Holiday: Hyatt Regency on Embarcadero
With the days colder and shorter, a great way to spend the afternoon is to visit the Hyatt Regency, where you’ll be dazzled by thousands of strands of lights cascading from the enormous atrium courtyard. Lounge on the sofas at Eclipse Bar, and sip a favorite beverage while taking it all in. Don’t be surprised by the intermittent snowfall in the atrium, occurring three times a day. Free. 5 Embarcadero Center. Information: 788.1234.
Through December 15
Dance: The Velveteen Rabbit
Don’t miss this beloved Bay Area holiday tradition. ODC/Dance enlivens Margery Williams’ classic tale of a well-worn nursery rabbit that becomes real. Told though music, dance and a powerful narrative, The Velveteen Rabbit celebrates the unique relationship between a little boy and his stuffed rabbit, and the enduring power of love. See website for times. $16-75. Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Lam Research Theater, 700 Howard Street. Information: odcdance.org/performance.php?param=2
Through December 22
Art: All Good Things at Somarts
The group exhibition All Good Things… and accompanying performances investigate the legacy and contemporary form of West Coast time-based conceptual art, as well as the unique relationships forged between objecthood, experience and temporal structures. During the course of the exhibition featured artworks fundamentally change, evolve, degrade, are consumed or are fully realized. Featured works include photography, video, sculpture, time-based art and installations by artists Tom Marioni, Chris Fraser, Berndnaut Smilde, and many others. Free. SomArts, 934 Brannan Street. Information: somarts.org/allgoodthings/
December 7 Through 24
Dance: Mark Foehringer’s Nutcracker Sweets
Nutcracker Sweets is a family-style version of the classic ballet. This production features storytelling, dance theater, ballet and live music. For parents looking to introduce this beloved tale to their little ones, Mark Foehringer’s Nutcracker Sweets is the perfect entry. It has the charm and fantasy of the classic tale while captivating the hearts and minds of the young and young at heart. Tickets $18 to $28. Fort Mason Center, Southside Theater, 2 Marina Boulevard. Information: nutcrackersweets.org
December 14 though 29
Theater: Crones of the Holiday, the Sequel
The Crackpot Crones are back for the winter holidays, with a new collection of sketches and improvisations, as well as some chestnuts from last year. The Crones, composed of Terry Baum, slightly world-renown lesbian playwright, and Carolyn Myers, retired warrior princess of comedy, offer a touch of mockery and blasphemy to balance the traditional piety and purchasing that overwhelm December. Scenes include a sing-along of Crone holiday classics, “Moishe the Green-Nosed Herring,” “The Twelve Days of Family Insults”, and the introduction of a new song: “Frosty the Snowdon-Manning.” Theresa Thesaurus, the illustrious abecedarian, is back to subversively deconstruct a pious Christmas carol. Chanukah Butch returns to tell the Chanukah story with lesbian puppets. Having successfully escaped the nursing home in 2012, the Red Hanky Grannies infiltrate the Pentagon on New Years Eve with their “Crones Say No to Drones” peace protest. And last but not least, building on the resounding success of “The Version Mary” in 2012, in a touching nativity scene, the Baby Jesus and his Mom discuss abortion politics. $15. Exit Theater, 156 Eddy Street. Information: crackpotcrones.com
Music: Peter and the Wolf (In English)
Kids learn about instruments in this symphonic fairy tale classic by Sergey Prokofiev, with multimedia visuals and pre/post show children’s activities. The performance is led by San Francisco Ballet conductor maestro Ming Luke with a special guest narrator telling the tale in English. For ages three and older. $15 to 18. 4:15 p.m. Oshman Family Jewish Community Center, 3921 Fabian Way, Schultz Cultural Arts, Palo Alto. Information: paloaltojcc.org
DIY Holidays: Gingerbread House Decorating
Bring a little old-school fun to your holiday this year by decorating a gingerbread house, complete with gumdrops and candy canes. Local instructor extraordinaire, Michele Simons will reveal the tricks and secrets for making the edible palace of your dreams, and then it’ll be time to have some fun and get creative. Dress to get messy. Each participant (or pair/household) receives one homemade, pre-constructed gingerbread house (six by six) on an eight by 10” base and lots of decorations including candies, dried fruits, sanding sugars, sprinkles, homemade cookies, and plenty of royal icing as edible adhesive. We also will have boxes for transporting the completed gingerbread masterpieces. $35. 7 p.m. 18 Reasons, 3674 18th Street. Information: 18reasons.org
Plant a Tree: FUF has green ($$) to make your block green
Do you want to get a tree in front of your property in Potrero Hill? We are coming to the area and now is your chance to be a part of our planting Friends of the Urban Forest has funding to subsidize 70% of the costs to plant trees and are planning a Community Planting Day for Saturday, January 25th. You only need to pay $135 and choose what species you want -- then FUF will handle all of the prep work, provide the tree itself, and do three scheduled tree care visits over the first three years of the tree's life. Information, contact Caitlin@fuf.net, or call 268.0772. Application Deadline: 12/20/13 Applications can be found at fuf.net/forms.
Science: The Science of Heat and Temperature
What’s the difference between heat and temperature? We use the terms interchangeably, but they have precise meanings to physicists. How does your thermostat work and how does a Thermos® know to keep a hot thing hot and a cold thing cold? The mysteries will be revealed in this talk. Note: there’s limited capacity for this program; seating will be first-come, first-served. General Museum admission $25. 2 p.m. Exploratorium, Pier 15, Kanbar Forum. Information: exploratorium.edu/visit/calendar/full-spectrum-science/december-22-2013
December 26 though 29
Family Fun: Boswick The Clown’s Variety Matinee Show
Former Ringling Brothers Clown Boswick, is famous for his antics, playfulness and being able to make children laugh with hysterics. Join him for this matinee variety show in the heart of the theater district, where he’ll present sketches, do juggling tricks and tell lots of silly stories. Boswick has been making people laugh for a quarter century, and he looks it! See website for times. For children four to eight years. $19. Un-Scripted Theater, 533 Sutter Street. Information: http://boswick.net/show
Dance: Holiday Dance Party
So you’ve survived Christmas and now find yourself wondering what to do. How about an ‘80s themed holiday dance-music party with your friends to Shake The Disease? Drinks, libations, 80s holiday movies on in the background and 80′s dance music.
Dance the night away in your best ‘80s holiday getup. Slim ties, elk suits, prom dresses –it’s the ‘80s and anything goes. DJ Sparkle and guests will set the tone of ‘80s dance fun times. Free. 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. 739 Bryant Street. Information: Marilyn Yu, 317.5905.