Holiday Guide

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

ARTS AND CRAFTS

Berkeley Artisans Holiday Open Studios More than 100 Berkeley artists open their doors to the public during this annual self-guided tour. 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday-Sunday, through Dec. 16; free. Pick up a map at 1250 Addison (at Bonar), #214, Berkeley, or get info at 510-845-2612 / www.berkeleyartisans.com.

Berkeley Farmers' Market 10th Annual Holiday Crafts Fair Benefit for the Ecology Center with handcrafted gifts for sale, live choral music, massage, and cider. 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday, through Dec. 22; free. MLK Jr. Civic Center Park, Center & MLK Jr. Way, Berkeley, 510-548-3333 / www.ecologycenter.org.

Christmas Ornament Show Eleventh annual group show and sale. Noon-6 p.m., Monday-Saturday; noon-5 p.m., Sunday, through Dec. 30; free. Velvet Da Vinci, 508 Hayes (at Laguna), 626-7478 / www.velvetdavinci.com.

Craft Showcase 2 Curated exhibition and sale of new works from California's growing fine craft movement. 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Sunday-Monday; 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Tuesday-Friday; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, through Dec. 30; free. Museum of Craft & Folk Art, Fort Mason, Bldg. A, Marina & Buchanan, 775-0991 ext. 109 / www.mocfa.org.

Gingerbread Architecture Extravaganza Make and decorate your very own gingerbread house. 11 a.m., 1, 2, & 3 p.m., Saturday-Sunday, through Dec. 16; $8 for gingerbread kit, not including price of admission (free-$7). Bay Area Discovery Museum, Fort Baker, 557 McReynolds (at Murray), Sausalito, 437-4398 / www.badm.org.

Gingerbread Contest and Exhibit 21st annual display of edible creations. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Tuesday-Saturday; noon-5 p.m., Sunday, through Dec. 30; free-$4. Coyote Point Museum, Coyote Point Park, 1651 Coyote Point, San Mateo, 650-342-7755 / www.coyoteptmuseum.org.

Holiday ExhibitionVintage and contemporary photographs. Through Jan. 12; free. Artseal Gallery, 1847 Larkin (at Pacific), 567-3523 / www.artseal.com.

Holiday Gift-Making Classes Instruction for kids and adults in how to make your own holiday gifts, including ornaments, T-shirts, and candles. Pre-registration required. 4-5:30 p.m., Tuesday-Friday, 11 a.m.-noon, Saturday, through Dec. 22; $5-$7. Randall Museum, 199 Museum Way (off Roosevelt), 554-9600 / www.randallmuseum.org.

Holiday Glass Outlet Sales Clearance and discount sale of one-of-a-kind glass artwork, bowls, vases, and sculpture. Noon-5 p.m., Saturday-Sunday, through Dec. 23; free. Rogue Art Space, 4360 19th St. (at Eureka), 863-4940 / www.rogueartspace.com.

Holiday Sale Handcrafted ceramic work by 21 local potters and ceramic artists. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. daily, through Dec. 24; free. The Potter's Studio, 637 Cedar (at Second St.), Berkeley, 510-528-3286.

International Holiday Festival In conjunction with "Global Shoes," the hands-on exhibit teaching kids about international cultures, the museum presents a Russian Winter Fair with performances and dance lessons. 11 a.m., 1 & 3 p.m., Thursday-Saturday, Dec. 27-29. The festival ends with World Play Day, a family block party with food and cultural events from different countries. Noon-4 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 30. All events free-$7. Bay Area Discovery Museum, Fort Baker, 557 McReynolds (at Murray), Sausalito, 437-4398 / www.badm.org.

It's a Gift!Gift-making workshops. 1:30-3 p.m., Saturday, through Dec. 22; $20-$75. Museum of Children's Art, 538 Ninth St. (at Clay), Suite 210, Oakland, 510-465-8770 / www.mocha.org.

"Luminous Wonders of the Electric World"17th annual holiday auction, featuring work by more than 140 participating artists. Open for preview and absentee bidding, noon-6 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 12; noon-5 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 13; free. "The Parlour," pre-auction event with cocktails and food 6-8 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 13, $150-$175. "The Great Expo: Live and Silent Auction" 9 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 13; $30-$40. New Langton Arts, 1246 Folsom (at Eighth St.), 626-5416 / www.newlangtonarts.org.

