Holiday Guide

Arts, crafts, events, and performances for the holidays

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.

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.

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.

Holiday Festivities in JapantownHoliday Mochi (Rice) Pounding Ceremonies presented by Kagami Kai. 1 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 22; free. Japan Center Peace Plaza, Post & Buchanan, 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. 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.

Lessons and Carols: Works by Palestrina, Bach, Clemens non Papa, and Byrd, plus traditional Christmas carols, performed by St. Dominic's Choir. 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 19; free. St. Dominic's Church, 2390 Bush (at Steiner), 567-7824.

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 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. 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. 2 & 7 p.m., Wednesday-Sunday, Dec. 19-23; 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.

Oakland Interfaith Gospel Ensemble Join the group as it sings new and traditional works this holiday season. 7 & 9:30 p.m., Monday, Dec. 24; $15. Slim's, 333 11th St. (at Folsom), 522-0333 / www.slims-sf.com.

Peace on Earth Celebration of song and spoken word with music by Sherri Youngward & the Regeneration Band and poetry by Todd Spitzer. 6 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 23; free. imusicast studios, 5429 Telegraph (at 55th St.), Berkeley, (510) 649-9999.

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.

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.

NEW YEAR'S EVE

Balkan Bash All-ages concert and dance party with Édessa, Anoush, Joe Finn, and Leslie Bonnett and the last chance to dance on the old Ashkenaz dance floor. 8 p.m., Monday, Dec. 31; $15. Ashkenaz, 1317 San Pablo (at Gilman), Berkeley, 510-525-5054.

Ball by the Bay DJs Ellen Ferrato, Dylan, David Harness, Seven, and others join Double Funk Crunch for an unforgettable night that includes a high-end open bar, a buffet with dessert, prizes, and more. 8:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m., Monday, Dec. 31; $150-$250. Pac Bell Park, 24 Willie Mays Plaza (at Third St.), 615-0002 / www.ballbythebay.com.

Beach 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. 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.

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