Happy Christmas week! There's so much more happening than milk and cookies.
Celebrate the holidays and coming new year with good luck noodles, a Latke Ball, sushi, ice cream, Erykah Badu, and closing weekend of Dear Evan Hansen.
Monday, December 24th
A Japanese Christmas Eve
When: 5pm to 11pm
Where: Roka Akor, 801 Montgomery St. (North Beach), rokaakor.com
By now we've had our fill of the usual holiday eats. Mix it up with a three-course Japanese tasting menu tonight featuring escolar tataki, spicy tuna tartare, sashimi, yuzu miso-marinated black cod, and banana cake. // $88/person; reservations can be made on rokaakor.com.
Good Luck Noodles
When: 5:30pm to 10pm
Where: Namu Gaji, 499 Dolores St. (Mission), namusf.com
Sushi not up your alley? Dip into bowls of rich, hearty longevity noodles at Namu Gaji to help usher in another healthy, long year of life. // Reservations can be made on opentable.com.
Christmas Tree Lighting
Where: Union Square
Yes, of course they've been lighting the towering Union Square tree every night since Thanksgiving. But if you haven't actually experienced the moment, tonight's the night.
When: 9pm to 2am
Where: SF Oasis, 298 11th St. (SoMa), sfoasis.com
Grab your Jew-boo (or get dolled up and go meet one) at Oasis' Latke Ball, with DJ Joshua Abrams spinning. The first 25 people to purchase VIP tickets will also receive a free day pass to the Jewish Community Center of San Francisco—VIP gets you access to the heated rooftop lounge and exclusive bar; one free vodka cocktail; and cut-the-line status. // Tickets ($40 and up) benefit a variety of local young adult Jewish community initiatives, and are available at tickettailor.com.
Tuesday, December 25th
7th Annual It's A Jewish Christmas!
When: 6pm to midnight
Where: The Make-Out Room, 3225 22nd St. (Mission)
Whatever holiday celebrate, we can't think of any better way to spend this evening than chowing down at a Chinese food buffet, watching movies, playing strip dreidl, and dancing to the tunes of very festive live performers. Proceeds will benefit kids at the border. // More info and tickets ($5-$36) available at eventbrite.com.
Where: The Roxie, 3117 16th St. (Mission)
All this holiday cheer making you twitchy? Get out some aggression at this screening of an American, er, classic. // Tickets ($13) available at ticketing.us.veezi.com.
Warriors vs Lakers Christmas Watch Party
Where: The New Parkway,, 474 24th St. (Oakland), thenewparkway.com
Watch the game with food, drink, and a silver screen. // Tickets ($7) are available at ticketing.us.veezi.com.
Wednesday, December 26th
Contemporary Muslim Fashions closes in January.
(Courtesy of de Young)
Say Goodbye to Stones Throw
When: 5:30pm to 9:30pm
Where: Stones Throw, 1896 Hyde St. (Russian Hill), stonesthrowsf.com
Get your final fix of Stones Throw's puffed potato balls and Da Burger as the restaurant prepares close up shop permanently next week.
13th Annual Citywide Kwanzaa Celebration
When: Dec. 26 through Jan. 1
Where: Multiple venues in San Francisco
Today kicks off seven days of free community events including live entertainments, feasts, candle lightings, and more. Kick off is at noon at City Hall. // For more information, go to facebook.com.
Last Looks for Muslim Fashions
When: Through Jan. 6, 2019
Where: de Young museum, Golden Gate Park
From couture gowns to the Nike Pro hijab, the de Young museum's Contemporary Muslim Fashions exhibition has awed us with the beauty, complexity, and diversity of Muslim dress codes from around the world. In fact, we dubbed it "fall's must-see exhibition." Visit the de Young before the exhibit closes on January 6th and see for yourself what critics and news outlets around the globe have been raving about. // Tickets start at $28; reserve tickets in advance at deyoungmuseum.org. [Sponsored]
Thursday, December 27th
(Courtesy of Halcyon)
Go Color Crazy
When: 6pm to 10pm
Where: Exploratorium, Pier 15 The Embarcadero, exploratorium.edu
Explore more than 650 exhibits and indulge in a few liquid libations at the adults-only After Dark this week which zeroes in on the science of color through interactive painting sessions, runway shows, short films, and more. // Tickets ($20) can be purchased on transact.exploratorium.edu.
Resonate SoundBath + Reiki
When: 7pm to 8:30pm
Where: Halcyon, 314 11th St. (SoMa), halcyon-sf.com
Let all that family drama and hectic holiday stress melt away as you vibe with the sounds of chimes, gongs, drums, and singing bowls. Feel something touching you? That's called reiki. // Tickets ($25) are available at eventbrite.com.
Anti-Christ(mas) Post Holiday Bash
When: 8:30pm to 10pm
Where: PianoFight, Second Stage, 144 Taylor St (Tenderloin)
Satanic Bay Area and Peaches Christ say "Good riddance" to the holidays. // Tickets ($18) available at eventbrite.com.
Friday, December 28th
Humphry Slocombe's Birthday Scoops
When: Noon to midnight
Where: Humphry Slocombe, 2790a Harrison St. (Mission), humphryslocombe.com
Can you believe Humphry Slocombe is turning 10?! Stop by their Mission shop for free scoops all day. // Donations accepted to support Project Open Hand; more details on Facebook.
When: Doors open at 7pm
Where: The Warfield, 982 Market St. (Tenderloin)
If you've never seen this eccentric style maven and cerebral chanteuse live, now is the perfect chance. The four-time Grammy award winner plays the Warfield tonight. // GA tickets ($100) are available at facebook.com.
Saturday, December 29th
There's a new bakery in town.
Where: Breadbelly, 1408 Clement St. (Inner Richmond), breadbellysf.com
Breadbelly is slinging amazing Asian- and Filipino-inspired baked goods and breakfast—stop in for treats like red bean paste sticky buns, milk bread kaya toast, and ham and cheese esaymada. The team cut their culinary chops at Atelier Crenn, so expect the hype to be real.
Stars & S'mores
When: 5pm to 7:30pm
Where: Northstar California Resort, 5001 Northstar Drive (Truckee), northstarcalifornia.com
Make it a dreamy winter evening as snowshoe with a guide who'll teach you about the galaxies and cosmos. End your trek at The Village at Northstar and warm up by the fire pit with gooey s'mores and hot cocoa. // Tickets ($52 and up) can be purchased on eventbrite.com.
Ice Skating al Fresco
When: 10am to 10pm
Where: Old Oakland Holiday Ice Rink, 9th and Washington (Oakland), oaklandcentral.com
Lace up your skates and spend a day dancing across a frozen tundra at Oakland's first-ever outdoor ice skating rink in the heart of downtown. Don't miss the evening's dance-y skate sesh with music by Dj Kill Bill and The CME featuring 90's and 2000's hits, food, and drinks. // Tickets are $13 per person for admission, $5 for skate rentals.
Sunday, December 30th
When: 5pm to 10:30pm
Where: Cockscomb, 564 Fourth St. (SoMa), cockscombsf.com
Usually closed on Sundays, Cockscomb is closing out the year with a prime rib feast. This special Sunday supper brings three courses: Choose your beef cut (including Queen cut, English cut and King cut), accompanied by either fried Brussels sprouts or potatoes covered in Aligot cheese, followed by dessert. // $50/person (including tax and gratuity); reservatiaons online or by calling the restaurant.
Final Curtain: Dear Evan Hansen
When: Shows at 1pm and 7pm
Where: Curran Theatre, 445 Geary St. (Union Square), sfcurran.com