Issue:  Vol. 44 / No. 31 / 31 July 2014
 
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Nuttin' sweeter

Out & About


jim@ebar.com

San Francisco Ballet @ War Memorial Opera House The acclaimed dance company performs Tchaikovsky's holiday ballet, The Nutcracker. $20-$165. 7pm. Tue-Sun 2pm & 7pm. Additional times. LGBT Nite Out Dec 14, 7pm. Thru Dec 28. 301 Van Ness Ave. 865-2000. www.sfballet.org
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The Nutcracker is not my favorite ballet. Perhaps having performed in two mediocre Midwestern productions as a dancerly youth may have altered my take on it (I'm more a Stravinsky's Rite of Spring type, if you didn't already know).

Yet, like fruitcake and powdered sugar cookies, The Nutcracker is a holiday constant. Fortunately we have a feast of Nutcrackers (more than half a dozen, actually), beginning with the one that decades ago started the holiday trend. San Francisco Ballet's production is the mother of all modern Nutcrackers, and Mark Morris' post-modern classic The Hard Nut doesn't open until December 14 (at UC Berkeley's Zellerbach Theatre).

Several other productions range from witty to wistful, sincere to silly. Dig in, enjoy the sweet steps, and submit to holiday cheer. Oh, and if you're truly nutty for Nutcrackers, vote for your favorite edition on Gold Star's website: www.goldstar.com/series/nutcracker2012

Fri 7: San Francisco Ballet
@ War Memorial Opera House

The acclaimed dance company performs Tchaikovsky's holiday ballet, The Nutcracker. $20-$165. 7pm. Tue-Sun 2pm & 7pm. Additional times. LGBT Nite Out Dec 14, 7pm. Thru Dec 28. 301 Van Ness Ave. 865-2000. www.sfballet.org

City Ballet School's Nutcracker

Sat 8: City Ballet School
@ Palace of Fine Arts Theater

Tchaikovsky's holiday favorite, as choreographed by Galina Alexandrova (formerly of Bolshoi and SF Ballet) and Yuri Zhukov (formerly of Kirov and SF Ballet) performed by student dancers. $25-$35. 2pm & 7pm. Also dec 9 at 2pm. 3301 Lyon St. 392-4400. www.cityballetschool.org www.cityboxoffice.com

Dance-Along Nutcracker
photo: Dan McBride

Sat 8: Dance-Along Nutcracker @ YBCA

San Francisco Lesbian/Gay Freedom Band performs their annual fun-filled kid-friendly participatory concert of Tchaikovsky's holiday ballet music, with a contemporary edge; this year, a Hollywood theme. $16-$50. Matinee 2:30pm. Gala with cocktails, reception and Gail wilson and City Swing performing; Dec 8 at 7pm. Also Dec 9 at 1pm. Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Forum, 701 Mission st. at 3rd. 978-2787. www.DanceAlongNutcracker.org

Marin Ballet

Sat 8: Marin Ballet @ Veterans' Auditorium, San Rafael

Classical ballet school and company celebrates its 50th anniversary with a production of The Nutcracker, choreographed by Julia Adam. $22-$40. 1pm & 7pm. Dec 9, 1pm & 5pm. 10 Ave of the Flags, San Rafael. 499-6800. www.marincenter.org

Nutcracker Sweets

Sat 8: Nutcracker Sweets
@ Southside Theater

Mark Foehringer's fourth annual production of his mirthful contemporary ballet take on the Tchaikovsky ballet, with a live abbreviated score (50 minutes). $25. Also Dec 9, 15, 16, 22 & 23. Sun 11am & 2pm; Sat also 4pm. Fort Mason Center, Landmark Bldg. D, 3rd floor. Marina Blvd at Buchanan. www.mfdpsf.org www.fortmason.org



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The Marvelous Wonderettes

Sugar & spice

Some more holiday-themed or simply cheerful events should tempt your cultural sweet tooth:

Thu 6: Drag Queens on Ice @ Safeway Holiday Ice Rink

Donna Sachet MCs the annual all-ages drag-inclusive skating event in Union Square. 8pm-9:30pm. $4-$16 admission and skate rental. Powell St. at Geary. www.unionsquareicerink.com

Thu 6: Sugar-Coated Nightlife @ California Academy of Sciences

Enjoy candies, chocolates and other holiday treats as Quartet San Francisco performs, Mom SF DJs, live reindeer visit, and the ugliest holiday sweater contestants strut the runway, plus food, cocktails and exhibits. $10-$12. 6pm-10pm, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park. 379-8000. www.calacademy.org

It's a Wonderful Life

Fri 7: It's a Wonderful Life @ Marin Theatre Company, Mill Valley

Radio play stage adaptation of the Frank Capra film about Christmas and guardian angels, with five actors portraying dozens of characters. $36-$57. Tue, Thu-Sat 8pm. Wed 7:30pm. Sun 7pm. 397 Miller Ave., Mill Valley. 388-5208. www.marintheatre.org

Fri 7: A Christmas Carol @ American Conservatory Theatre

A.C.T.'s popular annual production of the stage adaptation of Charles Dickens' classic story about Scrooge's ghostly Christmas Eve visitations. $20-$95 (VIP tix include premiere seating and complimentary intermission drinks). Tue-Sat 7pm. Sun 5:30pm. Various 2pm & 1pm matinees. Thru Dec 24. 415 Geary St. 749-2228. www.act-sf.org

Sat 8: The Marvelous Wonderettes @ New Conservatory Theatre Center

Opening night of NCTC's production of the upbeat hit Off-Broadway musical about three women in the late 1950s who reminisce while singing '50s and early '60s pop tunes. $22-$50 (fun-pack). Wed-Sat 8pm, Sun 2pm. Thru Jan 13. 25 Van Ness Ave., lower level. 861-8972. www.nctcsf.org

