Sure, standing around in the stairwell of 49 Geary drinking champagne during its First Thursday gallery openings can be fun. But it's not a great way to see the best artwork this city can offer (unless you view getting trampled as a form of crowd-sourced, contemporary performance art). Switch your booze-fueled art cruise day to later in the month instead, when Raw SF hosts its huge, monthly exhibition of 30+ of San Francisco's latest and greatest underground talent. Each event focuses on a different theme and brings together creators from disciplines such as painting, photography, fashion, music, and even makeup art to showcase their work. Boasting over 750 regular attendees, it's an unmissable celebration of local talent -- one that you're likely to survive. Past shows have included: Live art from Gabrielle Rose and Brandon Hurley, "makeup manifestations" by Jessica Fraser, fashions by Gorilla Workshop, music by Boats and Rufio, and enough DJs to keep your head spinning for days.
Last Thursday of every month, 7 p.m.; Wed., Dec. 12, 7 p.m.; Thu., Feb. 7, 7 p.m.; Fri., March 15, 7 p.m.; Fri., April 26, 7 p.m.; Fri., May 24, 7 p.m.; Fri., June 28, 7 p.m. Starts: Aug. 30. Continues through Dec. 5, 2012