationwide to gift beauty indulgers with $50 treatments for one week only. In the meantime, you can prep for what’s ahead by setting yourself up with a chance to win seven hours of bliss at Oakland day spa Body by Melissa.

As part of Spa Week’s first annual wellness giveaway, the package will be bestowed upon one lucky winner from the Bay Area.

The seriously envy-inducing prize includes:

-    90-minute full body lymphatic drainage treatment with massage

Get a Better Profile Pic: Free Estee Lauder Makeup + Photo Session

How many times have you cringed at your [choose one of the following: Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, blog, Stumble Upon, Yelp, Going.com, MySpace, Match.com, all of the above] profile picture and wished that a fairy makeup godmother would descend from the heavens, paint your face perfectly and then snap a profile photo that finally does your countenance justice?

If the answer to that question is far, far too many times, then you’re not alone. To remedy the situation, you could, of course, shell out the big bucks for private makeup application and session with a professional photographer.

What’s the Deal: Tan Bella, Filippa K, SenSpa and more...

Deal or no deal...

Filippa K: A sale currently underway at this FiDi store offers 30 percent off items from the fall and winter collection.

Tan Bella: First-time customers receive a free tanning service of their choice when they book a cut or color at Vim and Vigor. Be sure to mention this offer when you book. The free tan can be redeemed anytime.

Show Your Holiday Cheer for Free Gap Giveaways

The season just wouldn't be complete without a little Gap cheer. This weekend, the brand is bringing their holiday campaign to life on the streets on San Francisco. Be on the lookout for a buffalo plaid bus carrying a cheer squad of 12 professional dancers and drummers. Once you spot them (we hear they might be stationed in places like Union Square, Fisherman's Wharf and the Ferry Building), all you have to do is show some spirit for the chance to win free giveaways. Who couldn't use a Gap cozy hat, jean certificates for a free pair of 1969 Premium Jeans and "Buy One, Get One 50% Off" coupons?

The tour starts today and runs through Sunday, December 20.

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