Holiday Listings 2002

Arts, Crafts, Events, and Performances for the Holidays

Arts and Crafts"Art From the Heart": Annual holiday exhibit and art sale, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., through Jan. 31, free. The NIAD Art Center, 551 23rd St. (at Barrett), Richmond, 510-620-0290.

Berkeley Artisans Holiday Open Studios: Self-guided tour of over 100 artists' and craftspeople's open studios, Saturdays and Sundays, through Dec. 22, free, 510-845-2612 (information), a map of locations can be downloaded from www.berkeleyartisans.com. Multiple Locations.

Berkeley Farmers' Market Holiday Crafts Fair: Local craftspeople sell handmade gifts, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturdays, free, 510-548-3333 (information). Martin Luther King Jr. Park, Martin Luther King Jr. Way (at Center), Berkeley.

Bizarre Bazaar: Seasonal sale of artwork, crafts, and fashion by local artists, 2-8 p.m. Wednesdays-Saturdays, Mondays and Tuesdays, free. The Lola Gallery, 2519 Mission (at 21st St.), 401-6800.

"Craft Showcase 3": Third annual craft exhibition and sale of one-of-a-kind artwork, through Sunday, Dec. 29, free. Museum of Craft & Folk Art, Fort Mason, Bldg. A, Marina & Buchanan, 775-0990.

"Gifts of Glass": Exhibit of hand-blown glass for sale, through Wednesday, Dec. 25. Rogue Art Space, 4360 19th St. (at Eureka), 863-4940.

Gingerbread Architecture Extravaganza: Learn to make and decorate gingerbread houses using various treats, 11 a.m., noon, 1, & 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays (through Dec. 22), plus Monday, Dec. 23, and Tuesday, Dec. 24 (11 a.m. & noon only), $12 per gingerbread house, not including museum admission, which is free-$7, advance registration required. Bay Area Discovery Museum, 557 McReynolds (at Murray), Sausalito, 487-4398.

"Gingerbread Contest and Exhibit": 22nd annual exhibit of edible gingerbread creations, through Saturday, Jan. 4. Coyote Point Museum, 1651 Coyote Point, San Mateo, 650-342-7755.

Greens & Gifts: Stock up on seasonal decorations and gifts for garden lovers at this holiday marketplace, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, free. Strybing Arboretum and Botanical Gardens, Ninth Ave. & Lincoln Way, Golden Gate Park, 661-1316.

"Holiday": Exhibition of fine arts and crafts by studio artists with disabilities, through Jan. 10, free. Creative Growth Art Center Gallery, 355 24th St. (at Broadway), Oakland, 510-836-2340, ext. 15.

Holiday Gift-Making Classes: Kids and adults learn how to make their own holiday gifts, 4-5:30 p.m. Wednesdays-Fridays and Tuesdays, 1-4 p.m. Saturdays, through Dec. 20, $6-$10 for weekday classes; $3 for Saturday drop-in workshops, 554-9600 (registration). Randall Museum, 199 Museum Way (at Roosevelt), 554-9600.

Holiday Gifts From the Garden: Make wreaths, works on paper, and herbal body care products from natural, sustainable materials, 1-3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, $15, 561-7752 (information), registration required. Crissy Field Center, 603 Mason (at Halleck), 561-6790 or 561-7752.

"Holiday Group Exhibition": A display of new artworks by 26 local and international artists, through Jan. 12, free; bring new toys for donation. Blue Room Gallery, 2331 Mission (at 19th St.), 515-1210.

Holiday Party and Gift Fair: Support local small businesses at this annual gift sale, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 11, free. Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center, 275 Fifth St. (at Folsom), 541-8580.

Holiday Wreath Workshop: Make your own wreaths using colorful greens and conifer foliage from the Gardens' own collections, noon-4 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13, $55, 661-1316 ext. 354 (registration), pre-registration required; bring your own tools and decorations. Strybing Arboretum and Botanical Gardens, Ninth Ave. & Lincoln Way, Golden Gate Park, 661-1316.

"Just Bazaar": Second annual gift exhibition featuring paintings, jewelry, clothing, and other items for the gift-giving season, through Monday, Dec. 23, free; Reception, 7-10 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 19. 66 Balmy, 66 Balmy (at 25th St.), 648-1760.

