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.

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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