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Dec. 22-23: Country Joe McDonald Farewell Concert, Mittens and Mistletoe, The Nutshell and Other Poems, Grace Cathedral Choir of Men & Boys, Ekali, Secret Garden, Oakland Ballet Nutcracker

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Country Joe McDonald, famed antiwar psychedelic rocker, plays a final San Francisco show with his Electric Music Band at the Chapel. (Courtesy Alec Palao)

FRIDAY, DEC. 22

Country Joe McDonald Farewell S.F. Concert: The 50th anniversary show is a celebration and performance of the album “Electric Music for the Mind & Body” and other classics, along with a “mad alchemy liquid light show.” [8:30 p.m., Chapel, 777 Valencia St., S.F.]

Mittens and Mistletoe–A Winter Circus Cabaret: The charming family-friendly, circus-theater troupe Sweet Can Productions’ holiday show is back by popular demand. [2 p.m., Mission Dance Theater, 3316 24th St., S.F.]

The Nutshell and Other Poems: Mannakin Theater and Dance opens a three-performance run of a “good-natured and family friendly abridgment” of Tchaikovsky’s classic “Nutcracker.” [7 p.m., Taube Atrium Theater, Veterans Building, 401 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Grace Cathedral Choir of Men & Boys: “A Cathedral Christmas,” a holiday tradition, offers classic carols and sacred masterpieces with full orchestra and organ. [7:30 p.m., 1100 California St., S.F.]

Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir: The East Bay group led by director Terrance Kelly group appears in its 10th annual South Bay concert featuring its signature gospel arrangements of traditional holiday favorites. [7:30 p.m., Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St., Mountain View]

Ekali: The Canadian DJ/producer (aka Nathan Shaw), on his “Babylon” tour with Medasin, first gained recognition with a writing credit on Drake’s “If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late.” [9 p.m., Regency Ballroom, 1300 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

The Story So Far: The punk band from Walnut Creek headlines a sold-out show with Stickup Kid, Heartsounds and Spiritual Cramp. [8 p.m., UC Theatre, 2036 University Ave., Berkeley]

Ray McCoy: The smooth vocalist appears in his “A Luther Vandross Holiday Tribute Show.” [10 p.m., Yoshi’s, 510 Embarcadero West, Oakland]

The Secret Garden: 42nd Street Moon winds down its holiday production of the 1991 musical based on the classic English children’s novel with its penultimate performance. [8:15 p.m., Gateway Theatre, 215 Jackson St., S.F.]

SATURDAY, DEC. 23

Oakland Ballet Company: The troupe presents artistic director Graham Lustig’s popular interpretation of “Nutcracker,” with music by the Oakland Symphony. [ 1 and 5 p.m., Paramount Theatre, 2025 Broadway, Oakland]

San Francisco Renaissance Voices: The annual “Festival of Lessons & Carols” is based on a tradition that began in 1918 at King’s College in England. [4 p.m., Episcopal Church of the Incarnation, 1750 29th Ave., S.F.]

Russian Holiday Bells: San Francisco Symphony percussionist Victor Avdienko’s concert includes traditional chimes, contemporary pieces and improvisations, and a screening of the film “A Voice of Pure Earth: The Sacred Bells of Russia.” [Noon, Koret Auditorium, Main Library, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Dream of the Golden Phoenix: New Century Dance presents a new version of “Nutcracker in China” for the year of the Rooster in show fusing Chinese classical dance and ballet. [7:30 p.m., Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St., Mountain View]

Comedy Oakland-The (Not So) Late Show: The evening of standup features Simon Koletkar, Ira Summer, Irene Tu, Norm Hazzard, Matt Curry and Dan Linley. [9:30 p.m., Howden Home of the Spice Monkey, 1628 Webster St., Oakland]

Bud E. Luv Christmas Spectacular: The “ultimate lounge act” is celebrating the 28th anniversary of its snazzy holiday show. [9 p.m., Chapel, 777 Valencia St., S.F.]

24 Holidays on 24th Street: Noe Valley merchants’ seasonal programming includes a performance by the Roaring 20s group Skillet Licorice followed at 4 p.m. by strolling carolers from San Francisco City Chorus. [1 to 3 p.m., West Parklet, 3868 24th St., S.F.]

Rex Navarrete: The Bay Area-bred Filipino who “remains to be one of the hardest working, relatively unknown American comedians” concludes a two-day standup engagement. [7:30 and 9:45 p.m., Cobb’s Comedy Club, 915 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

The Hard Nut: After a five-year absence, Mark Morris Dance Group returns to the East Bay for its popular homage and campy reinterpretation of “Nutcracker,” with Tchaikovsky’s original score. [2 and 8 p.m., Xellerbach Hall, Bancroft Way near Dana Street, UC Berkeley campus]

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