EVENTS

String Cheese Incident plays The Civic on NYE.String Cheese Incident plays The Civic on NYE.

Arts and Crafts

Annual Student Art Holiday Garage Sale: Sale of student artwork just in time for the holidays, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, free, 749-4542 (information). SF Art Institute (Graduate), 701 Chestnut (at Columbus), 771-7020.

“Art From the Heart”: Annual holiday exhibit and art sale, special reception 2-5 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 7; 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, through Jan. 31, free. The NIAD Art Center, 551 23rd St. (at Barrett), Richmond, 510-620-0290.

ArtFusion Holiday Show: 30 Bay Area jewelers, fashion designers, and photographers sell works of art for body and home, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, free. Noe Valley Ministry, 1021 Sanchez (at 23rd St.), 282-2317.

Associated Students Holiday Arts & Crafts Fair: Over 30 vendors of handcrafted goods, 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 2, through Thursday, Dec. 5, free, 338-2444 (information). SFSU Campus/Cesar Chavez Student Center, 1600 Holloway (at 19th Ave.), 338-2580.

Berkeley Artisans Holiday Open Studios: Self-guided tour of over 100 artists' and craftspeople's open studios, Saturdays and Sundays, 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.

Celebration of Craftswomen: 24th anniversary of the Bay Area's largest holiday crafts show with live music, comedy, dance, and food, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, free-$7; $10 two-day pass, 383-3470 (information). Fort Mason, Festival Pavilion, Marina & Buchanan, 749-4588.

Creativity Explored Annual Holiday Art Sale: One-of-a-kind artwork by over 100 artists with disabilities for sale, 6-9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, and Sunday, Dec. 8, free. Creativity Explored, 3245 16th St. (at Dolores), 863-2108.

Deco the Halls: Art deco/'60s sale featuring over 200 dealers and a vintage fashion show, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8, $6-$8, 650-599-3326 (information), www.artdecosale.com. Concourse Exhibition Center, 635 Eighth St. (at Brannan), 896-1393.

German Holiday Market: A traditional fair featuring German handicrafts, live music, and food, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 23, and Sunday, Nov. 24, free. St. Matthew's Lutheran Church, 3281 16th St. (at Dolores), 863-6371.

“Gifts of Glass”: Exhibit of hand-blown glass for sale, Friday, Nov. 22, 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 p.m., & 2 p.m. except for Tuesday, Dec. 24 (11 a.m. & noon only), Fridays and Saturdays, Monday, Dec. 23, Tuesday, Dec. 24, $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.

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.

Hi-Glam Pachanga & Art Sale: Holiday party with live auction and silent auction, open bar, music, and food, 7-10 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, $15-$35. Galería de la Raza, 2857 24th St. (at Bryant), 826-8009.

“Holiday”: Exhibition of fine arts and crafts by studio artists with disabilities, Friday, Dec. 6, through Friday, Jan. 10, free; Reception & Sale, 5-8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6. Creative Growth Art Center Gallery, 355 24th St. (at Broadway), Oakland, 510-836-2340, ext. 15.

Holiday Art Fair: Original, handmade artwork created by students for sale , 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, free, 510-594-3666 (information). California College of Arts and Crafts/Oakland, 5212 Broadway (at College), Oliver Art Center, Oakland, 510-594-3650.

Holiday Arts and Crafts Fair: More than 70 booths of unique hand-made holiday items for sale, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 23, and Sunday, Nov. 24, free, 650-991-8012 (information). Pacelli Event Center, 145 Lake Merced, Daly City.

Holiday Crafts Day: Learn how to make one-of-a-kind, hand-made gifts, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, free-$6. Randall Museum, 199 Museum Way (at Roosevelt), 554-9600.

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, $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 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.

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.

Muir Beach Quilters' Holiday Arts Fair: 30th annual sale, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8, free. Muir Beach Community Center, 19 Seascape, Muir Beach, 383-6762.

“Ornametal”: Christmas ornaments by 50 metalsmiths and jewelry artists; Reception, noon-5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 1; through Tuesday, Dec. 31. Velvet da Vinci, 508 Hayes (at Laguna), 626-7478.

