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Dec. 2-3: Guide Dogs for the Blind Holiday Luncheon, Emma, Christmas at Kohl, Linda Kelly, Trixie Garcia, Dennis McNally, Grateful Dead, Golden Thread

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Humans and puppies enjoy festivities at Guide Dogs for the Blind’s 39th annual holiday fundraiser luncheon on Dec. 3 at the Westin St. Francis.
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WEDNESDAY, DEC. 2

Emma: TheatreWorks opens its holiday production of Paul Gordon’s romantic musical adapted from the delightful and popular novel by Jane Austen. [8 p.m., Lucie Stern Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto]

Christmas at Kohl Boutique: The Mercy High School Alumnae Association presents its annual holiday boutique with dozens of vendors. [5 to 9 p.m., Kohl Mansion, 2750 Adeline Drive, Burlingame]

Linda Kelly: The San Francisco writer speaks about her new book “Deadheads: Stories from Fellow Artists, Friends & Followers of the Grateful Dead.” [6 p.m., Book Passage, 1 Ferry Building, S.F.]

Trixie Garcia, Dennis McNally: The daughter of the iconic musician and longtime Grateful Dead publicist-biographer discuss “Jerry on Jerry: The Unpublished Jerry Garcia Interviews.” [6:30 p.m., Fillmore, 1805 Geary Blvd., S.F.]

What You Need to Know Before You’re 65: Esther Koch, a gerontologist and founder of aging advisory service group Encore Management, offers a primer on Medicare. [5:15 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 555 Post St., S.F.]

Visual History of S.F.’s Queer Community: Jane Philomen Cleland, Rick Gerharter, Liz Highleyman, Tim Kingston and Cathy Cade talk about The City’s gay community from the 1970s to the present, in connection with the exhibit “Daily and Transcendent: 25+ Years of Queer Photojournalistic Photography.” [6 p.m., Latino-Hispanic Room, S.F. Main Library, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Adult Craft Night: The monthly project is sugar scrub, accompanied by a holiday card, and registration is required; call (415) 355-5707 or sign up on eventbrite.com. [7 p.m. Noe Valley/Sally Brunn Branch Library, 451 Jersey St., S.F.]

Golden Thread’s New Threads Series: The series of free staged readings continues with “I Call My Brothers,” a play by Tunisian-Swedish writer Jonas Hassen Khemiri about a day in the life of a young Arab-American in New York City; reservations requested at boxoffice@goldenthread.org. [8 p.m., Thick House, 1695 18th St., S.F.]


THURSDAY, DEC. 3

Guide Dogs for the Blind Holiday Luncheon: The 39th annual festive fundraiser packed with adorable pooches introduces volunteer humans to puppies they will prepare for their journey to become guide dogs; tickets are $125 and registration, at www.guidedogs.com/events, is required. [11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Westin St. Francis, 335 Powell St., S.F.]

Blanket Statements-An Evening of Comedy with W. Kamau Bell: The show, along with a reception and music with DJ Cuba and D8, is a fundraiser for The Gubbio Project, which provides a safe place for homeless people to rest during the day. [7 p.m., Zendesk, 1019 Market St., S.F.]

Jingle and Mingle: Children of Shelter — an organization serving homeless children — hosts its annual benefit, featuring the opportunity to bid on one-of-a-kind designer wreaths. [6:30 p.m. Golden Gate Club, 135 Fisher Loop, Presidio, S.F.]

GLIDE Annual Holiday Festival-Jam: Valerie Simpson, Justin Vivian Bond and Youth Speaks join the GLIDE Ensemble and Change Band for the annual fundraiser. [7 p.m., Warfield, 982 Market St., S.F.]

Alice in Winterland: James Bay, Harry Connick Jr. and Michael Franti perform. [7:30 p.m., Masonic, 1111 California St., S.F.]

Wild 94.9’s Jingle Ball 2015: Selena Gomez, Calvin Harris, Demi Lovato, Nick Jonas, Tove Lo, Shawn Mendes, R. City, Conrad Sewell, Alessia Cara and DNCE appear. [7:30 p.m., Oracle Arena, 7000 Coliseum Way, Oakland]

Printz Dance Project: The troupe performs 2011’s acclaimed “Hover Space,” a full-length piece that explores the precarious nature of relationships and uses a stage-within-a-stage that raises, lowers and tilts at extreme angles. [8 p.m., Z Space, 450 Florida St., S.F.]

RAWdance: The contemporary company presents the return of the critically praised “Mine,” an evening-length inquiry into the human urge to possess, consume and control. [8 p.m., Joe Goode Annex, 401 Alabama St., S.F.]

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