SantaCon, Noise Pop Holiday Shop, Midnite Snaxxx, Menorah Lighting, Violent Anime, and More

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Chrissy Piper
Tim Kerr plays Needles+Pens this Friday

Can you feel it? The holidays are coming. Well, the oily latke meals of Chanukah are already in full swing, and Christmas decorations began to sparkle throughout the city last week. Want a fine way to celebrate this chilly first weekend of December? Here's our list of 10 things to do for less than a tiny, fake decorative tree:

Lower Haight Holiday Art Walk @ Haight Street (Fri.)
Live music, cool art, and drink specials -- all holiday-themed of course. There will be deals and fun stuff to look at in and around 26 Lower Haight shops. Among the best options: a X-mas pop-up shop inside Wak Shak Salon, live music by Hightower at Idle Hand Tattoo (along with $60 Get What You Get tattoos), art raffles at Lower Haters, and an art opening with booze at Edo Salon. (Free, 6-9:30 p.m.)

Come One, Come Yall @ Needles+Pens (Fri.)
While Tim Kerr is perhaps best known as guitarist of Austin, TX punk act The Big Boys and a slew of other bands, he also is a painter by trade, and has shown his pieces around the world. In 2007 he and artist Rich Jacobs presented a well-received collaborative show, "Are You an Outsider, and Do You Like it There?" at Needles+Pens. He returns to the Mission shop this weekend, this time to curate a group art show, "Come One Come All" -- and to perform an old-timey jam session. Artists featured in "Come One, Come Yall" include Jacobs, Merrilee Challis, Clint Woodside, Karoline Collins, and Kenneth Holland. Soak in some modern art and listen to Kerr's endearing Texas drawl. (Free, 6:30 p.m.)


Cowboy Bebop @ Bridge Theater (Fri.) 
For those in the mood for some violent anime, the Bridge Theater presents a free screening of the most intense "Cowboy Bebop" episodes ever made. It's the "Everybody Dies Edition" -- and they mean business. Expect psychopaths, heart-pounding action, and beautifully drawn characters. Also, there will be prizes and trivia. Fun! (Free, 11:30 p.m.)

SantaCon 2010 @ citywide (Sat.) 
Do not be alarmed if you see a roving pack of red-suited parties this weekend -- SantaCon is a crazy fun free holiday event across the city and around the world. Essentially, anyone with a full Santa costume (red hat, too!) can meet up with other Santaphiles for a fast-moving day of revelry. In San Francisco, SantaCon meets at Civic Center for its first stop. From there, the Santas will make their way to bars around the city, from the  Ha-Ra Club to Buena Vista Cafe, and everywhere in between. SantaCon organizers smartly remind participants to bring cash so they won't have to wait on credit cards at each bar, so Santas can bail quickly. (Free, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.).

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So, this will be happening again

Noise Pop Holiday Shop @ Verdi Club (Sat.) 
You don't have to wait until springtime to participate in Noise Pop goodness -- the sprawling San Francisco music festival holds events throughout the year. Next up, the Noise Pop holiday shop which will include food, drink, music, art, crafts, clothing, and merriment. Now in its second year, the holiday pop-up event features more than 35 Bay Area designers and artists, live surf-rock by Hiwatter, and the angular guitar stylings of Big Tree. DJ Wrong and Peter from Ears of the Beholder will spin between acts, and there will be five La Cocina food vendors and a full bar. (Free, 12-5 p.m.)

"Cara Barer and Emilio Lobato" @ Andrea Schwartz Gallery (Sun.) 
Cara Barer documents how things evolve. Barer the sculptor takes objects and turns them into art. Barer the photographer shoots the sculptures and turns them into more art. Her shots, part of the two-person exhibition "Cara Barer and Emilio Lobato," bear a certain resemblance to the works of Anselm Kiefer, who created great, heavy sculptures of books, pages, and files from lead. The organic images of Barer's work are complemented by the geometric forms of Lobato's. The paintings of Lobato, who comes from a family of weavers, mimic Hispanic and Native American textiles. The lines in his paintings are intended to represent the passage of time, a more figurative take on Barer's literal tracking of transformation. (Free, 1-5 p.m.) -- Keith Bowers

Bad Plus @ Amoeba Music (Sat.) 
Avant-garde jazz trio Bad Plus has been deconstructing popular rock songs for more than a decade. The loud and dirty piano-bass-drums band was described by the Guardian as "if the Coen Brothers put together a jazz trio." We can't think of a nicer compliment. Now, Bad Plus plays a free show Amoeba Music before its set later in the evening at the gilded Herbst Theater. It'll be lowbrow and highbrow, jazz and blistering rock, all rolled into one. (Free, 2 p.m.)

Tracing Figures @ El Rio (Sat.) 
San Francisco's ethereal shoegazers Tracing Figures cut an enticing sound that's more pep than traditional shoegaze, more melodic that standard pop. With lead vocals by Laura Glascott, the quartet sounds like a fuzzier version of the Cure, fronted by St. Vincent. Tracing Figures plays with Your Cannons and Anaura. Should make more a moody Saturday night. ($7, 9 p.m.)

Midnite Snaxxx @ Hemlock Tavern (Sat.) 
Remember that killer Diane Lane movie Ladies and Gentlemen, the Fabulous Stains, from the 1980s, in which she played a bratty punk singer who "didn't put out?" Midnight Snaxx is like that. It's bratty, cool and full of feminist punk vigor. With lyrics like "I wanna be the one that's having all the fun" on songs such as "Spend the Night With You," it's hard not to compare the Oakland act to other real-live fierce females like the Donnas. What's not to like? The trio plays Hemlock Tavern this Saturday with Tropical Sleep and Bitter Honeys. ($6, 9:30 p.m.)

Bill Graham Menorah Day @ Union Square (Sun.) 
Smack in the middle of the festival of lights (um, Chanukah), the annual Bill Graham Menorah Day celebration takes place this Sunday in Union Square. Dreamed up by infamous rock 'n' roll promoter Bill Graham, the event is now in its 36th year. Along with the lighting of a giant 25-foot-tall menorah by Rabbi Yosef Langer, there's also going to be live Jewish music and copious dreidel playing. Happy Chanukah! (Free, 3-6 p.m.)

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