Celebrate the most wonderful time of the year with these equally marvelous Bay Area happenings.
Monday, November 27th: Swing, Dance, and Snap @ Mr. Tipple's Recording Studio
When: 7pm to 10pm
Where: 39 Fell St. (Civic Center), facebook.com
Why: Cast away woe Monday blues back in the office to the wayside by swing dancing to jazzy tunes. At Mr. Tripple's recording studio this Monday evening, the quintette, du Hot Club de France, lead by Paul Mehling on guitar and Sam Rocha on bass, will churn out some upbeat numbers bound to get you moving. // Admission is free, but sitting room will be limited.
Tuesday, November 28th: Laugh Along to Nick Hanna @ Punchline Comedy Club
When: 8pm to TBD
Where: 444 Battery St. (FiDi), punchlinecomedysf.com
Why: Crack up alongside comedic one-liners and bouts of belly-laughable stories told by the Bay Area's own comedic up-and-comer Nick Hannah. On his SF stop for the "Embrace The Chaos Vol. 3" tour, he'll be dropping the mic at Punchline Comedy Club this Tuesday evening. // Tickets ($20) can be bought on livenation.com.
Wednesday, November 29th: See California Street Light Up (With Gourmet Eats) @ 555 California Street Plaza
When: 6pm to 9pm
Where: 555 California St. (FiDi), 555treelighting.com
Why: Get into the Christmas spirit this Wednesday night at California Street's all star holiday culinary kick off with Christmas lighting, live choruses, and by grazing through a bevy of seasonal treats cooked-up by some of the Bay Area's most well-respected chefs. All proceeds garnered by the event will go toward the All Stars Helping Kids fire zone relief project to help Northern California communities rebuild after the disastrous Wine Country fires.
Thursday, November 30th: Embrace All Things Love @ Madrone Art Bar
When: 6pm to 9pm
Where: 500 Divisadero St. (Fillmore), madroneartbar.com
Why: Illuminate your soul at Michael Krouse's debut opening of his More Love Less Hate exhibit—an artistic, image-intensive ode to the small acts of kindness we can all perform on a daily basis—at Madrone Art Bar this Thursday night. // Admission the gallery is free.
Friday, December 1st: Enter the Lottery to Join the Candle-lit Tours @ Fort Point
When: All day
Where: Fort Point, Long Ave. and Marine Dr. (Presidio), nps.gov/fopo
Why: Put your name in the proverbial hat in hopes of joining next year's candlelit tours of the Fort Point's bunkers. Put on in partnership with the National Park Services, you can learn about the soldiers' lives at Fort Point, the structure's unique architecture, and the defenses of the Golden Gate. Lottery entry is free, so be sure to apply before it closes for good. // All tours will be offered to winners free of charge, admission ends at midnight on December 3rd.
Saturday, December 2nd: See Steve Martin's Bluegrass Musical @ The Curran Theater
When: Showings at 2:00pm to 4:00pm, or 8:00pm to 10:00pm
Where: 445 Geary St. (TenderNob), sfcurran.com
Why: Sit back, chuckle, and enjoy the talented acts put forth by the highly-acclaimed bluegrass musical Bright Star—a collection of upbeat, charismatic, soulful tunes laid-out in a timeless story of endurance—that was both written and co-produced by Steve Martin. // Tickets ($20+) can be bought online at sfcurran.com.
Sunday, December 3rd: Cheers to a Well-spent Weekend @ Pacific Cocktail Haven
When: 5pm to 10pm
Where: 580 Sutter St. (FiDi), facebook.com
Why: Stop by and cheers to the (official) start of the Christmas season, courtesy of a holiday-inspired cocktail; shaken, slung, and poured by the folks bartending at Pacific Cocktail Haven's pop-up Miracle bar. // Drinks ($14) can be bought with either cash or credit at the pop-up.