RISD Holiday Arts & Crafts Sale: Bay Area alumni from the Rhode Island School of Design hold their annual West Coast sale of hand-crafted gifts, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 24, free, 771-1905 (information). Fort Mason, Bldg. A, Marina & Buchanan.

San Francisco's Christmas Crystal Fair: Shop for crystals, beads, and stones from around the world, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 30, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 1, $4, 383-7837 (information). Fort Mason, Bldg. A, Marina & Buchanan. [page]

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.

She Made, Holiday Bazaar: Holiday fair featuring crafts made by women, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 30, free. La Peña Cultural Center, 3105 Shattuck (at Prince), Berkeley, 510-849-2568.

“'Tis the Reason”: Fourth annual Christmas exhibit, Opening reception, 6-8 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 5; closing reception 2-4 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 21, free. Michael Martin Galleries, 101 Townsend (at Second St.), Suite 207, 543-1550.

Womyn of Color Crafts Fair: Jewelry, quilts, paintings, and more, made by Bay Area craftswomen, 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 1, free. La Peña Cultural Center, 3105 Shattuck (at Prince), Berkeley, 510-849-2568.

Events

Alternative Lights on Chanukah: A discussion of holiday stories and traditions, 7-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 3, free, 861-6932 ext. 305 (information). Congregation Sha'ar Zahav, 290 Dolores (at 16th St.), 575-4961.

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.

Balkan Dance and Music Festival: 51st annual event with live music and dance lessons, 8:30 a.m. Friday, Nov. 29, and Saturday, Nov. 30, free-$25; $99.95 full-festival pass, 800-730-5615 (information). Russian Center of San Francisco, 2450 Sutter (at Divisadero), 510-594-1400.

Boy's Toys: Christmas toy drive and benefit for Mama Reinhardt's 2002 Toys for 2002 Kids program, 4-8 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8, free with donation of a new, unwrapped toy, 292-9808 (information). Daddy's Bar, 440 Castro (at Market), 621-8732.

Carols Across America Record Release Party: Producers Johnny Hedges and Gary Virginia celebrate the release of the holiday album, 6-9 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 23, free; CDs sold for $20, 626-5004 (information). The Cafe Nightclub, 2367 Market (at Castro).

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.

Colombian Christmas: Family event featuring caroling and performances by the Colombian Ethnic Dance Ensemble, 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8, $8-$15. La Peña Cultural Center, 3105 Shattuck (at Prince), Berkeley, 510-849-2568.

Deck the Hall Children's Party: Festive holiday party for children features a presentation of 'Twas The Night Before Christmas, the Golden Gate Boys Choir, SF Ballet School, arts & crafts, refreshments, & tree decorating, 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8, $27. Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness (at Grove), 864-6000.

Earth, Wind, & Fireworks: Embarcadero Center's annual building lighting ceremony with music by SFJAZZ's High School Ensemble, an ice show choreographed by Olympic champion Kristi Yamaguchi, and aerial trapeze performances, 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 22, free, 772-0550 (information). Justin Herman Plaza, Market & Steuart.

Ghirardelli Square Tree Lighting Ceremony: 38th annual event featuring appearances by ODC/SF's dancers and the San Francisco Boy's Chorus Bell Ringers, 5:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 29, free. Ghirardelli Square, 900 North Point (between Polk & Larkin), 775-5500.

Gothic Holiday Party: A darkly amusing alternative to seasonal cheer featuring music by Rosin Coven and a screening of Tim Burton's Edward Scissorhands, 6:30 and 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 3, $8. The Parkway Theater, 1834 Park (at Lake Merritt), Oakland, 510-814-2400.

Grace: Thanksgiving celebration and dance party exploring the different meanings of the word “grace” with a live performance by Memory Man and DJs, 10 p.m.-8 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 27, and Thursday, Nov. 28. Endup, 401 Sixth St. (at Harrison), 357-0827.

