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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: Bob Seger, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, and It's a Wonderful Life

If, by chance, you've finished your holiday shopping and are not headed out of town for Christmas, we've rounded up a few fun events for your calendar.

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

Conversation
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.

This Week's Hottest Events: Live 105 FM's Not So Silent Night and More

Live 105 FM's Not So Silent Night will feature Mumford & Sons

Art
The SECA Awards at SFMOMA
SFMOMA presents two exhibits in tandem—a show of the four 2010 SECA Art Award winners including Mauricio Ancalmo, Colter Jacobsen, Ruth Laskey (a 2011 Hot 20 winner), and Kamau Amu Patton and a look back at 50 years of emerging, Bay Area artists. Just in case SECA wasn't already on your radar, it's the museum's Society for the Encouragement of Contemporary Art, which seeks to honor and highlight the achievements of the most promising, up-and-coming local talent.   
When: Fri. 12/9 – Tues. 4/3
Where: SFMOMA, 151 Third St.

This Week's Hottest Events: Amy Sedaris, My Morning Jacket, and a Sound of Music Sing-A-Long

Conversation
Miranda July
City Arts & Lectures is on fire this season. On Wednesday, Berkeley native Miranda July sits down with Cal art history professor July Bryan-Wilson to discuss her latest quirky art endeavor It Chooses You. The book is a collection of short stories, interviews, and photographs inspired by PennySaver classified ads that, judgments aside, is quite compelling.  
When: 8 p.m., Wed. 11/30
Where: Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave.

Film
The Sound of Music Sing-A-Long
Tune your vocal chords and brush up on the lyrics of "Do-Re-Mi" and "My Favorite Things" for the annual The Sound of Music love fest.
When: 7 p.m., through Sun. 12/4
Where: Castro Theatre, 429 Castro St.

This Week's Hottest Events: Turkey Trot, Macy's Tree Lighting, and Americana Music Feast

Conversation
Diane Keaton and Tom Brokaw
Woody Allen's leading lady and rom com queen, the timeless Diane Keaton takes the stage at Herbst Theatre tonight for a City Arts & Lectures conversation. Also on the bill is broadcast legend Tom Brokaw who will be speaking about his new book, Boom! Both talks are technically sold out, but there's always at least one person trying to get rid of an extra ticket before the show.
When: 8 p.m., Mon. 11/21 and 7 p.m., Mon. 11/21, respectively
Where: Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave. and 3200 California St.

This Week's Hottest Events: Jane Lynch, Noel Gallagher, and Heath Ceramics Annual Sale

Theater
Fela!
Award-winning choreographer Bill T. Jones thinks outside of the box for his Tony Award-grabbing show Fela!. With the help of Jay-Z, Will Smith, and Jada Pinkett-Smith, Jones brings to life the fiery compositions and larger-than-life story of Nigerian musician Fela Kuti.
When: Tues. 11/15 – Sun. 12/11
Where: Curran Theatre, 445 Geary St.

This Week's Hottest Events: Zola Jesus, Rip Curl Pro Search Kickoff, and Ski and Snowboard Fest

If you're going out trick or treating tonight and still don't have a costume, check out our blog on last-minute Halloween shopping here.

This Week's Hottest Events: Halloween Parties, Grouplove, and David Mamet's Race

Theater
David Mamet's Race
Following a brilliant run on Broadway, David Mamet's Race makes its West Coast debut at A.C.T. New York Magazine calls the performance about three lawyers representing a wealthy white man accused of assaulting a black woman a "shock drama of sex, race, loyalty, and betrayal." 
When: Through Sun. 11/13
Where: American Conservatory Theater, 415 Geary St.

This Week's Hottest Events: Kevin Spacey, John Malkovich, Paul Simon, and the Bridge School Benefit

We've got some really big names swinging through the city this week. Take your pick.

Theater
Richard III with Kevin Spacey
Sam Mendes and Kevin Spacey reunite (who can forget their work together on American Beauty?) in a spellbinding adaptation of Shakespeare's Richard III. Tickets to the limited engagement (12 performances only) have been selling like hot cakes and cost a pretty penny (I heard as much as $400!). But we wouldn't expect Spacey and Mendes to grace the stage for anything less than a premium.
When: Wed. 10/19 – Sat. 10/29
Where: Curran Theatre, 445 Geary St.

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