Omni Concerts and San Francisco Performances present classical guitar virtuoso Xuefei Yang in concert on Dec. 7. (Courtesy photo)

Omni Concerts and San Francisco Performances present classical guitar virtuoso Xuefei Yang in concert on Dec. 7. (Courtesy photo)

Good Day Dec. 5-7, 2019

Alice in Winterland with Kesha and Avril Lavigne, A Noh Christmas Carol, Sir Woman, Head Over Heels, SoundBox, High On Fire, Holigays are Here, Xuefei Yang, Trevor Noah, Day of Silents


Alice in Winterland: Kesha, Avril Lavigne and Flora Cash play radio station Alice 97.3’s holiday concert. [7:30 p.m., Masonic, 1111 California St., S.F.]

A Noh Christmas Carol: Opening a holiday run with a preview performance, Theatre of Yugen’s 1993 adaptation (by founder Yuriko Doi) of Dickens’ classic story is told using traditional Japanese theater forms. [8 p.m., 2840 Mariposa St., S.F.]

Timothy Greenfield-Sanders: The Grammy-Award-winning filmmaker who made the documentary “Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am,” discusses the life and impact of one of America’s most celebrated writers. [Noon, Commonwealth Club, 110 The Embarcadero, S.F.]

Sir Woman: The catchy R&B act is the solo project of Kelsey Wilson, the Austin, Texas musician who co-founded Wild Child. [9 p.m., Bottom of the Hill, 1233 17th St., S.F.]

Cuddle Experience at Macy’s Holiday Lane: San Francisco animal loving organizations invite guests to hang with sweet adoptable animals; the cost is $10 for 10 minutes. [Noon to 2 p.m., Macy’s, seventh floor, Stockton and O’Farrell streets, S.F.]

Flash Point: The exhibition of Jefferson Pinder’s new video works in response to the 100th anniversary of the Red Summer, a period of white supremacist terrorist attacks in several dozen cities, opens with a reception. [5 to 8 p.m., San Francisco Art Institute, 800 Chestnut St., S.F]


Head Over Heels: New Conservatory Theatre Center begins preview performances of the fun Go-Go’s jukebox musical following the adventures of a 16th century royal family. [8 p.m., 25 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

The Rainbow Flag: A Children’s History: In the story time session introducing youngsters to the celebrated symbol of the LGBTQ movement, author Michelle Millar Fisher and illustrator Kat Kuang read from their book “The Rainbow Flag: Bright, Bold and Beautiful.” [7 p.m., GLBT Historical Society Museum, 4127 18th St., S.F.]

SoundBox: Beginning its sixth season, San Francisco Symphony’s experimental series with violinist David Chernyavsky, violist Katie Kadarauch, bassist Scott Pingel and conductor Daniel Bartholomew-Poyser is a program exploring improvisation and the connections between jazz, klezmer, folk and chance music. [9 p.m., 300 Franklin St., S.F]

High on Fire: The Grammy Award-winning Oakland heavy metal trio (for the song “Electric Messiah”) headlines a concert with Power Trip, a thrash metal band from Dallas. [8 p.m., UC Theatre, 2036 University Ave., Berkeley]

Presidio Christmas Tree Lighting: A singalong with the Golden Gate Carolers accompanies the holiday lights. [5 p.m., Main Post Lawn, 103 Montgomery St., Presidio, S.F.]

She Turns the Tide-Musical Theatre About Women, By Women: Michael Mohammed and Lauren Mayer direct the revue presented by the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. [8 p.m., 50 Oak St., S.F.]

Support of the Kurdish People: Mercury Cafe’s Community Night, a benefit for Kurdish Red Crescent, which assists refugees who have fled from attacks in Syria, includes comments from activists and scholars Andrej Grubacic, Deellan Kashani and Brace Belden. [6:30 to 10 p.m., 201 Octavia St., S.F.]

Christmas in the Mission/Navidad en la Misión: The Community Music Center concert, sung in Spanish, covers 400 years, with contemporary holiday songs and rarely heard holiday music from the 17th and 18th centuries. [7 p.m., Mission Dolores Basilica, 3321 16th St., S.F.]

San Francisco Choral Society: Under director Robert Geary, the 30-year-old group performs Bach’s “Christmas Oratorio,Cantatas 4-6” and “Magnificat in D.” [8 p.m., St. Ignatius Church, 650 Parker St., S.F.]

San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus: Velocity Handbell Ensemble joins the singers in the concert, titled “Holigays are Here: Ring Them Bells.” [7:30 p.m., Sydney Goldstein Theatre, 275 Hayes St., S.F.]

Who’s Holiday: The raunchy holiday show starring Shannon Guggenheim as a grown-up Cindy Lou Who (and strictly for adults) is inspired by “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.” [7:30 p.m., 3Below Theater, 288 S. Second St., San Jose]

Goon: The Los Angeles indie rock outfit appears on a bill with Bear Call and Casa de Flores. [9 p.m., Knockout, 3223 Mission St., S.F.]

Valley Concert Chorale: The Tri-Valley’s longtime chorus hosts its annual Sing-It-Yourself Messiah. [7:30 p.m., Asbury United Methodist Church 4743 East Ave., Livermore]


Xuefei Yang: Omni Guitars presents the classical musician, who, following the China’s Cultural Revolution, became the first internationally recognized Chinese guitarist on the world stage. [7:30 p.m., St. Mark’s Church, 1111 O’Farrell St., S.F]

Trevor Noah: “The Daily Show” star appears in his standup comedy arena tour, Loud & Clear. [7:30 p.m., Chase Center, 1 Warriors Way]

San Francisco Youth Chorus: Sunset Music and Arts presents advanced ensembles of the choral group in an intimate performance of holiday music from throughout the ages and across the globe. [4 p.m., Church of the Incarnation 1750 29th Ave., S.F.]