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, $8-$20, 897-4555 (information), www.dickensfair.com. 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. Friday, Nov. 29, through Wednesday, Dec. 18, free, 561-2700 (information). Fort Mason, Festival Pavilion, Marina & Buchanan, 749-4588.

Holiday Carousel Lighting: Get in the holiday experiment at this annual ceremony featuring live performances and celebrities, 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 30, free, 543-1718 (information), Rooftop Gardens, Carousel Plaza. Zeum, 221 Fourth St. (at Howard), 777-2800.

Holiday Children's Event and Toy Drive Benefit: Children in kindergarten to fourth grade are invited to attend this fund-raiser for Mama Reinhardt's 2002 Toys for 2002 Kids with visits from Santa, dancing, and an indoor snow show, 6:30-7:45 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, $2 plus donation of a new, unwrapped toy, 510-531-0511 (information). Glenview Performing Arts Center, 1318 Glenfield (at Park), Oakland.

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 Kwanzaa and Christmas Gift Show: Over 100 local merchants provide specialty and hard-to-find gift items for sale, Friday, Nov. 29, through Sunday, Dec. 1, $5, 510-644-2646 (information). Oakland Convention Center, 1001 Broadway (at 10th St.), Oakland, 510-595-3551.

Holiday Performance Faire: Singers, poets, dancers, filmmakers, and spoken word artists sell their wares, 2-6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8, free. The Marsh, 1062 Valencia (at 22nd St.), 826-5750.

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. Fridays-Sundays, through Dec. 15, free-$11, 925-275-9490 (box office). Dunsmuir House and Gardens Historic Estate, 2960 Peralta Oaks, Oakland, 510-615-5555.

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. [page]

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.

Joy to the Animals: Animals receive special edible treats and toys stuffed in stockings at this annual event featuring costumed character appearances, rides, and hands-on activities, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, free-$10, 705-0761 (information). SF Zoo, 1 Zoo (at Skyline), 753-7080.

Kwanzaa Celebration: 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.

Last Night of Chanukah GLBT Singles Extravaganza: An evening of dancing, latke eating, and mingling, 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, $10-$20, 861-6932 ext. 305 (information). Congregation Sha'ar Zahav, 290 Dolores (at 16th St.), 575-4961.

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.).

Macy's Union Square Tree Lighting Ceremony: Join in the festivities as the 80-foot tree lights up with 12,000 twinkling lights and ornaments, 6:25 p.m. Friday, Nov. 29, free, 393-3050 (information). Union Square Park, Powell & Geary.

The Man Who Planted Trees: Animated holiday film for Thanksgiving, 1 and 3 p.m. Friday, Nov. 29, and Saturday, Nov. 30, free-$10. Exploratorium, 3601 Lyon (at Marina), 397-5673.

Metreon's Winter Wonderland: Highlights include falling snow every day, Japanese anime screenings, and DJs, Friday, Nov. 29, through Tuesday, Dec. 31, free, www.metreon.com. Metreon, 101 Fourth St. (at Mission), 369-6000.

Pier 39 Tree Lighting Celebration: Characters from A.C.T.'s A Christmas Carol make appearances at the ceremony which features marionette performances, face painting, and a visit from Santa Claus, noon-5:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 24, free. Pier 39, Beach & Embarcadero, 705-5500.

Run to the Far Side: Annual post-Thanksgiving 5K and 10K footrace through Golden Gate Park, 8:30 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 1, $20-$30, 759-2690 (information). Golden Gate Park (Music Concourse), in front of California Academy of Sciences.

SalsaCrazy.Com Holiday Salsa Party: Dance performances and lessons, 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8, $15. Cafe Cocomo, 650 Indiana (at Mariposa), 824-6910.

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).

Santa PAWS: Get your pet's photo taken with Santa, noon-4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, $10-$20, 241-1460 (information). Noe Valley Pet Company, 1451 Church (at Cesar Chavez); noon-4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8, $10-$20, 241-1460 (information). Beastro by the Bay, Ghirardelli Square, West Plaza, 900 North Point (at Larkin).

Small Luxuries: Holiday gift sale with free ice cream and live entertainment, 1-6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, free. Whitney Young Cultural Center Mansion, 1101 Masonic (at Haight), 346-8323.

