Arts & Crafts
ACCI Holiday Exhibition: A show and sale of art by more than 100 fine artists and craftspeople. Reception: December 9, 7-9 p.m. Nov. 25-Jan. 6. ACCI Gallery, 1652 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley, 510-843-2527, www.accigallery.com.
Annual Holiday Arts Festival & Art Auction: A day of family activities including a silent fine art auction, arts and crafts sales, children's workshops, and more. Preview: November 29-December 3. Sun., Dec. 4, 12-5 p.m. Richmond Art Center, 2540 Barrett Ave., Richmond, 510-620-6772.
Berkeley Artisans Holiday Open Studios: A free, self-guided tour. Free map available on the Web site. Starting Nov. 26, Saturdays, Sundays, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. through Dec. 18, www.berkeleyartisans.com.
Christmas Show: A group exhibit. Through Jan. 10, 2006. City Arts Gallery, 746 B St., Hayward, 510-538-9763.
Civic Arts Education & Clay Arts Guild Holiday Sale: A four-day event at two locations. Dec. 8-11. Civic Arts Education Shadelands Campus, 111 N. Wiget Ln. (at Ygnacio Valley Blvd.), Walnut Creek, 925-943-5846.
Community, Carols, and Cocoa: Enjoy hot cocoa, live music, and holiday crafts. Thu., Dec. 22, 3-6 p.m.; Fri., Dec. 23, 3-6 p.m. Chapel of the Chimes, 4499 Piedmont Ave., Oakland.
Cottage in the Woods Arts and Crafts Faire: An arts and crafts sale to benefit the preschool. Dec. 3-4, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Cottage in the Woods Preschool, 3917 Lyman Rd., Oakland, 510-531-3121.
End of the Year Group Show: Art by Inferno artists and others. Reception: December 20, 7-9 p.m. Dec. 10-Jan. 20. Inferno Gallery, 4401 San Leandro St., Oakland, 510-435-4843, infernogallery.com.
Hayward Arts Council Show: An ongoing special holiday rotating exhibit of fine art and crafts. Through Dec. 31. Green Shutter Gallery, 22654 Main St., Hayward, 510-538-2787, www.haywardarts.org.
Holiday Art Show: An exhibition and sale of ethnic art, home adornments, and unique jewelry, featuring artist in residence Alexander Chitungo of Zimbabwe, who will give live Shona sculpture demonstrations. Nov. 25-27, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Dec. 10-11, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Dec. 17-18, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Stix 'n' Stones, 1128 Campbell St., Oakland.
Holiday for the Arts: A three-day holiday art and craft show. Gala celebration: December 3. Dec. 3-5. Olive Hyde Art Gallery, 123 Washington Blvd., Fremont, 510-791-4357.
Holiday Showcase: Featuring art by members of the Hayward Arts Council. Through Dec. 24. Green Shutter Gallery, 22654 Main St., Hayward, 510-538-2787, www.haywardarts.org.
Holiday Wreath-Making Workshop: Bring your own pruners; other supplies provided. Registration required; register at 510-643-2755. Wed., Dec. 7, 7-9 p.m.; Thu., Dec. 8, 7-9 p.m.; Sat., Dec. 10, 10 a.m.-noon, $25-$30. UC Berkeley Botanical Garden, 200 Centennial Dr., Berkeley, 510-643-2755.
Jewish Traditions: Harry Lieberman's paintings depict traditional Jewish scenes, including shtetl life and Biblical stories. Through Dec. 30. Ames Gallery, 2661 Cedar St., Berkeley, 510-845-4949, www.amesgallery.com.
Kristan Willits Holiday Open Studio: Works in watercolor and oil pastel, with live music and festivities. Starting Nov. 27, Sundays, 12-6 p.m. Continues through Dec. 4. Kristan Willits studio, 1910 Virginia St., Berkeley.
Luminance Holiday Sale: The annual holiday show and sale by the Luminance Group, local women artists. Nov. 26-27, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. 1216 Gilman St., Berkeley.
Oakland Elizabeth House Holiday Arts and Crafts Fair and Fund-Raiser: The annual art fair to benefit the transitional residence for women and children. Sun., Dec. 4, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., free. Info: 510-658-1380. St. Augustine Gymnasium, 400 Alcatraz Ave., Oakland.
Palestinian Handicrafts: A show and sale of embroidery from Dheisheh, hand-blown glassware from Hebron, olive wood crafts from Bethlehem, etc., sponsored by the Joining Hands group. Sat., Dec. 3, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Berkeley Friends' Meeting House, 2151 Vine St., Berkeley.
Playing with Fire: The 34th annual Berkeley Potters' Guild holiday show and sale, featuring the work of twenty ceramic artists. Nov. 26-27-Dec. 19-24, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Berkeley Potters' Guild, 731 Jones St., Berkeley, 510-524-7031, www.berkeleypotters.com.
Rockridge Holiday Open Studios: The annual holiday self-guided tour. Starting Dec. 3, Saturdays, Sundays, 12-5 p.m. Continues through Dec. 11, 510-428-2915.
Sketching and Drawing with the Camera: Photographs by the library's Chris Jennings. Also: a Kwanzaa display. Through Dec. 31. Oakland Public Library, Rockridge Branch, 5366 College Ave., Oakland, 510-597-5017, www.oaklandlibrary.org.
Small Works: The annual holiday auction of artworks. Silent auction: 6-9:30 p.m.; live auction: 8-9 p.m. Gallery preview: November 30-December 1, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Fri., Dec. 2. Oakland Art Gallery, 199 Kahn's Alley (Frank Ogawa Plaza), Oakland, 510-637-0395, www.oaklandartgallery.org.
We Care Art Show and Sale: Landscape paintings by Bay Area artists for sale to benefit We Care Services for Children. Fri., Dec. 9, 6:30-9:30 p.m. We Care Services for Children, 2191 Kirker Pass Rd., Concord.
Winter Works: The Holiday Show: A group show for the holidays in various media. Through Jan. 3, 2006. City Arts Gallery, 746 B St., Hayward, 510-538-9763.
