Blck Carving by Kyle Knobel for The Lab's 13th Annual Postcard Show

This is nuts… there’s just too much going on this weekend. Get really, really small at The Lab’s 13th annual Postcard show, an exhibition of small-format art. Also, new work from local artists, a holiday-themed art sale, and a super naughty night of painting. All of this, plus an art walk, a show without light and more.

Postcard Show 13
This is America so most people will tell you bigger means better, but that’s not always the case. Big cell phones are unfashionable, baggy pants are for 15 year olds, and giant hats are only cool if you happen to be a giant pickle. But what about big postcards? Well, sorry to break it to you, but those are kinda lame too. Thank god for the Lab. Stop in this weekend for an exhibition/sale of small-format art, including an extra-special showcase of super-small stuff from the Museum of Pocket Art. Fri., Dec. 4, 6-9pm, and Sat-Sun, Dec. 5-6, 1-6pm. Free. The Lab, 2948 16th St.

Check Out Small Art at The Lab
Small art at the Lab.

Holiday Art Sale
Poverty sucks for a lot of reasons and chief among them is the fact that you can never give anyone art for Christmas. Well now you can. Creativity Explored is hosting its annual art sale so here’s your chance to stock up on black-and-white-themed notecards by four CE artists, limited edition T-shirts by John Patrick McKenzie, and wrapping paper designed by real live art people. Opens Dec. 4, 6-9pm. Free. Creativity Explored, 3245 16th St.

End of the Naught
This sounds like it could be a super-sexy erotica show, but no. It refers to the fact that we are at the close of the naught decade (2000-2009). New naught-y works by Leon Loucheur, Martin Hsu, Micah Lebrun, Skriblz, and Telopa. Opens Fri., Dec. 4, 7-10pm. Free. Fabric8 Gallery, 3318 22nd St.

December Group Show: New Works
New work by too many Artists X-Change artists to count: Steve Dehlinger, Vera Tchikovani, Andrew Knipe, Rebecca Peters, Liam Peters, Rosiland Solomon, Elton Lobas, Stephen C. Wagner, Melissa Burman, Louis Basel, Heather Capen, Hang Nguyen, Noah Dasho, Wayne Jiang, Steve Javiel, Sawyer Rose, June Li, Jeanne Hauser, JBalducci, Villain Accessories, Hilary Williams, Mary Tivadar, Hiroko Sakai, Chuck Drees, Tim Davis, Winsa Lam, Michael A. Levin, Meri Page, Jessica Tollefsrud, Pat Markle, MZZTRZZ, Rivkah Kaz, Jennifer Cabaud, Lisa Brenneisen, Winthrop Prince, Matt O’Hanlon, Nanamation, Eli The Man, Brian Holden, Melissa Yarbrough, Georgia Dominici, Todd Berman, Eva Silverman, Anna Efanova, Flying Crane Designs, Mario Giordano, Joe Twisty, Eko Jewelry Design, Maureen Shields, Sakuna Daring, Liz Worthy, Stephen Williams, Michael Capozzola, Ruth Jacobson, Whitney Elridge, Kelcie Tinker, Cade Burkhammer, Andrew Ek, David Imlay, Georgianne Fastaia. Fri., Dec. 4, 7-10pm. Free. Artists X-Change, 3169 16th St.

Passive/Aggressive 2009 Juried Public Art/Urban Interventions Day
New outdoor art by 12 artists using the Mission District as a platform for creativity and expression according to this year’s theme: passive/aggressive. On Sunday there’s video art with the same theme. Sat., Dec. 5, 11am-5pm. Free. Southern Exposure, 3030 20th St.
Sun., Dec 6, 5pm. $5-$15. Artists Television Access, 992 Valencia St.

Wander All Over Town With MAPP
Wander around town with MAPP.

Mission Arts & Performance Project
is an unorganized trip through some of the Mission’s coolest official and unofficial venues. From Red Poppy Art House’s website: “Mapp is a street-level improvised arts happening taking place every two months in the Mission District. The MAPP engages an interdisciplinary field of more than 100 artists who transform garages, cafés, studios, gardens, street corners and local businesses into makeshift arts and performance spaces.” Sat., Dec. 5, 6pm-midnight. Get your map at Red Poppy Art House, 2968 Folsom St.

“Exercises in Seeing”
Can cool art happen without any eyes to see it? Find out at “Exercise in Seeing,” a one-night-only “inhibition” held entirely in the dark. Sat., Dec. 5, 9pm-6am. Free. Queen’s Nails Project, 3191 Mission St.

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