Sweet Honey in the Rock

Sat 8: Sweet Honey in the Rock @ Paramount Theatre, Oakland

Celebrated women's vocal ensemble performs a seasonal concert of songs from diverse faiths around the world. $25-$100. 8pm. Broadway at 19th St., Oakland. 392-4400. www.ciis.edu/publicprograms

Jason Brock at Help Is On the Way

Mon 10: Help Is On the Way for the Holidays XI @ Marines Memorial Theatre

Enjoy holiday-themed musical performances by the casts of the Broadway touring productions of The Book of Mormon, The Lion King, and Mary Wilson, Jason Brock, Tim Hockenberry, Bruce Vilanch, Spencer Day, Connie Champagne, Paula West, the Barbary Coast Cloggers and others. Proceeds benefit the Richmond/Ermet AIDS Foundation. $40, $60, $100. 7:30pm. 609 Sutter St. www.helpisontheway.org

Charles Phoenix

Wed 12: Charles Phoenix
@ Empress of China Ballroom

Retro-pop culture humorist and author (Americana, the Beautiful) roasts the kitschy side of the holidays in his comedy found-retro slideshow, with eye-popping food creations (Flaming Astro-Weenie, anyone?). $25. 8pm. 838 Grant Ave. www.chalesphoenix.com



Events December 6–13, 2012

Thu 6

Classical Recitals @ SF Music Conservatory

Students and faculty perform various classical music concerts; piano, string quartets, opera repertory and more, almost nightly 8pm. Sundays 2pm & 5pm. Thru Dec 14. Free-$20. Usually 8pm. 50 Oak St. at Gough. www.sfcm.edu

Comedy Bodega @ Esta Nocha

The weekly LGBT and indie comic stand-up night. This week, a benefit for Northern California Family Dog Rescue featuring Marga Gomez, Liz Grant, David Nguyen, and Emily Van Dyke. 8pm-9:30pm. 3079 16th St. at Mission. www.comedybodega.com

Drag Queens on Ice @ Safeway Holiday Ice Rink

Donna Sachet MCs the annual all-ages drag-inclusive skating event in Union Square. 8pm-9:30pm. $4-$16 admission and skate rental. Powell St. at Geary. www.unionsquareicerink.com

The Family Stone @ The Rrazz Room

Founding members of Sly and the Family Stone, with new members, performs their popular R&B hits. $40-$45. 8pm. Also Dec 7, 8pm; Dec 8, 7pm & 9:30pm; Dec 9, 7pm. 2-drink min. Hotel Nikko, 222 Mason St. (800) 380-3095. www.TheRrazzRoom.com

Great Broadway Sing-Along @ Jewish Community Center

A talented cast and musicians lead the way singing favorite show tunes from Rodgers and Hammerstein, Sondheim, Lerner and Loewe, Kander and Ebb and, of course, the mighty Gershwins, too. $15-$30. 8pm. 3200 California St. at Presidio. 292-1233. www.jccsf.org

History: The Musical @ Un-Scripted Theater

Improv theatre company, in a new theatre, performs sketches through different time periods; a different era and show each night. $10-$20. Thu-Sat 8pm. Thru Dec 22. 533 Sutter St. 322-8738. www.un-scripted.com

It's a Wonderful Life @ Marin Theatre Company, Mill Valley

Radio play stage adaptation of the Frank Capra film about Christmas and guardian angels, with five actors portraying dozens of characters. $36-$57. Tue, Thu-Sat 8pm. Wed 7:30pm. Sun 7pm. 397 Miller Ave., Mill Valley. 388-5208. www.marintheatre.org

Jonathan Adler @ Ja San Francisco

Author/editor of 100 Ways to Happy Chic Your Life signs copies of his new design book. 10% of proceeds benefit the LGBT Center. 6pm-8pm. 2133 Fillmore St. www.jonathanadler.com

The Lion King

The Lion King @ Orpheum Theatre

Disney's long-running musical (and the highest grossing Broadway show in history) based on the animated film makes a return to the Bay Area. $32.50-$150. Tue-Sat 8pm. Sat 2pm, Sun 1pm. (closed or different times for some holidays). Thru Jan. 13, 2013. (888) 746-1799. www.shnsf.com

Monique Jenkinson @ CounterPulse

Dancer-performer, aka Fauxnique, performs Instrument, a solo created by three local choreographers – Chris Black, Miguel Gutierrez and Amy Seiwert. (Adult themes) $20-$30. Thu-Sun 8pm. Thru Dec 9. 1310 Mission St. at 9th. 626-2060. www.CounterPulse.org

Mundo Maya @ Galeria de la Raza

Exhibit celebrating Mayan culture, with works by Latino/Mayan youth. Reception Dec 6, 6pm-8pm. Thru dec 29. Tue-Sat 12pm-6pm. 2857 24th St. at Bryant. 826-8009. www.galeriadelaraza.org

Nayland Blake @ YBCA

FREE!LOVE!TOOL!BOX!, the former Bay Area artist's new exhibit of conceptual and assembled found-object, personal installations and artworks, each with queer themes, including a DJ booth with his own large record collection. Also, Nathalie Djurberg's amazing colorful creature sculptures. $12-$15. Thru Jan. 27. Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 701 Mission St. 979-2787. www.naylandblake.net www.ybca.org

