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
Justin Hoover, artist and curatorial genius at SOMArts, has big news:
His Garage Biennale Book ($40), funded in large part by Southern Exposure's alternative exposures grant, is finally complete. The catalog illustrates a collection of shows, each one night only, by a group of artists exploring the temporality of art production. This week, you have two chances to get the book in person before it's gone—only 250 copies were printed and each features hand-adhered vinyl lettering on the cover. It's the perfect holiday gift for your art-loving friend or the perfect collectible for your coffee table.
With holiday events popping up every week of December, it's hard to keep on top of it all. Here, just a few more cool things going on that you shouldn't miss.
Dreidel Spin Off at the Contemporary Jewish Museum
Tonight, on the second night of Hanukkah, the 2009 Major League Dreidel Spinagogue Champion will host a a spin off at the Contemporary Jewish Museum as part of a special Hanukkah edition of RitLab. Despite the obvious disadvantage of not being Jewish, John Heywood eked out victory with an impressive 16-second spin last year. The title is now up for Jews and gentiles alike. Plus, there will be artisanal chocolate-making and sampling of fair-trade Hanukkah gelt. As Major League Dreidel says, "No Gelt, No Glory!" $5; 12/2, 6 - 8 p.m., Contemporary Jewish Museum, 736 Mission St., thecjm.org
Green With Envy
If you haven’t already heard of the Olive O3HD, tune in. This stunner of a music server stores up to 1,500 CDs, tunes in more than 3,000 radio stations, plays HD music in the original quality used in the recording studio, and even comes with a free iPhone/iPad remote control app. And it couldn’t be prettier.
$999 at olive.us
Finally, the solution for the OCD camper—REI’s camp mini kitchen is a compact carrying case with enough compartments to keep even the most organized packer sane. A collapsible aluminum tabletop folds up nicely into the front pocket, a metal frame expands out to form a solid work surface, a two-burner stove tucks away underneath the case, and there are storage pouches galore (including several specifically for wet and dirty cookware).
$100 at REI, 840 Brannan St., 415-934-1938, rei.com
Paratrooper, punk rocker, sailor, sex kitten: Margaret Cho is comedy’s chameleon. The SF native has stunned sold-out crowds with her crass stand-up spiel—think Notorious C.H.O., Revolution, Assassin, and Beautiful—and has tackled television with her VH1 reality sitcom The Cho Show and Lifetime dramedy, Drop Dead Diva. Never afraid to reinvent herself, Cho made her first foray into music last August and is currently on tour promoting her debut album, Cho Dependent, which features indie faves Tegan and Sara, Andrew Bird, and Grant Lee Phillips, plus Fiona Apple and Ani DiFranco.
These one-of-a-kind Serena & Lily Senagalese storage baskets are handcrafted by artisans in Africa and add an earthy yet simple touch. Perfect for holding anything from toys and craft supplies to linens and laundry, they’re great for new parents, hobbyists or your design-savvy mom.
$68–$290 at serenaandlily.com
Bestow upon your friends a certificate to Local Mission Eatery’s cooking labs, and you may just get a little something in return. Volunteer to be their test subject after they’ve collected trade secrets from local culinary pros like Shauna Des Voignes of Knead Patisserie or Susan and Wendy Lieu of Socola Chocolatier.
$40–$50 at Local Mission Eatery, 3111 24th St., 415-655-3422, localmissioneatery.com
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.
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