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Courtesy photo<p>Rock show: New Zealand singer Tamaryn plays music from her second album

Jan. 8: Lawrence Lessig, bar mitzvah tales and more

Who's in town Harvard law professor Lawrence Lessig shares his vision for…

Courtesy photo<p>Rock show: New Zealand singer Tamaryn plays music from her second album
Courtesy photo<p>Rock residency: The Soft White Sixties are kicking off a monthlong residency of rock-soul music. Luke Sweeney and Beggar & The Coal are also on the bill. [9 p.m.

Jan. 7: Ari Shaffir comedy, new music and more

Who's in town New York comedian Ari Shaffir, who hosts the "Skeptic…

Courtesy photo<p>Rock residency: The Soft White Sixties are kicking off a monthlong residency of rock-soul music. Luke Sweeney and Beggar & The Coal are also on the bill. [9 p.m.
Courtesy photo<p>Film of faith: Filmmakers Helen S. Cohen and Mark Lipman are speaking at a screening of "States of Grace." The documentary follows a woman's recovery from a horrific car accident on the Golden Gate Bridge with the support of her partner and family. [7:30 p.m.

Jan. 5: Aesop Rock, 'States of Grace' and more

Who's in town Jazz singer and pianist Nora Maki, who discovered jazz…

Courtesy photo<p>Film of faith: Filmmakers Helen S. Cohen and Mark Lipman are speaking at a screening of "States of Grace." The documentary follows a woman's recovery from a horrific car accident on the Golden Gate Bridge with the support of her partner and family. [7:30 p.m.
Mike Koozmin/The S.f. ExaminerA Buddhist monk from Soto Zen Buddhism North America participates in a New Year’s Eve ceremony at the Asian Art Museum. The Larkin Street museum invited visitors to strike a 2

Jan. 4: Hot blues, Presidio activities and more

Something to read Sausage Making: The Definitive Guide By Ryan Farr ($35)…

Mike Koozmin/The S.f. ExaminerA Buddhist monk from Soto Zen Buddhism North America participates in a New Year’s Eve ceremony at the Asian Art Museum. The Larkin Street museum invited visitors to strike a 2
Courtesy weekendsherpa.com<p>Swell time: Winter brings the strongest ocean swells of the year

Jan. 2-3: Jazz, giant peaches and more

A GREAT HIKE Swell time: Winter brings the strongest ocean swells of…

Courtesy weekendsherpa.com<p>Swell time: Winter brings the strongest ocean swells of the year
Mike Koozmin/The S.f. ExaminerDaring revelers are greeting the new year with a bracing

Jan. 1: Ocean plunge, jazz music and more

Who's in town Drummer-producer Adam Deitch of Lettuce, Pretty Lights and Fugees…

Mike Koozmin/The S.f. ExaminerDaring revelers are greeting the new year with a bracing
Courtesy photo<p>Rock out the year: San Francisco's Painted Palms

Dec. 31: Fireworks, Asian Art Museum and more

Who's in town Jazz icon Maceo Parker, who has played with artists…

Courtesy photo<p>Rock out the year: San Francisco's Painted Palms
Courtesy George Salisbury<p>End-of-year jam: Indie-rock veterans the Flaming Lips are whooping it up for a psychedelic two-day New Year's Eve stint. [8 p.m.

Dec. 30: Kwanzaa, Flaming Lips show, more

Who's in town Comedian Fortune Feimster was a semifinalist on "Last Comic…

Courtesy George Salisbury<p>End-of-year jam: Indie-rock veterans the Flaming Lips are whooping it up for a psychedelic two-day New Year's Eve stint. [8 p.m.
Courtesy photo<p>Dance show: Los Angeles producer Paper Diamond aims to push the limits of electronic-dance music in his "Rain Drops Tour." [8 p.m.

Dec. 29: Kwanzaa, dance music and more

Who's in town Stand-up comedian Kevin Avery is a writer for "Last…

Courtesy photo<p>Dance show: Los Angeles producer Paper Diamond aims to push the limits of electronic-dance music in his "Rain Drops Tour." [8 p.m.
Mike Koozmin/The S.f. ExaminerJavonne Atchan Gwynn

Dec. 28: Kwanzaa activities, tribute bands and more

Something to read Saga, Vol. 4 By Brian K. Vaughan ($14.99) The…

Mike Koozmin/The S.f. ExaminerJavonne Atchan Gwynn
Courtesy photo<p>Castro Christmas: The San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus celebrates its 25th year of "Home for the Holidays" Christmas concerts at the Castro Theatre.  [7 and 9 p.m.

