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This Week's Hottest Events: SNL's Seth Meyers, NoisePop, and Fat Tuesday Festivities

SNL's Seth Meyers, NoisePop, and Fat Tuesday Festivities

Mamma Mia!
ABBA fans, rejoice. The hit musical, where singing and dancing to favorites like "S.O.S" is encouraged, is back in town for a short two-week run. Time to let that inner dancing queen loose.
When: Tues. 2/21 - Sun. 3/4
Where: Orpheum Theatre, 1192 Market St.

SNL's Seth Meyers
"Weekend Update" anchor Seth Meyers sets down his SNL news reporter hat for an evening of his signature wit and humor at Cal Performances.    
When: 8 p.m., Tues. 2/21
Where: Zellerbach Hall, Bancroft Way and Telegraph Ave., Berkeley

This Week's Hottest Events: Madonna Tickets, Inside Apple, and Beer Week Nightlife with NoisePop

This Week's Hottest Events: Madonna Tickets, Inside Apple, and Beer Week Nightlife with NoisePop

Madonna's 2012 World Tour
Madge just decided to do a Bay Area double-hitter, and tickets went on sale for the shows this morning. Considering the success of her lavish Superbowl half time show, these two HP Pavilion shows won't be up for grabs much longer. Godspeed!  
When: 8 p.m., Sat. 10/6 and Sun. 10/7 (tickets on sale Mon. 2/13 at 10 a.m.)
Where: HP Pavilion, 525 W. Santa Clara, San Jose

This Week's Hottest Events: "Masters of Venice" Masked Ball, SF Symphony Chinese New Year Concert, and SF Beer Week

"Masters of Venice" Masked Ball
To celebrate the closing days of "Masters of Venice" at the de Young, ArtPoint is hosting an extravagant masquerade ball. Come cloaked in black tie and your most provocative Venetian mask, and retire your disguise just long enough to take in the exhibit.  
When: 8 p.m., Sat. 2/11
Where: de Young Museum, 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Dr.

This Week's Hottest Events: Jane McGonigal, Shabazz Palaces, and SF Indiefest

Jane McGonigal
All hail Jane McGonigal. The gaming guru talks alternate reality, problem solving, and innovation via video games with Cal Academy's Ryan Wyatt at this City Arts & Lectures conversation. Pick up a copy of her new book Reality is Broken: Why Games Make us Better and How They Can Change the World before you go.   
When: 8 p.m., Tues. 1/31
Where: Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave.

This Week's Hottest Events: Science of Cocktails, Andy Warhol Polaroids, and a Snow White Fashion Show

This Week's Hottest Events: Science of Cocktails, Andy Warhol Polaroids, and a Snow White Fashion Show

Music Benefit
Home of the Slaves
Join local bands Barcelona, Release the Sunbird, Evaline, and Thurlow in a benefit designed to help San Francisco's victims of human trafficking. Throw down a few extra bucks and be one of the 30 to enjoy a pre-party happy hour in the BrewTruc parked out front.   
When: 8 p.m., Tues. 1/24
Where: The Independent, 628 Divisadero St.

Eames Movie Night
Calling all design enthusiasts—reserve your seat on an Eames chair for Wednesday's screening of the new documentary Eames: The Architect and the Painter. The film tells of the lives of designers Charles and Ray Eames in a feast for the eyes and ears (it's narrated by James Franco). Former editor-in-chief of Dwell, Sam Grawe, provides an intro before the show. RSVP to
When: 6 p.m., Wed. 1/25
Where: Zinc Details, 1905 Fillmore St.

This Week's Hottest Events: SF Sketchfest, Wu-Tang Clan, and Rayko's Plastic Camera Show

Rayko's Plastic Camera Show
Check out the best pictures from the world's worst camera. Now in its fifth year, Rayko's plastic camera show features images by 100 different photographers chosen from thousands of entries.  And if this scrappy photo approach inspires you, Rayko is offering a three-week course in March. Who knows? Your work could be on the gallery's walls next year.  
When: Opening reception on 1/18, 6-8 p.m.; Exhibit on view through 3/6
Where: RayKo Photo Center, 428 Third St.

This Week's Hottest Events: Mega Sale at Carrots, Mortified Comedy, and Matter + Spirit at the de Young

60% Off at Carrots
Bring yourself a little new year's cheer—all of the chic boutique's fall merchandise is 60% off. Sale items include clothes from Maison Martin Margiela, Alexander Wang, and Helmut Lang
When: until merchandise runs out
Where: Carrots, 843 Montgomery St.

This Week's Hottest Events: Rice Paper Scissors, Remedios Varo, and Mythbusters

Bill Cunningham New York
See the NYT street style photographer extraordinaire in action on the big screen.
When: 2:30 and 6:30 p.m., Mon. 1/2
Where: SF Film Society, 1746 Post St.

Food + Art
Rice Paper Scissors Pop-Up Lunch
Have a special Rice Paper Scissors banh mi for lunch on Friday. Designed specifically to complement Sharon Lockhart's "Lunch Break" exhibit, now in its final weeks at SFMOMA, the Vietnamese pop-up cafe joined Blue Bottle and Caffé Museo in making special menus to celebrate the show.     
When: 11:30 - 1:30 p.m., Fri. 1/6
Where: The Schwab Room at SFMOMA, 151 Third St.

This Week's Hottest Events: Portlandia, Woody Allen's Jazz Band, and NYE Party Mania

For those of you still in town and not praying for snow up in Tahoe, here are a few things to add to your calendar for this mellow week before the new year.

Tuesday, 12/27
Houdini: Art and Magic
The exhibit about the renowned magician and escape artist is soon coming to an end. It's one of the best shows (and certainly the most fun) in the city now, and this week is the perfect time to check it out.
When: through Mon. 1/16
Where: Contemporary Jewish Museum, 736 Mission St.

This Week's Hottest Events: Killing My Lobster Holidaze, Chronicle Books Warehouse Sale, and Renegade Craft Fair

Walter Isaacson on Steve Jobs
The man behind the Steve Jobs biography is here to tell all. Sneak out of work early and try to snag a ticket to one of these talks.   
When: 11 a.m. and 6 p.m., Wed. 12/14
Where: Jewish Community Center, 3200 California St. and Commonwealth Club at Mark Hopkins Hotel, 999 California St.

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