Women of Color Arts and Crafts Show: Original handcrafted paintings, clay sculpture, jewelry, quilts, furniture, wearable art, etc., for sale. Nov. 26-27, 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. La Peña Cultural Center, 3105 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley, 510-849-2568, www.lapena.org.
Albany Chamber Holiday Party: An annual gala featuring a silent auction. RSVP to 510-525-1771 or e-mail email@example.com. Wed., Dec. 7, 5:30 p.m. Albany Mechanics Bank, 801 San Pablo Ave., Albany, 510-262-7438..
Annual Chanukah Book Drive: An annual campaign by the Jewish Coalition for Literacy, held at the JCC of Fisher Hall (3200 California St., San Francisco). Admission is free with the donation of a new or used children's book. Carpools from the East Bay available; e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 510-839-2900 ext. 274 for more info. Sun., Dec. 11, 4:30 p.m.
Annual Parade of Lights: Walnut Creek's Broadway Plaza hosts an annual parade and tree lighting ceremony to usher in the holiday season. For more info, call 800-762-1641. Thu., Dec. 1, 7 p.m.
Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony: KBLX radio sponsors this annual celebration of the holiday season, which also features a high school choir competition. Fri., Nov. 25, 2-7 p.m., free. Jack London Sq., foot of Broadway, Oakland, 510-645-5968.
Festival of Christmas Carols: Voices of Musica Sacra presents its annual celebration of traditional holiday folksongs, featuring a 40-voice choir, traditional hymns, and sacred music by Haydn, Morley, Poulenc, Rutter, and others. Dec. 9 event takes place at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, 860 Oak Grove Rd., Concord. Dec. 11 event takes place at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 1924 Trinity Ave., Walnut Creek. Fri., Dec. 9, 8 p.m.; Sun., Dec. 11, 3 p.m., $15-$20, VoicesofMusicaSacra.org.
Holiday Bellringing Contest: Featuring the Golden Gate Bellringers. Sun., Nov. 27, 1 p.m., free. C'era Una Volta, 1332-D Park St. (at Redwood Sq.), Alameda, 510-769-4828, www.ceraunavolta.us.
Holidays at Dunsmuir: Featuring self-guided mansion tours, holiday teas, carolers, horse-drawn carriages, craft booths, trolley rides, children's activities, and more. Dec. 3-18, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., $7-$15, dunsmuir.org. Dunsmuir Historic Estate, 2960 Peralta Oaks Ct., Oakland, 925-275-9490, www.dunsmuir.org.
Ravenswood Yuletide: The historic site will be dressed in Victorian Christman finery for the holidays. Events feature a public tour Nov. 27 and Yuletide, A Victorian Christmas Dec. 11 from noon to 4 p.m., featuring 1890s costumes, St. Nicholas, children's activities, horse and buggy rides, caroling, theater performances, and live music. Sun., Nov. 27; Sun., Dec. 11. Ravenswood Historic Site, 2647 Arroyo Rd., Livermore.
Telegraph Ave. Holiday Street Fair 2005: More than 200 street artists, merchants, vendors, community groups, and entertainers are featured in this annual fest. Sat., Dec. 10, Sun., Dec. 11, Sat., Dec. 17, Sun., Dec. 18, Fri., Dec. 23, Sat., Dec. 24, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Telegraph Ave. (between Dwight and Bancroft ways), Berkeley.
Legends of Mother Mary: Learn everything you always wanted to know about Jesus' mom with Rev. Alyce Soden. RSVP to 707-884-3631. Wed., Dec. 14, 7 p.m., free. Change Makers, 6536 Telegraph Ave., Oakland, 510-655-2405, www.changemakersforwomen.com.
A New Look at Liturgy: A workshop series covering liturgical basics, a tour of the church, the history of the Mass, and the liturgical year. Speakers include Marilyn Morgan, Tom Scirghi, Linda Krehmeier, and Christine Straessle. To sign up, call 510-526-4811 ext. 11. St. Mary Magdalen Church, 2005 Berryman St., Berkeley.
Berkeley Farmers' Market Holiday Crafts Fair: This benefit for the Ecology Center features organic farmers, handcrafted goods, and live music all day. Starting Dec. 3, Saturdays, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Continues through Dec. 17, free. Civic Center Park, Center St. (at Martin Luther King Jr. Way), Berkeley.
Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous Public Information Session: A support group for everyone suffering from food addiction, overeating, anorexia, or bulimia. Thu., Nov. 24, 9:30-11:30 a.m., 800-600-6028, FoodAddicts.org. Kaiser Oakland Medical Center, 280 W. MacArthur Blvd., Oakland.
Food Not Bombs Vegetarian Potluck Feast: Bring a vegetarian dish to share; benefit for the Doe Family Legal Fund -- donations accepted. Live music by Riot Folk. For more info, call 510-658-9178. Thu., Nov. 24, 6-9 p.m., free. Ashkenaz, 1317 San Pablo Ave., Berkeley, 510-525-5054, www.ashkenaz.com.
Free Thanksgiving Feast: Preceded by an interfaith worship service. Thu., Nov. 24, 11:30 p.m. First United Methodist Church, 201 Martina St., Pt. Richmond.
Thanksgiving Vegetarian Dinner: People of all faiths and cultural backgrounds are invited to attend this vegetarian feast, also featuring a meditation and peace prayer, and a live Hindustani vocal concert by Praveen and Ritee Chadda. Thu., Nov. 24, 3 p.m., free. Badarikashrama, 15602 Maubert Ave., San Leandro, 510-278-2444. Holiday Music
Amiguitos de La Peña -- Juanita Ulloa: Family-oriented music for Día de los Reyes Magos, Fri., Jan. 13, 8 p.m., $5. La Peña Cultural Center, 3105 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley, 510-849-2568, www.lapena.org.
