Running in cycles of 5,125 years each, some say the long count part of the Mayan calendar, which is shaped like a wheel, reaches its end at the winter solstice on December 21, 2012. Others suggest the end of a calendar cycle means nothing more than a new beginning, like turning the page as we do every January 1 in the Gregorian calendar. In any case, here are some events happening around the Bay Area in honor of the Mayan calendar's end.
A Chance to DanceIf you're keen to take the chance to dance the night away, doomsday parties are scheduled all over the Bay Area. Live bands and DJs will be on hand to assist with the countdown to the apocalypse as midnight approaches. No one's quite sure how to deal with the fact that San Francisco is eight hours behind GMT, but here are a few listings:
End of the World Event at Blind Cat, 3050 24th St., San Francisco. The organizers, Mission Dive Bars, began planning four years ago and have recently shifted this one to a larger venue due to the response. Happy hour prices all night long ... as long as it lasts. Friday, December 21, 7 p.m.
The Uptown Nightclub, 1928 Telegraph Ave.,Oakland. Band lineup includes Mohani, The Younger Lovers, Dinosaur Contact, DJ Gstar. Tickets $5 or $10 at the door. Thursday, December 20, 9 p.m.
The Elbo Room at 647 Valencia St., San Francisco, devotes the 120 Minutes End of the World Party to well-wishers, promising dark bass, projections, and evil, lasers and fog party by Future Weapons. Tickets $8-$10. Friday, December 21, 10 p.m.-2 a.m.
Party for the End of the World, with NVO, High Cliffs, and Lotus Drops, promises everything from light shows to psychedelic dubstep goddess womp until 2 a.m. post-apocalypse time. Public Works, 161 Erie St., San Francisco. Pre-tickets $8, at door $12. Friday, December 21, 9 p.m.-2 a.m.
The Apocalypse Party at Nelly's runs from 11 p.m. to 2 a.m. on Friday. Drink specials all night at Durty Nelly's, 2328 Irving St., San Francisco.
Your $10 entry ($15 after 11 p.m.) at the End of the World Party at SlateBar, 2925 16th St. in the Mission, goes to a good cause. Proceeds go to the SF Food Bank. Check out the DJ, dance floor, photo booth, and pool table. Friday, December 21, 9 p.m.-2 a.m.
DNA Lounge's Winter Solstice Party, "The End," begins at 10 p.m. on Friday, featuring Zion*1. Advance tickets are $25. At 375 11th St., San Francisco, until 4 a.m. Alternatively, "if you're still here," the DNA Lounge suggests, "come on out and party like it's the end of the world" on the following night, as well.
Skate to the BrinkEnd of the World Roller Disco: A Black & White Affair takes place on Thursday, December 20, at CeELLspace, 2050 Bryant St. at 18th Street, San Francisco. Entry, $15; skate rental, $5. Wear black and white and say "I love skating" for a $5 discount to school funk and roller disco hits. The bar is open, so ages 21 and up.
Hacking to the EndPedro's Cantina, 128 King St., San Francisco, hosts an End of the World Taco Happy Hour for hackers and founders with a tinfoil hat competition. Friday, December 21, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
More Winter Solstice than end of the world, there is a gathering at Muir Woods on the shortest day of the year, Friday, December 21, from noon to 5 p.m. Storytellers, walking tours, special menus are planned for those arriving early enough to park.
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