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This Week's Hottest Events: Sketchfest, Norm MacDonald, The Fresh & Onlys

Aziz Ansari's show at Punch Line tonight is sold out. Boo. Lucky for us, there's no shortage of equally cool comedy happening this week.

Comedy: SF Sketchfest
This year's Sketchfest has really pulled out all the stops for its 10th anniversary. The lineup is a laundry list of who's who in the comedy world, including Dan Aykroyd, Candice Bergen, Will Forte, Neil Patrick Harris, and more. Check out our preview blog here and get at least one of these events on your calendar now. Prices vary; Thursday, 1/13 - Saturday 2/5; Various Venues, sfsketchfest.com

This Week's Hottest Events: Cash Cab's Ben Bailey, SF Bike Party, and Willie Nelson

Comedy: Cash Cab's Ben Bailey
You may not know him by name, but surely you know Ben Bailey's NYC cash cab. The trivia game that takes place on camera behind closed taxi doors turned many on to the Discovery channel and the show's now famous host will be cracking jokes and recounting tales from his storied yellow bus this week at Cobb's. Trivia nerd or not, this is quiz show stand-up you don't want to miss. $18-$21; Thursday, 1/6 - Sunday, 1/9; Cobb's Comedy Club, 915 Columbus Ave., cobbscomedyclub.com

This Week's Hottest Events: Four Seasons Hot Chocolate, David Sedaris' Santaland Diaries, and Christmas Day Openings

Drink Break: Adult Hot Chocolate at Seasons Bar & Lounge
So you waited until the last minute to do all your Christmas shopping. You're stressed and you need a break after racing around Union Square stores. Your answer? Adult hot chocolate. Throughout the holidays, you can duck into the posh Seasons Bar & Lounge for a hot chocolate fix, with a twist. Spiked with vanilla, peppermint, or raspberry liquers and paired similarly flavored, housemade marshmallows, it's the perfect way to soothe those aching heels.  Seasons Bar & Lounge, 757 Market St., fourseasons.com

This Week's Hottest Events: Mary Roach, Radio City Rockettes, and Cyndi Lauper

Film + Music: Sir Arne's Treasure with Mountain Goats
Silent but deadly—this winning combo of Mauritz Stiller's classic silent film Sir Arne's Treasure and live score by Mountain Goats' John Darnielle should be on your to-do list this week. The haunting tale of murder, betrayal, and divine redemption is riveting enough without sound, but with Darnielle's poignant lyrics accompanying, the movie truly comes to life. $17-$22.50; Tuesday 12/14; Castro Theatre, 429 Castro St., sffs.org

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

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.

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

This Week's Hottest Events: Wine + Art at SFMOMA, Amy Sedaris, and Zion I

Art: How Wine Became Modern
If it sounds groundbreaking, that's because it is. The first exhibition of its kind, How Wine Became Modern explores wine's visual culture and the history of that transformation over the last 30 years through the lens of architecture, design, and media. You'll see multimedia installations, architectural models, and even a smell wall. But if pontificating and sniffing isn't enough to satisfy your senses, head to the SF Vintners Market at Fort Mason for a showcase of top-notch wineries. Billed as a liquid farmers market, you can sample wines from more than 200 wineries and buy on the spot. $18 and $40+ respectively

Image: Etienne Meneau, Carafe No. 5, 2008, fabricated 2009

This Week's Hottest Events: Dia de Los Muertos, Dr. Dog, and Rock 'n' Roll Fantasy Camp

Parade: Dia de Los Muertos
Like New Year's Eve, Halloween can sometimes be a little anticlimactic. Lucky for us, the Mission still goes wild every year with their Day of the Dead parade. Check out the sacred altars in and around Garfield Park and don't miss the procession ritual, which begins promptly at 7 p.m. on the corner of 22nd and Bryant streets. Be sober, be respectful, and be creative—it's your last chance for a spooky costume this year. Free; Tuesday 11/2; 22nd and Bryant streets, dayofthedeadsf.org

This Week's Hottest Events: Gorillaz, SFMOMA Photo Exhibits, and a Classy Halloween

Music: Gorillaz
Here's an alternative to the typical Halloween costume party: a hot, sweaty stadium concert with Gorillaz, plus special guests N.E.R.D., De La Soul, and more. Get online if you haven't already and become part of Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett's virtual world of animated characters. Play the Plastic Beach game and prepare yourself for a show that takes interactive to a new level. $50-$90; Saturday 10/30; Oracle Arena, 7000 Coliseum Way, Oakland, livenation.com

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