The holidays can be a rough time! The wolf is at the door, or perhaps already in the living room gnawing contentedly on your leg as you dab at your tear-filled eyes with overdue gas and electricity bills. The varieties of seasonal suffering run a festive gamut, but fortunately San Francisco remains a city that loves to suffer and celebrate at the same time, preferably in the presence of hard-working female impersonators. So deck the bloody halls with Donna Sachets annual musical variety show, "Songs of the Season," a benefit for the AIDS Emergency Fund and a rollicking nondenominational tip of the old holiday brandy snifter. Holiday songs snarky and sobering get the full treatment from a bevy of local and long-distance talents, including wisecracking Broadway mama and cabaret singer Sharon McKnight, campy chanteuse Connie Champagne (known for her nonpareil portrayals of Judy Garland speaking of which, have you seen the Judy Garland Christmas Special? Preshow research, people), and Canadian pop-soul chanteuse Kim Kuzma. Ms. Sachet herself, of course, has been known to get decked out like a Tannenbaum and belt out crowd-pleasing, Bay Area-inspired renditions of I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus, and to emerge in a dazzling beaded gown beneath a flurry of fake snow for Im Dreaming of a White Christmas.
Nov. 30-Dec. 2, 8 p.m., 2009