November 27, 2002



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Holiday listings are compiled by Cheryl Eddy. Listings below for Nov 27-Dec 3; check back each week for updated events. For information on how to submit a listing, see 8 Days a Week.


Exploratorium 3601 Lyon; 563-7337. Fri/29-Sat/30, 1 and 3pm. $6-10. The museum hosts a variety of holiday events. This week: The Man Who Planted Trees, a 1988 animated film by Frederic Back about a Swiss man who planted a forest in the Alps.

Kristi Yamaguchi Holiday Ice Rink Justin Herman Plaza, Embarcadero Center; 956-2688. Daily, 10am-10pm (Fri-Sat, open till 11:30pm; Dec 31, closes at 8pm). Through Jan 5. $3.50-7 (skate rentals $3.50-4.50). The annual outdoor ice rink returns.

Metreon Fourth at Mission; 369-6098, Nov 29-Dec 30. Free. The shopping center hosts a variety of ongoing activities, including daily indoor "snowfalls," DJs spinning every Thursday evening at Portal One, and children's holiday movies and storytelling every Saturday morning at the Action Theatre.

Octagon House 2645 Gough; 771-6161. Sun/1, Dec 8, and 12, noon-4pm. Free (donations accepted). The distinctive 1861 house (now a museum) is decorated for the holidays and open for tours. Visitors are encouraged to bring a new, unwrapped toy to donate to the Firefighter's Toy Drive.

Randall Museum 199 Museum Wy; 554-9600. Tues-Fri, 4-5:40pm (pre-registration required); Sat, 1-4pm (drop-in classes). Through Dec 20. $3-10. The museum hosts a series of gift-making classes and drop-in craft workshops for kids and adults.

Bay Area

'The Holiday Season at Dunsmuir 2002' Dunsmuir Historic Estate, 2960 Peralta Oaks Ct, Oakl; (925) 275-9490, Fri/29-Sun/1, Dec 6-8, and 13-15, 11am-5pm. $7-14. The 1899 mansion hosts a variety of holiday activities, including house tours, a gift marketplace, carriage tours, music, and more.

Museum of Children's Art 538 Ninth St, Ste 210, Oakl; Sun, 1:30-3pm. Through Dec 15. $20. The museum offers seasonal gift-making workshops.


'One Warm Coat' coat collection drive Stonestown Shopping Center, 19th Ave at Winston; 759-2623. Sat, noon-6pm. Through Jan 6. (Also Fri/29-Mon/2, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Macy's Union Square, 251 Geary; 393-3050.) Bring new or gently used coats for donation.

Bay Area

'Santa Paws' Redhound for Pets, 5523 College, Oakl; (510) 530-5030. Sat/30, Dec 7-8, 11am-3pm. $15 and up. (Also, Dec 15, 11am-3pm, Alan's Petzeria, 843B Gilman, Berk). Dogs, cats, bunnies, birds, and other pets can get a picture taken with Santa; proceeds benefit Smiley Dog Rescue and Oakland's Dog Owner Group.

tree lightings and celebrations

'Fantasy of Lights' Union between Octavia and Steiner; 885-1335. Sat/30, 5:30pm. Free. Cow Hollow's Victorian homes light up at this annual parade and block party, featuring live music and a visit from Santa.

'Ghirardelli Square's 38th Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony' West Plaza, 900 North Point; 775-5500. Fri/29, 5:30pm. Free. This event features performances by ODC/San Francisco dancers (in an excerpt from The Velveteen Rabbit), the San Francisco Boys Chorus Bell Ringers, and others.

Macy's Union Square Christmas tree lighting Union Sqare, Geary between Powell and Stockton; 393-3050. Fri/29, 10am. Free. Macy's hosts visits with Santa (starting at 10am, former DFS store at Geary at Stockton), Union Square performances by the cast of Rent and the Dancing Bear from the San Francisco Ballet's Nutcracker (6pm), and the lighting of the 80-foot Union Square Christmas tree (6:45pm).

Santa Claus 2122 Union; 885-1335. Sat, 11am-4pm. Through Dec 21. Free. Santa greets kids every Saturday in his gingerbread Victorian.

Bay Area

'Angel Island Holiday Tree Lighting' Guaymas Restaurant, 5 Main, Tiburon; (415) 435-3522 (reservations required). Tues/3, 6-9pm. $10. Count down to the lighting of the Angel Island tree at this party, which features food, holiday songs, and more.

