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San Francisco Dec 10–16: Not So Silent Night

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Chvrches, playing at Live 105's Not So Silent Night

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Chvrches, playing at Live 105's Not So Silent Night

The best of what to do in and around San Francisco this week

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There's no such thing as a silent night in the Bay Area. This week is no exception, as Live 105 puts on their annual holiday concert. Actor and comedian Marlon Wayans is performing a rare stand-up set at Cobb's, and the 40th anniversary of the raunchy, tongue-in-cheek horror flick Thundercrack! is being celebrated at the Castro Theatre. Finally, you can now get Craftsman and Wolves' pastries in Russian Hill. 

December 11 | Music
Live 105’s Not So Silent Night
The Bay Area’s long-running alternative radio station Live 105 hosts an annual value-conscious concert called Not So Silent Night. It's always a great way to see a number of vastly different acts for one price. This year’s bill includes performances from the hot Scottish synthpop act Chvrches, '90s alt-rockers Weezer, and perennial indie darlings Death Cab for Cutie. These are acts that have all been supported by the station, which was founded on the phrase “modern rock” but has always played a myriad of styles for an open-minded local audience.
5:30 p.m. | Oracle Arena, 7000 Coliseum Way, Oakland | From $39.50 | website

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December 11 | Film
40th Anniversary of Thundercrack!
Organizers of this screening, including the popular drag queen film hostess Peaches Christ, caution that Thundercrack!, a raunchy, tongue-in-cheek underground horror film produced in San Francisco in 1975, is “not recommended for those with tender sensibilities.” On a dangerously dark and stormy night, strangers are brought together, secrets are revealed, and sexual shenanigans ensue. There will be a matinee screening and an evening showing, with Ms. Christ appearing at the latter to help celebrate the 40th anniversary of the movie in wild style.
Times vary | Castro Theatre, 429 Castro St., San Francisco | From $10 | website

December 11–13 | Comedy
Marlon Wayans
After getting his start with his family on the ‘90s sketch comedy series In Living Color, Marlon Wayans went on to score his own sitcom, with his brother Shawn, called The Wayans Bros. that ran for four years. The pair parlayed their fame into movie roles that displayed their comedic chops (perhaps most memorably in White Chicks). This week you can catch the quick-witted star in a rare Bay Area solo stand-up appearance, where he’ll hopefully discuss Fifty Shades of Black, his upcoming parody movie that co-stars Jane Seymour.
Times vary | Cobb’s Comedy Club, 915 Columbus Ave., San Francisco | From $30 | website

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New opening | Restaurant
Craftsman and Wolves
When it comes to pastries, breads, sandwiches, and confections, Craftsman and Wolves is among the city’s most imaginative suppliers. Their Valencia Street location has been wildly success for for three and a half years, and now the owners are opening a Russian Hill location, which debuts this week. Don’t miss the chance to taste the shop’s cult favorite, the Rebel Within, a physics-defying sausage and Asiago cheese muffin with a whole egg baked inside it.
Daily 7 a.m.–6 p.m. | 1643 Pacific Ave., San Francisco | website

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Weekend escape
Charles M. Schulz Museum and Research Center
It’s been a big year for the late Charles M. Schulz and his living legacy, Peanuts, which turned 65 this year. Schulz was inducted into the California Hall of Fame, Charlie Brown and the whole gang made it onto a set of Christmas stamps issued by the U.S. Postal Service, and a campaign is underway to get Snoopy onto the front of customized California license plates. Just over 50 miles north of San Francisco in Santa Rosa, the Charles M. Schulz Museum and Research Center is another living testament to Schulz’s imagination. It’s always worth visiting if you're a fan, whether you have kids or not, but this weekend they’re hosting Gingerbread Doghouse workshops where you and your child can make and take home your own edible doghouse with a Snoopy marshmallow on top. You can continue with the theme if you go ice skating at the nearby Redwood Empire Ice Arena, which is known as Snoopy’s Home Ice. 
11 a.m.–5 p.m. (weekends from 10 a.m.) | 2301 Hardin Lane, Santa Rosa | (707) 284-1261 | From $32 for the Gingerbread Doghouse workshop; regular admission from $10) | website

Tamara Palmer is a daily news writer, rapper confidante, DJ, and celebrity chef ghostwriter from San Francisco.