Olympians Festival @ Exit Theater

Enjoy a baker's dozen of commissioned plays both serious and funny, about various gods, goddesses, and prominent characters from ancient Greek literature. $10. Most shows 8pm. Thru Dec 20. 156 Eddy St. www.sfolympians.com

Pictorialism

Pictorialism @ Robert Tat Gallery

Pictorialism: The Photograph Becomes Art, a new exhibit of historic prints that visualize the posed, artistic aspect of early art photographers (Alfred Stieglitz, Imogen Cunningham and many others). Thru Feb 23. Tue-Sat 11am-5:30pm. (first Thursdays til 7:30pm). 49 Geary St. Suite 410. 781-1122. www.roberttat.com

Representing Queer People @ GLBT History Museum

Views from Bay Area Photographers, Artists, Writers, a panel discussion with David Sweet and Richard May (Ginger Snaps), Justin Hall (No Straight Lines: 40 Years of Queer Comics), photographer Mark I. Chester and poet/moderator Baruch Porras-Hernandez, 7pm-9pm. 4127 18th St. 621-1107. www.glbthistorymuseum.org

SF Gay Men's Chorus' SantaConcert

SantaConcert
@ Davies Hall

San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus performs their annual holiday concert, with the Bay Area Rainbow Symphony (formal first half) and a special edition of lots and lots of Santas! $25-$27. 8pm. 201 Van Ness Ave. Also Dec 24 at 5pm, 7pm, and 9pm at the Castro Theatre, 429 Castro St. www.sfgmc.org

Sugar-Coated Nightlife @ California Academy of Sciences

Enjoy candies, chocolates and other holiday treats as Quartet San Francisco performs, Mom SF DJs, live reindeer visit, and the ugliest holiday sweater contestants strut the runway, plus food, cocktails and exhibits. $10-$12. 6pm-10pm, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park. 379-8000. www.calacademy.org


Adrianna Bozzi's art

Adrianna Bozzi @ Magnet

Opening reception for an exhibit of bold male nudes by the Argentinian painter; she'll also be creating a new work with a live nude model. 8pm-10pm. Thru Dec. 4122 18th St. www.adrianabozzi.com www.magnetsf.org

A Christmas Carol @ American Conservatory Theatre

A.C.T.'s popular annual production of the stage adaptation of Charles Dickens' classic story about Scrooge's ghostly Christmas Eve visitations. $20-$95 (VIP tix include premiere seating and complimentary intermission drinks). Tue-Sat 7pm. Sun 5:30pm. Various 2pm & 1pm matinees. Thru Dec 24. 415 Geary St. 749-2228. www.act-sf.org

Desert Jewels @ MOAD

North African Jewelry and Photography from the Xavier Guerrand-Hermes Collection, an exhibit of nearly 100 pieces of jewelry from Egypt, Tunisia, Morocco and Algeria, plus documentary photographs. Thru Jan 21. $5-$10. Members free. Wed-Sat 11am-6pm. Sun 12pm-5pm. Museum of the African Diaspora, 685 Mission St. 358-7200. www.moadsf.org

Fernando Reyes @ Nieto Fine Art

Opening reception for an exhibit of the artist's colorful firgure studies and drawings. 6pm-8pm. Thru Jan 7. 565 Sutter St. 393-4511. www.nietofineart.com

Hedwig and the Angry Inch

Hedwig and the Angry Inch @ Boxcar Theatre

New local production of John Cameron Mitchell and Stephen Trask's popular transgender rock operetta, with multiple actor-singers perfoming the lead (Arturo Galster, John Lewis, James Mayagoitia, Ste Fishell, Nikkie Arias, Nicole Julien, Anastasia Bonaccorso, and CC Sheldon). $25-$35. Wed-Sat 8pm. Also Sat 5pm. Thru Jan 26. 505 Natoma St. 967-2227. www.boxcartheatre.org

Hella Gay All-Stars @ Stagewerx Theatre

Comedy night with straight and gay comedians Charlie Ballard, Kate Willett, Loren Kraut, Shanti Charan, Casey Ley and Sandra Risser. $5. 7:30pm. 18+. 446 Valencia St. www.stagewerx.org

Holiday Sale @ Creativity Explored

Exhibit and sale of new beautifully charming artwork made by local developmentally-challenged adults. Extended hours thru Dec 23: Mon/Tue 10am-3pm. Wed-Fri til 7pm. Sat & Sun 12pm-5pm. 3245 16ht St. 863-2108. www.creativityexplored.org

Kitka

In the Family @ Opera Plaza Cinema

Patrick Wang's engaging film about the fate of the son fo two gay men, and a family custody battle. Dec 7, 7pm post-screening Q&A with the director, moderated by H.P. Mendoza (Colma, the Musical). Other screenings at various times. 601 Van Ness Ave. 267-4893. www.inthefamilythemovie.com

Kitka @ Various Locales

Fantastic multi-harmonic women's vocal ensemble performs Eastern European folk and holiday-themed "Wintersongs." $15-$35. Dec 7, 8pm at St. Paul's Church, 114 Montecito Ave., Oakland. Dec 8, 8pm at Old First Church, 1751 Sacramento St., SF. Dec 9, 5pm, Community Sing at Nile Hall, Preservation Park, 668 13th St., Oakland. www.kitka.org

Open @ Shotwell Studios

Jeff Bedillion's sexy comedy about a straight couple who decide to try having an open relationship with men. $20. Fri, Sat & Mon 8pm. Thru Dec 17. 3252-A 19th St. 289-2000. www.ftloose.org

Open

Out of Character @ Asian Art Museum

Decoding Chinese Calligraphy, an exhibit of modern and ancient scripted art, with numerous special events, workshops and discussions. Free-$12. Tue-Sun 10am-5pm. Thru Jan 13. 200 Larkin St. 581-3500. www.asianart.org

