Events Around the City: What’s Up This Week

November 17
Time after Time 80s Prom @ Cat Club, 9pm, FREE
There’s a certain kind of joy to be experienced when your dress is sneaker-friendly, all your hair is pulled to one side (preferably by use of a scrunchie), and your overzealous dance moves are finally socially acceptable. I can only assume that’s what led Cat Club to host an annual 80s themed Prom. So dust off your pastel colored suits and reveal your hidden neon wardrobe, slide on some legwarmers and reminisce in the slow jams played on the hour every hour and endless “Footloose” routines . This night just might outshine your high school prom.

November 20th
Word! USF Night @Bazaar Café, 6pm, FREE
USF’s creative writing students are learning the tricks of the trade, so an audience filled with intrigued listeners is anxiously awaited at this point in time. Non-fiction, fiction, narratives, and anecdotes are fresh in their repertoire and ready for their reveal. The last of its kind this semester, a showcase will be open to the general public with USF’s creative writing students the main act. Bazaar café comes equipped with microphones, sofas, coffee, and a sultry atmosphere perfect for the literary aficionado in all of us. Come for an hour, come for two, and listen to the plot unfold as our fellow USF students share their stories.

Union Square Holiday Ice Rink 2011, Daily 10:30am-11:30pm, $10 Admission $5 Skate Rental
Tis’ the season to fall on your behind in front of hundreds of people you are sure to see again on your next muni trip. You know the Holidays are approaching when: Starbucks brings back the crowd favorite – pumpkin spice latte, red becomes the cult color of the nation, and Union Square brings joy (and bruises) to the city of San Francisco with their much anticipated ice skating rink! Situated directly in Union Square, the rink is calling all friends, families, lovers, and singles, and each ninety minute session starts on the hour every hour, so grab the hand of your nearest victim and glide to your favorite holiday tunes.

November 25
Union Square Tree Lighting 6pm FREE
A holiday tradition, Santa Claus himself will lead the crowd in a spirited countdown (good thing they booked him in advance, you can imagine his work schedule this time of year) before flicking the switch and lighting the tree. This year’s 80-foot fir will be decked out in over 21,000 sparkling LED lights with decorations spanning from branch to branch. There’s something about the lighting of a Christmas tree which evokes the warmth of the season. So whether you’re front and center at Union Square, watching the action at home via television, or vandalizing your own home with decorations, I wish you all the simple pleasures that come with the season, no matter what your faith may be!

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