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Saturday, November 22

“Blackmail, My Love” Book Release Party, Art & Performance | SF
Saturday, November 22 – 8:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Center for Sex & Culture

The Center for Sex and Culture Gallery hosts a book release party for Katie Gilmartin’s illustrations for her noir mystery entitled Blackmail, My Love which is set in San Francisco in the Dark Ages of Queerdom: 1951.
Performance adapted from the novel of the legendary drag …

Sunday, November 23

Free Admission Day: Charles Schulz “Peanuts & Snoopy” Museum | Santa Rosa
Sunday, November 23 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Charles M. Schulz Museum
Free Admission Day: Charles Schulz

Celebrate Charles Schulz’s birthday (he’s the drawing genius behind Peanuts and Snoopy) with free admission to the Schulz Museum all day on November 23, 2014
From 1-3 pm meet guest cartoonist Attaboy whose latest book, The Book Of Hugs, is an illustrated guide to a diverse …

6th Annual Art Show, Sale & Snacks | Berkeley
Sunday, November 23 – All Day | Cost: FREE | The Psychotherapy Institute
6th Annual Art Show, Sale & Snacks | Berkeley

Berkeley’s Psychotherapy Institute hosts its annual 6th Annual Art Show and Sale which turns The Institute into an art gallery and member-artists sell their wares from noon to 5 pm on Sunday, November 23, 2014.
There will be complimentary refreshments and items for sale include paintings, photography, …

2014 Burning Man Reintegration Station: Yoga, Tea & Cuddle Puddle | SF
2014 Burning Man Reintegration Station: Yoga, Tea & Cuddle Puddle | SF

Still got dust in your ears? Can’t quite remember what was so important about that epic mushroom trip? Feeling the need for a consensual cuddle puddle? Then Burning Man Reintegration Station 2014 is for you. It’s all happening from 2-7 pm on Sunday, November 23, 2014.
Please Note: …

Flask Mob 1st Birthday: Mobile DJ, Lightpainting & Fire Breathing | SF
Sunday, November 23 – 8:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Powell & Market
Flask Mob 1st Birthday: Mobile DJ, Lightpainting & Fire Breathing | SF

Flaskmob is celebrating one year of roaming around the city, indulging in libations and taking awesome photos at night on Sunday, November 23, 2014.
They promise a lot of exciting stuff such as:

A live mobile DJ
Lightpainting from The Pixel Stick
Fire breathing performances by @leon5dc
Giveaways and more

Wednesday, November 26

Magical Holiday Window Displays & Art Dolls | Shreve & Co.
Wednesday, November 26 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Shreve & Co.
Magical Holiday Window Displays & Art Dolls | Shreve & Co.

Shreve & Co. has installed their annual magical holiday windows in both their locations – Union Square in San Francisco, and the Stanford Shopping Center in Palo Alto.
2014 Themes
Come gawk at these masterfully painted dolls.

Shreve & Co. San Francisco (200 Post St) – theme is “A …

12-ft Tall “St. Francis Sugar Tree” Unveiling, Cookies & Hot Cocoa | Westin St. Francis
Wednesday, November 26 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE | The Westin St. Francis
12-ft Tall “St. Francis Sugar Tree” Unveiling, Cookies & Hot Cocoa | Westin St. Francis

In celebration of the holiday season, The Westin St. Francis will debut the 12-feet tall “St. Francis Sugar Tree” featuring more than 1,000 pieces of glistening candy made from pulled and blown sugar embellishing five large circular layers.
Come out to the unveiling of this spectacular sight on …

Friday, November 28

Friday Nights at the de Young | Golden Gate Park
Friday Nights at the de Young | Golden Gate Park

Friday Nights at the de Young is a free weekly after-hours art “happening” in the museum’s public spaces. The event has a new theme every week, but typically includes an eclectic mix of live music, dance performances, film screenings, panel discussions, lectures, artist demos, hands-on art activities, ...

Friday Nights at OMCA: Night Market & Off the Grid | Oakland
Friday Nights at OMCA: Night Market & Off the Grid | Oakland

Join the Oakland Museum of California (OMCA) and Off the Grid on 10th Street every Friday for a family-friendly take on a festive night market. Savor California beer, wine and non-alcoholic beverages around the Koi Pond at the Blue Oak café pop-up. Enjoy half-price admission, live music, extended OMCA Store hours, family-friendly ...

Sunday, November 30

Mixed Media Mixer: Art, Music, Photo & Video Showcase | Berkeley
Sunday, November 30 – 3:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Firehouse Art Collective
Mixed Media Mixer: Art, Music, Photo & Video Showcase | Berkeley

The Mixed Media Mixer is a monthly event with the goal of bringing artists across many platforms together with the intention of collaboration. A new collection of Bay Area artists, musicians, photographers and videographers come together every last Sunday of the month at the Firehouse Art Events Hangar. Bring ...

Tuesday, December 2

Legion of Honor Free Admission Day | First Tuesdays
Tuesday, December 2 – 9:30 am | Cost: FREE*
*Free admission to general galleries; special exhibition fees still apply
| Legion of Honor
Legion of Honor Free Admission Day | First Tuesdays

The Legion of Honor displays a collection of 4,000 years of ancient and European art in an exquisite Beaux-Arts building in an unforgettable setting overlooking the Golden Gate Bridge. Normally admission is $10 for adults, but on the first Tuesday of each month admission is free (special ...

de Young Museum Free Admission Day | First Tuesdays
Tuesday, December 2 – 9:30 am | Cost: FREE*
*Free admission to general galleries; special exhibition fees still apply
| de Young Museum
de Young Museum Free Admission Day | First Tuesdays

Founded in 1895 in Golden Gate Park, the de Young Museum is a landmark art museum to showcase the museum’s priceless collections of American art from the 17th through the 20th centuries, and art of the native Americas, Africa, and the Pacific. The museum was ...