"The Sounds of Christmas" New York­based visual artist and musician Christian Marclay's installation incorporating his collection of more than 1,000 vinyl LPs of Christmas music. 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Tuesday-Wednesday; 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Thursday-Friday; 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Saturday, through Dec. 31; free. Live DJ performances 5-8 p.m., Thursday, through Dec. 27. Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 701 Mission (at Third St.), 978-2787 / www.yerbabuenaarts.org.

'Tis the Reason Holiday group show. 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Tuesday-Saturday, through Dec. 27; free. Michael Martin Galleries, 251 Post (at Stockton), 217-0070 / www.mmgalleries.com.

"Veiled and Revealed" Seven-person group show with visits from Santa and kids' gifts for sale. 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 15 & 22; free. Art-A-Fact Gallery, 1109 Addison (at San Pablo), Berkeley, 848-1985.

"Winter Walls: A Collection of Small Works" Paintings on 10"x10" canvases created for the holiday season. The show takes place at two locations: Hang at the Canvas, 1200 Ninth Ave. (at Lincoln), 504-0070, through Dec. 17; free. Hang, 556 Sutter (at Mason), 434-4264, through Dec. 17; free.

Wreaths From Recyclables Learn how to create seasonal wreaths and centerpieces from found objects. 1-4 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 15; $10. Crissy Field Center, 603 Mason (at Halleck), 561-7752 / www.crissyfield.org.

Xmas Pachanga and Art Sale More than 30 artists display their fine art prints. Noon-6 p.m., Tuesday-Saturday, through Dec. 22; free. Galería de la Raza, 2857 24th St. (at Bryant), 826-8009.

EVENTS African American Holiday Traditions Author Antoinette Broussard talks about Kwanzaa as she reads from her book African American Holiday Traditions. 2-4 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 16; free. Main Library, Koret Auditorium, 100 Larkin (at Grove), 557-4277.

Café by the Bay Hanukkah Party Kosher food, dancing, and live entertainment provided by La Bolshevita. 2-4 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 13; free. Jewish Family and Children's Services, Miriam Shultz Grunfeld Building, 2150 Post (at Scott), 449-3844. Call by Monday, Dec. 10, to RSVP.

Chanukah -- The Eight-Day Festival of LightsThe Chabad of SF sponsors the weeklong festival. Candle-lighting ceremonies take place 4:30 p.m., Wednesday-Thursday, Dec. 12-13; 3 p.m., Friday, Dec. 14; 7 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 15; 4:30 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 16; free. Justin Herman Plaza, Market & Embarcadero, 362-6355.

Children's Christmas Party Family-oriented holiday celebration with the Bayview Hunters Point Unity Committee's Unity Day Parade & Rally, talent showcase, speakers, dinner, and live entertainment. 11 a.m.- 5 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 15; free. The Bayview Opera House & Joseph Lee Gym, 4705 Third St. (at Newcomb), 292-5157.

Eid ul Fitr Cultural Celebration Celebrate the end of Ramadan with music, storytelling, and poetry by Bay Area artists from many regions of the Islamic world. 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 20; $10. La Peña Cultural Center, 3105 Shattuck (at Prince), Berkeley, 510-849-2568 / www.lapena.org.

Great Dickens Christmas Fair & Pickwick Comic Annual Entertainment fair and theatrical event with more than 400 costumed characters from Dickens' classic works. 11 a.m.-8 p.m., Saturday-Sunday, through Dec. 23; $6-$16. Cow Palace Exhibition Halls, 2600 Geneva (at Santos), Daly City, 897-4555 / www.dickensfair.com.

Hanukkah Celebration Congregation Sha'ar Zahav celebrates the fifth night of the Festival of Lights with a meal and singing, followed by Shabbat services, candle lighting, and dancing. 8:15 p.m., Friday, Dec. 14; $5-$15. Congregation Sha'ar Zahav, 290 Dolores (at 16th St.), 861-6932 ext. 305. Please RSVP no later than Friday, Dec. 7.

Hanukkah/Kwanzaa Celebration Honor the alliance between Jewish and African-American communities with music, food, and festivities. 4-7 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 16; free-$10. Rasselas, 2801 California (at Divisadero), 292-1261.

