For Avery Kuo, it’s all about the Christmas tree

Holiday Glee Club

The Examiner asked The City’s songbirds and community chorus members to describe their favorite seasonal music and why it inspires them.

Avery Kuo, piano student, 6

Favorite music: “O Christmas Tree”

Why: “I like the music, and the tree makes me think of the Christmas gifts under the tree.”

Who’s in town

Singer, songwriter and pianist Vienna Teng performs a sold-out show at the Great American Music Hall, appearing with percussionist Alex Wong. The pair’s first studio collaboration, “Inland Territory,” was released last year. [8 p.m., 859 O’Farrell St., S.F.]

Museums

Museum of the African Diaspora: Exhibitions include “Art/Object: Re-Contextualizing African Art,” “The Origins of the African Diaspora” and “Slavery Passages.” [11 a.m. to 6 p.m., 685 Mission St., S.F.]

Museo ItaloAmericano:
“Piedmont Industry: Photos of a Century of Work” is the featured exhibition. [Noon to 4 p.m., Building C, Fort Mason Center, Marina Boulevard and Buchanan Street, S.F.]


Tours

Japanese Tea Garden: The tour, presented by San Francisco City Guides, explores the history and icons of the five-acre garden and the family that lived there. [1 p.m.; meet at entrance to Japanese Tea Garden, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Life at sea: “Adventures at Sea,” a guided tour of the ship Balclutha, looks at the lives of 19th-century sailors, with a focus on the treacherous Cape Horn passage. [2:15 p.m., Hyde Street Pier, north end of Hyde Street, S.F.]


Literary events

Author birthdays: Event features readings from the works of favorite authors born in the month of December. Bring a three- to five-minute selection to share. [7 to 9 p.m., Bird and Beckett, 653 Chenery St., S.F.]


Colleges

Stanford Art Spaces: Works by Alice Beasley (textile art), James Su (painting, pastels) and John Sundstrom (paintings, charcoal drawings) are on view. [8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Paul G. Allen building, CIS, Stanford University, Stanford]


At the public library

Holiday movie: “Elf” (2003), starring Will Ferrell, screens at the library. [Noon, Main Library, Koret Auditorium, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

‘Toddler Tales and Playtime’: The program features stories, rhymes, songs, music and movement for children ages 18 months to 36 months. [10:30 a.m., West Portal Branch, 190 Lenox Way, S.F.]


Dining out

Ana Mandara: Chef Khai Duong’s highlighted appetizer is soft-shell crab with avocado, rice noodles and lettuce. It is wrapped in rice paper and dipped in lemon sauce. Today’s recommended entree is charcoal-grilled filet mignon, served with sticky rice cake, French beans, grilled pineapple and pine-nut sauce. [891 Beach St., S.F.; (415) 771-6800]

Local activities

Dickens story: American Conservatory Theater presents “A Christmas Carol,” its annual music-infused play based on Charles Dickens’ story about the transformation of mean miser Scrooge. [2 and 7 p.m., ACT, 415 Geary St., S.F.]

Pot shtickers: Kung Pao Kosher Comedy presents its annual “Jewish Comedy on Christmas in a Chinese Restaurant” show. Wendy Liebman is the headliner this year. [5 and 8:30 p.m., New Asia Restaurant, 772 Pacific Ave., S.F.]

Santa satire: Combined Artform presents David Sedaris’ “Santaland Diaries,” adapted by Joe Mantello. The stage comedy presents Christmas through the eyes of a Macy’s elf. [5 and 8 p.m., Eureka Theatre, 215 Jackson St., S.F.]

Vast tango: “Forever Tango” is back. Luis Bravo’s stage show celebrates the art of tango with 12 dancers, a vocalist and an 11-piece orchestra. [8 p.m., Marines Memorial Theatre, 608 Sutter St., S.F.]

Azerbaijani music: Leading musicians from Azerbaijan, led by Siyavush Karimi, rector of Azerbaijan’s National Conservatory, perform a concert. [7:30 p.m., Cowell Theater, Fort Mason Center, S.F.; RSVP: azerbaijanrsvp@gmail.com]

Ogre’s tale: Things get ugly when an ogre shows up to rescue a feisty princess in “Shrek the Musical,” the play based on the animated film. Shows continue through Jan. 2 at the Orpheum Theatre. [2 and 8 p.m., 1192 Market St., S.F.]

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