Artists Benjamin Bergery, left, and Jim Campbell speak about their new light installation “Jacob’s Dream: A Luminous Path,” which is on view at Grace Cathedral through the end of the year. (Courtesy Emily Webster)

Artists Benjamin Bergery, left, and Jim Campbell speak about their new light installation “Jacob’s Dream: A Luminous Path,” which is on view at Grace Cathedral through the end of the year. (Courtesy Emily Webster)

Dec. 11-12: Mark Foehringer’s Nutcracker Sweets, Jacob’s Dream, PARTYNEXTDOOR, Encuentro del Canto Popular, Peter and the Wolf, Holiday Brass, Ragazzi Boys Chorus, Oakland East Bay Symphony, Rebecca Solnit


Mark Foehringer’s Nutcracker Sweets: It’s opening weekend of the delightful family-oriented 50-minute rendition of the seasonal ballet, which has a contemporary twist and live chamber music accompaniment. [11 a.m. and 1 p.m., Cowell Theater, Fort Mason, Marina Boulevard and Buchanan Street, S.F.]

Jacob’s Dream: A Luminous Path: The 50-foot installation of light and moving images designed to evoke a pathway between earth and heaven opens at Grace Cathedral, with a talk by artists Jim Campbell and Benjamin Bergery, as well as a reception. [9:30 a.m., (talk), 5 p.m. (reception), 1100 California St.., S.F.]

Unitarian Universalist Sunday Forum: Jane Stevens of ACEs Connection Network, a group working to assist people affected by adverse childhood experiences, speaks. [9:30 a.m., First Unitarian Universalist Society, 1187 Franklin St., S.F.]

PARTYNEXTDOOR: The Mississauga singer, songwriter and producer (aka Jahron Anthony Brathwaite) brings his “Summer’s Over Tour” to the Bay Area. [7 p.m., Masonic, 1111 California St., S.F.]

Trebuchet: The Petaluma-based indie rockers, who call their sound “emo Americana,” headline a show with Mare Island and Ryan Wong; proceeds benefit victims of the Ghost Ship fire. [7:30 p.m., Bottom of the Hill, 1233 17th St., S.F.]

Encuentro del Canto Popular: The annual concert, celebrating 35 years of resistance through Latin music, features Soltron, QUITAPENAS, a Grupo Raíz tribute by Marci Manríquez y Amigos, Los Peludos and De Colores. [7 p.m., Chapel, 777 Valencia St., S.F.]

Famous Last Words: The post-hardcore outfit plays to promote its third studio album “The Incubus” on a bill with The Funeral Portrait and Versus Me. [7 p.m., Red House, 1667 Botelho Drive, Walnut Creek]

Horse Thief: The headlining Oklahoma indie rockers call their sound “panoramic yet nuanced” with a mood going from “vibrant to contemplative.” [8 p.m., Hotel Utah, 500 Fourth St., S.F.]

Peter and the Wolf: The San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra plays Prokofiev’s classic, with narrator Linda Ronstadt. [11 a.m,, Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Holiday Brass
: S.F. Symphony’s brass section takes the spotlight in a concert of seasonal music including J.S. Bach’s “Christmas Oratorio,” Anderson’s “Sleigh Ride” and other favorites. [3 p.m., Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Ragazzi Boys Chorus: “In the Company of Angels” explores the “language and harmonies of our eternal search for spiritual wisdom.” [4 p.m. Old First Church, 1751 Sacramento St., S.F.]

Oakland East Bay Symphony: Michael Morgan conducts the symphony and choral groups in “Let Us Break Bread Together,” with holiday classics and music from the era of the Black Panthers, [4 p.m., Paramount Theatre, 2025 Broadway, Oakland]

Evening with the Dead: Musician Phil Lesh and psychic Thomas John appear in an evening of “psychedelic conversation about spirituality and the afterlife” followed by music inspired by “transformation, mind expansion and connecting with loved ones.” [6 p.m., Terrapin Crossroads, 100 Yacht Club Drive, San Rafael]

Moderat: The three piece electronic outfit — (Modeselektor, with Gernot Bronsert and Sebastian Szary, and Apparat, aka Sascha Ring — from Germany headlines. [8 p.m., Fox Theater, 1807 Telegraph Ave., Oakland]

Next Time, I’ll Take the Stairs
: 13th Floor stages the original play by Jenny McAllister, which asks the question: “What happens to childhood fears when they are allowed to follow us into adulthood?” [7 p.m., Joe Goode Annex, 401 Alabama St., S.F.]


Rebecca Solnit: The San Francisco writer, historian and activist — whose latest book is “Nonstop Metropolis: A New York City Atlas” — appears in conversation with Maria Popova, presented by City Arts & Lectures. [7:30 p.m., Nourse Theater, 275 Hayes St., S.F.]

Season of Hope: The holiday series presents San Jose Jazz High School All Stars Big Band, conducted by Aaron Lington, in a free concert. [7:30 p.m., Cathedral Basilica of St. Joseph, 80 S. Market St., San Jose]

Snoop Dogg: The veteran California rapper headlines the “Puff Puff Pass Tour Part 2” with Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, DJ Quik, Warren G and Tha Dogg Pound. [8 p.m., Fox Theater, 1807 Telegraph Ave., Oakland]

Climate Denial-Is it Destroying our Planet?: Scientists, strategists and writers Renee Lertzman, Michael Mann, Cristine Russell and Tom Toles address the denial and confusion about the science behind global warming in the U.S. [Noon, Commonwealth Club, 555 Post St., S.F.]

The Rolling Stones Olé Olé Olé!: Screening for one night, the documentary follows the rock band’s 2016 tour through 10 Latin American cities as it attempts to pull off a once- in-a-lifetime open air concert in Havana, Cuba. [8 p.m., Century San Francisco Centre 9, 845 Market St., S.F.]

Handel’s Sing it Yourself Messiah: Urs Leonhardt Steiner directs the Golden Gate Orchestra, Chorus and audience vocalists in the annual holiday program. [7:30 p.m., Mission Dolores Basilica, 3321 16th St., S.F.]

Gladys Knight
: Opening a two-night engagement, the “empress of soul” joins the San Francisco Symphony for an evening of R&B classics and seasonal favorites. [8 p.m., Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Prism Tats:
The Los Angeles-based alt rock act is the project of Garett van der Spek, a native of Durban, South Africa. [8 p.m., Brick & Mortar Music Hall, 1710 Mission St., S.F.]

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