Notable San Francisco, This Week: 11/22-11/28

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This week, art porn at 111 Minna, a list of the best Mission bars to spend Thanksgiving at, do good this Black Friday at Creative Housing Liberation’s Housing Harvest, and a Murder Mystery Dinner!

Monday 11/22: Attend an extra-festive Cat’s Pajamas at the Makeout Room and see performers Eggplant Casino, Naima Shalhoub, Sanxe Loveji, and the Bollyhood Dancers. $5, 21+, 8pm @ 3225 23rd Street.

Tuesday 11/23: If you didn’t manage to catch the opening reception of Toshio Saeki’s Demon Shadow print show at 111 Minna earlier this month, you can still catch the “godfather of Japanese erotica” at the show’s closing reception. If you can’t catch either and you’re still interested in the wide world of Asian erotica, check out the latest issue of Jacques Magazine, which features an interview with the artist as a part of the burgeoning art-porn quarterly’s Asian Issue.  Free, 21+, 5pm @ 111 Minna.

Wednesday 11/24: Beach Blanket Babylon gets even more ridiculous for the holidays with tap dancing Christmas trees and a gigantic yuletide hat.  Catch the festive debauchery at one of their special holiday shows.  Tickets $25+, 8pm @ 678 Beach Blanket Babylon Boulevard (less excitingly known as Green Street).

Thursday 11/25: Whether nursing a beer after a long day of putting up with family, or meeting friends for drinks and giving thanks for dive bar dinners, the Mission is hands down the best neighborhood for drinks on any major holiday.  Stop by Zeitgeist for “warm beer and cold women” any day of the year, head to The Knockout for holiday bingo and possible karaoke, or dance off your dinner with live DJs at either the Makeout Room or the Elbo Room. Various locations, see links for details.  All 21+, bar hours vary, but if you’ve got stamina, you can give thanks for your favorite dives from 9am-2am.

Friday 11/26: While many shoppers will be simulating homelessness by camping out for that plasma-screen-iVideo-Wii-matic something or other this Black Friday, you can do something about actual homelessness by supporting the Creative Housing Liberation’s “Thanks-taking” Housing Harvest. The civil disobedience will begin with a rally, followed by a mass march, and ending with a vacant housing takeover to protest the 36,000 vacant units in a city with a homeless population of over 6,000.  The good folks of Food Not Bombs will provide a delicious meal while you listen to live music and guest speakers Tommi Avicolli Mecca, Gabriel Haaland, “Anna Conda” Glendon Hyde, Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, and James Tracy. The rally starts at 3pm at the 16th and Mision BART station.

Saturday 11/27: Miss Scarlet in the billiard room with the rope!  Experience what Clue‘s Wadsworth, Peacock, Plum and company did for yourself at the Dinner Detective Murder Mystery Show. It’s pretty self explanatory, no?  Tickets $80+, 6:30pm @ 555 North Point Street.

Sunday 11/28: Now that you’ve conscientiously abstained from the consumerist cluster fuck that is Black Friday, get a start on your holiday shopping the right way at Madrone’s Craft Bar Pop-up Shop.  Stop by any time between 1 and 8pm for drink specials, food, and handmade wares from local artists, jewelers, and designers.  Come in after 9pm for Madrone’s Sunday Sessions — live music with organist Wil Blades. Free all day, 21+, 1pm-midnight @ 500 Divisadero Street.


Melissa Tan is a former runway model, fashion designer, motorcycle enthusiast, and bacon aficionado who has written for The Examiner, The Rumpus, and The Bold Italic. When she’s not sewing or writing, she can be found hunting for new music or the perfect hot dog. Usually at the same time. More from this author →