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Dec. 19-20: Winter Walk, Home Alone with SF Symphony, Nat Keefe Concert Carnival, SF Camp Fire Benefit Show, H.E.R., Jackson Galaxy, Golden Girls Live!, Beach Blanket Babylon, Cults

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Grammy-nominated R&B prodigy H.E.R. plays the Warfield on Dec. 21-22. (Courtesy Sue Kwon/RCA Records)

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 19

Winter Walk: The holiday pedestrian plaza presented by Union Square Business Improvement District and Off the Grid (running most days through Dec. 31) offers food trucks, seasonal cocktails and special performances. [11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Stockton, between Ellis and Geary streets, S.F.]

Home Alone with the San Francisco Symphony: Opening a three-night stand, the hit holiday comedy screens with the orchestra providing live accompaniment of John Williams’ score; the program also includes children’s choruses caroling. [7:30 p.m., Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Nat Keefe Concert Carnival: The cabaret-style show headed by the guitarist-vocalist from the jamgrass group Hot Buttered Rum hosts Bay Area acts of varied genres, including Rainbow Girls, Quattlebaum, Bow Ties, Lost Radio Flyers and many more. [8 p.m., Independent, 628 Divisadero St., S.F.]

Bay City Blues with Chris Cain: The South Bay jazz and blues guitarist-vocalist is joined by singer Tony Lindsay of Santana fame. [7:30 and 9:30 p.m., Biscuits and Blues, 401 Mason St., S.F.]

The San Francisco Camp Fire Benefit Show: Local ‘90s rock-and-grunge tribute band Flannel headlines the concert, with singer-songwriter Andrew St. James, 10-piece surf funk band Californicorns, space pop futurists The Y Axes, 1970s rock tribute band The Butlers, burlesque, comedy and spoken word performances, to benefit the North Valley Community Foundation and The Arc of Butte County. [7:30 p.m., Great American Music Hall, 859 O’Farrell St., S.F.]

The Santaland Diaries: TheatreWorks is in the final week of its holiday comedy based on David Sedaris’ satirical essay about the holidays. [8 p.m., Lohman Theatre, 12345 S. El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills]

Arcadia: Shotgun Players presents Tom Stoppard’s masterpiece set on a country estate between 1809 and the late 20th century, exploring “mathematics, landscape gardening, Byron, and the undeniable power of the human heart.” [7 p.m., Ashby Stage, 1901 Ashby Ave., Berkeley]

Tinsley Ellis: Since his Alligator debut 30 years ago, the Southern blues-rock guitar wizard, vocalist and songwriter has become a “worldwide guitar hero, rivaling Jeff Beck and Eric Clapton.” [8 p.m., Freight & Salvage, 2020 Addison St., Berkeley]

THURSDAY, DEC. 20

H.E.R.: The 2018 releases by the smooth, soulful R&B singer from Vallejo (aka Gabriella “Gabi” Wilson) are “I Used to Know Her”: “The Prelude” and “Part 2.” [8 p.m., Warfield, 982 Market St., S.F. 


Jackson Galaxy: The star of Animal Planet’s “My Cat From Hell” and “Cat Vs. Dog” appears in “Total Cat Mojo Live,” an evening with the popular cat behaviorist and motivational speaker. [8 p.m., Great American Music Hall, 859 O’Farrell St., S.F.]

The Golden Girls-The Christmas Episodes: The annual show features four San Francisco drag queens performing two new episodes from the classic TV show live onstage, performances continue through Dec. 23. [8 p.m., Victoria Theatre, 2961 16th St., S.F.]

Beach Blanket Babylon: Steve Silver’s popular San Francisco revue dresses up for the holidays, with tap dancing Christmas trees and its gigantic Yuletide hat. [8 p.m., Club Fugazi, 678 Beach Blanket Babylon Blvd., S.F.]

Sausalito: The seven-piece band plays yacht rock hits of the 1970s: Steely Dan, Doobie Brothers, Ambrosia, Christopher Cross, Robbie Dupree, Ace, Fleetwood Mac and more, [10 p.m., PianoFight, 144 Taylor St., S.F.]

The Infinite Wrench-Best of 2018: Experimental theater troupe San Francisco Neo-Futurists opens a three-day run of its fifth annual showcase of 30 of its favorite plays from the past year. [8 p.m., PianoFight, 144 Taylor St., S.F.]

Cults: Due to demand, ((folkYEAH!))) has added a second show featuring the New York duo (Madeline Follin and Brian Oblivion), who dropped out of film school to form the band which hit in 2010 with “Go Outside.” [9 p.m., Chapel, 777 Valencia St., S.F.]

‘Tis the Season for Science: California Academy of Sciences’ annual holiday programming (continuing through Jan. 6), includes indoor snow, festive performances and an outdoor ice rink with 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. daily skating sessions. [9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

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