Have Yourself a Campy Little Christmas

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 Sachet’s 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 “I’m Dreaming of a White Christmas.”
Nov. 30-Dec. 2, 8 p.m., 2009

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