Maceo Parker rings in the new year with a bunch of SF JAZZ concerts. (Courtesy photo)

Dec. 29-30: Maceo Parker, Beth Stelling, Greg Proops, Rick Estrin, Straight No Chaser, SF Magic Underground, Brothers Comatose

THURSDAY, DEC. 29

Maceo Parker: The funk and soul bandleader and sax man (best known for his work with James Brown in the 1960s) kicks off a four-night engagement, with guest singer Judith Hill (of “The Voice” fame). [7:30 p.m., SF JAZZ, 201 Franklin St., S.F.]

San Francisco Ballet Nutcracker: The City’s premier ballet company closes the 2016 run of its classic version of famous holiday dance, the longest-running “Nutcracker” in America. [2 and 7 p.m., War Memorial Opera House, 301 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Greg Proops: The Bay Area comedian’s show is a live presentation of his “Smartest Man in the World” podcast. [8 p.m., Punch Line, 444 Battery St., S.F.]

Beth Stelling: The Los Angeles-based comic (and comedy writer for TV) co-headlines an evening of standup with Phil Hanley and Nick Youssef: [8 p.m., Cobb’s Comedy Club, 915 Columbus Ave., 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.]

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 (“Twelve Days of Christmas”) and pop tunes. [7:30 p.m., Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave., 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.]

FRIDAY, DEC. 30

The Brothers Comatose
: The Northern California group is offering its “southwestern-tinged, rowdy string band sound” on its latest album “City Painted Gold” in the first of two holiday shows; The Coffis Brothers open. [9 p.m., Great American Music Hall, 859 O’Farrell St., S.F.]

Con Brio: The Bay Area band — called by one critic a “party punk version of Sly and the Family Stone” — plays the first gig of its “Two-Nite NYE Bash” with opener Otis McDonald. [9 p.m., Chapel, 777 Valencia St., S.F.]

Felt Fortune Cookies: The S.F. Public Library session, part of the “Maker and Fabrication” program, is an opportunity for craft lovers to make their own fabric cookie using a supplied fortune or one they write themselves. [3 p.m., Mission Branch library, 300 Bartlett St., S.F.]

Hanukkah Shabbatikah: The special Shabbat celebration includes Hanukkah candle lighting, crafts, music and storytelling with Mimi Greisman. [4 p.m., Jewish Community Center, 3200 California St., S.F.]

San Francisco Chamber Orchestra: “Mozart in The City” features Robert Schwartz performing Piano Concerto No. 20 in D minor on a program with Symphony No. 38 and “Per questa bella mano.” [7:30 p.m., Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Jimmy Edgar: The electronic musician, graphic designer, photographer, fashion designer and filmmaker from Detroit plays on a bill with West Coast electronic artist Vin Sol. [10 p.m., Great Northern, 119 Utah St., S.F.]

Bill Graham Menorah Lighting: The seventh candle lighting of the Hanukkah observance is followed by Chabad of San Francisco’s 6 p.m. Hanukkah Shabbos at Positively 6th Street at 496 Natoma St. in The City. [3 p.m., Union Square, Geary and Powell streets, S.F., www.billgrahammenorah.com

Val Kilmer’s Citizen Twain: The actor appears in person to introduce screenings of his acclaimed one-man play about Mark Twain. [8 p.m., San Jose Stage Company, 490 S. First St., San Jose]

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