Christmas Events in the Mission District

The Golden Girls: The Christmas Episodes! Victoria Theater Nov 30- Dec 23, Thursday-Sunday 8pm

The holidays are on their way and the Girls are back! Take 4 talented drag performers, cast them in two Xmas episodes of the uproarious TV show: THE GOLDEN GIRLS, and you have the perfect holiday event for the entire family. Now in it's twelfth season, and what has become a yearly tradition, this drag send-up and 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).

Exit BART at 16TH Street Station to arrive the Victoria. MUNI bus lines: 53, 49, 33, 22, 14, 14L Public Attended Parking: Hoff Street Garage 42 Hoff St (between 17th St & 16th St)415) 861-4048 Hours: Mon-Sun 7 am - 2 am


December 8 – December 23

In this hilariously heartwarming story, first performed in 2013, a young Brian heads to the “mean streets” of Oakland to buy his mom a Christmas present. When he finds the perfect gift – a jewelry box in the White Front store – six-year-old Brian sets out to earn the required $11.97 by Christmas Eve. THE JEWELRY BOX follows Brian’s adventures as he scours the “help wanted” ads, applies for jobs, and collects bottles, inching his way toward the perfect Christmas gift.

Written & Performed by Brian Copeland Light & Sound Design by Erik Blazeski | San Francisco Fridays at 8pm | Saturdays at 5pm

ReOrient 2017 Festival of Short Plays

Nov. 17-Dec. 10. $15-$36. Potrero Stage, 1695 18th St., Only one Winter Holiday Story this Season: A Thanksgiving dinner table makes an appearance, but only to allow an Iranian American and a Trump supporter to duke it out. Many of 2017’s pieces explore what gets lost in cross-cultural translations, Think you know the Middle East? Think again. ReOrient 2017 will turn San Francisco into a mecca for innovative, spirited, and thought-provoking theatre from or about the Middle East.

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photos courtesy of Phil Kline/Unsilent Night

UnSilent Night

JOIN in this free holiday event linked to “Unsilent Night” celebrations around the world. Everybodys Invited A family-friendly, public event. Free. Sat, Dec 9, 2017 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm Rain or Shine! Bring your sound rig and music. A few cassette tapes are available.Meet at: Mission Dolores Park.

The original composition by Phil Kline, written specifically to be heard outdoors in the month of December, takes the form of a street promenade in which the audience becomes the performer. Each participant plays one of four tracks of music downloaded to a smart phone, or anything that amplifies music, together comprising “Unsilent Night.” As the SFCMP public ensemble, we will walk a carefully chosen route in and around San Francisco’s Dolores Park area, creating a unique mobile sound sculpture.

Meet on Dolores Street at the Dolores Park tennis courts by the corner of 18th St. Twitter: @gosfcmp #unsilentnight Learn more about “Unsilent Night” at or read this NY Times article

5 p.m. Dec. 9. Mission Dolores Park, Dolores and 19th streets, S.F.

“A Noh Christmas Carol”

Theatre of Yugen presents an avant-garde Japanese-influenced retelling of the Dicken's classic. Ebenezer Scrooge becomes Ebezo Sukurooji in Theatre of Yugen’s retelling of Charles Dickens’ novella. this adaptation. Written in 1993 by Theatre of Yugen Founder Yuriko Doi, utilizes the traditional Japanese theater forms of of noh, kyōgen, kabuki and butoh. Traditional Japanese theatre and “A Christmas Carol” both envision ghosts as very present in the land of the living, for the boundary between life and death is porous. Theatre of Yugen is elated to be bringing this thoughtful, intricate, magical play back to the stage to start its 39th season, centered on community and interconnectivity. "Salvation is found by accepting one’s place in the human race; community must be embraced to escape eternally wandering the Earth as a hungry ghost."

