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Top 5 things to do in the Bay Area this weekend

21st Amendment Brewery Repeal Day Party
Imagine a country where drinking a beer was illegal. Now show your support by heading down to 21st Amendment Brewery and raising a toast to your freedom to imbibe, thanks to the passing of the 21st Amendment on December 5, 1933. The brewery plans a march against prohibition at 4:30, with a speakeasy party at the upstairs loft at 6pm. Friday, 12/5, 563 2nd St, SF.

Jack London Square Tree Lighting
O Christmas Tree indeed! As in a 55-foot fir from Mt. Shasta with 5,000 lights and 600 ornaments. Get further into the spirit with holiday sing-a-longs, choral groups, Oakland Ballet’s sugar plum fairies, and real live reindeer! Plus a pop-up craft fair from 90 local vendors. Friday, 12/5, 5-7pm.

Union Street Fantasy of Lights
Besides a festival of lights along the street, you can enjoy a horse-drawn carriage ride, cupcake decorating, live “reindeer”, and a visit from Santa and his elves. Saturday, 12/6, 3-7pm.

Caltrain Holiday Train Tour
And you thought Caltrain was all work commuting and no play. The world’s largest toy train, complete with decorations of 70,000 lights, makes whistle stops at all the familiar stations along the Caltrain route. Bring a toy for donation, and marvel at the spectacle. Saturday and Sunday, 12/6-7, 4-9pm, check schedule for stations.

Lower Haight Holiday Art Walk
The best damn neighborhood in the city, so they say, gets the holiday treatment with four blocks (and side streets) of art exhibits/parties, store sales and deals at all your favorite local bars and eateries (e.g. $7 PB & J (PBR and Jameson) at Danny Coyle’s). Saturday, 12/6, 5pm-?

Books and beer: five top places for both

In my perfect world, all bookstores would serve beer.  Buy a copy of Ulysses, get a free pint of Guinness. Mark Twain’s Autobiography would come with discounts on Anchor Steam. William Faulkner? bottles of Dixie beer. If so much great literature was written under the influence of alcohol, shouldn’t it be read the same way?

Fortunately, there are a number of establishments throughout San Francisco and beyond that offer good, unpretentious reading environments while serving up a variety of excellent brews. Following are five favorites. Continue reading Books and beer: five top places for both