Standup comics Andrew Orolfo and Irene Tu perform in “Model Minorities” at Bindlestiff Studio. (Courtesy photo)

Standup comics Andrew Orolfo and Irene Tu perform in “Model Minorities” at Bindlestiff Studio. (Courtesy photo)

Dec. 8-9: Irene Tu, Andrew Orolfo, SoundBox, Adler Fellows Concert, Tommy Castro, John McLaughlin, Neo-Futurists, Norm Lewis, Sharp & Fine, Devon Allman, Aurora Mandolin Orchestra

FRIDAY, DEC. 8

Irene Tu & Andrew Orolfo: “Model Minorities” features the up-and-coming standup comics. [8 p.m., Bindlestiff Studio, 185 Sixth St., S.F.]

S.F. Symphony SoundBox: The “defiantly eclectic program” — with conductors Michael Tilson Thomas and Christian Reif on piano, and lighting and video design by Luke Kritzeck and Adam Larsen — includes chamber-folk fusion, sardonic French salon music, Romantic masterpieces and heavy metal. [9 p.m., 300 Franklin St., S.F.]

Oakland Winter Live: The program of contemporary music, dance, theater and video by Bay Area and touring artists includes Johannesburg’s Tony Miyambo in a solo piece based on Kafka’s story “A Report to an Academy.” [7 p.m., Asian Cultural Center, 388 Ninth St., Oakland]

The Future Is Now-Adler Fellows Concert: Sarah Cambidge, Amina Edris, Toni Marie Palmertree, Amitai Pati, Pene Pati, Kyle van Schoonhoven, Andrew G. Manea, Brad Walker and Anthony Reed — singers in the prestigious San Francisco Opera-affiliated program — appear, directed by Aria Umezawa. [7:30 p.m., War Memorial Opera House, 301 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Tommy Castro and The Painkillers: The soul-blues rockers led by the six-time Blues Music Award winner play to release the album “Stompin’ Ground.”[8 p.m., Freight & Salvage, 2020 Addison St., Berkeley]

John McLaughlin: The pioneering jazz fusion guitarist, composer and leader of the Mahavishnu Orchestra, having enjoyed a nearly 50-year career, is on his last tour. [8 p.m., Warfield, 982 Market St., S.F.]

Ugly God: The rapper and producer (aka Royce Davison) is best known for his 2016 single, “Water.” [9 p.m., UC Theatre, 2036 University Ave., Berkeley]

San Francisco Neo-Futurists: The ensemble known for creating and performing 30 new plays in 60 minutes, on a weekly basis, presents its year-end program, “The Infinite Wrench: Best of 2017.” [8 p.m., Exit Theatre, 156 Eddy St., S.F.]

Black Girl-Lingustic Play: Camille A. Brown & Dancers’ performance, based on games little girls play, tells a story of black female empowerment. [8 p.m., Zellerbach Playhouse, UC Berkeley campus]

Winter Art Faire: Art Guild of Pacifica’s annual holiday sale offers unique, affordable art and gifts and the opportunity to meet artists. [5 to 9 p.m. Sanchez Art Center, 1220 Linda Mar Blvd., Pacifica]

Norm Lewis
: The Tony Award-nominee known as “Broadway’s first African American Phantom” serves up a holiday cabaret show “Norm Lewis Wishes You a Swingin’ Christmas.” [8 p.m., Feinstein’s at the Nikko, 222 Mason St., S.F.]

Sharp & Fine
: The dance troupe led by sisters Megan and Shannon Kurashige premieres “Your Sister Turns Into a Lion,” an evening-length narrative told with dance, live music, original text and an opera singer about what happens when one of two sisters turns into a lion. [8 p.m., ODC Theater, 3153 17th St., S.F.]

The Devon Allman Project: The son of the late Duane Allman debuts his band (keyboardist R.Scott Bryan, bassist Justin Corgan, guitarist Jackson Stokes, drummer John Lum and vocalist Nicolas David) in a show with Southern rock royalty including Duane Betts, Berry Oakley Jr, Alex Orbison, G Love, Brooklyn Allman, Robert Randolph, Bobby Whitlock, Coco Carmel and Samantha Fish. [9 p.m., Fillmore, 1805 Geary Blvd., S.F.]