American Bach Soloists Perform Handel's Messiah: Music director Jeffrey Thomas conducts a program featuring soprano Shawnette Sulker, alto Rosemarie van der Hooft, tenor Steven Tharp, and baritone William Sharp, Wed., Dec. 14, 7:30 p.m., $18-$50. Mission Dolores Basilica, 3321 16th St., San Francisco. Thu., Dec. 15, 7:30 p.m. Grace Cathedral, 1100 California St., San Francisco.
Angel Choir and Joyful Noise Choir: Performing for the Christmas Morning Worship Service, Sun., Dec. 25, 11 a.m., no cover. United Methodist Church, 201 Marina St., Pt. Richmond, www.pointrichmond.com/methodist.
Annual Christmas Eve Jazz Service: With the Dan Damon Trio and special musical guests, Sat., Dec. 24, 7 p.m., no cover. United Methodist Church, 201 Marina St., Pt. Richmond, www.pointrichmond.com/methodist.
The Annual Ludwig Altman Memorial Concert: Haydn's Creation: Soprano Rosalyn Barak and the combined choirs of the SFSU School of Music and Dance star in this depiction of creation, as described in the Book of Genesis, Sun., Dec. 11, 4 p.m., no cover. Temple Emanu-El, 2 Lake St., San Francisco.
Berkeley Community Chorus and Orchestra Presents Francis Poulenc's Gloria: Plus Johann Wilhelm Hertel's Concerto for Trumpet and Oboe, Ernst Bacon's Hymn to the United Nations, Richard Strauss' Serenade for Winds, and On Silver Moon, an aria for soprano from Antonin Dvoràk's opera, Rusalka, Sat., Dec. 3, 8 p.m.; Sun., Dec. 4, 4:30 p.m.; Sun., Dec. 18, 4:30 p.m., no cover. St. Joseph the Worker Church, 1640 Addison St., Berkeley.
Berkeley Farmers' Market Holiday Crafts Fair: With Clara Goerge, Emily Shore, Irina Rivkin, Mark Abdilla, Dave Harris, Bill Muccular, and Laurie Chastain (Dec. 3); Crowden School, This Old Band, Mark Abdilla, Equal Rights and Just Us, and Laurie Chastain (Dec. 10); Tea & Honey Too, Erica Azim & Isaac Rains, Mark Abdilla, Berkeley Community Chorus Chamber Singers, and Laurie Chastain (Dec. 17), Sat., Dec. 3, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sat., Dec. 10, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sat., Dec. 17, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., no cover. Civic Center Park, Center St. (at Martin Luther King Jr. Way), Berkeley.
Britten's A Ceremony of Carols: California Bach Society presents English works of the Middle Ages and early Renaissance, Fri., Dec. 2, 8 p.m., $10, $18, $25. St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 2300 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, 510-848-5107, www.stmarksberkeley.org. Sun., Dec. 4, 4 p.m., $10, $18, $25. St. Gregory Nyssen, 500 De Haro St., San Francisco.
Cal State East Bay University Choirs Holiday Concert: Performing Antonio Vivaldi's Magnificat and Adriano Banchieri's Festina nella sera del, Sun., Dec. 4, 7 p.m., $5, $7, no cover for CSEB students. Cal State East Bay University Theatre, 25800 Carlos Bee Blvd., Hayward.
California Youth Symphony Holiday Premiere of Seasonal Favorites: Maestro Leo Eylar conducts the world premiere of Paul Davies' Rhapsody for Piano and Orchestra, featuring Australian-born pianist Kate Ryder, Sun., Dec. 11, 2:30 p.m., $6, $12. Smithwick Theater, Foothill College (12345 El Monte Rd.), Los Altos Hills.
Candlelight Christmas: SFSU Chamber Singers & Women's Chorus and University Chorus sing rousing holiday works, Fri., Dec. 2, 8 p.m.; Sat., Dec. 3, 8 p.m., $10, $15. Most Holy Redeemer Church, 100 Diamond St. (at 18th St.), San Francisco.
A Chanticleer Christmas: Featuring Christmas carols and Franz Biebl's Ave Maria, Tue., Dec. 13, 8 p.m.; Wed., Dec. 14, 8 p.m., $44; half-price tickets available for kids 15 and under. Stanford University, Stanford.
Christmas Brunch Buffet with Harpist Victoria Hughes: Sun., Dec. 25, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., $49, $89. Top of the Mark, 1 Nob Hill 999 California St. (at the top of the Mark Hopkins Hotel), 415-616-6916.
Christmas Carols Festival and Tea Reception: Voices of Musica Sacra perform Christmas hymns and sacred music by Haydn, Morley, Poulenc, Rutter, and more, Fri., Dec. 9, 8 p.m., $15, $20. St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, 860 Oak Grove Rd., Concord. Sun., Dec. 11, 3 p.m., $15, $20. St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 1924 Trinity Ave., Walnut Creek.
Christmas Concert with Cynthia Schultz: Performing classical and Celtic works for harp, Sun., Dec. 4, 7 p.m., $5. Community Congregational Church, 1305 West Second St., Benicia.
Christmas Dinner Buffet with Pianist Ricardo Scales: Sun., Dec. 25, 6-10 p.m., $49, $89. Top of the Mark, 1 Nob Hill 999 California St. (at the top of the Mark Hopkins Hotel), 415-616-6916.
Clairdee 4th Annual Christmas Show: Sat., Dec. 24, 8 & 10 p.m., $8, $16. Yoshi's, 510 Embarcadero West, Oakland, 510-238-9200, www.yoshis.com.
Dave Koz & Friends Smooth Jazz Christmas Tour 2005: With vocalist Patti Austin, pianist David Benoit, and guitarist Jonathan Butler, Fri., Dec. 2. Nob Hill Masonic Center, 1111 California St., San Francisco, 415-292-9191.
David Krakauer's Klezmer Madness!: Celebrate the holiday season with music of Eastern Europe, Sun., Dec. 11, 3 p.m., no cover. McKenna Theatre, San Francisco State University, San Francisco.
