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Nov. 30-Dec. 1: Game Recognize Game, New Up, Brian B+ Cross, Westfield Centre Tree Lighting, Ritz Carlton Tree Lighting, Darkest Hour, Keith Hennessy/Circo Zero

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Ed Ntiri’s “Bayan Al-Rawas” is in “Game Recognize Game,” a show at SOMArts about the power of sports opening with a reception today. (Courtesy Ed Ntiri)
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THURSDAY, NOV. 30

Game Recognize Game: The experiential and intergenerational art exhibit — a “deep inquiry into the power and potential of sports as a culture-building institution for social change” curated by Dania Cabello — opens with a reception. [6 to 9 p.m., SOMArts Cultural Center, 934 Brannan St., S.F.]

The New Up: The San Francisco electronic indie rockers led by Noah Reid and ES Pitcher “infuse gritty garage rock with lush textures and lavish atmospherics” on their new album “Tiny Mirrors.” [8:30 p.m. Slim’s, 333 11th St., S.F.]

Brian “B+” Cross: The world’s preeminent hip-hop and rap photographer discusses his book “Ghostnotes: Music of the Unplayed,” a retrospective, with music critic Jeff Chang. [7 p.m., City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

Reboot Shop Hanukkah Pop-Up
: Lego menorah making and key chain crafts are offered during the first day of the temporary holiday bazaar of unique Hanukkah gifts, which continues through Dec. 3. [10 a.m. to 6 p.m., 2670 Harrison St., S.F.]

Ritz Carlton Tree Lighting Ceremony: The Make-A-Wish Foundation Greater Bay Area family illuminates the 40-foot tree during festivities with host Vicki Liviakis, KRON Channel 4 anchor. [5:30 to 7:30 p.m., 600 Stockton St., S.F.]

Westfield San Francisco Centre Tree Lighting: Treats, cocktails, entertainment and Alice @97.3FM personalities are slated for the ceremony, which also features “most Instagrammable” holiday tree. [6 to 8 p.m., Under the Dome, fourth floor, 845 Market St., S.F.]

Darkest Hour: The British Film Festival sponsors a free screening of the movie starring Gary Oldman as Winston Churchill, who in the early days of World War II faces the choice of negotiating with Hitler or rallying and fighting. [7 p.m., Vogue, 3290 Sacramento St., S.F.; RSVP to adam@cinemasf.com]

Refugee Story Lab: The Jewish Film Institute presents “Talk Amongst Yourselves: What We Carried With Us,” a live-streamed event in which refugee storytellers explore their prized possessions in short films “about narrow escapes and expansive dreams.” 6:30 p.m,. Contemporary Jewish Museum, 736 Mission St., S.F.]

Smith/Wymore Disappearing Acts: The world premiere “Six Degrees of Freedom” is an evening-length dance with performers in a “hallucinatory virtual world where technology is only moments away from consciousness.” [8 p.m., ODC Theater, 3153 17th St., S.F.]

FRIDAY, DEC. 1

Sink: Keith Hennessy/Circo Zero: “Sink,” a new solo performance of “intimate rants, dance and ritual” is a response to shifts that have produced Donald Trump and Brexit as well as “the bombing of a Sikh temple in Sinai and the mass shooting of a country music festival in Las Vegas.” [8 p.m., Joe Goode Annex, 401 Alabama St., S.F.]

The Little Prince: Opening a weekend-long run, Opera Parallèle’s holiday offering is a production of award-winning composer Rachel Portman’s contemporary opera based on Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s story, but with girls playing the principal characters. [7 p.m., Cowell Theater, Fort Mason, Marina Boulevard and Buchanan Street, S.F.]

World AIDS Day at Grace Cathedral: Events to remember those who have died and support their loved ones begin with a morning prayer and conclude with a 7:30 p.m. program of music and stories about the Bay Area response to the AIDS crisis. [9 a.m., 1100 California St., S.F.]

The Wise Women: Conrad Susa’s 1994 one-act church opera, subtitled “A Christmas Mystery Fable,” explores the Nativity story through the perspective of Three Wise Women. [7:30 p.m., Stanford Memorial Church, 450 Serra Mall, Stanford University]

Winter Dragon of Chinatown Ball: The Chinese Culture Center’s free year-end celebration on its community bridge includes pre-event performances as well as “epic competition of ballroom culture” in which the bridge transforms into a runway. [6 to 9 p.m., Chinese Culture Center, 750 Kearny St., third floor, S.F.]

Alvaro Pierri: The Uruguayan classical guitar virtuoso performs works by Barrios, Towner, Bogdanovic and the complete Etudes of Heitor Villa-Lobos. [7:30 p.m., Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Clerestory: The nine-member male vocal ensemble’s “Night of Snow” is a Christmas program of music from Spain, France, Portugal and the Basque country. [8 p.m., St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church, 3281 16th St., S.F.]

BATS Holiday Snapshot: Improvisation actors open a month-long Friday night series of performances that take inspiration from photos provided by the audience. [8 p.m., Bayfront Theater, Building B, Fort Mason, Marina Boulevard and Buchanan Street, S.F.]

A Noh Christmas Carol: Back by popular demand, Theatre of Yugen’s 1993 adaptation (by founder Yuriko Doi) uses traditional Japanese theater forms to retell Dickens’ classic. [7 p.m., 2840 Mariposa St., S.F.]

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