'Christmas Fantasy in the Woods' Tilden Park merry-go-round, Tilden Park, Canon at Wildcat Canyon, Berk; (510) 524-6773. Nov 29-Dec 23, 5:30-8:30pm. Free (merry-go-round rides $1). The 91-year-old carousel is the centerpiece of this ongoing event featuring a lights display, crafts, and more. Santa Claus visits each Mon-Tues between 6:30-7:30pm.

'107.7 The Bone's Zoolights' Oakland Zoo, off Hwy 580 at Golf Links exit, Oakl; (510) 632-9525, ext 131; Nov 29-Jan 4 (closed Dec 24-25 and 31), Mon-Thurs, 5:30pm-9pm; Fri-Sun, 5:30-9:30pm. $4.50-6.50. Hop aboard the "Crazy Train Adventure" ($2) for a tour of a display that includes more than 100 illuminated animals and light shows set to holiday and classic rock music.

'Snow in San Rafael' A St between Fourth and Fifth Sts, San Rafael; (415) 457-2266. Fri/29, 9am-2pm (snow); 4-8pm (holiday market); 5pm (parade); Sat/30, 9am-2pm (snow). Free. San Rafael's celebration features sledding on 100,000 pounds of snow, the town's 23rd annual Parade of Lights, a visit from Santa, and more.


'The American Indianists: Virtuoso Piano Music Based on Native American Themes' Englander House, 807 Franklin; 362-6080. Fri/29-Sat/1, 3pm. $15-20. In honor of Thanksgiving, pianist Seth Monfort performs Harry Cowell's Amerind Suite and other works.

Bay Area

'Carols in the Caves' This week: Mirassou Champagne Cellars, 300 College, Los Gatos; (925) 866-9559, Sat, 7:30; Sun, 5. Call for price. Multi-instrumental improvisor David Auerbach performs a holiday show on his annual tour of local wineries.

'A Chanticleer Christmas' First United Methodist Church, 2100 J St, Berk; (415) 392-4400, Sun/1, 7pm. $22-37. (Also, Dec 21, 8pm; Dec 22, 7pm, St. Ignatius Church, 650 Parker, S.F. Same phone and prices). The acclaimed 12-person a cappella choir performs a mix of traditional and sacred carols.

The Christmas Jug Band This week: Sat/30, Village Music, 9 East Blithedale, Mill Valley; (415) 338-7400. Free. Sun/1, 1-5pm, Spirit of Christmas Crafts Faire (see listing under Arts and Crafts, below). The irreverent skiffle-swing band launches its "Looking for the Lost Ho Tour," which continues with local dates through Christmas.

'An Island Born Christmas' Marin Center Showcase Theater, 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael; (415) 472-3500. Sat/30, 7pm; Sun/1, 2pm. $22.50. Hawaiian slack key guitar master Keola Beamer performs.

hanukkah, kwanza, and thanksgiving

'Alley Catz Thanksgiving Party' Pendulum, 4146 18th St; 863-4441. Thurs/28, 8pm-2am. Free. See 8 Days a Week, page 56.

The Bill Graham Menorah Union Square, Geary between Powell and Stockton; 362-6355. Fri/29, 3pm; Sat/30, 7pm; Sun/1, 2-6pm; Mon/2-Tues/3 and Dec 4-5, 5pm; Dec 6, 3pm. Free. The newly refurbished Union Square hosts the giant "Mama Menorah," with a new candle lit every night. Sat/1 is "Bill Graham Menorah Day," with live music, puppets, and more.

Congregation Sha'ar Zahav 290 Dolores; 861-6932, ext 305. Holiday events include "Alternative Lights on Chanukah," a discussion with Rabbi Camille Shira Angel (Tues/3, 7-8:30pm, free), and "Last Night of Chanukah Singles Extravaganza!" dance party (Dec 7, 7pm, $10-20; registration required by Sat/30).

'Moonwatcher: A New Tale of Chelm for Chanukah' A Traveling Jewish Theatre, 470 Florida; 399-1809. Previews Sat/30-Sun/1, 7pm. Opens Mon/2, 7pm. Runs Wed-Sun, 7pm (also Sun, 2pm). Through Dec 29. $12.50-25 (Thurs, pay what you can). See 8 Days a Week, page 56.

Volunteer at Tenderloin Tessie's Holiday Dinners First Unitarian Church, 1187 Franklin; 637-3550 or 922-0422. Wed/27, 4-7pm; Thurs/28 and Dec 25, 11am-6pm. See 8 Days a Week, page 56.

