Celebrate the 75th Year — The nutcracker — SF Ballet

Wed Dec 11 | 7 pm | +Various times thru Dec 29th.Continue a tradition or create a new one with those you care about. Nutcracker is for everyone so whether it’s with friends, family, co-workers or a special someone, attend the 75th Anniversary Celebration. It will be a spectacular experience.

More than 150 costumed characters–from Clara and the Nutcracker Prince to mice, fairies, a Snow Queen and more! Tchaikovsky’s classic score performed live in full glory by the renowned SF Ballet Orchestra and elaborate scenery and costumes by a Tony Award-winning design team. Tix: ($25-285 )

Please note: Nutcracker is most magical for children 5 and older. No children under age 3 are allowed, including babes in arms.


Farmers Market | Every Sun | 9 am–1 pm | Fresh fruits and vegetables stars in this popular market, rear parking lot: Stonestown (19th Ave @ Winston).

Every Sunday • Victorian Tour

Sundays | 2 pm | Victorian era architecture Lafayette Square. SF’s illustrious history, steep streets & fabulous views! 1801 Bush St. garden. Donations MUNI 1, 3. Check out many tours of SF: INFO:

Sundays • Free Community yoga

Every Sun | 10 am | Bring Your Own Mat for outdoor yoga at Playland at 43rd Ave. All classes are FREE and DROP IN. (Rain cancels.) 1360 43rd Ave & Judah. Cancellations: Playland Yoga Facebook Page.


Every Fri | 7–11 pm | The Balcony Lounge at the Cliff House hosts jazz every Fri night. 1 Seal Rock. For INFO:


Every Tue Happy Hour | 4–8 pm | Que Syrah Wine Bar. Take $1 off each glass, 10% off each bottle (consumed on site). 230 West Portal Ave. 415 731-7000


Every Thu | 6–10 pm | The Academy of Sciences brings live music, science, mingling and coctails. GG Park $12 ($10 Members).

Fridays • Teen Computer Corps

Fri | 4-5:30 pm | Trouble with Technology? We can help with kindles, email, laptops, tablets, cell phones and other electronic gadgets at the Parkside Branch, 1200 Taraval. Info: 415-355-5770.

Saturdays • Computer Help

Sat | 2-4 pm | Drop-in help with a teen tech savvy volunteer! Bring your laptop, eReaders, gadgets, digital cameras, tablets or cell phones and we can help you learn how to use it. West Portal Branch, 190 Lenox.

Ongoing • Great Dickens Fair

Thru Dec 22 | Immerse yourself in a world of music halls, theatres, pubs, and charming shops overflowing with hand-made holiday treasures. Enticing aromas of roasted chestnuts and hearty foods fill the air. Over 800 lively and colorful characters from the imagination of Charles Dickens and the sometimes saucy world of the Victorian stage. Tix:

Ongoing • Embarcadero Ice Rink

Thru Jan 3 | Sun-Thu: 10 am - 9:30 pm / Fri-Sat: Until 11:30 pm | Bay Area’s largest outdoor ice rink, at Justin Herman Plaza, across from the historic Ferry Building. $12 • (8 & under) $7 • Skate Rental $5. May close for rain or private-parties. Info: 415 837-1931 | |

Ongoing • Night Bloom

Now through - Jan 7 | Light up the season with Night Bloom, a light and sound exhibition in an illuminated Conservatory of Flowers bursting with vibrant and luminous displays through the five galleries. AVAILABLE DAYS: JFK Drive, GG Park.

Daily • SF Firefighters Toy Program

Daily | In its 64th year of helping children, the Toy Program is the largest in the U.S. and is looking for donations of unwrapped toys. Bring toys to any S.F. firehouse 415-777-0440,

Tues • History: Women’s Lung Clinic

Tues Dec 3 | 6 pm | In 1911, with the help of wealthy society women, Dr. Philip King Brown opened the Arequipa Sanatorium in Marin County. Together, Brown and his all-female staff gave new life to hundreds of working-class women suffering from tuberculosis. RSVP: space limited. CA Historical Society, 678 Mission St. Cost: $5, non-members.


Wed Dec 4 | 6:30 | Greater West Portal Neighborhood Assn meetings are open to all members and to the public, first Wed each Month. Zephyr Real Estate Office, 215 West Portal Avenue.