Dmitiri Matheny WinterFest Presents The Snow Cat: family celebration of storytelling and song, Sun., Dec. 11, 4:30 p.m., $12, $15, $18. Jazzschool, 2087 Addison St., Berkeley, 510-845-5373, www.jazzschool.com.
First Presbyterian Church of Berkeley High School Choir: Erika Myers conducts a program of seasonal music, Tue., Dec. 13, 3 p.m., no cover. Kensington Library, 61 Arlington Ave., Kensington, 510-524-3043.
"Harps for the Holidays": Triskela, Pleiades, and Bay Area Youth Harp Ensemble present holiday, world, and original music, Sat., Dec. 3, 8 p.m., $10, $15. St. Mary Magdalen Church, 2005 Berryman St., Berkeley.
Holiday Party and Dance with the Zydeco Flames and Andre Thierry: dance lesson with Dana D. at 8 p.m.; live music at 9 p.m, Fri., Dec. 23, $13. Eagles Hall, 2305 Alameda Ave., Alameda, 415-285-6285, www.sfzydeco.com.
Holiday Tea with Pianist Ricardo Scales: Includes dinner buffet plus a selection of tea sandwiches and scones, starting Dec. 1, Mondays-Thursdays, 12-4 p.m. through Dec. 31, $31. Top of the Mark, 1 Nob Hill 999 California St., 415-616-6916.
A John Waters XXXMas: With Jonathan Richman, Wed., Dec. 14, 8 p.m., $35, $75. The Fillmore, 1805 Geary Blvd., 415-346-6000, www.thefillmore.com.
Joyful Noise Choir Performs Selections from Handel's Messiah: Sun., Dec. 11, 5 p.m., no cover. First United Methodist Church, 201 Martina St., Pt. Richmond.
Juanita Ulloa and Her Picante Ensemble: Celebrating the release of Paz y Alegria, Sun., Dec. 18, 5:30 & 7 p.m., no cover with 3-course dinner special. Peña Pachamama, 1630 Powell St., San Francisco, 415-646-0018.
Juanita Ulloa CD Release Concert: Latin Vocal Music Workshop opens, followed by Juanita & the Picante Ensemble. Santa and a piñata for kids, Fri., Dec. 2, 7:30 p.m. Community Music Center, 544 Capp St., San Francisco.
Kensington Symphony Holiday Concert: Geoffrey Gallegos conducts a selection of seasonal works, including Mozart's Don Giovanni, Handel's Messiah, and Humperdinck's Hansel and Gretel, Sat., Dec. 10, 8 p.m., $10, $15. Northminster Presbyterian Church, 545 Ashbury Ave., El Cerrito.
Kularts 20th Anniversary Party: With Alleluia Panis Dance Theater, Ating Tao Drum Circle, Danongan Kalanduyan, Likha Rondalla, the Rhapsodistas, holiday gift bazaar, and cuisine from the Philippines, Sat., Dec. 3, 6 p.m., $20. SomArts Cultural Center, 934 Brannan St., San Francisco, 415-552-2131, www.somarts.org.
Lessons and Carols: Pastor Dan Damon and Eileen Johnson lead a singing of holiday hymns. Sun., Nov. 27, 5 p.m., free-will offering. First United Methodist Church, 201 Martina St., Pt. Richmond.
"Lo, How a Rose E'er Blooming": Cantare Con Vivo Chorale & Chamber Ensemble present sacred holiday music by Bach, Duruflé, Randol Bass, Busto, and Berlin, Sun., Dec. 4, 3 p.m., $10, $24, $30. First Presbyterian Church, 2619 Broadway, Oakland, 510-444-3555, www.firstchurchoakland.org. Mon., Dec. 5, 7:30 p.m., $10, $24, $30. Walnut Creek Presbyterian Church, 1801 Lacassie Ave., Walnut Creek.
"Messiah-Sing": Bryn Baker conducts a sing-along concert of Handel's Messiah, with New Millennium Strings Orchestra, organist Sandra Soderlund, and soloists, Sun., Dec. 4, 6 p.m., $10. Unitarian Universalist Church, 1 Lawson Rd., Berkeley, 510-525-0302.
Mo's Kitchen Holiday Cabaret: Hosted by Glide Memorial United Methodist Church, Wed., Dec. 14, 6 p.m., no cover. San Francisco Marriott, 55 4th St., San Francisco.
"Mozart and His Pet Basset Horn": Members of San Francisco Symphony and San Francisco Opera perform works by Mozart, Salzedo, and Glinka, Sun., Dec. 4, 3 p.m., $10, $20, $30. Town Hall Theatre, 3535 School St., Lafayette, 925-283-1557.
Mozart's Messiah: Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra performs works by Mozart. Seven-concert series starts at $185; contact the venue for individual ticket prices, Thu., Dec. 8, 7:30 p.m., 415-252-1288, www.philharmonia.org. Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave., San Francisco. Sat., Dec. 10, 7:30 p.m.; Sun., Dec. 11, 7 p.m. First Congregational Church, 2345 Channing Way, Berkeley, 510-848-3696.
Noon Christmas Concert Series -- Juanita Ulloa and Her Picante Ensemble: Tue., Dec. 20, noon, no cover. Wells Fargo Museum, 412 Montgomery St., San Francisco.
Oakland East Bay Symphony "Sing-Along Messiah": Sat., Dec. 10, 8 p.m. Subscription tickets: 510-444-0801. Paramount Theatre, 2025 Broadway, Oakland, 510-465-6400, www.paramounttheatre.com.
Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir 20th Anniversary Concert: Presenting an evening of gospel and Christmas music featuring Eugene Cole and Deborah Henderson, Sat., Dec. 3, 7:30 p.m., $10-$40. Paramount Theatre, 2025 Broadway, Oakland, 510-465-6400, www.paramounttheatre.com.
Oakland Opera Theater Presents "Peace Through Song": Featuring a full-length concert version of Kurt Will and Paul Green's opera, Johnny Johnson, and Robert Kurka's opera, The Good Soldier Schweik, plus songs by local composers Mary Watkins, John Jacob Niles, Hans Eisler, Pesach Kaplan, and more, Fri., Dec. 2, 7:30 p.m.; Sat., Dec. 3, 7:30 p.m.; Sun., Dec. 4, 1:30 p.m., $18-$26. Oakland Metro, 201 Broadway, Oakland, 510-763-1146, www.oaklandmetro.org.