KPFA Community Crafts Fair: Annual event emphasizing environmentally responsible art and recycled materials featuring world music, writers, and natural foods, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, and Sunday, Dec. 15, free-$7, 510-848-6767 ext. 609 (information). Concourse Exhibition Center, 635 Eighth St. (at Brannan), 896-1393.

Momentum Gallery Grand Opening and Holiday Mart: 15 local artists show and sell their works in time for the holiday season, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, 5-10 p.m. Wednesdays-Fridays, Mondays and Tuesdays, through Dec. 22, free. Momentum Gallery, 701 Oak (at Fillmore), 626-7201.

"Ornametal": Christmas ornaments by 50 metalsmiths and jewelry artists, through Tuesday, Dec. 31. Velvet da Vinci, 508 Hayes (at Laguna), 626-7478.

Santa's Black Market: Counterculture crafts fair with live entertainment including Kitten on the Keys, the Crimson Club, and a fashion show, noon-midnight Sunday, Dec. 15, $5-$15; Santas and clowns get in for free, 695-9100 ext. 2 (information). SomArts Theater and Gallery, 934 Brannan (at Eighth St.), 863-1414.

"'Tis the Reason": Fourth annual Christmas exhibit; closing reception 2-4 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 21, free. Michael Martin Galleries, 101 Townsend (at Second St.), Suite 207, 543-1550.

Winter Solstice Craft Fair: Seventh annual sale of handmade treasures, benefiting local artists and Cell Space, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15, free. Cell Space, 2050 Bryant (between 18th & 19th Sts.), 648-7562.

EventsAK Press Huge Holiday Dirt-Cheap Book Sale: Discounts for book with light refreshments and punk rock Christmas music, 5-10 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 12, free. AK Press, 674A 23rd St. (at San Pablo), Oakland, 510-208-1700.

Annual Indulgence Christmas Party: An elegant soiree high above Union Square benefiting the Toys for Tots charity, 8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 11, $15, 401-7940 (information), cocktail attire requested. Harry Denton's Starlight Room, 450 Powell (at Sutter), 395-8595.

Bagpipe Traditions at the Winter Solstice: Hungarian musician Ferenc Tobak presents a concert of traditional Bagpipe music, 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13, free-$10. Slavonic Cultural Center, 60 Onondaga (at Hwy. 101), 510-649-0941.

The Christmas Poems: Krandall Kraus reads from his latest collection of poetry, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 19, free. A Different Light Bookstore, 489 Castro (at 18th St.), 431-0891.

The Festival of Lights: Holiday concert of music, comedy, theater, and dance based on the ideas of light in the Winter Solstice, Diwali, Chanukah, Kwanzaa, Christmas, and the lunar New Year, 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13, 3 p.m. Monday, Dec. 16, $12-$15, 346-8959 (information). Veterans Building, Green Room, 401 Van Ness (at McAllister), 512-0641.

Fiddler on the Roof Sing-Along: A strolling fiddler leads the sing-along screening of the holiday classic plus food, a costume contest, and more, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 25, $12-$30, come dressed as your favorite charac-ter. Osher Marin Jewish Community Center, 200 N. San Pedro (at Roosevelt), Hoytt Theater, San Rafael, 444-8000.

The Golden Age of Silent Comedy: The Silent Movie Theatre Hollywood presents a holiday family program of Buster Keaton, Charlie Chaplin, and Laurel & Hardy classics, featuring legendary organist Bob Mitchell on the Mighty Wurlitzer Organ with special musical guest Janet Klein, 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 20, and Saturday, Dec. 21, 1 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 22, $12-$15. Castro Theatre, 429 Castro (at Market), 621-6120.

Great Dickens Christmas Fair & Pickwick Comic Annual: The theatrical event re-creates the Yuletide London of Charles Dickens featuring more than 400 costumed characters, food, and shopping opportunities, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, through Dec. 22, www.dickensfair.com; $8-$20, 897-4555 (information). Cow Palace, Geneva & Santos, Daly City, 469-6000.

