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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

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

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.

Film Still of SF in the '20s and '30s

Just as we celebrate the Bay Bridge's 75th anniversary, we look ahead at the modern engineering marvels that are making a new, state-of-the-art bridge a reality for 2013. The Bay Bridge is just one example of how looking to the past can influence change for the future. This year, as part of its "Seminars About Long-term Thinking" series, the Long Now Foundation is screening Lost Landscapes of San Francisco at the Castro Theatre.

Photo Preview of SFMOMA's Expansion

By now, we've all been tantalized by the talk of SFMOMA's grand plans to expand the current museum. Yesterday, SFMOMA and design firm Snøhetta unveiled the mock-ups of the plan for the mammoth new wing, which will include an expanded photography collection, a dedicated architecture and design area, and the incomparable Fisher collection (which will be integrated with SFMOMA's own collection).

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

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.

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.

TechShop Stages A Full-On Maker Revolution in SoMa

It’s 10:30 p.m. on a Monday, and SoMa’s TechShop is buzzing with activity. Sparks are flying, the band saw is kicking up dust, and nerdy hipsters are in the conference room plotting prototypes. The creative energy filling the raw industrial space is palpable, and the brainpower is suffocating. The vision of former MythBusters science adviser and serial entrepreneur Jim Newton, TechShop is a membership-based workshop and fabrication studio filled with the kind of equipment you haven’t seen since high school shop class—only much more sophisticated and high tech. An avid maker himself, Newton wanted to build a space for fellow do-it-yourself buffs.

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

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.

Russell Brand at the Palace of Fine Arts

It's been three long years since San Francisco has seen comedian-actor Russell Brand on stage, but the hilarious character who had us dying of laughter in Forgetting Sarah Marshall and Get Him to the Greek is making a special one-night-only appearance at the Palace of Fine Arts on Nov. 29.

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

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.

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