Orchestra director not into Christmas but likes ‘noble’ music

HOLIDAY GLEE

The Examiner asked The City’s songbirds and community chorus members to describe their favorite seasonal music and why it inspires them.

Nicholas McGegan, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra director

Favorite Music:
“The Coventry Carol” and Schutz’s “Christmas Story”

Why: “Not being very religious, I do not celebrate Christmas, but as for music, I have these two favorites. The ‘Carol’ reminds me of my childhood and of Thomas Hardy’s ‘Under the Greenwood Tree.’ Schutz’s ‘Christmas Story’ is a marvelous, noble piece of music. As to the holly, ivy, sleigh bells and reindeer, I remain totally indifferent.”

WHO’S IN TOWN

Comedian Robert Hawkins continues his multiday engagement. The bill includes Larry “Bubbles” Brown and Joe Nguyen. [8 p.m., Punch Line Comedy Club, 444 Battery St., S.F.]


LECTURES

Nathaniel Dorsky: The filmmaker, who has long explored the expressive potential of Kodachrome film and created some of the medium’s most significant works, screens four of his films. [7 p.m., Museum of Modern Art, 51 Third St., S.F.]

Rick Prelinger: The guerrilla archivist presents his annual “Lost Landscapes of San Francisco” screening. [7:30 p.m., Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave., S.F.; event is sold out; tickets for unclaimed seats will be sold to those in a walk-up line]

Art history: Richard Mann, professor of art history at San Francisco State University, gives a talk titled “Heavenly Grace: The Virgin Mary in Paintings and Sculpture at the Legion of Honor.” [10 a.m., Legion of Honor, 100 34th Ave., S.F.]

LITERARY

Thomas Mullany: The assistant professor of history at Stanford University talks about “Coming to Terms With the Nation: Ethnic Classification in Modern China.” [7 p.m., Modern Times Bookstore, 888 Valencia St., S.F.]

Release party: The event that features readings by Maxine Chernoff, Stephen Elliott and others celebrates the latest edition of Fourteen Hills, SFSU’s international literary journal. [7 to 9 p.m., Coffee Bar, 1890 Bryant St., S.F.]


COLLEGES

Art show: A reception takes place for an exhibit of thesis projects by graduating illustration students. [Reception from 6 to 9 p.m., regular gallery hours 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., California College of the Arts, 1111 Eighth St., S.F.]

Book group: The discussion is about “Gravy and Grits: Fiction by Southern Women.” [5:30 p.m., Mechanics’ Institute, 57 Post St., S.F.]

PUBLIC LIBRARIES

Tamale-making workshop: The session, for adults, covers the preparation, history and traditions of the tamale. [4:30 p.m., Ingleside Branch, 1298 Ocean Ave., S.F.]

Tie-dye T-shirts: Participants learn how to turn a plain T-shirt into colorful art during this session for 12 to 18 year olds. Bring a white T-shirt to tie-dye. [4 to 6 p.m., Glen Park Branch, 2825 Diamond St., S.F.; RSVP: (415) 355-2858]

CITY

Holiday farce: Guerrilla Rep and Beards Beards Beards present “The Oddman Family Christwanzaakuh Spectacular,” a twisted holiday farce with music. [8 p.m., Exit Stage Left, 156 Eddy St., S.F.]

Choco mania: Nightlife at the California Academy of Sciences has a chocolate theme tonight. Demonstrations and tastings take place. Musical guests include Bootie SF’s Adrian and Mysterious D. [6 to 10 p.m., Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Dance salon: The Museum of the African Diaspora hosts its final DanceFirst salon of 2010. Choreographer-performer Byb Chanel Bibene and guest dancers appear. [6 to 9 p.m., 685 Mission St., S.F.]

Holiday tradition: American Bach Soloists presents the final version of Handel’s “Messiah,” as conducted by the composer in 1754. [7:30 p.m., Grace Cathedral, 1100 California St., S.F.]

Tree lot: The Guardsmen’s annual Christmas Tree Lot is open through Dec. 18. Trees and trimmings are for sale. Proceeds benefit programs for at-risk youth. [9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Festival Pavilion, Fort Mason Center, Marina Boulevard and Buchanan Street, S.F.]


DINING OUT

Gitane: Chef Bridget Batson creates dishes inspired by the cuisine of the Iberian Peninsula and nearby regions. Today, she recommends the braised beef cheeks, which are served with marinated baby beets and celery-root “noodles.” [6 Claude Lane, S.F., (415) 788-6686]

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