Good Weekend: Friday, Dec. 11

Friday

 

On the town

Spanish arts: Andanza Spanish Arts presents “Pergoleto,” a performance celebrating the music and dance forms of Spain. [8 p.m., Dance Mission Theater, 3316 24th St., S.F.]

Flute concert: The Magic Flutes ensemble presents its “Christmas Concert.” The group consists of 27 amateur and professional flutists. [7 p.m., St. Matthew’s Church, 1 Notre Dame Place, San Mateo]

 

Saturday

 

A great bike ride

SFBC Christmas Lights Ride: Join the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition Bike Buddies for a Christmas Lights Ride, one of the best ways to enjoy your neighbors’ festive holiday show-off spirit — new cyclists can enjoy a fun and mellow ride to some of S.F.’s most creatively lit homes. As always, dress for the weather, bring blinkies and holiday snacks to share. [6:30 p.m., meet at the Panhandle statue, Fell and Baker streets, sfbike.org]

 

Movies

Silent screen:</strong> The San Francisco Silent Film Festival presents a day of silent cinema. Films include Buster Keaton’s “Sherlock Jr.” and Abel Gance’s “J’Accuse.” [11:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m., Castro Theatre, 429 Castro St., S.F.]

 

Dance

Sugarplum merry: The Lesbian/Gay Freedom Band presents “Dance-Along Nutcracker.” The wacky audience-participatory event has a Wild West theme this year. [2:30 and 7 p.m., Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 701 Mission St., S.F.]

Nijinsky tribute: Avy K Productions presents “Nocturnal Butterflies,” a multimedia dance performance dedicated to dancer Vaslav Nijinsky. [8 p.m., Project Artaud Theater, 450 Florida St., S.F.]

 

Literary events

Iran program: “We Are All Iran,” a literary reading, marks the six-month anniversary of the Iran election. Bay Area Iranian American writers share their work. [2 p.m., Main Library, Koret Auditorium, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

 

Music

Classical guitarist: Renowned Spanish guitarist Pepe Romero gives a recital. Expect both fresh improvisation and detailed performance. [8 p.m., Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Christmas blues: Blues artist Kenny Neal, who has played with stars from B.B. King to Buddy Guy, presents his annual holiday show. [8 p.m., Little Fox, 2209 Broadway, Redwood City]

 

Festivities

Hanukkah bash: The Contemporary Jewish Museum hosts a “Super 8 Hanukkah Festival,” including DJs, performances, short films, a cash bar and more. [7 to 10 p.m., 736 Mission St., S.F.]

 

Comedy

Stand-up show: Comedian Greg Giraldo performs at Cobb’s. Comedy Central’s “Friday Night Stand-Up” and “Root of All Evil” are among his credits. [8 and 10:15 p.m., Cobb’s Comedy Club, 915 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

 

Theater

Street theater: The San Francisco Mime Troupe hosts an “Anti-Capitalist, Anti-Consumption Christmas Street Theater Workshop” as part of its 50th-birthday events. [12:30 p.m., Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, youth lounge, 701 Mission St., S.F.]

 

Sunday

A great city walk

Fire Department Museum: View antique engines and firefighter artifacts mixed together with the history of firefighting. This is an indoor, self-guided tour. A trained City Guide is available for questions and explanations. [Meet at 1 p.m. on Presidio Avenue between Bush and Pine streets. Public transportation: Muni lines 1, 43]

 

Music

Organ, brass and voice: The San Francisco Symphony presents “Holiday Pipe Dreams.” Soprano Lisa Vroman and symphony brass musicians join organist David Higgs. [7 p.m., Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Rock band: Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, an award-winning rock and blues jam band, perform at the Fillmore. [8 p.m., 1805 Geary Blvd., S.F.]

 

Dance

Double feature: Kate Weare Company and Project Agora appear in a dance double feature exploring faith and trust. A reception leads things off. [8 p.m. (reception at 6:30 p.m.), ODC Dance Commons, 351 Shotwell St., S.F.]

Radical pointes: Dance Brigade presents “The Revolutionary Nutcracker Sweetie — the Kidz Version.” Clara goes on a journey with a “freedom-fighting nutcracker.” [2 and 6 p.m., Brava Theater, 2781 York St., S.F.]

 

Performance

Multimedia artist: The San Francisco Film Society presents “Catherine Galasso: Lightning Never Strikes the Same Place Twice” — a dance, theater and projected-video work. [8 p.m., SomArts Cultural Center, 934 Brannan St., S.F.]

 

Movies

Beloved oldie: “The Wizard of Oz,” with Judy Garland, Frank Morgan, Ray Bolger, Bert Lahr, Jack Haley and Toto, too, screens at the Castro Theatre. [1, 3:30, 5:45 and 8 p.m., 429 Castro St., S.F.]

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