Dec. 15-16: Hidden Landscapes, Reboot Shop Hanukkah Pop-Up, Thirsty Thursday at SeaStar, Silent Night Skate Party, Jonathan Richman, Fascination with Fauna, future-friendships


Hidden Landscapes: Oakland artist Jessica Niello-White opens a show of her evocative oil paintings — inspired by shapes created by draped fabric — with a reception. [6 to 9 p.m., Gallery 2301, 2301 Telegraph Ave., Oakland]

Reboot Shop Hanukkah Pop-Up: The holiday bazaar offers gifts designed to inspire anyone interested in Jewish life; a $10 opening night party at 6 p.m. includes dreidel gaming and “mazel tov” cocktails. [10 a.m. to 10 p.m., Partners in Crime, 1749 Union St., S.F.]

Thirsty Thursday at SeaStar: The Dogpatch dive bar hosts a Toys for Tots Drive and specials cocktails made with Black Cow Vodka (100 percent pure milk vodka). [6 to 9 p.m., SeaStar, 2289 Third St., S.F.]

Anchor Brewing & Workshop SF: “Handmade & Handpours” offers visitors the opportunity “make stuff, shop handmade goods and drink craft beers.” [6 to 9 p.m., 1705 Mariposa St., S.F.]

Silent Night Skate Party: The first event of its kind at the Safeway Holidy Ice Rink offers headphones provided by event sponsor Silent Storm Sound Systems and Wild 94.9’s Magic Matt. [6 to 9:30 p.m., Union Square, Geary and Stockton streets, S.F.]

Jonathan Richman featuring Tommy Larkins: The adorable former Modern Lovers frontman has been playing his quirky, warm and insightful lo-fi music since the 1970s. [8 p.m., Great American Music Hall, 859 O’Farrell St., S.F.]

Fascination with Fauna-The Portrayal of Animals in Pre-Hispanic Art: The exhibition, which illustrates the significance of animals in nature, religion, society and art in ancient Mexico, Central America and Peru, opens with a reception. [6 to 8 p.m., Mexican Museum, Fort Mason, Building D, Marina Boulevard and Buchanan Street, S.F.]

future friend/ships: Opening a three-night engagement, the experimental dance piece by Keith Hennessy and Jassem Hindi is “incited by the civil war in Syria and the failures of the Arab Spring.” [8 p.m., CounterPulse, 80 Turk St., S.F.]


Glow Sword Battle: “Star Wars” fans are invited to participate in the free, family friendly event (formerly known as “Lightsaber Battle”); sticks are available for $10. [8 p.m., SPARK Social SF, 601 Mission Bay Blvd. North, S.F.]

Solange, Fantastic Negrito
: The soul acts play a GOODFest benefit concert for Ella Baker Center and Son of a Saint, nonprofits dedicated to creating more equal opportunities for everyone. [7 p.m., Starline Social Club, 2236 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Oakland]

David Elliot Cohen: The author and editor of the popular “Day in the Life” photography volumes speaks about “The Wrong Dog,” his heartwarming new book about his large, aging, ailing, adorable white Lab, who goes on one last cross-country road trip. [7 p.m., Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera]

Snow Angel: The Bay Area funk-pop “girl gang” releases its debut album in a show also featuring Vanessa Silberman and Token Girl. [8 p.m., Milk Bar, 1840 Haight St., S.F.]

Tilt: The evening of stand-up comedy, improv and pinball features The Alamaniacs, Drew Harmon, Anita Drieseberg and Kristee Ono. [8 p.m., Pacific Pinball Museum, 1510 Webster St., Alameda]

Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind: San Francisco Neo-Futurists’ third annual “Best Of” show is a “riotous round-up of 30 of our favorite plays from 2016 in 60 far-too-short minutes.” [9 p.m., SAFEhouse for the Arts, 1200 Market St., S.F.] S

Messiah Sing Along/Play Along: Stephen Sano conducts the annual concert. Orchestral parts are provided. Singers may purchase scores at the door. [7:30 p.m., Memorial Church, 450 Serra Mall, Stanford University]

The Holdup
: The California-based reggae band (with heavy pop and hip-hop influences) is promoting its new album “Leaves in the Pool.” [9 p.m., Social Hall, 1270 Sutter St., S.F.]

The San José Nutcracker: New Ballet School opens a series of performances of 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]

Christmas Spectacular, featuring The Snowman: Randall Craig Fleischer conducts the San Francisco Symphony, with vocalist Ruthie Ann Miles in a concert of jazzy holiday favorites, along with a screening of Howard Blake’s popular animated film. [4 p.m., Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Megan Hilty: The Broadway (“Wicked”) and TV (“Smash”) star opens a weekend-long run of her holiday cabaret show (and new album), “A Merry Little Christmas.” [8 p.m,, Feinstein’s at the Nikko, 222 Mason St., S.F.]

John Prine: The great country-folk artist and “songwriter’s songwriter” has admirers from Bob Dylan to Pink Floyd. [8 p.m., Fox Theater, 1807 Telegraph Ave., Oakland]

Golden Bough: Kathy Sierra, Margie Butler and Paul Espinoza play traditional music of the Celtic nations celebrating the holiday season. [8 p.m., Old First Church, 1751 Sacramento St., S.F.]

The Biggest Gift
: Fantasy Forum Actors Ensemble presents the original, family friendly holiday show about an elf on a mission to save Christmas. [9:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m., Lesher Center for the Arts, 1601 Civic Drive, Walnut Creek]

Peninsula Ballet Theatre
: The troupe premieres “Hip Hop Nutcracker,” a new twist on the classic with choreography by Ale Martinez and Issac “Stuck” Sanders and guest appearances by hip-hop dancers. [7 p.m., Fox Theatre, 2215 Broadway]

Bayer Ballet Academy: “The Snow Queen” is an original youth ballet production based on a fairy tale by Hans Christian Andersen. [6:30 p.m., Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St., Mountain View]

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