Holiday Guide

Arts, Crafts, Events, Performances ,and New Year's Eve

Candlelight Christmas SFSU Chamber Singers present an intimate candlelit evening of a cappella Christmas music. 8 p.m., Friday, Dec. 14; $10-$15. Most Holy Redeemer Church, Diamond & 18th St., 338-2467.

A Celtic Peace: A Bay Area Celtic Christmas CelebrationProgram of Irish music and dance with Todd Denman and friends. 7:30 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 23; $5-$10. Julia Morgan Center for the Arts, 2640 College (at Derby), Berkeley, 510-845-8542.

Chamber Singers Present A Holiday Concert A world premiere performance with Ancora, a virtuoso choir of young women. 4 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 16; $15-$20. The Episcopal Church of St. John the Evangelist, 1661 15th St. (at Julian), 771-3352.

A Chanticleer Christmas All-male vocal ensemble presents its annual holiday concert. 8 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 12; $32. Stanford Memorial Church, Stanford University, Palo Alto, 650-725-ARTS.

The Christmas Ballet, 2001 Edition Smuin Ballets/SF presents this refreshing alternative to The Nutcracker, choreographed by Michael Smuin. 8 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 12 & Friday, Dec. 14; 2 & 8 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 15; 2 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 16; 8 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 18; 2 & 8 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 19; 8 p.m., Thursday-Friday, Dec. 20-21; 2 & 8 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 22; 2 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 23; 2 & 8 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 26; 8 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 27; 2 p.m., Friday, Dec. 28; 2 & 8 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 29; 2 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 30; $30-$40. Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 701 Mission (at Third St.), 978-2787 / www.smuinballets.com.

Christmas Café FlamencoYaelisa & Caminos Flamencos present their special holiday show featuring Sara de Luis. 7 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 16; $10-$17. ODC Theater, 3153 17th St. (at Shotwell), 863-9834.

A Christmas CarolACT presents Dickens' classic holiday tale. Opens 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 12. Plays 7:30 p.m., Thursday-Friday, Dec. 13-14; 2 & 7:30 p.m., Saturday-Sunday, Dec. 15-16; 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 18; 2 & 7:30 p.m., Wednesday-Thursday, Dec. 19-20; 7:30 p.m., Friday, Dec. 21; 2 & 7:30 p.m., Saturday-Sunday, Dec. 22-23; noon & 4 p.m., Monday, Dec. 24; 2 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 26; noon & 4 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 27; 2 p.m., Friday-Saturday, Dec. 28-29; $15-$61, pay-what-you-can/bring-what-you-can performance Dec. 13. Geary Theater, 415 Geary (at Mason), 749-2228 / www.act-sfbay.org.

A Christmas Carol The Tabard Theatre Company presents Dickens' story of Scrooge, directed by April Nickell. Plays 8 p.m., Friday; 3 & 8 p.m., Saturday, through Dec. 22; free-$15. Family Life Center, 145 Martinvale, San Jose, 408-979-0231 / www.tabardtheatre.org.

A Christmas Carol The Northside Theatre Company presents its take on the Dickens classic. Plays 8 p.m., Wednesday-Saturday; 3 p.m., Sunday; special performances 5 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 22; 7 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 23; 1 p.m., Monday, Dec. 24, through Dec. 24; $10-$15. Northside Theatre Company, 848 E. William (at 18th St.), San Jose, 408-288-7820 / www.northsidetheatre.com.

Christmas Carols at the Harbor Court HotelThe SF City Chorus regales guests with holiday carols and complimentary wine, beer, and hot cider. 5-6 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 15 & 22; free. Harbor Court Hotel, 165 Steuart (at Howard), 882-1300.

The Christmas Revels Celebrate the winter solstice with Celtic music, traditional dance, and storytelling. 8 p.m., Friday, Dec. 14; 1 & 5 p.m., Saturday-Sunday, Dec. 15-16; $15-$30. Scottish Rite Theater, 1547 Lakeside, Oakland, 510-893-9853 / www.calrevels.org.

Cinderella The SF Shakespeare Festival and American Citizens' Theater present a British panto, or over-the-top musical comedy version, of the fairy tale. Plays 7:30 p.m., Friday, Dec. 14; 2 & 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 15; 2 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 16; 7:30 p.m., Wednesday-Friday, Dec. 19-21; 2 & 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 22; $19-$26. Gershwin Theater, 2350 Turk (at Masonic), 392-4400 / www.sfshakes.org.

CinderellaYoung Performers Theater presents the classic. Plays 1 p.m., Saturday, 1 & 3:30 p.m., Sunday, through Dec. 16; 3:30 p.m., Monday-Wednesday, Dec. 17-19; $5-$8. Fort Mason Center, Bldg. C, Third Floor, Rm. 300, Marina & Buchanan, 346-5550.

CinderellaThe African-American Shakespeare Company's all-black cast performs the classic fairy tale. 3 & 8 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 29; 2 & 7 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 30; $15-$20. Palace of Fine Arts, 3301 Lyon (at Bay), 762-2071 ext. 1 / www.african-americanshakes.org.

Community Christmas Dance Concert Danny Nguyen and Lynette DeFazio perform Vietnamese dance featuring excerpts from The Nutcracker. 2-4 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 16; free. Oakland Asian Cultural Center, 388 Ninth St. (at Franklin), Suite 290, Oakland, 510-208-6080.

Fauxgirls! En Drag presents a special holiday version of the popular drag cabaret revue, hosted by Anjelica Devarox and Victoria Secret. 10 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 22; free. Marlena's, 488 Hayes (at Octavia), 864-6672.

Festival of Carols and Audience Sing-Along The San Francisco Choral Society welcomes the audience to join in renditions of "Deck the Halls," "Silent Night," and many more. 4 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 23; $7-$30. First Unitarian Universalist Church, 1187 Franklin (at Geary), 221-5590.

Festival of Lights The Lively Foundation presents its eighth annual concert of storytelling, music, comedy, and dance. 8 p.m., Friday, Dec. 14; 3 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 16; $12-$15. Veterans Building, Green Room, 401 Van Ness (at McAllister), 346-8959.

Fiddler on the Roof Holiday musical about Jews in czarist Russia returns, starring Theodore Bikel. Opens 8 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 26. Plays 2 & 8 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 27; 8 p.m., Friday, Dec. 28; 2 & 8 p.m., Saturday-Sunday, Dec. 29-30; 8 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 1; 2 & 8 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 2; 8 p.m., Thursday-Friday, Jan. 3-4; 2 & 8 p.m., Saturday-Sunday, Jan. 5-6; $34.50-$77.50. Orpheum Theater, 1192 Market (at Eighth St.), 512-7770.

Golden Gate Men's ChorusCelebrate with the 50-member chorus as it performs its annual holiday concerts. 3 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 16; $15 (tickets available at A Different Light Bookstore, 489 Castro at 18th St.). St. Matthew's Lutheran Church, 3281 16th St. (at Dolores), 668-GGMC / www.ggmc.org.

Hey Klezmeh! Festival Hanukkah concert by SF Klezmer Experience and Davka with MC Josh Kornbluth. 8:15 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 15; $14-$16. Noe Valley Ministry, 1021 Sanchez (at 23rd St.), 454-5238 / www.noevalleymusicseries.com.

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