secession.jpgThis weekend’s highlights span the gamut from lowbrow karaoke crooning to highbrow art gazing at the de Young. Let us know what you’re doing this weekend!

Friday, December 17
Holiday Party at Secession Art and Design
Voted Best Art Gallery by the Guardian’s Best of the Bay 2010, stop by Secession for a peek at local art, enjoy beats from DJ 3POP, nibble on cupcakes, and swill home brewed beer by Die Hipster Brewing (best branding ever). From 6:30-9:30pm at 3361 Mission St (across from 30th St Safeway), free. Photo, above, from Secession’s site.

Saturday, December 18
Golden Voice Karaoke Contest in Japantown Peace Plaza
Get your best Mariah impression ready. Contestants at the first annual Japantown Karaoke Contest will be judged equally on voice, stage presence and audience response. Plus, first place receives $500 cash, and you can perform as in individual or drag your friends on stage for a group performance. Free to enter and observe, sign-ups start on-site at 11am. From 1:00pm-4:30pm at the Japantown Peace Plaza (Post Street at Buchanan Street).

Renegade Craft Fair Holiday Sale
As we mentioned in our Indie Shopping Guide, this Saturday is the motherload of handmade and DIY crafts with a whopping 200 vendors and free workshops. It’s also the perfect opportunity to pick up your last minute gifts! The Renegade Craft Fair is hosted at yhr Concourse Exhibition Center (635 8th Street) from 11am-7pm and it’s free.

Sunday, December 19
Free Sketchbooks and Admission at the de Young
Thanks to a controversial article in the Chronicle about sketching in the de Young Gallery, the first 20 visitors to check in at the de Young’s information desk on Saturday and Sunday will receive a complimentary sketch pad, pencil, and one general admission pass to the permanent collection galleries. Gallery open from 9:30am to 5:15pm in Golden Gate Park.

SF Bicycle Coalition Recreational Ride: Holiday Lights
Sport your tackiest holiday sweater and join the SFBC’s annual bicycle tour of some of the group’s favorite festive light displays. Warning: leave your fixie at home, this year’s route is a moderately hilly 8 miles with a special surprise picnic destination. So pack a tasty snack to share with other hungry cyclists. Starts at 6pm, meet at the Panhandle Statue (Fell and Baker). SF Bicycle Coalition recreational rides are free for SFBC members (a $5 donation from non-members is appreciated); heavy rain cancels rides.

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