San Francisco Bach Choir: “Journeys by Candlelight: Christmas Near and Far” includes “sacred and festive, peaceful and noisy, and intimate and celebratory” music from around the world and throughout centuries. [7:30 p.m., Calvary Presbyterian Church, 2515 Fillmore St., S.F.]

Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir: Fantastic Negrito hosts the 34th annual holiday concert, “Open Your Mouth, Say Somethin’!” with guests JaCoree and Ms. Jackie Tolbert. [7 p.m., Paramount Theatre, 2025 Broadway, Oakland]

Holiday Crafts Day: Activities for the family, especially little ones 12 and under, include making beeswax candles, lip balm, gift soaps, toy trains and candy houses. [10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Randall Museum, 199 Museum Way, S.F.]

Redwood City Hometown Holidays: Family-friendly activities include a parade, live entertainment, carnival rides, snow, Santa Claus photos, arts and crafts and a 5:45 p.m. tree lighting at City Hall. [10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Courthouse Square and surroundings, 2200 Broadway, Redwood City]

Brave The Bay: The fundraiser benefiting a Make-A-Wish, which helps critically ill children’s dreams come true, includes the 5K Walk for Wishes, the San Francisco Bay Plunge for Wishes and cable car Pull for Wishes. [8 a.m. registration, Aquatic Park, 900 Jefferson St., S.F.]

Day of Silents: San Francisco Silent Film Festival offers five separately ticketed programs beginning with shorts featuring “Fatty” Arbuckle and Buster Keaton and concluding at 8 p.m. with “The Phantom of the Opera” starring Lon Chaney accompanied by live music by Berklee Silent Film Orchestra. [11 a.m., Castro Theatre, 429 Castro St., S.F.]

Marco Benevento: “Let It Slide” is the newest recording by the experimental pianist and songwriter. [9 p.m., Independent, 628 Divisadero St., S.F.]

Urban Composting: The free workshop sponsored by the Department of the Environment shows how to create a backyard compost using worms that make fertilizer. [10 a.m., Garden for the Environment, 1590 Seventh Ave., S.F.]

San Francisco International Arts Festival Holiday Year Party: Local artists appearing in 2020 programs offer preview performances at the benefit event, which includes drinks, dinner, a silent auction and marketplace. [7 p.m., Fort Mason Center Chapel, 1100 Bay St., S.F.]

Holiday Uke Jam: Cynthia Lin, Ukulenny and the SF Uke Jam All Star Band invite ukulele players to sing and strum along to holiday and Hawaiian songs at the seventh annual gathering. [8 p.m., Freight & Salvage, 2020 Addison St., Berkeley]

ODC Pilot 72: The arts organization’s pilot project hosts “Hatched,” a showcase of premieres by choreographers Hayley Bowman, Alex Law, Hannah MacKenzie-Margulies, Jocelyn Reyes and Blue Plate Dance’s Melanie Harvengt and Tayler Kinner. [8 p.m., ODC Dance Commons, Studio B, 351 Shotwell St., S.F.]

John Daversa: The musician and educator plays music and shares stories in a free program about his album “American Dreamers: Voice of Hope, Music of Freedom,” which features young immigrants in the Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals program, or “Dreamers.” [7:30 p.m., Community School of Music and Arts, 230 San Antonio Circle, Mountain View]

DIY Cookie Decorating with Batter Bakery: Jen Musty teaches decorating tricks and tips at the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market. [9 a.m to 1 p.m., Ferry Building, Market Street and The Embarcadero, S.F.]

Welcome Home: Filipino-American performing arts group Bindlestiff Studio celebrates 30 years with a gala fundraiser. [6 to 9:30 p.m. SOMArts Cultural Center, 934 Brannan St., S.F.]

The Big Take-Away: At the closing event of “If All of This Were Silence,” artist Kate Haug’s exhibition on feminism, visitors will dismantle the installation by taking away books. [1 to 5 p.m., Irving Street Projects, 4331 Irving St., S.F.[

Blue Jean Ball: The gala benefit is presented conjunction with the Contemporary Jewish Museum’s upcoming exhibition “Levi Strauss: A History of American Style.” [5:30 to 8:30 p.m., CJM, 736 Mission St., S.F.]

Symphony Silicon Valley: Pietro Rizzo conducts the concert featuring soloist Nareh Arghamanyan playing Khachaturian’s Piano Concerto as well as Brahms’ Symphony No. 2. [8 p.m., California Theatre, 345 S. First St., San Jose]

San José Dance Theatre: Accompanied by the 52-piece Cambrian Symphony, the South Bay’s oldest “Nutcracker” features guest artists Sasha De Sola and Tiit Helimets of San Francisco Ballet on its opening weekend. [2 and 7:30 p.m., Center for Performing Arts, 255 S. Almaden Blvd., San Jose]

Western Ballet: The Mountain View-based school’s two-hour “Nutcracker” is a tradition for families. [1 and 7 p.m., Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St., Mountain View]

City Ballet School: The “Nutcracker” production features students performing choreography by Galina Alexandrova, formerly of the Bolshoi Ballet. [1 and 7 p.m., Palace of Fine Arts, 3601 Lyon St., S.F.]

Dance-Along Nutcracker: This year, the festive participatory event presented by the San Francisco Lesbian/Gay Freedom Band has the theme “Nutcrackers in Space.” [3 and 7 p.m., Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 701 Mission St., S.F.]


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