SF LIFE: Holiday Outings, Bathhouse

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Do you hear those sleigh bells ringing yet? If the answer is a resounding no, then you might need some holiday cheering.  Gladys Knight joins the Symphony, the Golden Girls Christmas, and Kung Pao Kosher Comedy– entertainment for all tastes. Lastly, relax and rejuvenate at a brand new and serene bathhouse located in the tenderloin. Jingle, jingle!


 Dec. 12-13. Gladys Knight

gladys nightThe most soul-full Tomato is coming to town. Gladys Knight, The Empress of Soul, joins the San Francisco Symphony for an evening of R & B tunes and holiday favorites. I know you all have “Heard it through the Grapevine” on your stereo’s, cd players and iPhone, but seeing this 7 time Grammy aware winner live with the best symphony is sure to be an unforgettable evening. For tickets: www.sfsymphony.org


Now-Dec. 23. The Golden Girls Christmas

golden girlsI know you all remember those legendary tomatoes from the hit sit-com, The Golden Girls” (even if you don’t want to admit it). Blanche, Dorothy and Rose are all brought to life, in drag – in this hilarious take on the campy ‘80s show. You will get to see the “girls” in all their 80’s finery, hear the family drama and sing along to favorite Christmas tunes.

Four incredibly talented SF drag performers embody the girls in this show that is G rated and fun for all. It tends to sell out so go grab your tickets. Tacky ‘80’s show tickets here: www.Victoriatheatre.org


Dec. 23-25. Kung Pao Kosher Comedy

kungpao-fort-tshirtNot everyone celebrates this time of year with a tree and carols, so cheers to Jewish comedy on Christmas in a Chinese Restaurant (where else?). Elayne Boosler, comedian/writer/animal activist is the headliner for this year’s event.

Now entering its 24-year, the audience has expanded from 99% Jewish attendees to include anyone who wants to laugh. A Chinese banquet style dinner is served at table names including Barbra Streisand, Borscht Belt, Chopped Liver and Mah Jongg. The Dinner show features a 7-course dinner, with one “kosher” shrimp dish blessed by a very reformed rabbi.

Shows are December 23 – 25 at New Asia Restaurant; 772 Pacific Ave. Tickets are $49 – $69. Oy vay get your tickets now: www.koshercomedy.com


Onsen – Japanese Inspired Bathhouse

spaNewly opened in the Tenderloin, The Onsen is hidden away at the back of a building, and inspired by ancient Japanese bathhouses. With a hallway lined by massage and acupuncture rooms, marked by handcrafted shoji doors – bliss and healing await.

There is a 10-person pool adjoining, and an inviting tearoom in the front of the building. You can soak, relax, and then enjoy the full menu of plant driven dishes, tea and sake. The organic Japanese design of the location is minimalistic and uses reclaimed redwood, American Clay for the walls and natural slate (chalkboard) reclaimed from schools around the country. 466 Eddy Street| Get more details.

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