Wed • Tree Lighting/Civic Center

Wed Dec 4 | 4-7 pm | Civic Center Plaza Holiday Tree Lighting: On the bill of family-friendly festivities are live music, the Tap Dancing Christmas Trees, visits from the Grinch and Santa, and a toy giveaway, free. Polk and Grove

Wed-Sun • Scrooge In Love

Dec 4-22 | Wed-Thu 7 pm; Fri 8 pm; Sat 6 pm; Sun 3pm; Sat Mat, Dec 14 |1pm | A year after the Dickens tale, we find a reformed Scrooge looking for his lost love, Belle, and revisiting past, present, and future with hilarious, ghostly friends! Both side-splitting and hopelessly romantic—now a cherished SF tradition! Gateway Theater, 215 Jackson St.

Thu • POPS: People of Parkside

Thu Dec 5 | 7 pm | Marketing Taraval begins the meeting, SFMTA update and the cardboard crisis. at the Taraval Station, 2345 24th Ave. Every first Thursday.

Fri • John Kalleen Group

Fri Dec 6 | 7-11 pm | It’s a hot version of “Summertime,” a cool version of “Footsteps” and beautifully crafted originals! The JKG is a jazz quartet in the classic style. Cliff House, 1090 Point Lobos.

Fri • Guide Dogs for the Blind

Fri Dec 6 | 11 am | Guide Dogs for the Blind Holiday Luncheon: The 43rd annual fundraiser includes a reception, raffle, boutique, meal and program. $150. St. Francis, 335 Powell St.,

Fri • Film: Rocketman

Fri Dec 6 | 2 pm | A musical fantasy about the fantastical human story of Elton John’s breakthrough years. Main Branch, 100 Larkin St.

25th SantaCon • Sat, Dec. 7 • 10 am-6 pm • Union Square

Though Rec & Parks has still denied SantaCon a permit request for amplified sound to host costume contests and a singalong for this year’s event, Santas won’t be deterred. Thousands of Santas, Mrs. Clauses, Elves, reindeer, and grinches will continue the holiday caper, without a singalong or a contest.

The first SantaCon took place in San Francisco in 1994 and the phenomena has grown so much, it now takes place in well over 100 cities around the world. Last year’s SantaCon had more than 10,000 people get out to Union Square to have fun and give a little to those in need. The event is free, 21+, and attendees are encouraged to bring a new, unwrapped toy that can be donated to Toys for Tots. (Photo Steve Rhodes)

Sat • Lands End & Sutro Tour

Sat Dec 7 & 14 | 2 pm | There are a few ocean vistas more arresting than Land’s End — a fact millionaire Adolph Sutro was well aware of when he built the first passenger steam train to the park in 1880. He wasn’t done there—Meet: Entrance gate to Sutro Park on Point Lobos & 48th Ave.

Sat • Author Emily Wu

Sat Dec 7 | 1 pm | The author will speak and answer questions about her inspiring memoir of a young girl helplessly caught up in the chaos of the Cultural Revolution in China,A Feather in the Wind andA Single Tear, a family’s persecution, love and Endurance in Communist China. Main Branch, 100 Larkin St.

Sun • Film: Aladdin

Sun Dec 8 | 3 pm | A live-action adaptation of the 1992 animated film. Aladdin, a poor homeless orphan, falls in love with Jasmine, befriends a wish granting genie, and battles the wicked Jafar. PG Merced Branch, 155 Winston.

Sun • Author Shanta Sacharoff

Sun Dec 8 | 2 pm | Shanta Nimbark Sacharoff will give a lecture-demo on how to make alcohol-free beverages and healthy vegetarian snacks. Her current book,Cooking Together: A Vegetarian Co-op Cookbook, contains recipes from today’s program. Tasting of beverages and snacks to follow.. Main Branch, 100 Larkin St.

Mon • Sing it Yourself Messiah

Mon Dec 9 | 7:30 pm | This year “serious” singers” have the option to sit in the audience with our chorus members and group together by part (Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Bass). $25-45 Golden Gate Symphony Orchestra & Chorus. Herbst Theater, 401 Van Ness Ave.

Thu • Open Hand Luncheon

Thu Dec 12 | 11 am | Project Open Hand’s 27th seasonal fundraiser Hand to Hand supports its efforts to serve meals to people in critical need. $250. Fairmont, 950 Mason St.,

Thu • Day after tomorrow

Thu Dec 12 | Noon | Jack Hall, paleoclimatologist, must make a daring trek from Washington, D.C. to New York City to reach his son, trapped in a sudden international storm which plunges the planet into a new Ice Age. PG-13, Dennis Quaid, Jake Gyllenhaal, Emmy Rossum. Main Branch, 100 Larkin St.

Fri • Something Big

Fri Dec 13 | 7-11 pm | It’s a delightful musical cocktail — a bit spicy with a dash of cool jazz and James Bond. Eva Jay Fortune – vocals, guitar, and percussion; Kevin Bertness – keyboards; Steve Fowler – standup bass; and Nicky Garratt – Guitar. Cliff House, 1090 Pt. Lobos.

