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Dec. 6-8: ACT’s A Christmas Carol, Southern Lights, Sister Sparrow, Louis the Child, Ballet Nutcracker America, Shad, Vanessa Williams, Dance-Along Nutcracker, Mark Foehringer’s Nutcracker Sweets, Misfit Maker + Creative Marketplace

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American Conservatory Theater opens its popular annual production of Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol.” (Courtesy Kevin Berne)

THURSDAY, DEC. 6

A Christmas Carol: Marking the show’s 42nd anniversary, American Conservatory Theater opens its month-long run of the classic with a preview; this adaptation by Paul Walsh and Carey Perloff features James Carpenter and Anthony Fusco as Scrooge and Ken Ruta as the Ghost of Jacob Marley. [7 p.m., 415 Geary St., S.F.]

Southern Lights: 3Girls Theatre transforms the space at Z Below into the down-home Texas Crossroads Bar for a new revival of the country music romance by Lee Brady, who says the main character is a “classic” combination of legends Jimmie Davis, Hank Williams, Johnny Cash and Merle Haggard. [7:30 p.m., Z Below, 470 Florida St., S.F.]

Sister Sparrow: The New York band’s lead singer has been called “what you get when you cross Amy Winehouse and Tina Turner with Mick Jagger.” [8 p.m., Independent, 628 Divisadero St., S.F.]

Castro Art Walk: Participating local businesses in the invite visitors to explore the area by offering art on display, activities and refreshments in first Thursday-of-the-month event with classical music at 6 p.m. in Jane Warner plaza. [6 to 9 p.m., Castro, Market, 17th and 18th streets, S.F.]

Louis the Child: The Chicago production duo (Robby Hauldren and Freddy Kennett) appears, with openers Big Wild, R.LUM.R, and Wafia, who’s on the act’s new single “Better Not.” [7 p.m., Bill Graham Civic, 99 Grove St., S.F.]

Orbital: UK electronic duo Phil and Paul Hartnoll, “one of rave’s original masters,” appear. [8 p.m., Midway, 900 Marin St., S.F.]

Suuns: The psychedelic-art rock band from Montreal headlines a show with minimalist electronica artist Graham Van Pelt. [7 p.m., Swedish American Hall, 2174 Market St., S.F.]

Pacifica Edge Voices: “A Rose in Winter” includes music by Bruckner, Messiaen and handbells accompanying a “jazzy ‘Silent Night’ meet Libby Larsen’s six-part ‘Ringeltanze.’” [7:30 p.m., Green Room, 401 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

731-How America Exploited Japan’s Biological Weapons Crimes: Director Paul Johnson screens his film, which examines how the U.S. offered immunity to Japanese doctors experimenting on humans in Unit 731 during World War II in exchange for their research data. [6:30 p.m., Pacific Atrocities Education, 730 Commercial St., S.F.]

Drag Queens on Ice: Back for their ninth year, The City’s “fiercest drag queens” lip sync and skate. [8 p.m., Union Square Ice Rink, 333 Post St., S.F.]

Lobster Actually: Killing My Lobster presents sketch comedy for the hopelessly romantic. [8 p.m., PianoFight, 144 Taylor St., S.F.]

The People’s History of Next: TheatreFirst’s premiere, developed with Bay Area high schools, colleges and community centers through listening circles, describes how, after grief destroys the world, three teens “find themselves the unwilling guardians of humanity’s detritus.” [8 p.m., 2018 Live Oak Theater, 1301 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley]

FRIDAY, DEC. 7

Ballet America Nutcracker: The full-length production for families with dozens of local dancers twirling alongside professionals opens a three-performance weekend run. [7 p.m., Fox Theatre, 2215 Broadway, Redwood City]

Shad: The Canadian rapper who was born in Rwanda and has five solo albums also hosts “Hip-Hop Evolution,” an award-winning docu-series on Canadian TV. [9 p.m., Cafe Du Nord, 2133 17th St., S.F.]

Incline Gallery Group Show: Opening with a reception, the eighth anniversary show by the gallery dedicated to showcasing local talent and under-represented communities runs through Jan. 11 and includes work by 16 artists. [6 to 9 p.m., 766 Valencia St., S.F.]

Rotunda Dance Series: The free lunchtime concert features Cunamacué in an Afro­Peruvian street masquerade dance that dates back to Spanish attempts to Christianize Africans and one of the first manifestations of cultural resistance of African descendants in Peru. [Noon, City Hall, 1 Dr. Carleton B. Goodlett Place, S.F.]

