Elvis Costello -- who has a great new album after saying he wouldn't record anymore -- brings his “Look Now and Then” tour to The City on Dec. 1. (Courtesy Stephen Done)

Elvis Costello -- who has a great new album after saying he wouldn't record anymore -- brings his “Look Now and Then” tour to The City on Dec. 1. (Courtesy Stephen Done)

Nov. 29-Dec. 1: Hillbarn Theatre’s A Christmas Carol, Alice, Winter Park at Civic Center, Andy Cohen, Anderson Cooper, SF Choral Society, SF Opera Chorus, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella, So You Think You Can Dance, Elvis Costello, Wild 94.9’s Jingle Ball, Redwood City Hometown Holidays


A Christmas Carol: Hillbarn Theatre opens its holiday production of Alan Menken and Lynn Ahrens’ musical adaptation of Charles Dickens’ classic tale, starring Christopher Reber as Scrooge. [8 p.m., 1285 E. Hillsdale Blvd., Foster City]

Alice: San Francisco Public Library presents the free screening, not for children, of Czech animation master Jan Svankmajer’s “dark, surrealistic interpretation of Lewis Carroll’s ‘Alice in Wonderland.’” [5:30 p.m., Latino/Hispanic Room, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Public Matters: EUQINOM Gallery hosts a lecture and book-signing in connection with the exhibition of Janet Delaney’s never-before-seen photographs of protests from the Reagan-era San Francisco. [6 to 8 p.m., 1295 Alabama St., S.F.]


Winter Park at Civic Center: The new “ice experience” near City Hall — a rink and 400-foot skating track in a “lighted tree forest” — opens with a ceremony. [11 a.m., 355 McAllister St., S.F.]

Andy Cohen, Anderson Cooper: The TV personalities and friends appear in an “unscripted, uncensored” night of conversation. [8 p.m., Masonic, 1111 California St., S.F.]

San Francisco Opera Chorus: Directed by Ian Robertson, the singers perform works by Beethoven, Dvořák, Handel, Wagner and living composers including Gabriela Lena Frank, Mårten Jansson, Frode Fjellheim and Eric Whitacre. [7:30 p.m., Taube Atrium Theater, Veterans Building, 401 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

San Francisco Choral Society: Under director Robert Geary, the 135-voice group performs Bach’s “Christmas Oratorio.” [8 p.m., St. Ignatius Church, 650 Parker St., S.F.]

The Nightmare Before Christmas: Ted Sperling conducts the San Francisco Symphony playing Danny Elfman’s score at the first of three screenings of the Tim Burton movie. [8 p.m., Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella: The Broadway musical (adapted from the 1957 TV show with Julie Andrews) opens a brief South Bay engagement. [8 p.m., Center for the Performing Arts, 255 S. Almaden Blvd., San Jose]

So You Think You Can Dance Live: The top 10 contestants from the TV show’s 15th season — Jensen Arnold, Hannahlei Cabanilla, Genessy Castillo, Evan DeBenedetto, Jay Jay Dixonbey, Magdalena Fialek, Darius Hickman, Chelsea Hough, Cole Mills and Slavik Pustovoytov — appear. [8 p.m., City National Civic, 135 W. Santa Clara St., San Jose]

Luciana Souza: San Francisco Performances presents the jazz vocalist and her trio in a program of music by Brazilian composers as well as songs of texts by Leonard Cohen and Emily Dickinson set to her own music. [7:30 p.m., Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Uptown Holiday Swing: Tabard Theatre brings the 1940s sounds of New York to the stage in a show of standards and holiday classics done in the styles of Benny Goodman, Glenn Miller, Cab Calloway and Duke Ellington. [8 p.m., 29 N. San Pedro St., San Jose]

Ifigenia in Aulide: Ars Minerva’s modern world premiere is a semi-staged version of the opera composed by Giovanni Porta in 1738 for the Carnival of Munich with a libretto by Apostolo Zeno. [7:30 p.m., ODC Theater, 3153 17th St., S.F.]

Jack London Square Tree Lighting: Gasia Mikaelian of KTVU hosts the festivities, including music, a market and an appearance by Santa. [5 to 8 p.m., Broadway and Embarcadero, Oakland]

Western Ballet: The Mountain View-based school opens a three-performance run of “Nutcracker,” a holiday tradition for families. [7 p.m., Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St., Mountain View]

Animal Freedom Circus: The show of whimsical clay sculptures by ceramic artist Aaron Kllc opens with a reception. [6 to 8 p.m., Gravel & Gold, 3266 21st St., S.F.]