The Guardsmen Christmas Tree Lot: Annual sale of Christmas trees and decorations, 9 a.m.-9 p.m. daily, through Wednesday, Dec. 18, free, 561-2700 (information). Fort Mason, Festival Pavilion, Marina & Buchanan, 749-4588.

Ho Ho Ho Holiday Party: 4th annual party and toy drive for the Tenderloin After-School Program, 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 12, $10 or donation of a new, unwrapped toy, 621-6277 (information). Cafe Mars, 798 Brannan (at Seventh St.).

Holiday Films: A screening of Dylan Thomas' A Child's Christmas in Wales, (Dec. 21) and a holiday animation program (Dec. 26-30), 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 21, 1 and 3 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 26, through Monday, Dec. 30, free-$10. Exploratorium, 3601 Lyon (at Marina), 397-5673.

Holiday Iron Science Teacher Competition: Teachers have 10 minutes to concoct a science activity for the classroom, noon Friday, Dec. 13, free-$10. Exploratorium, 3601 Lyon (at Marina), 397-5673.

Holiday Magic at Children's Fairyland: Each weekend features visits from Santa and holiday performances, the park closes at 2:30 p.m. on Dec. 24 & Dec. 31; it will be closed Dec. 25, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. daily, through Tuesday, Dec. 31, free-$6. Children's Fairyland USA, 699 Bellevue (off Grand), Oakland, 510-452-2259.

The Holiday Season at Dunsmuir 2002: Get into the holiday spirit at the lavishly decorated historic landmark complete with carolers, a marketplace, tea service, and arts & crafts activities, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13, through Sunday, Dec. 15, free-$11, 925-275-9490 (box office). Dunsmuir House and Gardens Historic Estate, 2960 Peralta Oaks, Oakland, 510-615-5555.

Holiday Steam Train: The Golden Gate Railroad Museum offers rides from San Francisco to Redwood City and back aboard a historic locomotive, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and 1:30-4:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 28, and Sunday, Dec. 29, $20-$80, 877-750-4400 (tickets), www.sfsteam.org. Cal Train Depot, Fourth and King streets.

Holiday Taste: Annual party featuring multicultural performances, an art exhibit, educational games, and a Kwanzaa ceremony, 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 21, free. Bayview Opera House/Ruth Williams Memorial Theater, 4705 Third St. (at Newcomb), 252-9211.

Holiday Week at Lawrence Hall of Science: Ring in the holidays with special events every day and children's activities, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 26, through Tuesday, Dec. 31, free-$8. Lawrence Hall of Science, Centennial & Grizzly Peak, Berkeley, 510-642-5132.

Integrating the Nguzo Saba: The Heart of Kwanzaa: Community celebration with hands-on craft activities, an artists' marketplace, African dance, drumming, and storytelling, noon-4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 29, free-$6. Oakland Museum, 1000 Oak (at 10th St.), Oakland, 888-625-6873.

A John Waters' X-Mas: Meet-and-greet reception with the inimitable director of Pink Flamingoes and Polyester, with special guests Carol Lynley and Heklina, plus a sing-along screening of Rudolph, the Red Nosed Reindeer, 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13, $29.95-$74.95, 863-0611 (tickets). Castro Theatre, 429 Castro (at Market), 621-6120.

Jollyday: Children's favorite toys -- Raggedy Ann, toy soldier, and the Velveteen Rabbit among them -- come to life at this third annual event, noon-4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, free. Ghirardelli Square, 900 North Point (between Polk & Larkin), 775-5500.

Kwanzaa Celebration: A multicultural event with music, stories, and arts and crafts, 1-4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, free-$6. Coyote Point Museum, 1651 Coyote Point, San Mateo, 650-342-7755; Fifth annual party commemorating the seven guiding principles of Kwanzaa with hands-on activities, performances, and food, noon-4 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 26, free-$7. Bay Area Discovery Museum, 557 McReynolds (at Murray), Sausalito, 487-4398.

Latke Ball 2003: The Young Adult Division of the Jewish Community Federation presents this dance party featuring DJs, jazz, and swing, 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 24, $22, 877-923-1818 (information). Factory 525, 525 Harrison (at First St.).