Oakland-East Bay Symphony Performs Handel's Messiah: Featuring Latin-style vocals by Juanita Ulloa, Sat., Dec. 10, 8 p.m. Paramount Theatre, 2025 Broadway, Oakland, 510-465-6400.
Rodgers & Hammerstein's A Grand Night for Singing for the Holidays: Diablo Light Opera Company performs classics from Oklahoma, South Pacific, The King and I, and Carousel, Fri., Dec. 9, 8:15 p.m.; Sat., Dec. 10, 2:15 & 8:15 p.m.; Sun., Dec. 11, 2:15 & 8:15 p.m., $23, $25. Dean Lesher Regional Center for the Arts, 1601 Civic Dr., Walnut Creek, 925-943-7469, www.dlrca.org.
Sacred and Profane Chamber Chorus Presents Motetus: Choral Gems of the Holiday Season: Performing seasonal motets by Josef Rheinberger and Francis Poulenc, plus standard Christmas carols, Sat., Dec. 3, 8 p.m., $10, $12, $15, $18. Trinity Lutheran Church, 2317 Buena Vista Ave., Walnut Creek. Sat., Dec. 10, 8 p.m., $10, $12, $15, $18. St. Ambrose Church, 1145 Gilman St., Berkeley.
San Francisco Bach Choir's Annual Candlelight Christmas: A Yuletide celebration with works for multiple choirs from the late Renaissance and early Baroque, carols in the round, and a premiere performance of Magnificat by director David Babbitt, Sat., Dec. 3, 8 p.m., St, Ignatius Catholic Church, Fulton St. (at Parker St.), San Francisco. Sun., Dec. 4, 4 p.m., $15, $20, $22, $26, $30, $35. Calvary Presbyterian Church, 2515 Fillmore St., San Francisco.
San Francisco Girls' Chorus Presents Et in Terra Pax: And on Earth, Peace: Fri., Dec. 9, 8 p.m., $14-$45. Lafayette-Orinda Presbyterian Church, 49 Knox Dr., Lafayette. Fri., Dec. 16, 8 p.m., $14-$45. St. Raphael's Church, 1104 5th Ave., San Rafael. Wed., Dec. 21, 8 p.m., $14-$45. Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave., San Francisco.
The Speakeasy Holiday Lounge: Lonnie Tuck performs contemporary R&B and holiday classics, Thu., Dec. 1, 6 p.m., $10, $15. Maxwell's Restaurant & Lounge, 341 13th St., Oakland, 510-839-6169.
The Tribute to Frank, Sammy, Joey, & Dean: Tuesdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Wed., Nov. 23, 3 p.m.; Saturdays, 3 p.m., $37-$69. Post Street Theatre, 450 Post St., San Francisco.
Uptown Singers Holiday Show: Fri., Dec. 23, 7 p.m., $54 includes dinner and 2-hour cabaret performance. Pleasanton Hotel, 855 Main St., Pleasanton, 925-846-8106, www.pleasantonhotel.com.
"Voices in Peace V: Psalms and Canticles of Praise and Comfort": Voci Women's Vocal Ensemble performs works by Chiara Margarita Cozzolani, Gabriel Fauré, César Franck, Michael Haydn, Libby Larsen, Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, and Randall Thompson, Sat., Dec. 10, 3 p.m., $15, $20. St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 2300 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, 510-848-5107, www.stmarksberkeley.org. Fri., Dec. 9, 8 p.m., $15, $20. Lake Merritt United Methodist Church, 1330 Lakeshore Ave., Oakland.
Vox Populi: Resplendent Expectation: Spanish Renaissance celebration of the Immaculate Conception, featuring Victoria's Missa quam pulchra es, motets by Morales, and more, Sat., Dec. 3, 8 p.m., no cover. St. Joseph of Arimathea, 2316 Bowditch St., Berkeley.
WomenSing 40th Anniversary Holiday Concert: "Seven Joys of Christmas": Performing carols by Kirke Mechem, Brahms, Lischka, and Wessman, plus Vaughan Williams' Magnificat, Sun., Dec. 4, 4 p.m., $10, $18, $20. First Congregational Church, 2345 Channing Way, Berkeley, 510-848-3696. Wed., Dec. 7, 8 p.m., $10, $18, $20. Moraga Valley Presbyterian Church, 10 Moraga Valley Lane, Moraga.
Young People's Chamber Orchestra: Rem Djemilev conducts a program of holiday music, Sat., Dec. 17, 3 p.m., no cover. Kensington Library, 61 Arlington Ave., Kensington, 510-524-3043
"Yule Be Singin', Yule Be Swingin'": The Hottest Hits of the '60s: Starting Dec. 1, Thursdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m. Continues through Dec. 18, $8, $10. Knox Center, Contra Costa College, 2600 Mission Bell Dr. (entrance at El Portal and Castro), San Pablo, 510-235-7800 ex. 4274.
Breakfast with Santa: Santa Claus visits the zoo to take a look at children's gift lists, take photos, and eat a hot breakfast. Sat., Dec. 10, Sun., Dec. 11, Sat., Dec. 17, Sun., Dec. 18, 9 a.m.-noon. Oakland Zoo, 9777 Golf Links Rd., Oakland, 510-632-9525.
