The Grammy Award-winning San Francisco Girls Chorus’ annual holiday concert, “An American Christmas,” is at Davies Symphony Hall. (Courtesy photo)

Dec. 7-8: San Francisco Girls Chorus, Sing It Yourself Messiah, Australia’s Thunder from Down Under, Holiday Heroes, Brian Laidlaw


MONDAY, DEC. 7

San Francisco Girls Chorus: Valérie Sainte-Agathe leads 300-voice group, with special guest Deborah Voigt, in this year’s holiday concert, “An American Christmas.” [8 p.m.. Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Handel’s Sing it Yourself Messiah: Urs Leonhardt Steiner directs the Golden Gate Orchestra and Chorus program. [7:30 p.m., Mission Dolores Basilica, 3321 16th St., S.F.]

Brian Laidlaw: The musician and poet celebrates the publication of “The Stuntman,” with guest D.A. Powell, author of “The“Useless Landscape, or A Guide for Boys.” [7:30 p.m., 1231 Ninth Ave., S.F.]

Help is on the Way for the Holidays: The cabaret benefit for the Richmond/ERMET AIDS Foundation features Martha Wash, Mary Wilson, Steve Grand, Jake Simpson, Shawn Ryan, Jason Brock, Carly Ozard, Russ Lorensen, Lea Bourgade and others, [7:30 p.m., Marines’ Memorial Theatre, 609 Sutter St., S.F.]

Australia’s Thunder from Down Under: Hunky, friendly blokes appear in the popular all-male male dance revue. [8 p.m., Cobb’s Comedy Club, 915 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

Holiday Heroes: Athletes including Dennis Brown, Jonny Moseley, Eric Heitmann and Carlos Hyde and are slated to appear at the sixth annual Wender Weis Foundation for Children fundraiser. [5:45 p.m.,AT&T Park, 24 Willie Mays Plaza, S.F.]

Funny Drop One Year Anniversary Show: Bay Area radio legend Chuy Gomez (of KMEL and Hot 105 fame) presents standup comic Frankie Quinones. [6 p.m., Cobb’s Comedy Club, 915 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

Successful College Applications-Showcase Your Achievements: Community School of Music and Arts begins its Parent Education series with a talk by Harriet Katz, a college and career counselor known as the “Creative Kid College Coach.” [7 p.m., Finn Center, CSMA, San Antonio Circle, Mountain View]


TUESDAY, DEC. 8

Lights, The Mowgli’s: The Canadian electro-pop artist and Southern California alt-rockers co-headline a bill, with genre-defying K. Flay (a Standford alumna) opening. [7 p.m., Fillmore, 1805 Geary Blvd., S.F.]

A Brass and Organ Christmas: Fine local brass musicians join in concert with Grace Cathedral’s 7,466-pipe Aeolian-Skinner organ. [7:30 p.m., Grace Cathedral, 1100 California St., S.F.]

Open String Benefit concert: “One-woman orchestra” Zoë Keating, Swiss violinist Gilles Colliard and San Francisco Symphony cellist Amos Yang are among performers appearing in the fundraiser for a nonprofit providing schools and musicians with access to quality string instruments, [8 p.m., Grand Theater, 2665 Mission St., S.F.]

Jonathan Franzen: The National Book Award-winning novelist (“The Corrections,” “Freedom,” “Purity’) appears in conversation with Ann Packer. [7:30 p.m., Nourse, 275 Hayes St., S.F.]

Creativity Explored Holiday Art Sale: The nonprofit gallery-studio for adults with developmental disabilities hosts its annual seasonal sale (which runs through Dec. 31), featuring limited edition items and 25 percent discounts on framed artwork and ceramics. [10 a.m. to 3 p.m., 3245 16th St., S.F.]

Riptide Toy Drive concert: The Outer Sunset bar sponsors the show, a benefit for the San Francisco Firefighters Toy Program, featuring appearances by Red Meat, Pine Box Boys and Nickel Slots; bring a new toy for donation. [8 p.m., Great American Music Hall, 859 O’Farrell St., S.F.]

Holiday Heathens: Keith Lowell Jensen, Kate Willett, Trevor Hill, Matt Gubser and special guest Rebecca Watson appear in the standup show. [8 p.m., Punch Line Comedy Club, 444 Battery St., S.F.]

David Gregory: The former moderator of TV’s “Meet the Press” and author of “How’s Your Faith?: An Unlikely Spiritual Journey” appears in conversation with Rev. Alan Jones, dean emeritus of Grace Cathedral. [6:30 p.m., Commonwealth Club. 555 Post St., S.F.]

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