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Your Mid-December Castro Weekend Planner

Your Mid-December Castro Weekend Planner
Photo: Steve Rhodes/flickr
By Roy - Published on December 12, 2014.
It'll be a holiday-minded weekend in the Castro, and if you don't like noise, you may want to stay indoors, as this weekend's lineup includes raucous Santas and sound paraders, in addition to some other neighborhood happenings. 

Friday
MiDNiTES for MANiACS returns to the Castro Theatre tonight with a double feature paying homage to Hollywood and its eccentricities. Take shelter indoors with the films Who Framed Roger Rabbit at 7:20pm and Ed Wood at 9:45pm.

Saturday
The Santa Skivvies Run may be over, but you can dress in your Kris Kringle best because—you guessed it—SantaCon is coming to the Castro tomorrow. For your best Santa impression, the event kicks off with a toy drive at the Handlery Union Square Hotel (351 Geary St.). Drop off a new unwrapped toy to a uniformed firefighter for the SF Firefighters Toy Program and then head to the Castro's participating bars, which include Lookout, Cafe Flore, Moby Dick, Twin Peaks, The Mix, Harvey's, Badlands, Lucky 13, and Pilsner Inn. Some bars will have special drinks for participating Santas. (Remember, you can also donate toys anytime at Fire Station 6 at 135 Sanchez St. or at Philz Coffee on 18th Street during business hours up until December 16th.)

On a different note, the LGBT Community Center (1800 Market Street) will be hosting an open house winter art party starting at 2pm featuring the opening of Vantage Points: A Lifetime of Perspective, which showcases the art of over 35 senior LGBT artists. This event is free and open to the public.

The 12th annual Unsilent Night, the free outdoor participatory holiday sound parade, starts near the northeast corner of Dolores Park (where the tennis courts used to be) at 7:30pm tomorrow night. Bring a boombox or CD player/tape player/MP3 player and speakers and join hundreds of other people as they walk through the city with a cacophony of preselected music.

Also tomorrow night, the Castro Theatre will be host to The Kinsey Sicks, a drag troupe KQED describes as "The Royal Shakespeare Company of Drag," who will be performing "Oy Vey in a Manger", an irreverent story of Rachel, Winnie, Trixie, and Trampolina trying to sell off their manger—yes, that manger—before it's foreclosed upon. Crises arise, secrets are revealed, Jew-Gentile tensions surface, and mayhem ensues, all in glorious four-part harmony. The kvetching begins at 8pm.

Did we miss any of the action planned for the neighborhood this weekend? Let us know in the comments.