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Dec. 8-9: Irene Tu, Andrew Orolfo, SoundBox, Adler Fellows Concert, Tommy Castro, John McLaughlin, Neo-Futurists, Norm Lewis, Sharp & Fine, Devon Allman, Aurora Mandolin Orchestra

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Standup comics Andrew Orolfo and Irene Tu perform in “Model Minorities” at Bindlestiff Studio. (Courtesy photo)

FRIDAY, DEC. 8

Irene Tu & Andrew Orolfo: “Model Minorities” features the up-and-coming standup comics. [8 p.m., Bindlestiff Studio, 185 Sixth St., S.F.]

S.F. Symphony SoundBox: The “defiantly eclectic program” — with conductors Michael Tilson Thomas and Christian Reif on piano, and lighting and video design by Luke Kritzeck and Adam Larsen — includes chamber-folk fusion, sardonic French salon music, Romantic masterpieces and heavy metal. [9 p.m., 300 Franklin St., S.F.]

Oakland Winter Live: The program of contemporary music, dance, theater and video by Bay Area and touring artists includes Johannesburg’s Tony Miyambo in a solo piece based on Kafka’s story “A Report to an Academy.” [7 p.m., Asian Cultural Center, 388 Ninth St., Oakland]

The Future Is Now-Adler Fellows Concert: Sarah Cambidge, Amina Edris, Toni Marie Palmertree, Amitai Pati, Pene Pati, Kyle van Schoonhoven, Andrew G. Manea, Brad Walker and Anthony Reed — singers in the prestigious San Francisco Opera-affiliated program — appear, directed by Aria Umezawa. [7:30 p.m., War Memorial Opera House, 301 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Tommy Castro and The Painkillers: The soul-blues rockers led by the six-time Blues Music Award winner play to release the album “Stompin’ Ground.”[8 p.m., Freight & Salvage, 2020 Addison St., Berkeley]

John McLaughlin: The pioneering jazz fusion guitarist, composer and leader of the Mahavishnu Orchestra, having enjoyed a nearly 50-year career, is on his last tour. [8 p.m., Warfield, 982 Market St., S.F.]

Ugly God: The rapper and producer (aka Royce Davison) is best known for his 2016 single, “Water.” [9 p.m., UC Theatre, 2036 University Ave., Berkeley]

San Francisco Neo-Futurists: The ensemble known for creating and performing 30 new plays in 60 minutes, on a weekly basis, presents its year-end program, “The Infinite Wrench: Best of 2017.” [8 p.m., Exit Theatre, 156 Eddy St., S.F.]

Black Girl-Lingustic Play: Camille A. Brown & Dancers’ performance, based on games little girls play, tells a story of black female empowerment. [8 p.m., Zellerbach Playhouse, UC Berkeley campus]

Winter Art Faire: Art Guild of Pacifica’s annual holiday sale offers unique, affordable art and gifts and the opportunity to meet artists. [5 to 9 p.m. Sanchez Art Center, 1220 Linda Mar Blvd., Pacifica]

Norm Lewis
: The Tony Award-nominee known as “Broadway’s first African American Phantom” serves up a holiday cabaret show “Norm Lewis Wishes You a Swingin’ Christmas.” [8 p.m., Feinstein’s at the Nikko, 222 Mason St., S.F.]

Sharp & Fine
: The dance troupe led by sisters Megan and Shannon Kurashige premieres “Your Sister Turns Into a Lion,” an evening-length narrative told with dance, live music, original text and an opera singer about what happens when one of two sisters turns into a lion. [8 p.m., ODC Theater, 3153 17th St., S.F.]

The Devon Allman Project: The son of the late Duane Allman debuts his band (keyboardist R.Scott Bryan, bassist Justin Corgan, guitarist Jackson Stokes, drummer John Lum and vocalist Nicolas David) in a show with Southern rock royalty including Duane Betts, Berry Oakley Jr, Alex Orbison, G Love, Brooklyn Allman, Robert Randolph, Bobby Whitlock, Coco Carmel and Samantha Fish. [9 p.m., Fillmore, 1805 Geary Blvd., S.F.]

