Categories: Arts Calendar

Dec. 12-13: Berlin Jazz Trio, Marcia Douglas, The Story of Wax Trax, Elvis Presley Tribute, Messiah in Grace Cathedral, Soulful Christmas-A Gospel Holiday Concert, Drag Queen Christmas-The Naughty Tour, Khalida Brohi, KFOG Concert for Kids, The Skivvies, Reel Rock 13

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 12

Berlin Jazz Trio: Singer Marc Secara, saxophonist Peter Weniger and pianist Wolfgang Koehler join forces with composer-saxophonist Aaron Lington in a show of swinging music from the Great American Songbook and Europe, to benefit victims of the Butte County fire. [7:30 p.m., SFJAZZ, 201 Franklin St., S.F.]

Marcia Douglas: The writer-performer, who was raised in Jamaica, speaks about “The Marvellous Equations of the Dread,” her magical realist work of experimental prose interweaving historical figures associated with Rastafari. [7 p.m., City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

Industrial Accident-The Story of Wax Trax! Records: Director Julia Nash chats with Jello Biafra following the screening of the documentary about the industrial dance label which closes the 15th annual Another Hole in the Head Film Festival. [7 p.m., New People Cinema, 1746 Post St., S.F.]

Elvis Presley Tribute Celebration: A band (Hank Maninger, Mitch Polzak and Les James) and guest vocalists Jello Biafra, Ben Fong-Torres, Elvis fanatic Steve Yerkey, and drag king Elvis Herselvis (Leigh Crow) mark 50th anniversary of the King’s 1968 comeback TV special. [8 p.m., Make-Out Room, 3225 22nd St., S.F.]

Messiah in Grace Cathedral: In its 21st year and the first of three concerts, American Bach Choir and period-instrument specialists of American Bach Soloists perform “Messiah” directed by Jeffrey Thomas, with soloists Mary Wilson, Eric Jurenas, Aaron Sheehan and Jesse Blumberg. [7:30 p.m., Grace Cathedral, 1100 California St., S.F.]

Patricia Kopatchinskaja: The violinist, 2018 artistic director of the Ojai Festival, plays a mostly French program — works by Poulenc, Ravel, Enenscu and Bartok — with pianist Polina Leschenko. [7:30 p.m., Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Childish Gambino: The rap and soul star — aka actor Donald Glover, who British GQ named “best dressed man in the world” — makes up a postponed date on his This Is America Tour. [7:30 p.m., SAP Center, 525 W. Santa Clara St., San Jose]

Kurt Vile: The lo-fi indie rocker (guitarist for The War on Drugs) appears with his band The Violators (Rob Laakso, Kyle Spence and Jesse Trbovich), playing from the new album “Bottle It In.”[8 p.m., Fox Theater, 1607 Telegraph Ave., Oakland]

The Santaland Diaries: TheatreWorks stages the comedy, a one-man show about a slacker who signs on as a Yuletide elf at Macy’s, which is based on David Sedaris’ satirical essay. [8 p.m., Lohman Theatre, 12345 S. El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills]

Arthur Jafa/MATRIX 272: The solo exhibition by the artist, director, editor and cinematographer “whose work expands the concept of black cinema while exploring African American experience and race relations in everyday life” opens, featuring a 6 p.m. conversation between the artist and UC Berkeley professor Stephen Best. [11 a.m. to 7 p.m., BAMPFA, 2155 Center St., Berkeley]

THURSDAY, DEC. 13

Soulful Christmas: A Gospel Holiday Concert: Yvonne Cobbs and the Lorraine Hansberry Theatre Choir appear in the fifth annual show of new, old, sacred and secular music, which opens with a preview and continues for seven performances through Dec. 16. [8 p.m., Buriel Clay Theater, 762 Fulton St., S.F.]

100 Things to Do in San Francisco Before You Die: Authors Jill Robinson and Kimberley Lovato discuss items in their book with travel editor Don George.[6 p.m., Book Passage, 1 Ferry Building, S.F.]

Drag Queen Christmas: The Naughty Tour: Contestants from TV’s “RuPaul’s Drag Race” (Latrice Royale, Naomi Smalls, Aja, Thorgy Thor, Miss Vanjie, Farrah Moan, Monet X Change) and host Miz CRacker appear live. [8 p.m., Palace of Fine Arts, 3301 Lyon St., S.F.]

KFOG Concert for Kids: Reggae rockers Sublime With Rome headline the show, with Iration and Mt. Joy, to benefit UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital and Toys For Tots. [7 p.m., Masonic, 1111 California St., S.F.]

The Taming of the Breakfast Club: Breach Once More, a nonprofit group of S.F. State theater arts alumni, opens a three-performance run of the mash-up of 1980s cult classic films and faux-Elizabethan language. [8 p.m., Royce Gallery, 2901 Mariposa St., S.F.]

Khalida Brohi: Bay Area Book Festival presents the Pakistani activist — whose cousin was murdered by her uncle in an honor killing — speaking about her life and memoir, “I Should Have Honor.” [7 p.m., Women’s Building, 3543 18th St., S.F.]

Big Dance Theater: The pace-setting New York troupe’s West Coast premiere “17c” — a theatrical production combining music, dance, video and text to explore the erasure of women’s voices in historical texts — opens a five-performance run. [8 p.m., Zellerbach Playhouse, Bancroft Way at Dana Street, UC Berkeley campus]

Reel Rock 13: The tour offers the best adventure and climbing films, from “Olympic training centers to the frozen landscape of Antarctica.” [6 p.m., Sports Basement Presidio, 610 Mason St., S.F.]

The Skivvies: The “undie-rock” comedy-pop duo (Lauren Molina and Nick Cearley, who strip), appear in their holiday cabaret show “I Touch My Elf.” [8 p.m., Feinstein’s at the Nikko, 222 Mason St., S.F]

Ashleigh Flynn & The Riveters: Bluegrass Situation and Shelby Ash Presents host guitarist-vocalist Flynn and her band (guitarist Nancy Luca, bassist Carmen Paradise, drummer Jolie Clausen) with guest honky tonk DJ The Ozark Hillbilly. [9:30 p.m. Milk Bar, 1840 Haight St., S.F.]

White Panda: The duo, called a “veritable party-mashup machine,” is known for its live show with C02 effects, projection design and digitally mastered panda masks. [8 p.m., Cafe Du Nord, 2174 Market St., S.F.]

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