Holiday Soul with Vanessa Williams: The Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir joins the vocalist and the San Francisco Symphony in a concert of soul, jazz and Christmas classics [7:30 p.m., Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Joy! A Holiday Show with Circus, Dance and Live Music: Tandy Beal’s production features Cirque du Soleil soloists Jeff Raz and Diane Wasnak, contortionists, balancing feats and a cappella group SoVoSó. [7 p.m., Hammer Theatre Center, 101 Paseo De San Antonio, San Jose]

A Conversation With Edith Head: Susan Claassen stars in the local premiere of the show based on the book by the famed designer that details behind-the-scenes information about Hollywood’s greatest stars and the costumes she made for them. [8 p.m., Pear Theatre, 1110 La Avenida St., Mountain View]

Denny Zeitlin: The jazz pianist re-imagines compositions from the George Gershwin songbook in a solo concert. [8 and 10 p.m., Piedmont Piano Company 1728 San Pablo Ave., Oakland]

Caryn Hartglass: The opera vocalist appears in a cabaret performance “I Gotta Sing” to benefit Playful People Productions, a theater organization for families and people of varied ages and levelts. [6:30 p.m., Hoover Theatre, 1635 Park Ave., San Jose]

Opera Parallèle: By popular demand, the contemporary opera troupe brings back its holiday production of Rachel Portman’s “The Little Prince” for a weekend-long run. [7 p.m., Marines’ Memorial Theatre, 609 Sutter St., S.F.]

San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus: Soprano Marnie Breckenridge joins the 250-voice group in three performances of “Brassy and Sassy,” a concert with classical fare, swing, big band and “twists on holiday classics.” [8 p.m., Nourse, 275 Hayes St., S.F.]

Little Steven & The Disciples of Soul: On his Soulfire Teacher Solidarity Tour 2018,” the guitarist (of E Street Band fame) and his band are offering ticket deals for teachers; visit teachrock.org/tour. [8 p.m., Fillmore, 1805 Geary Blvd., S.F.]

Lemaitre: The Norwegian-born, Los Angeles-based electronic (Ketil Jansen and Ulrik Denizou Lund) hit with “Closer,” featured in a Google ad, among other places. [9 p.m., August Hall, 420 Mason St., S.F.]

P-Lo: The rapper headlines a show with Filipino influenced-Bay Area artists ALLBLACK, Another Party Fam and Jesse Connelly. [9 p.m., UC Theatre, 2036 University Ave., Berkeley]

SATURDAY, DEC. 8

Dance-Along Nutcracker: The festive participatory event, with the theme “Clara Potter and the Elder Baton,” opens a weekend run. [3 and 7 p.m., Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 701 Mission St., S.F.]

S.F. Conservatory of Music Orchestra: Christopher Rountree conducts a program of works by Vaughan Williams, Mussorgsky and Ashley Fure. [7:30 p.m., Conservatory of Music, 50 Oak St., S.F.]

Musae in Concert: Dancing Day!: Laney McClain Armstrong leads the women’s ensemble in John Rutter’s traditional cycle of carols, accompanied by harpist Anna Maria Mendieta. [3 p.m., St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, 1111 O’Farrell St., S.F.]

Misfit Maker + Creative Marketplace
: More than 40 local artists are participating in the eighth annual gallery art-making event, creating small sculptures and other gift items offered for sale ($20-$60) as they are finished. [4 to 8 p.m., Root Division, 1131 Mission St., S.F.]

Mark Foehringer’s Nutcracker Sweets: Opening a three-weekend run, the colorful family-oriented 50-minute rendition of the seasonal ballet has a contemporary twist and live chamber music accompaniment. [11 a.m. and 1 p.m., Cowell Theater, Fort Mason, Marina Boulevard and Buchanan Street, S.F.]

So You Think You Can Circus: Circus Center’s winter showcase presents performers vying before judges including Santa Clause and Yeti.[7:30 p.m.,755 Frederick St., S.F.]

Keith Haring-The Boy Who Just Kept Drawing: The artist’s sister Kay Haring attends the free community gathering inspired by Haring’s life and work — an afternoon of art, music, literature and fashion. [Noon to 4 p.m., SF LGBT Center, 1800 Market St., S.F.]

Sing You a Merry Christmas: The first of four seasonal weekend gatherings, the one-hour carol sing-along is for children and families. [11 a.m., Grace Cathedral, 1100 California St., S.F.]

S.F. Boys Chorus: “Baroque around the Christmas Tree” includes Baroque masterworks by Bach and Durante and tunes for the season. [7:30 p.m., Calvary Presbyterian Church, 2515 Fillmore St., S.F.]

A Very She & Him Christmas Party: Zooey Deschanel and M.Ward, who have worked together since 2007 as She & Him, play from their extensive catalog of Christmas music. [8 p.m., Masonic, 1111 California St., S.F.]

Ana Vidovic: The Croatian guitar master plays works by Bach, Giuliani, Tarrega, Mangore, Scarlatti and Piazzolla. [7:30 p.m., St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, 1111 O’Farrell St., S.F.]

Peter Rowan: The bluegrass great plays from his album “Carter Stanley’s Eyes” — with originals and tunes by Carter and Ralph Stanley, A.P. Carter, Lead Belly, Bill Monroe and others — in a concert with Patrick Sauber on banjo, Blaine Sprouse on fiddle, Paul Knight on bass and vocals, Don Rigsby on mandolin and Scott Law on guitar and mandolin. [8 p.m., Freight & Salvage, 2020 Addison St., Berkeley]

Sandra Wright Shen: Steinway Society presents the pianist in a concert of classical compositions with a Christmas theme and “beloved works that bring joy all year.” [7:30 p.m., Trianon Theatre, 72 N. Fifth St., San Jose]

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