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Win Tickets to the Salsa-Inspired New Years Eve Bash at SFJazz!

Win tickets to ring in the New Year with SFJAZZ at a pulse-pounding night of salsa celebration – hang out in a seat or take the dance floor! 

Five Live Music Shows to Buzz About This Week

Milk Carton Kids at Cafe Du Nord, Tuesday

This minimalist duo has won praise from folks at NPR and Spinner while perfecting a specific blend of Americana, 1950s classic folk and compelling narrative. They've been compared to Ryan Adams and Iron & Wine, and it fits — their soft hush affects on multiple levels, a mind/body/soul trifecta.

Get Jazzy with Jimmy Scott at Yoshi's Tonight

Jazz legend Jimmy Scott is rolling through town this week, with two shows at Yoshi's in the Fillmore. Scott, the favorite singer of artists ranging from Billie Holiday to Nancy Wilson, is renowned for his high, pure contralto singing voice. Legendary in his time, he gained new fans after appearing on the final episode of David Lynch's Twin Peaks (adding an extra hint of creepiness to the show's famously spooky Black Lodge). He's since recorded a track with Lou Reed, performed with David Byrne, Michael Stipe, and Antony & the Johnsons, and appeared at President Clinton's inauguration. He'll be performing with his band, the Jazz Expressions.

A Cultured Happy Hour: Friday Nights at the de Young

If you're looking for something different to do for happy hour on Fridays, head over to the Golden Gate Park for Friday Nights at the de Young. Every Friday through November, the museum will stay open until 8:45p, with hands-on art workshops, film, poetry, lectures, and live music from Intersection for the Arts: Jazz at Intersection musicians. Tonight's featured act is VidyA, whose blend of jazz and classical Indian music SF Weekly called "madly percussive and sparkling." The cafe will stay open late and drinks are available from a no-host cocktail bar.

Dapper and Debonaire: Frank Sinatra and Elton John Photos Hit SF Art Exchange

The latest show to hit SF Art Exchange, “Chairman of the Board. Knight of the Realm,” chronicles the careers of Frank Sinatra and Sir Elton John by famed British photographer Terry O'Neill. Lining opposite walls of the gallery space, this rare solo exhibition pits 20+ photographs of an effortlessly polished Sinatra against 20+ of a quirkily dynamic John. Masterfully arranged in a mix of both black-and-white and color, the show tells not only of the men being shot but also sheds light on the man behind the camera. We caught up with the talented Terry O’Neill at last week’s preview event at the Clift to talk photography, music and celebrity.

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