What To Do? Thursday's Pick: Home for the Holidays

Home for the Holidays @ Castro Theater

Illumination appears in the strangest places sometimes. We were watching the train wreck of our hometown television show Trauma a little bit ago, hating it, but wanting to see our house in the background. The writing, the characters, bleh. And then boom, beauty: “These streets were full tonight of people who were beat up when they were a kid for being gay. Kicked out of their house, disowned by their parents, at 14, and just knowing a place like this even existed … it was a better alternative, I tell ya, to offing yourself, because you can't change who you are. That is why they come here. That's why I came here.” So saith “Tyler” as he comes out of the closet. Sniff! Had we gotten spoiled? Had we been taking that other meaning of “sanctuary city” for granted?

Thank you, Trauma, for articulating the meaning of the 20th Annual Home for the Holidays concert of the San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus at the Castro. Home! Comfort, joy, thanksgiving, raising our voices in loving song, celebrating together — yay! The chorus plans a slate of traditional carols including “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen”; Hanukkah songs; Mariah Carey's version of “Joy to the World”; and a tribute to Julia Child called “Fruitcake.” Yay! (9 p.m., $20-$25)

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