Youngsters in Ragazzi Boys Chorus appear in their holiday concert in Burlingame Dec. 3, and at San Francisco’s Old First Church on Dec. 10. (Courtesy David Allen)

Dec. 3-4: Ragazzi Boys Chorus, SF Symphony Deck the Hall and Holiday Brass, Laura Schenone, Darkest Hour, Pops Family Christmas, New York Polyphany, Danielle Allen


Ragazzi Boys Chorus: “Ubi Caritas: Where There is Love” is a concert of songs from many faiths, followed by an audience sing-along of holiday favorites. [3 p.m., First Presbyterian Church, 1500 Easton Drive, Burlingame]

Holiday Brass: Edwin Outwater conducts members of the San Francisco Symphony brass section in classical and popular Christmas music. [8 p.m., Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Deck the Hall: The family concert of holiday favorites and sing-alongs features members of the San Francisco Symphony, student ballet dancers, young choristers and costumed characters; pre-show festivities include refreshments, crafts and visits with Santa. [11 a.m. and 3 p.m., Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Unitarian Universalist San Francisco Forum: Karl Kramer, co-director of San Francisco Living Wage Coalition since 1998, speaks on conditions of the 193,000 manufacturing workers in Juarez, Mexico, some earning only $3.65 a day. [9:30 a.m., Fireside Room, 1187 Franklin St., S.F.]

Laura Schenone: The author discusses “The Dogs of Avalon: The Race to Save Animals in Peril” in an event with therapy dogs from the Marin Humane Society. [11 a.m., Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera]

Darkest Hour: The Washington D.C. band, “a bastard child born out of the punk, metal and hardcore movement of the mid 1990s,” headlines a metal show with Warbringer, Ex Mortus and Constructs.[8 p.m., DNA Lounge, 375 11th St., S.F.]

Pops Family Christmas: California Pops Orchestra, the country’s only all-request pops orchestra, returns with its “beloved” holiday concert. [3 p.m., Flint Center, 21250 Stevens Creek Blvd., Cupertino]

Odonis Odonis: Pitchfork described the Toronto trio’s work as “minimal, claustrophobic electronic music that sounds like the end of the world”; it appears on a bill with Chasms and Houses of Heaven. [7 p.m., Swedish American Hall, 2174 Market St., S.F.]

Paws and Claus: The Shops at Tanforan invite four-legged friends to bring their humans for pet photos with Santa. [4 to 7 p.m., Lower level, near JC Penney, 1150 El Camino Real, San Bruno]

New York Polyphony: The Grammy-nominated male vocal ensemble makes its San Francisco debut in a concert called “Sing Thee Nowell.” [7 p.m.,St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, 1111 O’Farrell St., San Francisco.


Danielle Allen: The Harvard University professor speaks about “Cuz: The Life and Times of Michael A.,” a book that’s both a memoir of her cousin Michael and an intense analysis of the U.S. justice system. [7 p.m., City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

The Irreplaceables Tour-The Girls From Dance Moms: Kendall, Chloe and Kalani from the reality show perform cutting-edge moves and chat with the audience. [7 p.m., Regency Ballroom, 1300 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Walt Disney Family Museum: In honor of Walt Disney’s birthday, the facility is providing free admission and hosting activities throughout that the highlight the entertainment giant’s life, work and legacy. [10 a.m. to 6 p.m., 104 Montgomery St., Presidio of S.F.]

Resist-Documenting the Undocumented: The documentary film by San Francisco State professor Oscar Guerra tells the stories of two courageous, bright undocumented Mexican students living in San Francisco. [3 to 5 p.m., Jack Adams Hall, Cesar Chavez Student Center, SFSU, 1650 Holloway Ave., S.F.]

Janet Napolitano and Erwin Chemerinsky: The president of the University of California and dean of UC Berkeley Law School discuss “Free Speech on Campus.” [6:30 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 110 The Embarcadero, S.F.]

Watch on the Rhine: Berkeley Repertory Theatre opens its production of Lillian Hellman’s 1940s political thriller about loyalty, family and sacrifice with sold-out performance. [8 p.m., Roda Theatre, 2025 Addison St., Berkeley]

Help Is On the Way: The annual holiday benefit concert (supporting HIV, hunger and youth programs) features performances by the cast of “Aladdin,” Kimberley Locke, Jake Simpson, Shawn Ryan, Kim Nalley, Jason Brock and other cabaret singers. [7:30 p.m., Marines Memorial Theatre, 609 Sutter St., S.F.]

Pere Ubu: The seminal American art-punk band is on the road with music from the new album, “20 Years In A Montana Missile Silo.” [8 p.m., Independent, 628 Divisadero St., S.F.]

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