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You’re a woman in the know: You have your finger on the pulse, your ear to the ground. But with all the great stuff happening in the Bay Area, it’s almost impossible to keep up.

So we’re giving you the scoop on what savvy San Franciscans are up to lately, from lining up to meet Mindy Kaling to partying at an underground speakeasy. Herewith, our must-do list.


Honor Día de los Muertos

Trick-or-treating and costume parties may have passed, but tonight is when the Mission’s Latino community celebrates the Day of the Dead with a ritual procession and festival of altars (November 2, starting at 7 p.m.). Everyone is encouraged to bring flowers, candles and mementos of lost loved ones to place on the altars. Follow it up with a trip to the Oakland Museum to see how different cultures around the world view death, memory and healing (through January 3).

Procession, 22nd and Bryant streets; Oakland Museum, 1000 Oak St., Oakland


Hang Out with Mindy Kaling

How many times have you already reread Mindy Kaling’s new book, Why Not Me? Then we know where you’ll be on November 7, when the actor, writer, producer and director (OK, she’s basically Super Woman) comes to town for a City Arts & Lectures conversation with Michael Lewis. Just please promise not to do anything embarrassing at the post-talk book signing.

Nourse Theater, 275 Hayes St.; 415-392-4400 or


Just Dance

And by that we mean leave it to the pros. See what mind-blowing moves local dance troupe Alonzo King Lines Ballet is up to in its fall season (November 6 to 15) with Grammy Award-winning singer Lisa Fischer (she sings, they dance). Then head over to the Hip Hop Dancefest (November 20 to 22) for some break dancing, popping and locking, and krumping with the best dance crews from around the world.

YBCA Theater, 700 Howard St.,; Palace of Fine Arts, 3301 Lyon St.,


Party Like It’s 1923

Nightlife in the city hasn’t been the same since The Speakeasy went on hiatus, but they’ve started the party up again with Club 1923 (every Friday and Saturday, 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.). Round up your friends for a friendly night of gambling (craps, blackjack, roulette), period cocktails and cabaret. Same rules apply: Make a reservation, get details about the secret location and dress the part of the Roaring Twenties.


Julieta Cervantes

Get Tickets to See Ira Glass in Person

NPR fans, mark your calendars. Back this year by popular demand is Three Acts, Two Dancers, One Radio Host (December 12 and 13)--the quirky show with This American Life radio host Ira Glass in collaboration with choreographer Monica Bill Barnes and dancer Anna Bass. It’s a mix of live talk, dance and radio snippets wrapped up in a homespun performance that will sell out. Fellow nerds, get your tickets now.

Zellerbach Hall, Telegraph Ave. and Bancroft Way; 510-642-9988 or

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