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What to do December 2-8, 2009


Baroness became one of the most promising bands in heavy music with the release of 2007's The Red Album (Relapse), generating high expectations for its new monochromatic opus, The Blue Album (Relapse), released this fall. Driven by the squalling vocals and versatile technique of guitarist John Baizley (who also has made a name for himself as a visual artist) the band has exceeded the high hopes of their fans with an offering that combines muscular riffing, allusive Southern flair, and affecting dynamics. Those gathered at Bottom of the Hill will rock out to standouts like "Ogeechee Hymnal" and "The Sweetest Curse." (Ben Richardson)
With Earthless, Iron Age
9 p.m., $14
Bottom of the Hill
1233 17th, SF
(415) 626-4455


Handmade Ho-Down
Over 55 crafty bitches will participate in the Handmade Ho-Down, SoMa's first craftstravaganza urban street fair. This means you will have 55 very good reasons to blow some cash. From pillows to wall prints, there will be something precious for everyone. Forget the stench of mothballs, this ain't your grandmother's fluorescent-lit craft show. And what's a street fair in San Francisco without booze and music? There will be a full holiday bar along with a DJ so you can drink, dance, and shop to your heart's content. Bring unused art supplies to benefit Drawbridge, a nonprofit art program for homeless and at-risk youth, and get there early for a free SWAG bag. (Lorian Long)
6 p.m., free
1015 Folsom
1015 Folsom, SF

Black Christmas
Some call 1974's Black Christmas the first-ever slasher film — it predates Halloween by four years, and its sorority-sister victims are picked off one by one as the movie progresses. (It also beat 1979's When a Stranger Calls to the creepy prank-caller punch.) With an incredible cast (Olivia Hussey! Margot Kidder! John Saxon! Keir Dullea!) and atmospheric direction by the late, great Bob Clark (who also helmed that other holiday classic, 1983's A Christmas Story), Black Christmas remains legitimately spooky, as well as one of the greatest holiday-horror flicks ever made. Traveling moviemeister Will the Thrill presents the film tonight with live music by Project Pimento; check the Thrillville Web site for deets on the Dec. 10 show in San Jose. (Cheryl Eddy)
8 p.m., $10
Four Star
2200 Clement, SF
(415) 666-3488

Joshua Churchill and Paul Clipson
In conjunction with NOMA Gallery's current "Until the Bright Logic is Won/Unwishpering as a Mirror is Believed" exhibit by artists Peggy Cyphers and Joshua Churchill, Churchill and Paul Clipson are presenting a this one-off sound and film performance. I'm imagining two hours filled with Brian Eno-y abstractions and spiritual glosses of nature's lovely things. If that isn't unclear enough, maybe the curious misspelling in the show's title, lifted from Hart Crane's poem "Legend," might help. I'm referring to switcheroo of the h in "Unwishpering" (the original being "Unwhispering"). Assuming it was intentional, we now have a new word that undoes the whispering of a wish. Come witness this etymological birthing as Churchill and Clipson unwishper in your eyes and ears. (Spencer Young)
7-9 p.m., free
NOMA Gallery
80 Maiden Lane, 3rd floor, SF
(415) 391 0200

Golden Girls: The Christmas Episodes
Dreading December's inevitable mall trip? Consider Golden Girls' Dorothy your inspiration: "You know Robbie wants a Batman hat. I went to six different stores, they were all sold out ... Ugh, I cannot believe a person would push a perfect stranger out of the way, step on her hand, and give her an elbow to the forehead just for a Batman hat. But I did it anyway." Ah Bea Arthur, what ever will we do without you?