Nov. 15-17: Home for the Holidays at Carolwood, Chicago, Rex Orange County, Death Becomes Life: Banish Darkness, Holiday Windows, Tis the Season for Science, Topgolf Crush, Hip Hop DanceFest, Lorraine Hansberry Theatre Playwrights Festival, Requiem Mass-A Queer Divine Rite, Brassaï, Kazuhito Yamashita, Kevin Hart, Michael Franti, West Coast Crafts Fair


Home for the Holidays at Carolwood: Opening today and continuing through Jan. 8, the seasonal installation celebrates Walt Disney’s family and love of trains. [10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Walt Disney Family Museum, 104 Montgomery St., Presidio, S.F.]

Other Walks Other Lines: On view through March 2019, the show of work by international artists examining what the seemingly mundane activity of walking means in a contemporary context opens with a reception. [6 p.m., San Jose Museum of Art, 110 S. Market St., San Jose]

Chicago: The Kander, Ebb and Fosse musical about the gangsters of Jazz Age Chicago returns for a four-day engagement. [7:30 p.m., Center for the Performing Arts, 255 S. Almaden Blvd., San Jose]

Rex Orange County: Catchy young English indie pop bedroom producer Alexander O’Connor (“Sunflower,” “Loving Is Easy”) opens a two-night engagement with a sold-out show. [8 p.m., Regency Ballroom, 1300 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Mary Poppins: Opening in previews, the musical based on stories by P.L. Travers and the famed Disney movie is a new take on the adventures of the umbrella-wielding nanny. [8 p.m., SF Playhouse, 450 Post St., S.F.]

Corpses of the Holocaust: In a “New Approach to the Destruction and its Aftermath,” University of Manchester scholar Jean-Marc Dreyfus discusses his research on human remains in the wake of genocide and mass violence. [3:30 to 5 p.m., Room 415, Humanities Building, SFSU, 1600 Holloway Ave., S.F.]

Macy’s and the San Francisco SPCA open the 32nd annual Holiday Windows, featuring adorable adoptable pets, on Nov. 16. (Courtesy SF SPCA)


Death Become Life-Banish Darkness: Crowded Fire Theater, AXIS Dance Co., Star Finch and Ensemble Mik Nawooj are collaborating on the “boundary pushing” production, which merges hip-hop, contemporary dance, theater and a live orchestra in a movement to “create a future vision” for communities in need of healing. [8 p.m., Bayview Opera House, 4705 Third St., S.F.]

Holiday Windows: The San Francisco SPCA and Macy’s kick off the 32nd annual event, a showcase of adoptable animals staffed by dedicated volunteers. [5 p.m., Macy’s, Stockton and O’Farrell streets, S.F.]

Tis the Season for Science: California Academy of Sciences begins its annual holiday programming (continuing through Jan. 6), which includes indoor snow, festive performances and an outdoor ice rink with 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. daily skating sessions. [9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

What Had Happened Was… An Afro-Urban Musical: Opening a two-night run, the performance combines dance, storytelling, video, afrobeats, hip-hop, blues, dancehall, rumba and more in a timeline detailing Afro Urban culture from its birthplace in Africa to streets of black America and the world. [8 p.m., Dance Mission Theater, 3316 24th St., S.F.]

Topgolf Crush: Hertz sponsors the ticketed ($50-$100) three-day stadium event in which participants drive golf balls from grandstands at targets. [9 a.m. to 9:50 p.m. (hourly entry), AT&T Park, 24 Willie Mays Plaza, S.F.]

Hip Hop DanceFest: In its 20th year, the two-program, three-day event (with a closing party on Sunday) organized by Micaya includes more than a dozen troupes from Vietnam, Paris, Amsterdam, London, Los Angeles and the Bay Area. [8 p.m., Palace of Fine Arts, 3301 Lyon St., S.F.]

