Symphony staffer digs a few carols

HOLIDAY GLEE CLUB

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

Louisa Spier, San Francisco Symphony staffer

Favorite music:
Various songs

Why: “My favorite holiday music is pretty dependent on my mood. The cynic in me has always mischievously enjoyed ‘Please Daddy Don’t Get Drunk This Christmas,’ the sentimentalist ‘Merry Xmas (War Is Over)’ by John Lennon, and the party girl ‘Feliz Navidad.’”

PERSON IN TOWN

Stand-up comic Ali Wong performs at the Punch Line. [8 p.m., Punch Line Comedy Club, 444 Battery St., S.F.]


MUSEUMS

SFMOMA: Exhibitions include “Bill Fontana: Sonic Shadows,” “Henri Cartier-Bresson: The Modern Century,” and “New Work: R. H. Quaytman.” [11 a.m. to 5:45 p.m., 151 Third St., S.F.]

Cable Car Museum: The museum contains historic cable cars, photographs, mechanical displays and a gift shop run by the Friends of the Cable Car Museum. [10 a.m. to 5 p.m., 1201 Mason St., S.F.]

TOURS

Castro District: Foot Tours hosts “Come Out to the Castro: S.F.’s Gay Village,” a comic history walk through one of San Francisco’s most famous districts. [1 p.m.; details/RSVP: www.foottours.com]

‘Bawdy & Naughty’: Tour, led by San Francisco City Guides, explores how, since the Gold Rush, women from a very old profession have become a part of San Francisco lore. [11 a.m.; meet at Kearny Street and Maiden Lane, S.F.]

COLLEGES

Medical exhibit: “History of Neurosurgery at Stanford” is the focus. [9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Lane Medical Library, next to Stanford University Hospital, Stanford]

PUBLIC LIBRARIES

‘Holiday Train’: The exhibit features three of literature’s favorite trains: the Polar Express, Thomas the Tank Engine and the Hogwarts Express. [10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Main Library, Fisher Children’s Center, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Job Seekers Lab: Computers are available for creating or updating your resume, preparing job applications and searching online for jobs. [11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Main Library, Training Center, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Winter-break gaming: Session features gaming for ages 11 to 18. [2 to 4 p.m., Visitacion Valley Branch, 45 Leland Ave., S.F.]

CITY

Kwanzaa events: Village Project’s Kwanzaa celebration, highlighting the seven principles of Kwanzaa, continues. [Noon, City Hall, 1 Dr. Goodlett Place, S.F.; 6 p.m., Gussie’s Chicken and Waffles, 1521 Eddy St., S.F.]

Feature attraction: A husband and wife fight to save their marriage after losing a child in “Rabbit Hole,” a new film adapted from David Lindsay-Abaire’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play. [Check local listings]

Last dance: San Francisco Ballet’s “Nutcracker” ends its 2010 run. The dance production features music by Tchaikovsky and a San Francisco setting. [2 p.m., War Memorial Opera House, 301 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Funk and pop: Morris Day and the Time, a pop-funk group created by Prince, make a rare small-club appearance. [8 and 10 p.m., Yoshi’s, 1330 Fillmore St., S.F.]

New Year comedy: Will Durst, Johnny Steele, Debi Durst, Michael Bossier and Mari Magaloni appear in “The Big Fat Year-End Kiss-Off Comedy Show XVIII.” [8 p.m., Club Fox, 2215 Broadway, Redwood City]

Ice rinks: Holiday skating continues in Union Square and at Embarcadero Center. Ninety-minute sessions start on every even hour. [10 a.m. to 10 p.m., Post and Powell streets; and Justin Herman Plaza, Embarcadero at Market Street, S.F.]

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