Dec. 9-11: An Irish Christmas, Solo Sundays, Cinthe, SF Choral Artists, Peter and the Wolf, Ragazzi, Handel’s Sing it Yourself Messiah, Christiane Noll, Childish Gambino, Tony Bennett


An Irish Christmas: The show features award-winning Irish dancers led by Caterina Coyne (“Riverdance”), Tyler Schwartz and Connor Reider (Celtic Fyre, St. Patrick’s Day in Ireland, The Chieftains) and members of the Kerry Dance Troupe, Voice Squad and Traditional Orchestra. [2 p.m., United Irish Cultural Center, 2700 45th Ave., S.F.]

Solo Sundays: In the performance series “Asian Americans Shouldn’t Talk About That,” Sarah Ihn, Sarah Matsui and Kenny Yun speak on “family secrets, immigrant taboos, and gay cheese.” [7 p.m., Stage Werx Theatre, 446 Valencia St., S.F.]

Pop-up Hanukkah Party: The Jewish Community Center of San Francisco hosts the last-day-of-the-holiday bash, with refreshments, activities, music and candle lighting. [3 to 6 p.m., Ghirardelli Square, 900 North Point St., S.F.]

Cinthe: The German DJ, known as the queen of the Berlin house scene, makes her West Coast debut, in a lineup with R. Fentz and Jimmy B. [9 p.m., Monarch, 101 Sixth St., S.F.]

The Comedy of Errors: San Francisco Shakespeare Festival performs a one-hour version of the popular farce. [2 p.m., Koret Auditorium, Main Library, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

S.F. Conservatory of Music Orchestra: Christopher Rountree, director of the Los Angeles’ modern music collective wild Up, conducts works by Vaughan Williams, Mussorgsky and Ashley Fure. [2 p.m., 50 Oak St., S.F.]

Peter and the Wolf: The San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra plays Prokofiev’s classic, with conductor Christian Reif and narrator Richard Dreyfuss. [2 p.m., Davies Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

San Francisco Choral Artists: “Jingle! Angels! Silent! Merry!” includes beloved seasonal music from around the world “from sublime to silly, old to new, and with (optional) audience singing.” [4 p.m., St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, 1111 O’Farrell St., S.F.]

San Francisco Youth Chorus: “Winter Memories” includes carols, hymns and classic favorites from Britten to Bing and in Spanish, Hebrew, German and more. [4 p.m., Scottish Rite Masonic Center, 2850 19th Ave., S.F.]

Merri-Achi Christmas: Mariachi Sol de Mexico de Jose Hernandez celebrates Mexico’s Christmas traditions. [7:30 p.m., Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Ragazzi Boys Chorus: “For the Beauty of the Earth” includes music from “Deck the Halls” to Wendell Whalum’s “West Indian De Mornin’ Come” to carols. 3 p.m. Dec. 2 at Messiah Lutheran Church, 1835 Valota Road, Redwood City; also at 4 p.m. Dec. 9 at Old First Church, 1751 Sacramento St., S.F.,$5-$29,,

Ragazzi Continuo: The adult a cappella choir’s “An English Christmas” is inspired by tunes from the King’s College Cambridge Lessons and Carols service. [2 p.m., St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 1755 Clay St., S.F.]

Telegraph Quartet: San Francisco Performances presents the award-winning ensemble — Eric Chin and Joseph Maile, violins; Pei-Ling Lin, viola; Jeremiah Shaw, cello) playing works by Dvorak, Erwin Schulhoff and Mieczyslaw Weinberg. [3 p.m., Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Resident Artist Workshop (RAW): Bhumi B. Patel and Zackary Forcum examine various femme identities and perspectives in two new works: pateldanceworks’ “all the things we’ll never be” and OOMPH Dance Theater’s “femme’s refusal.” [8 p.m., SAFEhouse Arts, 145 Eddy St., S.F.]

San Francisco City Chorus: The open-community chorus’ yearly “Sing-Along Messiah” is preceded by a crafts fair. [7 p.m., Lakeside Presbyterian Church, 201 Eucalyptus St., S.F.]

Peter Bjorn and John: The Swedish pop rock trio (Peter Morén, Bjorn Yttling and John Eriksson of “Young Folks” fame) turns 20 in 2019 and has a new album “Darker Days.” [8 p.m., Independent, 628 Divisadero St., S.F.]