Lorraine Hansberry Theatre Playwrights Festival: The three-day staged reading competition, developed to discover comedies with prominent roles for African American females, begins with a reception for writers Jamal Williams (“Miss Laura Maye of Harlem”), Brie Knight (“Pancake Queen”) and Cleavon Smith (“Flow”). [8 p.m., Buriel Clay Theater, 762 Fulton St., S.F.]

Dixie’s Tupperware Party: Dixie Longate — the drag alter ego of Kris Andersson — hosts the participatory show, with funny tales, audience participation, heartwarming moments and “The most fabulous assortment of Tupperware ever sold on a theater stage.” [8 p.m., Feinstein’s at the Nikko, 222 Mason St., S.F.]

Requiem Mass: A Queer Divine Rite: Yerba Buena Center for the Arts presents the evening-length choral work by singer-composer Holcombe Waller in honor of those who have suffered persecution due to their sexual orientation or gender expression. [7:30 p.m., Grace Cathedral, 1100 California St., S.F.]

Polyphony Quartet: The free concert presented by the The Polyphony Foundation, is dedicated to bridging the divide between Arabs and Jews in Israel through music includes works by Bach, Clark, Sibelius, Mozart and Dvorak. [7 p.m., Kadist, 3295 20th St., S.F.]

Cherub: Jordan Kelley and Jason Huber are the Nashville-based indie electro-pop duo with the new single “Want That.” [9 p.m., $22.50. Fillmore, 1805 Geary Blvd., S.F.]

Zimmer: Popscene present the Parisian artist, DJ and producer, whose single “Landing” is based on his scientist father’s research into gravitational waves, “ripples in space-time.” [9 p.m., Rickshaw Stop, 155 Fell St., S.F.]

Mowgli’s: The Southern California pop collective released the hit “San Francisco” in 2013.[8 p.m., Swedish American Hall, 2174 Market St., S.F.]

Brooklyn Rider: The iconoclastic ensemble’s program “Healing Modes” combines Beethoven’s great String Quartet No. 15, Op. 132 with other new works written in response to it. [7:30 p.m., Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Dawnland: The documentary about how the U.S. government took Native American children from their homes and placed them with white families screens, followed by a discussion with Mari Villaluna and Melinda Micco. [6:30 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 110 The Embarcadero, S.F.]

Kodaline: The Irish pop rockers say their latest album “Politics of Living” is “about friends, family and relationships that have touched our lives, good or bad.” [8 p.m., UC Theatre, 2036 University Ave., Berkeley]

Dracula: Douglas Morrisson Theatre opens a four-weekend run of the play adapted by Hamilton Deane and John L. Balderston from the famed novel by Bram Stoker. [8 p.m., 22311 N. Third St., Hayward]


Brassaï: Running through Feb. 18, the SFMOMA exhibition focuses on the 20th century Hungarian-French photographer’s (born Gyula Halász) celebrated depictions of 1930s Paris. [10 a.m. to 5 p.m., San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, third floor, 151 Fifth St., S.F.]

Kazuhito Yamashita: The Japanese guitar virtuoso plays Castelnuovo-Tedesco’s epic “24 Caprichos de Goya” in concert. [7:30 p.m., Taube Atrium Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

West Coast Craft Fair: The two-day juried exhibition and sale of works by artists (working in ceramics, sculpture, fiber arts, textiles, home furnishings, paper goods, wood and more) is “inspired by the mood of the West Coast lifestyle.” [10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Festival Pavilion, Fort Mason, 2 Marina Blvd., S.F.]

Voices of Music: Cynthia Freivogel, violin, Tanya Tomkins, cello, and Eric Zivian, fortepiano, play early Beethoven sonatas dedicated to Prince Lichnowsky and Rodolphe Kreutzer. [8 p.m., St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, 1111 O’Farrell St., S.F.]

Holiday Market Extravaganza: Girl Gang Craft and The Good Craft host the pop-up, with items for sale by “local, female identified makers, healers and lady bosses.” [11 a.m to 5 p.m., Scottish Rite Center, 1547 Lakeside Drive, Oakland]

Jeff Warner Sea Music Concert: San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park presents the musician playing American and English folk songs. [7:30 p.m., Aboard the Eureka, Hyde Street Pier, 2905 Hyde St., S.F.]

