More than a pub crawl, more than a flash mob, it is “Santas only” and a twenty-year San Francisco tradition that started right here in 1994. Initially meant as a protest against holiday consumerism, it has spread to over 300 cities in more than 40 countries, from Adelaide, Australia to Winnipeg, Manitoba.
13,000 participants in the Guildhall Square in Derry City, Ireland achieved the largest gathering of Santas and a Guinness World Record in 2007.
Inspired by a Mother Jones article about a political group in Denmark that thronged a Copenhagen department store dressed in Santa costumes, the original 1994 SantaCon (“Santarchy”) was sponsored by the SF Cacophony Society, a group of pranksters, artists and adventurers. Santa Chad Mulligan first listed it on Rough Draft. “Red Tide” day is usually held on December 14, however other locations begin as early as December 11 and run through December 22. This year the SF event is scheduled for the 13th. Santas, elves and the occasional lost Easter bunny move from the meeting place at Union Square and begin blocking streets, high five-ing people in cars, jumping on trolleys and hanging off the edges singing Xmas carols. Then the mandatory pub crawl (you don’t have to have a drink in every bar) while tourists have no clue what’s going on. It may carry over into Sunday.
1) Wear a full-on Santa suit—hats don’t cut it
2) Don’t be a drunken jerk; don’t mess with the police,
bartenders, or kids
3) Don’t drive-take public transportation
4) Bring a toy to donate at Union Square
At the Conservatory of Flowers
November 13, 2014 – April 12, 2015. Closed Mondays
10 am–4 pm Tues-Sun • Conservatory of Flowers, Golden Gate Park
Dive into the dazzling world of aquatic plants in a new exhibition of tropical underwater gardens at the Conservatory of Flowers in Golden Gate Park. Visitors go ‘below the surface’ as they stroll past lush, living aquascapes, imaginatively crafted to highlight the diversity of the freshwater tropical waterways of Africa, Asia and South America.
|Photo: Lao Chin Fei|
Aquascaping, the art of creating stunning underwater landscapes with plants, stones and wood, is a popular international gardening trend. Annual competitions attract hundreds of elaborate entries from around the world. The beautifully planted aquariums can mimic everything from primeval forests to verdant valleys or can become sublime works of underwater abstract art.
Now, visitors to the Conservatory get a chance to marvel at this unique form of water gardening and learn how aquatic plants have adapted to life in the deep.
|Photo: Timucin Segal|
TICKETS: San Francisco Residents: $5 general; $3 youth 12-17, seniors and students with ID; $1.50 children 5-11; children 4 and under FREE
Non-residents: $8 general, $5 youth 12-17, seniors and students with ID; $2 children 5-11; children 4 and under FREE
INFO: www.conservatoryofflowers.org, 415-831-2090
|Fuschia paniculata Photo: James Gaither|
Hundreds of rare and endangered plants native to the cloud forests of Mesoamerica
For hundreds of rare and endangered plants native to the world’s misty cloud forests, foggy San Francisco feels like home. San Francisco Botanical Garden (SFBG) is one of the only botanical gardens in the world where the alluring beauties of these high elevation forests thrive outdoors, and fall is the best time to see the Garden’s enchanting cloud forest in bloom October 1 – December 31 from 9 am to 5 pm.
In the Mesoamerican Cloud Forest collection, visitors can stroll through a lush jungle of typical cloud forest plant communities found from southern Mexico to Panama and throughout Central America. Amidst the deep green canopy, delicate and unusual fuchsias dangle gracefully overhead, towering tree daisies hum with the buzzing of bees, vibrant salvias add bursts of color to the forest floor and much more.
|Montanoa Photo: James Gaither|
At the San Francisco Botanical Garden, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, allSan Francisco residents: are free with proof of residency.
Non-residents: $7 general, $5 youth 12-17, seniors and students with ID; $2 children 5-11; FREE for children 4 and under; families of 2 adults and one or more child pay just $15
The Garden is free daily 7:30-9am and all day on second Tuesdays of the month
www.SFBotanicalGarden.org / 661-1316
EVERY SUNDAY • FARMERS MARKET
Farmers Market | Every Sun | 9 am–1 pm | Stonestown back parking lot: at Stonestown Galleria (19th Ave @ Winston).
