Dec. 16-17: Holidays at Filoli, Mother Hips, Vija Celmins, David Broza, Travis Scott, John Grant, Moscow Ballet, Sin-Tung Chiu, SF Girls Chorus, Roosevelt, Preoccupations, Charlie Hunter


Holidays at Filoli: For the season, the country estate, a California Historic Landmark, has added an evening light show and holiday decor inside the home (separate evening admission) in addition to daytime views of the English Renaissance gardens. [10 a.m. to 8 p.m., 86 Cañada Road, Woodside]

The Mother Hips Holiday Acoustic Matinee: The 25-year-old California jam band, calling its new release “Chorus” its most cohesive, plays a family-friendly show with hot chocolate and a Camp Fire Toy Drive; donations of toys and backpacks with school supplies gladly accepted. [4 p.m., Slim’s, 333 11th St. S.F.]

Vija Celmins-To Fix the Image in Memory: The major retrospective showcases dozens of paintings, drawings and sculptures from all phases of the career of the Latvian-American artist known for expressive renderings of nature and working on East and West coasts. [10 a.m. to 5 p.m., San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, 151 Third St., S.F.]

AJ Lambert: Frank Sinatra’s granddaughter, a film music supervisor and bassist, has a new solo album “Careful You,” with “unique” interpretations of songs by contemporary artists including Spoon as well as some of her grandfather’s deep cuts. [8 p.m., Elbo Room, 647 Valencia St., S.F.]

Reese Erlich: Unitarian Universalist San Francisco Forum hosts the award-winning journalist, who has been covering the Middle East since 1987, discussing his book “The Iran Agenda Today: The Real Story Inside Iran and What’s Wrong with U.S. Policy.” [9:30 a.m., First Unitarian Universalist Society, 1187 Franklin St., S.F.]

Balboa Theatre Holiday Party: Festivities include music by the Yule Logs, holiday cartoons, egg nog, a cookie buffet, a ham and DJ spinning by Santa and his elves. [5 to 10 p.m., 3630 Balboa St., S.F.]

Holiday Brass: Edwin Outwater conducts members of the San Francisco Symphony brass section in classical and popular Christmas music. [7:30 p.m., Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Lights in the Darkness Creating to Heal: The collaboration offers performances by nine local artists as well as video highlights from conversations recorded with 45 other artists, musicians and authors from around the world who are “creating to heal.” [1 to 5 p.m., Dragon Theatre, 2120 Broadway, Redwood City]

David Broza: The versatile, universal musician — who sings in Hebrew, Spanish, English and Arabic — boasts a 40-plus year career playing blues to jazz, rock, country, folk and world music [8 p.m., UC Theatre, 2036 University Ave., Berkeley]

Travis Scott: The Houston rapper (flame of Kylie Jenner and dad to baby Stormi Webster) is on his “Astroworld” tour. [7:30 p.m., Oracle Arena, 7000 Coliseum Way, Oakland]

John Grant: The singer-songwriter continues to evolve with his fourth solo album “Love Is Magic,” his most electronic project to date. [8 p.m., Great American Music Hall, 859 O’Farrell St., S.F.]

Moscow Ballet: The “Great Russian Nutcracker,” which includes two acts: “A Christmas Party” and “Land of Peace and Harmony,” opens in the South Bay before moving to Santa Rosa on Tuesday. [3 and 7 p.m., Flint Center, 21250 Stevens Creek Blvd., Cupertino]

Sonic Meditations: San Francisco Contemporary Music Players’ community sing-along features Cornelius Cardew’s “The Great Learning, Paragraph 7” and Pauline Oliveros’ “Sonic Meditations III.” [3 p.m. Women’s Building, 3543 18th St., #8, S.F.]

Oakland Symphony: Michael Morgan conducts the orchestra and choral groups in “Swing and Soul: Let Us Break Bread Together,” which takes inspiration from Nina Simone and Fats Domino and includes vocalist The Dynamic Miss Faye Carol. [4 p.m., Paramount Theatre, 2025 Broadway, Oakland]

Young Women’s Choral Project: “Cherish the Old, Embrace the New” is a winter showcase featuring four choruses singing solo and together in a program of music by Britten, La Rocca, Betinis, Rutter, Bach, Brahms and David Contes. [4 p.m., Calvary Presbyterian Church, 2515 Fillmore St., S.F.]

San Francisco Renaissance Voices: The holiday performance, a Mexican Pastorela, retells the nativity story from the perspective of the shepherds who were the first to see the Christ child. [8 p.m., Episcopal Church of the Incarnation, 1750 29th Ave., S.F.]

Schola Cantorum Silicon Valley: Gregory Wait conducts the choral group in music for the holidays arranged by British composer John Rutter. [3 p.m., Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St., Mountain View]

Mission Dolores Basilica Choir: The group’s 27th annual Christmas concert is part of the church’s centennial celebration; the program features Gounod’s “Messe Solennelle.” [5 p.m., 3321 16th St., S.F.]

The Choral Project: “Winter’s Gifts: Journeys” features music from faiths and cultures across the globe and accompaniment by the San Jose Chamber Orchestra. [7 p.m. Dec. 16, $10-$35. Mission Santa Clara, 500 El Camino Real, Santa Clara]

Sin-Tung Chiu-Beethoven’s 248th Birthday Recital: The Community Music Center violin faculty member celebrates his 30th anniversary in concert with pianist Dmitriy Cogan, playing Sonata in D Major, Op. 12, No.1; “Spring” Sonata in F Major, Op. 24, No.5; and Sonata in G Major, Op. 96, No. 10. [4 p.m., 544 Capp St., S.F.]


San Francisco Girls Chorus: Valérie Sainte-Agathe leads the nearly 300-voice group and the Kronos Quartet and choral group Musae in a holiday concert featuring Michael Gordon’s “Exalted,” Alexandra Vrebalov’s “Missa Supratext,” Reena Esmail’s “Still I Rise” and Stacy Garrop’s “Glorious Mahalia.” [7:30 p.m., Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

A Brass and Organ Christmas: Local brass musicians perform a 90-minute, two-part concert with the church’s 7,466-pipe Aeolian-Skinner organ. [7:30 p.m., Grace Cathedral, 1100 California St., S.F.]

Monday Night PlayGround: The program, part of a staged reading/playwriting incubator series, offers six 10-minute original plays, written in four-and-a-half days by writers inspired by the theme “holiday miracle.” [8 p.m., Berkeley Repertory Theatre, 2025 Addison St., Berkeley]


Roosevelt: The singer, songwriter and producer from Cologne, Germany (aka Marius Lauber) released “Young Romance” in 2018. [8 p.m., August Hall, 420 Mason St., S.F.]

Preoccupations: The Canadian post-punk band, with its third acclaimed album “New Material,” appears on a bill with Protomartyr, a Detroit post-punk band with the “brooding and abrasive” recording “Relatives in Descent.” [8 p.m., Independent, 628 Divisadero St., S.F.]

Charlie Hunter
: The veteran seven-and eight-string guitar master and band leader is joined by vocalist Lucy Woodward. [8 p.m., Great American Music Hall, 859 O’Farrell St. S.F.]

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