Gregangelo Herrera whirls in “My Friend Hafiz,” a show with poetry and stunts at Dance Mission through the weekend. (Courtesy Hiromi Yoshida)

Dec. 20-23: Bayview Opera House Winter Wonderland, Soulful Christmas, Sleeping Beauty, the Panto, Golden Girls Live! Christmas Episodes, Hellman Holiday Stomp, Holiday Hits with Midtown Men, Bethlehem A.D., Cinderella

THURSDAY, DEC. 20

Bayview Opera House Winter Wonderland: Kids can meet Santa, do art activities, skate or play in the snow (for $1) at the seventh annual free outdoor festivities. [5 to 9 p.m., 4705 Third St., S.F.]

Soulful Christmas-A Gospel Holiday Concert: Yvonne Cobbs and the Lorraine Hansberry Theatre Choir appear in the fifth annual show of new, old, sacred and secular music, continuing through the weekend. [8 p.m., Buriel Clay Theater, 762 Fulton St., S.F.]

Sleeping Beauty, the Panto: The “outrageous, vaudevillian, musical U.K. tradition” has romance and drag and “holiday fun for all ages.” [2 p.m., Custom Made Theatre, 533 Sutter St., S.F.]

A Very Merry Christmas Cabaret: Kat Robichaud and her band’s variety show answers the question: What do Star Wars, Gremlins and Santa Claus have in common? [8 p.m., Z Space, 450 Florida St., S.F.]

My Friend Hafiz: Sweet Can Circus kicks off a four-day, five-performance run of the show which combines influences of Persian poet Hafiz with music, circus, dance and projection in a tale about overcoming shame and anger and finding forgiveness. [7 p.m., Dance Mission Theater, 3316 24th St., S.F.]

Gregangelo Herrera whirls in “My Friend Hafiz,” a show with poetry and stunts at Dance Mission through the weekend. (Courtesy Hiromi Yoshida)

FRIDAY, DEC. 21

The Golden Girls-The Christmas Episodes: The annual show features San Francisco drag queens performing two new episodes from the classic TV sitcom live onstage; in this year’s offerings, Sophia’s sister and Blanche’s father make visits. [8 p.m. Victoria Theatre, 2961 16th St., S.F.]

Bethlehem A.D.
: The town of Bethlehem is brought to life at the annual three-day outdoor staging of the Christmas story, at which guests 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]

Cinderella: The African-American Shakespeare Company opens a four-performance run of its enchanting take on the fairy tale, which has become a popular holiday tradition. [8 p.m., Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Hellman Holiday Stomp: In what has become tradition, friends and family of the late Warren Hellman, Hardly Strictly Bluegrass founder, celebrate with music, this year by Stranger Remnants, Lake Charlatans, Marco and The Polos, Nancy & The Lambchops and The Daughters of The Hellman Revolution. [8 p.m., Swedish American Hall, 2174 Market St., S.F.]

Fool La La!: Unique Derique opens a 12-performance run of his circus-inspired family show packed with physical comedy and body percussion. [2 p.m., Marsh, 1062 Valencia St., S.F.]

Little Women
: Coastal Repertory Theatre is in the closing weekend of its adaptation by Jon Jory of the beloved Louisa May Alcott novel. [8 p.m., 1167 Main St., Half Moon Bay]

San Francisco Dungeon: The Fisherman’s Wharf attraction showing the dark side of Bay Area history via a scary and fun live-action journey is sending guests “to hell for the holidays at Santa’s/Satan’s Village,” with added hours through Jan. 6. [10 a.m. to 10 p.m., 145 Jefferson St., S.F.]

Mic at Midnight: The Lab, a nonprofit experimental art space, presents an open mic session hosted by writer-in-residence Tongo Eisen-Martin.[11:59 p.m., Lab, 2948 16th St., S.F.]

SATURDAY, DEC. 22

Holiday Hits with Midtown Men: Cast members of Broadway’s “Jersey Boys” Christian Hoff, Michael Longoria, Daniel Reichard, J. Robert Spencer sing seasonal tunes. [7:30 p.m., Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Songs for a Sixpence: BATS Improv performers offer a new, improvised on-the-spot holiday musical set in the world of Charles Dickens, running Saturdays through the end of 2018. [8 p.m., Bayfront Theater, Building B, Fort Mason, Marina Boulevard and Buchanan Street, S.F.]

Ugly Sweater Holiday Party: DJs Galen, Tony, Ethan Miller, Lisbona Sisters, Tyrel Williams, Chuy Fresno, Cole Odin and Dave Ours appear at the inaugural bash presented by Foxworthy Farms and The Gathering, [9:30 p.m., Monarch, 101 Sixth St., S.F.]

Ruth Asawa-A Sculpting Life: Joan Schoettler, author of the children’s book about the groundbreaking Bay Area Japanese-American sculptor, discusses the artist in a special event for kids. [10 a.m., Book Passage, 1 Ferry Building, S.F.]

History of World War II-The D-Day Invasion to the Fall of Berlin: John Fisher, director of San Francisco’s long-running queer Theatre Rhinoceros, has extended the run of his solo show, an amalgamation of fun facts and personal revelations. [8:30 p.m., Marsh, 1062 Valencia St., S.F.]

Hip Hop Nutcracker: Peninsula Ballet Theatre stages the new twist on the old classic choreographed by Alee Martinez and Isaac “Stuck” Sanders. [7 p.m., Fox Theatre, 2215 Broadway, Redwood City]

Peninsula Ballet Theatre: The professional troupe presents an all new “Nutcracker” with costumed characters and guest professional dancers. [2 p.m., Fox Theatre, 2215 Broadway, Redwood City]

Virtuoso Concerto Holiday Celebration: Early music ensemble Voices of Music sings in a concert featuring baroque trumpet and violin concertos by Corelli, Telemann, Torelli and Vivaldi. [8 p.m., St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, 1111 O’Farrell St., S.F.]

Oakland Ballet Company’s Nutcracker: The troupe presents artistic director Graham Lustig’s popular interpretation of the famed dance with music by the Oakland Symphony. [1 and 5 p.m. Dec. 22, Paramount Theatre, 2025 Broadway, Oakland]

Craneway Craft Fair: The 48th 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]
Bayview Opera House Winter WonderlandBethlehem A.D.CalendarCinderellaGolden Girls Live! Christmas EpisodesHellman Holiday StompHoliday Hits with Midtown MenSleeping BeautySoulful Christmasthe Panto

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