Stonestown Tree Lighting Ceremony: 14th annual event with musical performances by a host of holiday characters, elves, Santa photo packages, and a 40-foot Christmas tree, 5:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 22, free, 759-2623 (information). Stonestown Galleria, 3251 20th Ave. (at Winston).

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, 4-7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 27, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. and 4-6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 28, 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.

Union Street Fantasy of Lights Lighting of Victorians: Cow Hollow becomes a holiday winterland with Santa, Rudolph, and the Snow Queen, 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 30, free; please bring a donation of a new toy for a needy child, 885-1335 (information). Union (between Octavia and Steiner).

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).

Yuletide Tree Trimming Celebration: An evening of caroling, crafts for children, entertainment, and the lighting of Daly City Parks and Recreation's tree, 3-7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, free, 650-991-8254 (information). Daly City Parks and Recreation, 101 Lake Merced, Daly City.

Performance

7 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. Saturdays, $20-$25, 820-3947 (information), 5 and 8 p.m. Sundays. Shelton Theaters, 533 Sutter (at Mason), 433-7875.

Black Nativity: Lorraine Hansberry Theatre presents Langston Hughes' African-American celebration of the birth of Christ featuring gospel singer Arvis Strickling Jones; Opens, 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 29; 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, 4 p.m. Sundays, $22-$32. Lorraine Hansberry Theatre, 620 Sutter (at Mason), 474-8800.

A Brass & Organ Christmas: Performed by the Bay Brass, Christopher Putman, Susan Jane Matthews, 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8, $15-$35, 866-468-3399. Grace Cathedral, 1100 California (at Taylor), 749-6350.

The Carnival of Chaos' Holiday Vaudeville Cabaret: Juggling, live music, dance, and comedy for kids of all ages, 2:30 and 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, free-$12. Randall Museum, 199 Museum Way (at Roosevelt), 554-9600.

A Cathedral Christmas: Performed by the Grace Cathedral Choir of Men & Boys, directed by Christopher Putman, 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, and Sunday, Dec. 15, 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 16, 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 21, and 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. [page]

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-Fridays, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturdays, 2 and 7 p.m. Sundays, $35-$55. Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 701 Mission (at Third St.), 978-ARTS.

A Christmas Carol / A.C.T.: Dickens' classic holiday tale; Previews, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, noon and 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 10; 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, $11-$38 previews; $15-$61 regular. Geary Theater, 415 Geary (at Mason), 749-2228.

A Christmas Carol / Mills College: John Fisher and James Dudek's reinterpretation of the Dickens classic, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 22, and Saturday, Nov. 23, 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 24, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 30, 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 1, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5, through Saturday, Dec. 7, $5-$10, 510-430-3308 (information). Mills College Theater, Lisser Hall, 5000 MacArthur (between Seminary and High exits), Oakland.

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; 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 22, $12-$25, 979-4500. St. Gregory's, 500 De Haro (at Mariposa), 255-8100.

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.

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 Dr., Oakland, 925-798-1300.

Cinderella / African-American Shakespeare Company: The African-American Shakespeare Company presents 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 (information). 142 Throckmorton, 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, & 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.

Dance-Along Nutcracker: The SF Lesbian/Gay Freedom Band presents a zany version of Tchaikovsky's ballet, 2:30 and 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8, $12-$20 regular; $40 Saturday, Dec 7 gala at 7 p.m., 255-1355 (information). Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Forum, 701 Mission (at Third St.), 978-2787.

Diablo Ballet: Annual Thanksgiving performance of Nikolai Kabaniaev's La Boutique Fantastique a tale about toys coming to life, noon, 3, and 8 p.m., Friday, Nov. 29, and Saturday, Nov. 30, $26-$38. Dean Lesher Regional Center for the Arts, 1601 Civic (at Locust), Walnut Creek, 925-943-7469.

Handel's Messiah: The San Francisco Symphony presents a holiday classic, 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 20, and Saturday, Dec. 21, $15-$79. Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness (at Grove), 864-6000.

