SF Weekly's Annual Holiday Benefit
Dec. 1, at 7-10 pm
Live music, hosted bars, canapés, raffle prizes and the huge California Academy of Sciences to explore. Benefits One Warm Coat (www.onewarmcoat.org). For every coat you bring to donate, receive two raffle tickets.
At California Academy of Sciences. Online tickets only (must be bought in advance): $20.
Super 8 Hanukkah Festival
Films, food, dancing, a live band, humor and more, to celebrate Hanukkah.
Various venues in San Francisco. Ticket prices vary.
Glide Annual Holiday Festival
Dec. 2, at 6 pm
“Bringing Down the House” features comedians Robin Williams, W. Kamau Bell, Selene Luna and Johnny Steele, and the Glide Ensemble and Change Band. Benefits Glide Foundation’s meal program for the hungry and other services.
At Warfield Theatre, 982 Market St. Tickets $65-500.
Dec. 4, at 10 am-3 pm
Make and take home rolled beeswax candles, candy houses, candle holders and scented soaps. Laugh during a ventriloquist show at noon.
At Randall Museum, 199 Museum Way. Free admission; $3-5 fees for crafts-making. Info: (415) 554.9600 or www.randallmuseum.org.
Berkeley Artisans Holiday Open Studios
Dec. 4–5, 11–12, and 18–19, at 11 am-6 pm
More than 100 artists and craftspeople display their hand-made wares, including ornaments, menorahs, furniture, photography, accessories, sculpture, jewelry, musical instruments, and wines and food.
At various venues in Berkeley; see http://berkeleyartisans.com for locations. Free.
Dec. 10, at 9 pm-2 am
An “ironic take on the holidays,” this party includes a “Nunway Noir” fashion show by the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, occult films, live hop hop and other music, sculpture installation, Belgian beer and TCHO chocolates. Bid in a silent auction for items or for time that guests have donated to local nonprofits. Dress code: Creative dark glamour. Benefits Yerba Buena Center for the Arts and charities supported by the Sisters.
At Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 701 Mission St. Tickets: $20, 25.
Ciaramella and A Piper's Noel
Dec. 10, 11, 12
A San Francisco Early Music Society concert of robust carols of England and France, Italian hymns, and traditional tunes from Flanders, Scotland, Spain, Germany and America, performed with bagpipes, recorder, ciaramella (an Italian shawm) and voice.
At Palo Alto, Berkeley and San Francisco venues. Tickets: $10-28. Info and tickets: www.sfems.org.
Dec. 11, at 11 am-11 pm
Watch monks creating a sand mandala. Catch Tibetan documentaries and films and eat momos. Peruse jewelry, ritual objects, and rugs for sale, and learn about Tibetan cultural and political groups. An evening concert features music and dance by Phurbu Namgyal, Tsering Cho, Dharma Bums and other Tibetan, Burmese and Mongolian performers.
At Fort Mason Conference Center. Requested donation: $10 adults and $5 ages 12 and under for daytime activities (11 am-7 pm); $20 for evening show (8-11 pm).
Christmas at Sea
Ornament making, music, refreshments and a drop-in visit (by boat) from Santa, from 3-4:45 pm. An Old-Time Maritime Christmas (at 6-9 pm) re-creates life at sea in 1901, with costumed captains, crew members and wives aboard historic ships, and guided tours.
At San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park, Hyde Street Pier, at the west end of Fisherman’s Wharf. Free, but must reserve for Old Time Maritime Christmas by calling (415) 447-5000.
African American Business Exchange Holiday Gift Show
Dec. 11-12, at 11 am-6 pm
Local African-American and minority artisans, retailers and small-business owners market their specialty wares and services directly to you, while participants in a talent competition entertain and compete for cash prizes.
At Oakland Marriott Convention Center, 10th Street and Broadway. Admission: $5; free for ages 12 and under.
Tamale Making Workshop
Dec. 16, at 4:30 pm
Learn how to prepare tamales, hear about their background history and traditions and sample them.
At San Francisco Library’s Ingleside Branch, 1298 Ocean Ave.(at Plymouth). Free.