Conservatory of Flowers: Free Admission Day
Tuesday, December 2 – 10:00 am | Cost: FREE | Conservatory of Flowers
Conservatory of Flowers: Free Admission Day

Whether you’re a native San Franciscan, a visitor from the other side of the world, or a budding botanist, the Conservatory of Flowers offers an intimate, up-close experience with over 1,700 species of rare, exotic and endangered plants from more than 50 different countries. Opened ...

Cartoon Art Museum: First Tuesday “Pay What You Wish” Day
Tuesday, December 2 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE*
*Pay What You Wish Day
| Cartoon Art Museum
Cartoon Art Museum: First Tuesday “Pay What You Wish” Day

The Cartoon Art Museum is the only museum in the U.S. dedicated to the preservation and exhibition of cartoon art in all its forms. This unique institution houses approximately 6,000 original pieces in its permanent collection; a complete volume research/library facility is located on the ...

Free Admission Day: Museum of Craft and Design | Dogpatch
Tuesday, December 2 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE | Museum of Craft and Design
Free Admission Day: Museum of Craft and Design | Dogpatch

Enjoy free admission to the Museum of Craft and Design on the first Tuesday of every month. After six years in Union Square and two years of pop-ups, the Museum of Craft & Design opened up their permanent location in the Dogpatch. Rather than featuring paintings or traditional ...

Contemporary Jewish Museum Free Admission Day | First Tuesdays
Tuesday, December 2 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE
Contemporary Jewish Museum Free Admission Day | First Tuesdays

The Contemporary Jewish Museum engages audiences of all  backgrounds through dynamic exhibitions and programs that explore contemporary perspectives on Jewish culture, history, art, and ideas. And the architecture of the Museum itself is a work of art. Embracing a range of artistic disciplines and media, ...

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA) | Free First Tuesdays
Tuesday, December 2 – 12:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA) | Free First Tuesdays

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA) is one of the Bay Area’s premier venues for adventurous art. A multidisciplinary art center, the YBCA features exhibitions, performance, film/video, and community engagement programs, along with rotating art exhibits with a focus on contemporary and emerging art ...

Wednesday, December 3

Bay Area Discovery Museum | Free Admission Day
Wednesday, December 3 – 9:00 am | Cost: FREE | Bay Area Discovery Museum (Fort Baker)
Bay Area Discovery Museum | Free Admission Day

The Bay Area Discovery Museum is a one-of-a-kind indoor and outdoor children’s museum at the foot of the Golden Gate Bridge. The Museum is the only children’s museum in the U.S. to be located in a national park and is known for its emphasis on creativity through ...

GLBT History Museum: Free First Wednesdays | Castro
Wednesday, December 3 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE | GLBT History Museum
GLBT History Museum: Free First Wednesdays | Castro

Located in SF’s Castro District, the GLBT History Museum is the first full-scale, stand-alone museum of its kind in the United States. The museum celebrates 100 years of the city’s vast queer past through dynamic exhibitions and programming. Normally admission is $5, but on the ...

Drink & Draw Art Event & Raffle | The Knockout
Wednesday, December 3 – 6:30 pm | Cost: FREE | The Knockout
Drink & Draw Art Event & Raffle | The Knockout

At Drink and Draw, artsy bar patrons draw to a theme and submit their artwork into a raffle for cocktails and other prizes at The Knockout in the Mission District. The artwork gets scanned online for all to admire. Drink and Draw happens every first Wednesday of the ...

Thursday, December 4

Pez Museum: Free Admission Day | Burlingame
Thursday, December 4 – 10:00 am | Cost: FREE | Burlingame Museum of Pez
Pez Museum: Free Admission Day | Burlingame

The first Thursday of every month is free admission to the Pez Museum in Burlingame, a mini-museum where you can find over 500 pez dispensers from the past 80 years. See the world’s largest pez dispenser and a rare Pez, worth about $5,000, a Mr ...

Free First Thursdays | Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive
Thursday, December 4 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE | Berkeley Art Museum/ Pacific Film Archive
Free First Thursdays | Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive

The UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive is the visual arts center of the University of California, Berkeley. Through art and film programs, collections, and research resources, the University aspires to be locally connected and globally relevant, engaging audiences from the campus, community, ...

Free First Thursdays | Chinese Historical Society
Thursday, December 4 – 12:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Chinese Historical Society
Free First Thursdays | Chinese Historical Society

The Chinese Historical Society of America Museum is situated in the heart of San Francisco’s Chinatown. Located in a historic building designed by renowned architect Julia Morgan, the museum introduces the rich history of the Chinese American experience. Come discover Chinatown’s unique and inspiring stories. ...

Wild for Winter NightLife | California Academy of Sciences
Thursday, December 4 – 6:00 pm | Cost: $12*
*$12 general; $10 for museum members - 21+
| California Academy of Sciences
Wild for Winter NightLife | California Academy of Sciences

Looking for a reason to escape winter hibernation? Make good use of these longer, darker nights by heading to NightLife’s official winter kick-off party (cozy sweaters and warm drinks encouraged).

See African Hall transform into Hibernation Zone while Brilliant Elixirs serves up a wintry menu of …

Lower Polk / TL Art Walk | Trendyloin
Thursday, December 4 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Lower Polk / Gulch Corridor
Lower Polk / TL Art Walk | Trendyloin

The Upper TL Art Walk makes 15-20 galleries available late night to the public for an art walk every first Thursday from 6-10 pm. This is not a bar crawl. Each location is either a traditional gallery or a retail space with room dedicated to ...