We’re gonna go out on a limb here and guess that the most popular song in the clubs this weekend will be REM’s “It’s the End of the World as We Know It (And I Feel Fine).” Between the end of the Mayan Calendar and the constant “fiscal cliff” blathering, the whole country is feeling positively apocalypsish. And while the world probably won’t end tomorrow, it’s always good to cover your bases, and San Francisco has a great variety of places to go out in style. For a little culture, hit up Heist Gallery for the art show "End of This World Summer Tour: A Show About A Road Trip” (galleryheist.com, free), introducing the art duo Sparkles Positron and D23 Electron. For everyone who wants to flex their intellect one more time there’s a trivia night (escapefromnypizza.com, free) at the King Kong Bar (inside Escape From New York) in the Financial District. The trivia starts at 7 p.m. but if you make it before 6 you can catch Escape From New York’s happy hour for cheap beer and pizza -- no tomorrow, no guilt! If the world doesn't end tonight, you can celebrate Friday with rocking music, drinks, and some sexy circus performers. Inner Mission is bringing the legendary punk/funk/rock/ska band Fishbone to S.F. for its End of the World Party (fishbonelive.org, $20-$25). New supergroup Ten, DJ Toph One, and Vau de Vire Society are also on the bill. Readers wishing to pay tribute to the passing of a prophecy can attend Dance Brigade’s ritual theater show Voluspa: A Ghost Dance (dancemission.com, $12-$20)for 2012 at Dance Mission (also Wednesday), with tonight's performance being extended until 12:30 a.m. to mark the occasion. If all this talk about end times makes you want to laugh, head to Any Last Words? tonight, where over 40 Bay Area comics riff on the end of the world theme.
Thu., Dec. 20, 9 p.m., 2012