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Tuesday, December 6

Win Tix: Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra Sessions | JCCSF
Tuesday, December 6 – 8:00 pm | Cost: WIN | JCCSF Jewish Community Center
Enjoy a new kind of classical concert experience with Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra & Chorale. > Get Tickets – $25 Hear the Conqu’ring Hero Comes as Philharmonia Chorale Director Bruce Lamott, in conversation with KDFC’s Hoyt Smith, leads us on a journey through excerpts from Handel’s Joshua, part of ...

Wednesday, December 7

2016 “Holiday Fanfare”: Free Outdoor Concert | Civic Center
Wednesday, December 7 – 12:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Civic Center Plaza
2016

“Holiday Lights and Fanfare” is an inaugural series of musical events bringing holiday cheer to various locations in the Civic Center neighborhood from December 2-18, 2016. In 2016, they have increased the number of concerts to 22 versus 19 last year. “Holiday Fanfare” performers will come from the Brass Quintets and Carolers from the ...

Free Lunchtime Concert: Holiday Concert 2016 | Oakland
Wednesday, December 7 – 12:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Oakland City Center
Free Lunchtime Concert: Holiday Concert 2016 | Oakland
The noontime concert series gives downtown Oakland workers, neighbors, and commuters the chance to take a break from their desks every Wednesday and enjoy a variety of music and cultural events in the lively atmosphere at City Square.
Wheel of Karaoke: Comedy & Music Battle | Oakland
Wednesday, December 7 – 8:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is requested and donations are accepted
| Spice Monkey Restaurant
Wheel of Karaoke: Comedy & Music Battle | Oakland
Please note, this event has moved to first Wednesdays, from first Thursdays.
Come & Boogie with Dr. Mojo Band | SF
Wednesday, December 7 – 9:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Boom Boom Room
Come & Boogie with Dr. Mojo Band | SF
Catch some rockin’ soul, rhythm and blues at SF’s legendary Boom Boom Room. Dr. Mojo draws on a wide range of great music from blues pioneers Muddy Waters, T-Bone Walker and Howlin’ Wolf to the Texan vibes of Stevie Ray Vaughan and Freddie King, and ...

Thursday, December 8

Water Sleigh Rides & Caroling on Lake Merritt | Oakland
Thursday, December 8 – 6:00 pm | Cost: $6*
*$6/person for the 6 pm tour
| Lake Merritt Boating Center
Water Sleigh Rides & Caroling on Lake Merritt | Oakland

Bring your friends and families to Lake Merritt Boating Center, aboard their Pontoon Water Sleigh and enjoy hot cider, cookies, and caroling. Experience a unique view of Oakland as your Water Sleigh glides past the 18th Street Fountain & Holiday Cove before returning to the ...

Win Tix: Sorority Noise: New England Emo | Swedish American Hall
Thursday, December 8 – 8:00 pm | Cost: WIN | Swedish American Hall
Sorority Noise in a nutshell: is an emotionally driven band but also discrete and determined to break free from the pack. The Connecticut-based quartet—Boucher, guitarist/vocalist Adam “ Scuff” Ackerman, bassist/vocalist Ryan McKenna and drummer Charlie Singer—have always operated a little differently than most of their ...

Friday, December 9

2016 Salvation Army Celebrity Bell Ringing Day | Union Square
Friday, December 9 – 10:00 am | Cost: FREE | Union Square Park
2016 Salvation Army Celebrity Bell Ringing Day | Union Square
Ring those bells, San Francisco. See some of San Francisco’s finest celebrities — media personalities, bell ringing champs, costumed characters, local bands and much more– ring bells for The Salvation Army on Union Square. 2016 Rock the Bells: Salvation Army Celebrity Bell Ringing Friday, December 9, 2016 ...
Holiday Jazz Concert at the Cadillac | SF
Friday, December 9 – 12:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Cadillac Hotel
Holiday Jazz Concert at the Cadillac | SF
Enjoy the Cadillac Hotel’s Annual Christmas Concert with Jeffrey Chin and his fine trio. Come and hear seasonal songs and some special musical surprises on Friday, December 9, 2016. The Jeffrey Chin Trio featuring Fred Ross, vocalist, Jeffrey Chin on piano, Doug Ebert on bass and Mark Lee ...
Free Veggie Dinner Night | SF
Friday, December 9 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | St. John Episcopal Church
Free Veggie Dinner Night | SF

VolxKuche or Free-Cafe SF is a free supper club held on the second Friday and fourth Friday of the month with dinner served starting at 6 pm. The food will be vegan when possible, and always vegetarian. They often host live entertainment, so keep an eye ...

