Lost Landscapes of San Francisco
Guerilla archivist Rick Prelinger gives his seventh annual presentation of rarely seen film clips, landscapes, and portraits of San Franciscans as captured by amateurs, newsreel cameramen, and studio filmmakers over the years. This kind-of cult classic is a sell-out, but there's a walk-up line for unclaimed tickets on the night of.
When: 7:30 p.m., Tues. 12/11
Where: Castro Theatre, 429 Castro St.
John C. Reilly with Lavender Diamond
Actor extraordinaire John. C. Reilly and Tom Brosseau join LA-based indie folk electro-pop rock quartet in a special guest appearance at this new, jazzy venue. And tickets are only $10-12! Get on this.
When: 8:30 p.m., Tues. 12/11
Where: The Chapel, 777 Valencia St.
Just as expected, Santigold's sophomore effort Master of My Make-Believe was released to critical acclaim. Initial hits "Disparate Youth," "Big Mouth," and "The Keepers" have just as much vibrancy and punch as every hit on her debut album. It's a wonder tickets are still on offer for this show. Take it as a sign, and snatch them up now.
When: 8 p.m., Wed. 12/12
Where: The Fox, 1807 Telegraph Ave., Oakland
Chronicle Books Warehouse Sale
Here's one for all the kids and bookworms in your life. Chronicle Books hosts its annual holiday warehouse sale, with titles at 80 percent off! Choose from Lobel's Meat Bible to Small Stakes: Music Posters and everything in between.
When: 9 a.m. - 7 p.m., Wed. 12/12–Fri. 12/14
Where: Chronicle Books, 680 Second St.
Fresh off his performance of "Great Balls of Fire" at Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, everyone's rockabilly guilty pleasure Chris Isaak takes the stage in SF. Bets are that he'll be playing holiday favorites from his Christmas album (can you smell the cheese?). And if we're lucky, he'll make some time for "Wicked Game" and "Somebody's Crying."
When: 8 p.m., Thurs. 12/13
Where: Nob Hill Masonic Auditorium, 1111 California St.
Off the Grid
OTG Fort Mason is on hiatus until spring, but it's making a special holiday appearance for your eating and shopping pleasure. Pick up your tree from The Guardsmen, shop wares by local craftsmen and artisans, and nosh on favorites by Curry Up Now, Hapa SF, Senior Sisig, and Wing Wings. Plus, Magnolia and Alembic will be on hand with drinks. And—wait for it—10 percent of retail sales will go to the SF Food Banks. Best Friday night ever.
When: 5 - 10 p.m., Fri. 12/14
Where: Fort Mason, Marina Blvd. and Buchanan St.
The Hard Nut
Leave the kids at home. Cal Performances brings Mark Morris' cheeky rendition of The Nutcracker back to the stage this holiday season. Expect retro costumes, sassy song and dance, and a sense of humor tailored for adults.
When: Fri. 12/14–Sun. 12/23
Where: Zellerbach Hall, Bancroft Way and Telegraph Ave., Berkeley