Dec. 24: Gay Men's Chorus, ice skating and more

Who's in town Singer-songwriter Shane Dwight of Nashville, Tenn., returns to his…

Courtesy photo<p>Castro Christmas: The San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus celebrates its 25th year of "Home for the Holidays" Christmas concerts at the Castro Theatre.  [7 and 9 p.m.
Weekendsherpa.com<p>It's a waterfall life: Deep in beautiful Big Basin Redwoods State Park is a series of waterfalls that are always going with the flow -- especially after big rains! See them on the Skyline-to-the-Sea Trail. The 11-mile loop goes through towering redwoods

Dec. 25-27: Community Day at Jewish museum, Kwanzaa and more

THURSDAY Jewish museum: Check out the exhibits and join family activities at…

Weekendsherpa.com<p>It's a waterfall life: Deep in beautiful Big Basin Redwoods State Park is a series of waterfalls that are always going with the flow -- especially after big rains! See them on the Skyline-to-the-Sea Trail. The 11-mile loop goes through towering redwoods
Courtesy Shoot the Klown<p>Christmas circus: "Mittens and Mistletoe: A Winter Cirus Cabaret" marks the season with clowns

Dec. 22: Ice skating, circus and more

WHO'S IN TOWN Singer Bart Davenport is among the performers at "You…

Courtesy Shoot the Klown<p>Christmas circus: "Mittens and Mistletoe: A Winter Cirus Cabaret" marks the season with clowns
Mike koozmin/The S.f. ExaminerRecent rains have resulted in a proliferation of mushrooms.

Dec. 21: Hanukkah music, Christmas movies and more

VOLUNTEER St. Anthony's Dining Room: Meals are served 365 days a year…

Mike koozmin/The S.f. ExaminerRecent rains have resulted in a proliferation of mushrooms.
Courtesy photo<p>Oakland holiday lights ride: Join the Scraper Bike Team on its second Christmas light ride through East Oakland

Dec. 19-20: Retro French pop, Oakland bike ride and more

A GREAT HIKE Toast of the town: Fill your cup of holiday…

Courtesy photo<p>Oakland holiday lights ride: Join the Scraper Bike Team on its second Christmas light ride through East Oakland
courtesy photo<p>Holiday party: Dance-punk band Moving Units headlines Popscene's holiday gala and marks the 10th anniversary of its debut CD

Dec. 18: Jewish comedy films, new fiction and more

Who's in town Los Angeles comedian Moshe Kasher, who detailed his drug-fueled…

courtesy photo<p>Holiday party: Dance-punk band Moving Units headlines Popscene's holiday gala and marks the 10th anniversary of its debut CD
Courtesy photo<p>Stone-cold divas: Briefly thwarted by last week's heavy rain

Dec. 17: Drag queens on ice, music and more

Who's in town R&B singer Peabo Bryson is among the stars joining…

Courtesy photo<p>Stone-cold divas: Briefly thwarted by last week's heavy rain
Courtesy photo<p>Comedy for a cause: Singer Judith Owen and actor Harry Shearer present their husband-and-wife musical comedy show

Dec. 16: “Christmas Without Tears,” ambient rock and more

Who's in town Harvard professor and former National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration…

Courtesy photo<p>Comedy for a cause: Singer Judith Owen and actor Harry Shearer present their husband-and-wife musical comedy show
Courtesy photo<p>Benefit show: Seattle's The Head and The Heart is headlining KFOG's Concert for Kids 2015

Dec. 15: Benefit concert, bawdy comedy and more

Who's in town San Diego comedy duo Pony Death Ride, aka married…

Courtesy photo<p>Benefit show: Seattle's The Head and The Heart is headlining KFOG's Concert for Kids 2015
Courtesy photo<p>Classical pop: Legendary songwriter Burt Bacharach performs his pop standards with a little help from the San Francisco Symphony and guest vocalists. [7:30 p.m.

Dec. 10: Burt Bacharach, holiday parties and more

Who's in town Singer Jhene Aiko, known for hits such as "Beware"…

Courtesy photo<p>Classical pop: Legendary songwriter Burt Bacharach performs his pop standards with a little help from the San Francisco Symphony and guest vocalists. [7:30 p.m.