Conan O’Brien and fellow comedians appear at the Masonic on Dec. 15. (Courtesy TBS)

Conan O’Brien and fellow comedians appear at the Masonic on Dec. 15. (Courtesy TBS)

Dec. 13-15: Boots Riley, Blindspotting, Michelle Obama, Fisherman’s Wharf Lighted Boat Parade, SF Symphony Messiah, Il Divo, Conan & Friends, Gregory Porter, Chanticleer, Golden Bough


The Boots Riley X Mass Show: The rapper (of The Coup) and writer discusses his books “Boots Riley: Tell Homeland Security-We Are the Bomb: Selected Lyrics and Writings” and “Sorry to Bother You: The Screenplay” with poet Tongo Eisen-Martin, author of “Heaven Is All Goodbyes.” [7 p.m. City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

Blindspotting: The Oakland-set film starring Daveed Diggs and Rafael Casel as best friends screens, for free. [7 p.m., Bayview Opera House, 4705 Third St., S.F.]

moonweather: The alternative psych jazz rock outfit from Cincinnati headlines a concert with San Francisco indie rockers Go By Ocean (releasing the EP “Sun Machine”) and the folktronic trio yOya from Los Angeles. [9 p.m., Bottom of the Hill, 1233 17th St., S.F.]

Smuin’s The Christmas Ballet: Opening a two week run, The annual holiday show with classical and contemporary dance includes new choreography from Smuin dancers Erica Felsch and Rex Wheeler. [7:30 p.m., Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 700 Howard St., S.F.]


Michelle Obama: The former First Lady appears in a sold-out conversation with former “All Things Considered” host Michele Norris to promote her new memoir “Becoming.” [8 p.m., SAP Center, 525 W. Santa Clara St., San Jose]

Fisherman’s Wharf Lighted Boat Parade: More than 60 decorated boats parade along the waterfront in the annual event, held since 1994, presented by Fisherman’s Wharf Community Benefit District and the St. Francis Yacht Club. [6 to 8 p.m., Pier 39, S.F.]

San Francisco Symphony and Chorus’ Messiah: Ragnar Bohlin directs the chorale and Jane Glover conducts Handel’s masterwork, with solo vocalists Ying Fang, Elizabeth DeShong, Nicholas Phan and Joshua Hopkins. [8 p.m., Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Messiah Sing Along/Play Along: Stephen Sano conducts the annual concert, with orchestral parts provided and scores for singers to buy at the door. [7:30 p.m., Memorial Church, 450 Serra Mall, Stanford University]

San Francisco Dungeon/American Red Cross blood drive: The organizations team for their annual “Bloodletting” donation effort. Donors who give onsite at Fisherman’s Wharf attraction in the afternoon get free admission. [Noon to 6 p.m., 145 Jefferson St., S.F.]

The Snow Queen: Bayer Ballet Academy opens a two-performance run of an original youth ballet production based on a fairy tale by Hans Christian Andersen. [7 p.m., Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St., Mountain View]

Il Divo: The granddaddy of classical crossover groups is on its 15th anniversary tour celebrating its seventh album “Timeless.” [8:30 p.m., City National Civic, 135 W. San Carlos St., San Jose]

Austin Prince: The front man of the Bay Area band Brothers plays a solo show in an old-boxing-gym-turned event space to release the video for his second single song “Sadie.” [7 p.m., 1436 Polk St., S.F.]

Chris Robinson Brotherhood: The jam band founded by the Black Crowes singer and Marin resident released the album “Barefoot In The Head” in 2017. [9 p.m., Fillmore, 1805 Geary Blvd., S.F.]

SoundBox: San Francisco Symphony’s alternative series of concerts in a warehouse space begins its fifth season with “Dream State,” a program curated and conducted by Edwin Outwater with music by Deborah Harry, Daníel Bjarnason, Laurie Anderson, Salvatore Sciarrino, Ravel and more. [9 p.m., 300 Franklin St., S.F.]

From the Pages-A Pop Art Story: Haze Theater, a new local troupe, presents its first show, a “stylized performance production that celebrates the fantastical” in which aerialists and acrobats tell the story of a young man’s quest to overcome his creative block. [8 p.m., SoMArts Cultural Center, 934 Brannan St., S.F.]

S.F. Zoo Lights: The seasonal display of holiday decor (running through Dec. 30) illuminates the park and animals, along with refreshments and caroling. [5 to 8 p.m., Sloat Boulevard and Great Highway, S.F.]

