[Now] Christmas Tree Lane
is open, 3200 block of Thompson Avenue, evenings
[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
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
[12/11] The Medicine Show, “social innovation storytelling” by New Creatures at Humanist Hall, 7 to 10 PM, Free
[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
[12/5] IDEO Wunderfaire at Pier 28 Annex, 4:30 to 8 PM
[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
[Until 12/25] Deck the Halls, a festive pop-up bar
[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+
[1/9 to 1/26] SF Sketchfest comedy festival — initial 2020 lineup just announced!
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!