Pal Joey @ Eureka Theatre

42nd Street Moon's production of the classic Rodgers & Hart musical (with book by John O'Hara) about a charming "heel" with big plans to make it in the Chicago nightclub scene. $25-$75. Wed 7pm. Thu & Fri 8pm. Sat 6pm. Sun 3pm. Thru Dec. 16. 215 Jackson St. 255-8207. www.42ndstmoon.org

The Rainmaker @ Shelton Theater

N. Richard Nash's drama about a traveling con man who romances a small town woman, gets a local production. $38. Fri & Sat 8pm. Thru Dec 22. 533 Sutter St. at Powell. (800) 838-3006. www.sheltontheater.org

San Francisco Ballet @ War Memorial Opera House

The acclaimed dance company performs Tchaikovsky's holiday ballet, The Nutcracker. $20-$165. 7pm. Tue-Sun 2pm & 7pm. Additional times. Thru Dec 28. 301 Van Ness Ave. 865-2000. www.sfballet.org

Slugs and Kicks @ Thick House

Theatre Rhinoceros' production of John Fisher's backstage comedy about a young gay actor and his theatrical friends (closeted and otherwise). $15-$30. Wed-Sat 8pm. Sun 3pm. Thru Dec. 9. 1695 18th St. at Arkansas. (800) 838-3006. www.therhino.org

The Submission @ New Conservatory Theatre Center

Jeff Talbot's sharp play explores racism, affirmative-action and bias in the theatre world, when a white gay writer submits a play about life in the projects, and hires an African American actress to pretend to be the playwright. $25-$45. Wed-Sat 8pm. Sun 2pm. Thru Dec. 16. 25 Van Ness Ave. at Market, lower level. 861-8972. www.nctcsf.org

Toil and Trouble @ La Val's Subterranean, Berkeley

Impact Theatre's comic update on Shakespeare's ...Scottish play (MacBeth). $10-$20. Thu-Sat 8pm. Thru Dec. 8. 1834 Euclid Ave., Berkeley. www.impacttheatre.com

Samsara

Various Films @ Castro Theatre

Dec 7: Midnites for Maniacs presents Bring It On (7:30), Hairspray (9:30) and Kickboxer (11:30). Dec 8 & 9: Samsara (astounding world images in a feast of a documentary). Dec 11: Rick Prelinger's Lost Landscapes of San Francisco . (7pm). Dec 12: Tim Burton's Frankenweenie in 3D. Dec 13: Wake in Fright (70s cult exploitation flick in the Ausiies outback). $8.50-$11.50. 429 Castro St. www.castrotheatre.com

The Waiting Period @ The Marsh

Brian Copeland's popular solo show about his struggle with depression. $25-$50. Fri 8pm, Sat 5pm. Extended thru Dec 8. 1062 Valencia St. 282-3055. www.themarsh.org

We Three Queens @ Cafe Flore

Kylie Minono, Raquela and Tweaka Turner present a drag show fundraiser for Mama's Family Toy Drive, with Gypsy Love, Kippy Marks, Bebe Sweetbriar, Phoenix Normand, Garza and many more. Donations. 9:30pm. 2298 Market St. www.cafeflore.com

The White Snake @ Berkeley Rep

Tony Award-winning director Mary Zimmerman's (Argonautika, Arabian Nights) visually stunning mystical drama based on a Chinese legend of romance and magical powers. $22-$99. Tue, Thu, Fri, Sat 8pm. Wed 7pm. Sun 7pm. Sat & Sun 2pm. Extended thru Dec 30. Special events thru run. Roda Theatre, 2025 Addison St., Berkeley. (510) 647-2949. www.berkeleyrep.org

Wilder Times @ Aurora Theatre, Berkeley

Four one-act plays by Pulitzer Prize winner, former Berkeley resident and closeted gay playwright and author Thornton Wilder. $32-$60. Tue 7pm. Wed-Sat 8pm. Sun 2pm & 7pm. Thru Dec. 9. 2081 Addison St., Berkeley (510) 843-4822. www.auroratheatre.org

Woyzeck @ Ashby Stage, Berkeley

Shotgun Players' production of Robert Wilson's re-conceived musical revision of Georg Buchner's stage play, with music and lyrics by Tom Waits and Kathleen Brennan; a tragic tale about a soldier who returns home to find his girl is having an affair. $25-$35. Wed & Thu 7pm. Fri & Sat 8pm. Sun 5pm. Thru Jan 27. 1901 Ashby Ave., Berkeley. (510) 841-6500. www.shotgunplayers.org


Sat 8

100 Years of Rural California @ California Historical Society

Exhibit of 150 large-scale color prints by writer-photographer Lisa Hamilton, and archival selections dating back to the 1880s. Thru Mar. 24. 2013. 678 Mission St. 357-1848. www.californiahistoricalsociety.org

(Affordable) Art From the Heart @ NIAD Art Center, Richmond

Exhibit and holiday sale of art made by adults with developmental disabilities; all priced from $15-$150. Thru Dec. 25. 551 23rd St., Richmond. (510) 620-0326. www.niadart.org

Holiday Party @ Veterans Building

San Francisco Veterans For Peace Chapter 69 and Bob Basker Post 315 cohost a luau-themed holiday party with live entertainment, a roasted pig and other potluck buffet specialties. 3pm-cocktails, 4pm buffet, 5pm awards ceremony. 401 Van Ness Ave., Room 223.