Holiday Animation Program Screening of Bunny, Tin Toy, and Tops. Noon, 2 & 4 p.m., Wednesday-Sunday, Dec. 26-30; free-$9. Exploratorium, 3601 Lyon (at Marina), 397-5673 / www.exploratorium.edu.

A Holiday Gift: Seven Animated Films That Celebrate the Season Family program includes The Great Toy Robbery, The Sweater, and more. Noon, 2 & 4 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 22; free-$9. Exploratorium, 3601 Lyon (at Marina), 397-5673 / www.exploratorium.edu.

Holiday Hawaiian Luau Dinner and Dance Party Live music, hula dancing, and more. 6-9 p.m., Friday, Dec. 14; $12. Lincoln Park Community Center, 901 Brunswick (at Acton), Daly City, 650-991-8018.

Holiday Season at Dunsmuir 2001 Get into the holiday spirit with tours of the decorated mansion, caroling, shopping, kids' activities, and horse-drawn carriage rides. Warm clothing and comfortable shoes recommended. 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Friday-Sunday, through Dec. 16; free-$13. Dunsmuir Historic Estate, 2960 Peralta Oaks, Oakland, information at 925-275-9490 / www.dunsmuir.org.

Holiday Week at Lawrence Hall of Science Family-friendly week of magic shows, storytelling, performances, and demonstrations. 1 p.m., Wednesday-Monday, Dec. 26-31; free-$7. Lawrence Hall of Science, Centennial Drive (at Grizzly Park), UC Berkeley campus, 510-642-5132.

Iron Science Teacher: The Holiday Edition Science experiment cook-off where teachers compete to create a science activity from a secret ingredient that relates to the holidays. Noon-1 p.m., Friday, Dec. 14; free-$10. Exploratorium, 3601 Lyon (at Marina), 397-5673 / www.exploratorium.edu.

Kwanzaa Celebration Fourth annual cultural celebration with kids' arts and crafts and African performers and drummers. 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 26; free-$7. Bay Area Discovery Museum, Fort Baker, 557 McReynolds (at Murray), Sausalito, 437-4398 / www.badm.org.

Lusty Lady PlaydayThe Lusty Ladies serve up holiday cheer and more during this annual bacchanal featuring backstage tours, topless shoeshines, lap dances, and slave training. 9 a.m.-4 a.m., Friday, Dec. 14; $5-$10. Lusty Lady Theater, 1033 Kearny (at Broadway), 391-3991.

Nia: A Community Kwanzaa Celebration Celebration of black family history, community, and culture with arts and crafts, food demonstrations, drumming, and dancing. Noon-4 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 30; free-$6. Oakland Museum of California, 1000 Oak (at 10th St.), 888-625-6873 / www.museumca.org.

SF Bike Coalition WinterFest Sixth annual bike festival with free food, beer, music, and live and silent auctions on bikes, accessories, and more. 5-10 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 16; free-$20. SomArts Gallery, 934 Brannan (at Eighth St.), 431-2453 ext. 5 / www.sfbike.org.

Union Street Fantasy of Lights Starlight Sing-along Come dressed in festive attire and join carolers and choral groups from local schools and churches. Bring a new toy to donate. 5-9 p.m., Friday, Dec. 14; free. Carolers meet in front of the Cudworth Mansion, 2040 Union (between Buchanan and Webster), 885-1335.

PERFORMANCE Another Wrapping Paper CaperLunatique Fantastique returns with an all-new version of its holiday puppet detective story. Plays 1:30 & 3:30 p.m., Saturday-Sunday, through Dec. 23; 1:30 & 3:30 p.m., Thursday-Sunday, Dec. 27-30; 1:30 p.m., Wednesday-Saturday, Jan. 2-5; $8-$12. Zeum Theater, 221 Fourth St. (at Howard), 820-3353 / www.zeum.org.

Beach Blanket Babylon Steve Silver's North Beach perennial presents a seasonal extravaganza with tap-dancing Christmas trees and an oversize Yuletide hat. Plays 5 & 8 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 12; 8 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 13; 7 &10 p.m., Friday-Saturday, Dec. 14-15; 1 & 4 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 16; 5 & 8 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 19; 8 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 20; 7 & 10 p.m., Friday-Saturday, Dec. 21-22; 1 & 4 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 23; 8 p.m., Wednesday-Thursday, Dec. 26-27; 7 & 10 p.m., Friday-Saturday, Dec. 28-29; 1 & 4 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 30; $25-$62. Club Fugazi, 678 Green (at Powell), 421-4222.

