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Trust Us: Ethel M’s Holiday Cactus Lighting, Wiz Khalifa and more

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Light up the night: Ethel M gets the holiday season going with its annual cactus-lighting party on November 13.
Photo: Christopher DeVargas

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Ethel M Holiday Cactus Lighting A garden of cacti, colored lights and chocolates awaits. Admission for a family of four costs just one new, unwrapped toy, to be donated to KLUC’s drive. November 13, 5-8 p.m.

National Beard & Moustache Championships Whether you wear a Fu Manchu, mutton chops or the walrus, take your facial hair on a field trip to the County Government Amphitheater, where competitors will battle it out. November 11, noon, $10.

Free Day at the Mob Museum The Downtown attraction offers free admission and a program commemorating the 1950 Kefauver Committee Hearings, in which more than 800 organized crime witnesses were called to court in what is now the Mob Museum. November 15, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.

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Visitor Center San Francisco artist Mary Anne Kluth creates hyper-realistic landscapes from her geologist father’s verbal descriptions. Through December 22; opening reception November 9. 6-9 p.m., CAC.

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Dusty Sunshine Release Show The Hard Rock Hotel website lists The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band—a country-blues trio from Indiana—as the headliner, but we bet the crowd will be loudest (and most eager to drop coin at the merch table) when these Las Vegans play in celebration of new EP Deer Paw. November 11, 8:45 p.m., $14-$16, Vinyl. CDs cost $5.

Wiz Khalifa It’s a good time to see the rapper. His new album, O.N.I.F.C., drops December 4, and you probably already know its chart-climbing lead single, “Work Hard Play Hard.” With Taylor Gang, November 15, 7:30 p.m., $32.50-$45.50, Thomas & Mack.

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Food truck vs. restaurant Can’t we all just get along? Local food truck Fukuburger and Downtown restaurant Bar+Bistro bury the hatchet at this Street Food Throwdown, with chefs Robert “Mags” Magsalin and Beni Velázquez dueling it out. November 11, 4-8 p.m., Bar+Bistro at Arts Factory, streetfoodthrowdown.com.

Diwali special menu Celebrate the Indian Festival of Lights with traditional vegetarian dishes available for a limited time at Origin India, including pindi channa with puffed poori, besan curry, and navrathan korma. November 13-17, 11:30 a.m.-11:30 p.m., 4480 Paradise Road.

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