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Nov. 22-23: ‘Tis the Season for Science, The Searchers, Jenny and the Mexicats, The Normal Heart, SF Zoo, Thanksgiving Sunrise Celebration, Turkey Trot

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California Academy of Sciences opens its winter-themed holiday attractions, which run daily through Jan. 7. (Courtesy photo)
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Wednesday, Nov. 22

’Tis the Season for Science: California Academy of Sciences’ annual holiday programming (continuing through Jan. 7) includes indoor snow, festive performances, and, new this year, an outdoor ice rink with 55-minute skating sessions. [9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

The Searchers:
The film by Randolph Benson uses archival footage and recently declassified documents to chronicle ordinary citizens who have contributed to finding the truth behind John F. Kennedy’s assassination. [7 p.m., Roxie, 3117 16th St., S.F.]

Jenny and the Mexicats: The Latin alternative artists make bilingual genre-blending grooves that mesh flamenco, rockabilly, jazz, folk, son, reggae and more. [8 p.m., Independent, 628 Divisadero St., S.F.]

Guy Branum: The comic known as “Staff Homosexual” on “Chelsea Lately” and for playing Natalie Portman’s sassy gay friend in “No Strings Attached” opens a four-night stand-up engagement. [8 p.m., Punch Line, 444 Battery St., S.F.]

A Christmas Story-The Musical: SF Playhouse opens its production of the show (based on the classic movie) about 9-year-old Ralphie Parker, whose wish for the holidays is a Red Ryder Carbine-Action 200-Shot Range Model BB Gun. [8 p.m., 450 Post St., S.F.]

So You Think You Can Dance: Top finalists Robert Green, Logan Hernandez, Lex Ishimoto, Koine Iwasaki, Dassy Lee, Kaylee Millis, KiKi Nyemchek, Taylor Sieve, Sydney Tormey and Mark Villaver from the 14th season of the TV show appear live on tour. [8 p.m., Warfield, 982 Market St., S.F.]

Small Mouth Sounds: American Conservatory Theater stages Bess Wohl’s off-Broadway hit about six urbanites looking for life balance on a mostly silent retreat. [2 and 7:30 p.m., Strand Theater, 1127 Market St., S.F.]

The Normal Heart: Theatre Rhino presents the drama by Larry Kramer, based on his own experiences, which describes the early years of the AIDS plague — and indifference to it. [8 p.m., Gateway Theatre, 215 Jackson St., S.F.]

Thursday, Nov. 23

S.F. Zoo: Open daily, the park and gardens are home to more than 1,000 exotic, endangered and rescued animals (representing more than 250 species). [10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sloat Boulvard at Great Highway, S.F.]

S.F. Botanical Garden:
Free admission is offered on Thanksgiving Day at the “living museum,” which has 55 acres of landscaped gardens and open spaces and more than 8,000 different kinds of plants from around the world. [7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., 1199 Ninth Ave., Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Thanksgiving concert and vegetarian dinner: Badarikashrama, a spiritual and cultural center in the East Bay, hosts its annual Thanksgiving gathering, including a concert by Srikanth Chary followed by a vegetarian meal with multicultural dishes. [3 p.m., 15602 Maubert Ave., San Leandro]

Thanksgiving Sunrise Celebration: The International Indian Treaty Council presents Indigenous Peoples’ Annual Thanksgiving Sunrise Gathering, with drummers, dancers and information about indigenous peoples’ ongoing efforts for sovereignty; to attend, purchase a $14 ferry ticket. [4 a.m. to 6 a.m., depart from Pier 33 for Alcatraz Island, S.F.]

Turkey Trot: Registration is officially closed for the 15th annual Thanksgiving Day event, which includes a five-mile Turkey Trail Trot (run), three-mile Pilgrim Promenade (walk) and 100-meter Kid’s Gobbler Chase. [7 a.m., Polo Field, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Japanese Tea Garden Tour: City Guides hosts the stroll through the five-acre world-famous site, which offers information about its icons and the family that lived there. [11 a.m. and 1 p.m., Golden Gate Park, 75 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, S.F.]

The Man Who Invented Christmas: The movie starring Christopher Plummer tells the story of the journey that led to the creation of Ebenezer Scrooge. [12:05, 2:25, 4:45, 7:05 and 10 p.m., Embarcadero Cinema, 1 Embarcadero Center, S.F.]

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