Lusty Lady Playday: Annual holiday party brings performers out from behind the glass featuring lap dances, fire breathing, magic shows, and topless shoeshines, 10-4 a.m. Friday, Dec. 13, 391-3991 (information). Lusty Lady, 1033 Kearny (between Columbus and Kearny), 391-3126.

Metreon's Winter Wonderland: Highlights include falling snow every day, screenings of classic children's films, storytelling, and DJs, through Tuesday, Dec. 31, free, 369-6098 (information), www.metreon.com. Metreon, 101 Fourth St. (at Mission), 369-6000.

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.

A Christmas Carol/A.C.T.: Dickens' classic holiday tale; Opens, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 11; 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 18, and Thursday, Dec. 19, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 20, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 21, and Sunday, Dec. 22, noon and 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 24, noon and 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 26, noon Friday, Dec. 27, noon and 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 28, 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 29; $15-$61. Geary Theater, 415 Geary (at Mason), 749-2228.

Christmas Concert & Sing-Along: San Francisco Girls Chorus perform its annual concert of carols and chorale works, 8 p.m. Monday, Dec. 23, $12-$40, 392-4400 (box office). Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness (at Grove), 864-6000.

Christmas Eve at Yoshi's: Join vocalist Clairdee at a CD release party for her new album of holiday songs, This Christmas, 8 and 10 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 24, $15. Yoshi's, 510 Embarcadero West (at Washington), Oakland, 510-238-9200.

The Christmas Revels: 17th annual celebration of the winter solstice featuring Celtic music, traditional dance, and music, 8 p.m. Fridays, 1 and 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, through Dec. 22, $15-$35, 510-893-9853 (box office). Scottish Rite Temple, 1547 Lakeside, Oakland, 925-798-1300.

Cinderella/African-American Shakespeare Company: A funky retelling of the classic fairy tale, 3 and 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 28, 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 29, $17-$22, 866-462-2838 (box office). Palace of Fine Arts, 3301 Lyon (at Lundeen), 865-2000.

Cinderella/Marin Shakespeare Company: The beloved fairy tale presented in the farcical "panto" tradition, 7:30 p.m. Fridays, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturdays, additional 7:30 p.m. shows on Sunday, Dec. 22 & Dec. 29, 2 p.m. Sundays, through Dec. 29, $15-$20, 499-4488 (infor-mation). 142 Throckmorton (at Madrona), Mill Valley.

The Colors of Christmas: Presented by the San Francisco Symphony with special guests Peabo Bryson, Jon Secada, Oleta Adams, Jody Watley, and the Colors of Christmas Mass Choir, 8 p.m. Monday, Dec. 16, through Wednesday, Dec. 18, $15-$73. Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness (at Grove), 864-6000.

Company Mecanique Dance Theater: Holiday fund-raiser for the dancers of CMDT featuring performances by Manuelito Biag/Shift Physical Theater, and Liminal, 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, $10, 378-6523 (information). 465B South Van Ness (at 16th St.).

Deck the Horns!: Holiday variety show featuring performances by Anita Cocktail, Doug Holsclaw, Lunatique Fantastique, and many others, 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, $25; $50 includes after-party. Theatre Rhinoceros, 2926 16th St. (at South Van Ness), 861-5079.

Fauxgirls! Holiday Show: Second annual holiday showcase of drag cabaret with host Anjelica Devarox, 10 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, free. Marlena's, 488 Hayes (at Octavia), 864-6672.

Festival/Festiv: SFSU Symphony presents a winter concert, 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, $3-$5, 338-1432 (information). SFSU Campus/McKenna Theater, 1600 Holloway (at 19th Ave.), Creative Arts Bldg., 338-2467.

Fred Anderson's Holiday Juggle-Rama: Comedy, magic, juggling, and more, 3 p.m. Friday, Dec. 20, 3 p.m. Monday, Dec. 23, 3 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 26, 4:30 and 5:45 p.m. Friday, Dec. 27, 4:30 and 5:45 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 29, and Monday, Dec. 30, free. Center Stage, Pier 39, Beach & Embarcadero, 705-5500.