SATURDAY, DEC. 9

Aurora Mandolin Orchestra: The free program features music from Spain, Russia and Italy and guest vocalists Susanna Uher Jimenez and Nikolai Massenkoff. [2 p.m., Koret Auditorium, Main Library, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Chanukah Concert Like No Other: The show features Yiddish stories combined with American blues by Book of J and interpretations of Jewish texts — with Middle Eastern sounds and hip-hop — by Victoria Hanna. [8 p.m., St. Cyprian’s Church, 2097 Turk St., S.F.]

LIVE 105’s Not So Silent Night: The second show of the two-part series features The Killers, Weezer, Foster the People, Walk the Moon and Alice Merton. [6 p.m., Oracle Arena, 7000 Coliseum Way, Oakland]

Misfit Maker Factory & Creative Marketplace: In the seventh annual event, several dozen local artists will make, and sell, small sculptures and other gift items on the spot. [4 to 8 p.m., Root Division, 1131 Mission St., S.F.]

It’s A Wonderful Life: A huge Snowman made of 1,000 cans of food (which later will be donated to the San Francisco Food Bank) is unveiled at a party with a choral performance and refreshments. [2:30 p.m., Hilton San Francisco Union Square, 333 O’Farrell St., S.F.]

Agitprop! 2-Classic Cautionary Tales Still In Play Today: Proceeds from screenings of three political films –“Force of Evil” at 1 p.m.; “The Ear at 2:45 p.m. and “Punishment Park” at 4:30 p.m. — benefit the ACLU. [1 p.m., Roxie, 3117 16th St., S.F.]

Bay Area Vocal Academy: Vocal students appear in a holiday concert featuring excerpts from Handel’s “Messiah,” Rodgers & Hammerstein’s “Cinderella,” Irving Berlin’s “White Christmas” and more. [7 p.m., Noe Valley Ministry, 1021 Sanchez St., S.F.]

Flaming Lotus Girls: The fire sculpture creators hosts a fund-raising party and gallery show. [8 p.m., SOMArts Cultural Center, 934 Brannan St., S.F.]

Graphic Arts Workshop Party: The center for printmaking celebrates its 65th anniversary with revelry and a grand exhibition of work by its current and former artists. [3 to 6 p.m., 2565 Third St., #305, S.F.]

Peppa Pig’s Surprise: The live stage show, with human actor Evan Michael, is based on the popular cartoon TV series for preschoolers. [5 p.m., Masonic, 1111 California St., S.F.]

Stephanie Miller’s Sexy Liberal Resistance Tour: Stephanie Miller, John Fugelsang and Frangela’s aggressive political comedy is for those who are “uneasy with putting a landlord with a reality show in charge of fighting ISIS.” [8 p.m., Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Sarah Bush Dance Project: On its 10th anniversary, the troupe premieres “Homeward,” a piece about the variety and emotional complexity of places we call “home” performed by a multi-generational cast of Bay Area dance luminaries. [8 p.m., Shawl Anderson Dance Center, 2704 Alcatraz Ave., Berkeley]

Mark Foehringer’s Nutcracker Sweets: The colorful family-oriented 50-minute rendition of the seasonal ballet has a contemporary twist and live chamber music accompaniment. [11 a.m. and 1 p.m., Cowell Theater, Fort Mason, Marina Boulevard and Buchanan Street, S.F.]

Writers With Drinks: Lauren Sanders speaks about her novel “The Book of Love and Hate,” a “sexy, literary espionage thriller set in Israel and New York, told from the perspective of a failed Olympic speed skater struggling to stay sober” at an event benefiting local nonprofits. [7:30 p.m., Make Out Room, 3255 22nd St., S.F.]

Overcoats: The New York-based female folktronica duo of Hana Elion and JJ Mitchell’s debut album “Young” has a sound both minimalistic and melodic. [9 p.m., Independent, 628 Divisadero St.]
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