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Election Night 2012 in San Francisco


Bigger than Christmas, Thanksgiving, and yes, even the night the San Francisco Giants won the 2012 World Series, is election night on November 6, 2012, when the polls begin shutting down on the East Coast and media outlets start to report the election results. The outcome of the race between President Barack Obama and Republican candidate Mitt Romney will impact the U.S., the world and our personal lives for at least the next four years. To mark this momentous night, there are several places in the San Francisco Bay Area where you can watch the returns from elections on the U.S. presidential down to the local levels and whoop with other folks in delight and/or disappointment. Be prepared: With such a close race between Obama and Romney and so many propositions on the California and San Francisco ballots, it’ll be a long night.

La Peña Benefit! All Ages! Election Night Countdown!

5 pm
“Watch some of the blather on the big-screen” as you eat and drink to benefit La Pena (beer, wine, Arizmendi Bakery pizza, and salad will be sold as a fundraiser for the center).
At La Peña Cultural Center, 3105 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley 94705, All ages. Free.

Technology for Obama Election Night Party

5-10 pm
Watch the election returns and have drinks with techies and friends-of-techies. The T4O presidential debate-watch parties at the night club drew hundreds, so expect a crowd.
At Temple, 540 Howard St., San Francisco 94101. Free admission, but RSVP requested and contributions suggested to Red Cross’ Hurricane Sandy relief.

Election Night at Amelie

5:30 pm-2 am
Whether you’re a Democrat, Republican, independent, or an overseas visitor, this French-accented wine bar promises to welcome you to watch a big-screen projection of the returns.
At Amélie, 1754 Polk St., San Francisco 94109. Admission free.

Election Night Gathering 2012

6 pm show; doors open 5:30 pm
Election coverage on a big screen, with food and drink available, and then music by San Francisco band Brad Wolfe and the Moon and a DJ. Organized by Hungry for Obama, a dinner party chain/Obama fundraising group.
At the Independent, 628 Divisadero St., San Francisco 94117. Ages 21+. Free admission.

Election Night Party

6-11 pm
As you keep track of the election returns, get a chair massage and be entertained by the youth performers of San Francisco Rock Project and Destiny Arts Youth Performance Company.
At Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 701 Mission St., San Francisco 94103. Admission free; RSVPs requested.

Elect to Laugh

8 pm
Political satirist Will Durst mixes monologue, poetry, commentary, rants and jokes to deliver “political comedy for people who don’t like politics.”
At the Marsh, 1062 Valencia St., San Francisco 94110. Ages 18+. Tickets $20-35; 50.

Hurricane Relief Benefit & Election Results Party

8 pm
Monitor the election results (on televisions and projected on a side wall) and be serenaded by Jacques Ibula, whose music is themed on sociopolitical troubles in the Congo, “chamber pop” group Foxtails Brigade and singer-songwriter Tad Worku. All ticket proceeds go to the American Red Cross to help people affected by Hurricane Sandy.
At Yoshi’s, 1330 Fillmore St., San Francisco 94115. All ages. Tickets $10.

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