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    Holiday Arts Preview – PART II

    REAF’s Help Is on the Way for the Holidays XVIII
    Monday, December 9
    Marines Memorial Theatre
    & VIP After Party at the Sir Francis Drake Hotel

    The Richmond/Ermet Aid Foundation presents its annual holiday gala and concert. Benefiting Project Open Hand and AGUILAS, the program will feature cast members from The Donna Summer Musical and Hamilton plus a lineup of other stars.

    Handel’s Messiah
    Wednesday, December 11
    Grace Cathedral
    1100 California Street, San Francisco

    Jeffrey Thomas will conduct the ABS period-instrument orchestra, the American Bach Choir, and a quartet of soloists.

    Summer: The Donna Summer Musical
    Now through December 29
    Golden Gate Theatre
    1 Taylor Street, San Francisco

    Including more than twenty of Summer’s classic hits, the show is an electric experience and moving tribute to an artist who risked it all to break through barriers, becoming the icon of an era and an inspiration for every music diva who followed.

    Smuin Ballet’s The Christmas Ballet
    Multiple Dates/Venues, Now through December 29
    Mountain View, San Francisco, and Carmel

    Talented dancers bring to life the Smuin Ballet’s unique contemporary choreography in a program combining styles from multiple genres—ballet, tap, jazz, swing, and more—with elegant visuals and unexpected costumes and staging.

    A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
    Now through December 24
    A.C.T.’s Geary Theater
    405 Geary Street, San Francisco

    Dickens’ classic returns to A.C.T. for the holiday season.

    Golden Girls Live: The Christmas Episodes
    Now through December 21
    Victoria Theatre, 2961 16th Street, San Francisco

    An annual tradition, this drag send-up and loving tribute brings together local stars Heklina (Dorothy), Matthew Martin (Blanche), D’Arcy Drollinger (Rose), and Holotta Tymes (Sophia).

    Gallery of Illustrious Queers: Portraits by Jordan Reznick
    Now through January 16
    Hormel LGBTQIA Center
    SF Main Library, 100 Larkin Street, San Francisco

    Photographer Jordan Reznick and curator Margaret Tedesco’s exhibit explores how trans people’s embodiments and life experiences build movement for transgender pride and liberation.

    A Very Misfit Cabaret
    Friday, December 13, through December 27
    Alcazar Theatre
    650 Geary Street, San Francisco

    Misfit Cabaret is a variety show with a rotating cast of eccentric performers, from burlesque to drag to circus to magic. Emcee Kat Robichaud writes two original songs keeping with the theme of the evening. A special medley kicks off the entertainment and welcomes in the spirits of San Francisco’s saucy past.

    Christmas Revels Presents A Solstice Journey Through Time
    Friday, December 13, through December 24
    First Congregational Church
    2501 Harrison Street, Oakland

    The annual magnificent Revels tradition continues in a new location for 2019 (just a few blocks away from their former home) and is focused on solstice celebrations through the ages.

    Windham Hill Winter Solstice
    Friday, December 20
    Freight & Salvage
    2020 Addison Street, Berkeley

    This night of soul-stirring music will feature Barbara Higbie, Will Ackerman, Todd Boston, and Mia Pixley. The event will mark the 35th Anniversary of Windham Hill’s annual Solstice Celebration at the Freight.

    A Charlie Brown Christmas Live! With SF Symphony
    Saturday, December 21
    Louise M. Davies Symphony Hall
    201 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco

    San Francisco Symphony performs Vince Guaraldi’s Peanuts music live at this multimedia show. With live actors and an animated backdrop plus the SF Symphony, this is a beloved holiday classic with a pre-event family-friendly reception and decorations and activities, including gigantic trees and Peanuts decor.

    The Nutcracker
    Saturday, December 21
    Paramount Theatre
    2025 Broadway, Oakland

    Oakland Ballet presents Graham Lustig’s fantastical take on Tchaikovsky’s classic ballet.

    Sophie B. Hawkins
    Saturday, December 21
    510 Embarcadero West, Oakland

    A legendary songstress whose ballad “As I Lay Me Down” holds the record as the longest-running hit single on the Billboard charts ever, Sophie B. Hawkins returns to the Bay Area.

    Darlene Love: Love for the Holidays
    Sunday, December 22
    Sunset Center
    San Carlos Street at Ninth Avenue, Carmel-by-the-Sea

    The Rock & Roll Hall of Famer and powerhouse songstress will bring a full band to perform all of her classics for a one-night-only holiday show. “Christmas Baby (Please Come Home)” and “(Today I Met) The Boy I’m Gonna Marry” are just two of the tunes you’ll sing along to with Darlene Love.

    Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker
    Monday, December 23
    Ruth Finley Person Theater
    50 Mark West Springs Road, Santa Rosa

    Moscow Ballet’s Gift of Christmas Tour brings the Great Russian Nutcracker into a simpler time filled with sweet dreams and Christmas magic. Tchaikovsky’s timeless score will be brought to life by world class artists, over 200 dazzling costumes, stunning sets, towering puppets, and soaring birds that will fill the stage.

    Holigays Are Here – Ring Them Bells
    Tuesday, December 24, 5 pm, 7 pm, 9 pm
    San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus
    Sydney Goldstein Theater
    275 Hayes Street, San Francisco

    With Artistic Director/Conductor Dr. Tim Seelig, the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus has reached new levels of performance excellence, choreography, costuming, and staging. Laughter, tears, and cheers will all be there in an unforgettable program featuring 300 men’s voices.

    27th Annual Kung Pao Kosher Comedy
    December 24–26
    New Asia Restaurant
    772 Pacific Avenue, San Francisco

    San Francisco’s annual holiday favorite features Jewish comedy on Christmas Eve in a Chinese restaurant, with emcee Lisa Geduldig and featuring Jackie Hoffman, Mark Maier, and Nathan Habib.

    Published on December 5, 2019