Celebrating the Holidays at Oakland Public Library -- Fratello Marionettes Present The North Pole Revue: With Hawaiian music by the Hi-Fi Sisters, 1 p.m., Dec. 6 at Golden Gate Branch (5606 San Pablo Ave.); 3:30 p.m., Dec. 6 at Melrose Branch (4805 Foothill Blvd.); 3:30 p.m., Dec. 9 at Martin Luther King Branch (6833 International Blvd.); 1 p.m., Dec. 12 at West Oakland Branch (1801 Adeline St.; 7 p.m., Dec. 13 at Dimond Branch (3565 Fruitvale Ave.); 2 p.m., Dec. 20 at Asian Branch (388 9th St., Ste. 190), Thu., Dec. 1, no cover. Bonnie Lockhart Presents Holiday Songs: Performing at 1 p.m., Dec. 1 at Eastmont Branch (7200 Bancroft Ave., Ste. 211); 10:30 a.m., Dec. 10 at Piedmont Branch (160 41st St.); 7 p.m., Dec. 12 at Montclair Branch (1687 Mountain Blvd.), Thu., Dec. 1, 1 p.m., no cover. Opera Piccola Presents Hansel and Gretel: Two performances: 10 a.m. in the Main Children's Room at Oakland Public Library (125 14th St.); 12 p.m. at Elmhurst Branch (1427 88th Ave.), Tue., Dec. 13.
Children's Theater Holiday Program: A nondenominational message of peace, joy, and light. Sun., Dec. 4, 12:30 & 3:30 p.m.; Sat., Dec. 10, 12:30 & 3:30 p.m.; Sun., Dec. 11, 12:30 & 3:30 p.m., free with park admission. Children's Fairyland, 699 Bellevue Ave. (at Lake Merritt), Oakland, 510-452-2259, www.fairyland.org.
Contra Costa Children's Chorus Presents Winter Reflections: Presenting seasonal favorites, Fri., Dec. 16, 7 p.m.; Sat., Dec. 17, 1 p.m., $15. Walnut Creek Presbyterian Church, 1801 Lacassie Ave., Walnut Creek.
Dmitri Matheny WinterFest Presents The Snow Cat: family celebration of storytelling and song, Sun., Dec. 11, 4:30 p.m., $12, $15, $18. Jazzschool, 2087 Addison St., Berkeley, 510-845-5373.
Fairy Winterland Celebration: Featuring live performances, daily appearances from Santa Claus, special decorations, rides, puppet shows, arts & crafts, holiday treats, and special surprises. Dec. 16-23, 12-7 p.m., free with paid park admission. Children's Fairyland, 699 Bellevue Ave. (at Lake Merritt), Oakland, 510-452-2259, www.fairyland.org.
First Presbyterian Church of Berkeley High School Choir: Erika Myers conducts a program of seasonal music, Tue., Dec. 13, 3 p.m., no cover. Kensington Library, 61 Arlington Ave., Kensington, 510-524-3043.
How the Little Dipper Came to Be: A puppet show by Lewis Mahlmann explaining the origin of the famous constellation. Sat., Dec. 24, 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Children's Fairyland, 699 Bellevue Ave. (at Lake Merritt), Oakland, 510-452-2259, www.fairyland.org.
Make a Gingerbread House: For children ages four and up. Register at the library or call 925-646-6773. Mon., Dec. 5, 3-5 p.m. Walnut Creek Public Library, 1644 N. Broadway, Walnut Creek.
Las Posadas Celebration: Traditional songs, games, stories, and crafts with anthropologist Sonia Ramirez Garcia, plus Mexican bread, hot chocolate, and coffee, Sat., Dec. 17, 3 p.m., no cover. Oakland Public Library, César Chàvez Branch, 3301 E. 12th St. (in the Fruitvale Transit Village), Oakland, 510-535-5620.
Juan Sánchez: Presenting a traditional Fiesta de Diciembre family program with refreshments, a piñata, and interactive music, Sat., Dec. 3, 11 a.m., no cover. Berkeley Public Library, Central Branch, 2090 Kittredge St. (at Shattuck Ave.), Berkeley, 510-981-6100.
The Snow Queen: Splash Circus Theatre presents a kids' circus production of the classic fairy tale by Hans Christian Andersen. Fri., Nov. 25, 7 p.m.; Sat., Nov. 26, 2 p.m.; Sun., Nov. 27, 2 p.m.; Sat., Dec. 3, 2 p.m.; Sun., Dec. 4, 2 p.m., $10-$15, 925-798-1300. Julia Morgan Center for the Arts, 2640 College Ave., Berkeley, 510-845-8542, www.juliamorgan.org.
Teddy Bear Tea: Featuring teddy bears, storytime, tea, party favors, and gifts. Reservations required; call 925-947-1678 to RSVP. Sat., Dec. 3, 1 & 4 p.m.; Sun., Dec. 4, 2:30 p.m., $15-$20 (no charge for bears). Heather Farm's Howard Center, 1540 Marchbanks Dr., Walnut Creek.
Winter Workshops: Dec. 3, 9 a.m., "Nature's Holiday": Make fragrant yule logs and tasty bird treats after a morning hike with Gail Ellis. Ages 12-14. Dec. 10, 9 a.m., "Get Gifty!": Make unique holiday gifts for your friends and zoo residents. Ages 6-8. Dec. 17, 9 a.m., "Tastes and Treats": Learn all about what animals eat. Dec. 3-17, $40 members; $50 nonmembers. Oakland Zoo, 9777 Golf Links Rd., Oakland, 510-632-9525, www.oaklandzoo.org.
Museums & Attractions
Annual Parade of Lights: Walnut Creek's Broadway Plaza hosts an annual parade and tree lighting ceremony to usher in the holiday season. For more info, call 800-762-1641 or e-mail email@example.com. Thu., Dec. 1, 7 p.m.
Berkeley Farmers' Market Holiday Crafts Fair: This benefit for the Ecology Center features organic farmers, handcrafted goods, and live music all day. Saturdays, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., through Dec. 17, free. Civic Center Park, Center St. (at Martin Luther King Jr. Way), Berkeley.
Holiday Light Works: A special series of events and exhibits that celebrate the wonders of light. Dec. 1-31. Exploratorium, 3601 Lyon St. (Palace of Fine Arts), San Francisco, 415-561-0363, www.exploratorium.edu.
