Platinum-selling Mariachi Sol de México de José Hernàndez -- the “expression of authentic Mexican music” -- plays its annual holiday show in Davies Symphony Hall. (Courtesy photo)

Platinum-selling Mariachi Sol de México de José Hernàndez -- the “expression of authentic Mexican music” -- plays its annual holiday show in Davies Symphony Hall. (Courtesy photo)

Dec. 10-11: Merri-Achi Christmas, Romeo and Juliet, Kitka’s Wintersongs, Sarah Bush Dance Project, Peter and the Wolf, Ragazzi, Slow Caves, Emily Haines


Merri-Achi Christmas: Mariachi Sol de Mexico de Jose Hernandez celebrates Mexico’s Christmas traditions in concert. [8 p.m., Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Romeo and Juliet: The San Francisco Shakespeare Festival’s Shakespeare on Tour troupe performs a one-hour version of Shakespeare’s most famous play intended for all ages, followed by a Q and A session with the cast. [2 p.m., Koret Auditorium, Main Library, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

KITKA’s Wintersongs: Tunes from Slavic, Baltic, Balkan, Jewish and Bosnian-Muslim traditions make up the women vocal ensemble’s seasonal program. [4 p.m., St. Bede’s Episcopal Church, 2650 Sand Hill Road, Menlo Park]

Sarah Bush Dance Project: On its 10th anniversary, the troupe premieres “Homeward,” a piece about the variety and emotional complexity of places we call “home” performed by a multi-generational cast of Bay Area dance luminaries. [7 p.m., Shawl Anderson Dance Center, 2704 Alcatraz Ave., Berkeley]

Peter and the Wolf: The San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra plays Prokofiev’s classic, with narrator Zachary Quinto. [2 p.m., Davies Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Ragazzi Boys Chorus: “Ubi Caritas: Where There is Love” is a concert of songs from many faiths, followed by an audience sing-along of holiday favorites. [4 p.m., Old First Church, 1751 Sacramento St., S.F.]

Ragazzi Continuo: “Winter’s Warmth” includes music inspired by the yearning for light and warmth found in many holiday traditions. [7:30 p.m., St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 178 Clinton St., Redwood City]

Ithuriel’s Spear: The local independent small press hosts readings by its authors: poets John Mellor, Hilton Obenzinger and Tony Robles and fiction writers Sin Sorocco and Richard Schwarzenberger. [5 p.m., City Lights, 261 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

Slow Caves: Opening for “sleazy San Francisco surf band” Dirty Denim, the Colorado four-piece offers a “relaxed and surf-y update on 80s synth, 90s jangle and early aught’s indie rock.” [9 p.m.,, Elbo Room, 647 Valencia St., S.F.]

Alison Carpenter Davis: The author signs copies of “Letters Home From Stanford: 125 Years of Correspondence Collected From Students of Stanford University.” [Noon, Barnes & Noble, 5353 Almaden Expressway, San Jose]

Bay Choral Guild: The group sings composer Paul Ayres’ “Messyah!,” a fresh take on the beloved oratorio with jazz, gospel, mash-ups, improvisation, sight-gags and more, but rooted in Handel’s familiar melodies. [4:30 p.m., St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, 1111 O’Farrell St., S.F.]

NPR Selected Shorts: The holiday themed program features actors Kirsten Vangsness, Tate Donovan and Christina Pickles performing tales about returning home, running away, uninvited guests and unexpected gifts. [2:30 p.m., Bing Concert Hall, 327 Lasuen St., Stanford University]

WomenSing: “Beginning With A Bang: Strike the Drum and Join the Chorus!” is the group’s holiday program under its new artistic director Ofer dal Lal. [4 p.m., First Congregational Church, 2345 Channing Way, Berkeley]


Emily Haines: The Canadian singer-songwriter, best known as frontwoman of the indie band Metric, plays a sold-out show to promote her new solo recording “Choir of the Mind.” [8 p.m., Great American Music Hall, 859 O’Farrell St., S.F.]

Metz: The Canadian punk trio — guitarist-vocalist Alex Edkins, drummer Hayden Menzies and bassist Chris Slorach — released its third album “Strange Peace” in 2017. [8 p.m., Independent, 628 Divisadero St., S.F.]

Elizabeth Cobbs: The history professor and writer speaks about her book “The Hello Girls,” which tells the story of America’s first women soldiers and their fight for equality. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 110 The Embarcadero, S.F.]

Craft Beer History: Anchor Brewmaster Scott Ungermann hosts the $20 educational and entertaining seminar, which includes tasting. [6 p.m., Anchor Public Taps, 495 De Haro St., S.F.]

Grizzly Bear: The indie-folk-psychedelic-rock band is on its first tour in four years in honor of the new album “Painted Ruin,” which NPR called “grand and focused, elegantly layered, delicate and dramatic.” [8 p.m., Warfield, 982 Market St., S.F.]

Stuart Hamm/Dean Brown Trinity: The jazz-rock-fusion composer-musicians — bassist Hamm and guitarist Brown — are joined by drummer Gergo Borlai. [8 p.m., Yoshi’s, 510 Embarcadero West, Oakland]

‘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.]

Embarcadero Center Ice Rink: Hawaiian Airlines presents the seasonal skating attraction, billed as “the Bay Area’s largest outdoor ice rink.” [10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Embarcadero Plaza, foot of Market Street, S.F.]
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