Categories: Arts Calendar

Dec. 6-7: Jamila Woods, Cirque de la Symphonie, SF State Chamber Music, Adult Craft Night, Secret Garden, Smuin, Winter Walk

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 6

Jamila Woods: The Chicago-based soul singer, songwriter and poet is best known for her collaboration with Chance the Rapper on the hit song “Sunday Candy.” [9 p.m., Great American Music Hall, 859 O’Farrell St., S.F.]

Cirque de la Symphonie: Gymnasts descend upon the concert hall for an “awe-inspiring” evening of acrobatics accompanied by holiday music by the San Francisco Symphony led by Edwin Outwater. [7:30 p.m., Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

S.F. State Chamber Concert: The free performance features student chamber music ensembles coached by quartet-in-residence the Alexander String Quartet. [7:30 p.m. Knuth Hall, Creative Arts Building, SFSU, 1600 Holloway Ave., S.F.]

Adult Craft Night: In the San Francisco Library session, participants learn how to make sugar scrubs as well as create holiday cards. [7 p.m., meeting room, Noe Valley branch, 451 Jersey St., S.F.]

Home Alone 2-Lost In New York: The “Rewind Wednesday” show includes a screening of the 1992 comedy with Macaulay Culkin (and a cameo by Donald Trump) preceded by trivia and prizes. [7:30 p.m., Balboa Theater, 3630 Balboa St., S.F.]

The Secret Garden: 42nd Street Moon opens its annual holiday production, the 1991 musical based on the classic English children’s novel, with a preview performance. [7 p.m., Gateway Theatre, 215 Jackson St., S.F.]

Smuin: The 2017 edition of “The Christmas Ballet” includes new pieces by Smuin choreographer-in-residence Amy Seiwert and dancers Erica Felsch and Rex Wheeler. [8 p.m., Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St., Mountain View]

Dan Rather: The famed newsman speaks about his book “What Unites Us” with co-author Elliot Kirschner in a sold-out event. [7 p.m., Angelico Hall, Dominican University, 20 Olive Ave., San Rafael]

THURSDAY, DEC. 7

Winter Walk: Drag cabaret performers from House of MORE! are guests for festivities in the holiday pedestrian mall presented by the Union Square Business Improvement District and Off the Grid food trucks. [6 to 8:45 p.m. Stockton, between Ellis and Geary streets, S.F.]

Jesse Royal: The Jamaican reggae artist, on a mission is continue the legacy of Bob Marley, Peter Tosh and Jacob Miller, opens for Collie Buddz. [9 p.m., Independent, 628 Divisadero St., S.F.]

5 on 25-A Celebration for Joe Landini’s 25th Anniversary: The SAFEHouse Arts leader and choreographer celebrates his tenure with the dance artists cooperative in the first of a two-weekend program featuring a performance installation by Alma Esperanza Cunningham and his own new work. [8 p.m., SAFEhouse Arts, 145 Eddy St., S.F.]

Harpdog Brown: The Vancouver-based blues vocalist also is Canada’s reigning Harmonica Player of the Year since 2014. [7:30 and 9:30 p.m., Biscuits & Blues, 401 Mason St., S.F.]

Nora Jane Struthers: The Nashville-based Americana artist known for her “quietly powerful narratives” plays to release the album “Champion.” [8 p.m., Freight & Salvage, 2020 Addison St., Berkeley]

Berkeley Symphony: New Zealand-born conductor Gemma New leads West Coast premieres — Rene Orth’s “Chasing Light” and Anna Clyne’s “Abstractions” — and works by Rachmaninoff and Liszt, with guest pianist Conrad Tao. [8 p.m., Zellerbach Hall, Bancroft Way near Dana Street, UC Berkeley campus]

Growing Up Trans: The documentary by Miri Navasky and Karen O’Connor who “go deep inside the lives” of transgender children and their families and friends, screens for free in the Appreciating Diversity film series. [7 p.m., Ellen Driscoll Playhouse, 325 Highland Ave., Piedmont]

Shilpa Ray: The rock singer-songwriter, who worked the door at Pianos, a New York club on the lower East Side, plays to promote her new album, “Door Girl.” [9 p.m., Elbo Room, 647 Valencia St., S.F.]

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