Shen Yen, the classical Chinese music, dance and history experience, is onstage at the War Memorial Opera House. (Courtesy photo)

Shen Yen, the classical Chinese music, dance and history experience, is onstage at the War Memorial Opera House. (Courtesy photo)

Jan. 2-3: Shen Yun, Cantor Arts Center, Lee Burridge, Where’s the Local Talent Comedy, ‘Tis the Season for Science, Exploratorium


Shen Yun: The classical Chinese music and dance performance offers a “journey into another world with exquisite costumes and stunning animated backdrops.” [2 p.m., War Memorial Opera House, 301 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Cantor Arts Center: “Word: Power and Protection in North Africa,” which explores how North Africans practicing Islam wear, encase, inscribe and drink the Qur’anic word, is on view through Jan. 9 and “Comics in America” runs through Jan. 30. [11 a.m. to 5 p.m. M Cantor Arts Center, Museum Way and Lomita Drive, Stanford University]

Earth2Trump-Roadshow of Resistance Kick-Off: The event, part of a cross-country, multi-city tour featuring music and speakers, includes interactive art, a call to action, and booths from local social justice nonprofits. [6 to 8 p.m., Omni Commons, 4799 Shattuck Ave, Oakland]

Lee Burridge: The DJ — who calls his genre a “collection of emotive, melancholic, dreamy house and techno that’s fun to dance to” — headlines, accompanied on the bill by Derek Hena. [8 p.m., Halycon, 314 11th St,, S.F.]

Exploratorium: The popular attraction — a public learning laboratory exploring the world through science, art and human perception — is open for holiday visitors. [10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Pier 15, Embarcadero at Green Street, S.F.]

Where’s the Local Talent Comedy Night: Chad Opitz, Ash Fisher, Bryant Hicks and Red Scott are slated to appear at the free show. [8 p.m., Milk Bar, 1840 Haight St., S.F.]

Tis the Season for Science: The California Academy of Science’s annual holiday programming (continuing through Jan. 8) includes live reindeer and indoor snow. [9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]


Bruce Conner-It’s All True: The first comprehensive retrospective of the pivotal American artist’s output — with more than 250 objects in film and video, works on paper, assemblages, photographs and photograms and more — is on view through Jan. 22. [10 a.m. to 5 p.m., San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, fourth floor, 151 Third St., S.F.]

Country Junction: The new, every first Tuesday showcase of classic country, outlaw country, alt-country, country swing (and a bit of bluegrass) features the Ozark Hillbilly…aka DJ Shelby Ash. [9 p.m., St. Mary’s Pub, 3845 Mission St., S.F.]

The San Francisco Dungeon: The first attraction of its kind in North America brings to life the stories of the Barbary Coast with a full theatrical cast, special effects, gripping storytelling and 360-degree set. [Hourly, noon to 7 p.m., 145 Jefferson St., S.F.]

She Loves Me: SF Playhouse is staging the charming Jerry Bock-Sheldon Harnick musical — with the same story as “You’ve Got Mail” and “The Little Shop Around the Corner” — for the holidays. [7 p.m., 450 Post St., S.F.]

The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips
: Berkeley Repertory and Kneehigh present the tender World War II-set coming-of-age tale, complete with swingin’ live music, puppetry and sorcery. [8 p.m., Roda Theatre, 2015 Addison St., Berkeley]

Avenue Q
: New Conservatory Theatre Center serves up the timeless, hilarious, sometimes profane, puppet-filled story of a recent college grad named Princeton who moves onto Avenue Q. [8 p.m., Decker Theatre, lower level, 25 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Resonance Jazz Ensemble
: Led by pianist-composer Stephen McQuarry, the “classical jazz revolutionaries” — on cello, bass, drums, sax, viola, violin, flutes and piano — play acoustic sets. [8 p.m., Yoshi’s, 510 Embarcadero West., Oakland]

Karaoke Night: Neck of the Woods hosts its free weekly events; drink specials are offered. [6 p.m., 406 Clement St., S.F.] Calendar

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