Arts & Entertainment

JD McPherson’s got the holiday spirit

‘Socks’ serves up retro rockin’ Christmas originals

Holiday gift ideas for the traveler in your life

These items may add comfort, save time or relieve stress

Good Day, Dec. 8-10, 2019

Jingle Ball, SF Symphony, Deck the Hall, Howard Zinn Book Fair, Holiday LEGO Show, Plastic Free Holiday Market, SF Contemporary Music Players, Mark Foehringer’s Nutcracker Sweets, Madame Gandhi, Holiday Soul with Brian McKnight, Mapache, Berhana

  • Dec 7, 2019

‘Rock & Mortar’ takes audiences on a journey through memory

Epiphany Dance Theater’s performance art piece transcends time

Philharmonia Baroque’s ‘Judas Maccabaeus’ a triumph

Soloists, chorus shine in oratorio telling tale of Jewish victory

‘Aeronauts’ supplies high-flying adventure

Victorian exploration story not profound, but entertaining

Films opening Friday, Dec. 6, 2019

Horror auteur Peter Strickland’s ‘In Fabric’ at the Roxie

  • Dec 6, 2019

Eun Sun Kim named San Francisco Opera music director

Korean conductor’s skyrocketing career includes engagements across the world

‘Summer’ turns up the old victrola

Disco queen’s hits sound great in shallow jukebox musical

Los Straitjackets celebrating 25 years of surf sounds — with masks

Instrumental band’s signature look inspired by luchador culture

Good Day Dec. 5-7, 2019

Alice in Winterland with Kesha and Avril Lavigne, A Noh Christmas Carol, Sir Woman, Head Over Heels, SoundBox, High On Fire, Holigays are Here, Xuefei Yang, Trevor Noah, Day of Silents

  • Dec 5, 2019

Holiday Theater 2019: ‘Christmas Carol’ and more

Classics, musicals, fairy tales and drag queens take to the stage for the season

Of Monsters and Men inspired by the inexplicable

Icelandic band on tour with new recording ‘Fever Dream’

Kitka’s ‘Wintersongs’ address climate change

Striking vocal ensemble sounds ancient and futuristic at the same time

Holiday Classical and Choral 2019: Sing on!

Carols and more in churches and concert halls

Good Day Dec. 4-5, 2019

Megan Hilty and Cheyenne Jackson, U Up Live, Alex Cameron, Scrooge in Love, Rock & Mortar, Andrea Bocelli, Poptopia with Halsey and Lizzo, Michael Feinstein, A Noh Christmas Carol

  • Dec 4, 2019

The little wine that could: Le Serre Nuove dell ‘Ornellaia

Twenty years have passed since the famed Tenuta dell ‘Ornellaia introduced the first true “second vin”

Eighth Harry Potter tale takes to the stage quite well

Special effects, tender story magically meld in hit show at the Curran

‘Groundhog Day the Musical’ rants more than enchants

Stage show lacks sweet tone of filmic source material

Holiday Dance 2019: Nuts about ‘Nutcracker’

The classic ballet, and fun alternatives, on stages across the bay