Lila Sklar and Ariel Luckey of Waystation (Photo/Edrisina Sklar)
Lila Sklar and Ariel Luckey of Waystation (Photo/Edrisina Sklar)

The holiday season is here. Party on this weekend at these events.

Hanukkah is approaching — like it or not, the holiday season is here. Here are five events this weekend to get you started.


For romantics who love to dance, there’s Hanukkah in Paris on Friday night. The “party with a purpose” at San Francisco’s Clift Hotel features DJs, complimentary dreidels and “premium gelt.” Bring a new, unwrapped toy for Toys for Tots and then get your groove on. Hosted by Reboot and local entrepreneur Adam Swig, the party is from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. at the Clift, 495 Geary St., S.F. $15-$20.


Also on Friday night, listen to the unique sounds of hip-hop klezmer with Waystation’s Ariel Luckey and Lila Sklar, celebrating the release of their debut album “rememory.” Kugelplex opens, and hip-hop activist Gina Madrid hosts. It’s happening at Awaken Café, 1429 Broadway, Oakland. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show starts at 8. $10-$20.


Is visual art more your thing? The opening-night reception for “Prussian Blue” happens at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco. This exhibition of paintings by Yishai Jusidman, a Mexican artist of Jewish heritage, consists of works almost entirely in Prussian blue, a pigment used by early European painters that also has a macabre Holocaust connection. If you can’t make it on Friday, the exhibit runs through March. YBCA is at 701 Mission St., S.F. 7-10 p.m. Reception is included with $12 admission.


Looking for a fun family activity that supports a worthy cause? “Journey to Worlds Unknown,” the Contemporary Jewish Museum’s annual family gala and fundraiser, includes acrobatics, storytellers, interactive activities and more. The event takes place 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday at 736 Mission St., S.F. $25 and up.


Last but not least, Reboot’s Shop Hanukkah four-day pop-up starts today, with plenty of events throughout the weekend and plenty of gifts for Hanukkah. There’s Lego menorah-making, a “Great Latke Debate” with four Bay Area luminaries, a children’s book reading, mahjong, and on Saturday night from 6:30 p.m. to midnight a glow-in-the-dark dance party with Dan Lebowitz and the Four Flames (plus Hanukkah cocktails). At 2670 Harrison St., S.F. Shop 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday-Saturday; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Free admission.

Liz Harris

Liz Harris is a J. contributor. She was J.'s culture editor from 2012-2018.