2016 “Holiday Fanfare”: Free Outdoor Brass Concert | Civic Center
Friday, December 9 – 6:30 pm | Cost: FREE | San Francisco War Memorial & Performing Arts Center
2016

“Holiday Lights and Fanfare” is an inaugural series of musical events bringing holiday cheer to various locations in the Civic Center neighborhood from December 2-18, 2016. In 2016, they have increased the number of concerts to 22 versus 19 last year. “Holiday Fanfare” performers will come from the Brass Quintets and Carolers from the ...

Saturday, December 10

Winter Arts & Nature Celebration Festival | Stinson Beach
Saturday, December 10 – 10:00 am | Cost: FREE*
*Suggested donation of $15-25 per attendee per event.
| Martin Griffin Preserve
Winter Arts & Nature Celebration Festival | Stinson Beach
Celebrate the season and winter solstice at ACR’s Martin Griffin Preserve. Create beautiful arts & crafts, observe winter water birds, and get inspired with nature-based entertainment for families and people of all ages. Enjoy hot tea, coffee, and apple cider and do your holiday shopping ...
2016 San Francisco Parol Lantern Festival & Parade | SoMa
Saturday, December 10 – 5:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Jessie Square
2016 San Francisco Parol Lantern Festival & Parade | SoMa
Celebrate in festive Filipino style at the annual Parol Lantern Festival & Parade, held in Yerba Buena Gardens and Jessie Square, where you can watch traditional, star-shaped Filipino Christmas lanterns called parols march along Yerba Buena Lane, along with live music, art, games and performances. ‎14th Annual ...
2016 “Holiday Fanfare”: Free Outdoor Brass Concert | Civic Center
Saturday, December 10 – 6:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Davies Symphony Hall
2016

“Holiday Lights and Fanfare” is an inaugural series of musical events bringing holiday cheer to various locations in the Civic Center neighborhood from December 2-18, 2016. In 2016, they have increased the number of concerts to 22 versus 19 last year. “Holiday Fanfare” performers will come from the Brass Quintets and Carolers from the ...

Addison Street Jazz | Oakland
Saturday, December 10 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Independent Brewing Company
Addison Street Jazz | Oakland

Enjoy the smooth sounds of the accomplished quartet at 7 pm on the 2nd Saturday of every month. Food will be available for purchase from Ippo Ramen. This is an all-ages show.

The Full Heart, Choral Music of Love & Passion | SF
Saturday, December 10 – 7:30 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Donations not required but gladly accepted
| St. Mark's Lutheran Church (SF)
The Full Heart, Choral Music of Love & Passion | SF
You’re invited to the International Orange Chorale of San Francisco’s winter program, The Full Heart. It will consist of twelve modern choral explorations of romantic love, spanning a wide range of moods and styles, from dark to light and serious to playful. Of special note ...
Groove To The Music Of The Past With The Dr. Mojo Band | Forest Knolls
Saturday, December 10 – 9:30 pm | Cost: FREE | PaperMill Creek Saloon
Groove To The Music Of The Past With The Dr. Mojo Band | Forest Knolls
The Dr. Mojo Band draw inspiration from groove-oriented music from 60s soul, to 70s R&B, funk and Americana, to modern R&B and blues. While Dr. Mojo play songs from all eras, the music they create is always unmistakably their own, with a groove you can’t ignore ...

Sunday, December 11

Sunday Assembly: Communty Sing & Meetup | Oakland
Sunday, December 11 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE | South Berkeley Senior Center
Sunday Assembly: Communty Sing & Meetup | Oakland
Please note, this event has been moved to December 11, 2016. There will not be event on November 20th nor on December 18th.
Italian Street Food Fest & Charity | Berkeley
Sunday, December 11 – 12:00 pm | Cost: FREE | 2323 Fourth Street
Italian Street Food Fest & Charity | Berkeley
Come join them for a full day of real Italian food, live music, and fun. All food and drinks will be sold in exchange for tokens (they accept credit card). Guests can pre-purchase tasting menu tokens via Eventbrite. Wine and beer will also be sold via tokens (with valid ID). Vendor Lineup ...
Original Famous Twang Sundays: Live Country Music | Potrero Hill
Sunday, December 11 – 4:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Thee Parkside
Original Famous Twang Sundays: Live Country Music | Potrero Hill

Original Famous Twang Sundays is a free, all-ages concert series at Thee Parkside in Potrero Hill. Come by every Sunday; there’s always a fresh traditional or contemporary live act and a surprise special to purchase from the kitchen.

