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.]

Warriors routed on a tragic Tuesday in Texas

Mass shooting looms over Game 4, Golden State will try to clinch Thursday at home

Ethnic studies and civics need to be taught together, not separately

Our future success depends on young people’s ability to work together and become engaged citizens