Every Mon & Tue • Job Seekers Lab
Tue 10 am–1 pm & Thu 2 pm –5 pm | Computers with Internet connection are available for independent work creating or updating your resume, preparing job applications and/or searching online for jobs. Some staff assistance. Bring a flash drive. Main Library, 6th Fl.100 Larkin, 5th Fl.
EVERY TUES • QUE SYRAH HAPPY HOUR
Every Tue Happy Hour | 4–8 pm | Que Syrah Wine Bar. Take $1 off each glass, 10% off each bottle (consumed on site). 230 West Portal Ave 731-7000
Every Wed • Fear of public speaking?
Every Wed | 7-8 am | Toastmasters helps you become a confidant public speaker. Tennessee Grill, 1128 Taraval. RSVP 564-6069
EVERY THURS – NIGHTLIFE
Thu | 6–10 pm | The Academy of Sciences is transformed with live music, provocative science, mingling and coctails. GG Park $12 ($10 Members). calademy.org/nightlife
JAZZ FRIDAYS @ THE CLIFF HOUSE
Fri | 7–11 pm | The Balcony Lounge at the Cliff House hosts jazz performances every Friday night. 1 Seal Rock. Performers: cliffhouse.com/home/jazz.html
FRIDAY NIGHTS @ THE DEYOUNG
5–8:45 pm | Music, poetry, films, dance, tours and lectures. Cafe: special dinner, no-host bar. Art-making children/adults. deYoung Museum, GG Park. deyoung.famsf.org/deyoung/fridays
Fridays @ Off the Grid/Ft. Mason
Every Fri | DJs 5-7:30 - Live Bands 7:30-10:30 pm |Off the GridOver 32 food trucks and street food carts in a huge circle with a full bar and bands in the middle? Now that’s a party. Ft. Mason Ctr. Marina Blvd.
Every Wed • Free E-Books
Wed | 1:30-2:30 pm |Do you have an eReader? You can check out more than 40,000 electronic books for free. Bring your Kindle, Nook, iPad or other eReader — we will show you how to use it to download books and other materials from the Library website. West Portal Branch Library, 190 Lenox Wy.
Thu-Sun • Golden Girls Dragshow
Thu-Sun Dec 4 - 21 | Hilarity ensues when four drag stars play the characters the world has come to know and love are Heklina (Dorothy), Cookie Dough (Sophia), Matthew Martin (Blanche) and Pollo Del Mar (Rose). Opens Thurs. Dec. 4 - 8:00 pm. Plays Thurs. Fri. & Sat. - 8:00pm / Sun. - 7:00 pm. Performance dates are: Dec. 4. 5, 6. 7 /11. 12. 13. 14 / 18. 19. 20. 21, 2014.
Fri, Sat, Sun • Dickens Christmas
Fri–Sun Nov 22–Dec 21 | 10 am–7 pm | Great Dickens Christmas Fair & Victorian Holiday Party commences Nov22 and continues five weekends from 10am to 7pm, including the Friday after Thanksgiving, through Sunday, December 21, 2014 at San Francisco’s historic Cow Palace, 2600 Geneva Ave.
Sat • Hook
Sat Dec 6 | 2 pm | Hook is presented in memory of Robin Williams, who stars as Peter Pan, with Dustin Hoffman as Captain Hook, Julia Roberts as Tinkerbell and Maggie Smith as Granny Wendy. Merced Branch Library, 155 Winston Drive 355-2825.
Tue/Thu • Literature Series
Sat • Cowspiracy
Sat Dec 6 | 10:30 am | Cowspiracy: The Sustainability secret follows Kip Andersen as he uncovers the most destructive industry today, the devastating impact large-scale farming has on our planet and offers a new path. Main Library, Koret Auditorium, 100 Larkin St.
