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"A Christmas Carol"
A.C.T.

"A Christmas Carol"

A Christmas Carol

A.C.T.
415 Geary St. San Francisco CA 94102

A.C.T.'s A Christmas Carol: SF Holiday Fave

Buy Tickets $19 - $63 $25 - $105

A.C.T.'s acclaimed, music-infused adaptation of Dickens' beloved tale returns in a sumptuous production that's become one of the Bay Area's favorite holiday traditions. A large, lively cast tells the story of lonely old miser Ebenezer Scrooge, a bah-humbuggy sort who's shown a second chance by four ghosts who visit him one spooky and sleepless Christmas Eve. A classic story of redemption and forgiveness, A Christmas Carol captures the true spirit and magic of the holiday season, especially in this imaginative version written by A.C.T.'s own artistic director Carey Perloff and alumnus Paul Walsh.

Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017 / 7:00pm Friday, Dec. 15, 2017 / 7:00pm Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017 / 2:00pm Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017 / 7:00pm Sunday, Dec. 17, 2017 / 1:00pm Sunday, Dec. 17, 2017 / 5:30pm Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2017 / 7:00pm Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2017 / 2:00pm

"Bright Star"
Curran

"Bright Star"

Bright Star

Curran
445 Geary Street San Francisco CA 94102

Steve Martin & Edie Brickell's Musical Bright Star

Buy Tickets Sold Out n/a

From Grammy, Emmy and Academy Award-winning Steve Martin and Grammy Award-winning Edie Brickell comes Bright Star, the five-time Tony-nominated new musical that The New York Times called "a shining achievement." Directed by Tony winner Walter Bobbie and inspired by a real event, this original musical tells a sweeping tale of love and redemption set against the rich backdrop of the American South in the 1920s and '40s. Propelled by Carmen Cusack, whose role as Alice earned her a Tony Award nomination, along with an ensemble of onstage musicians and dancers, the story unfolds as a rich tapestry of deep emotion, beautiful melodies and powerfully moving performances. Bright Star -- as refreshingly genuine as it is daringly hopeful -- is "a gorgeous anthem to optimism" (Variety). Score your tickets today at the Curran in San Francisco.

Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017 / 7:00pm

Christmas Revels
Scottish Rite Center

Christmas Revels

Scottish Rite Center
1547 Lakeside Drive Oakland CA 94612

Christmas Revels: Scottish Celebration

Buy Tickets $10 - $25 $20 - $50

A Bay Area holiday family tradition, the California Revels are back with their 32st annual Christmas show at the Scottish Rite Theater in Oakland -- where this year's theme matches the gorgeous setting. A Scottish Celebration of the Solstice celebrates the shortest day of the year with plenty of high-kicking, kilt-wearing excitement, from traditional court dancing, ballads and reels to fascinating folk tales. Get your Outlander on with the Abbots Bromley Antler Dance and plenty of pipes and fiddles. As always, the local chorus of adults, teens and kids add to the plaid-filled fun, along with performances by regular favorites and newcomers as well.

Friday, Dec. 15, 2017 / 8:00pm

"The Nutcracker"
San Jose Center for the Performing Arts

"The Nutcracker"

San Jose Center for the Performing Arts
255 S Almaden Blvd. San Jose CA 95113

Russian Ballet Stars Come to San Jose for The Nutcracker

Buy Tickets $15 - $60 $45 - $90

The San Jose Center for the Performing Arts welcomes the Ballet Stars of Moscow Company for this magnificent production of The Nutcracker, featuring Tchaikovsky's unforgettable music performed by Symphony Silicon Valley. Experience the magical Christmas night adventures of young Clara, who dreams that her beloved toy nutcracker has come to life. Together they defeat the wicked Mouse King in an epic battle, then journey through an icy forest where snowflakes whirl to the enchanting Kingdom of Sweets, where visions of sugar plums dance and entertain in this Christmas classic.

Friday, Dec. 15, 2017 / 7:00pm Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017 / 7:00pm Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2017 / 7:00pm Friday, Dec. 22, 2017 / 7:00pm Saturday, Dec. 23, 2017 / 7:00pm

"The Hard Nut": Mark Morris Dance Group
Cal Performances' Zellerbach Hall

"The Hard Nut": Mark Morris Dance Group

Cal Performances' Zellerbach Hall
Bancroft Way and Telegraph Avenue Berkeley CA 94720

The Hard Nut: Mark Morris Dance Group

Buy Tickets $16 - $85.50 $40 - $95

A Bay Area holiday favorite, Mark Morris Dance Group's The Hard Nut is back at Berkeley's Zellerbach Hall for the first time in five years with its retro-modern take on the beloved Nutcracker, complete with gender-bending snowflakes, twinkle-toed G.I. Joes and a wacky family holiday party featuring a Soul Train-style dance line. It's been called a "sublime marriage of wit, music, and movement" by the San Francisco Chronicle, not to mention "as gleefully irreverent as it is visually poetic and musically sensitive" by Dance Magazine. Plus, Tchaikovsky's ever-brilliant score is performed live by members of the Berkeley Symphony and the Piedmont East Bay Children's Choir.

