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Dec. 1-2: Richard Lewis, SF State Choral Concert, North by Northwest, This Wide Night, Noh Christmas Carol, Playtime, Urban Air Market, Big Gigantic

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Veteran comic Richard Lewis opens a weekend gig at Cobb’s. (Courtesy photo)
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FRIDAY, DEC. 1

Richard Lewis: The riotously self deprecating veteran comedian (and “Curb Your Enthusiasm” costar) opens a two-night, three show standup engagement. [8 p.m., Cobb’s Comedy Club, 915 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

SF State Fall Choral Concert: The free program showcases the SF State Chamber Singers, Treble Singers, University Chorus and Vocal Point singing works by Holst, Bach, Bernstein, Lauridsen, Hogan and Guillaume. [7:30 p.m., Knuth Hall, Creative Arts Building, 1600 Holloway Ave., S.F.]

North By Northwest: The San Francisco Symphony led by Richard Kaufman provides live accompaniment of Bernard Herrmann’s score at a screening of Alfred Hitchcock’s classic 1959 thriller. [8 p.m., Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

The Sylvestris Quartet: The ensemble appears in its second program dedicated to the history of the string quartet, called “Quartet Metamorphosis Part 2: Beethoven to Ravel.” [6:30 p.m., Hillside Swedenborgian Church, 1422 Navellier St., El Cerrito]

This Wide Night: Anton’s Well Theater Company opens a three-weekend run of the Bay Area premiere of Chloë Moss’ award-winning, unsentimental and haunting portrayal of a friendship between two female ex-convicts. [8 p.m., Berkeley City Club, 2315 Durant Ave., Berkeley]

Urban Air Market: Making its debut on the Oakland waterfront, what’s billed as “the largest outdoor marketplace for sustainable design” hosts a “make your own holiday gift session.” [6:30 to 8:30 p.m., 55 Harrison St., Jack London Square, Oakland]

A Noh Christmas Carol: Back by popular demand, Theatre of Yugen’s 1993 adaptation (by founder Yuriko Doi) uses traditional Japanese theater forms to retell Dickens’ classic; performances run through Dec. 24. [7 p.m., 2840 Mariposa St., S.F.]

A Christmas Carol: American Conservatory Theater opens its production of the popular holiday classic (which runs through Dec. 24) for the 41st year, with James Carpenter and Anthony Fusco alternating as Ebenezer Scrooge and Ken Ruta as the Ghost of Jacob Marley. [7 p.m., 415 Geary St., S.F.]

Playtime: The free exhibition of three video installations (in Gallery 308, the visitor center and Gray Box Gallery) by award-winning British artist Isaac Julien explores the wide-ranging effects of how information, labor and capital circulate in today’s global, networked societies. [Noon to 8 p.m., Fort Mason, Marina Boulevard and Buchanan Street, S.F.]

The Millionth Production of A Christmas Carol: Pear Theatre’s original comedy by James Kopp about the struggle to create art and still pay the bills opens a three-weekend engagement with a performance and gala. [8 p.m., 1110 La Avenida St., Mountain View]

Disney Newsies: Children’s Musical Theatre of San Jose’s 50th anniversary season opens with the show inspired by the real-life Newsboys Strike of 1899 in New York City. [7:30 p.m., Montgomery Theatre, 271 Market St., San Jose]

SATURDAY, DEC. 2

Big Gigantic: Colorado-based saxophonist-producer Dominic Lalli and drummer Jeremy Salken blend electronic dance music with their live instruments to create a truly unique sound. [8:30 p.m., Warfield, 982 Market St., S.F.]

Poptopia: Radio station 99.7 sponsors the concert, Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran, The Chainsmokers, Fifth Harmony, Niall Horan, Khalid, Logic and Dua Lipa. [7:30 p.m., SAP Center, 525 W. Santa Clara St., San Jose]

Ragazzi Boys Chorus
: “Ubi Caritas: Where There is Love” is a concert of songs from many faiths, followed by an audience sing-along of holiday favorites. [5 p.m., First United Methodist Church, 625 Hamilton Ave., Palo Alto]

San Francisco Bach Choir: “Candlelight and Starlight,” a candlelight concert, is a Christmas journey around the world and through centuries, including a premiere by Oakland composer Ted Allen and a carol singalong. [4 p.m., Calvary Presbyterian Church, 2515 Fillmore St., S.F.]

Ragamala Dance Company: The Minneapolis-based troupe presents “Written in Water,” a piece rooted in the classical South Indian Bharatanatyam dance form drawing on ancient influences. [8 p.m., Zellerbach Playhouse, UC Berkeley campus]

S.F. Veterans Film Festival 2017: The sixth annual free event showcases real — not Hollywood — stories of U.S. military and veteran men and women. [10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Koret Auditorium,Main Library, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Poetry talk: David B. Hobbs, discoverer of a lost early manuscript of Pulitzer Prize-winner George Oppen’s poems, delivers S.F. State Poetry Center’s 33nd George Oppen Memorial Lecture. [7 p.m. Unitarian Center, 1187 Franklin St., S.F.]

The Wise Women: Conrad Susa’s 1994 one-act church opera, subtitled “A Christmas Mystery Fable,” explores the Nativity story through the perspective of Three Wise Women. [7:30 p.m., Stanford Memorial Church, 450 Serra Mall, Stanford University]

Heroes & Villains Fan Fest: Actors from “Arrow,” “The Flash,” “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” “This Is Us,” “Guardians of the Galaxy,” “The Punisher” and more sign autographs. [10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., McEnery Convention Center, 150 W. San Carlos St., San Jose

Alison Carpenter Davis: The author signs copies of “Letters Home From Stanford,” her book collecting 125 years of correspondence from the university’s students. [1 to 4 p.m., Barnes & Noble, 11 Hillsdale Blvd., San Mateo]

Queens: A 2018 calendar featuring 12 of “fierce” San Francisco drag queens is celebrated in a release party and benefit for Shanti Project, a nonprofit dedicated to assisting people with terminal or disabling illnesses. [4 to 7 p.m., Midnight Sun, 4067 18th St., S.F.]

Mission Peak Chamber Singers: The group presents its 32nd annual “Christmas at the Mission” performance. [8 p.m., Old Mission San Jose 43300 Mission Blvd., Fremont]

MakeArt Family Day: A Museum of Craft and Design session reveals how to create gingerbread pavilions. [12:30 to 4:30 p.m., 2569 Third St., S.F.]

Winter Cookbook Extravaganza: Alice Medrich, Shanna Farrell, Kimberley Lovato and the cooking crew from Chronicle Books appear at the seasonal sale of food-themed books. [2 to 4 p.m., Diesel, 2419 Larkspur Landing Circle, Larkspur]

A Holiday Bazaar: Bay Area curators Atousa G and Halcyon host the day of shopping celebrating local Bay Area independent businesses making art, jewelry, handbags and clothing for men and women. [1 to 7 p.m., Halcyon, 314 11th St., S,F.]

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