Mon • e-Reader Drop-In
Mon Dec 8 & 15 | 4–5 p.m | Bring your Kindle, Nook, iPad, or other eReader device to the reference desk for help in checking out library eBooks and eAudiobooks.Merced Branch Library,155 Winston Dr. 355-2825
Tue • Author Jared Diamond
Tue Dec 9 | 6:30 pm | Jared Diamond, Professor, UCLA; Author, Pulitzer Prize-winning Guns, Germs and Steel, Collapse and The World Until Yesterday is a scientist known for drawing from a variety of fields, from anthropology to evolutionary biology. A night of intellectual stimulation with one of the world’s most celebrated polymaths. $10. Castro Theatre, 429 Castro St, 7:30 p.m. book signing
Tue, Thu Dec 9,11 | 7 pm | Diane Frankenstein’s Adult Literature Series continues at Bookshop West Portal, 80 West Portal. Texts for the series are 20% off firstname.lastname@example.org 564-8080
Wed • Frozen
Wed Dec 10 | 6:30 pm | Snow Queen Elsa’s eternal winter spell is broken by her sister Anna, a mountaineer and his raindeer. A Disney animation of Hans Christian Anderson’s fairy tale. Free at West Portal Branch Library, 190 Lenox Way
Wed • Dylan Thomas nite
Wed Dec 10 | 7 pm | On the centenary birthday of Dylan Thomas, Dulais Rhys’ slideshow of his life is accented with audio examples of the poet’s unique voice, including A Child’s Christmas in Wales. Merced Branch Library, 155 Winston Drive 355-2825.
Thu • A Christmas Carol
Thu Dec 11 | 6 pm | Classic 1938 version with Reginald Owen, Gene Lockhart and Kathleen Lockhart. Free at Ortega Branch Library 3223 Ortega St.
Sun • Winter RUNderland
Sun Dec 14 | 7:30 | Check-in Begins | 5K fun run takes place at Crissy Field in San Francisco! The Winter RUNderland 5K is a flat, short, and incredibly scenic Figure 8 Loop around Crissy Field. The views of the city and Golden Gate Bridge are incredible, and it’s the perfect gentle run for beginners and experts alike. When you register for the Winter RUNderland 5K, Titanium Racing will donate $5 of your registration fee to Edgewood Center for Children. Online registration available through Dec. 13 at www.edgewood.org/run5k Same-day registration also available.
Tue • Community Safety Meeting
Tue Dec 16 | 7 pm | Meet with Captain Curtis Lum. 3rd Tue of the month. Taraval Police Station 2345 24th Ave 759-3100.
Sat • OMI Neighbors in Action
Sat Dec 20 | 1–3 pm | Annual Holiday Toy Give Away the Saturday before Christmas at Minnie & Love Ward Rec Center - Capitol & Montana Streets.
Mon • Sharp
Sun Dec 21 | Noon–2 pm | Winter Solstice Luncheon free to SHARP members; $10 for non-members. Noon to 2 p.m. 1736 9th Ave @ Moraga. RSVP required by Dec 10. (sharpsf.com) We welcome your potluck contribution. Be hungry.
Tue • Community Safety Meeting
Tue Jan 20 | 7 pm | Meet with Captain Curtis Lum. 3rd Tue of the month. Minnie & Lovie Ward, Capitol & Montana St Call to confirm: 759-3100.
Mon • Central Council
Mon Jan 26 | 7 pm | West of Twin Peaks Central Council meets to discuss topics of interest to Westside residents. Meets the last Monday each month. (No meeting in December) westoftwinpeaks.org
Mon • SHARP
Mon Jan 26 | 7 pm | William Hammond Hall transformed 1,000 acres of sand dunes into the world renown pastoral garden and woodland that is our front yard. Meetings last Mon of each month - sharpsf.com for details. 1736 9th Ave @ Moraga.
Thu • OMI Neighbors in Action
Thu Jan 29 | 7 pm | Meets last Thu each month. This meeting is at Temple UMC 65 Beverly/Sheilds Street.
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