Holiday Guide

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

Holiday Choral Concert at the Jarvis Conservatory Three top high school choir ensembles perform the annual Christmas concert. 7 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 15; $15-$25. Jarvis Conservatory, 1711 Main (at Yount), Napa, 707-255-5445.

Holiday Comedy Festival Local sketch comedy troupes present a welcome distraction from the holidays. Plays 8 p.m., Thursday-Saturday, through Dec. 15; $10-$15. Venue 9, 252 Ninth St. (at Folsom), 289-2000 / www.venue9.com.

Holiday Festivities in JapantownThe chamber ensemble Sequoia Strings performs. 2 & 3:15 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 15, at Japan Center Kintetsu Mall, Post & Buchanan. Holiday Mochi (Rice) Pounding Ceremonies presented by Kagami Kai. 1 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 15 & Dec. 22, at the Japan Center Peace Plaza, Post & Buchanan; 2:30 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 15, in the Japan Center Kinokuniya Building, Post & Webster; free. Taiko drum performances featuring San Francisco Taiko Dojo. 1 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 16, at Japan Center Peace Plaza, Post & Buchanan; 2:30 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 16, in the Japan Center Kinokuniya Building, Post & Webster; free. Call 567-4761 or 202-0350.

Holiday Huzzah!Bay Area Theatersports' celebration of the holidays with improvised songs and scenes. 8 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 20; $7. Bayfront Theater, Fort Mason Center, Bldg. B, Marina & Buchanan, 474-8935 / www.improv.org.

A Karen Carpenter Christmas "The Enough Is Enough Tour" ends eight years of this musical tribute to the brother-and-sister team. Opens 8 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 18; Plays 8 p.m., Wednesday-Sunday, Dec. 19-23; 8 p.m., Wednesday-Saturday, Dec. 26-29; $17. The Marsh, 1062 Valencia (at 22nd St.), 826-5750.

Kung Pao Kosher Comedy Celebrate Christmas with kosher comedy and Chinese food. Featuring Lisa Kron, Scott Blakeman, Lisa Geduldig, and headliner Cathy Ladman. 5 & 8:30 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 23; 6 & 9:30 p.m., Monday, Dec. 24; 5 & 8:30 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 25. Early shows include seven-course Chinese food banquet, $45; later shows include hors d'oeuvres, $30. New Asia Restaurant, 772 Pacific (at Grant), 552-3737.

New Pickle Circus in "Show Up!"Amazing physical feats and acrobatic tricks, performed to a new score by Felonious: onelovehiphop. Plays 7:30 p.m., Wednesday-Friday, Dec. 19-21; 2 & 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 22; 2 p.m., Sunday-Monday, Dec. 23-24; 2 & 7:30 p.m., Wednesday-Sunday, Dec. 26-30; 2 p.m., Monday-Tuesday, Dec. 31-Jan. 1; $15-$24. Cowell Theater, Herbst Pavilion, Fort Mason, Marina & Buchanan, 345-7575.

The Nutcracker The Berkeley Ballet presents its annual favorite, directed by Corinne Jonas. 7 p.m., Friday, Dec. 14; 2 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 16; $5-$16. Julia Morgan Center for the Arts, 2640 College (at Derby), Berkeley, 510-843-4689.

The Nutcracker Children's Fairyland's Storybook Puppet Theater presents the holiday classic. 11 a.m., 2 & 4 p.m., Friday-Sunday, through Jan. 5, no performances on Christmas Day or New Year's Day; free-$6. Children's Fairyland, 699 Bellevue (at Grand), Oakland, 510-452-2259 / www.fairyland.org.

The Nutcracker Oakland Ballet presents its annual holiday performance. 7 p.m., Friday, Dec. 14; 1 & 6 p.m., Saturday-Sunday, Dec. 15-16; 6 p.m., Thursday-Friday, Dec. 20-21; 1 & 6 p.m., Saturday-Sunday, Dec. 22-23; 11 a.m., Monday, Dec. 24; $10-$45. Paramount Theater, 2025 Broadway (at 20th St.), Oakland, 510-452-9288.

The Nutcracker San Francisco Ballet presents its annual holiday production, accompanied by the SF Ballet Orchestra. 7 p.m., Wednesday-Thursday, Dec. 12-13; 2 & 7 p.m., Friday-Sunday, Dec. 14-23; 11 a.m. & 4 p.m., Monday, Dec. 24; 2 & 7 p.m., Wednesday-Saturday, Dec. 26-29; 11 a.m. & 4 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 30; $9-$125. War Memorial Opera House, 301 Van Ness (at Grove), 865-2000 / www.sfballet.org.

The Nutcracker Stapleton School of the Performing Arts presents its annual holiday production. 7:30 p.m., Friday, Dec. 21; 3 & 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 22; 1 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 23; $13.50-$19. Marin Center Veterans Memorial Auditorium, Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael, 472-3500.

Peter and the Wolf San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra performs with Jan Wahl as special guest narrator. 1 & 4 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 15; $10-$40. Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness (at Grove), 864-6000.

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer SF Performances presents the Dmitri Matheny Group in this program of the children's story set to music and jazz arrangements of holiday classics. 2 & 4 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 16; $6-$14. Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Theater, 700 Howard (at Third St.), 392-4400 or 978-2787 / www.performances.org.

Scattering Poems All Through the Night: Word for Word presents a compilation of the poems of everyone's childhood, from Emily Dickinson to Edgar Allen Poe to Langston Hughes. Plays 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays-Saturdays, special matinees 1 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 13 & 27, 3 p.m. Sundays, through Dec. 30; $10-$22, pay-what-you-can Wednesdays, 437-6775 (reservations). Magic Theater, Fort Mason, Bldg. D, Marina & Buchanan, 441-8822.

Sing We Nowell! A Candlelight Christmas San Francisco Bach Choir performs under the direction of David Babbitt. 8 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 15; $22-$30. St. Ignatius Church, Fulton & Parker, 441-4942.

A Smooth Jazz Christmas Featuring Dave Koz, David Benoit, Rick Braun, Brenda Russell, and Peter White. 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 22, $35-$45, 421-TIXS. Masonic Auditorium, 1111 California (at Taylor), 392-4400.

Stomp Tickets to the percussion theatrical sensation available at the special holiday price of $25 for all seats and all shows from Jan. 2 through March 10 (all other shows are $25-$45). Tickets must be purchased by Dec. 16. Patrons buying tickets for Tuesday-Thursday performances (8 p.m.) receive a one-month gift membership to 24-Hour Fitness, Friday-Sunday performances (8 p.m., Friday; 5 & 9 p.m., Saturday; 3 & 7 p.m. Sunday) receive a one-week gift membership. Marines Memorial Theater, 609 Sutter (at Mason), 877-771-6900 / www.tickets.com.

Teddy Care 2001 Third annual cabaret show benefiting Shanti and the children of San Francisco General Hospital. 7 p.m., Sunday, through Dec. 16; $15 plus a brand-new teddy bear. The Plush Room at the York Hotel, 940 Sutter (at Jones), 885-2800.

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