Fri • Lighted Boat Parade

Fri Dec 13 | 6–8 pm | Fisherman’s Wharf Lighted Boat Parade: 60 decorated boats parade along the waterfront in the event, held since 1994, Fisherman’s Wharf Benefit District & St. Francis Yacht Club. free. Pier 39,

Fri • Docent Tour: Old US Mint

Dec 13 | 3 pm | Journey through 150 years of history with a CHS docent who will share stories, discuss the architecture, and answer questions about the Old U.S. Mint. 85 Fifth St. Meet: NW side. CA Historical Society $10. 415-357-1848 ext. 22

Sat • Parol Lantern Festival

Sat Dec 14 | 4-8 pm | Parol Lantern Festival & Parade: The Filipino community hosts the 17th annual yuletide display and festivities, preceded by lantern-making workshops. free. Jessie Square, Mission & Yerba Buena Lane,

Sat/Sun • Sunset Holiday Mercantile

Sat – Sun Dec 14-15 | 11am – 5pm | Eat, drink, shop, play). Explore 85+ artisans, artists, merchants and children’s activities, lively entertainment, scrumptious food, beer and wine tasting! Free and fun for all! County Fair Building in GG Park (1199 9th Ave. @ Lincoln)

Sat • Author Yolanda Nava

Sat Dec 14 | Noon | The Talking Books and Braille Center welcomes the author of Journey Through the Dark, her latest book about a woman’s inner revolution as a result of sudden blindness due to an undiagnosed auto immune disease that nearly took her life. Main Branch, 100 Larkin St.

Thu • OMI Neighbors in Action

Thu Dec 14 pm |1-3 pm | OMI-NIA No meetings in Nov or Dec. Instead —Annual Holiday Toy Giveaway at Minnie & Lovie Rec Center @ Capitol and Montana.)for families in 94112 & 94132 only.

Sun • SF Made Gift Fair

Sun Dec 15 | 11 am - 5 pm | The 9th shopping event offers locally made gift items from 60 vendors—jewelry, chocolate, apparel, toys, decorations, stationery and more. free. California College of the Arts, 1111 Eighth St.,

Sun • Holiday Brass/SF Symphony

Sun Dec 15 | 8 pm | The popular Holiday Brass concert is back! Feel the power and precision of the SF Symphony brass section as they fill the Hall with a festive mix of classical and popular holiday favorites

Sun • Poet Kim Shuck

Sun Dec 15 | 2 pm | SF’s seventh poet laureate has two new books. Deer Trails is a love letter to the city. Murdered Missing about murdered and missing Indigenous women. Main Library, 100 Larkin St.

Tue • Community Safety Meeting

Tue Dec 17 | 67 pm | Meet with Captain Rainsford at Taraval Station. Taraval Community Room, 2345 24th Ave. Meets every 3rd Tues.

Tue • World Film: Araby (Brazil)

Tue Dec 17 | 5:45 | When a factory worker is injured. Andre is tasked with going to his house to pick up his clothes, and discovers a notebook, which works as a catalyst to transform Andre’s life. (Subtitles) Main Branch, 100 Larkin St.

Fri • Moonglow Group

Fri Dec 20 | 7-11 pm | From the gypsy jazz of Django Reinhardt, and classic blues, swing, soul and pop - violinist and vocalist Richard Chon, formerly with Dan Hicks mixes it with guitarist Mike Wollenberg and bassist Bing Nathan. The Balcony at the Cliff House. 1 Seal Rock. INFO:

Sat • Russian Bells Concert

Fri Dec 20 | 7-11 pm | The majestic sound of Russian bells with SF Symphony’s guest percussionist, Victor Avdienko, the program includes an introduction On Russian Bells and Bell Ringing by Mark Galperin, Bell Concert by Victor Avdienko, screening of Blagovest Bells’ film A Voice of Pure Earth: The Sacred Bells of Russia. Main Branch, 100 larkin St.



Sat • Film: Stardust

Sat Dec 21 | 2 pm | To win the heart of his beloved, Tristran ventures into the Stormhold, a magical and surprisingly sunny world populated by witches, lightning smugglers and bloodthirsty nobles, who literally bleed blue, to retrieve a fallen star. PG-13. West Portal Branch, 190 Lenox Way.

Sat • Film: Mary Poppins

Sat Dec 21 | 2 pm | When the children of a wealthy, uptight family are faced with a new nanny, they are pleasantly surprised to embark on a series of adventures and try to pass on some of the nanny’s sunny attitude to their parents. Merced Branch, 155 Winston.