Elvis Costello: The versatile musician plays from his excellent new album “Look Now” with his band The Imposters: Steve Nieve on keyboards, Davey Faragher on bass and Pete Thomas on drums. [8 p.m., Masonic, 1111 California St., S.F.]

Wild 94.9’s Jingle Ball 2018: Calvin Harris, 5 Seconds of Summer and Khalid appear, with guests Alessia Cara, Normani, Bazzi, the Bay Area’s Bazzi, Marc E. Bassy and Monsta X. [7:30 p.m., Bill Graham Civic, 99 Grove St., S.F.]

Redwood City Hometown Holidays: Family-friendly activities include a parade, live entertainment, carnival rides, snow, Santa Claus photos, arts and crafts and a 5:45 p.m. tree lighting at City Hall. [10 a.m. to 8 p.m.. Courthouse Square and surroundings, 2200 Broadway, Redwood City]

Union Street Fantasy of Lights: Festivities at the 28th event include face painting, reindeer, Santa and holiday lights. [3 to 7 p.m. Union Street between Van Ness Avenue and Steiner Street, S.F.]

Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir: D’Wayne Wiggins is host at the 33rd annual holiday concert, “With One Voice.” [7 p.m., Paramount Theatre, 2025 Broadway, Oakland]

Ragazzi Continuo: The adult a cappella choir’s “An English Christmas” is inspired by tunes from the King’s College Cambridge Lessons and Carols service. [7:30 p.m., St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 178 Clinton St., Redwood City]

Solstice Sings for the Season: The female vocal ensemble performs a mix of traditional and lesser-known songs of peace, justice, childhood wonder. [8 p.m., Congregational Church, 225 Tilton Ave., San Mateo]

Aurora Mandolin Orchestra: Russian, Spanish and Italian folk songs, show tunes and arias by Bella Sorello (Suzy and Nova Jimenez) are on the San Francisco Public Library’s concert program. [2 p.m., Koret Auditorium, 100 Larkin St, S.F.]

Fan Fest San Jose: The combination of Walker Stalker Con and Heroes & Villains Fan Fest offers audiences of “The Walking Dead,” “Fear the Walking Dead,” “Arrow,” “Gotham,” “iZombie,” “Supergirl,” “The Punisher” and “The Flash” the chance to meet their favorite stars. [10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., San Jose Convention Center, 150 W. San Carlos St., San Jose]

re:home-a For Freedoms exhibition: The community action group art show, which examines how the “societal crises of sanctuary city, homelessness and the flight of the creative class intersect in the Bay Area,” opens with a reception. [5 to 8 p.m., Minnesota Street Project Gallery, 1275 Minnesota St., S.F.]

ODC Pilot Program: In the first of three performances, “Merging” combines premieres by local choreographers Alyssa Mitchel, Nadhi Thekkek, Molly Matutat, Charlotte Carmichael, Tanya Chianese and Marlene Garcia. [8 p.m., ODC Dance Commons, Studio B Theater, 351 Shotwell St., S.F.]

Muir Beach Holiday Arts Fair: Art, crafts, jewelry, gourmet treats and knick-knacks are for sale. [10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Community Center, 19 Seacape Drive, Muir Beach]

Mission Peak Chamber Singers: Directed by Ofer dal Lal, the group’s 33rd annual Christmas-at-the-Mission concert is called “Out with the Old, In with the New.” [8 p.m. Old San Mission Jose, 43300 Mission Blvd., Fremont]

Sammy Johnson: The R&B singer from Australia has a sound “somewhere between the charisma of Frank Sinatra, the empathy of Bob Marley and the sultriness of Lauryn Hill. [9 p.m., UC Theatre, 2036 University Ave., Berkeley]

Holiday Ceramics and Jewelry Sale: Creations by nearly 50 Palo Alto studio artists are available at the admission-free event. [1 to 4 p.m., Palo Alto Art Center, 1313 Newell Road, Palo Alto]AliceAnderson CooperAndy CohenCalendarElvis CostelloHillbarn Theatre's A Christmas CarolRedwood City Hometown HolidaysRodgers & Hammerstein's CinderellaSF Choral SocietySF Opera ChorusSo You Think You Can DanceWild 94.9’s Jingle BallWinter Park at Civic Center

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