All he wants for Christmas is you

Holiday Glee Club

The Examiner asked The City’s songbirds and community chorus members to describe their favorite seasonal music and why it inspires them.

Michael Morgan, Oakland East Bay Symphony, music director

Favorite music: “All I Want for Christmas is You” recorded by Vince Vance and the Valiants; “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” by Hugh Martin

Why:
“Both emphasize the quieter, more reflective and less mindlessly cheerful side of the holiday season. A time of year that should be about bringing people together, setting lives and relationships on a better path and clearing up the debris of the previous year — not as jolly in the long run, but far more useful than boughs of holly.”


Who’s in town

Dianne Reeves: The jazz vocalist performs a sold-out show at Yoshi’s. [8 p.m., 1330 Fillmore St., S.F.]


Museums

San Mateo County History Museum: Exhibits include “Land of Opportunity: The Immigrant Experience in San Mateo County” and “Living the California Dream.” [10 a.m. to 4 p.m., 2200 Broadway, Redwood City]

Market Street Railway Museum: The museum celebrates San Francisco’s rail-transit history, focusing on the positive impact that streetcars and cable cars have made on the quality of urban life. [10 a.m. to 6 p.m., 77 Steuart St., S.F.]


Tours

Japanese Tea Garden: The tour, presented by San Francisco City Guides, explores the history and icons of the five-acre garden and the family that lived there. [1 p.m.; meet at entrance to Japanese Tea Garden, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

‘Holiday Lights’: Presented by On the Level San Francisco Walking Tours, the tour explores downtown San Francisco and all that glitters at this time of year. [5 p.m., Palace Hotel, 2 New Montgomery St., S.F.; RSVP: www.onthelevelsf.com]


At the colleges

Art exhibition: “Chinese Landscape Painting in Transformation” is the theme. [11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Cantor Arts Center, Stanford University]

At the public library

Youth project: Asian Pacific Islander Legal Outreach presents “Love Shouldn’t Have to Hurt,” a youth art project addressing teen-date and domestic violence. [9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Main Library, Teen Center, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Bernal Book Group: Bring a short piece (under five minutes) to read and share. [4 to 6 p.m., Bernal Heights Branch, 500 Cortland Ave., S.F.]


Local activities

Stand-up comedy: John Oliver, from “The Daily Show,” performs a comedy show. Special guest: Rick Overton. [8 p.m., Cobb’s Comedy Club, 915 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

Rock trio: The Slip, a contemporary avant-rock trio from Boston, performs at Cafe Du Nord. [9 p.m., 2170 Market St., S.F.]

Kwanzaa events: Village Project’s Kwanzaa celebration, highlighting the seven principles of Kwanzaa, continues. Nia (purpose) is the featured principle today. [6 p.m., African American Arts and Culture Complex, 762 Fulton St., S.F.]

Chamber music:
San Francisco Chamber Orchestra presents its “Rush Hour Concert No. 1: Bottoms Up.” Featured artists include 17-year-old cellist Nathan Chan. [5:30 p.m., Intercontinental Hotel, 888 Howard St., S.F.]

Dining out

Sweet Jo’s: Chef-owner Joanna Karlinsky serves New American and “kosherish” cuisine, and the restaurant makes its own ice cream, pizzas and biscuits. Breakfast, sandwiches and burritos are available. [Jewish Community Center, 3200 California St., S.F.; (415) 345-0090]

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