Arts and Entertainment
Holiday listings are compiled by Nancy Einhart, Meryl Cohen, and
Exploratorium 3601 Lyon; 563-7337. Holiday hours (Dec 11-Jan 6): Daily, 10am-5pm (Wed to 9pm; Mon/24 to 3pm; Tues/25, closed). $6-9. The science museum offers a number of special holiday events. Sat/22, noon, 2 and 4pm, "A Holiday Gift: Seven Animated Films That Celebrate the Season"; Wed/26-Sun/30, noon, 2 and 4pm: "Holiday Animation Program," including Oscar winners by Chris Wedge ("Bunny") and John Lasseter ("Tin Toy").
Glide Memorial Church 330 Ellis; 674-6000, www.glide.org. The church hosts various events, including toy giveaways and dinners, in honor of the holidays. Food (especially turkeys) and money donations are sought for distribution to needy families.
'The Great Dickens Christmas Fair and Pickwick Comic Annual' Cow Palace, 2600 Geneva; 897-4555, www.dickensfair.com. Sat-Sun, 11am-8pm. $6-16 (parking $6). Through Sun/23. Costumed Dickens characters, fortune-tellers, puppeteers, and other jolly types re-create 1850s and '60s London at this interactive and theatrical Christmas shopping experience.
Hyatt Regency Five Embarcadero Center; 788-1234. Through Mon/24, daily, 3pm: kid-friendly holiday tea parties in the revolving rooftop restaurant ($8-15). Through Wed/26, daily: "Miniature Snow Village," a lobby display of seasonal ceramic collectibles (free). The hotel also offers Christmas Eve and Christmas three-course dinners; call for information.
Japantown holiday festivities Post between Buchanan and Webster; 202-0350. Free. Sat/22, 1pm (Peace Plaza) and 2:30pm (Kinokuniya Bldg), holiday mochi (rice) pounding ceremonies presented by Kagami Kai.
Kristi Yamaguchi Holiday Ice Rink Four Embarcadero Center; 956-2688. Sun-Thurs, 10am-10pm; Fri-Sat, 10am-11:30pm. $3.50-7 (skate rental, $3.50). Through Jan 6. Make like a gold medalist at this seasonal ice rink.
Randall Museum 199 Museum Way; 554-9600, www.randallmuseum.org. Tues-Sat, 10am-5pm. Through Sat/29. The museum hosts gift-making classes (rolled candles, wooden tops, and more; $6-8) and workshops (calendar making, bird feeder construction, and more; $3-10).
'The Sounds of Christmas' Yerba Buena Center for the Arts,
701 Mission; 978-ARTS. Gallery hours: Tues-Sun, 11am-6pm; Thurs-Fri,
11am-8pm. Through Mon/31. Free. New York artist Christian
Marclay's 1,000 vinyl LPs of Christmas music are on display in this
interactive exhibit, with special events throughout December. Thurs/20,
5-8pm, DJs Horse Horse Tiger Tiger and Sutekh; Thurs/27, 5-8pm, DJs
Cliff Hengst, Realm, and Streak.
Camron-Stanford House 1418 Lakeside, Oakl; (510) 444-1876. Wed, 11am-4pm; Sun, 1-5pm; and by appointment. Through Tues/1. The historic Lake Merritt home is decorated for the holidays in 1860's style.
Children's Fairyland 699 Bellevue, Oakl; (510) 452-2259, www.fairyland.org. Fri-Sun and Wed/26-Thurs/27, Jan 1-3, 10am-4pm; Mon/24, Mon/31, 10am-2:30pm; closed Tues/25, Tues/1. $6. Daily live entertainment (storytelling, puppets, arts and crafts, and more) and a seasonal Alice in Wonderland exhibit celebrate the holidays at the storybook-themed park.
'Fantasy of Lights' Vasona Lake County Park, Blossom Hill Rd (west of Los Gatos Blvd), Los Gatos; (408) 358-3751. Daily, 6-10pm. $9-12 a car (buses $25-35). Through Mon/31. Drive through 28 towering light displays with your radio tuned to a short-wave channel playing holiday tunes. Proceeds go to Santa Clara County Parks and Recreation programs.
Golden Gate Larkspur 'Merry Ferry' Wed/19-Sat/22 (Weekdays, departs 9:15am, $3.10 one way; Sat, 11:40am, $5.30 one way). Saturday, Santa drops by to jolly up the trip; weekdays, the commute gets festive with holiday gift ideas and surprises.
