Wendy Whelan, Brian Brooks and the chamber group Brooklyn Rider appear in a San Francisco Performances presentation. (Courtesy Nir Arieli)

Nov. 29-30: Wendy Whelan, GLIDE Holiday Jam, Cam, Matthew Desmond, Jewel, Freddy Clarke, HowellDevine, Lysistrata

WEDNESDAY, NOV. 29

Wendy Whelan: The former New York City Ballet star turned contemporary dancer appears in a program of duets and solos called “Some of A Thousand Words” with dancer-choreographer Brian Brooks and chamber music band Brooklyn Rider. [7:30 p.m., Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

GLIDE’s Annual Holiday Jam: Vocalists Valerie Simpson and Judith Hill head up the longtime Tenderloin community nonprofit’s fundraiser, with emcee Renel Brooks-Moon and a 5:30 p.m. pre-concert party. [7 p.m., Masonic, 1111 California St., S.F.]

Cam: The up-and-coming country singer from the Bay Area headlines a show with Logan Mize. [8 p.m., Bimbo’s 365 Club, 1025 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

Matthew Desmond: The Harvard professor and author of “On the Fireline” and the Pulitzer Prize-winning “Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City” appears in conversation with Michael Krasny, presented by City Arts and Lectures. [7:30 p.m,. Nourse, 275 Hayes St., S.F.]

Jewel: The Grammy-nominated songwriter and bestselling author’s Handmade Holiday Tour includes Christmas songs, her own holiday originals and hit tunes from her catalog. [8 p.m., City National Civic, 135 San Carlos St., San Jose]

Freddy Clark: The guitarist and members of his band Wobbly World call their sound “an ethno-layering of melodic, rhythmic and poetic ideas from several very different musical traditions.” [8:30 p.m., Peña Pachamama, 1630 Powell St., S.F.]

Football, Tobacco, and Oil-Narratives of Deceit
: Experts discuss striking similarities between the three industries and how they confuse the public about their links with cancer, climate change and brain disease. [6:30 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 110 The Embarcadero, S.F.]

HowellDevine: The shack shakin’ trio of Joshua Howell (slide guitars, harmonica, voice), percussionist Pete Devine (drums, washboard) and “snappy doghouse” bassist Joe Kyle Jr. plays a CD release party on a bill with George Holden’s Liquid Lights/Live Cinema. [8 p.m., 2020 Addison St., Berkeley]

THURSDAY, NOV. 30

Lysistrata
: San Francisco State University opens its production of Aristophanes’ play about the women of Greece, who, in attemps to stop the never-ending Peloponnesian War, stage a sex strike withholding themselves from their husbands. [7:30 p.m., Little Theatre, Creative Arts Building, SFSU, 1600 Holloway Ave., S.F.]

Watch on the Rhine: Berkeley Repertory Theatre opens previews of its production of Lillian Hellman’s 1940s political thriller about loyalty, family and sacrifice. [8 p.m., Roda Theatre, 2025 Addison St., Berkeley]

Participants: TheatreFIRST begins preview performances of its exploration of how people act in times of social and political unrest, in a show of 12 new works that aim to incite discussion among the audience, which sits in a circle. [8 p.m., Live Oak, 1301 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley]

Wild 94.9’s Jingle Ball 2017
: The lineup includes Demi Lovato, Nick Jonas, Halsey, Charlie Puth, Camila Cabello, Niall Horan, Liam Payne, Hailee Steinfeld, Why Don’t We and G-Eazy. [7:30 p.m., SAP Center, 525 W. Santa Clara St., San Jose]

Light in the Grove 2017
: The annual eve-of-World-AIDS-Day fundraiser for the National AIDS Memorial Grove honors politician Mark Leno and features dining and entertainment. [6 to 9:30 p.m., Nancy Pelosi and Bowling Green drives, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Smith/Wymore Disappearing Acts: The world premiere “Six Degrees of Freedom” is an evening-length dance with performers in a “hallucinatory virtual world where technology is only moments away from consciousness.” [8 p.m., ODC Theater, 3153 17th St., S.F.]

XXYYXX: The abstract electronic project of Florida-based Marcel Everett appears on a bill with electronic act Chrome Sparks. [8 p.m., UC Theatre, 2036 University Ave., Berkeley]

Castle
: The “heavy metal doom bringers,” promoting the album “Welcome to the Graveyard,” are on their Stones Throw tour. [9 p.m., Elbo Room, 647 Valencia St., S.F.]

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