The San Francisco Lesbian/Gay Freedom Band hosts its 30th annual “Dance-Along Nutcracker.” (Courtesy Jane Philomen-Cleland/S.F. Lesbian-Gay Freedom Band)

The San Francisco Lesbian/Gay Freedom Band hosts its 30th annual “Dance-Along Nutcracker.” (Courtesy Jane Philomen-Cleland/S.F. Lesbian-Gay Freedom Band)

Dec. 13-14: Dance-Along Nutcracker, Peter and the Wolf, Oakland East Bay Symphony, Merri-Achi Christmas


Dance-Along Nutcracker: This year, the festive participatory event has the theme “The Nutcracker of Oz.” [11 a.m. and 3 p.m., Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 701 Mission St., S.F.]

Peter and the Wolf: Donato Cabrera conducts the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra performing Prokofiev’s classic, with narrator Kathy Najimy, followed by a carol singalong. [1 and 4 p.m., Davies Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Oakland East Bay Symphony: Michael Morgan leads the symphony and choral groups in the vibrant “Let Us Break Bread Together,” a holiday tribute to Frank Sinatra. [4 p.m., Paramount Theatre, 2025 Broadway, Oakland]

Merri-Achi Christmas: Mariachi Sol de Mexico de Jose Hernandez — which has apppeared on the soundtracks of “American Me” and “Don Juan de Marco,” and with artists including Selena, Juan Gabriel, José Feliciano and the Beach Boys — plays a program celebrating Mexico’s Christmas traditions. [8 p.m,, Davies Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

36 Crazyfists: The Alaska “metalcore” band, named after Jackie Chan’s film of the same name, is known for its extensive riff work, catchy melodies and dramatic song structures; southern-fried, blues influenced All Hail the Yeti opens. [8 p.m., DNA Lounge, 375 11th St., S.F.]

Bay Street Emeryville Holiday for Pets: Dogs and cats are invited to visit and take photos with Santa; proceeds from those who purchase photos benefit the nonprofit Hopalong Animal Rescue. [2 to 6 p.m., 5616 Bay St., Emeryville]

San Francisco Youth Ballet: Dancers from the troupe and guests appear in the group’s 15th full-length “Nutcracker.” [1 p.m., Mercy High School, 3250 19th Ave., S.F.]

Story Pirates’ Greatest Hits Show: Developed with San Francisco’s Sunnyside Elementary, the family-friendly performance is based on stories written by students, and part of the show is made up on the spot by the kids in the audience. [11 a.m. and 2 p.m., Curran, 445 Geary St., S.F.]


Tough: Shotgun Cabaret presents choreographer Chris Black, who puts her site-specific work aside and steps onstage with a one-woman performance inspired by the life of famed boxer John L. Sullivan. [8 p.m., Ashby Stage, 1901 Ashby Ave., Berkeley]

Degrees North: The film showcases renowned snowboarders Xavier De Le Rue, Samuel Anthamatten and Ralph Backstrom as they progress the sport of freeriding through the use new technology. [8 p.m., Great American Music Hall, 859 O’Farrell St., S.F.]

Train: The local rock giants play a sold-out “San Francisco Christmas Party” concert. [8 p.m., Fillmore, 1805 Geary Blvd., S.F.]

Schola Cantorum: The 100-voice choir performs its annual sing-along “Messiah” led by maestro Gregory Wait. [7:30 p.m., Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St., Mountain View]

Colors of Christmas: Oleta Adams, Peabo Bryson, Marilyn McCoo, Billy Davis Jr. and Bebe Winans sing at the S.F. Symphony holiday soul-pop concert. [8 p.m., Davies Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

The Dears: The Montreal band’s sixth album “Times Infinity Volume One” is filled with ”surging baroque-pop indie-anthems.” [8 p.m., Rickshaw Stop, 155 Fell St., S.F.]

Mary-Louise Parker: The Tony, Emmy, and Golden Globe award-winning actress best known for her lead role on TV’s “Weeds” appears in conversation with best-selling memoirist Mary Karr. [7:30 p.m., Nourse Theater, 275 Hayes St., S.F.]

Meg Baird: The San Francisco-based vocalist, former lead singer of the psychedelic folk-rock band Espers, has released an evocative video, “Don’t Weigh Down The Light,” picturing the changing Philadelphia neighborhood of Fishtown. [8:30 p.m., Hemlock Tavern, 1131 Polk St., S.F.]

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