Handel's Messiah/Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra: British conductor Jane Glover conducts this perennial favorite, 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13, $38-$53. Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness (at Grove), 392-4400.

Handel's Messiah/San Francisco Symphony: Celebrate with the symphony's classic rendition of Handel's masterpiece, 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 20, and Saturday, Dec. 21, $15-$79. Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness (at Grove), 864-6000.

Holiday Choirs in the Rotunda: Bay Area choir groups serenade visitors to the Science Center, noon Saturdays, through Dec. 28, free-$8. Chabot Space and Science Center, 10000 Skyline, Joaquin Miller Park, Oakland, 510-336-7300.

Holiday Music Series: Enjoy free entertainment as local musicians perform at various locations throughout the North Berkeley business district, Saturdays, through Dec. 21, free, 510-540-6444 (information), call for a listing of performances. Multiple Locations.

Holiday Revue & Fundraiser: Fiddler Laurie Lewis hosts the annual benefit for Freight & Salvage featuring the Bluegrass Intention, Tony Furtado, Brittany Haas, and others, 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 21, $15.50-$16.50. Freight & Salvage, 1111 Addison (at University), Berkeley, 510-548-1761.

Hotel Bethlehem: Isis Arts Collective presents Tom W. Kelly and Tim Bryant's alternative to The Nativity, 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 12, through Saturday, Dec. 14; $20, 877-810-1571 (reservations). Exit on Taylor, 277 Taylor (at Ellis), 673-3847.

Imagination: Holiday dance show featuring dance lessons and performances, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13, and Saturday, Dec. 14, $20-$25. Metronome Ballroom, 1830 17th St. (at De Haro), 252-9000.

It's A Wonderful Dyke: Chlamydia Killroy and Sean Fromer's spoof on the holiday classic, It's a Wonderful Life, 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 12, through Sunday, Dec. 15, 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 19, and Friday, Dec. 20, 8:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 22, $10-$12. Spanganga, 3376 19th St. (at Mission), 821-1102.

Jackeline Rago and the Venezuelan Music Project: A holiday concert of traditional Venezuelan folk music, 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15, $12. La Peña Cultural Center, 3105 Shattuck (at Prince), Berkeley, 510-849-2568.

Kung Pao Kosher Comedy: Tenth anniversary celebration of Christmas with Chinese food and kosher comedy featuring Jeffrey Ross, Cory Kahaney, Eddie Sarfaty, and Lisa Geduldig, 6 and 9:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 23, and Tuesday, Dec. 24, 5 and 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 25, 6 and 9:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 26, $35-$50, 522-3737 (information). New Asia Restaurant, 772 Pacific (between Grant and Stockton).

Moonwatcher: A New Tale of Chelm for Chanukah: A musical comedy about the legendary "town of fools" in Jewish folklore, 7 p.m. Wednesdays-Saturdays, 2 and 7 p.m. Sundays, through Dec. 29, $12.50-$25; pay-what-you-can Thursdays. A Traveling Jewish Theater, 470 Florida (at Mariposa), 399-1809.

Music Under the Stars: The Dmitri Matheny WinterFest presents the story of Frosty the Snowman with music, storytelling, and images projected onto the dome of the Planetarium, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 12, $8-$12, 510-336-7373 (tickets). Chabot Space and Science Center, 10000 Skyline, Joaquin Miller Park, Oakland, 510-336-7300.

New Pickle Circus in "Circumstance": A young woman struggling to survive in the big city joins a band of underground circus performers in the Pickles' new holiday extravaganza; Previews, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13, through Sunday, Dec. 15; Opens, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 18; 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 19, and Friday, Dec. 20, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 21, 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 22, 2 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 26, through Saturday, Dec. 28, 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 29, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 30, 2 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 31, and Wednesday, Jan. 1, $18-$26, 759-8123 (information). Cowell Theater, Herbst Pavilion, Fort Mason, Marina & Buchanan, 345-7575.

The Nutcracker/Ballet San Jose Silicon Valley: Tchaikovsky's perennial holiday favorite choreographed by Dennis Nahat, 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays-Fridays, 1:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, closing performance 4 p.m. Monday, Dec. 23, $22-$65, 408-288-2800 (box office). San Jose Center for the Performing Arts, 255 Almaden (at Park), San Jose.