Friday, Dec. 15, 2017 / 8:00pm Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017 / 2:00pm Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017 / 8:00pm Thursday, Dec. 21, 2017 / 8:00pm Friday, Dec. 22, 2017 / 8:00pm Saturday, Dec. 23, 2017 / 8:00pm Sunday, Dec. 24, 2017 / 3:00pm

Smuin's "The Christmas Ballet"
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Theater

Smuin's "The Christmas Ballet"

Smuin Contemporary American Ballet

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Theater
700 Howard St. San Francisco CA 94103

Smuin's The Christmas Ballet: Holiday Dance Treat

Buy Tickets $35 - $54 $59 - $69

Sugarplums won't be the only dancing visions you dream of this holiday season after you see Smuin Contemporary American Ballet's The Christmas Ballet. Snow-kissed dancers clad all in white glide onstage, pirouetting in graceful ballets, before a little funk enters the picture, and they tap out staccato rhythms and swing to jazz, revving up into a fun-filled second half. That's when the red-costumed dancers take over, letting loose with a collection of fresh, fantastical numbers, inspired by great tunes like "White Christmas," "Baby, It's Cold Outside" and the perennial favorite "Santa Baby." This Bay Area nontraditional holiday tradition at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Theater will enchant and delight and is sure to make for sweet dreams that'll sweep you into the New Year.

Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017 / 8:00pm Friday, Dec. 15, 2017 / 8:00pm Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017 / 2:00pm Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017 / 8:00pm Sunday, Dec. 17, 2017 / 2:00pm Sunday, Dec. 17, 2017 / 7:00pm Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2017 / 2:00pm Thursday, Dec. 21, 2017 / 8:00pm

"Winter Wonderland"
The Mountain Winery

"Winter Wonderland"

The Mountain Winery
14831 Pierce Road Saratoga CA 95070

Skating, Tastings & More at Mountain Winery

Buy Tickets $8 - $13 $13 - $18

See the Mountain Winery get a merry makeover when Winter Wonderland brings flurries of fun to nearly every corner of the majestic Saratoga spot. Bundle up in your best holiday attire and hit the rink for ice skating to a different musical theme each night -- from '90s hits to movie soundtracks to Motown. The ongoing schedule includes a tree lighting, pictures with Santa, holiday arts and crafts stations, wine tasting and more. Plus, while you're having your frosty fun, you can also do some good. Donate canned food items when you arrive and Second Harvest Food Bank will make sure they're delivered to someone in need.

Saturday, December 16, 2017 / Various Times Sunday, December 17, 2017 / Various Times Monday, December 18, 2017 / Various Times Tuesday, December 19, 2017 / Various Times Wednesday, December 20, 2017 / Various Times Thursday, December 21, 2017 / Various Times Friday, December 22, 2017 / Various Times Saturday, December 23, 2017 / Various Times

"A Christmas Story: The Musical"
San Francisco Playhouse

"A Christmas Story: The Musical"

San Francisco Playhouse
450 Post Street San Francisco CA 94102

Holiday Classic A Christmas Story: The Musical

Buy Tickets $33 - $42 $55 - $70

You've seen the classic movie on TV every holiday season for years, now see the musical version that was nominated for three Tony Awards in its 2013 Broadway run. 9 year-old Ralphie has his heart set on the holy grail of Christmas gifts in the 1940s: an official Red Ryder carbine-action 200-shot range model air rifle. But first, he'll have to navigate a maniacal department store Santa, the infamous leg lamp, a triple-dog-dare to lick a frozen flagpole, the terrifying bully Farkus, the bunny suit and much more. Featuring everything from gentle ballads to show-stopping ensemble numbers like "Ralphie to the Rescue!" "A Major Award," "Sticky Situation" and "You'll Shoot Your Eye Out!", A Christmas Story: The Musical lends a magnificent score to the famous, heartfelt holiday tale at San Francisco Playhouse.

Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017 / 7:00pm Friday, Dec. 15, 2017 / 8:00pm Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017 / 3:00pm Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017 / 8:00pm Sunday, Dec. 17, 2017 / 2:00pm Sunday, Dec. 17, 2017 / 7:00pm Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2017 / 7:00pm Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2017 / 7:00pm

Moscow Ballet's "Great Russian Nutcracker"
Palace of Fine Arts Theatre

Moscow Ballet's "Great Russian Nutcracker"

Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker

Palace of Fine Arts Theatre
3301 Lyon Street San Francisco CA 94123

Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker

Buy Tickets $36 $73.50

One of the most acclaimed versions of Tchaikovsky's holiday classic, the Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker returns to North America on its 25th anniversary tour. Nearly 40 renowned dancers bring to life the timeless story of young Masha (Clara), who receives the gift of a nutcracker one Christmas and dreams that night of a grand adventure with her Nutcracker Prince. Filled with larger-than-life puppets and nesting dolls, handmade Victorian-style costumes, and sets created by La La Land designer Carl Sprague, this perennial favorite is sure to sweep up the whole family in the spirit of the season. Don't miss the Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker when it leaps onto the stage at San Francisco's Palace of Fine Arts Theatre.

Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2017 / 7:00pm

"The Golden Girls: The Christmas Episodes"
Victoria Theatre

"The Golden Girls: The Christmas Episodes"

Victoria Theatre
2961 16th Street San Francisco CA 94103

Christmas Is a Drag With The Golden Girls

Buy Tickets $25 - $35 $25 - $35

Take 4 talented drag performers, cast them in two new Xmas episodes of the uproariously funny TV show The Golden Girls and you have an assured night of theater for the entire family. Now a yearly tradition, this loving tribute to the characters the entire world has come to know and love features local drag stars Heklina (Dorothy), Matthew Martin (Blanche), D'Arcy Drollinger (Rose), and Holotta Tymes (Sophia). Prepare yourself for Blanche's sexy antics, Sophia's cutting wit, Dorothy's consternation, Rose's endearing stupidity and lots of beefy shoulder pads, at the Victoria Theatre. No matter the season, nothing warms your heart -- or keeps you laughing -- like the Golden Girls.

Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2017 / 8:00pm Saturday, Dec. 23, 2017 / 2:00pm

San Francisco Bay Cruise Adventure
SF Bay Cruise Adventure

San Francisco Bay Cruise Adventure

SF Bay Cruise Adventure
Pier 39 at Embarcadero Street San Francisco CA 94133

San Francisco Bay Cruise Adventure

Buy Tickets $16 $32

Sail under the Golden Gate Bridge and along the San Francisco Bay's historic waterfront on Blue & Gold Fleet's Bay Cruise Adventure. This fully narrated one-hour tour features information and history on city landmarks and plenty of opportunities for taking pictures of the unobstructed views of the San Francisco skyline. Both indoor and outdoor seating is available, so you can experience the sights and sounds from out on deck or take it all in from the warmth and comfort of an interior seat -- either experience makes for a truly great San Francisco adventure.

Friday, Dec. 15, 2017 / Various Times Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017 / Various Times Sunday, Dec. 17, 2017 / Various Times Monday, Dec. 18, 2017 / Various Times Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2017 / Various Times Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2017 / Various Times Thursday, Dec. 21, 2017 / Various Times Friday, Dec. 22, 2017 / Various Times

"Around the World in 80 Days"
Lucie Stern Theatre

"Around the World in 80 Days"

Lucie Stern Theatre
1305 Middlefield Rd. Palo Alto CA 94301

Classic Adventure Around the World in 80 Days

Buy Tickets $40 - $45 $65 - $73

Long before The Amazing Race hit TV screens, master of adventure and steampunk founding father Jules Verne dreamt up the original madcap globetrotting race: Around the World in 80 Days. Packed with stampeding elephants, raging typhoons and runaway trains, this action-packed tale comes alive onstage, as five actors play dozens of characters in a race against time and treachery. With his faithful valet at his side, gentleman adventurer Phileas Fogg sets out from Victorian London and into a world bursting with danger, romance and comic surprises. Bring your family, buckle up and get ready for a trip like no other at the Lucie Stern Theatre in Palo Alto.

Friday, Dec. 15, 2017 / 8:00pm Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017 / 2:00pm Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017 / 8:00pm Sunday, Dec. 17, 2017 / 7:00pm Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2017 / 7:30pm Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2017 / 2:00pm Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2017 / 7:30pm Thursday, Dec. 21, 2017 / 8:00pm

Comedian Zainab Johnson
San Jose Improv

Comedian Zainab Johnson

Zainab Johnson

San Jose Improv
62 S. Second St. San Jose CA 95150

Comedian Zainab Johnson (Last Comic Standing)

Buy Tickets COMP - $10 $20

Last Comic Standing semi-finalist Zainab Johnson hits San Jose Improv with a block of stand-up sessions, delivering her signature real-talk observational comedy. The L.A.-based graduate of UCB, the Groundlings and IO West has graced the stage at the Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal and The Arsenio Hall Show and was the breakout star from HBO's All Def Comedy. She's known for her candor, quick wit and unflappable swagger, cracking jokes about dating, body image, her Harlem upbringing and her large family of 12 siblings. With reports of her starring in a forthcoming Wanda Sykes-produced ABC sitcom, now's the chance to catch Johnson on the verge of a career breakthrough.

Thursday, Dec. 21, 2017 / 8:00pm Friday, Dec. 22, 2017 / 7:30pm Friday, Dec. 22, 2017 / 9:45pm Saturday, Dec. 23, 2017 / 7:00pm Saturday, Dec. 23, 2017 / 9:30pm

"A Charlie Brown Christmas -- Live!"
Davies Symphony Hall

"A Charlie Brown Christmas -- Live!"

Davies Symphony Hall
201 Van Ness San Francisco CA 94102

A Charlie Brown Christmas -- Live! With SF Symphony

Buy Tickets Sold Out n/a

Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Linus, Lucy and all your favorite Peanuts characters return to Davies Symphony Hall to bring the television classic to life. The entire gang will sing and dance across the stage while an animated backdrop completes the winter wonderland. Meanwhile, conductor Randall Craig Fleischer will lead the San Francisco Symphony and the SFS Chorus in a performance of Vince Guaraldi's iconic A Charlie Brown Christmas score. Plus, the lobbies will be filled with festive decorations and activities, including gigantic Christmas trees and special Peanuts décor.

Thursday, Dec. 21, 2017 / 2:00pm Friday, Dec. 22, 2017 / 7:30pm Saturday, Dec. 23, 2017 / 7:30pm

"The Santaland Diaries"
The Lohman Theatre

"The Santaland Diaries"

The Lohman Theatre
12345 El Monte Road Los Altos Hills CA 94022

The Santaland Diaries: 1-Man Christmas Skewering

Buy Tickets COMP - $30 $45

Christmas looks a whole lot different when your hairy man legs are being compressed by red and white striped tights. David Sedaris' The Santaland Diaries first made waves as a story read on-air on NPR in 1992. The bestselling humor writer's hilarious account of one excruciating holiday season working as a Macy's Christmas elf has since become a one-man production that is, in its own right, a holiday tradition. This one-man show cycles through 50 characters, from stressed out sales clerks to screaming kids. For those who like a little spice with their Christmas sugar, this tale of mass marketing, drunk Santas and the general insanity that takes hold during the holidays is a sardonic and unpredictable wild ride filled with sarcasm. Sedaris' words mercilessly cut through the Christmas spirit to point out the craziness humans inflict on themselves and others during the holidays. See The Santaland Diaries at The Lohman Theatre in Los Altos Hills near San Jose.