Lawrence Hall of Science UC Berkeley, Centennial off Grizzly Peak, Berk; (510) 642-5132. Wed/26-Mon/31, 1pm. $3-7. "Holiday Week" events include: Wed/26, "Professor Smart's Fun with Physics Show;" Thurs/27, slapstick comedy with Derique; Fri/28, Rhythmix performs music from around the world; Sat/29, Jay Alexander performs magic; Sun/30, musician and storyteller Dennis Hysom performs; Mon/31, daytime New Year's Eve party. See 8 Days a Week, page 52.
'107.7 The Bone's Zoolights' Oakland Zoo, 9777 Golf Links
Rd, Oakl; (510) 632-9525, www.1077thebone.com. Mon-Thurs, 5:30-9pm;
Fri-Sun, 5:30-9:30pm; closed Mon/24-Tues/25, Mon/31). Through Jan 5.
$4.50-6.50. Holiday characters and friendly critters light up the
night at this twinkling event, which features a soundtrack of classic
rock and benefits the Oakland Zoo.
Little Brothers/Friends of the Elderly (415) 771-7957. Tues/25. Volunteers are needed to deliver boxed meals and flowers and visit the elderly on the holidays.
St. Anthony's Christmas week curbside donation drop-off St. Anthony Foundation, 119 Golden Gate; 241-2600. Wed/19-Fri/21 and Mon/24, 7:45am-6pm; Sat/22-Sun/23 and Tues/25, 9am-3pm. Drive up and drop off food and clothing donations for the homeless.
'Tenderloin Tessie's Holiday Dinners' First Unitarian Church,
1187 Franklin; (415) 922-0422. Tues/25, 11am-4pm. This event provides
holiday meals to the homeless and needy. Call to volunteer.
'Light a Light for America' Angel Island State Park; (415)
435-3522 or www.angelisland.org. Purchase a light on Angel Island's
holiday tree to remember a loved one or to inspire others. Call or check
the Angel Island Web site for donation information; proceeds benefit
the Angel Island State Park volunteers.
Christmas dinner and music program Badarikashrama, 15602 Maubert, San Leandro; (510) 278-2444. Tues/25, 3pm. Free (reservations recommended). The Hindu spiritual and cultural center hosts a vegetarian dinner and veena (a south Indian stringed instrument) concert with Srikanth Chari.
Christmas party for single professionals Private home, San Rafael; (415) 507-9962 (RSVP for location information). Sat/22, 8pm-midnight. $20. The Society of Single Professionals hosts this Christmas party.
Christmas tea at the Cohen Bray Home Cohen Bray Home, 1440 29th Ave, Oakl; (510) 843-2906 (reservations required). Sat/29, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm. $15-20. Celebrate the holidays with a Victorian tea party in a historic home.
'House of Voodoo Deathmas Ball' Big Heart City, 836 Mission; 437-6994. Fri/21, 9pm-3am. $5-7. Christmas for Goths! DJs spinning Goth and death rock tunes, photos with "Satan Claus," and a live performance by Astral highlight this party.
'J Date Holiday Party' W Hotel, Great Room, 181 Third St; www.ticketweb.com. Thurs/20, 6:30pm. $10. This party features complimentary wine served for the first hour.
'18th Annual Telegraph Avenue Holiday Street Fair' Telegraph
between Bancroft and Dwight, Berk; www.taasite.org. Fri/21-Mon/24, 11am-6pm.
Free. Berkeley's main boulevard hosts a street fair with crafts,
live music, food, and more.
'A Chanticleer Christmas' St. Ignatius Church, 650 Parker; 392-4400, 1-800-407-1400, www.chanticleer.org. $22-34. Sat/22, 8pm. $22-34. The 12-man a cappella choral ensemble presents a concert of medieval and Renaissance music, holiday carols, and spirituals.
'Festival of Carols and Audience Sing-A-Long' First Unitarian Church, 1187 Franklin; 221-5590. Sun/23, 4pm. $7-13. Conductor Bryan Baker leads the San Francisco Choral Society though a program of holiday music, accompanied by brass ensemble sfbrass and organist Reiko Lane.
'Film and Video Makers Potluck Solstice Party' Paradise Lounge, 1501 Folsom; 621-1911 or 621-1912. Thurs/20, 6pm. $5. Bring short films (30 minutes or less on video) to share, or just be a spectator at this evening of live music, karaoke, performance, and more.
Holiday caroling Argent Hotel, 50 Third St; 974-8715. Through Dec 20. Free. The hotel hosts performances by local school choirs: ME Kids (Thurs/20, 4 and 5pm).
