Good vs. Evil: Anthony Bourdain and Eric Ripert
All hell is about to break loose when Tony and Eric go head-to-head in a conversation between two luminaries on very opposite ends of the famous food star scale. The show's not until April, but it's bound to sell out in no time. Get your tickets now while there are still a few left.
When: 8 p.m., Fri. 4/12/13
Where: Orpheum Theatre, 1192 Market St.
Turkey Trail Trot
Work for your feast this year at the 10th annual Turkey Trail Trot. You're out of luck if you haven't already registered, but who's to stop you from following the pack along the route? Runners and Pilgrim Promenade walkers take off at 8 am, leaving everyone plenty of quality time to stuff their faces later that day. Bonus: The run burns 600 calories, the walk burns 300. That's equal to about 1 or 2 pieces of pumpkin pie! (each slice is roughly 300 calories.)
When: 8 a.m., Thurs. 11/22
Where: Polo Field, Golden Gate Park
The Swiss mask and mime theater troupe celebrates its 40th anniversary with Cal Performances this month. The troupe has established itself as quite the force in the changing world of physical theater. Mummenschanz proves that even the most fantastical art forms can spring from the everyday—such banal materials as toilet paper are used to craft the surreal costumes and masks.
When: Fri. 11/23–Sun. 11/25
Where: Zellerbach Hall, Bancroft Ave. and Telegraph Way, Berkeley
Macy's Tree Lighting + Americana Music Feast
Get in the spirit at Macy's 23rd annual tree lighting. While you're there, stop by the SPCA windows featuring adorable kitties and puppies. Then, keep the holiday cheer going into Friday night at Cafe Du Nord's 17th annual Turkey Trot Americana Music Feast with Mississippi Mike Wolf and the Midnight Gamblers, The Blank Tapes, and more. As Du Nord puts it, expect a night of "Southern-fried country rock with a pinch of honky-tonk dipped in the 1970s, creamy indie-rock covered in old-school twang, and bad-ass hillbilly murder ballads."
When: 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. respectively, Fri. 11/23
Where: Union Square and 2170 Market St.
Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings
Soul, funk, and gospel come to Davies Hall, courtesy of Sharon Jones and her gang. This is not the kind of show for the typical symphony crowd—stay home unless you're ready to get down.
When: 8 p.m., Sat. 11/24
Where: Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave.
The Kiwi turned San Franciscan has been making waves since her debut album in 2010. Now she's live with her latest release Tender New Signs. See the chanteuse while she's still a hometown girl.
When: 9 p.m., Sat. 11/24
Where: The Independent, 628 Divisadero St.
Angles of Enchantment
Back home after a sold-out European tour, choreographer couple Janice Garrett and Charles Moulton are set to debut their newest productions on the ODC stage. Angles of Enchantment follows four dancers on an artistic journey to free their spirits. The metaphorical theme plays out in a flurry of vibrant color set against Margaret Hatcher’s eye-popping 3-D set.
When: Sat. 11/24–Sun. 12/2
Where: ODC Theater, 351 Shotwell St.