Gluten Free and Allergen Friendly Expo: New products for nearly any specialty diet from more 100 local brands are available for sampling at the two-day ticketed ($5-$35) event, which includes educational presentations by industry-respected speakers. [10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Event Center, 1346 Saratoga Drive, San Mateo]

HornetCopia: For Thanksgiving, the USS Hornet Museum hosts the fund-raising food tasting event on the former aircraft carrier featuring seasonal offerings from favorite local eateries. [6:30 to 9:30 p.m., 707 W. Hornet Ave., Alameda]

Unproduceable: Awesome Theatre’s show includes a reading of “History of Freaks” by Katie May, music by Claptrap and discussion with the playwright about what makes a play “unproduceable.” [8 p.m., Exit Theatre, 156 Eddy St., S.F.]

Belmont Holiday Craft Faire: Dozens of local artists and craft makers sell their wares, in an event with live entertainment, food trucks and door prizes. [9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Twin Pines Park, 1 Twin Pines Lane, Belmont]

Marion Nestle: The nutritionist discusses her new book, “Unsavory Truth: How Food Companies Skew the Science of What We Eat,” presented by the Center for Urban Education about Sustainable Agriculture. [10:30 a.m., CUESA Tent, Ferry Building, Embarcadero at Market Street, S.F.]

Steady Holiday: Dark pop artist Dre Babinski is promoting her new album “Nobody’s Watching,” a “musical reflection on the world’s evils.” [8 p.m., Cafe Du Nord, 2174 Market St., S.F.]

Michigan Rattlers: The rising Americana band — friends from Petoskey, Mich. — play “hearted folk-rock with an aching dose of Midwestern nice.” [9 p.m., Hotel Utah, 500 Fourth St., S.F.]

Phosphorescent: Folk-y singer-songwriter Matthew Houck’s new album “C’est La Vie” chronicles major changes in his life: meeting his wife, starting a family and moving from New York to Nashville. [9 p.m., Fillmore, 1805 Geary Blvd., S.F.]

Kevin Hart: The standup comic and movie star is on his “Irresponsible” stadium tour. [7 p.m., Oracle Arena, 7000 Coliseum Way, Oakland]

Michael Franti: The groovy Bay Area singer-songwriter screens his documentary “Stay Human,” which tells stories of heroic everyday people, in an with a Q&A and acoustic set. [8 p.m., Nourse, 275 Hayes St., S.F.,]

Tom Marioni & Jim Melchert-New (& Older) Work: The artists, central figures of the Bay Area Conceptual movement of the 1960s-70s, appear in conversation to discuss the gallery show, which is on view through Nov. 24. [4 p.m., Gallery 200, Minnesota Street Project, 1275 Minnesota St., S.F.]

The Crushing Spiral Ensemble: The group plays innovative modern jazz by bassist composer Matt Small. [8 p.m., ODC, 3153 17th St., S.F.]

Visual Poetry-A Lyrical Twist: A show running through March 31 in the San Francisco Public Library’s Jewett Gallery of Thomas Ingmire’s calligraphy, created in collaborative with 11 poets, opens with a reception and poetry reading. [1 p.m., Koret Auditorium, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Al Farrow-Divine Ammunition: An exhibition by the acclaimed artist who creates sculptures of holy sites from used munitions — bullets, guns, grenades, bombs — opens with a curator’s walk-through and talk by the artist. [Noon, Museum of Craft and Design, 2569 Third St., S.F.]

Long Conversation on Reclaiming The Future: Scientists, artists and tech pioneers share thoughts and projects about maintaining optimism the face of future technology in the event presented by Stochastic Labs. [Noon to 6 p.m., Cowell Theater, Fort Mason, 2 Marina Blvd., S.F.]

Escort: New York City’s “reigning soulful disco-house champions” have a new single “Slide.” [9 p.m., Independent, 628 Divisadero St., S.F.]

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