The Nutcracker/Berkeley City Ballet: The Sugar Plum Fairy, Clara, and the Nutcracker Prince return in this annual favorite, 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13, 1 and 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, and Sunday, Dec. 15, $15-$25. Zellerbach Playhouse, Bancroft & Telegraph, UC Berkeley campus, Berkeley, 510-642-9988.

The Nutcracker/Oakland Ballet: Choreographer Ronn Guidi's retelling of ETA Hoffman's holiday classic, 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13, 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, and Sunday, Dec. 15, 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 20, 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 21, and Sunday, Dec. 22, 2 p.m. Monday, Dec. 23, 11 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 24, $10-$55; 421-8497 (box office), All-Star Night on Friday, Dec. 13 features Bay Area sports and media personalities. Paramount Theatre, 2025 Broadway (at 20th St.), Oakland, 510-465-6400.

The Nutcracker/San Francisco Ballet: The full-length ballet returns with music by the SF Ballet Orchestra, 7 p.m., through Thursday, Dec. 12, 2 and 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13, through Monday, Dec. 23, 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2 and 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 26, through Sunday, Dec. 29, $9-$130, 865-2000 (tickets). War Memorial Opera House, 301 Van Ness (at Grove), 864-3330.

The Nutcracker/Stapleton School of Performing Arts: Tchaikovsky's holiday fantasy with special effects and lavish costumes, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 20, 3 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 21, 1 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 22, $14-$21. Marin Center Veterans Memorial Auditorium, 10 Avenue of the Flags (at Civic Center), San Rafael, 472-3500.

The Nutcracker/Western Ballet: Artur Sultanov, former Kirov Ballet dancer, and Katherine Wells from the Oakland Ballet are featured guest artists at this annual production, 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, Land of the Sweets party follows the 2 p.m. Saturday performance ($7), 2 and 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15, $18.50-$22.50. Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro (at Mercy), Mountain View, 650-903-6000.

Oakland Interfaith Gospel Ensemble: 7 and 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 24, $15. Slim's, 333 11th St. (at Folsom), 522-0333.

The Pacific Mozart Ensemble's Holiday Concert: Opening their 2002-2003 concert series, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13, $15-$20, 705-0848. First Congregational Church, 2345 Channing (at Dana), Berkeley, 510-848-3696; 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15. Old First Church, 1751 Sacramento (at Van Ness), 474-1608.

Peter and the Wolf: Presented by the San Francisco Youth Orchestra, narrated by Rita Moreno, 1 and 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, $10-$41. Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness (at Grove), 864-6000.

Put a Bow on It: The Oakland East Bay Gay Men's Chorus presents its third annual holiday concert, 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, $15, 800-706-2389. Lake Merritt United Methodist Church, 1330 Lakeshore, Oakland, 510-444-0323; 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15, $15, 800-706-2389. First Congregational Church, 2501 Harrison (at 27th St.), Oakland, 510-444-4755.

Say Ray -- A Holiday Miracle: Ron Jones and Michael Rice's story about a mentally disabled man who suddenly becomes rich on Christmas Eve, 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 12, through Saturday, Dec. 14, $15, refreshments and a holiday sing-along with local divas and choirs follow each show. The Marsh, 1062 Valencia (at 22nd St.), 826-5750.

Stomp: The international percussion sensation returns to the Bay Area for a limited run, 8 p.m. Wednesdays-Fridays and Tuesdays, 5 and 9 p.m. Saturdays, additional matinee at 1 p.m. on Wednesday; call for special performance schedule Christmas week, 3 and 7 p.m. Sundays, $25-$9 regular; $45-$65 Dec. 26-31. Marines Memorial Theater, 609 Sutter (at Mason), 877-771-6900.

Teddy Care 2002: Fund-raising cabaret show benefiting Shanti and the children of San Francisco General Hospital, 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15, $15 plus a new teddy bear. Plush Room, York Hotel, 940 Sutter (at Jones), 885-2800.