Black Nativity Lorraine Hansberry Theatre presents Langston Hughes' gospel song play, starring Arvis Strickling Jones. Plays 8 p.m., Thursday-Saturday, 4 p.m., Sunday, through Dec. 23; $22-$30. Lorraine Hansberry Theatre, 620 Sutter (at Mason), 474-8800 / www.LorraineHansberryTheatre.com.

Black Nativity The Allen Temple Baptist Church Cantateers present Langston Hughes' gospel song play about the birth of Jesus. Plays 8 p.m., Friday; 2:30 & 8 p.m., Saturday; 5:30 p.m., Sunday, through Dec. 16; $5-$25. Allen Temple Baptist Church, 8501 International (at 85th St.), Oakland, 510-569-9418.

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.

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.

The Twelve Days of Cochina Marga Gomez's "toxic holiday comedy" about a disgruntled abstinence activist. Plays 8 p.m., Wednesday-Saturday; 7 p.m., Sunday, through Dec. 22; $16-$22. Theater Rhinoceros, 2926 16th St. (between Mission and South Van Ness), 861-5079 / www.therhino.org.

Vienna Woods, New York Nights: Songs of Two Cities Broadway star George Hearn joins conductor Edwin Outwater and the San Francisco Symphony. 2 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 30; $15-$81. Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness (at Grove), 864-6000.

The Whistleaires' Big Christmas Special Annual variety show by Mark Romyn and Phil Worman. Plays 8 p.m., Thursday-Saturday, through Dec. 15; $10-$20. Exit Theater, 156 Eddy (between Taylor and Mason), 673-3847 / www.sffringe.org.

Wintersongs Women's vocal ensemble Kitka performs Eastern European choral music for the holidays. 8:30 p.m., Friday, Dec. 14; $16-$20. St. Gregory's Episcopal Church, 500 De Haro (at Mariposa), 510-444-0323 / www.kitka.org. NEW YEAR'S EVEBeach Blanket Babylon Steve Silver's North Beach perennial presents a seasonal extravaganza with tap-dancing Christmas trees and an oversize Yuletide hat. Special New Year's Eve performance 7 & 10:15 p.m., Monday, Dec. 31; $55-$175. Club Fugazi, 678 Green (at Powell), 421-4222.

The Big-Fat Year-End Kiss-Off Comedy Show IX A hilarious evening of stand-up, improv, and sketches featuring Bay Area political pundits Will Durst and Johnny Steele, among others. 8 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 26; $17. Julia Morgan Center for the Arts, 2640 College (at Derby), 925-798-1300. Also 7 & 10 p.m., Monday, Dec. 31; $25 for earlier show, $40 for later show. Cowell Theater, Herbst Pavilion, Fort Mason, Marina & Buchanan, 441-3687.

Black Comedy Explosion 12th annual comedy show featuring Bruce Bruce, Rickey Smiley, and Guy Torry. 11 p.m., Monday, Dec. 31; $42.50-$55.50. Paramount Theater, 2025 Broadway (at 21st St.), Oakland, 510-465-6400.

Bobby Slayton, Nick Griffin, and a Special Guest Ring in the New Year with stand-up comedy. Featuring balloon drop, champagne toast, and dancing after the shows. 8 & 10 p.m., Monday, Dec. 31; $35-$60. Punch Line, 444 Battery (at Washington), 397-7573.

Comedy Countdown 2002 Featuring Greg Proops, Sue Murphy, Greg Behrendt, Matt Weinhold, and Tony Camin with music by the Swingin' Johnsons. 9:30 p.m., Monday, Dec. 31; $55. Palace of Fine Arts, 3301 Lyon (at Bay), 421-TIXS.

An Evening in VeniceMasquerade extravaganza with a six-course meal followed by live music and dancing. Two dinner seatings from 6-7 p.m. and 8-9:30 p.m., Monday, Dec. 31; $125-$150. Spago Palo Alto, 265 Lytton (at Ramona), Palo Alto, 650-833-1000. Reservations required; formal attire optional.

