Dec. 16-17: future friend/ships, SF Zoo Lights, Golden Bough, San Jose Nutcracker, Michael Blackson, Hip Hop Nutcracker, KITKA’s Wintersongs

FRIDAY, DEC. 16

future friend/ships: 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.]

S.F. Zoo Lights: The park opens its annual holiday display, with Santa, reindeer, a marketplace, food, bright lights and carolers. [10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sloat Boulevard and Great Highway, 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 San José Nutcracker: New Ballet School opens a two-weekend run of its 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]

Michael Blackson: The “African King of Comedy” opens a two-night standup engagement. [8 and 10:15 p.m., Cobb’s Comedy Club, 915 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

Peninsula Ballet Theatre: The troupe premieres “Hip Hop Nutcracker,” a new twist on the classic. [7 p.m., Fox Theatre, 2215 Broadway, Redwood City]

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

Fisherman’s Wharf Lighted Boat Parade: More than 60 decorated boats sail along the waterfront in the annual event, held since 1994. [6 to 8 p.m., Pier 39, S.F.]

SATURDAY, DEC. 17

KITKA’s Wintersongs: The acclaimed female choral ensemble sings beautiful music from Bosnia, Bulgaria, Georgia, Russia, Ukraine and Yiddish-speaking Eastern European Jewish communities for the seasonal concert. [8 p.m.. Old First Church, 1751 Sacramento St., S.F.]

Unique Derique in Fool La La!: The Bay Area’s hardest working clown opens the 2016 run of his popular holiday show for families. [2 p.m., Marsh, 2120 Allston Way, Berkeley]

Give Me Shelter: The documentary (produced by Katie Cleary, founder of “Peace 4 Animals”) reveals how domestic and wild animals are commercialized and exploited for food, clothing, medicinals and other uses. [2 p.m., Koret Auditorium, S.F. Public Library, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Craneway Crafts Fair: The 46th annual two-day showcase and sale, which benefits KFPA, features handmade work by more than 200 jury-selected artists. [10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Craneway Pavilion, 1414 Harbour Way South, Richmond]

Dandy Warhols: Magnet described the 12-year-old alt rock band’s newest release “Distortland” as “a damned welcome sound for sore ears.” [9 p.m., Fillmore, 1805 Geary Blvd., S.F.]

Animals As Leaders: The prog-metal instrumental trio is promoting its fourth album, “The Madness of Many.” [8 p.m., Social Hall, 1270 Sutter St., S.F.]

KIDZ BOP Life of the Party Tour: Teens Ashlynn Chong, Sela Hack, Matt Martinez and Grant Knoche headline the G-rated concert, in which they perform big songs of the year and fun choreography. [1 and 6 p.m., Palace of Fine Arts, 3301 Lyon St., S.F.]

Iliza Shlesinger: The comedian, 2008 winner of NBC’s “Last Comic Standing,” brings “The Confirmed Kills Tour” to the Bay Area. [8 p.m., Nourse Theater, 275 Hayes St., S.F.]

The Jigsaw Seen: The prolific Los Angeles band mixes art rock, psych, garage and Americana. [9 p.m., Hotel Utah, 500 Fourth St., S.F.]

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

Chanticleer: The acclaimed all-male choir’s holiday concert offers “joy and tranquility in music old, new and familiar.” [8 p.m., Ignatius Church, University of San Francisco, 650 Parker St., S.F.]

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