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 on December 21st, it's always good to cover your bases, so we've rounded up the seven best Apocalypse-themed events on December 20 (and the coming weekend).
7. For a little culture, you can hit up Heist Gallery for "End of This World Summer Tour: A Show About A Road Trip." The show introduces the art duo Sparkles Positron and D23 Electron and the pieces were inspired by their adventures on the open road in 2012. Admission is free.
6. Vessel is going global by hosting the Apericalypse End of the World Worldwide Festival, held in conjunction with revelers in Valencia, Leuven, and Ljubljana. Tickets are only $10 in advance and there is a free buffet and gifts for the early birds. If you're curious what the vibe might be like at a global end of the world party, check out their teaser video below. The line up includes The Hipsters in the Rye, Luca Papaleo, and Rooz.
5. For readers more prone to pay tribute to a passing prophecy than sprint to the liquor store, there is Dance Brigade's ritual theater show Voluspa: A Ghost Dance. The brainchild of Krissy Keefer, Voluspa explores various end of the world myths -- from the Mayan prophecy to the Book of Revelations -- in a witty, provocative fashion. Tickets are $12-$20 and the show runs Wednesday and Thursday at Dance Mission, with Thursday's performance extended until 12:30 a.m. to mark the occasion.
4. Everyone who wants to flex their intellect one more time can head to the Financial District (please tell me you didn't spend your last day on earth down there already) for the free trivia night at the King Kong Pop-up Bar inside Escape From New York Pizza. 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!
3. If you wake up on Friday morning and we're all still here, you can rock it out with the legendary punk/funk/rock/ska band Fishbone, DJ Toph One, and sexy circus performances from Vau de Vire Society at Inner Mission's End of the World Party. If you're having trouble figuring out where Inner Mission is, try looking where CELLspace used to be: 2050 Bryant (at 18th St.). Tickets are $20-$25 and Fishbone plays at 9 p.m.
2. Assuming life doesn't go all Mad Max, we're still going to need entertainment, hope, and inspiration, and Night Wakes Dawn/La Noche Despierta El Amanecer aims to provide all three. Performed by Mission District youth organization and Carnaval stalwart Loco Bloco, the play uses the Mayan prophecy as a source of inspiration instead of fear. The script was written by Alma and Martin Herrera-Pazmiño, but in true Loco Bloco fashion, the show blends bachata, reggaeton, R&B, samba and house. It runs December 22 and 23 at Brava and tickets are $10-$20.
1. And if all this talk about end times just makes you want to laugh, check out Any Last Words? at Sub-Mission, where over 40 Bay Area comics will riff on the end of the world theme. Any Last Words? starts at 9 p.m. at Sub Mission 2183 Mission (at 18th St.), S.F. Admission is $8-$10.