Holiday Guide

Arts, crafts, events, and performances for the holidays

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.

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.

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.

Dive into the Sea of Dreams 02.
Dive into the Sea of Dreams 02.
Finis tasby brings his Texas Twisters to the Boom Boom Room.
Finis tasby brings his Texas Twisters to the Boom Boom Room.

Second Sundays Holiday Party With DJs Jeno, M3, Ben Doren, and more. 8 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 19; free but please bring an unwrapped toy or book to benefit Toys for Tots. Ruby Skye, 420 Mason (at Geary), 693-0777.

Telegraph Avenue Holiday Street Fair 18th annual festival of handmade crafts, food, and live musical performances. 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Friday-Monday, Dec. 21-24; free. Telegraph (between Dwight and Bancroft), Berkeley, www.taasite.org.

Tenderloin Tessies Holiday DinnersDifferent shifts and assignments available for volunteers to serve Christmas dinner for those in need. Kitchen and dining room prep from 5-8 p.m., Monday, Dec. 24. Christmas Day volunteers are needed to set up, serve, and clean up from 7a.m.-6 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 25. First Unitarian Church, 1187 Franklin (at Geary), 922-0422.

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. 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.

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.

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.

Bud E. Luv Christmas PartyThe lounge singer brings his Vegas act back. 9:30 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 25; $10. Paradise Lounge, 1501 Folsom (at 11th St.), 621-1911.

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.

The Christmas Ballet, 2001 Edition Smuin Ballets/SF presents this refreshing alternative to The Nutcracker, choreographed by Michael Smuin. 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.

A Christmas CarolACT presents Dickens' classic holiday tale. Plays 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. 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. 22; free. Harbor Court Hotel, 165 Steuart (at Howard), 882-1300.

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., 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 3:30 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 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.

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

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