The Velveteen Rabbit: ODC/San Francisco presents Margery Williams' classic children's tale, 1 p.m., through Friday, Dec. 13, 1 and 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15, $10-$38, 863-6606 (information). Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Theater, 700 Howard (at Third St.), 978-ARTS.

Vienna Woods, New York Lights: Songs of Two Cities: Follow Broadway stars Jason Danieley and Marin Mazzie from the waltzes of Vienna to show-stopping hits of Broadway., 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 29, $15-$83. Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness (at Grove), 864-6000.

Winter Holidays Concert and Sing-Along: Youth in Arts Performing Arts Series presents a holiday sing-along by Dream Circle, which consists of five Marin County children's performers, 9:30 and 11 a.m., Wednesday, Dec. 11, $7, 457-4878 (information). Marin Center Showcase Theater, 10 Avenue of the Flags (at Civic Center), San Rafael, 472-3500.

Winter Monkeyland: Drunken Monkey presents an evening of holiday-themed improv and sketch comedy, 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 12, through Saturday, Dec. 14, $12-$15. Venue 9, 252 Ninth St. (at Folsom), 289-2000.

Winter's Stillness, Winter's Joy: The Choral Project announces its Christmas Season concert which includes arrangements of Chanukah music, carols from Nigeria, and familiar holiday music, 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, $15-$20, 408-746-0905 (tickets). Mission Dolores, 3321 16th St. (at Dolores), 621-8203.

Wintersongs 2002: Presented by the KITKA Women's Vocal Ensemble, 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13, $15-$20. Lake Merritt United Methodist Church, 1330 Lakeshore, Oakland, 510-444-0323.

The Wondrous Sounds of Christmas: The San Francisco Saxophone Quartet presents a joyful concert, complete with audience sing-alongs, Baroque classics, and seasonal favorites, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 22, $10-$49. Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness (at Grove), 864-6000.

New Year's EveThe 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, 7 and 10 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 31, $25-$40. Cowell Theater, Herbst Pavilion, Fort Mason, Marina & Buchanan, 345-7575.

Comedy Countdown 2002: Mitch Hedberg performs stand-up comedy with music by the Lee Vilensky Trio, 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 31, $55. Palace of Fine Arts, 3301 Lyon (at Lundeen), 865-2000.

Countdown: New Year's Eve celebration with open bar, DJs, champagne toast, and more, 8 p.m.-4 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 31, $100, www.maximumproductions.com/newyears.htm. Cloud 9 Motel, 34 Seventh St. (near Market), 355-9991.

Dance Party 2002: Featuring multiple stages of live entertainment, midnight balloon drop, live music, and comedians, 8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 31, $99, 675-6230 (tickets), www.hyattsf.com. Hyatt Regency San Francisco, 5 Embarcadero Center (at Market), 675-6230.

Erect in San Francisco: Scott Capurro's New Year's Eve comedy show, 8 and 10:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 31, $30-$35, 863-0741 ext. 2 (tickets). Peacock Lounge, 552 Haight (at Fillmore), 621-9850.

Fauxgirls! New Year's Eve Show: Ring in the New Year with drag cabaret featuring special guest star Toby, 10 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 31, free. Marlena's, 488 Hayes (at Octavia), 864-6672.

Roy Gaines: The blues legend with the Bluesman for Life Band plus champagne, party favors, and dancing, 8 p.m.-2 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 31, $40. Boom Boom Room, 1601 Fillmore (at Geary), 673-8000.

Galactic: Show includes party favors, balloon drop, countdown, surprises, and Mardi Gras treats, 8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 31, $60-$95, 421-TIXS. Warfield, 982 Market (at Sixth St.), 775-7722.

The Les Claypool Frog Brigade: Third annual New Year's Eve Frog Out!, 9 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 31, $55, 421-TIXS. Fillmore, 1805 Geary (at Fillmore), 346-6000.

New Wave Eve: Dance to new wave music from the 1970s and 1980s with complimentary party favors, cham-pagne, and balloon drop, 9 p.m.-4 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 31, $15-$25, 675-5683 (information), www.newwavecity.com. Raw Hide, 280 Seventh St. (at Folsom), 621-1197.

