Today’s the last day to experience “Mark Foehringer’s Nutcracker Sweets,” the charming family version of the holiday dance staple. (Courtesy photo)

Today’s the last day to experience “Mark Foehringer’s Nutcracker Sweets,” the charming family version of the holiday dance staple. (Courtesy photo)

Dec. 22-23: Nutcracker Sweets, Smuin Ballet, Potted Potter, Proofs, Comedy Allstars

Tuesday, Dec. 22

Mark Foehringer’s Nutcracker Sweets: The colorful family-oriented 50-minute rendition of the classic, which has a contemporary twist and live chamber music accompaniment, closes its 2015 season. [11 a.m. and 1 p.m., Cowell Theater, Fort Mason, Marina Boulevard and Buchanan Street, S.F.]

Smuin Ballet: The 2015 edition of “The Christmas Ballet” includes new dance from Smuin choreographer-in-residence Amy Seiwert and company member Nicole Haskins. [8 p.m., Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 700 Howard St., S.F.]

A Charlie Brown Christmas-Live with the S.F. Symphony: Vocalists Jodi Benson and the San Francisco Symphony Chorus bring the classic animated “Peanuts” TV show to life and sing holiday favorites. [2 and 7:30 p.m., Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Silicon Valley Ballet: Choreographer Karen Gabay’s “Nutcracker” is a fresh take on the holiday classic inspired by the E.T.A. Hoffmann story. [1:30 p.m., Center for the Performing Arts, 255 Almaden Blvd., San Jose]

Potted Potter: The parody takes on the ultimate challenge of condensing all seven Harry Potter books (and a real life game of Quidditch) into 70 hilarious minutes. [2:30 and 7:30 p.m., Palace of Fine Arts, 3301 Lyon St., S.F.]

The Proofs: The Bay Area Americana/alt rock band’s 2015 album is called “One Law at a Time”; singer-songwriter Ashlee Beals opens. [9 p.m., Doc’s Lab, 124 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

Comedy Allstars: The standup show features Conor Kellicutt, Matt Fulchiron, Chris Storin and Butch Escobar. [8 p.m., Punch Line, 444 Battery St., S.F.]

A Gypsy Holiday Bash: The concert lineup includes Beso, El Radio Fantastique and The Crux. [8 p.m., Great American Music Hall, 859 O’Farrell St., S.F.]

Wednesday, Dec. 23

River Otter Snow Day: Aquarium of the Bay has added 1,000 pounds of snow to its river otter habitat for Christmas festivities. [9 a.m. to 8 p.m., The Embarcadero at Beach Street, S.F.]

Golden Prospect: Kevin Cooley’s solo show — which includes multimedia installations of videos of rocks taken from the area near the Animas River spill (caused by the Environmental Protection Agency) in southwest Colorado in August — tackles crucial environmental issues. [Noon to 6 p.m., Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 701 Mission St., S.F.]

Tea Under The Tree: Crown and Crumpet, a local tea salon, is serving proper English afternoon tea for the holiday season; prices range from $45 to $85. [11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Sir Francis Drake Hotel, 450 Powell St., S.F.]

Matt Jaffe: The young San Francisco pop rocker and his band play songs from their debut EP, “Blast Off” in a free show. [8 p.m., Sweetwater, 19 Corte Madera Ave, Mill Valley]

The Naughty List: The storytelling session showcases performers who know how to be naughty and nice: Lydia Popovich, Gina Gold, Eloisa Bravo, Mosa Maxwell Smith, Ruby Gil and Wonder Dave. [8 p.m., Doc’s Lab, 124 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

Fogo de Chão: The Brazilian steakhouse (or churrascaria), which offers a menu of savory, fire-roasted meats, opens its second Northern California location. [11 a.m. to 2 p.m. for lunch and 5 to 10 p.m. for dinner, 201 Third St., S.F.]

Luis Bravo’s Forever Tango: The show features six world-class Argentine Tango couples (plus Anna and Dmitry from “Dancing with the Stars”) and traditional Argentine 1930s style musical accompaniment. [8 p.m, Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

A Christmas Carol: American Conservatory Theater stages the popular holiday classic for the 39th year, with James Carpenter as Ebenezer Scrooge and Ken Ruta as the Ghost of Jacob Marley. [1 and 7 p.m., Geary Theater, 415 Geary St., S.F., www.act-sf.org]

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