Help Is on the Way for the Holidays IV: All-star concert benefiting women and children with HIV, featuring performances by Jill Eikenberry, Sally Struthers, Wesla Whitfield, and many others, 7:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 9, $35-$100, 273-1620 (tickets). Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness (at Grove), 392-4400.

Hotel Bethlehem: Isis Arts Collective presents Tom W. Kelly and Tim Bryant's alternative to standard holiday performances with a satiric take on The Nativity; Previews, 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 21; Opens, 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 22; 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, through Dec. 14, $10-$20 preview; $20 regular, 877-810-1571 (reservations). Exit on Taylor, 277 Taylor (at Ellis), 673-3847.

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).

Kurisumasu Karoru: Yukihoro Goto's adaptation of Dickens' A Christmas Carol sets the work at the beginning of 20th-century Japan; Previews, 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 21; Opens, 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 22; 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 23, 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 24, 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5, and Friday, Dec. 6, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8, $8-$10. SFSU Campus/Little Theater, 1600 Holloway (at 19th Ave.), Creative Arts Bldg., 338-2467.

Light Up the Lights: Singer/songwriter Gary Lapow performs a multicultural winter concert celebrating seasonal songs from around the world including traditional Kwanzaa, Chanukah, and Christmas tunes, 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, free-$6. Randall Museum, 199 Museum Way (at Roosevelt), 554-9600.

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, and 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. [page]

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, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 10, 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 11, and 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 / 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 Saturday performance at 2 p.m. ($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.

The Pacific Mozart Ensemble's Holiday Concert: Opening their 2002-2003 concert series, 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.

The San Francisco Klezmer Experience: Celebrate Hanukkah with a series of concerts of cutting-edge Jewish music, 8:15 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 30, $14-$16, 454-5238 (information). Noe Valley Ministry, 1021 Sanchez (at 23rd St.), 282-2317; 8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 4, $13-$15. La Peña Cultural Center, 3105 Shattuck (at Prince), Berkeley, 510-849-2568.

Say Ray — A Holiday Miracle: Ron Jones and Michael Rice's story about a mentally disabled man who suddenly becomes rich on Christmas Eve; Opens, 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5; 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, $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 engagement, 8 p.m. Wednesdays-Fridays and Tuesdays, 5 and 9 p.m. Saturdays, additional matinees at 1 p.m. on Wednesdays, Nov. 27, & Dec. 11; no shows on Thursday, Nov. 28; 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.

Tydyngs Trew: Feasts of Christmas in Medieval England: Performed by Lionheart, a six-man a cappella vocal ensemble, 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, $15-$35, 866-468-3399. Grace Cathedral, 1100 California (at Taylor), 749-6350.

The Velveteen Rabbit: ODC/San Francisco presents Margery Williams' classic children's tale, 2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 29, through Sunday, Dec. 1, 11 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 4, through Friday, Dec. 6, 1 and 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8, 1 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 11, through Friday, Dec. 13, 1 and 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, Milk & cookies post-performance party on Sunday, Dec. 1 ($10), 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.

Wintersongs 2002: Presented by the KITKA Women's Vocal Ensemble, 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6, $15-$20, 510-444-0323. St. Gregory's, 500 De Haro (at Mariposa), 255-8100; 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13, $15-$20. Lake Merritt United Methodist Church, 1330 Lakeshore, Oakland, 510-444-0323.

Wolcum Yule: Anonymous 4, the all-female vocal quartet, performs a Christmas program featuring Britten's Ceremony of Carols and traditional Celtic and British songs, 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6, $26-$39. Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness (at Grove), 392-4400.

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 Eve

String Cheese Incident: With The Keller Williams Incident, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 31, $60, Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, 99 Grove St. (at Polk) 421-TIXS.Fauxgirls!: 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.

Galactic: Show includes party favors, balloon drop, countdown, surprises, 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 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. [page]

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 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: Enjoy a gala performance by the San Francisco Symphony followed by 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 Organ Concert: Performed by Susan Jane Matthews, 10 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 31. Grace Cathedral, 1100 California (at Taylor), 749-6350.

 

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