Dec. 1-24. $20-$50. NOHspace, 2840 Mariposa St., S.F. See a preview: | Tickets

18-Person Ball Passing ODC Theater, Dec. 14-16, 3 p.m. Dec. 16

Garrett + Moulton Productions 15th Anniversary Performance Season

If you are interested in celebrating the end of the year in a joyful, but secular manner, join the 15th anniversary season of quirky, quixotic dances generated by the team of Janice Garrett and Charles Moulton. The program of premieres includes a new version of Moulton’s famous “18-Person Ball Passing.”

8 p.m. Dec. 14-16, 3 p.m. Dec. 16. $25-$32 ODC Theater, 3153 17th St., S.F. (415) 864 9834.

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26th Annual Mission Dolores Basilica Candlelight Christmas Concert Celebrating the 99th Anniversary of completion in December 2017

Sunday, December 17, 2017 at 5:00PM. Performing in the beautiful setting of the historic Mission Dolores Basilica, the world traveled Basilica Choir will perform Christmas Classics of sacred and secular music under the baton of Jerome Lenk, Musical Director, accompanied by a full orchestra.This time-honored tradition has touched the hearts of many local and visiting concert goers and has become a major Bay Area Holiday event. There is a free reception in the Parish Hall immediately following the Concert. TRANSIT: There is free parking in the school lot, on Church, between 16th and 17th. Public Transportation is easy, affordable and convenient with MUNI lines, 22 Fillmore, J-Church and F-Market stopping one block away and an easy walk from the 16th St. BART station.

Mittens and Mistletoe

Dance Mission 2 p.m. Dec. 22, 24, 26-28, 4 p.m., Dec. 28; adults-only 8 p.m. Dec. 23

Sweet Can Productions

Mad science is the theme for the eighth annual “Mittens and Mistletoe” cabaret, featuring the creative chemistry of artists from Ars Minerva, Circus Bella, Cirque de Bohème, New Pickle Circus, SF Shakes, Teatro ZinZanni and UniverSoul.

2 p.m. Dec. 22, 24, 26-28, 4 p.m., Dec. 28; adults-only 8 p.m. Dec. 23. $18-$60. Dance Mission Theater, 3316 24th St., S.F.

Kung Pao Kosher Comedy Kung Pao Kosher Comedy brings together the Jewish comedic heritage with the venerable tradition of eating Chinese food on Christmas. Comic Lisa Geduldig began performing at the 370-seat New Asia Restaurant in Chinatown in 1993, and the tradition has grown every year since. This year’s performances happen Dec. 23-25.

ODC/Dance’s “The Velveteen Rabbit”

It will be a 31st holiday reprise for this heartwarming dance version of Margery Williams’ children’s classic. KT Nelson choreographed and directed the show, which comes with narration by Geoff Hoyle and piquant designs by Brian Wildsmith. An “unplugged” version of the show, plus a Milk & Cookies Party are also scheduled.

“The Velveteen Rabbit Unplugged” 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 17. $15-$25. ODC Dance Commons, 351 Shotwell St., S.F.; 4 p.m. Nov. 25, 11 a.m. Nov 30, Dec. 1 and 7-8; 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. Dec. 2 and 9; 2 p.m. Dec. 3 and 10. Milk & Cookies Party 2 p.m. Nov. 26; $15-$75. Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Theater, 700 Howard St., S.F (415) 978-2787.

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ILLUMINATE: SF FESTIVAL OF LIGHT Thanksgiving through New Year's Day

Experience San Francisco's extraordinary light art scene.

BY THE NUMBERS 36 Installations in 16 Neighborhoods

Teotihuacan: City of Water, City of Fire

For something like 500 years, the city of Teotihuacan, in what is now Mexico, is believed to have been the largest settlement in the Western Hemisphere. As the political, economic and religious center of a vast territory, it became the site of grand temples, palaces and apartment buildings that symbolized and concentrated its power. The de Young Museum’s exhibition of some 200 objects, most of them newly discovered and conserved, gives a tantalizing taste of the artistic richness of that ancient culture.

Through Feb. 11. $13-$28. De Young Museum, Golden Gate Park, 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, S.F. (415) 750-3600.

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