An Evening of Elegance Bay Area Career Women (BACW) hosts its annual lesbian New Year's Eve Dinner and Dance. 7 p.m.-2 a.m., Monday, Dec. 31; $45-$50 dance only, $115-$150 dinner and dance. San Francisco Grand Hyatt, 345 Stockton (at Sutter), 495-5393 / www.bacw.org.

¡Feliz Año Nuevo! New Year's Eve dance with Fito Reynoso's Ritmo y Armonía. 9:30 p.m., Monday, Dec. 31; $20-$22. La Peña Cultural Center, 3105 Shattuck (at Prince), Berkeley, 510-849-2568 / www.lapena.org.

Les Claypool's Frog Brigade Second annual New Year's Eve concert. 9 p.m., Monday, Dec. 31; $55. Fillmore, 1805 Geary (at Fillmore), 421-TIXS.

Phil Lesh & Friends With Ratdog, Crusader Rabbitt, and Derek Trucks Band. 6 p.m., Monday, Dec. 31; $60. Henry J. Kaiser Auditorium, 10 10th St., Oakland, 421-TIXS.

New Year's Eve Countdown The ultimate New Year's Eve event with three rooms to party in. Features DJs Michael Anthony, Frenchy Le Freak, Miss Audry, Kramer, Matthew K, Bali, Dimitris Mykonos, and many more. Complimentary champagne at midnight. Brought to you by Mixed Elements. 8 p.m., Monday, Dec. 31; $75 general admission, $100 VIP tickets, $10 VIP rebate code m25 (rebate given at door). Club Bas, 383 Bay (at Mason), www.funkyfelix.com.

Parkway New Year's Eve Pajama JamWear your PJs and negligees and watch the original Grease, starring John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John. Dance party, champagne toast, and "Sexy Lingerie Contest" follow. 7:30 p.m.-2 a.m., Monday, Dec. 31; $30. Parkway Speakeasy Theater, 1834 Park (at Lake Merritt), Oakland, 510-814-2400 / www.picturepubpizza.com.

Queer Salsa and Swing Party Pre - New Year's Eve Dance party for GLBT people of all ages. 6:30 p.m.-midnight, Saturday, Dec. 29; free-$10. Synergy Elementary School, 1387 Valencia (at 24th St.), 567-6177.

Remedy "Pimp N' Ho" New Year's Eve PartyThemed event with costumes encouraged. Pimp daddies spin deep house, disco, funk, soul, and R&B. 9 p.m.-6 a.m., Monday, Dec. 31; call for price. Big Heart City, 836 Mission (between Fourth and Fifth Sts.), 646-0803.

Ritz-Carlton Ballroom GalaStart the evening with a cocktail, caviar, and hors d'oeuvre reception; follow that with a five-course dinner, dessert and wine pairing, and dancing to the sounds of Encore. 7 p.m., Monday, Dec. 31; $275. Ritz-Carlton Hotel, 600 Stockton (at California), 773-6198.

Robert Walter's 20th Congress Jazz funk keyboardist and his band return for another New Year's at the Elbo Room. 10 p.m., Monday, Dec. 31; $20. Elbo Room, 647 Valencia (at 18th St.), 552-7788.

San Francisco Symphony New Year's Eve Gala Ring in the New Year with a concert, party favors, champagne, savories, and desserts. 8 p.m., Monday, Dec. 31; $87-$145. Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness (at Grove), 864-6000.

Steve Kimock BandCutting-edge improvisation from the Bay Area guitarist. 9 p.m., Monday, Dec. 31; $50 (tickets available at venue box office, or by fax: 885-5075). Great American Music Hall, 859 O'Farrell (at Polk), 885-0750.

Superhero's Costume Ball Peak Experience Productions joins with the String Cheese Incident and Keller Williams. 8 p.m., Monday, Dec. 31; $60. Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, 99 Grove (at Larkin), 303-544-5875 / www.sciticketing.com.

True Fiction Magazine Improvisational Theater San Francisco's popular improv troupe returns for its annual New Year's Eve show. 8 p.m., Monday, Dec. 31; $20. Florence Gould Theater at the Palace of the Legion of Honor, Lincoln Park (near 34th Ave. and Clement), 824-1559.

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