ARTS AND CRAFTS
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 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 Exhibition"Vintage and contemporary photographs from the Gallery Collection. 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Tuesday-Friday; 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday, through Jan. 12; free. Artseal Gallery, 1847 Larkin (at Pacific), 567-3523 / www.artseal.com.
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.
"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.
Holiday Animation Program Features Infinite Escher, Bunny, Tin Toy, and Tops. Noon, 2 & 4 p.m., Wednesday-Sunday, Dec. 26-30; free-$10. Exploratorium, 3601 Lyon (at Marina), 397-5673 / www.exploratorium.edu.
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.
Another Wrapping Paper CaperLunatique Fantastique returns with an all-new version of its holiday puppet detective story. Plays 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 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.
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. 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 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.
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.
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.
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-Saturday, Dec. 26-29; $17. The Marsh, 1062 Valencia (at 22nd St.), 826-5750.
New Pickle Circus in Show Up!Amazing physical feats and acrobatic tricks, performed to a new score by Felonious: onelovehiphop. Plays 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 New Year's Day; free-$6. Children's Fairyland, 699 Bellevue (at Grand), Oakland, 510-452-2259 / www.fairyland.org.
The Nutcracker San Francisco Ballet presents its annual holiday production, accompanied by the SF Ballet Orchestra. 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.
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 BashAll-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.
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.
Cheap Ass New Year's EveChannel 104.9 and Smirnoff Ice present this party with pizza and beers featuring Triple Seven, Wrekhouse, and others. 7 p.m., Monday, Dec. 31; $10.49. The Usual Nightclub, 400 S. First St. (at E. San Salvador), San Jose, 408-298-9375.
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; $55-60. Palace of Fine Arts, 3301 Lyon (at Bay), 421-TIXS.
Community Music Center Orchestra and Chorus New Year's Concert 10th annual concert featuring Michael A. Kimbell and Antonin Dvorak. 9:30 p.m., Monday, Dec. 31; $15. Mission Presbyterian Church, 3261 23rd St. (at Capp), 647-6015.
Dance New Year's Eve PartyMultiple stages of live entertainment and a midnight balloon drop. Featuring Pride and Joy, meringue band Manikkomio, and DJs. 8 p.m., Monday, Dec. 31; $99-$124. Hyatt Regency San Francisco, 5 Embarcadero Center, 675-6230 / www.hyattsf.com.
Endup New Year's Marathon Twenty-four hours of nonstop celebration and dancing with DJs Adrian, Robbie Hardkiss, Charlotte the Baroness, Nobel, Ruben Mancias, Tracy, and more. 9 p.m., Monday, Dec. 31, to 9 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 1; call for ticket price. Endup, 401 Sixth St. (at Harrison), 357-0927 / www.theendup.com.
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.
Finis Tasby & the Texas Twisters Band The Southern blues legend headlines. 9:30 p.m.-2 a.m., Monday, Dec. 31; $35. Boom Boom Room, 1601 Fillmore (at Geary), 673-8000.
Jacqui Naylor The jazz vocalist performs with her quintet. 9 p.m.-1:30 a.m., Monday, Dec. 31; $25 cover for music only, $200 for five-course tasting menu. Jardinière Restaurant, 300 Grove (at Franklin), 861-6695.
Mecca's New Year's Eve 2002 Celebration Jonathan Jones performs with a six-piece musical ensemble. 7 p.m., Monday, Dec. 31; bar entry $25, early seating (5-6 p.m.) $65, late seating (8-9:30 p.m.) $150. Mecca, 2029 Market (at 14th St.), 621-7000.
New Year 2002With Tokyo Marine Fire, Captured! By Robots, 12 Inches and a Tireless Tongue, surprise guests, champagne, and treats. 9:30 p.m., Monday, Dec. 31; $10-$25. Paradise Lounge, 1501 Folsom (at 11th St.), 621-1911.
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.
New Year's Eve Stand-up SpectacularTheater Rhinoceros presents an all-star comedy benefit with some of the city's favorite comics: Tom Ammiano, Karen Ripley, Pippi Lovestocking, Lisa Geduldig, and Bridget Schwartz. 8 p.m., Monday, Dec. 31; $22. Victoria Theater, 2961 16th St. (at Mission), 861-5079.
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.
Planet New Year 2002 Coolworld presents the 10th annual all-ages dance and music festival with five entertainment areas, fireworks, a laser and light show, and performance artists. Featuring Del the Funky Homosapien, Bad Boy Mill, David Garcia, and many more. Gates open at 6 p.m., Monday, Dec. 31; $35-$50, $150 VIP passes. Cow Palace and Grounds, Geneva & Santos, Daly City, 979-4543 or 408-235-1077 / www.coolworld.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; $40. 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.
Sea of Dreams 02: Dive-Ocean Anon Salon presents an all-night musical and visual journey through multiple dream worlds with exotic dancers, techno video, laser artists, and circus and fire performers. Featuring Lost at Last, Brain Garden, and Foxgluv. Come dressed as your dream. 9 p.m.-4 a.m., Monday, Dec. 31; $60. Regency Building, 1300 Van Ness (at Sutter), 978-2345 / www.anonsalon.com/seaofdreams02.
The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe: Acclaimed actress Lily Tomlin stars in Jane Wagner's comedy, in a special New Year's Eve performance. 8 p.m., Monday, Dec. 31; $35-$50. Theater on the Square, 450 Post (at Mason), 433-9500.
SF Chamber Orchestra New Year's Eve Gala Concert 16th annual performance of classical favorites. 8 p.m., Monday, Dec. 31; $15. Julia Morgan Theater, 2640 College (at Derby), Berkeley, 510-845-8542 / www.juliamorgan.org.
SilkDelicious Karma presents a New Year's Eve party with music by Miguel Migs, Mauricio Aviles, and DJ Seven. 9 p.m., Monday, Dec. 31; $99-$229. The W Hotel, 181 Third St. (at Mission), 777-5300 / www.deliciouskarma.com
The Star 101.3 Ball Featuring Tainted Love, Pop Rocks, and DJ Steve Masters. 8 p.m., Monday, Dec. 31; $45-$95. San Francisco Design Center Galleria, 101 Henry Adams (at Eighth St.), 267-6926.
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.
Swimming to Cambodia Spalding Gray's monologue about his experiences during the filming of Roland Jaffe's Academy Awardwinning movie The Killing Fields. 8:30 p.m., Monday, Dec. 31; $15-$45. Geary Theater, 415 Geary (at Mason), 749-2228.
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.
Unity Christ Church New Year's Eve Dance Party With swing dance lessons, live music, tarot readings, and food. Children welcome. 9 p.m.-1 a.m., Monday, Dec. 31; $20-$25. Unity Christ Church, 2690 Ocean (at 19th St.), 566-4122.