Beach Blanket Babylon

Beach Blanket Babylon @ Club Fugazi

Musical comedy revue, now in its 35th year, with an ever-changing lineup of political and pop culture icons, all in gigantic wigs. Reg: $25-$130. Wed, Thu, Fri at 8pm. Sat 6:30, 9:30pm. Sun 2pm, 5pm. (Beer/wine served; cash only). 678 Beach Blanket Babylon Blvd (Green St.). 421-4222. www.beachblanketbabylon.com

Bell, Book and Candle @ SF Playhouse

Romantic comedy about a mortal man and a witch (the play and film inspired Bewitched). $25-$30. Tue-Thu 7pm. Fri & Sat 8pm. Sun 3pm. Thru Jan 19. 450 Post St. above Farallon Restaurant. www.sfplayhouse.org

Brendan James

Brendan James @ Hotel Utah

Charleston-based singer-songwriter, whose latest single, "Nothin' But Love" focuses on marriage equality, performs live as part of his West Coast tour. Brian Jarvis and Lara Johnson open. $12-$15. 9pm. 500 4th St. 546-6300. www.brendanjames.com www.hotelutah.com

City Ballet School @ Palace of Fine Arts Theater

Tchaikovsky's holiday favorite, The Nutcracker, as choreographed by Galina Alexandrova (formerly of Bolshoi and SF Ballet) and Yuri Zhukov (formerly of Kirov and SF Ballet) performed by student dancers. $25-$35. 2pm & 7pm. Also dec 9 at 2pm. 3301 Lyon St. 392-4400. www.cityballetschool.org www.cityboxoffice.com

Dance-Along Nutcracker @ YBCA

San Francisco Lesbian/Gay Freedom Band performs their annual fun-filled kid-friendly participatory concert of Tchaikovsky's holiday ballet music, with a contemporary edge; this year, a Hollywood theme. $16-$50. Matinee 2:30pm. Gala with cocktails, reception and Gail wilson and City Swing performing; Dec 8 at 7pm. Also Dec 9 at 1pm. Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Forum, 701 Mission st. at 3rd. 978-2787. www.DanceAlongNutcracker.org

Dancing in the Dragon's Jaws:
Gay San Francisco, 1985-1988

Dancing in the Dragon's Jaws: Gay San Francisco, 1985-1988 @ SF Public Library

Thomas Alleman's exhibit of fascinating new large-print photos from San Francisco's mid-1980s gay community, from the onslaught of AIDS to nightlife and arts celebrations. Exhibit thru Feb 10, 2013. Jewitt Gallery, lower level, 100 Larkin St. at Grove. www.allemanphoto.com www.sfpl.org

Earthquake @ California Academy of Sciences

New exhibit and planetarium show with various live, interactive and installed exhibits about our ever-shifting earth. $20-$30. Mon-Sat 9:30am-5pm. Sun 11am-5pm. 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park. 379-8000. www.calacademy.org

Eric Fischl @ San Jose Museum of Art

Exhibit of a dozen-plus large paintings, and other works by the prominent post-modern neo-realist. Thru May 12, 2013. 110 South Market St. www.SanJoseMuseumofArt.org

Jasper Johns, Jay DeFeo @ SF MOMA

Two exhibits of the American artists' works. Thru Feb 3. Also, Paul Klee's Circus, Alessandro Pessoli, and other works and ongoing Modern art exhibits. Free-$18. 151 3rd St. at Mission. Thu-Tue 11am-5:45pm (8:45 Thursdays). 357-4000. www.sfmoma.org

Marin Ballet @ Veterans' Auditorium, San Rafael

Classical ballet school and company celebrates its 50th anniversary with a production of The Nutcracker, choreographed by Julia Adam. $22-$40. 1pm & 7pm. Dec 9, 1pm & 5pm. 10 Ave of the Flags, San Rafael. 499-6800. www.marincenter.org

The Marvelous Wonderettes @ New Conservatory Theatre Center

Opening night of NCTC's production of the upbeat hit Off-Broadway musical about three women in the late 1950s who reminisce while singing '50s and early '60s pop tunes. $22-$50 (fun-pack). Wed-Sat 8pm, Sun 2pm. Thru Jan 13. 25 Van Ness Ave., lower level. 861-8972. www.nctcsf.org

Nick Weber: Broadband @ Resipsa Gallery, Oakland

Intriguing exhibit of paintings based on imagery from online porn. Saturdays, 1pm-4pm. Thru Jan. 11. 455 17th st. #301. Oakland. www.resipsagallery.com

Nutcracker Sweets

Nutcracker Sweets @ Southside Theater

Mark Foehringer's fourth annual production of his mirthful contemporary ballet take on the Tchaikovsky ballet, with a live abbreviated score (50 minutes). $25. Also Dec 9, 15, 16, 22 & 23. Sun 11am & 2pm; Sat also 4pm. Fort Mason Center, Landmark Bldg. D, 3rd floor. Marina Blvd at Buchanan. www.mfdpsf.org www.fortmason.org

Peter and the Wolf @ Davies Hall

Actor John Lithgow narrates The Bandshell Next to the Zoo, and the SF Symphony Youth Orchestra performs the classic Prokofiev symphonic adaptation of the faily tale. $15-$57 (half price for kids 17 and under). 1pm & 4pm. 201 Van Ness Ave. 864-6000. www.sfsymphony.org

Phantoms of Asia @ Asian Art Museum

Exhibit of bold contemporary art with perspectives on life, death, nature and other themes. $12-$15. 200 Larkin St. 581-3500. www.asianart.org