Friday, Dec. 15, 2017 / 10:00pm Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017 / 4:00pm Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017 / 8:00pm Sunday, Dec. 17, 2017 / 4:00pm Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2017 / 8:00pm Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2017 / 8:00pm Thursday, Dec. 21, 2017 / 8:00pm Friday, Dec. 22, 2017 / 7:30pm

Thursdays on the Mountain: Ugly Sweater Party
The Mountain Winery

Thursdays on the Mountain: Ugly Sweater Party

The Mountain Winery
14831 Pierce Road Saratoga CA 95070

Wine Tastings & Ice Skating at Mountain Winery

Buy Tickets COMP - $15 $25

Looking to do all the cute holiday things this season? Mountain Winery's Winter Wonderland has the best of them, all in one spot. The winery has a solid selection of tastings to make this adults-only ice skating night a little easier (or a silly, icy mess), along with a holiday-inspired menu. Oh, and it's also ugly sweater party themed. It's basically going to be an insanely photogenic evening, so start planning your winter date night around this cocktail and wine tasting extravaganza at The Mountain Winery in Saratoga.

Thursday, Dec. 21, 2017 / (7:30pm - 10:00pm)

Dave Koz Christmas Tour 2017
City National Civic

Dave Koz Christmas Tour 2017

Dave Koz

City National Civic
135 West San Carlos San Jose CA 95113

Dave Koz Christmas Tour 2017

Buy Tickets $25 - $40 $55 - $75

Who knew fans and families across the country would await this nice Jewish boy's arrival with the kind of anticipation reserved for St. Nick? For his 20th anniversary Christmas Tour, nine-time Grammy nominee and saxophonist extraordinaire Dave Koz reunites with two members of the original lineup, pianist David Benoit and guitarist Peter White, along with trumpet maestro Rick Braun and newcomer, singer Selina Albright. Together, these five artists will perform fresh renditions of Christmas classics as well as a Chanukah medley and hits from their respective catalogs, at City National Civic of San Jose.

Thursday, Dec. 21, 2017 / 8:00pm

Method Man & Redman
The Warfield

Method Man & Redman

Method Man & Redman

The Warfield
982 Market St. San Francisco CA 94102

Hip-Hop Legends Method Man & Redman

Buy Tickets $22 $35.23

Hip-hop superstar Method Man (of Wu-Tang Clan) and his partner in rhyme Redman (of Def Squad) raise the roof at The Warfield. Two of the most popular MCs of the '90s, Method Man and Redman first teamed up in 1999 with their platinum album Blackout! and have since continued to make waves in both music and movies, with Method Man popping up in The Wire, CSI and Soul Plane, and Redman playing a role in Seed of Chucky. Together they starred in the film How High and the Fox sitcom Method & Red, but in San Francisco it's all about the hip-hop as two legends of the genre storm the stage.

Thursday, Dec. 21, 2017 / 8:00pm

Colin Quinn: "One In Every Crowd"
A.C.T. Strand Theater

Colin Quinn: "One In Every Crowd"

Colin Quinn

A.C.T. Strand Theater
1127 Market St. San Francisco CA 94103

Colin Quinn: One In Every Crowd

Buy Tickets $23 - $35 $30 - $50

From commenting on the Clinton-Lewinsky scandal for SNL's Weekend Update to covering the history of the world in the hit Broadway show Long Story Short -- directed by Jerry Seinfeld, no less -- and way beyond, Colin Quinn has skewered just about every sacred cow with his sharply honed wit, which he'll no doubt wield with hilarious precision in his sixth and latest solo show, One in Every Crowd. Not only are Seinfeld and stars like Amy Schumer big fans, but Quinn was named one of Comedy Central's 100 greatest stand-up comics of all time. Don't miss his only Bay Area appearance at A.C.T.'s Strand Theater.

Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017 / 7:30pm Friday, Dec. 15, 2017 / 7:30pm Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017 / 7:30pm Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017 / 9:30pm Sunday, Dec. 17, 2017 / 2:00pm

"Saber Battle SF 2017"
SPARK Social SF

"Saber Battle SF 2017"

SPARK Social SF
601 Mission Bay Blvd. North San Francisco, CA 94158

Saber Battle SF 2017: San Francisco's Very Own Light Fight

Buy Tickets COMP - $40 $10 - $60

From the wild and crazy guys who brought you International Pillow Fight Day comes the 21st-century version: Saber Battle SF 2017. You'll gather with up to 1,000 other like-minded space warriors at Spark Social SF in the heart of Mission Bay, where you'll pick up your six-color glow sword (a.k.a. light saber) and choose a side, good or evil (a.k.a. light or dark side). You can also take a break and enjoy food trucks and music. These faux fights are happening in cities all over -- including L.A. and Toronto -- so get ready to join the fray, and may the you-know-what be with you.

Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017 / 9:00pm

"Fool for Love"
The Stage

"Fool for Love"

The Stage
490 South First St. San Jose CA 95113

Sam Shepard's Gritty Stage Classic Fool for Love

Buy Tickets $17.20 - $25 $43 - $50

This Pulitzer Prize-winning classic of the American stage is at turns funny and horrific and thought by many to be Sam Shepard's masterpiece. In Fool for Love, Mae is hiding out at an old motel in the Mojave Desert. Eddie, her old flame and childhood friend, shows up and threatens to metaphorically and literally drag her back into the life from which she's fled. Their battle plays out in front of a stranger, and as they trade barbs, heartbreak and painful revelations, they take themselves and the audience on an unforgettable journey that demonstrates what happens when love and attraction cross the line to obsession. Take in all the gritty greatness of Fool for Love at the Stage in San Jose.

Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017 / 7:30pm Friday, Dec. 15, 2017 / 8:00pm

"A Chanticleer Christmas"
St. Ignatius Church

"A Chanticleer Christmas"

Chanticleer

St. Ignatius Church
650 Parker Street San Francisco CA 94118

A Chanticleer Christmas at St. Ignatius Church

Buy Tickets $19 $36.50

Acclaimed a cappella ensemble Chanticleer brings their annual Christmas program to San Francisco's St. Ignatius Church. The 12-member male chorus, beloved in the Bay Area and beyond, brings the season's power and mystery, warmth and intimacy to capacity audiences in beautifully decorated churches, cathedrals, and missions throughout the country. Follow the journey of the wise men, across the ages and the world. The pilgrims are a motley group of shepherds and onlookers -- Welsh, Huron, Indian, English, Americans of all origins -- reveling in the wonder, joy, and peace that the Christmas story brings. Candle-lit Gregorian chant gives way to music by Morales, Gonzalez, Victoria, Poulenc, Sweelinck and traditional carols, gospel and spirituals in A Chanticleer Christmas.

Sunday, Dec. 17, 2017 / 8:00pm (Partial View) Saturday, Dec. 23, 2017 / 8:00pm (Partial View)

"The Millionth Production of A Christmas Carol"
Pear Theatre

"The Millionth Production of A Christmas Carol"

Pear Theatre
1110 La Avenida Street Mountain View CA 94043

Holiday Satire of Dickens' Christmas Classic

Buy Tickets $10 - $16 $32

Once again offering less-than-traditional holiday fare, Mountain View's Pear Theatre celebrates the season with a satire, written and directed by James Kopp. In The Millionth Production of A Christmas Carol, a small theater in Northern California fears closing its doors after mounting costly shows with poor sales. Hoping to appeal to a larger audience, the artistic director puts up Dickens' classic A Christmas Carol. With signature humor from the writer of such productions as Geeks vs. Zombies and Super Villain!!, The Millionth Production also gives serious consideration to the compromises between art for art's sake and art that pays.

Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017 / 8:00pm Friday, Dec. 15, 2017 / 8:00pm Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017 / 8:00pm Sunday, Dec. 17, 2017 / 2:00pm

USA vs. Canada Women's Hockey
SAP Center at San Jose

USA vs. Canada Women's Hockey

SAP Center at San Jose
525 W. Santa Clara St. San Jose CA 95113

USA vs. Canada Women's Hockey

Buy Tickets $11 - $27.50 $35.70 - $63.55

The anticipation is reaching a fevered pitch for the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, and so is the heated rivalry between the U.S. and Canadian women's hockey teams. Despite losing to the U.S. in the first ever gold-medal match in '98, the Canucks have skated away with the top prize in four consecutive Olympics -- so you know the Americans are gonna be fired up this time around. Get a preview of the upcoming battle for Olympic hardware at the SAP Center in San Jose, as the two squads take the ice as part of The Time Is Now exhibition tour.

Friday, Dec. 15, 2017 / 7:00pm

Comedian Craig Shoemaker
San Jose Improv

Comedian Craig Shoemaker

Craig Shoemaker

San Jose Improv
62 S. Second St. San Jose CA 95150

Comedian Craig "The Lovemaster" Shoemaker

Buy Tickets COMP - $10 $22

Craig Shoemaker has been named Comedian of the Year by the American Comedy Awards and the top comic on XM Radio. Shoemaker's material spans everything from married life to being a new father to his former status as the "Lovemaster." He's also known for his hilarious impressions and character voices. He's recorded two comedy CDs and has appeared on more than 100 TV shows, including two Comedy Central specials and Daditude, his 2012 stand-up special for Showtime. A veteran actor, he's been seen on TV's Parks and Recreation and in the movies Safe House and Scream 2, as well as his own film The Lovemaster, in which he starred opposite George Wendt. He was the host of VH1's My Generation, and has been a panelist on Hollywood Squares.

Friday, Dec. 15, 2017 / 7:30pm Friday, Dec. 15, 2017 / 9:45pm Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017 / 7:00pm Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017 / 9:30pm Sunday, Dec. 17, 2017 / 7:00pm

Tennessee Titans vs. San Francisco 49ers
Levi's Stadium

Tennessee Titans vs. San Francisco 49ers

San Francisco 49ers

Levi's Stadium
4900 Marie P. DeBartolo Way Santa Clara CA 95054

NFL: 49ers Take on the Titans

Buy Tickets $50 - $148 $110.25 - $289.65

This late season match-up between the Tennessee Titans and San Francisco is bound to have playoff implications, so make plans now to head out to Levi's Stadium to cheer on the 49ers. The team's got a new brain trust this season with general manager John Lynch and coach Kyle Shanahan, and they've put their stamp on the squad with a host of new faces, hoping to take the Niners to their first post-season appearance since 2013. Their AFC South opponents haven't seen the post-season since '08, though they came close in 2016 with a 9-7 record.

Sunday, Dec. 17, 2017 / 1:25pm (vs. Tennessee Titans)

Spend an Hour With the Cats at The Dancing Cat
The Dancing Cat

Spend an Hour With the Cats at The Dancing Cat

The Dancing Cat
702 E Julian Street San Jose CA 95112

The Cats Are Holding a Social Hour at The Dancing Cat, and You're Invited

Buy Tickets COMP - $5 $5 - $10

This is your chance to, quite literally, hang out with the coolest cats in town. San Jose's The Dancing Cat is a creative space for people, and sometimes adoptable cats are able to get in on the human interaction. The space provides a living room-like ambiance where anywhere between seven and 11 lucky cats can wander and play in a cage-free environment. Visitors go there to meet friends, read, study or simply lounge with adoptable cats under a ceiling of colorful paper lanterns. Whether you're looking to adopt or just like to soak up the cool cat vibe and maybe scratch behind a few furry ears, this is one hour of your time that won't be wasted.

Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017 / Noon Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017 / 1:00pm Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017 / 2:00pm Friday, Dec. 15, 2017 / Noon Friday, Dec. 15, 2017 / 1:00pm Friday, Dec. 15, 2017 / 2:00pm Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2017 / Noon Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2017 / 1:00pm

Café Pink House
Cafe Pink House

Café Pink House

Cafe Pink House
14577 Big Basin Way Saratoga CA 95070

Live Jazz and Blues at Café Pink House

Buy Tickets $7.50 $15

An enticing lineup of musicians, an intimate atmosphere and a premium selection of beer, wine and small plates add up to the perfect place to see some jazz in the heart of Silicon Valley. Café Pink House has all these elements in spades, not to mention two stages across which local and national jazz and blues artists play four nights a week. Enjoy some of the sweetest grooves in Saratoga, along with a selection of desserts for purchase at this inviting neighborhood club.

Friday, Dec. 15, 2017 / 7:30pm (Bridget Marie Band) Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017 / 7:30pm (Tony Glausi Group) Thursday, Dec. 21, 2017 / 7:30pm (Caleb Murray And The Blue Horizon) Friday, Dec. 22, 2017 / 7:30pm (Jason Keiser & Michael Carter Duo)

Peninsula Ballet Theatre's "The Nutcracker"
Fox Theatre in Redwood City

Peninsula Ballet Theatre's "The Nutcracker"

Fox Theatre in Redwood City
2215 Broadway Redwood City CA 94063

Peninsula Ballet's Magical Nutcracker

Buy Tickets $28 - $45 $53 - $73

A Bay Area tradition for more than 44 years, Peninsula Ballet's sumptuous production of The Nutcracker returns to Redwood City's historic Fox Theatre with its signature sleighful of holiday magic. Known for Carlos Carvajal's beautiful choreography, this spectacular version of the Yuletide favorite features Tchaikovsky's unforgettable score and enchanting special effects, as it tells the story of a young girl who receives a nutcracker soldier as a gift and has a magical dream that her toy comes to life. Together they experience a grand adventure that takes them through an epic battle with the Rat King, through the beautiful Snow Forest to the Sugar Plum Fairy's magical Land of Sweets.

Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017 / 1:00pm Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017 / 4:00pm Sunday, Dec. 17, 2017 / 2:30pm

"Hello Gorgeous! Barbra Streisand Holiday Show"
Montgomery Theater

"Hello Gorgeous! Barbra Streisand Holiday Show"

Montgomery Theater
271 S. Market St. San Jose CA 95113

Hello Gorgeous! Barbra Streisand Holiday Show

Buy Tickets $15 - $25.75 $51.50

You'll be saying Hello Gorgeous! when Rebecca Clark takes the stage in the Barbra Streisand Holiday Show. In this one-woman tribute show, Clark embodies the iconic performer as she sings her greatest hits and holiday favorites, interspersed with comedic dialogue and fun crowd interaction. You'll hear songs from Funny Girl, A Star Is Born and Yentl, plus "The Christmas Song," "Evergreen," "The Way We Were," "Second Hand Rose," "You Don't Bring Me Flowers," "Memories" and more. Why settle for any old holiday show when you can let one of our greatest performers (or at least the next best thing!) get you in the holiday spirit during this musical tribute at Montgomery Theater in San Jose.

Sunday, Dec. 17, 2017 / 3:00pm

"A Christmas Carol"
Olinder Theatre

"A Christmas Carol"

Olinder Theatre
848 East William Street. San Jose CA 95116

A Christmas Carol: A Holiday Family Favorite

Buy Tickets $11 $22

Northside Theatre Company presents its 35th annual production of the holiday classic A Christmas Carol with innovative style at the Olinder Theatre in San Jose. Hailed as "the best Christmas Carol in the Bay Area" by Mercury News, Northside's production features impeccable staging and high-end production values. This stage adaptation of the Dickens classic captures all the power, humor and warmth that this ageless tale has to offer. This is the story of Ebenezer Scrooge, a lonely miser, who, through the help of spirits and visions from his past, present and future, finds a second chance to become a loving, generous and kind human being.

Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017 / 8:00pm Friday, Dec. 15, 2017 / 8:00pm Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017 / 8:00pm Sunday, Dec. 17, 2017 / 3:00pm

Tenor Pasquale Esposito
Bayside Performing Arts Center

Tenor Pasquale Esposito

Pasquale Esposito

Bayside Performing Arts Center
2025 Kehoe Avenue San Mateo CA 94402

Pasquale Esposito's Bianco Natale Benefit Concert

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Enjoy an evening of holiday music and celebrate the season of giving with Italian tenor Pasquale Esposito. Bianco Natale delivers a collection of holiday favorites, opera and American, Italian and Spanish standards to the Bayside Performing Arts Center. This San Mateo performance benefits the Notable Music and Arts Organization.

