New Conservatory Theatre Center’s holiday production of “Avenue Q” features, from left, Scott Taylor-Cole, Kamren Mahaney, Isabel To, Emily Serdahl and Janelle LaSalle. (Courtesy Lois Tema)

New Conservatory Theatre Center’s holiday production of “Avenue Q” features, from left, Scott Taylor-Cole, Kamren Mahaney, Isabel To, Emily Serdahl and Janelle LaSalle. (Courtesy Lois Tema)

Dec. 20-21: Avenue Q, Sean Keane, Aladdin, SF Punk Film Series, Fool La La, Bound to Fail, Golden Girls Christmas Episodes, Dave Koz

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 20

Avenue Q: New Conservatory Theatre Center stages the sassy, Tony Award-winning hit musical, with puppets, in its wildly popular fifth annual holiday production. [8 p.m., Decker Theatre, 25 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Sean Keane: The Los Angeles-based comedian (originally from San Francisco) appears with Ben Kolina and host Joey Devine. [8 p.m., Punch Line, 444 Battery St., S.F.]

Naturally 7: The a cappella vocal group is known for touring with Michael Buble, interpretations of hits from Phil Collins to Coldplay and its own original material. [8 p.m., Great American Music Hall, 859 O’Farrell St., S.F.]

Aladdin: The national tour of the glitzy Disney musical based on the cartoon movie classic stars Bay Area native Adam Jacobs in the title role. [2 and 8 p.m., Orpheum Theatre, 1192 Market St., S.F.]

S.F. Punk Film Series
: “In the Moment” is a lineup of film shorts and clips from 1977-80 that illustrate the birth of The City’s original punk underground. [6 p.m., Koret Auditorium, Main Library, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Fool La La Over the Rainbow
: Unique Derique opens a 14-performance run of his annual circus-inspired family holiday show with physical comedy and body percussion. [7 p.m., Marsh, 2120 Allston Way, Berkeley]

Bound to Fail: Subtitled “San Francisco Neighborhoods in Transition,” the exhibit of photography by Arthur O’Donnell of The City’s changing urban landscape runs through Feb. 23. [9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Skylight Gallery, Main Library, sixth floor, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

The Golden Girls-The Christmas Episodes: The 12th season of the show features drag stars Heklina (Dorothy), Matthew Martin (Blanche), D’Arcy Drollinger (Rose) and Holotta Tymes (Sophia) performing scripts from the sitcom live onstage. [8 p.m., Victoria Theatre, 2961 16th St., S.F.]

Beyond Western Art: A museum docent leads a tour of the de Young Museum’s Africa, Oceania, and the Americas galleries. [11 a.m., Wilsey Court, 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Tis the Season for Science: California Academy of Sciences’ holiday programming (continuing through Jan. 7) includes indoor snow and an outdoor ice rink with 55-minute skating sessions. [9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

THURSDAY, DEC. 21

Dave Koz: The smooth jazz saxophone giant appears on his 20th anniversary Christmas tour, with guests David Benoit, Rick Braun and Peter White and R&B-jazz singer Selina Albright. [8 p.m., City National Civic, 135 San Carlos St., San Jose]

Bethlehem A.D.: The little town of Bethlehem is brought to life at the annual outdoor staging of the Christmas story, where people can mix and mingle with Roman centurions and wise men and visit the baby in the manger. [6 to 9:30 p.m., 1305 Middlefield Road, Redwood City]

PianoFight’s 2017 Year In Revue: Sam DiSalvo and Molly Sanchez host the standup series with a roster of rotating guests and the theme “Comedy Treasures from a Trash Year. [7:30 p.m., PianoFight, 144 Taylor St., S.F.]

An evening with Barbara Buckner and Frank Wright
: Michael E. Smith presents the experimental evening of three seminal video works by Buckner encompassed by the playing of “Solos Duets,” a 1975 free jazz album by Wright, Bobby Few and Alan Silva. [7 p.m., David Ireland House, 500 Capp St., S.F.]

Comedy Returns to El Rio: The third-Thursday of the month show closes the year with standup by Marga Gomez, Will Durst, Aundre the Wonderwoman, David Lawrence Hawkins and Lisa Geduldig. [8 p.m., El Rio, 3158 Mission St., S.F.]

A Charlie Brown Christmas-Live!
: Randall Craig Fleischer conducts the San Francisco Symphony and the singing and dancing cast of “A Charlie Brown Christmas” in a concert of holiday favorites, including Vince Guaraldi’s famed music. [2 and 7:30 p.m., Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

A Chanticleer Christmas: The all-male choir’s holiday concert offers Gregorian chant, music by Morales, Gonzalez, Victoria, Poulenc and Sweelinck and carols and spirituals. [6 and 8:30 p.m., Mission Santa Clara, 500 El Camino Real, Santa Clara]

The Santaland Diaries: TheatreWorks presents the popular show based on David Sedaris’ classic satirical essay about the holidays. [8 p.m., Lohman Theatre, 12345 S. El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills]

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