Dec. 10-11: Lorraine Hansberry Theatre Soulful Christmas, Drag Queens On Ice, Dead Dog’s Bone, Avenue Q, Homeroom

Lorraine Hansberry Theatre’s “Soulful Christmas,” a powerful gospel show, is onstage through Dec. 24 at Fort Mason’s Southside Theater. (Courtesy photo)

THURSDAY, DEC. 10

Soulful Christmas-Gospel Holiday Concert 2015: Yvonne Cobbs and the legendary Lorraine Hansberry Theatre Choir open the lively seasonal show, which runs frequently through Dec. 24. [8 p.m., Southside Theater, Fort Mason, Building D, Marina Boulevard and Buchanan Street, S.F.]

Drag Queens On Ice: The sixth annual bash includes holiday performances by Mutha Chuka, Paju Munro, Kylie-Pop, Kim Chi Chi, BeBe Sweetbriar and Mahlae Balenciaga, with mistress of ceremonies Donna Sachet and guests Queen Dilly Dally and Sister Roma. [8 p.m., Safeway Holiday Ice Rink, Union Square, Powell and Geary streets, S.F.]

Dead Dog’s Bone: FaultLine Theater’s world premiere of Veronica Tjioe’s “anti-Christmas, Christmas play,” a surreal dark comedy for the holidays, begins with a preview performance. [7 p.m., PianoFight, 144 Taylor St., S.F.]

Avenue Q: New Conservatory Theatre Center stages the funny musical with puppets about a recent college grad with high hopes who’s on a mission to discover his purpose in life. [8 p.m., Decker Theatre, 25 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Chardonnay: The female sketch comedy troupe’s holiday offering is “The Naughty List: A Very Chardonnay Best of Show,” which its members call the “perfect antidote to seasonal saccharine fare.” [8 p.m., PianoFight, 144 Taylor St., S.F.]

A Christmas Carol: Center REPertory Company opens its popular version of Dickens’ classic. [8 p.m., Lesher Center for the Arts, 1601 Civic Drive, Walnut Creek]

The Golden Girls-The Christmas Episodes: The adorable show features four drag queens performing episodes from the TV sitcom live onstage. [8 p.m., Victoria Theatre, 2961 16th St., S.F.]

Homeroom: Choreographer James Graham’s evening-length duet, performed with Sebastian Grubb, is a dance-theater piece concerned with male relationships, masculinity and human connection. [8 p.m., ODC Theater, 3153 17th St., S.F.]

Recent Paintings by Karl Klingbiel: The show by the New York artist, who distills the chaos of daily life into beautiful abstract compositions, opens with a reception. [5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Caldwell Snyder Gallery, 341 Sutter St., S.F.]

John Brown’s Body: The American reggae band, which formed in Ithaca, New York in the mid 1990s, developed a signature style often copied by other groups of the genre. [9 p.m., Slim’s, 333 11th St., S.F.]


FRIDAY, DEC. 11

Jess Curtis/Gravity: The troupe celebrates its 15th anniversary with the sixth edition of “Intercontinental Collaborations,” showcasing work by choreographer Curtis and collaborators including self-identified disabled artist Claire Cunningham and French-German juggler and dancer Jörg Müller. [8 p.m., Gray Area/Grand Theater, 2665 Mission St., S.F.]

Messiah Sing Along/Play Along: Stephen Sano conducts the annual concert; orchestral parts are provided and singers may purchase scores at the door. [7:30 p.m. , Memorial Church, 450 Serra Mall, Stanford University]

The Christmas Revels: The annual musical theatrical celebration of the winter solstice, set this year in Renaissance Italy, opens a two-weekend run. [8 p.m., Scottish Rite Temple, 1547 Lakeside Drive, Oakland]

Bill Irwin: The Tony Award-winning actor opens a three-performance run of “On Beckett,” a collection of plays, prose, poetry, soft-shoe shuffle and personal musings from his lifetime exploring Samuel Beckett’s work. [7:30 p.m., Strand, 1127 Market St., S.F.]

Russ Lorenson: “Christmas in San Francisco,” the singer’s 10th annual jingle-jazzy holiday show, features the 16-piece Kelly Park Big Band. [8 p.m., Feinstein’s at the Nikko, 222 Mason St., S.F.]

Nick Lowe: The veteran pop rocker returns with another rendition of his “Quality Holiday Revue.” [9 p.m., Great American Music Hall, 859 O’Farrell St., S.F.]

San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus: “Holigays are Here,” a holiday pop show, includes joyful, raucous takes on classics and new choral works. [8 p.m., Nourse, 275 Hayes St., S.F.]

It’s a Wonderful Life: The San Francisco Symphony and Chorus accompany a screening of the movie classic. [8 p.m., Davies Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

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