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Dec. 26-27: Mittens and Mistletoe, Kwanzaa 2018, One Last Blast at the Elbo Room, Tis the Season for Science, Very Merry Christmas Cabaret, Yasiin Bey, Celebrating Al Young, Mike.Quu

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Oriana Doria-Quesada appears in “Mittens & Mistletoe,” Sweet Can Productions’ delightful annual Winter Circus Cabaret. (Courtesy Ed Ritger)

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 26

Mittens and Mistletoe: A Winter Circus Cabaret: Sweet Can Productions opens a five-day run of its charming holiday show, which is celebrating its ninth anniversary. [8 p.m., Dance Mission Theater, 3316 24th St., S.F.]

Kwanzaa, 2018: The Village Project’s 13th annual event, themed “strengthen our family, community and nation,” opens a weeklong celebration on the first day of the holiday, dedicated to unity (umoja), with a dance performance by Briana J & Daktari and address by Maestro Curtis. [Noon, City Hall, 1 Dr. Carlton Goodlett Way, S.F.]

Final Mission: One Last Blast at the Elbo Room: The club’s final event, a benefit for California fire victims, features DJ Sep, Gordo Cabeza, J.Boogie, Jimmy Love, Matt Haze and Motion Potion. [8 p.m., Elbo Room, 647 Valencia St., S.F.]

Tis the Season for Science: The California Academy of Science’s annual holiday programming (continuing through Jan. 6) includes outdoor snow flurries, a polar themed exhibit, ice skating and, at noon, tap dancing penguins and snowflakes. [9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Exploratorium: The City’s hands-on museum of science, art and human perception offers visitors the opportunity to step inside a tornado, turn upside down in a curved mirror, walk on a fog bridge and explore hundreds of hands-on exhibits. [10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Pier 15, Embarcadero and Green Street, S.F.]

Night Bloom at the Conservatory of Flowers: Luminous displays among the flora make up the ticketed holiday visual and sound installation, running through Jan. 6. [5 to 11 p.m., Golden Gate Park, 100 JFK Drive, S.F.]

A Christmas Carol: Continuing through Dec. 29, American Conservatory Theater stages Paul Walsh and Carey Perloff’s adaptation of Dickens’ classic, with James Carpenter and Anthony Fusco alternating as Scrooge and Ken Ruta as the Ghost of Jacob Marley. [1 and 5:30 p.m., 415 Geary St., S.F.]

Arcadia: Shotgun Players have extended through Jan. 27 their run of Tom Stoppard’s epic 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]

THURSDAY, DEC. 27

A Very Merry Misfit Cabaret: Kat Robichaud and her band’s variety show — a blend of musical theater, rock ‘n’ roll and vaudeville — answers the question: What do Star Wars, Gremlins and Clark Griswold have in common? [8 p.m., Z Space, 450 Florida St., S.F.]

Kwanzaa Celebration: Alive & Free Omega Boys Club sponsors the free, family-friendly gathering, a potluck dinner with African dance and spoken word performances, a fashion show, DJ music and information about the principles of Kwanzaa. [6 to 9 p.m., Bayview Opera House, 4705 Third St., S.F.]

Celebrating Al Young: San Francisco Poet Laureate Kim Shuck leads a Poem Jam honoring the writer, educator and California Poet Laureate emeritus and featuring Kim McMillon, Jack Foley, Avotcja, Ishmael and Tennessee Reed, San Francisco’s third Poet Laureate devorah major and current California Poet Laureate Dana Gioia. [6 p.m., Koret Auditorium, Main Library, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Yasiin Bey: The rap star (formerly known as Mos Def) performs a set of Beyondilla (Dilla Beats) and BeyLiberator (Madlib Beats) on bill with Jahi as PE.20. [8 p.m., Slim’s, 333 11th St., S.

Herb & Dorothy 50 x 50: The movie, a follow up to Megumi Sasaki’s 2008 documentary “Herb & Dorothy” about a retired postal worker (Herb) and librarian (Dorothy) who built a world-class art collection on their humble salaries, screens for free. [6 p.m., Denning Family Resource Center, Anderson Collection, 314 Lomita Drive, Stanford University]

They Shall Not Grow Old: Fathom Events screens Peter Jackson’s documentary, which looks at the soldiers and events of World War I, using film footage captured at the time. [1 and 4 p.m., Daly City 20, 1901 Junipero Serra Blvd., Daly City; AMC Metreon 16, 101 Fourth St., S.F.]

Mike.Quu: The Long Island native, the host of the Teach Me I’m Stupid podcast (which covers trending topics with the world’s leading experts) does standup. [8 p.m., Cobb’s Comedy Club, 925 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

Drop-In Art Studio: The Contemporary Jewish Museum’s Surface Design Play session offers participants the chance to decorate with golden threads, trim, tassels, pom-poms and “transform fabric from plain to fabulous.” [11 a.m. to 3 p.m., 736 Mission St., S.F.]

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