'Home for the Holidays' Castro Theatre, 429 Castro; 865-3650. Mon/24, 5, 7, and 9pm. $15. The San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus performs its 13th annual holiday concert, complete with sing-along carols. See 8 Days a Week, page 52.
'Lessons and Carols' St. Dominic's Church, 2390 Bush; 567-7824. Wed/19, 7:30pm. Free. The Musicians of St. Dominic's perform classical and traditional Christmas carols by candlelight.
'Merry Psychofunkodiscodelic' Ten 15 Folsom; 273-1170. Fri/21, 10pm-6am. $15-20. DJs Laron, Solar, and Laird spin tunes.
Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir Slim's, 333 11th St, SF; (415) 522-0333, www.virtuous.com. Mon/24, 7 and 9:30pm. $15. Celebrate Christmas Eve with the joyful sounds of this high-energy choir.
San Francisco City Chorus Harbor Court Hotel, 165 Steuart; 882-1300. Sat/22, 5-6pm. Free. The chorus sings carols in front of the hotel's fireplace.
San Francisco Symphony Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness; 864-6000, www.sfsymphony.org. The symphony hosts a variety of concerts throughout the holiday season. Wed/19, 8pm, "Colors of Christmas," starring Peabo Bryson, Michael McDonald, Oleta Adams, and Sheena Easton ($15-71); Fri/21-Sat/22, 8pm, J.S. Bach's "Christmas Oratorio" ($15-71); Sun/23, 2 and 7pm, "The Wondrous Sounds of Christmas" with the San Francisco Saxophone Quartet ($10-48).
Those Darn Accordions Bottom of the Hill, 1233 17th St; 621-4455.
Sun/23, 4pm. What's Christmas without polka music?
'Music in the Plaza' Downtown Berkeley BART plaza, Berk; (510) 549-2230, ext 11. Thurs, 5:30-7:30pm; Sat, 3:30-5:30pm. Free. Thurs/20, the Jazzschool Singers; Sat/22, Girl Talk.
San Francisco Girl's Chorus St. Isabella's Church, 1 Trinity, San Rafael; (415) 479-1560. Fri/21, 8pm. Call for price. The chorus of 300 girls presents its 19th annual holiday concert and sing-along.
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'The Latke Ball' Ten 15 Folsom, 1015 Folsom; 1-877-YAD-1818 or www.yad.org. Mon/24, 8:30pm-2am, $25-35. The Young Adults Division of the Jewish Community Federation sponsors this shindig; entertainment-wise, the Wonder Bread 5 play tunes from the '70s, '80s, and '90s and more, plus three DJs spin, and a live jazz band plays.
'Family Day' Judah L. Magnes Museum, 2911 Russell, Berk and Berkeley-Richmond Jewish Community Center, 1414 Walnut, Berk; (510) 549-6950. Tues/25, noon-4pm. $5 suggested donations. Klezmer music, crafts projects, museum tours, and a puppet musical highlight this dual-location day of family fun. See 8 Days a Week, page 52.
Fourth annual Kwanzaa celebration Bay Area Discovery Museum, Fort Baker, 557 McReynolds Road, Sausalito; (415) 487-4398, www.badm.org. Wed/26, 11am-4 pm. Free. At this family event kids can learn to make woven mats and candleholders, while African performers and drummers entertain the crowds.
Kwanzaa storytelling Oakland Public Library, Martin Luther King Jr. Branch, 6855 International Blvd, Oakl; (510) 615-5728. Thurs/20, 3:30pm. Free. (Also, Wed/26, 4pm, Brookfield Branch, 9255 Edes, Oakl; (510) 615-5725. Thurs/27, 4pm, Melrose Branch, 4805 Foothill, Oakl; (510) 535-5623. Sat/29, 2pm, Piedmont Ave Branch, 160 41st St, Oakl; (510) 597-5011.) Yolanda Rhodes uses tales and music to explain the principles of Kwanzaa.
