American Conservatory Theater presents its popular annual production of “A Christmas Carol.” (Courtesy Kevin Berne)

Dec. 15-16: ACT’s A Christmas Carol, Greg Behrendt, Wadada Leo Smith, Michael Eric Dyson, PlayGround Film Festival, Hard Nut, San Jose Nutcracker, Big Head Todd & the Monsters, Home Alone with SF Symphony

FRIDAY, DEC. 15

A Christmas Carol: American Conservatory Theater stages the show based on Charles Dickens’ classic story — and featuring 29 young actors from the ACT Young Conservatory — for the 41st year. [7 p.m., Geary Theater, 415 Geary St., S.F.]

Greg Behrendt: The comedian also is a New York Times bestselling co-author of “He’s Just Not That Into You.” [8 and 10:15 p.m., Cobb’s Comedy Club, 915 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

Hanukkah Shabbatikkah FRYday: The free community celebration and candle-lighting also introduces The City’s first Federal Donuts pop-up. [4 to 7 p.m., Jewish Community Center, 3200 California St., S.F.]

LINES Ballet Training Program Winter Showcase: The evening of new works features dances by Brett Conway, Carmen Rozestraten, Alex Ketley and Angelo Dello Iacono and a solo performance by alumnus Dazaun Soleyn. [7 p.m., Dance Mission Theater, 3316 24th St., S.F.]

Wadada Leo Smith: The jazz composer and trumpeter known for his “inventive and unclassifiable” material appears in the Create Festival, a two-day event featuring different programs each performance. [8 p.m., Lab, 2948 16th St., S.F.]

Michael Eric Dyson: City Arts & Lectures presents the scholar and commentator, whose latest book is “Tears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon to White America.” [7:30 p.m., Nourse, 275 Hayes St., S.F.]

PlayGround Film Festival: Five short films screen in the opening night of the three-day, nine program event, which showcases 22 short and feature-length films that have been adapted from stage plays. [8 p.m., Potrero Stage, 1695 18th St., S.F.]

Music For People & Thingamajigs Festival: The 20th annual series of music made with found objects and alternate tunings opens with performances by Northern California Gagaku Group, Soo Yeon Lyuh, Leon Schneiderman, Euphotic and Pet the Tiger. [5 p.m., Oakland Museum, 1000 Oak St., Oakland]

The Hard Nut: After a five-year absence, Mark Morris Dance Group returns to the East Bay for its popular homage and campy reinterpretation of “Nutcracker,” with Tchaikovsky’s original score. [8 p.m., Zellerbach Hall, Bancroft Way near Dana Street, UC Berkeley campus]

The San José Nutcracker: New Ballet School stages the classical holiday ballet unique to San Jose, presented in partnership with History San Jose. [7 p.m., Hammer Theatre Center, 101 Paseo de San Antonio, San Jose]

Hip Hop Nutcracker: Peninsula Ballet Theatre stages the new twist on the old classic. [7 p.m., Fox Theatre, 2215 Broadway, Redwood City]

Bayer Ballet Academy: “The Snow Queen” is 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]

SATURDAY, DEC. 16

Big Head Todd & the Monsters: The Colorado blues-rock band is celebrating its 30th year and promoting its 11th LP, “New World Arisin’.” [8 p.m., Warfield, 982 Market St., S.F.]

Home Alone with the S.F. Symphony: The hit holiday comedy screens with the orchestra providing live accompaniment of John Williams’ score; the program also includes children’s choruses caroling. [7 p.m., Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Young Women’s Choral Project: “Peace On Earth” is a holiday showcase of 100 voices accompanied by bells. [4 p.m., Calvary Presbyterian Church, 2515 Fillmore St., S.F.]

Solstice Sings for the Holidays: The female vocal ensemble performs an eclectic mix of seasonal songs. [8 p.m., St. Teresa of Avila Catholic Church, 1490 19th St., S.F.]

Bay Area Rainbow Symphony: The LGBTQ group plays a program featuring Copland’s “Outdoor Overture,” Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 3 with Roger Woodward and Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 5. [8 p.m., Taube Theater, Wilsey Center, 401 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Soulful Christmas-A Gospel Holiday Concert: Yvonne Cobbs directs the 16-member Lorraine Hansberry Theatre Gospel Choir in fourth annual show of inspirational seasonal music — new, old, secular and sacred. [8 p.m., African American Art & Culture Complex, 762 Fulton St., S.F.]

KITKA Women’s Vocal Ensemble: The holiday program “Wintersongs” features unusual seasonal music from a wide variety of Eastern European ethnic and spiritual traditions. [8 p.m., Old First Church, 1751 Sacramento St., S.F.]

Katya Smirnoff-Skyy
: San Francisco’s favorite glamorous redhead — the drag alter-ego of J. Conrad Frank — appears in her annual holiday cabaret show. [8 p.m., Feinstein’s at the Nikko, 222 Mason St., S.F.]

Jay-Z: The rap star comes to town on his 4:44 Tour, promoting his 13th studio (and multi-Grammy nominated) album. Vic Mensa opens. [8 p.m., Oracle Arena, 7000 Coliseum Way, Oakland]

Snowflake and Blizzard: Two live reindeer greet visitors in special holiday programming at the children’s museum. [10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Bay Area Discovery Museum, 557 McReynolds Road, Sausalito]

NGHTMRE Before Xmas: DJ NGHTMRE (aka trap artist Tyler Marenyi) headlines the tour, which also features Valentino Khan, YehMe2, Spock
and special guest Ephwurd. [8 p.m., Bill Graham Civic, 99 Grove St., S.F.]

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