[12/21] The Menagerie Holiday Oddities Market
at the Alameda Elks Lodge, 9 AM to 5 PM
[12/12] Los Straitjackets at the Ivy Room, 8 to 11 PM, Tickets
[12/6] That Really Happened? A night of True Stories at The Monkey House, 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM
[Until 1/5/2020] “Strange features diverse works from BAMPFA’s collection that invoke strangeness and resonate with the spirit of Surrealism”
[12/15] 49 Boxes: The Golden Age of Magic, 7 PM, $65 but worth every penny
[until 12/29] Nevermore Park, the interactive art installation by muralist and graffiti artist Hebru Brantley. This exhibit features Brantley’s characters Flyboy and Lil Mama, along with references to the history of Chicago’s Pullman neighborhood (home to thousands of workers for George Pullman’s railway line). — Thanks, James Allenspach!
Las Vegas, NV
[Until 2/15] Tim Burton’s Lost Vegas art exhibit at the Neon Museum
Los Angeles, CA
[12/7] Los Angeles SantaCon, 11 AM to 11 PM
[12/7] Fundraiser: Bob Baker Marionette Theater Grand Opening Gala, 7 PM to 10 PM
[12/7] Season’s Screamings: Dark Holiday Pop-Up Market at Sweet Hollywood, 10 AM to 6 PM
[12/7] Los Angeles Krampus Run begins at the Alpine Village in Torrance. 6 PM to 7 PM, a free, all ages event; then at 9 PM, the 7th Annual Krampus Ball starts (tickets)
New York City
See what RED pal Oriana Leckert has picked as the must-go-to events in the Big Apple!
[Until 2/9] The Art of Rube Goldberg at Queens Museum
[5/2 to 11/1/2020] Yayoi Kusama will exhibit a “multisensory presentation” at the New York Botanical Garden in the new year!
[Now until 2/16] No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man at OMCA, Tickets
**Full listings of all the exhibit’s events here.
[12/7] East Bay Alternative Book and Zine Fest at Omni Commons, 11 AM to 5 PM
[5/16-5/17] The creators of the popular Exploding Kittens card game series are hosting Burning Cat, a new two-day game convention that ends in the burning of a giant effigy. Huh… that last part seems oddly familiar! Tickets are $80 for a two-day pass, or $45 for a daily one.
San Francisco, CA
[12/1 to 12/15] The 16th Annual Another Hole in the Head Film Festival
[12/4] [SOLD OUT] A John Waters Christmas at The Great American Music Hall
[12/7] The Sisters’ Second Annual Krampus Pageant at El Rio, 5 PM to 7 PM
[12/7] Candlelight Concert with Mark Growden at The Choir Loft 2240 15th Street, 8 PM show
[12/7] Vampires invade the Great Dickens Christmas Fair, “Don your gay apparel and FANGS,” 10 AM to 6 PM, Cow Palace, Tickets Thanks, Andy!
[12/10] Odd Salon SF: ODDMENTS VI at Public Works SF, 6:30 PM to 10 PM, Tickets
[Until 12/13] Seriously Weird: CCA Illustration Biennial Alumni & Faculty Exhibition at 161 Hubbell Street. Free and open to the public.
[12/14] SF Krampus run: Better Not Pout, “More wandering guerrilla theater than pub crawl,” 5:30 to 9 PM, starting at Tunnel Top
[12/20-12/22] Miyazaki Mania at the Roxie Theater, Tickets
[12/31] Beach Blanket Babylon is coming to a close. New Year’s Eve is the last night you’ll be able to see this San Francisco institution, the world’s longest running musical revue.
[1/10, 1/11] 9th annual DAVID BOWIE Birthday Bash with THE FIRST CHURCH OF THE SACRED SILVERSEXUAL at the Boom Boom Room, The Chapel, 8 PM+
Various U.S. cities, and sometimes Canada
Atlas Obscura has an ongoing calendar of unique experiences.
Know about a cool, quirky, and/or indie event? Email me and I’ll share it with the class!