[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
[12/21 and 12/22] East 14th at The Marsh
[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
???Know about anything good happening here???
New York City
[1/12] 19th Annual No Pants Subway Ride
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.
[1/19] Balsa Man at OMCA!
[12/11] The Medicine Show, “social innovation storytelling” by New Creatures at Humanist Hall, 7 to 10 PM, Free
[3/1] Sugar Rush IV: A Cupcake Tasting Event at Angel Cakes, 1 PM to 4 PM, Tickets
[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
[12/13] Galvanize Gray Area, a holiday benefit party to support Gray Area, the “creative center for catalyzing immersive media and experiential art,” 7:30 PM to 10 PM, $20 – $200
[Until 12/15] The 16th Annual Another Hole in the Head Film Festival
[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
[12/18 on] Karaoke at BARbarella SF w/ KJ Fabula (projections/immersive experience by our very own Scott Levkoff of Mystic Midway!)
[12/18] Super Shangri-la Show: The Vampire Lovers (1970) and Count Dracula’s Great Love (1973) at Balboa Theater, 7:30 PM to 10:30 PM
[12/20-12/22] Miyazaki Mania at the Roxie Theater, Tickets
[Until 12/25] Deck the Halls, a festive pop-up bar
[12/27] Dina Martina Christmas Show at Great American Music Hall, 21+
[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!
[Ongoing, 1st Sunday of the month] Weird and Awesome with Emmett Montgomery “a love letter to the strangeness and talent that walks amongst us” at Annex Theatre, 7:30 PM, Tickets
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!