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A Don't-Miss Party & Other Long Weekend Events

By January 18, 2013

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Edwdian Ball
Entertainment at the Edwardian Ball.
Photo by Neil Girling.

Tonight and tomorrow's The Edwardian Ball & World's Faire is an only-in-San-Francisco affair that's grown over its 13 years--and is something that every true San Franciscan should experience. It's an incomparable mix of cabaret, elegant ball, circus, literary theater, oddball museum, time travel, Halloween and fashion show and bazaar. (Actually, it's so cool that it's no longer only-in-SF: We're lending it to LA for one night, on Feb. 23, 2013).

Also this weekend (see the January calendar): Artisan, award-winning beers, cheeses, chocolate and other food from around the U.S. converges at the Ferry Building's farmers market, and Bay Area museums open themselves up to each other's members.

Then on Monday, catch President Obama's swearing-in, celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr's birthday and/or do a couple of hours of volunteering. MLK Day/Obama inauguration events include a free screening of The Waiting Room, the acclaimed documentary about the ER of Oakland's Highland Hospital. And SFJAZZ Center has its grand opening.

Whew, that's a lot, but we wouldn't have it any other way.

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