This Week's Hottest Events: Book of Mormon Lottery Tickets, Call Me Home Exhibit, and Monique Jenkinson


Book of Mormon
Tickets to the Tony Award-winning musical sold out in a hot sec, but there's still a chance to see the show. SHN announced a lottery system for each performance during the five-week run. Get there two-plus hours before the show to enter your name, and 1.5 hours before the curtain goes up, they'll pick a limited number of names at random for tickets at $29 a pop. The lottery has drawn as many as 800 entries for some shows, so start camping outside the theater now.  
When: Tues. 11/27–Sun. 12/30
Where: Curran Theatre, 445 Geary St.

Anyone who saw the 2009 dance-based performance pieces Faux Real and Luxury Items knows that edgy and intellectual are signature traits of envelope-pusher Monique Jenkinson (perhaps better known as her drag alter ego Fauxnique). The de Young artist fellow premieres her new solo show Instrument this week, inspired in part by the museum's current exhibit "Rudolph Nureyev: A Life in Dance."      
When: Thurs. 11/29–Sun. 12/9
Where: CounterPULSE, 1310 Mission St.

Creativity Explored Holiday Art Auction
This year, Creativity Explored is offering 30% off all original artwork in honor of the organization's 30th anniversary. Scoop up paintings, drawings, sculpture, and textiles by more than 130 artists, including Christina Marie Fong's popular money drawings. Half of sale proceeds go directly to the artists, so look for something for everyone on your list.
When: Fri. 11/30–Sun. 12/23
Where: Creativity Explored, 3245 16th St.

A Christmas Carol
This is the time of year when you can guiltlessly indulge in cheesy, holiday tradition. Get tickets to the 36th annual A.C.T. production with veteran actors James Carpenter as Ebenezer Scrooge and Ken Ruta as the Ghost of Jacob Marley. No humbugs allowed.
When: Fri. 11/30–Mon. 12/24
Where: American Conservatory Theater, 415 Geary St.

30 Years Under the Influence: St. George's Tale of Liquid Courage
St. George Spirits found and distillers reflect on 30 years in the biz, from the time that absinthe was illegal to now. Tickets include a tour of the Alameda distillery, three decade-inspired cocktails, a panel discussion, and after party.          
When: 7:30 p.m., Fri. 11/30
Where: St. George Spirits, 2601 Monarch St., Alameda

"Call Me Home"
For Carte Blanche’s first anniversary, the Mission’s starkly modern photo gallery celebrates with “Call Me Home,” an exhibit devoted to the Bay Area’s vibrant talents. Works by Alan George, Winni Wintermeyer, Kirk Crippens, Charity Vargas, and Esmeralda Ruiz will showcase passionate images of SF, such as a long exposure shot of a congested freeway at night and a pink sunset over the beach.   
When: Opening reception, 6-9 p.m., Fri. 11/30; Exhibit through Wed. 1/23
Where: Carte Blanche, 973 Valencia St.

Miracle on Powell Street
If you're looking for a different kind of holiday spirit, head over to Harry Denton's Starlight Room for brunch with drag performances based on the old-fashioned variety show. The full bar will make the experience even cheerier.   
When: 12 and 2:30 p.m., Sun. 12/2, 12/9, 12/16, and 12/23
Where: Harry Denton's Starlight Room, 450 Powell St.

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