Osher Marin Jewish Community Center 200 N. San Pedro, San
Rafael; (415) 444-8060. Tues/25, 11am-2pm: Fiddler on the Roof
sing-along, plus kosher food and live music ($6-18). Pre-registration
'The Nutcracker' War Memorial Opera House, 301 Van Ness; 865-2000. Wed/19-Sun/23, Wed/26-Sat/29, 2 and 7pm; Mon/24 and Sun/30, 11am and 4pm. Through Sun/30. $9-125. Grab the kids for this one the San Francisco Ballet's production of the E.T.A. Hoffman-Tchaikovsky holiday classic, with its large cast that includes many children, is tailor-made for young audiences. But that's not to say grown-ups won't enjoy the show as well, especially the enchanting second act, the highlights of which include the colorful, graceful flower dance, featuring Kristin Long as the Butterfly, and some high-flying astonishment from the Russian Cossacks (Gonzalo Garcia, Pablo Piantino, and James Sofranko). (Eddy)
'The Nutcracker' Paramount Theatre, 2025 Broadway, Oakl; (510) 625-8497, www.oaklandballet.org. Thurs/20-Sun/23, 6pm (also Sat/22-Sun/23, 1pm); Mon/24, 11am. $15-45. The Oakland Ballet performs the Chrismas classic.
'The Nutcracker' Flint Center, 21250 Stevens Creek at Hwy 85, Cupertino; (408) 288-2800. Wed/19-Sun/23, 7:30pm (also Sat/22-Sun/23, 1:30pm). $26-62. Ballet San Jose Silicon Valley performs artistic director Dennis Nahat's choreography in this version of the classic fantasy.
'The Nutcracker' Marin Veterans' Memorial Auditorium, Marin Center, Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael; (415) 472-3500. Fri/21-Sat/22, 7:30pm (also Sat/22, 3pm); Sun/23, 1pm. $13.50-19. The Stapleton School of Performing Arts offers its version of the holiday fantasy.
'The Nutcracker on Ice' Oakland Ice Center, 519 18th St, Oakl; (510) 268-9000, www.oaklandice.com. Fri/21, 6:30; Sat/22, 3pm. Free. A cast of kids and grown-ups takes to the ice for this version of the classic tale.
'The Nutcracker' puppet play Children's Fairyland, 699 Bellevue,
Oakl; (510) 452-2259. Fri-Sun and Wed/26-Fri/28, Jan 2-3, 11am, 2pm,
4pm. Through Jan 5. $6. Children's Fairyland's Storybook Puppet
Theater presents a puppet version of E.T.A. Hoffman's enchanted story.
'Another Wrapping Paper Caper' Zeum Theater, Yerba Buena Gardens, 221 Fourth St; 820-3353. Sat-Sun, Thurs/27-Fri/28, Jan 2-4, 1:30 and 3:30pm. Through Jan 5. $8-18. Liebe Wetzel's Lunatique Fantastique brings back its one-of-a-kind holiday mystery play (aimed at both kids and adults) that uses puppets made of ordinary household objects.
'Beach Blanket Babylon' Club Fugazi, 678 Beach Blanket Babylon Blvd; 421-4222. Holiday schedule: Wed-Thurs, 8pm (also Wed, 5pm); Fri-Sat, 7 and 10pm; Sun, 1 and 4pm; Mon/31, 7 and 10:15pm. Through Mon/31. $25-62. Steve Silver's long-running San Francisco original gets decked out for special holiday-themed performances.
'Black Nativity' Lorraine Hansberry Theatre, 620 Sutter; 474-8800. Thurs/20-Sat/22, 8pm; Sun/23, 4pm. $22-30. The Lorraine Hansberry Theatre performs the Langston Hughes gospel musical.
'Bud E. Luv's Annual Christmas Party' Paradise Lounge, 1501 Folsom; 415-621-1911 or 621-1912. Tues/25, 9:30pm. $10. Pretend you're spending Christmas in Vegas at this lounge-singing spectacular.
'The Christmas Ballet, 2001 Edition' Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 701 Mission; 978-2787. Wed/19-Sat/22, Wed/26-Thurs/27, Sat/29, 8pm (also Wed/19, Sat/22, Wed/26, 2pm); Sun/23, Fri/28-Sun/30, 2pm. $30-40. Choreographer Michael Smuin's Smuin Ballets/SF presents its annual family program, a varied evening that incorporates a wide range of styles of dance and music, including classical, traditional, Broadway, Cajun, and more.
'A Christmas Carol' 415 Geary; 749-2228. Opens Wed/12, 7:30pm. Runs Wed/19-Sun/23, 7:30pm (also Wed/19-Thurs/20, Sat/22-Sun/23, 2pm); Wed/26, Fri/28-Sat/29, 2pm; Mon/24, Thurs/27, noon and 4pm. $11-61. ACT presents its 24th production of the Dickens classic, starring Steven Anthony Jones as Scrooge.