New Year's at Slim's: With Zen Guerrilla, Supersuckers, 9 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 31, $25-$30. Slim's, 333 11th St. (at Folsom), 522-0333.

New Year's at the Clift: Delicious Karma and the Clift Hotel bring you three floors of parties, with DJs Donovan, Frenchy, Daymitreeus, and more, 9 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 31, $75-$325. Redwood Room, Clift Hotel, 495 Geary (at Powell), 775-4700.

New Year's Eve 2003: With Royal Crown Revue, Steve Lucky & the Rhumba Bums complimentary glass of champagne, hats, party favors, and balloon drop; cocktail attire, 8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 31, $55, www.tickets.com. Bimbo's 365 Club, 1025 Columbus (at Chestnut), 474-0365.

New Year's Eve 2003 Blackflip Finale: One of SF's hottest nightspots goes out with a bang, 8 p.m.-2 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 31, $30-$50, 401-7940 (information), tickets available at www.SebastienPresents.com. Backflip, 601 Eddy (at Larkin), 771-FLIP.

New Year's Eve Balloon Drop: Mark the dawn of the actual New Year 2003 at midnight Greenwich time (4 p.m. P.S.T) with musical fanfare, 3:45 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 31, free-$8. Chabot Space and Science Center, 10000 Skyline, Joaquin Miller Park, Oakland, 510-336-7300.

A New Year's Eve Bluegrass Bash: Featuring High Country, Dix Bruce, and Jim Nunally plus a light buffet, 8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 31, $19.50-$20.50. Freight & Salvage, 1111 Addison (at University), Berkeley, 510-548-1761.

New Year's Eve Dance Party Sensational: With salsa band Fito Reynoso's Ritmo y Armonía, 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 31, $20-$22. La Peña Cultural Center, 3105 Shattuck (at Prince), Berkeley, 510-849-2568.

New Year's Eve Gala: The San Francisco Symphony presents a New Year's Eve concert with party favors, champagne, savories, desserts, & dancing, 9 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 31, $87-$145. Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness (at Grove), 864-6000.

New Year's Eve on the Water: Hornblower Cruises & Events offers several cruises to ring in the New Year from a buffet dinner cruise to SF Bowl sports cruise to a formal five-course dinner cruise, Tuesday, Dec. 31, $149-$299, 800-ON-THE-BAY (reservations), departure times and prices vary; www.hornblower.com. Multiple Locations.

New Year's Eve Organ Concert: Performed by Susan Jane Matthews, 10 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 31. Grace Cathedral, 1100 California (at Taylor), 749-6350.

New Year's Eve Toga Party: Screening of Animal House with costume contest and awards for "Biggest Nerd," "Cheerleader," and more; dancing and champagne toast at midnight, 8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 31, $30. The Parkway Theater, 1834 Park (at Lake Merritt), Oakland, 510-814-2400.

New Year's Eve With Marga Gomez: Comedy benefit for Theatre Rhinoceros with special guests Doug Holsclaw and Nick Leonard, 8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 31, $25, 861-5079 (reservations). Victoria Theatre, 2961 16th St. (at Capp), 863-7576.

San Francisco Bowl: Start your New Year's celebrations at the first-ever college bowl game held in San Francisco between teams from the Big East and the Mountain West conferences, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 31, $40, 947-BOWL (information). Pacific Bell Park, 24 Willie Mays Plaza (at Third & King Sts.).

Sea of Dreams 03: Anon Salon's annual party featuring art installations, light, laser, and video shows, and performances by Hamsa Lila, Rosin Coven, and many others, 8:30 p.m.-4:30 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 31, $65, 864-1238 (information), www.anonsalon.com. Regency Building, 1300 Van Ness (at Sutter).

Soul Touch: Black and white ball with dinner buffet, champagne, and live performances by Eye Candy Girls, Carrie Colins, TriQuiDi, and others, 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 31, $45-$75, 510-464-4560 (tickets), formal attire. Lakeside Gardens Ebell Room, 666 Bellevue, Oakland.

Soulive: With DJ Logic and Lettuce, 9 p.m.-4 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 31, $100, admission includes open bar. DNA Lounge, 375 11th St. (at Folsom), 626-1409.

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