Royal Treasures from the Louvre @ Legion of Honor

Exhibit of decorative arts, most never seen in the U.S., from the reigns of Louis XIV to Marie-Antoinette, from the Musee du Louvre, Paris. Free-$20. Tue-Sun 9:30am-5:15pm. Thru March 17. Lincoln Park, 34th Ave and Clement St. www.legionofhonor.org

Rudolf Nureyev:
A Life in Dance

Rudolf Nureyev: A Life in Dance @ de Young Museum

Direct from the Centre National du Costume de Scene in Moulins, France, this exhibit displays costumes, photos, videos and ephemera documenting the amazing dancing and choreography of the world-famous gay dancer. Thru Feb 17. Also, Chuck Close and Crown Point Press , an exhibit of the painter's printmaking works; also, permanent exhibits of Modern art. $6-$20. Tue-Sun 9:30am-5:15pm. 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, Golden Gate Park. 750-3600. www.famsf.org

Sam Rosenthal @ Wicked Grounds, Good Vibrations

Author of the new erotic novel Rye (and musician in the indie band Black Tape For a Blue Girl), reads from and discusses the book's polyamporous themes. 5pm, 289 8th St. Also Dec 9, 7pm at Good Vibrations, 603 Valencia St at 17th. 522-5460. www.ryethenovel.com www.goodvibes.com

San Francisco Boys Chorus @ St. Dominic's Cathedral

Winter concert features Renaissance and Christmas-themed choral music, and Ariel Ramirez' uplifting contemporary Navidad Nuestra. $20. 2:30pm. Also Dec 15, 8pm at Cathedral of Christ the Light, 2121 Harrison St at Grand, Oakland. 861-7464. www.sfbc.org

SF Hiking Club @ Angel Island

Join GLBT hikers for an 8-mile hike around Angel Island and to the summit of Mt. Livermore, including brief breaks and informative historical talks. The hike will include both woodland and chaparral with numerous view opportunities. Bring water, lunch, hat, layers, sturdy boots, money for ferry. Meet at Blue & Gold Ferry ticket booth at Pier 39 at 9am. 596-1304. www.sfhiking.com

Sweet Honey in the Rock

Sweet Honey in the Rock @ Paramount Theatre, Oakland

Celebrated women's vocal ensemble performs a seasonal concert of songs from diverse faiths around the world. $25-$100. 8pm. Broadway at 19th St., Oakland. 392-4400. www.ciis.edu/publicprograms

Will & Anthony Nunziata @ The Rrazz Room

Singing brother duo performs "Christmas in Italy." $40. 3pm. 2-drink min. Hotel Nikko, 222 Mason St. (800) 380-3095. www.TheRrazzRoom.com

The William S. Paley Collection:
A Taste for Modernism
@ de Young Museum

New exhibit of varied and little-seen Modern Art works collected by the New York art patron with a diverse taste, including paintings by Cezanne, Picasso, Matisse Degas, Toulouse-Lautrec and others. Also, This World Is Not My Home: Photographs by Danny Lyon, thru Jan. 27. $10-$20. Tue-Sun 9:30am-5:15pm. (til 8:45pm Fridays) Thru Dec. 30. Golden Gate Park, 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive. 750-3600. www.famsf.org

Women 我們 @ Chinese Cultural Center

Exhibit of video works, installation art, photography, sculpture, and more by a diverse array of LGBTQ artists including Mu Xi, Yang Meiyan, He Chengyao, and other emerging artists based in China as well as five U.S.-based artists, among them Man Yee Lam and Stella Zhang. Tue-Sat 10am-4pm. Thru Dec. 15. 750 Kearny St., 3rd floor (inside the Hilton Hotel). 986-1822. www.c-c-c.org

Xavier MTW @ Glamarama

Foucault at the Food Co., a whimsical visual story exhibit by a new local gay artist, at the fab hair salon. Thru Jan. 5, 2013. 304 Valencia St. www.glamarama.com


Connie Champagne

Sun 9

Connie Champagne @ The Rrazz Room

The local chanteuse returns as Judy Garland in "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas." $32.50. 4pm. 2-drink min. Hotel Nikko, 222 Mason St. (800) 380-3095. www.TheRrazzRoom.com

David Barnett @ Castro Country Club

Exhibit of landscape and pet paintings by the local gay artist. Sales benefit the artist and the CCC; pet portrait commissions also available. Exhibit through Jan 18. 4058 18th St. www.DavidBarnettArt.com www.CastroCountryClub.org

Home for the Alcoholidaze @ Martuni's

It's a comic belt-athon, with powerhouse singers Leanna Borghesi, Tyler Kent and Cara Burgoyne; Joe Wicht accompanies, at the intimate martini bar. $5. 7pm. 4 Valencia St.

LGBT Mixer @ Max's Lounge, Corte Madera

Enjoy a prix fixe menu, drinks and live music with different acts at the weekly LGBT mixer. 6pm-9pm. 60 Madera Blvd., Corte Madera. 924-6297. http://maxscortemadera.blogspot.com/

Peter Gallagher

Peter Gallagher @ The Venetian Room

Broadway, TV and film star performs his acclaimed cabaret show, Songs and Stories From an Actor's Life. $40-$47. 7pm. The Fairmont Hotel, 950 Mason St. 927-INFO.www.bayareacabaret.com

Sundance Saloon @ Space 550

Popular country western LGBT dance night $5-$8. 6:30pm-10:30pm with lessons from 7:00 - 8:00 pm. Also Sundays 5pm-10:30pm with lessons from 5:30-7:15 pm. 550 Barneveld Ave. www.sundancesaloon.org

Sunday's a Drag @ Starlight Room

Donna Sachet and Harry Denton host the weekly fabulous brunch and drag show. $45. 11am, show at noon; 1:30pm, show at 2:30pm. 450 Powell St. in Union Square. 395-8595. www.harrydenton.com