Dustbowl Revival: The Americana soul band mixes sounds of New Orleans funk, soul, pre-war blues and roots music into a “genre-hopping, time-bending dance party that coaxes new fire out of familiar coal.” [9 p.m., Independent, 628 Divisadero St., S.F.]

Facing New York: The Bay Area alt rock group — vocalist guitarist Eric Frederic (aka producer-songwriter Ricky Reed), bassist Brandon Canchola and drummer Omar Cuellar release “Dogtown,” its first album in a decade. [9 p.m., Bottom of the Hill, 1233 17th St., S.F.]


Conan & Friends-An Evening of Stand-Up and Investment Tips: TV host Conan O’Brien is joined by comics Ron Funches, Laurie Kilmartin, Moses Storm and Flula Borg. [7 p.m., Masonic, 1111 California St., S.F.]

Gregory Porter: The two-time Grammy winner, accompanied by local musicians, sings a show featuring tunes from his latest album “Nat ‘King Cole & Me.” [7:30 p.m., Memorial Auditorium, 551 Serra Mall, Stanford University]

Golden Bough: Margie Butler, Paul Espinoza and Kathy Sierra perform rare versions of Celtic songs of winter and their unique take on better known Christmas carols. [8 p.m. Old First Church, 1751 Sacramento St., S.F.]

Grace Cathedral Choir of Men & Boys: Opening a five-performance run, “A Cathedral Christmas,” a tradition since 1947, offers classic carols and sacred masterpieces with full orchestra and organ. [3 p.m., Grace Cathedral, 1100 California St., S.F.]

Chanticleer: The all-male choir’s holiday concert combines “soaring motets of Palestrina, Corteccia, Sweelinck and Lassus with favorite carols.” [8 p.m., St. Ignatius Church, University of San Francisco, 650 Parker St., S.F.]

Moana Sing-along: Sara Moore and Laurie Bushman host the participatory showing of the Disney movie, with the lyrics on-screen, as well as goodie bags and costume contest. [Noon, Castro, 429 Castro St., S.F.]

Keys N Krates: The electronic trio from Toronto, which hit big with the debut “Cura,” is playing intimate “Closer We Get” concerts. [9 p.m., Slim’s, 333 11th St., S.F.]

New Wave Winter Ball: The First & Foremost 80s Dance Party presents the dance party with DJs; guests are encouraged to wear white, silver or a holiday theme and bring an unwrapped toy donation for Variety Children’s Charity Holiday Drive. [9 p.m., Cat Club, 1190 Folsom St., S.F.]

Piano Talk: Peter Grunberg leads “Beyond The Piano-Before the Phonograph,” playing and discussing music by Franz Liszt. [7:30 p.m., Conservatory of Music, 50 Oak St., S.F.]

Steven Shpall: The photographer’s solo show “Wit and Whimsy” featuring fun, digitally manipulated surrealistic images of everyday objects, is celebrated with a reception. [2 to 4 p.m., Museum Studios Gallery, Peninsula Museum of Art, 1777 California Drive, Burlingame]

The End of Meat: S.F. Public Library screens the documentary by Marc Pierschel envisioning a future where meat consumption belongs to the past. [1 p.m., Koret Auditorium, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Merit Scholars Holiday Concert: Community School of Music and Arts’ annual show features students ages 10-18 playing works by Beethoven, J.C.F. Bach, Mozart, Sammartini, Bolling and Tchaikovsky and Hanukkah and Christmas classics. 5 p.m. Dec. 15, free. Tateuchi Hall, , 230 San Antonio Circle, Mountain View,

The Choral Project: “Winter’s Gifts: Journeys” features the Silicon Valley-based choir and San Jose Chamber Orchestra playing music by Gabriel Faure, Joshua Shank, Randall Thompson. [8 p.m., First Presbyterian Church, 1140 Cowper St., Palo Alto]

Olga-A Farewell Concert: Beth Wilmurt and her band play theatrical songs inspired by Chekhov characters in a show described as “snowy Siberia meets the American songbook.” [8 p.m., Harry’s UpStage, Aurora Theatre, 2081 Addison St., Berkeley]

San Holo: The Dutch DJ (aka Sander van Dijck) has been working guitar into his electronic sound on his debut album “Album1.” [8 p.m., City National Civic, 135 W. San Carlos St., San Jose]

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