Bay Area

'Diablo Ballet's Thanksgiving Family Performances' Dean Lesher Regional Center for the Arts, 1601 Civic, Walnut Creek; (925) 943-SHOW. Fri/29-Sat/30, noon and 3pm (one-act production), 8pm (two-act production). $15-38. See 8 Days a Week, page 56.

'17th Annual Holiday Kwanzaa Gift Show' Oakland Marriott Convention Center, 10th at Broadway, Oakl; Fri/29, noon-8pm; Sat/30-Sun/1, 11am-8pm. $5. This holiday crafts show features the wares of more than 100 vendors, plus live music and entertainment.

Thanksgiving at Badarikashrama Badarikashrama, 15602 Maubert, San Leandro; (510) 278-2444. Thurs/28, 3pm. Free. The Hindu religious and cultural center hosts an international vegetarian dinner, followed by a performance by vocalist Ashwini Khaparde.

theater, comedy, and performance

'Aladdin' Zeum Theatre, Yerba Buena Gardens rooftop, Fourth at Howard; 422-2222, Opens Tues/3, 11am. Runs Dec 4-6, 10-13, and 17-19, 11am; Dec 7, 13-14, and 20-21, 7:30pm (also Dec 7, 14, and 21, 3:30pm); Dec 8, 15, and 22, 3:30pm. Through Dec 22. $16-29. The San Francisco Shakespeare Festival presents an original holiday musical, very loosely based on the Arabian Nights tale.

'Beach Blanket Babylon' Club Fugazi, 678 Beach Blanket Babylon Blvd (Green St); 421-4222. This week's schedule: Wed/27 and Fri/29-Sat/30, 7 and 10pm (these shows 21 and over only); Sun/1, 1 and 4pm. $25-65. The long-running musical revue unfurls its annual "seasonal extravaganza."

'Black Nativity' Lorraine Hansberry Theater, 620 Sutter; 474-8800, Opens Fri/29, 8pm. Runs Thurs-Sat, 8pm; Sun, 4pm. Through Dec 22. $22-30. The Lorraine Hansberry Theater presents its annual production of the Langston Hughes gospel classic.

Bay Area

'The Christmas Ballet 2002' Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, Castro at Mercy, Mountain View; (650) 903-6000. Fri/29-Sat/30, 8pm (also Sat/30, 2pm); Sun/1, 2pm. $35-40. Smuin Ballet presents its annual salute to the holidays, with dances set to both classical and contemporary tunes.

'Holiday Memories' Main Street Theatre, 104 N Main, Sebastopol; (707) 823-0177. Thurs-Sat, 8pm. Through Dec 21. $12-15. Sonoma County Repertory Theatre performs a play that combines Truman Capote's short stories "The Thanksgiving Visitor" and "A Christmas Memory."

'Incorruptible' The Stage, 490 S First St, San Jose; (408) 283-7142. Previews Wed/27 and Fri/29, 8pm. Opens Sat/30, 8pm. Runs Wed-Sat, 8pm; Sun, 2pm. Through Dec 22. $16-36. San Jose Stage Company performs Michael Hollinger's "irreverent comedy for the holidays," a farce about a feud between French monasteries over possession of the miracle-granting bones of a patron saint.

'The Long Christmas Dinner' Pear Avenue Theatre, 1220 Pear Ave, Mountain View; (650) 254-1148. Thurs-Sat, 8pm; Sun, 2pm. Through Dec 21. $10-15. Pear Avenue Theatre presents Thornton Wilder's holiday classic; also on the bill is Col. Partridge's Pear Oil Radio Show, by the Pear Playwrights Ensemble.

'The Santaland Diaries' City Lights Theater Company, 529 S Second St, San Jose; (408) 295-4200. Thurs-Sat, 8pm; Sun, 7pm. Through Dec 21. $15-25. City Lights Theater Company performs a play based on the David Sedaris memoir; the show is preceded by "Stocking Stuffers," a collection of new short plays by local authors.

arts and crafts

'Associated Students Holiday Arts and Crafts Fair' San Francisco State University, Cesar Chavez Student Center, 1650 Holloway; 338-2444. Dec 2-5, 9am-7pm. Free. More than 30 vendors showcase handmade goods at this fair.

'Celebration of Craftswomen' Festival Pavilion, Fort Mason Center, Marina at Laguna; 383-3470, Sat/30-Sun/1, 10am-6pm. $5-7 (two-day pass, $10). The largest women's fine crafts fair in the nation brings more than 300 artists together for a show and sale.

