Pacific Ballet Academy has added shorter performances, for the youngest viewers, of its popular “Nutcracker” at Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts. (Courtesy photo)

Pacific Ballet Academy has added shorter performances, for the youngest viewers, of its popular “Nutcracker” at Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts. (Courtesy photo)

Nov. 24-25: Pacific Ballet Academy, Petty Theft, Ghirardelli Square Tree Lighting, Captured! By Robots, Winter Walk

Friday, Nov. 24:

Pacific Ballet Academy: Under the direction of Marion and Rima Chaeff, PBA dancers perform the school’s 27th annual “Nutcracker,” with new, one-hour shows for tots (ages 3-5) in the afternoon along with the full-length evening presentation. [Noon, 2 and 6 p.m., Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St., Mountain View]

Our Sophisticated Denial: Jen Fedrizzi and Kat Culture appear in the carefully scheduled Black Friday “trash drowning” performance, a commentary on the cultural creation of disposable of waste products, which have disastrous effects on the environment. [Noon to 5 p.m., Artists’ Television Access window, 992 Valencia St., S.F.]

About Face-Intimacy and Abstraction in Photographic Portraits: Ansel Adams, Imogen Cunningham, John Gutmann and Edward Weston are among the major artists represented in the show of 13 intimate portraits, dating from the 1920s to the 1940s. [11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Cantor Arts Center, Palm Drive at Museum Way, Stanford University]

Petty Theft: The San Francisco Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers tribute group plays Petty’s tunes — both classics and recent hits — in the spirit of the legendary band’s live shows. [9 p.m., Slim’s, 333 11th St., S.F.]

Comedy Oakland-Not So Late Show: Samson Koletkar hosts the evening of standup with Arjun Banerjee, Clay Newman, Jeff Applebaum and Ira Summer. [9:30 p.m. Howden Home of the Spice Monkey Bar & Restaurant, 1628 Webster St., Oakland]
Macy’s Tree Lighting: Us the Duo, the cast of San Francisco Playhouse’s “A Christmas Story” and Bay Area choirs perform at the 28th event. [5:30 p.m., Union Square, Powell and Geary streets, S.F.]

Ghirardelli Square Tree Lighting: The 53rd annual event showcases a 50-foot tree and hosts live music, Santa visits, snow and activities for kids. [4 to 8 p.m., 900 North Point St., S.F.]

Imago Theatre:
The troupe presents “La Belle,” a “steampunk love story” described as part “Beauty and the Beast” and part “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory,” with two actors, automatons and shadow puppets. [8 p.m., Zellerbach Hall, Bancroft Way near Dana Street, UC Berkeley campus]

 

Saturday, Nov. 25:

Captured! By Robots: The San Francisco band led by Jay Vance (Jbot, who performs with two robots) is celebrating its 20th year of playing its unique mix of speed metal and grindcore. [9 p.m. Thee Parkside, 1600 17th St., S.F.]

Winter Walk:
Union Square opens its seasonal holiday pedestrian plaza, with special events including food vendors, live performances and appearances by the Macy’s SPCA window puppies. [7 a.m. to 10 p.m., Stockton street, between Eliis and Geary streets, S.F.]

The Velveteen Rabbit: ODC/Dance kicks off a three-week run of the 31st anniversary production of its popular adaptation of the classic children’s book. [4 p.m., Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Theater, 700 Howard St., S.F.]

Fool for Love: San Jose Stage Company’s second production of its 35th anniversary season is San Shepard’s modern classic. [8 p.m., 490 S. First St., San Jose]

The Black Rider: Shotgun Players stage the dark fairy tale for adults, adapted by William S. Burroughs and featuring music by Tom Waits. [1 and 8 p.m. Ashby Stage, 1901 Ashby Ave., Berkeley]

RAWDance CONCEPT series 21: The pay-what-you-can salon showcases works in progress by Bay Area choreographers Kristin Damrow & Company, Sarah Cecilia, Biana Cabrera/Blind Tiger Society, Courtney Mazeika and Rogelio Lopez & Dancers [3 and 7 p.m., Green Room, Veterans Building, 401 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe: The band leader and funky saxophonist (who plays with the Rolling Stones) appears in a show billed “Eat a Bunch of Peaches,” a seeming Allman Brothers tribute; Austin rockers White Denim open. [9 p.m., Fillmore, 1805 Geary Blvd., S.F.]

Lianna Haroutounian: The Armenian soprano, whose performance as Tosca with San Francisco Opera in 2014 was a sensation, returns to the U.S. for her debut solo recital. [3 p.m., Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]Calendar

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