'Christmas Hawaiian Style' Plush Room, 940 Sutter; 664-9500 or www.ticketweb.com. Sat/22, 10am. Call for price. Sedge Thomson's West Coast Live radio show presents a live show with slack-key guitar music and comedy from Josh Kornbluth, Kathy Ladman, and Sister Mary Margaret.
'Cinderella' Palace of Fine Arts, 3301 Lyon; 762-2071, ext 1. Sat/29, 3 and 8pm; Sun/30, 2 and 7pm. $15-20. The African-American Shakespeare Company performs the romantic holiday fairy tale.
'Cinderella' Gershwin Theatre, 2350 Turk; 392-4400. Wed/19-Sat/22, 7:30pm (also Sat/22, 2pm). $19-26. The San Francisco Shakespeare Festival and American Citizens' Theatre present a comic, British Panto (aimed at kids but equally fun for adults) version of the fairy tale.
'Fauxgirls!' Marlena's, 488 Hayes; 864-6672. Sat/22, 10pm. Free. Have a very glamorous holiday at this seasonally themed drag cabaret hosted by Victoria Secret and Anjelica Devarox.
'Holiday Huzzah!' Fort Mason Center, Bayfront Theatre, Bldg B, Marina at Laguna; 474-8935, www.improv.org. Thurs/20, 8pm. $7. Bay Area Theatresports present a holiday-themed evening of improvised songs and scenes based on audience suggestions.
'Jesus Christ Superstar' Paradise Lounge, 308 11th St; 861-6906. Fri/21, 9:30pm. $10. Buzz Presents and Skycastle Records present a performance of the rock musical. The band Fuzzbucket plays an after-show set. See 8 Days a Week, page 52.
'A Karen Carpenter Christmas' The Marsh, 1062 Valencia; 826-5750. Wed/19-Sun/23 and Wed/26-Sat/29, 8pm. $17. The popular holiday show, now in its eighth and final year, follows Karen Carpenter in her quest to plan her Christmas television special. See 8 Days a Week, page 52.
'Ninth Annual Evening of Kung Pao Kosher Comedy' New Asia Restaurant, 772 Pacific; 552-3737. Sun/23 and Tues/25, 5 and 8:30pm; Mon/24, 6 and 9:30pm. $30-45. Cathy Ladman, Lisa Kron, Scott Blakeman, and Lisa Geduldig take the (restaurant) stage for this annual event. Partial proceeds benefit the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission and the Bay Area Jewish Healing Center; early shows include a seven-course dinner, later shows include hors d'oeuvres.
'The Passage' SomArts, 934 Brannan; 552-2131. Fri/21, 8pm. $15-20. Eclipse Dance Theater presents a performance, followed by a party, in honor of the winter solstice. Audience members are encouraged to come in costume.
'Show Up!' Fort Mason Center, Cowell Theater, Marina at Laguna; 345-7575. Wed/19-Sat/22, Wed/26-Sun/30, 7:30pm; Sat/22-Mon/24, Wed/26-Tues/1, 2pm. $15-18. (Also, Jan 4, 7:30pm; Jan 5-6, 2 and 7:30pm, Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro, Mountain View; 650-903-6000. $20-28. Jan 11, 8pm; Jan 12, 2:30 and 8pm; Jan 13, 2:30pm, Spreckles Center for the Performing Arts, Rohnert Park Expwy and Snyder Ln, Rohnert Park; 707-588-3400. $12-22.) The New Pickle Circus and Felonious:onelovehiphop join forces for a high-energy comedic and acrobatic show set to hip-hop music. See 8 Days a Week, page 52.
'The Twelve Days of Cochina' Theatre Rhinoceros, 2926 16th
St; 861-5079. Wed/19-Sat/22, 8pm. $15-25. Writer-performer Marga
Gomez gives the holiday spirit a swift kick with her latest solo show.
Dumped by her girlfriend on Christmas Eve, Cochina is torn between envisioning
herself as an über-slut and initiating a citizens' campaign for
universal celibacy. Gomez is in fine form as a performer, and there
are some very funny bits, particularly a lubricious visit to Walgreens
and a version of The 700 Club enacted by dildo puppets and the
"Bush" family. The piece still hasn't found its center, and
there are a lot of loose strands, but director Doug Holsclaw keeps things
tight and energized and brings out the dimensionality in the writing.