Molecularium: Riding Snowflakes: A digital planetarium show which introduces audiences to atoms, molecules, and polymers. Fri., Nov. 25, 11:30 a.m. & 12:30 p.m.; Saturdays, 11:30 a.m. & 12:30 p.m.; Sundays, 12:30 p.m. Chabot Space & Science Center, 10000 Skyline Blvd., Oakland, 510-336-7395, www.chabotspace.org.
Pre-Kwanzaa Holiday Party: A First Friday event, with a DJ. Fri., Dec. 2, 6 p.m.-1 a.m. Oakland Museum of California, 1000 Oak St. (at 10th St.), Oakland, 510-238-2200, www.museumca.org.
Winter Festival: Celebrate Christmas, Kwanzaa, Las Posadas, and Chanukah in one family-style package. Sat., Dec. 10, 12-4 p.m. Oakland Museum of California, 1000 Oak St. (at 10th St.), Oakland, 510-238-2200, www.museumca.org.
Wrapped in Pride: An exhibition of Kente cloth from Ghana, West Africa, with attention to its links to African-American identity. Curated by UCLA prof Doran H. Ross. Reception: December 15, 6 p.m. Dec. 15-Jan. 19. African American Museum and Library at Oakland, 659 14th St., Oakland, 510-637-0200.
Holiday Light Exchange: PG&E is sponsoring a program whereby people can trade in their old electricity-guzzling holiday lights for energy-efficient strings which reduce consumption by as much as 90 percent. Fri., Dec. 2, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., free. Old Oakland Farmers Market, 9th and Washington sts., Oakland.
"Native Americans and Thanksgiving": A discussion on the real meaning of Thanksgiving with Zachary Running Wolf, Thunder, and an indigenous representative from the recent Shellmound/Sacred Site Peace Walk. Fri., Nov. 25, 7 p.m., $10; NOTAFLOF. Unitarian Fellowship Hall, 1924 Cedar St. (at Bonita St.), Berkeley.
Santa Visits and Letters: The Livermore Area Recreation and Park District is scheduling visits by Santa for Livermore residents to their home, office, or party Dec. 16, 17, and 23 between 5:30 and 8:30 p.m. Price is $35 for a 10-minute visit; sign up at 925-373-5707. LARPD can also arrange for your child to receive a personal letter from Santa. Fill out an online application at larpd.dst.cs.us or call 925-373-5700 starting Dec. 1. Last day for a letter is Dec. 19; cost is $3 per letter.
Theater & Performing Arts
2005 Dance-Along Nutcracker: The Movies!: San Francisco Lesbian and Gay Freedom Band pays homage to the silver screen with this zany adaptation of Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker, conducted by Jadine Louie and choreographed by San Francisco Opera Ballet veteran Carolyn Carvajal, Sat., Dec. 10, 2:30 & 7 p.m.; Sun., Dec. 11, 11 a.m. & 3 p.m., $15, $22, $40. Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 701 Mission St., 415-978-2787, www.ybca.org.
Adventures Through Magical Winterland: A family-oriented show blending improv, music, and scripted theater. Call 925-687-4220 or visit TheSuperDupers.net for showtimes and tickets. Dec. 9-23, $6-$10. Cue Live!, 1835 Colfax St., Concord, 925-825-4086, www.eastbaymusic.com/cueproductions/.
A Christmas Carol: CSUEB presents the classic holiday tale. Fri., Dec. 9, 8 p.m.; Sat., Dec. 10, 2 & 8 p.m., $3-$6, 510-885-3261. Cal State East Bay University Theatre, 25800 Carlos Bee Blvd., Hayward, www.csuhayward.edu.
A Christmas Carol: A Center REPertory Company adaptation, directed by Scott Dennison. Dec. 8-18, $28-$38. Dean Lesher Regional Center for the Arts, 1601 Civic Dr., Walnut Creek, 925-943-7469.
A Christmas Carol: A Carey Perloff and Paul Walsh adaptation, directed by Perloff, with music by Karl Lundeberg and costumes by Beaver Bauer. Nov. 26-Dec. 24, ACT-SF.org. Geary Theater, 415 Geary St., San Francisco, 415 749-2ACT.
Cirque Do Somethin: A holiday offering from clowns Unique Derique and Moshe "YooWho" Cohen involving unicycles, human percussion, and a rubber chicken. Sat., Dec. 3, 1 p.m.; Sun., Dec. 4, 1 p.m.; Sat., Dec. 10, 1 p.m.; Sun., Dec. 11, 1 p.m.; Sat., Dec. 17, 1 p.m.; Sun., Dec. 18, 1 p.m.; Tue., Dec. 27, 1 p.m.; Wed., Dec. 28, 1 p.m.; Thu., Dec. 29, 1 p.m.; Fri., Dec. 30, 1 p.m. Gaia Arts Center, 2120 Allston Way, Berkeley.
December Night of Remembrance: An annual evening of candlelight, music, and words dedicated to the memories of loved ones. "Memory Ornament Balls" available to place on the chapel tree or take home. Wed., Dec. 14, 6-9 p.m. Chapel of the Chimes, 4499 Piedmont Ave., Oakland.
"From the Darkness, Solace": Commemorate the Winter Solstice with live performances from more than 30 musical and visual artists. Fund-raiser for the Lifemark Group Alameda County Grief Center. Wed., Dec. 21, 7-11 p.m., $10-$20. Chapel of the Chimes, 4499 Piedmont Ave., Oakland.
The Gifts of the Magi: Valley Shakes presents a holiday story based on O. Henry's tales. Thu., Dec. 8, 7:30 p.m.; Fridays, Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sun., Dec. 11, 2 p.m.; Sun., Dec. 18, 2 p.m.; Dec. 19-22, 7:30 p.m. Continues through Dec. 17, 925-606-6468. T.D. Wells Middle School, 6800 Penn Dr., Dublin.
"A Grand Night for Singing": Diablo Light Opera presents a festive alternative to traditional holiday fare with their production of Rodgers & Hammerstein favorites, done Broadway revue-style. Fri. and Sat. performances at 8:15 p.m.; Sat. and Sun. matinees at 2:15 p.m. Dec. 9-11, $23-$25. Dean Lesher Regional Center for the Arts, 1601 Civic Dr., Walnut Creek, 925-943-7469, www.dlrca.org.