Sun • Festival of Lights

Sun Dec 22 | 4-6 pm | Hanukkah candle-lighting and songs. Ghirardelli Square, 900 N Point St., RSVP:

Sun • Film Toy Story 4

Sun Dec 22 | 3 pm | Woody’s priority is taking care of his kid, whether that’s Andy or Bonnie. But when Bonnie adds a reluctant new toy to her room, adventure alongside will show Woody how big the world can be for a toy. Merced Branch, 155 Winston.

Mon • Live Nativity

Sun Dec 22| 6-8 pm | Experience the Nativity with all the animals and music and its hope and good will. Shrine of St. Francis and Portziuncola Nueva, Vallejo at Columbus, North Beach. (Two performances - 6 & 7 pm).

Tue • A Christmas Carol

Tue Dec 24 | 2 pm | Disney’s animated adaptation of Charles Dickens’ classic Christmas story. Directed by Robert Zemeckis. Starring Jim Carrey, Gary Oldman and Colin Firth. , Ocean View Branch, 345 Randolph.

Tue • Film: San Francisco

Thu Dec 26 | Noon | A Barbary Coast saloonkeeper and a Nob Hill impresario are rivals for the affections of a beautiful singer, both personally and professionally in 1906 San Francisco. 115 mins., 1936, with Clark Gable, Jeanette MacDonald, Spencer Tracy Main Branch, 100 Larkin St.

Fri • Turnaround Jazz

Fri Dec 27 | 7-11 pm | An East Bay-based jazz ensemble performing original and classic straight-ahead, bossa nova, Latin music, ballads and blues—a swinging, harmonious ensemble that has delighted audiences since 2007. Cliff House, 1090 Pt. Lobos

Sat • Film: City of Bones

Sat Dec 28 | 2 pm | In New York City, when her mother disappears, a seemingly ordinary teenager named Clary Fray learns that she descends from a line of Shadowhunters — half-angel warriors who protect humanity from evil forces. West Portal Branch, 190 Lenox Way.

Sat • Film: Mary Poppins Returns

Sat Dec 28 | 2 pm | In Depression-era London, a now-grown Jane and Michael Banks are visited by the enigmatic Mary Poppins, who’s magical skills help the family rediscover the joy and wisdom missing in their lives. Merced Branch, 155 Winston.

Sun • Kwanzaa (4th Day)

Sun Dec 29 | 1 pm | On this fourth day of Kwanzaa celebrate Ujamaa (Cooperative Economics) with the West African music of Jesse Sahbi. The program will be followed by a feast. Main Branch, 100 Larkin St.

Tue • Ring the Buddha Bell

Tue Dec 31 | 11:30 am (public) | 34th Annual New Year’s Bell-Ringing Ceremony. Take a swing at a 2,100-pound, 16th-century temple bell, with a purification ritual and chanting of the Buddhist Heart Sutra. Leave behind any bad experiences, regrettable deeds or ill luck. Asian Art Museum 200 Larkin St.

SF Comedy Festival

Thu-Sun Jan 9-26 | Various venues | SF Sketchfest was founded in 2001 to showcase Bay Area sketch comedy groups and has grown rapidly into a nationally recognized comedy festival for the best up-and-coming groups from throughout North America for a month of sketch, improv, stand-up and alternative comedy. Info, schedule and tix:

Thu-Sun • FOG

Thu-Sun Jan 16-19 | 11 am - 7 pm (Sun 5 pm) | FOG Design+Art fair assembles leading international galleries and design dealers, plus exciting public programming for an unforgettable experience unique to SF. $25 Fort Mason Pavilion, 2 Marina Blvd.

SF Restaurant Week

Jan 22-31 | A 10 day celebration of SFs world-class dining community. 130 restaurants offer special prix-fixe minus to showcase their passion for sharing great food. Visit for a list of participating restaurants.

Sat • OMI Neighbors

Thu Jan 23 | 7 - 8:30 pm | Regular meetings resume. (4th Thurs) Temple UMC 65 Beverly St. (Shields)

Mon • S.H.A.R.P

Mon Jan 28 | 7 pm | Meets last Monday of the month at 1736 Ninth Avenue (between Moraga and Noriega). 6:30 p.m. for cookies and conversation. For updated meeting info:

Mon • Central Council

Mon Jan 27 | 7:30-9 pm | West of Twin Peaks Central Council meets the 4th Monday of the month to discuss local topics. Forest Hills Clubhouse, 381 Magellan Ave.

California Academy of Sciences • Golden Gate Park • The reindeer are back!

Celebrate the return of the “nomads of the north!” Sporting the largest antlers relative to body size among all living deer species, these majestic mammals (also known as caribou) migrate vast distances every year. More at Reindeer Rendezvous ( daily at noon.

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