San Francisco Opera's 2016 Adler Fellows sing varied opera scenes and arias in “The Future Is Now” at the Herbst Theatre. (Courtesy Matthew Washburn)

San Francisco Opera's 2016 Adler Fellows sing varied opera scenes and arias in “The Future Is Now” at the Herbst Theatre. (Courtesy Matthew Washburn)

Dec. 2-3: Adler Fellows Gala Concert, Fort Mason Holiday Exhibition and Art Sale, Jul, Jul: A Scandinavian Christmas, San Francisco Bach Choir, Half Moon Bay Night of Lights, Are We Almost There, Ballet America Nutcracker, Jonny Zywiciel


Adler Fellows Gala Concert 2016: Up-and-coming opera stars sing in “The Future Is Now,” accompanied by Jordi Bernàcer conducting the San Francisco Opera Orchestra. [7:30 p.m., Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Fort Mason Holiday Exhibition and Art Sale: The 42nd annual weekend-long event, which features City College of San Francisco students’ work in ceramics, drawing, jewelry, painting, photography, printmaking and sculpture, opens with a reception. [6 to 9 p.m., Fort Mason, Building B, Marina Boulevard and Buchanan Street, S.F.]

Holiday Guitar Concert: Old First Concerts hosts guitarist Lawrence Ferrara and pianist Mengni Tang, who play works by Sanz, Handel, Vivaldi, Bach, and more. [8 p.m., Old First Church, 1751 Sacramento St., S.F.]

California Bach Society: “Jul, Jul: A Scandinavian Christmas,” includes “music old and new, and traditional carols.” [8 p.m., St. Mark’s Lutheran Church. 1111 O’Farrell St., S.F.]

Oakland Zoo’s Zoolights: The evening attraction — hundreds of thousands of LED lights brightening the night sky and holiday-themed festivities — opens for the season, continuing through Jan. 1. [5:30 to 9 p.m., 9777 Golf Links Road, Oakland]

Elvin Bishop: The veteran blues rocker’s latest album is “Can’t Even Do Wrong Right.” [8 p.m., Club Fox 2209 Broadway, Redwood City]

Fiction: The drama by Steven Dietz, which creates and then destroys a seemingly conventional love triangle involving long-married writers and their mutual muse, opens a two-weekend run; a reception follows the performance. [8 p.m., Dragon Theatre, 2120 Broadway, Redwood City]

Karla Chambers: The artist and organic farmer hosts a reception for her solo show of paintings inspired by her everyday life in the rural Willamette Valley in Corvallis, Ore. [4 to 7 p.m., Gallery 444, 444 Post St., S.F.]

San Francisco Bach Choir: A traditional Christmas by Candlelight concert features the merry band The Whole Noyse and a big sack of unusual Renaissance instruments. [7:30 p.m., Calvary Presbyterian Church, 2515 Fillmore St., S.F.]

Jack London Square Tree Lighting: Music, reindeer, parade float previews and tap-dancing trees make up the fun. [5 to 7 p.m., Broadway and Embarcadero, Oakland]

San Leandro Tree Lighting
: A “winter wonder walk” has been added to 2016 festivities. [5:30 to 8:30 p.m., West Estudillo Avenue and East 14th Street, San Leandro]

Half Moon Bay Night of Lights: The annual holiday festivities include caroling, a tree-lighting ceremony in Mac Dutra Park followed by a parade. [6 to 9 p.m., Main and Kelly streets, Half Moon Bay]

Art Guild of Pacifica Galleria: The annual holiday market offers affordable gifts. [7 to 9 p.m., Sanchez Art Center, 1220 Linda Mar Blvd., Pacifica]

Fighting Bigotry and Wall Street After the Election: Freedom Socialist Party activists discuss how best to organize in the wake of a presidential election “built on anger, rightwing zealotry and lesser-evil politics.” [7 p.m., New Valencia Hall, 747 Polk St., S.F.]

Ballet Joyeux
: The Walnut Creek-based troupe presents “Once Upon a Christmas,” a holiday ballet with Santa, his elves and the toys in his workshop. [11 and 7 p.m., Lesher Center for the Arts, 1601 Civic Drive, Walnut Creek]

Ballet America Nutcracker: The full-length production for families features dozens of local dancers twirling alongside professionals. [7 p.m.. Fox Theatre, 2215 Broadway, Redwood City]

Western Ballet: The Mountain View-based school’s “Nutcracker” is a tradition for families. [7 p.m., Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St., Mountain View]

Are We Almost There?: Morris Bobrow’s original musical revue boasts funny songs about travel — the frustrations, misadventures, annoyances and occasional joys — of going places, [8 p.m., Phoenix Theatre, 414 Mason St., S.F.]

The Jewelry Box: Storyteller Brian Copeland tells what happens when, as a youngster in the 1970s, he headed to the “mean streets” of Oakland to buy his mom a Christmas present. [8 p.m., Marsh, 1062 Valencia St., S.F.]

Ozzy Alive: The group calls itself the “ultimate music tribute to the music and madness of Ozzy Osbourne.” [9 p.m., Great American Music Hall, 859 O’Farrell St., S.F.]