Holiday Showcase: Featuring dance, martial arts, drama, live music, and arts & crafts. For more info, call 510-675-5494. Tue., Dec. 13, 7-9 p.m. Ruggieri Center, 33997 Alvarado-Niles Rd., Union City.
A Little Cole in Your Stocking: Husband-and-wife cabaret duo Meg Mackay and Billy Philadelphia mix classic Porter tunes with holiday songs. Starting Dec. 21, Wednesdays-Fridays, 8 p.m. Continues through Dec. 30, $25. Aurora Theatre, 2081 Addison St., Berkeley, 510-843-4822, www.auroratheatre.org.
The MeshugaNutcracker: Dreidels spin and Chelmniks tell Chanukah tales to the sounds of Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker score during this National Jewish Theatre Festival presentation. Thu., Dec. 1, 7:30 p.m.; Fri., Dec. 2, 7:30 p.m.; Sat., Dec. 3, 7:30 p.m.; Sun., Dec. 4, 1 & 5 p.m., $18-$36. Berkeley Repertory Theatre Thrust Stage, 2025 Addison St., Berkeley, 510-647-2949.
Mark Morris Dance Group: The Hard Nut: The Bay Area favorite, a twist on the traditional Nutcracker, returns after a year abroad in London. Fri., Dec. 9, 8 p.m.; Sat., Dec. 10, 2 & 8 p.m.; Thu., Dec. 15, 8 p.m.; Fri., Dec. 16, 8 p.m.; Sat., Dec. 17, 2 & 8 p.m.; Sun., Dec. 18, 3 p.m., $32-$60. Zellerbach Hall, UC Berkeley, 510-642-9988.
Nutcracker: Berkeley City Ballet presents the traditional holiday classic. Fri., Dec. 2, 7 p.m.; Sat., Dec. 3, 1 & 4 p.m.; Sun., Dec. 4, 1 & 4 p.m., $15-$25. Zellerbach Playhouse, UC Berkeley.
Nutcracker Nutz and Boltz: A Found-Object Nutcracker: Liebe Wetzel's Lunatique Fantastique presents a world premiere of its new family-oriented show. Dec. 1-Jan. 4. The Marsh, 1062 Valencia St. (between 21st and 22nd sts.), San Francisco.
The Nutcracker: Valley Dance Theatre presents a full-length version, featuring the Livermore-Amador Symphony and Crossroads Harmony Chorus. 925-443-0927. Dec. 17-20, 2 & 7 p.m. Livermore Performing Arts Theatre, 600 Maple St., Livermore.
Oakland Ballet: Fall 2005 Season: Program 2, which includes The Sorcerer's Apprentice, a short piece by Chopin, and Peter and the Wolf, takes place November 25 at 7:30 p.m. and November 26-27 at 2 p.m. at the Calvin Simmons Theatre. The holiday favorite Nutcracker, featuring music by Tchaikovsky, takes place December 17-20 at 2 p.m. and December 21 at 7:30 p.m. at the Paramount Theatre. Through Dec. 21, $7-$54, 510-286-8914, OaklandBallet.org.
San Francisco Ballet: Nutcracker: Helgi Thomasson directs a grand-scale, event-level production of the holiday children's classic, which features more than 300 costumes, a 22-ft.-tall fireplace, an eight-ft.-tall present, a 30-ft.-high Christmas tree, and a total of 400 hours in construction time to make the Snow Queen's tutu. Dec. 2-29. War Memorial Opera House, 301 Van Ness Ave. (at Grove St.), San Francisco.
Smuin Ballet: Program Two: Featuring the 2005 edition of The Christmas Ballet, a family-friendly holiday favorite with traditional seasonal music and a tap-dancing Frosty the Snowman. The program opens at the Dean Lesher Center November 25 and 26, goes to the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts November 30 through December 4, comes to the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts from December 9 to 23, and concludes at Carmel's Sunset Center December 29 and 30. Fri., Nov. 25; Sat., Nov. 26. Dean Lesher Regional Center for the Arts, 1601 Civic Dr., Walnut Creek, 925-943-7469, www.dlrca.org.
Thinderella: Role Players Ensemble Theatre presents a traditional English patromime based on the fairy tale Cinderella. Starting Dec. 2, Fridays, Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Saturdays, Sundays, 2 p.m. Continues through Dec. 11, $6-$16, 925-314-3463, VillageTheatreShows.com. Danville Town Hall Meeting Hall, 201 Front St., Danville.
Toy Camp: A San Ramon Community Theater presentation about a place where toys learn to be good toys. Starting Dec. 2, Fridays, 7 p.m.; Saturdays, 2 & 7 p.m.; Sundays, 2 & 7 p.m. Continues through Dec. 12, $8-$10. Front Row Theater, 10711 Bollinger Canyon Rd., San Ramon.
The Velveteen Rabbit: A dance performance by ODC Dance of San Francisco of the classic children's story. Sat., Dec. 17, 7:30 p.m.; Sun., Dec. 18, 2 p.m., $10-$22. Amador Theater, 1155 Santa Rita Rd., Pleasanton.
Whiskers!: A musical adaptation of The Velveteen Rabbit, performed by the Galatean Players Ensemble Theatre. Tue., Dec. 13, 9:15, 11:15 a.m. & 1:15 p.m.; Wed., Dec. 14, 9:15, 11:15 a.m. & 1:15 p.m.; Thu., Dec. 15, 9:15, 11:15 a.m. & 1:15 p.m.; Tue., Dec. 20, 9:15, 11:15 a.m. & 1:15 p.m.; Wed., Dec. 21, 9:15, 11:15 a.m. & 1:15 p.m.; Thu., Dec. 22, 9:15, 11:15 a.m. & 1:15 p.m., $8-$15. Dean Lesher Regional Center for the Arts, 1601 Civic Dr., Walnut Creek, 925-943-7469, www.dlrca.org.
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