Gomez is often at her best when she sparks off her family for inspiration,
and the haunted Christmas tale woven by her hilariously scary aunt is
the definite highlight here. That and some pointed salvos against the
faith-based charity corporate giveaways make for an acerbic, raunchy,
and surprisingly Dickensian Christmas carol. (Brad Rosenstein)
'Amahl and the Night Visitors' Dean Lesher Regional Center for the Arts, 1601 Civic, Walnut Creek; (925) 943-7469. Fri/21-Sun/23, 7:30pm (also Sat/22-Sun/23, 2:30pm). $15-20. Chamber opera company Solo Opera performs Gian Carlo's Christmas play about a boy who encounters the Three Kings.
'The Big Fat Year-End Kiss-Off Comedy Show IX' Julia Morgan Center for the Arts, 2640 College, Berk; (925) 798-1300. Wed/26, 8pm. $17. (Also Mon/31, 7pm, $25 and 10pm, $40, Cowell Theatre, Fort Mason Center, Marina at Laguna, S.F. 415-441-3687.) Will Durst, Johnny Steele, Debi Durst, Michael Bossier, and Steven Kravitz perform stand-up, improv, and sketches that take a look back on local and national events of the past year.
'A Celtic Peace: A Bay Area Celtic Christmas Celebration' Julia Morgan Center for the Arts, 2640 College, Berk; (510) 845-8542. Sun/23, 7:30pm. $5-10. Irish music, dance, and spoken word highlight this event.
'A Christmas Carol' Family Life Center, 145 Martinvale, San Jose; (408) 979-0231. Fri/21-Sat/22, 8pm (also Sat/22, 3pm). The Tabard Theatre Company performs an offbeat version of the classic tale.
'A Cricket on the Hearth' The Stage, 490 S First St, San Jose; (408) 283-7142. Wed/19-Sat/22, 8pm; Sun/23, 2pm. $16-34. San Jose Stage Company presents Buck Busfield's stage adaptation of a Dickens holiday story.
'Winnie the Pooh's Christmas Tale' Sonoma County Repertory
Theatre, 104 North Main St, Sebastopol; (707) 823-0177. Sat/22, 11am
and 1pm. $5-8. Sonoma County Repertory Theatre presents a play about
Christmas in the Hundred Acre Wood.
Artseal Gallery 1847 Larkin; 567-3523. Tues-Fri, 10am-6pm; Sat, 10am-5pm. Through Jan 12. Free. The gallery hosts a holiday exhibition of vintage and contemporary photographs.
Christmas ornament show and sale Velvet da Vinci, 508 Hayes; 626-7478. Mon-Sat, noon-6pm; Sun, noon-5pm. Through Sun/30. The gallery hosts a show and sale of artistically inventive holiday decorations.
Craft Showcase 2 Museum of Craft and Folk Art, Fort Mason Center, Bldg A; 775-0991, ext 109, www.mocfa.org. Through Sun/30. Gallery hours: Sun-Mon, 11am-5pm; Tues-Fri, 11am-6pm; Sat, 10am-6pm). Free. The arts and crafts exhibition and sale features work by notable California artisans.
Holiday glass outlet sale Rogue Art Space, 4360 19th St;
863-4940. Sat/22-Sun/23, noon-5pm. Free. The gallery offers up hand-blown
art glass and other items for sale.
Artisans holiday gifts sale Artisans, 78 E Blithedale, Mill Valley; (415) 388-2044. Mon-Sat, 10am-6pm; Sun, noon-5pm. Through Fri/28. Free. Check out the handmade holiday gifts, including ceramics by featured artist Tamara Unger.
Berkeley Farmers Market 10th annual holiday crafts fair Martin Luther King Jr Civic Park, Center at MLK Jr Way; (510) 548-3333, www.ecologycenter.org. Sat/22, 10am-4pm. Free. The Ecology Center benefits from this fair, which features local artists selling handcrafted gifts, organic and locally produced food, and live music.
Berkeley Potters' Studio annual holiday sale 637 Cedar, Berk; (510) 528-3286. Wed/19-Tues/25, 10am-6pm. Free. Artists at the two-decades-old Potters' Studio offer unique ceramics for sale.
'Holiday' Creative Growth, 355 24th St, Oakl; (510) 836-2340. Mon-Fri, 11am-5:30pm; Sat/22, 10am-4pm; and by appt. Through Jan 4. Free. Creative Growth holds its annual sale of drawings, prints, rugs, paintings, and more.
'Santa's Saturday Solstice Bazaar' Metaversal Lightcraft, 1708 University, Berk; (510) 644-2032. Sat/22, 11am-5pm. Free. Santa hangs with the kids while you shop for fine arts, crafts, clothing, gifts, and more.