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Dec. 5-6: Civic Center Tree Lighting, Marcus Jansen, Charif Shanahan, Sam Sax, Virgin Play Festival, Nocturnes, Shazia Mirza

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Singer Jason Brock is among the performers appearing during the holiday tree lighting in San Francisco’s Civic Center. (Courtesy photo)
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TUESDAY, DEC. 5

Civic Center Tree Lighting: Vocalist Jason Brock, choral groups, tap dancing Christmas trees and members of Boxcar Theatre’s “Speakeasy” appear for holiday festivities. [5 to 7 p.m., Civic Center Plaza, Polk and Grove streets, S.F.]

Marcus Jansen-Obscure Line Between Fact and Fiction: Weinstein Gallery has extended its retrospective, a collection of paintings, multi-media and sculptural pieces that “critique the global political and sociological landscape” and illuminate the time the artist served in the military. [10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Weinstein Gallery, 349 Geary St., S.F.]

Charif Shanahan and Sam Sax: The award-winning poets read from their debut collections; Shanahan’s is “About Into Each Room We Enter without Knowing,” and Sax’s is “Madness.” [7:30 p.m., Green Apple Books, 1231 Ninth Ave., S.F.]

Virgin Play Festival reading: Han Ong’s “Mackydee,” described as “a haunting look at the people and events that make New York’s ‘Zombie McDonald’s’ famous” begins Magic Theatre’s reading series of new work by emerging and mid-career playwrights. [7 p.m., Building D, Fort Mason, Marina Boulevard and Buchanan Street, S.F.]

Nocturnes: Stanford art professor Xiaoze Xie’s new show of paintings and video reveals his fascination with “nighttime and the quiet drama of everyday life.” [11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Anglim Gilbert Gallery, 1275 Minnesota St., S.F.]

Mixed Media Wreaths: In the San Francisco Library session for ages 10 and older, participants learn how to make wreaths out of re-purposed materials. [5 p.m., meeting room, Anza branch, 550 37th Ave., S.F.]

Holiday Bazaar: The sale and show offers artwork and crafts by Great American Music Hall and Slim’s staff as well as Hardly Strictly Bluegrass memorabilia. [4 to 10 p.m., Slim’s, 333 11th St., S.F.]

Elisa Flynn: The raised-on-punk Brooklyn-based artist is promoting “The World Has Ever Been on Fire,” her “most melodic and ambitious work to date,” appearing on a bill with Hazel Atlas and Katie Wheeler-Dubin. [8 p.m., 1214 Webster St., Oakland]

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 6

Shazia Mirza: The award-winning British stand up comic, originally from London, says she doesn’t live there anymore “because she’s doing well.” [8 p.m., Punch Line, 444 Battery St., S.F.]

Khizr Khan: The Pakistani American, whose son was killed in the Iraq War and who famously criticized Donald Trump at the 2016 Democratic National Convention, speaks about his memoir “An American Family,” presented by California Institute of Integral Studies and GLIDE. [7 p.m., GLIDE Memorial Church, 330 Ellis St., S.F.]

Yissy & Bandancha: Cuban composer-drummer Yissy García and her band fuse funk, jazz, hip-hop and Cuban influences to create a contemporary take on tradition. [8 p.m., Ashkenaz, 1317 San Pablo Ave., Berkeley]

Project Extreme Brewing: Dogfish Head Craft Brewery founder Sam Calagione and brothers and founders Jason and Todd Alström of BeerAdvocate celebrate the release of their new book, subtitled, “An Enthusiast’s Guide to Extreme Brewing at Home.”
[6:30 p.m., Beer Basement, 222 Hyde St., S.F.]

The Music Never Stopped: Photographer Bob Minkin discusses his new coffee table book covering more than 25 years of music photography. [7:30 p.m,. Osher Marin JCC, 200 North San Pedro Road, San Rafael]

Bell Witch
: The Seattle doom metal band, promoting the album “Mirror Reaper,” headlines a show with Monarch, Badr Vogu and Abstracter. [8:30 p.m., Golden Bull, 412 14th St., Oakland]

Dust 2 Glory: The anticipated follow-up to “Dust to Glory,” which redefined the motorsports action documentary, showcases the 2016 SCORE World Desert Championship racing season, including the SCORE Baja 1000. [7:30 p.m., Stonestown Twin 2, 501 Buckingham Way, S.F.]

Orwells: Not simply a garage of punk group, the five guys from Chicago play “rock ‘n’ roll music with an unmatched ragged intensity.” [8:30 p.m., Cornerstone, 2367 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley]

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