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December 20 – 22: Weekend events in SF

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Higher education exploration: In the 1990s
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FRIDAY

On the town

Celtic music: The Golden Bough ensemble presents “A Celtic Yuletide Celebration,” a concert featuring Celtic carols, ballads, instrumentals and singalongs. [8 p.m., Old First Church, 1751 Sacramento St., S.F.]

SATURDAY

A great garden tour

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Higher education exploration: In the 1990s, 10 artists from Papua New Guinea came to Palo Alto to create an outdoor sculpture garden in an oak and cedar grove on the Stanford campus. The impressive sculptures look like something out of “Where the Wild Things Are.” Tall posts similar to totem poles are intricately decorated with birds, crocodiles and, ahem, well-endowed males (we’ll still rate this a PG outing!). There’s even a reinterpretation of Rodin’s “The Thinker.” [Visit WeekendSherpa.com to find out more about getting outdoors in Northern California]

Ferry Plaza Farmers Market top picks

Eureka lemons

Apple granola

Chicories

Fava greens

Fennel

Honey straws

Olive oil

Oranges

Pickled spicy carrots

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Music

Women’s chorus: Kitka, a women’s chorus specializing in Eastern European music, presents its “Wintersongs” concert. Material ranges from pre-Christian incantations to Slavic folk carols. [8 p.m., Old First Church, 1751 Sacramento St., S.F.]

Theater

Elf portrait: “The Santaland Diaries” is back. Christmas is seen through the eyes of a department-store elf in this comic play performed by David Sinaiko and based on David Sedaris’ essay. [7 p.m., Eureka Theatre, 215 Jackson St., S.F.]

Improvised whodunit: BATS Improv presents “A Very Merry Murder Mystery,” an improvised whodunit set in a 1930s English manor during the holidays. [8 p.m., Bayfront Theater, Building B, Fort Mason Center, Marina Boulevard and Buchanan Street, S.F.]

Jazz trumpeter: Grammy-winning Cuban trumpeter Arturo Sandoval performs at the SFJAZZ Center. “Dear Diz, Every Day I Think of You,” a salute to Dizzy Gillespie, is his latest album. [7:30 p.m., 201 Franklin St., S.F.]

SUNDAY

A great evening stroll

Nocturnal creatures: The San Francisco Zoo’s “Zoo Lights” event features night hours and holiday lighting. Attractions include a holiday marketplace, live reindeer and a silent disco. [4:30 to 8 p.m., 1 Zoo Road, S.F.]

Theater

Santa, uncloseted: Writer-performer Jeff Solomon presents “Santa Claus Is Coming Out.” A gay boy’s gift request triggers a holiday icon’s emergence from the closet in this solo comedy. [5 p.m., Eureka Theatre, 215 Jackson St., S.F.]

Crone zone: The Crackpot Crones (lesbian playwright Terry Baum and comedian Carolyn Myers) present “Crones for the Holidays: The Sequel,” a show of vignettes, sing-alongs and yuletide mockery. [3 p.m., Exit Theatre, 156 Eddy St., S.F.]

Circus arts

Circus cabaret: Sweet Can presents “Mittens and Mistletoe,” its annual all-ages winter cabaret performed by local circus artists. [2 and 4 p.m., Dance Mission Theater, 3316 24th St., S.F.]

Walking tours

Hotel lobbies: Foot Tours hosts “Luscious Lobbies,” a history and window-shopping tour that visits Nob Hill and Union Square hotels that are decked out lavishly for the holidays. [1 p.m., starts at Fairmont Hotel, 950 Mason St., S.F.; RSVP: www.foottours.com]

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