Magik*Magik: Frontwoman Minna Choi, director of Magik*Magik Orchestra, offers a sound that drifts between rock, pop, classical, electronic and ambient, “following its own impulse to explore the infinite possibilities of melody and meter.” [8 p.m., Swedish American Music Hall, 2174 Market St., S.F.]

Sad13: Sadie Dupuis of Speedy Ortiz is promoting her debut solo album “ Slugger,” with its catchy “bedroom pop” first single, “Get a Yes.” [9 p.m., Hemlock Tavern, 1131 Polk St., S.F.]

Los Lobos: The Mexican American band (David Hidalgo, Louie Perez, Cesar Rosas, Conrad Lozano and Steve Berlin) celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2013. [9 p.m., Fillmore, 1805 Geary Blvd., S.F.]


Jonny Zywiciel: The Bay Area singer-songwriter-pianist-guitarist (who counts Stevie Wonder, Jimi Hendrix, Ed Sheeran, Sam Smith and John Mayer as his influences), plays a CD release concert. [9 p.m., Boom Boom Room, 1601 Fillmore St., S.F.]

FlashPlays: Playwrights Foundation says its festival of newly written “micro plays” offers “40+ playwrights, 70+ plays and 80 minutes of fast and furious fun!” [8 p.m., Brava Theater, 2781 24th St., S.F.]

Rick Barry: Playing on a bill with Big Light and The Dirty, the New Jersey neo-folk singer-songwriter performs tunes from his sophomore LP “Curses, Maledictions and Harsh Reiterations,” which has a Nashville sound and collaborations with Larry Campbell, Nicole Atkins and Allie Moss. [9 p.m., Brick and Mortar Music Hall, 1710 Mission St., S.F.]

Schola Cantorum Messiah Sing workshop: Vocalists interested in joining the 50th anniversary Messiah concert on Dec. 19 in Mountain View are invited to participate in a rehearsal and “sneak peek” event; the cost is $30. [10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Shoup Park Garden House, 400 University Ave,, Los Altos]

CRX: The rock band is fronted by Nick Valensi of The Strokes, who has described its sound as a mix of power pop and heavy metal. [9 p.m., Slim’s, 333 11th St., S.F.]

Besnard Lakes: The Montreal band’s fifth album “A Coliseum Complex” has been called “a beautiful and often rousing album of deep, proggy shoegaze.” [9:30 p.m., Bottom of the Hill. 1233 17th St., S.F.]

San Francisco Youth Ballet: Dancers from the youth troupe are joined by dancers across the state in the group’s 15th full-length “Nutcracker.” [1 and 5 p.m., Mercy High School, 3250 19th Ave., S.F.]

Holiday Traditions from Around the World: The San Mateo County History Museum invites families to make ornaments at the event, which also features a performance by the SFSU Handbell Choir. [10 a.m. to 4 p.m.. 2200 Broadway, Redwood City]

Westlake Snow Day: The shopping center hosts princesses reminiscent of “Frozen” characters for photo opportunities as well as holiday festivities along Main Street. 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., 340 Westlake Center, Daly City]

Union Street Fantasy of Lights: Festivities at the 26th event include face painting, reindeer, Santa and holiday lights. [3 to 7 p.m., Union Street between Van Ness Avenue and Steiner Street, S.F.]

A Day of Silents: The S,F. Silent Film Festival screens six films (with separate ticketing) beginning with “Chaplin at Essanay,” “So This is Paris” (12:15 p.m.), “Strike” (“Stachka”) at 2:15 p.m., “Different from the Others” (“Anders als die Andern” )at 4:45 p.m., “The Last Command” at 7 p.m., and concluding with a 9:15 p.m. showing of “Sadie Thompson.” [10 a.m., Castro Theatre, 419 Castro St., S.F.]

Snap Judgement Live!
: The hit show from WNYC hosted by Glynn Washington showcases ”amazing performances by the nation’s top storytellers” backed by the Snap band Bells Atlas. [7 p.m., Nourse, 275 Hayes St., S.F.]

Dance Discourse Project #23: Laura Elaine Ellis, co-director of the Black Choreographers Festival, moderates a free discussion on “Visioning a More Human Dwelling Place.” [3 p.m., CounterPulse, 80 Turk St., S.F.]

Project Glimmer
: The “Boxing Joy” event hosts volunteers to sort, clean, wrap and prepare gifts for delivery to at-risk teenage girls and women. [10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Fort Mason, Building C (rooms 205, 210 and 230), Marina Boulevard and Buchanan Street, S.F.] Center

Mission Peak Chamber Singers: The group presents its 31st annual Christmas at the Mission concert. [8 p.m., Old Mission San Jose, 43300 Mission Blvd., Fremont]

International Orange Chorale of San Francisco: The singers perform “The Full Heart: Choral Music of Love and Passion.” [7:30 p.m., All Souls Episcopal Parish, 2220 Cedar St., Berkeley]

Heyday’s Holiday Book Sale: The event offers 30 percent off all books, 75 percent off damaged books, snacks, and a 2 p.m. signing with “Wild Suburbia’s” Barbara Eisenstein. [Noon to 5 p.m., 1633 University Ave., Berkeley]

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