Shapeshifters Cinema: Experimental Film & Music: Anna Geyer & Collin McKelvey | Oakland
Sunday, December 11 – 8:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Temescal Art Center
Shapeshifters Cinema: Experimental Film & Music: Anna Geyer & Collin McKelvey | Oakland

Shapeshifters Cinema is a monthly series featuring experimental filmmakers and video artists presenting moving image work live with accompaniment from musicians and sound artists. Shapeshifters takes place the second Sunday of every month, from 8 to 9 pm (unless otherwise noted) at Temescal Art Center ...

Win Tix: Indie Pop Duo “Wild Child” | Slim’s
Sunday, December 11 – 8:00 pm | Cost: WIN | Slim's
Indie pop is experiencing something of a revolution in recent years. Blame it on the popularity of Spotify, blame on a growing disgust of all things Miley, legions of fans are flocking to something a little less pop. Enter Wild Child. This indie pop duo ...
Project Connect: A Benefit Concert for Project Homeless Connect | SF
Sunday, December 11 – 8:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free Admission, Donations Accepted at the Door. All proceeds go towards Project Homeless Connect.
| San Francisco Conservatory of Music
Project Connect: A Benefit Concert for Project Homeless Connect | SF
Members of the SFCM community have come together to create 8 pieces following the semester long theme of music, politics and social justice at SFCM, 7 of which are world premieres. Join them as they explore the intersection between music and the political issues that people face today. Project Connect ...

Tuesday, December 13

Win Tix: L.A. Rockers “Rooney” | Slim’s
Tuesday, December 13 – 8:00 pm | Cost: WIN | Slim's
Rooney started years ago in the simple town of Los Angeles. What began as a band made up of high school friends has become something of a phenomenon. From early days as an indie/alternative rock band, they have embraced ’80s Brit pop and the timeless sounds of ...
Win Tix: David Bazan’s Dark Sacred Night of Xmas Carols | Swedish American Hall
Tuesday, December 13 – 8:00 pm | Cost: WIN | Swedish American Hall
Dark Sacred Night may be a bitter cup to the masses that wish to bask in the unbridled optimism of Christmas, but it’s the perfect concoction for people who want to acknowledge the holidays without deluding themselves with jubilant traditionalism. > Get Tickets – $20 Adv ...

Thursday, December 15

Holiday Sing-Along | The Presidio
Thursday, December 15 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free but an RSVP is required.
| Presidio Officers' Club
Holiday Sing-Along | The Presidio
Gather around the piano to share the music and holiday cheer, led by performers from 42nd Moon. Experience wonderful seasonal favorites. Festive drinks from Arguello restaurant are available for purchase. Free but an RSVP is required.
2016 “Holiday Fanfare”: Free Outdoor Concert | Civic Center
Thursday, December 15 – 6:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Davies Symphony Hall
2016

“Holiday Lights and Fanfare” is an inaugural series of musical events bringing holiday cheer to various locations in the Civic Center neighborhood from December 2-18, 2016. In 2016, they have increased the number of concerts to 22 versus 19 last year. “Holiday Fanfare” performers will come from the Brass Quintets and Carolers from the ...

$5 Admission Night: A Discussion on Art in Public Places | Contemporary Jewish Museum
Thursday, December 15 – 6:30 pm | Cost: $5*
*Museum admission is required: $5 after 5 pm.
| Contemporary Jewish Museum
$5 Admission Night: A Discussion on Art in Public Places | Contemporary Jewish Museum
FOR-SITE Executive Director Chery Haines, Artist Brian Goggin, Former San Francisco Supervisor Matt Gonzalez, and Director of the San Francisco Arts Commission Public Art Program Susan Pontius discuss their favorite public works of art and the complexities of placing art in public. Panel is moderated ...

Saturday, December 17

“Sketchboard”: Figure Drawing Art Class & Live Music | The Haight
Saturday, December 17 – 2:00 pm | Cost: $5*
*Donation-based admission: $5-15
| The Red Victorian

Join in at the Red Victorian, an elegant 2000sq ft events space, for figure drawing accompanied by live musicians, bringing the art scene back to the Upper Haight one creative community event at a time. There will be easels provided and some materials for drop-ins. ...

Holiday Music Gala-Hawaiian Style: Free Food, Music, & Hula Dancing | Berkeley
Saturday, December 17 – 5:30 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Canned food donations benefitting the Alameda County Food Bank are encouraged.
| Berkeley Methodist United Church
Holiday Music Gala-Hawaiian Style: Free Food, Music, & Hula Dancing | Berkeley
Join them for an evening of free food, Hawaiian and folk rock music, and hula dancing, with a festive holiday theme. Featuring ukulele music and hula dancing by Diablo Valley Hui-‘O’-Aloha and the Royal Hawaiian Ukulele Band, and folk rock by Wilson Wong & the Dudes. Your ...