The Christmas Revels: “Ancient Mysteries of Andalusian Spain” is the theme of the annual musical theatrical celebration of the winter solstice. [1 and 5 p.m., Scottish Rite Temple, 1547 Lakeside Drive, Oakland]

Critical Resistance-Beyond the Prison Industrial Complex: Angela Y. Davis speaks with organizers Kamau Walton, Linda Evans and Mary Hooks to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Critical Resistance, a group seeking to end the prison industrial complex. [5 p.m. (reception), 7 p.m. (program), First Congregational Church, 2501 Harrison Ave., Oakland]

Environmental Equity Summit: Talib Kweli performs at the third annual event, with a panel discussion and session for participants to share experiences and discuss steps to diversify the Green Movement. [8 p.m., Cornerstone, 2367 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley]


Handel’s Sing it Yourself Messiah: The Golden Gate Orchestra and Chorus’ annual event showcases soloists Yi Triplett, Chrystal Philippi, William Wiggins, Kittinant Chinsamran, Franklin Beau Davis and Stephen Harris. [7:30 p.m., Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Jim Henson’s Holiday Special: Puppet classics “Emmet Otter’s Jug-Band Christmas” (1977) and “The Bells of Fraggle” (1984) come to the big screen on a double bill. [4 and 7 p.m., AMC Van Ness 14, 1000 Van Ness Ave., S.F.; 1901 Junipero Serra Blvd., Daly City]

A Very Special Chanticleer Christmas: The choral group’s Salon Series features repertoire from its annual Christmas concert, solo selections and music featuring the church’s famed 1924 Skinner Organ. [7 p.m., Trinity St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 1668 Bush St., S.F.]

Valley Maker: The folk project of Seattle songwriter Austin Crane — a graduate student in human geography whose inspirations include Jason Molina, Bill Fay and Gillian Welch — has a new album, “Rhododendron.” [8 Cafe Du Nord, 2174 Market St., S.F.]

Christiane Noll: The Tony nominee’s cabaret (and cast member of the tour of “Dear Evan Hansen”) show “Am I Losing My Mind” includes tunes from Broadway featuring greatest female characters (“Gypsy,”Grey Gardens,” “Follies,” “Next to Normal” and more). [7 p.m., Feinstein’s at the Nikko, 222 Mason St., S.F.]

A Conversation with Bill T. Jones: Berkeley Repertory Theatre hosts the acclaimed choreographer with Sandra Varner, discussing the upcoming premiere musical “Paradise Square: A New Musical,” set in 1863 Manhattan. [6:30 p.m., Peet’s Theatre, 2025 Addison St., Berkeley]


Childish Gambino: The rap and soul star — aka actor Donald Glover, who British GQ this week named “best dressed man in the world” — makes up a postponed date on his This Is America Tour; he appears in San Jose on Wednesday. [7:30 p.m., Oracle Arena, 7000 Coliseum Way, Oakland]

Tony Bennett: The 92-year-old, who’s been called “the pre-eminent singer of the 20th and 21st centuries,” has a new album with Diana Krall. [7:30 p.m., Luther Burbank Center, 50 Mark West Springs Road, Santa Rosa]

Tengger Calvary: The nomadic folk metal group plays two sets: first, with world music, Mongolian folk and light acoustic jazz; second, with heavy nomadic metal. [9 p.m., Bottom of the Hill, 1233 17th St., S.F.]

Minus the Bear: The Seattle band, known for its “hybrid of scholarly art-rock, breezy indie pop and warehouse party appeal” is on its farewell tour. [ p.m., Regency Ballroom, Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Dave Bendigkeit’s Keepers of the Flame: Trumpeter Bendigkeit leads the Bay Area jazz band in a show of bebop, post-bop, Latin-tinged compositions and “heartfelt explorations of old standards.” [7 to 10 p.m., Seven Mile House, 2800 Bayshore Blvd., Brisbane]

Advance Base: Owen Ashworth’s electro pop act’s new album “Animal Companionship” is about humans and their relationships with their pets; he headlines a show with Stephen Steinbrink, an Oakland singer-songwriter who wrote the album “Utopia Teased” after the Ghost Ship fire, and “cosmic Americana troubadour” Lisa/Liza. [8 p.m., Hotel Utah, 500 Fourth St., S.F.]

Love Actually with the San Francisco Symphony: Erik Ochsner conducts the orchestra in Craig Armstrong’s score at a screening of popular 2003 romantic comedy. [7:30 p.m., Davies Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Atreyu: The Orange County metalcore band’s new album is “In Our Wake”; the group headlines a show with Memphis May Fire and Ice Nine Kills. [7 p.m., Fillmore, 1805 Geary Blvd., S.F.]

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