Dave Attell has the quintessential moonlighting gig for the sleepless. As the host of Comedy Central's irreverent Insomniac With Dave Attell, he travels the continent mingling with drunkards, graveyard-shifters, and weary-eyed wackos, who make his nighttime hours occasionally frightening and always fascinating. When not being subjected to lap dances from buxom strippers in the back of a limo or serving on a crime-scene cleanup crew in Oakland, Attell reverts to his original gig: stand-up comedy. Now the nocturnal funnyman is coming to our neck of the woods, and this time, he's not alone. His "Comedy Central Live" show also features the talents of Lewis Black (best known for his loose-cannon rants on nighttime news satire The Daily Show With Jon Stewart) and Mitch Hedberg (he of the multiple Letterman appearances and Crank Yankers prank calls).
Sure, you could just watch their programs in the safety of your own home. But why would you want to miss comedy too blue and bizarre for prime-time television? Giggle the night away starting at 8 (and again at 11) at the Warfield, 982 Market (at Sixth Street), S.F. Admission is $35.50-39.50; call 775-7722.
-- Sunny Andersen
Stuff yourself with S.F.'s finest sounds
While pondering the SF Weekly Music Awards ballot over the last few weeks, you may have come to the conclusion that, while you imagine yourself to be a well-cultured and broad-minded supporter of the arts, you are actually something of a musical xenophobe. Or maybe you just thought, "Damn, I should get out of the house more often." In either case, this is the show for you, an aural smorgasbord laid out on two stages by the city's finest bands, and hosted by the twisted creations of Shadow Circus Creature Theatre. As the "SF Weekly Music Awards Showcase" is also an all-you-can-eat barbecue, this is an opportunity to get an earful and a bellyful while rubbing elbows with your favorite musicians. The lineup, thus far, has nominee acts performing every 20 minutes. This is also the final polling place for all Music Awards nominees, so bring your dangling chads starting at 3:30 p.m. to Galia, 2565 Mission (at 22nd Street), S.F. Admission is $5; call 970-9777.
-- Silke Tudor
Chagoya's show is a real killer
People raised in U.S. Anglo culture tend to avoid things like emotions, dancing, and flavorful food, and they greet death with silence and shame. More mature civilizations have plenty to offer in the dealing-with-death department, and curator/artist Enrique Chagoya has put together a Día de los Muertos exhibition that includes ceremonies and rituals from places like Iran, China, and Ghana. "Global Elegies: Art and Ofrendas for the Dead" also features paintings, altars, video installations -- and a coffin made of melted guns. The exhibit opens today at 10 a.m. (and runs through Dec. 7) at the Oakland Museum, 10th & Oak streets, Oakland. Admission is free-$8; call (510) 238-2200 or visit www.museumca.org.
-- Hiya Swanhuyser
When my parents wanted to see where their college tuition money had gone, all I had to display was a transcript full of C's. But the fledgling clothing stylists of the Art Institute have an entire runway show to exhibit the fruits of their labors. "Compass," which presents inspired wearables from young designers, begins at 7 p.m. at the Four Seasons Hotel, 737 Market (at Fourth Street), S.F. Admission is $5-15; call 865-0198 or visit www.aisf.artinstitutes.edu.
-- Joyce Slaton