Sunday, Dec. 17, 2017 / 7:30pm

"Annie"
Hillbarn Theatre

"Annie"

Hillbarn Theatre
1285 East Hillsdale Blvd. Foster City CA 94404

Leapin' Lizards! It's Annie

Buy Tickets $24 - $26 $50 - $52

It's a hard-knock life out there. Nobody knows that better than everyone's favorite orphan: Annie. But this little redhead never gives up, and her optimism leads the way to a happy ending. Let Annie inspire you this holiday season, 'cause no matter what happens, the sun will come up tomorrow, and this feel-good musical will lift your spirits and give you life. Join Foster City's Hillbarn Theatre, the adorable Annie and her even more adorable dog for a show filled with great songs (like "Tomorrow," "It's the Hard Knock Life" and "Easy Street"), memorable characters and a story that will melt your heart.

Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017 / 8:00pm Friday, Dec. 15, 2017 / 8:00pm Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017 / 8:00pm

"The 1940s Radio Hour"
Bus Barn Theater

"The 1940s Radio Hour"

Bus Barn Theater
97 Hillview Avenue Los Altos CA 94022

A Nostalgic Christmas Musical

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It's December of 1942, and New York's little radio-station-that-could will air its final broadcast of the holiday-themed Mutual Manhattan Variety Cavalcade. The 1940s Radio Hour is a timeless musical full of classic tunes, swinging dance numbers, five-part harmony and holiday cheer. Including enchanting songs like "Ain't She Sweet," "Blue Moon," "You Go to My Head" and "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas," The 1940s Radio Hour is like a time capsule of fond Christmas memories. Fall in love with the charming and nostalgic tale when the Los Altos Stage Company presents The 1940s Radio Hour at the Bus Barn Theater.

Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017 / 8:00pm

Laugh Track City Improv Comedy Show
Made Up Theatre

Laugh Track City Improv Comedy Show

Made Up Theatre
3392 Seldon Ct Fremont CA 94539

Whose Line Is It Anyway?-Like Improv Show Laugh Track City

Buy Tickets COMP - $7.50 $15

Similar to Whose Line Is It Anyway?, this fast-paced short-form improv show plays a series of improvised games and scenes based on audience suggestions. Laugh Track City is a great opportunity for the cast and audience alike to have a fun and hilarious time at Made Up Theatre.

Friday, Dec. 15, 2017 / 8:00pm Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017 / 8:00pm

"Coney Island Christmas"
Coastal Repertory Theatre

"Coney Island Christmas"

Coastal Repertory Theatre
1167 Main St Half Moon Bay CA 94019

A Jewish Girl Plays Jesus in Lively Holiday Tale

Buy Tickets $11 - $15 $22 - $30

A young Jewish girl gets cast as Jesus in her school's Christmas pageant in Coney Island Christmas, a seasonal story for people of all ages and faiths by Pulitzer Prize winner Donald Margulies. Weaving together nostalgia, music and merriment, the play picks up many decades later, criss-crossing through time as Shirley Abramowitz recounts this memorable bit of autobiography -- as well as her immigrant parents' astonished reactions -- to her great-granddaughter. Don't miss this timeless and universal tale of what it means to be an American during the holidays as it plays at the Coastal Repertory Theatre in the Oakland area.

Friday, Dec. 15, 2017 / 8:00pm

Comedian Phil Hanley
Rooster T. Feathers Comedy Club

Comedian Phil Hanley

Phil Hanley

Rooster T. Feathers Comedy Club
157 West El Camino Real Sunnyvale CA 94087

Stand-Up Comic Phil Hanley (The Tonight Show)

Buy Tickets COMP - $11 $14 - $22

With his penchant for personal interaction with the audience, no two Phil Hanley shows are ever the same. The Canadian comic got his first big break at Montreal's Just For Laughs Festival in 2008. His performance there brought him international acclaim, and his jokes were recognized in the Montreal Gazette's annual Best Jokes of the Festival list. More recently, Hanley was named one of the Five Comics Creating a Buzz by The Hollywood Reporter, and rewarded with his own featured segment on the The Tonight Show.

Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017 / 8:00pm Friday, Dec. 15, 2017 / 9:00pm Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017 / 7:00pm Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017 / 9:30pm Sunday, Dec. 17, 2017 / 7:00pm

"Scrooge: One Christmas Carol" Starring Kellan Baker
Montgomery Theater

"Scrooge: One Christmas Carol" Starring Kellan Baker

Montgomery Theater
271 S. Market St. San Jose CA 95113

One-Man Tour de Force of A Christmas Carol

Buy Tickets $15 - $25.75 $51.50

How in the Dickens does Kellan Baker do it? Play all 34 characters in A Christmas Carol, that is. Stage adaptations of Charles Dickens' Christmas classic usually delight and charm, but rarely do they leave audiences flat-out floored. And yet, amazement might be the most appropriate reaction to this tour de force turn from veteran performer Baker. With only props for company, he recreates the teeming world of Victorian London in a production that touches on tragedy, pathos, humor and fun. Experience an old favorite in an entirely new way during Scrooge: One Christmas Carol at San Jose's Montgomery Theater.

Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017 / 3:00pm Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017 / 7:00pm

David Broza
The Regency Ballroom

David Broza

David Broza

The Regency Ballroom
1300 Van Ness Avenue San Francisco CA 94109

Israeli Singer-Songwriter David Broza

Buy Tickets $29.50 - $45 $51.16 - $69.32

Singer-songwriter David Broza is a performer with truly global reach. Mixing an eclectic blend of modern pop and Spanish music, the Israeli superstar returns to the West Coast at The Regency Ballroom in San Francisco. A multi-platinum artist with enormous followings in the Middle East and Europe, Broza is known in this country for the PBS special David Broza at Masada -- The Sunset Concert where he performed alongside Jackson Browne and Shawn Colvin atop the 2,000-year-old fortress of Masada in southern Israel. Often compared to Bruce Springsteen and Leonard Cohen, this modern troubadour's music reflects his worldly upbringings in Israel, Spain and England. He's also joined by East-West singer-songwriter Ali Paris.

Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2017 / 8:00pm

Big Head Todd & the Monsters With Simo
The Warfield

Big Head Todd & the Monsters With Simo

Big Head Todd and The Monsters

The Warfield
982 Market St. San Francisco CA 94102

Big Head Todd & The Monsters With Simo

Buy Tickets $32.50 $42.91

The jam band known as Big Head Todd & the Monsters -- or BHTM as their dedicated fans call them -- have been touring with their signature blues-rock sound since their late-'80s debut, making waves with hits likes "Bittersweet" and "Broken Hearted Savior" off their platinum-selling '93 album Sister Sweetly. They've since followed up with 2014's Black Beehive and this year's New World Arisin'. Now they're coming to The Warfield in San Francisco, and they're bringing Nashville-based psychedelic soul/modern rockers Simo with them for a concert that's sure to blow your mind.

Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017 / 8:00pm

"Genre Play"
Made Up Theatre

"Genre Play"

Made Up Theatre
3392 Seldon Ct Fremont CA 94539

Genre Play: Audience Helps Decide the Improv Story

Buy Tickets COMP $5

Each month, Fremont's Made Up Theatre hosts Genre Play, a fully improvised "movie" based on an audience-suggested title. Each performance is unique, whether it's a nail-biter of a thriller, a sentimental coming-of-age chronicle, an exuberant musical or the twisted plot of a mystery. You decide which direction each night's story will take.

Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017 / 10:00pm

Holiday Wine Tasting Party for Singles
Bonny Doon Vineyard

Holiday Wine Tasting Party for Singles

Bonny Doon Vineyard
450 Highway 1 Davenport CA 95017

Holiday Wine Tasting Party for Singles

Buy Tickets $5 $10

Celebrate the holidays with new single friends who appreciate fine wines! Admission includes three free tastes, plus appetizers to cleanse the palate. With the success of Bonny Doon's wines at the tasting party in Marin, now singles south of the Golden Gate Bridge get the chance to savor these great wines. The event is co-sponsored by The Society of Single Professionals, the world's largest non-profit singles organization. Dress to impress and have a great time at Davenport's Bonny Doon Vineyard, along the beautiful California coast.

Sunday, Dec. 17, 2017 / 4:00pm

West Bay Community Band Holiday Concert
Mills High School Theater

West Bay Community Band Holiday Concert

Mills High School Theater
400 Murchison Drive Millbrae CA 94030

Holiday Concert With West Bay Community Band

Buy Tickets COMP - $5 $10

Get in the holiday spirit with an evening of family-friendly yuletide favorites at the West Bay Community Band Holiday Concert. Comprised of over 40 members from throughout the San Francisco peninsula, the West Bay Community Band ushers in the holiday season with a selection of beloved songs at Mills High School Theater in Millbrae.

Friday, Dec. 15, 2017 / 7:00pm

American Improv Theatre Players
Black Cat Licorice Theater

American Improv Theatre Players

Black Cat Licorice Theater
260 McEvoy Street San Jose CA 95126

American Improv Theatre Players: Spontaneous Comedy, Instant Laughs

Buy Tickets $5 $10

Improv is comedy without a net, where daredevil performers depend not only on the audience for suggestions, but also on their fellow performers for support and Lady Luck for inspiration. Done right, it's not just hilarious -- it's astonishing. The American Improv Theatre (AIT) Players do it right. Come laugh and marvel as the Players spin entire scenes from suggestions. The show begins with some silly, quick-moving improv games (Think Whose Line Is It Anyway?). Then the Players raise the stakes with longer, more connected scenes so good they seem scripted. But they're not: Everything that happens at Black Cat Licorice Theater is discovered in the moment.

Friday, Dec. 15, 2017 / 8:00pm

5 Play's "The Wheel of Genres"
Made Up Theatre

5 Play's "The Wheel of Genres"

Made Up Theatre
3392 Seldon Ct Fremont CA 94539

5 Play: East Bay Improv Faves Make Up a Movie

Buy Tickets COMP $5

Marvel at Made Up Theatre's crack quintet of comedians as they improvise an entire movie on the spot at their club in Fremont. Whatever you and your fellow audience members can dream up, 5 Play can handle. The genre of the movie is determined each night when a big wheel is spun by an audience member -- could it be you? From a nice romance or musical comedy to a rootin' tootin' western or big-budget action flick, this talented troupe has got it covered. In fact, they've won a number of awards, including the prestigious-sounding 2015 International Society of Humor Studies Conference prize for Best Improv Performance, and they've also appeared at the San Francisco, Sacto, Orange County and Sonoma County comedy festivals. These shows are free to the public, but purchasing in advance guarantees seating.

Friday, Dec. 15, 2017 / 10:00pm

Dragon Late Nights
Dragon Theatre

Dragon Late Nights

Dragon Theatre
2120 Broadway Street Redwood City CA 94063

Bold Performances at Dragon Late Nights

Buy Tickets $15 $20

The nonprofit live theater company Dragon Theatre produces shows that are uncommon, intimate and accessible to its audiences, artists and community. With an emphasis on empathy and boldness, their works illuminate deeper facets of the human condition. Dragon Late Nights stays open on select Friday nights in Redwood City to showcase up-and-coming local talents with unique performances, from song and dance to storytelling, that you won't see anywhere else.

Friday, Dec. 15, 2017 / 10:30pm (Walt & Hans are: FRIGID)