SATURDAY, DEC. 9

Aurora Mandolin Orchestra: The free program features music from Spain, Russia and Italy and guest vocalists Susanna Uher Jimenez and Nikolai Massenkoff. [2 p.m., Koret Auditorium, Main Library, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Chanukah Concert Like No Other: The show features Yiddish stories combined with American blues by Book of J and interpretations of Jewish texts — with Middle Eastern sounds and hip-hop — by Victoria Hanna. [8 p.m., St. Cyprian’s Church, 2097 Turk St., S.F.]

LIVE 105’s Not So Silent Night: The second show of the two-part series features The Killers, Weezer, Foster the People, Walk the Moon and Alice Merton. [6 p.m., Oracle Arena, 7000 Coliseum Way, Oakland]

Misfit Maker Factory & Creative Marketplace: In the seventh annual event, several dozen local artists will make, and sell, small sculptures and other gift items on the spot. [4 to 8 p.m., Root Division, 1131 Mission St., S.F.]

It’s A Wonderful Life: A huge Snowman made of 1,000 cans of food (which later will be donated to the San Francisco Food Bank) is unveiled at a party with a choral performance and refreshments. [2:30 p.m., Hilton San Francisco Union Square, 333 O’Farrell St., S.F.]

Agitprop! 2-Classic Cautionary Tales Still In Play Today: Proceeds from screenings of three political films –“Force of Evil” at 1 p.m.; “The Ear at 2:45 p.m. and “Punishment Park” at 4:30 p.m. — benefit the ACLU. [1 p.m., Roxie, 3117 16th St., S.F.]

Bay Area Vocal Academy: Vocal students appear in a holiday concert featuring excerpts from Handel’s “Messiah,” Rodgers & Hammerstein’s “Cinderella,” Irving Berlin’s “White Christmas” and more. [7 p.m., Noe Valley Ministry, 1021 Sanchez St., S.F.]

Flaming Lotus Girls: The fire sculpture creators hosts a fund-raising party and gallery show. [8 p.m., SOMArts Cultural Center, 934 Brannan St., S.F.]

Graphic Arts Workshop Party: The center for printmaking celebrates its 65th anniversary with revelry and a grand exhibition of work by its current and former artists. [3 to 6 p.m., 2565 Third St., #305, S.F.]

Peppa Pig’s Surprise: The live stage show, with human actor Evan Michael, is based on the popular cartoon TV series for preschoolers. [5 p.m., Masonic, 1111 California St., S.F.]

Stephanie Miller’s Sexy Liberal Resistance Tour: Stephanie Miller, John Fugelsang and Frangela’s aggressive political comedy is for those who are “uneasy with putting a landlord with a reality show in charge of fighting ISIS.” [8 p.m., Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Sarah Bush Dance Project: On its 10th anniversary, the troupe premieres “Homeward,” a piece about the variety and emotional complexity of places we call “home” performed by a multi-generational cast of Bay Area dance luminaries. [8 p.m., Shawl Anderson Dance Center, 2704 Alcatraz Ave., Berkeley]

Mark Foehringer’s Nutcracker Sweets: 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.]

Writers With Drinks: Lauren Sanders speaks about her novel “The Book of Love and Hate,” a “sexy, literary espionage thriller set in Israel and New York, told from the perspective of a failed Olympic speed skater struggling to stay sober” at an event benefiting local nonprofits. [7:30 p.m., Make Out Room, 3255 22nd St., S.F.]

Overcoats: The New York-based female folktronica duo of Hana Elion and JJ Mitchell’s debut album “Young” has a sound both minimalistic and melodic. [9 p.m., Independent, 628 Divisadero St.]

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