Dec. 27-29: Kwanzaa 2018, Robyn Hitchcock, Paintings by PaulaClaudine Hobson, Fool La La!, Karl Denisons Tiny Universe, Heather McDonald, Sleep, Sugaray Rayford, Greg Proops


Kwanzaa 2018: The second day of the Village Project’s annual community celebration observes kujichagulia (self-determination) with a performance by blues songstress Tia Carroll. [7 p.m., Jazz Heritage Center, 1330 Fillmore St., S.F.]

Robyn Hitchcock: The English surrealist poet and guitarist performs Bob Dylan’s “John Wesley Harding” as well as tunes inspired by the LP. [9 p.m., Chapel, 777 Valencia St., S.F.]

Paintings by PaulaClaudine Hobson: The City of San Bruno Community Art Gallery Program presents a show of brightly colored, tropical-themed paintings by the local artist and musician, which runs through Feb. 5. [10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Main Library, 701 Angus Ave. West, San Bruno]

PaulaClaudine Hobson’s paintings are on view in San Bruno’s main library through Feb. 5. (Courtesy photo)


Fool La La! Over the Rainbow: Unique Derique, the Bay Area “clown prince of fools,” appears in his fifth annual extravaganza, a family holiday show with physical comedy, percussion and full-body music called hambone, followed by a juggling and hambone workshop. [2 p.m., Marsh, 1062 Valencia St., S.F.]

Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe: The Southern California saxophone led-jam band headlines a two-night gig, with Dumpstaphunk opening Friday and Cut Chemist and Chali 2na opening Saturday. [9 p.m. Fillmore, 1805 Geary Blvd., S.F.]

The Gather: BATS improvisation artists work with guest storytellers to create on-the-spot scenes inspired by the true stories. [8 p.m., Bayfront Theater, Building B, Fort Mason, Marina Boulevard and Buchanan Street, S.F.]

Humphry Slocomb: The ice cream purveyor celebrates its 10th birthday with a party and free scoops for those who donate $1 to Project Open Hand. [Noon to midnight, 2790A Harrison St., S.F.]

Paradise Square-An American Musical: Berkeley Repertory Theatre starts preview performances of the musical set in 1863 about a Manhattan neighborhood where blacks and Irish live in harmony — until the intensifying Civil War begins to divide them. [8 p.m.., Roda Theatre, 2015 Addison St.,Berkeley]

Sugaray Rayford: The blues singer, whose old school style boasts echoes of Muddy Waters, Otis Redding and Teddy Pendergrass, opens a two-night stand. [7:30 and 10 p.m., Biscuits & Blues, 401 Mason St., S.F.]

A Noh Christmas Carol: Theatre of Yugen is in the final weekend of its production of its calming, inventive Japanese take on Dickens’ classic story. [7 p.m., 2840 Mariposa St., S.F.]

BATCO Tap Takeover: Marcelo Javier Pereira, Jameela Taylor, Rodney Earl Jackson Jr., Ixchel Cuellar, Jocelyn Thompson, Allen Darby, Mackenzie Rohan, Adam Maggio and Othello Jefferson on keys appear in S.F. Bay Area Theatre Co.’s third annual fundraiser, an evening of feel-good show tunes and holiday classics. [6 p.m., Ocean Ale House, 1314 Ocean Ave., S.F.]

Ookay: The Southern California producer is on his Bad Habits Tour; Bonnie X Clyde and Holly open. [9 p.m., Slim’s, 333 11th St., S.F.]

To Jesus, Thanks for Everything!: Seattle sisters BenDeLaCreme and Jinkx Monsoon appear in their “two-queen holiday extravaganza.” [8 p.m., Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Greg Proops: The actor and comic opens a four-day engagement with two standup shows, preceding his Dec. 30 live presentation of his “smartest man” podcast. [7:30 and 9:45 p.m., Punch Line, 444 Battery St., S.F.]


Heather McDonald: The Southern California Juicy Scoop podcast comic (who appeared on TV’s “Chelsea Lately”) closes a two-evening standup engagement. [7:30 and 9:45 p.m., Cobb’s Comedy Club, 915 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

Sleep: The Bay Area doom metal outfit — called “the ultimate stoner rock band” — begins a three-night New Year’s engagement, each show with a different opener; on Saturday, it’s Grayceon. [9 p.m., Great American Music Hall, 859 O’Farrell St., S.F.]

Wolfgang Gartner: The style of the award-winning DJ (aka Joseph Thomas “Joey” Youngman) ranges from electro house to progressive house and tech house. [10 p.m., August Hall, 420 Mason St., S.F.]

New Year’s Family Matinee Magic Show: Frisco Fred hosts Johnathan Strange, Eric and Chase the Entertainer for an afternoon of sleight of hand, juggling and comedy. [2 to 3:30 p.m., Shelton Theater, 533 Sutter St., S.F.]

That Don Reed Show: The actor-comic has extended the run of his one-man sketch variety show, described as “a hilarious hybrid of ‘SNL,’ ‘In Living Color’ with some of the very touching beats of ‘The Carol Burnett Show.’” [8:30 p.m., Marsh, 2120 Allston Way, Berkeley]

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