Comedian Amy Miller is releasing her album "Solid Gold" at Doc's Lab on Dec. 29. (Courtesy photo)

Dec. 28-29: Tis the Season for Science, Anne Sajdera, Hanukkah in the Castro, Ghirardelli Square Hanukkah, Quannum MCs, Amy Miller

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 28

Tis the Season for Science: The California Academy of Science’s annual holiday programming (continuing through Jan. 8) includes live reindeer, indoor snow and longer hours. [9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Anne Sajdera: The Bay Area pianist and composer plays African, American and Latin jazz. [8 p.m., Doc’s Lab, 134 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

Nato Green: The San Francisco Examiner columnist who mixes politics and humor headlines the standup comedy show, with Janine Brito and host Sean McKenzie. [8 p.m., Punch Line, 444 Battery St., S.F.]

Hanukkah in the Castro: Congregation Sha’ar Zahav and merchants sponsor the celebration, with candle lighting (bring your own menorah), songs, dreidels and dancing. [6 to 7 p.m., Jane Warner Plaza, 401 Castro St., S.F.]

The Black Queen: The power synth pop trio’s debut album is 2015’s “Fever Daydream.” [8 p.m., Rickshaw Stop, 155 Fell St., S.F.]

Mittens and Mistletoe–A Winter Circus Cabaret: The charming circus-theater troupe Sweet Can Productions’ seventh annual holiday show is back by popular demand. [2 and 4 p.m., Mission Dance Theater, 3316 24th St., S.F.]

Quannum MCs: The California hip hop lineup features Blackalicious, Lyrics Born and Lateef. [8 p.m., Fillmore, 1805 Geary Blvd., S.F.] :

Under the Dome Festival of Lights: Hanukkah festivities, co-presented by the Bill Graham Menorah Project, include balloons, Boswick the Clown, music by Isaac Zones, crafts and jelly doughnuts. [5 to 7 p.m., Westfield Centre, fourth floor, 845 Market St., S.F.]

Ghirardelli Square Hanukkah: The celebration includes free children’s activities, music, and, at 5 p.m., the lighting of the menorah by Rabbi Peretz Mochkin. [4 to 6 p.m., Upper (Fountain) Plaza, 900 North Point St., S.F.]

Sing-along Sound of Music: The Rodgers and Hammerstein musical comes to the big screen, complete with subtitles, in the annual participatory event; themed costumes are encouraged. [1 and 7 p.m., Castro Theatre, 429 Castro St., S.F.]


THURSDAY, DEC. 29

Amy Miller: The former Bay Area comic (now from Portland) appears to release her album “Solid Gold” on a bill with Josef Anolin, Dominique Gelin and Andrew Holmgren. [8 p.m., Doc’s Lab, 124 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

Maceo Parker: The funk and soul bandleader and sax man kicks off a four-night engagement, with guest singer Judith Hill (of “The Voice”). [7:30 p.m., SF JAZZ, 201 Franklin St., S.F.]

Rick Estrin & The Night Cats
: The harmonica icon, vocalist and songwriter reunites with guitarist Little Charlie Baty for an evening of rockin’ blues. [7:30 and 9:30 p.m., Biscuits & Blues, 401 Mason St., S.F.]

Val Kilmer’s Citizen Twain: The actor appears in person to introduce screenings of his acclaimed one-man play about Mark Twain. [7:30 p.m., San Jose Stage Company, 490 South First St., San Jose]

Straight No Chaser: The a cappella group that originated at Indiana University — on its “I’ll Have Another… 20th Anniversary World Tour” — is known for its harmonic interpretations of holiday songs (particularly “Twelve Days of Christmas”) and pop tunes. [7:30 p.m., Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Gertrude Stein and a Companion: Theatre Rhino stages Win Wells’ play, which explores the genesis and development of Stein and Alice B. Toklas’ relationship and their artistic lives in Paris between the two world wars. [8 p.m.,, Eureka Theatre, 215 Jackson St., S.F.]

Antebellum and Civil War Days in S.F.: Monika Trobits leads the $40 San Francisco Journeys tour. which visits historic sites that remain from The City’s earliest days and describes the lives of its colorful characters. [10 a.m. to 3 p.m., meet at City Hall, Polk and Grove sreets, S.F.]

San Francisco Magic Underground
: Sebastian Boswell III hosts the weekly Thursday night showcase, which ranges from demonstrations of mental and physical skills including ESP, clairvoyance and telekinesis, to surrealist sock puppets. [8 p.m., 533 Sutter St., S.F.]

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