Toy Drive at Club 1220

Toy Drive @ Club 1220, Walnut Creek

Enjoy food, drinks, a raffle auction, sexy Santa Michael Brandon, elf gogo dancers, Holotta Tymes and holiday fun! Bring an unwrapped new toy for a kid! $5 and up. 4pm-11pm. 1220 Pine St., Walnut Creek. www.Club1220.com


Mon 10

Animation Exhibits @ Walt Disney Museum

See biographical exhibits about Walt Disney, early sketches and ephemera from historic Disney movies. Frequent lectures and film screenings. $5-$20. 104 Montgomery St., The Presidio. www.waltdisney.org

Chanticleer @ Various Churches

The Grammy-winning men's a cappella vocal ensemble performs Christmas-themed Gregorian chants and historic music. $30-$65. (San Francisco locales, unless otherwise noted) Dec 10, 8pm at First Congregational Church. Dec 14, 8:15pm at Cathedral of Christ the Light, Oakland. Dec 15, 8pm at St. Ignatius Church. Dec 16, 4pm & 6:30pm at St. Vincent Church, Petaluma. Dec 18 8pm at Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament, Sacramento. Dec 21, 6pm & 8:30pm at Carmel Mission. Dec 22, 6pm & 8:30pm at Mission Santa Cruz. Dec 23, 8pm at St. Ignatius Church. (800) 407-1400. www.chanticleer.org

Billy Davis, Jr. and Marilyn McCoo

Colors of Christmas @ Davies Hall

Peabo Bryson, Marilyn McCoo and Billy David, Jr., James Ingram and Stephanie Mills perform pop, R&B hits and Christmas favorites with the San Francisco Symphony. $15-$88. 8pm. Also Dec 11 & 12 at 8pm. 201 Van Ness Ave. 864-6000. www.sfsymphony.org

Comedy Returns @ El Rio

Dan St. Paul, Yayne Abeba, Kurt Weitzmann, Justin Lucas, and Lisa Geduldig perform stand-up at the monthly fun night. $7-$20. 8pm. 3158 Mission St. 522-3737. www.koshercomedy.com www.elriosf.com

Help Is On the Way for the Holidays XI @ Marines Memorial Theatre

Enjoy holiday-themed musical performances by the casts of the Broadway touring productions of The Book of Mormon, The Lion King, and Mary Wilson, Jason Brock, Tim Hockenberry, Bruce Vilanch, Spencer Day, Connie Champagne, Paula West, the Barbary Coast Cloggers and others. Proceeds benefit the Richmond/Ermet AIDS Foundation. $40, $60, $100. 7:30pm. 609 Sutter St. www.helpisontheway.org

Piano Bar 101 @ Martuni's

Sing-along night with talented locals, and charming accompanist Joe Wicht (aka Trauma Flintstone). 9pm. 4 Valencia St. at Market. www.dragatmartunis.com

Safeway Holiday Ice Rink @ Union Square

The popular downtown ice skating rink is open. $5-$10. Open daily 10am-11:30pm thru Jan 21 (except New Year's Eve; closed at 9:30pm). Powell St. at www.unionsquareicerink.com

Steven J. Levin, Jacob A. Pfeiffer @ John Pence Gallery

Dual exhibit of the two painters who explore realism, portraits and still lives with vibrant colors and imagery. Mon-Fri 10am-6pm. Sat til 5pm. 750 Post St. 441-1138. www.johnpence.com

Ten Percent @ Comcast 104

David Perry's talk show about LGBT people and issues. This week, Perry interviews Terry Baum, performer and playwright, and Hollywood celebrity and movie blogger Jason LeRoy. Mon-Fri 11:30am & 10:30pm. Sat & Sun 10:30pm. www.comcasthometown.com

Tommy Igoe Band @ The Rrazz Room

Talented drummer jams with musicians from famous bands. $25. 7:30pm. 2-drink min. Hotel Nikko, 222 Mason St. (800) 380-3095. www.TheRrazzRoom.com


Tue 11

Artists-in-Residence @ RayKo Photo

Trio exhibit; Kirk Crippens' Ten Thousand Scrolls , Maggie Preston's Contact , and David Wolf's The After Life of Things . Tue-Thu 10am-10pm Fri-Sun 10am-8pm. Thru Dec 14. 428 3rd St. 495-3773. www.raykophoto.com

The Book of Mormon @ Curran Theatre

South Park duo's beyond-sold-out hit musical parody of a certain flyover state's religion. $29 (lottery tix) -$200. Thru Dec. 30. 445 Geary St. (888) 746-1799. www.bookofmormonthemusical.com www.shnsf.com

The Drag Show @ Various Channels

Stu Smith's weekly LGBT variety show features local talents, and not just drag artistes. Channels 29 & 76 on Comcast; 99 on AT&T and 30 on Astound. www.thedragshow.org

Franc D'Ambrosio

Franc D'Ambrosio, Jeri Sager @ The Rrazz Room

Broadway musical theatre stars share a concert of classic songs. $35-$40. Dec 11-14, 8pm. Dec 15, 9pm. 2-drink min. Hotel Nikko, 222 Mason St. (800) 380-3095. www.TheRrazzRoom.com

Funny Tuesdays @ Harvey's

Ronn Vigh hosts the weekly LGBT and gay-friendly comedy night. One drink or menu item minimum. 9pm. 500 Castro St. at 18th. 431-HARV. www.harveyssf.com

