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December 2009 Events in San Francisco


Scrooge, Messiah, The Nutcracker....Yes, it's already December, and the favorite seasonal standbys are on center stage. Catch them before they go back into their 11-month hibernation.


The Velveteen Rabbit
Through Dec. 13, 2009
ODC/Dance's production of the classic story of a stuffed toy rabbit given to a boy at Christmas.
Details: At Yerba Buena Center. Ticket prices vary.

Cirque du Soleil's Ovo
Through Jan. 24
It's a bugs' world under the big top, in the U.S. debut of the newest fantasy from the Montreal-based, post-modern circus company.
Details: At AT&T Park. Ticket prices vary.

Prejudice & Patriotism: The Story of Japanese-Americans in the Military Intelligence Service, 1941-1952
Exhibit through Jan. 31; special programs Dec. 3-20
Photographs of Japanese-Americans undergoing secret Army intelligence training at the Presidio-while their families were imprisoned in internment camps. Accompanying the photo exhibit on various dates are films and lectures about Japanese-Americans during World War II.

A Christmas Carol
Dec. 3-27
American Conservatory Theater's staging of Dickens' famed bah-humbug story.
Details: Ticket prices vary.

Holidays with the Symphony
Dec. 3-31
San Francisco Symphony presents seasonal mood music, including Prokofiev's Peter and the Wolf (narrated by Linda Ronstadt), collaborations with choruses, Sheena Easton, Maxi Priest and New Orleans' Preservation Hall Jazz Band, and a Masquerade Ball on New Year's Eve.
Details: Ticket prices vary; for many concerts, kids are half-price.

Annual Holiday Art Sale
Dec. 4-23
Paintings, sketches, cards, T-shirts, gift wrap, fabric, ceramics and other works created by developmentally disabled artists.
Details: At Creativity Explored, 3245 16th St. (near Guerrero).

Celebration of Craftswomen
Dec. 5 & 6, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
The 31st edition of this crafts fair is billed as the largest event celebrating the craft of women in America. Jewelry, photographs, mixed-media collages, sculptures and more. The fair benefits The Women's Building, a community service center.
Details: At Herbst Pavilion, Fort Mason. Tickets $6.50-12.

The Great Dickens Christmas Fair
Weekends, Dec. 5-20
Transplant yourself to Victorian London, where you can bump into Oliver Twist, Scrooge and their creator, Charles Dickens, and enjoy magic shows, French can-can dancing, a crafts market and grog and grub.
Details: At Cow Palace Exhibition Halls. Free shuttle service from/to Glen Park BART Station. Ticket prices vary.

Sing it Yourself Messiah
Dec. 7, 7:30 p.m.
But not by yourself--the San Francisco Sinfonietta will sing Handel's masterpiece with you.
Details: At Mission Dolores Basilica, 3321 16th St. Tickets $15-30.

San Francisco Ballet's Nutcracker
Dec. 8-27
Clara's Nutcracker Prince and other Christmas toys come to life in this perennial holiday favorite.
Details:Ticket prices vary.

Super 8 Hanukkah Festival
Dec. 12, 7-10 p.m.
Celebrate Hanukkah eight ways in one night, organized by The Hub of the Jewish Community Center and the Contemporary Jewish Museum. A menorah-lighting to honor Jewish activists, short films, the Museum's exhibit about Maurice Sendak, "Hanukkah Survival Kits," live poetry and vocal ensembles and a DJ are among the offerings.
Details: At the Contemporary Jewish Museum, 736 Mission St. Tickets $10-15.


Hanukkah Fun Day
Dec. 13, 2-5 p.m.
Fun and games to celebrate the miracle of the Festivals of Lights, including a candle lighting ceremony and a dreidel tournament.
Details: At the Jewish Community Center, 3200 California St. Free.

The Christmas Ballet
Dec. 16-27
Smuin Ballet's more-than-ballet performance includes jazz, swing, Santa Baby and tap-dancing Christmas trees.
Details: At Yerba Buena Center. Ticket prices vary.

Handel's Messiah
Dec. 17 & 18, 7:30 p.m.
More Messiah in a gorgeous setting.
Details: At Grace Cathedral. Tickets $10-60.

Renegrade Craft Fair
Dec. 19 & 20, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.
Ceramics, garments, gifts, and more, created by more than 150 indie artists and designers.
Details: At Herbst Pavilion, Fort Mason. Free.

Japanese New Year Bell-Ringing Ceremony
Dec. 31, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Now in its 24th year, the striking of the 16th-century bronze bell is believed to be auspicious-- 108 strikes, according to tradition, and the problems of 2009 may fade away.
Details: At the Asian Art Museum. Free with museum admission.

Quintessential Chaplin
Dec. 31, 7 & 10 p.m.
The Little Tramp's misadventures are punctuated by an organist playing Grace Cathedral's famed organ.
Details: At Grace Cathedral. Tickets $10-15.

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