Holiday Listings 2002

Arts, Crafts, Events, and Performances for the Holidays

Santa Claus on Union Street: Visit Santa in his gingerbread Victorian, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturdays, through Dec. 21, free; please bring a donation of a new toy for a needy child, 885-1335 (information). 2122 Union (between Fillmore and Webster).

Shanti's Holiday HobNob: A musical celebration of the work Shanti has done for 28 years for people living with terminal illnesses, featuring Connie Champagne, Bill Cooper, and many others, 8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 17, $35 plus two-drink minimum. Plush Room, York Hotel, 940 Sutter (at Jones), 885-2800.

Small Press Distribution Holiday Open House: Books for sale at discounted prices with readings by Kit Robinson, Nellie Wong, and guest of honor Diane Di Prima, noon-4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, free. Small Press Distribution, 1341 Seventh St. (at Gilman), Berkeley, 510-524-1668.

Tenderloin Tessie's Holiday Dinners: Volunteer to prepare and serve a hot dinner to the elderly, disabled, homeless, and children who don't have a place to go for the holidays, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. and 4-6 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 25, 922-0422 (information). First Unitarian Universalist Church, 1187 Franklin (at Geary), 776-4580.

TG Holidays Fundraiser Party: A celebration for the transgender community, 8:30-11:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, $10-$25. SF LGBT Community Center, 1800 Market (at Octavia), 865-5555.

Union Street Fantasy of Lights Starlight Sing-Along: Join strolling singers for a night of caroling in Cow Hollow, 4-8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13, free; please bring a donation of a new toy for a needy child, 885-1335 (information). 2040 Union (at Buchanan).Performance7 Sins: The Holiday Edition: A rotating repertory of seven performers shares true stories about the seven deadly sins, Saturday shows are the racier 7 Sins: Confessions in My Underwear, 10:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, $20-$25, 820-3947 (information), 5 and 8 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15. Shelton Theaters, 533 Sutter (at Mason), 433-7875.

Aladdin: The San Francisco Shakespeare Festival presents a musical "panto" version of the tale, featuring local clown Geoff Hoyle, 11 a.m., through Thursday, Dec. 12, 11 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13, 3:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15, 11 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 17, 11 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 18, 11 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 19, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 20, 3:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 21, 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 22, $20-$32, 422-2222 (tickets). Zeum, 221 Fourth St. (at Howard), 777-2800.

American Idol Christmas: A man's Christmas plans to watch a holiday reunion of the hit reality show are disrupted by neighborly interruptions, 7-9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13, through Sunday, Dec. 15, free-$10, 863-3382 ext. 221 (reservations). First Baptist Church, 22 Waller (at Octavia).

Attack of the Wrapping Paper Caper: Lunatique Fantastique presents the third installment of the holiday puppet detective story, 1 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, 1 and 3 p.m. Monday, Dec. 23, 1 and 3 p.m. Friday, Dec. 27, through Monday, Dec. 30, 1 and 3 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 2, through Sunday, Jan. 5, $10-$12, 820-3353 (box office). Zeum, 221 Fourth St. (at Howard), 777-2800.

Beach Blanket Babylon: Steve Silver's musical revue welcomes the holiday season with special performances featuring a chorus line of tap-dancing Christmas trees, carols, and a gigantic Yuletide hat, 5 and 8 p.m. Wednesdays, 8 p.m. Thursdays, 7 and 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 1 and 4 p.m. Sundays, no show Wednesday, Dec. 25, 7 and 10:15 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 31, $25-$65; call 421-4222 for New Year's Eve ticket prices. Club Fugazi, 678 Green (at Powell), 421-4222.

The Big-Fat Year-End Kiss-Off Comedy Show X: An evening of stand-up comedy, improv, and semi-written sketches featuring Will Durst, Johnny Steele, Debi Durst, Michael Bossier, and Steven Kravitz, 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 26, $17, 925-798-1300 (tickets). Julia Morgan Center for the Arts, 2640 College (at Derby), Berkeley, 510-845-8542.

Black Nativity: Lorraine Hansberry Theatre presents Langston Hughes' African-American celebration of the birth of Christ featuring gospel singer Arvis Strickling Jones, 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, 4 p.m. Sundays, through Dec. 22, $22-$32. Lorraine Hansberry Theatre, 620 Sutter (at Mason), 474-8800.

Candlelight Christmas: SFSU Chamber Singers present an intimate concert featuring works by Palestrina, William Hawley, and Brahms, 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13, $10-$15, 338-7761 (information). Most Holy Redeemer Church, 100 Diamond (at 18th St.).

A Cathedral Christmas: Performed by the Grace Cathedral Choir of Men & Boys, directed by Christopher Putman, 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15, 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 16, 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 21, 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 22, 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 23, $15-$50, 866-468-3399. Grace Cathedral, 1100 California (at Taylor), 749-6350.

A Chanticleer Christmas: All-male a cappella choral ensemble presents its annual concert of holiday music, 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 21, 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 22, $25-$37, 392-4400 (information). St. Ignatius Church, 650 Parker (at Fulton), USF campus.

A Choral Christmas: Presented by the San Francisco Symphony and Symphony Chorus, 3 and 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15, $10-$49. Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness (at Grove), 864-6000.

The Christmas Ballet 2002: Smuin Ballet's annual alternative to traditional holiday fare features new changes added to the program each year, 8 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays, 2 and 8 p.m. Thursdays and Saturdays, additional performance at 2 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 24; no show Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2 and 7 p.m. Sundays, through Dec. 29, $35-$55; pay-what-you-can-performance at 2 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 19. Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 701 Mission (at Third St.), 978-ARTS.

Christmas Cantata "Ah, troppo e ver": A mini-opera of the Nativity, by Alessandro Stradella, 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 21, $12-$25, 979-4500. First Congregational Church, 2345 Channing (at Dana), Berkeley, 510-848-3696; A mini-opera on the Nativity, by Alessandro Stradella, 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 22, $12-$25, 979-4500. St. Gregory's, 500 De Haro (at Mariposa), 255-8100.

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