Play Fair @ GLBT History Museum

Play Fair! The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence Make Sex Safer, an exhibit of safe sex promotional efforts. Also, For Love and Community: Queer Asian Pacific Islanders Take Action 1960-1990s, an exhibit organized by queer and transgender Asian Pacific Islanders. Mon-Sat 11am-7pm. Sun 12pm-5pm. 4127 18th St. 621-1107. www.glbthistorymuseum.org


Charles Phoenix

Wed 12

The Art of Dr. Seuss @ Dennis Rae Fine Art

Fascinating exhibit of rarely seen prints, paintings, sculptures and a few of the more known drawings by Theodor Geisel, the author/illustrator of the immensely popular children's books. Ongoing, with updates and new items. 351A Geary St. 391-1948. www.dennisraefineart.com

Art With Elders @ City Hall

Large group exhibit of works by 90 artists in 30+ local arts programs, all seniors with a lengthy life perspective. Thru Jan. 4. Reg hours Mon-Fri 8am-8pm. Ground floor, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place. www.sfgov.org

Caminos Flamencos @ ODC Theater

Yaelisa and her acclaimed flamenco dancers perform Diez Por Arriba, a festive holiday show. $20-$40. Wed-Sat 8pm. Sun 3pm. Thru Dec 16. 3153 17th St. 863-9834. www.caminosflamencos.com www.odctheater.org

Candlelight Flow Yoga @ LGBT Center

David Clark leads various yoga poses and practices, plus meditation and breathing exercises. Bring your own mat and water bottle, etc. $10. 7pm-8:30pm. 1800 Market St. www.4dbliss.com

Charles Phoenix @ Empress of China Ballroom

Retro-pop culture humorist and author (Americana, the Beautiful) roasts the kitschy side of the holidays in his comedy found-retro slideshow, with eye-popping food creations (Flaming Astro-Weenie, anyone?). $25. 8pm. 838 Grant Ave. www.chalesphoenix.com

Dream Queens Revue @ Aunt Charlie's Lounge

Retro-classic drag show (2nd and 4th Wednesday) at the classic Tenderloin bar, featuring Collette Ashton, Ruby Slippers, Sophilya Leggz, Bobby Ashton, Sheena Rose, Davida Ashton and Joie de Vivre. No cover. 10pm. 133 Turk St. 441-2922. www.dreamqueensrevue.com

John Waguespack's art

John Waguespack @ 111 Minna Gallery

Large-scale pop culture icon portraits and paintings by the local artist. Thru Jan. 26. Wed-Fri 12pm-5pm. 111 Minna St. 974-1719. www.111minnagallery.com/2012/new-works-by-john-waguespack/

Oakland Ballet Fundraiser @ Scott's Seafood, Oakland

Enjoy wine and hors d'oeuvres at a reception for the East Bay company's production of The Nutcracker, with MC KGO-TV's Cheryl Jennings, $250 and up. 6pm-8pm. Jack London Square, Oakland. www.oaklandballet.org

Radar Reading @ SF Public Library

Reading series features transgender poet Samuel Ace, photographer Lydia Daniller, author Harris Kornstein and poet Jan Richman (winner of the 1994 Walt Whitman Award). Hosted by Michelle Tea. 6pm. James Hormel Gay & Lesbian Center, 100 Larkin St. 557-4400. www.sfpl.org


Conspiracy of Beards

Thu 13

Comedy Bodega @ Esta Nocha

The weekly LGBT and indie comic stand-up night. This week, a benefit for Rocket Dog Rescue featuring Ben Feldman, Jesse Fernandez, and Jill Bourque. 8pm-9:30pm. 3079 16th St. at Mission. www.comedybodega.com

Conspiracy of Beards @ Contemporary Jewish Museum

Hanukkah-themed show with the bearded band, dreidel games, a photobooth, exhibit talks and tours and more. Free (members)-$5, $12. 6pm-8pm. 736 Mission St. at 3rd. 655-7800. www.thecjm.org

Handel's Messiah @ Davies Hall

The San Francisco Symhony and Symphony Chorus perform the classic baroque musical religious epic, with soloists Joelle Harvey, Jennifer Johnson-Cano, Andrew Stenson and Michael Samuel. $15-$146. 7:30pm. Also Dec 14 & 15, 7:30pm. 201 Van Ness Ave. 864-6000. www.sfsymphony.org

The Radical Camera: New York's Photo League @ Contemporary Jewish Museum

Group exhibition of fascinating photos from 1936-1951 taken by members of the progressive collective that documented the eras of postwar struggles, McCarthy blacklists, and urban life. Other exhibits ongoing. Free (members)-$12. Thu-Tue 11am-5pm (Thu 1pm-8pm) 736 Mission St. 655-7800. www.thecjm.org

San Francisco Magic Parlor @ Chancellor Hotel

Whimsical Belle Epoque-style sketch and magic show that also includes historical San Francisco stories; hosted by Walt Anthony. with optional pre-show light dinner and desserts. $40. Thu-Sat 8pm. 433 Powell St. www.SFMagicParlor.com

Shop 'Til You Drop Nightlife @ California Academy of Sciences

Bazaar Bizarre fills the space with indie artists and designers, fascinating lecture on why the Mayan Calendar is not the "end of the world," plus food, cocktails and DJed dancing. $10-$12. 6pm-10pm, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park. 379-8000. www.calacademy.org

The Wild Party @ A.C.T. Costume Shop

American Conservatory Theatre students perform Andrew Lippa's musical drama about roaring '20s-era show folk who host an out-of-control party. $15. 7:30pm. Also dec 14, & 15 (and Dec 15 at 2pm). 1117 Market St. 749-2228. www.act-sf.org

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