'Gifts of Glass' Rogue Art Space, 4360 19th St; 863-4940. Thurs-Fri, 3-7pm; Sat-Sun, noon-5pm. Through Dec 25. Free. Local glass artists display their wares for holiday shoppers.

'The Great Dickens Christmas Fair and Pickwick Comic Annual' Cow Palace Exhibition Halls, 2600 Geneva; 897-4555, Sat/30-Sun/1, Dec 7-8, 14-15, and 21-22, 11am-8pm. $8-20. Holiday shopping meets 1850's London at this crafts fair/historical re-creation experience.

'Just Bazaar' 66balmy Gallery, 66 Balmy Alley; 648-1760, Thurs-Sat, noon-9pm; Sun, noon-6pm (receptions Dec 7 and 19, 7-10pm). Through Dec 23. Free. The contemporary art gallery presents the gift-ready works of 25 artists.

'San Francisco's Christmas Crystal Fair' Fort Mason Center, Bldg A, Marina at Laguna; 383-7837, Sat/30, 10am-6pm; Sun/1, 10am-4pm. $4. Stop by this fair for a wide variety of "metaphysical gifts."

'Silver Bells Arts and Crafts Fair' Kinokuniya Bldg and Miyako Mall, Japan Center, bordered by Geary, Laguna, Post, and Fillmore; 931-2294. Sat/30-Sun/1, 11am-5pm. Free. This fair of Asian crafts also features live music.

'Small Luxuries' Whitney Young Cultural Center Museum, 1101 Masonic; 346-8323. Sat-Sun, 1-6pm. Through Dec 8. Free. The historic museum hosts eight rooms full of "affordable, artistic holiday gifts."

Bay Area

'Berkeley Artisans Holiday Open Studios' For a map to studios go to or call (510) 845-2612 for distribution points. Sat-Sun, 11-5pm. Through Dec 22. Free. More than 100 Berkeley artists participate in this open studios event.

'Berkeley Farmer's Market Holiday Crafts Fair' Martin Luther King Jr. Civic Center Park, Center at MLK Jr. Wy, Berk; (510) 548-3333, Sat, 10am-4pm. Through Dec 21. Free. Organic veggies and handcrafted gifts top the bill at this Ecology Center-sponsored event.

Mary Law holiday pottery sale 1421 Fifth St, Berk; (510) 524-7546. Sat-Sun, 10am-6pm. Through Dec 22. The artist opens her studio for holiday sales.

'Oakland Glass Artists Open Studio' 2680 Union, Oakl; (510) 832-8380. Fri/29-Sun/1 and Dec 7, 10am-4pm. Free. Artists Bruce Pizzichillo and Dari Gordon offer vases, bowls, and sculptures for sale.

'Peaceable Kingdom' Berkeley Potter's Guild, 731 Jones, Berk; (510) 524-7031. Sat-Sun and Dec 16-20, 10am-6pm. Through Dec 22. Free. The Berkeley Potter's Guild presents its annual holiday sale.

'She Made Holiday Arts Bazaar' La Peña Cultural Center, 3105 Shattuck, Berk; (510) 849-2568. Sat/30, 11am-5pm. Free. She Made Artisans Circle hosts its first holiday sale.

'30th Annual Harvest Festival' San Jose Convention Center, 150 W. San Carlos, San Jose; 1-800-321-1213, Fri/29, 9am-7pm; Sat/30, 10am-7pm; Sun/1, 10am-5pm. $4.50-8.50. More than 300 artisans, craftspeople, and culinary artists gather for this annual indoor marketplace.

'26th Annual Spirit of Christmas Crafts Faire' Sonoma County Fairgrounds, Grace Pavilion, Santa Rosa; Fri/29, Dec 6, and 13, noon-9pm; Sat/30-Sun/1, Dec 7-8, and 14-15, 10am-6pm. $2-4. This fair features 200 booths of crafts and gifts, plus live entertainment.

'A Very Merry Art Show' Main Gallery, 1018 Main, Redwood City; (650) 701-1018. Wed-Fri, 11am-4pm; Sat-Sun, 10am-3pm. Through Dec 24. Free. This group show features affordable holiday gift items.

'Womyn of Color Crafts Fair' La Peña Cultural Center, 3105 Shattuck, Berk; (510) 849-2568. Sun/1, 10:30am-4:40pm. Free. Bay Area artists exhibit their works.