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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.
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