Yukon and Willow, ‘Tis the Season for Science, through Jan. 4, California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco Disney Junior Live on Tour! Jan. 2-3, City National Civic, San Jose PHOTO: (TOP) KATHRYN WHITNEY 22 South Bay Accent CALENDAR they return home for a holidaythemed show. Tickets $21.50- $199.50. The Regency Ballroom, 1300 Van Ness Ave., San Francisco. 415/673-5716. The Snow Queen. Dec. 20-21, times vary. This beautiful original youth ballet performed by Bayer Ballet Company will take you on a magical journey where true love and enduring friendship overcome evil. Tickets $30-$40. Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St., Mountain View. 650/903-6000. Peninsula Ballet Theatre Nutcracker. Dec. 20-22, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. (Saturday) and 2 p.m. (Sunday). The stage comes alive during this family-friendly presentation that has been a tradition for 44 years. Audience members are encouraged to meet the dancers onstage after the breathtaking show. Tickets $30-$65. Fox Theatre, 2215 Broadway, Redwood City. 650/369-7770. Very Merry Pops Christmas. Dec. 21, 3 p.m. This popular family show features classic holiday songs, jazzy suites and even a sing-along medley of carols. Tickets $15-$47. Smithwick Theatre, Foothill College, 12345 El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills. 650/856-8432. Dave Koz and Friends. Dec. 21, 8 p.m. Soothe away some holiday stress with the smooth jazz saxophonist and his band during their 2014 Christmas tour featuring Christopher Cross and Maysa. Tickets $49.50-$125.50. The Warfield, 982 Market St., San Francisco. 415/345-0900. Super Soul Bros. Dec. 26, 7 to 9 p.m. Spend the day after Christmas vegging out to the sound of video game music. Listen in to hear the theme songs for Sonic the Hedgehog, Link, Mario Brothers and others. San Pedro Square Market, 87 N. San Pedro St., San Jose. 408/288-7557. St. Lawrence String Quartet. Dec. 28, 7 p.m. Stanford’s resident quartet celebrates its 25th anniversary with a world premiere of a new work written specifically for the foursome by composer John Adams. Stanford composers Jonathan Berger and Jaroslaw Kapuscinski will also present new pieces. Tickets $30-$75. Stanford University, Bing Concert Hall, 365 Lasuen Mall, Stanford. 650/724-2464. POPNYE: Where Will Color Take You. Dec. 31, 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. Ring in the New Year with a full color laser show for ages 18 and up set to the sounds of electric dance music on a 360-degree rotating stage. Tickets $50-$150. Oracle Arena, 7000 Coliseum Way, Oakland. 800/745-3000. Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings. Dec. 30-31, 8 p.m. End 2014 in style with fresh new songs from this 11-piece band. Tickets $40-$99.50. The Fillmore, 1805 Geary Blvd., San Francisco. 800/745-3000. Cake. Dec. 31, 9 p.m. The Sacramentoformed band returns to the Bay Area to kick off the New Year. Special guest Nellie McKay joins them for an evening of inventive alternative rock. Tickets $60-$105. City National Civic, 135 W. San Carlos St., San Jose. 408/792-4111. JANUARY Aki Kumar Blues Band. Jan. 2, 7 to 9 p.m. A master of the amplified Chicago blues sound, this Bay Area blues player inherits his style from the harp legends of the 1950s and ‘60s. Join him for a fun evening sponsored by San Jose Jazz. Free. San Pedro Square Market, 87 N. San Pedro St., 408/288-7557. Happy New Year. Jan. 4, 7 p.m. Barbara Day Turner conducts the San Jose Chamber Orchestra in this concert celebrating the New Year. Listen for music by Sarasate and violin soloist Stephanie Chase. Tickets $10-$60. Le Petit Trianon, 72 N. Fifth St., San Jose. 408/295-4416. Marc Cohn. Jan. 8, 7:30 p.m. Fans know him best for his soulful ballad “Walking in Memphis.” Hear him live in Saratoga. Tickets $43-$48. Carriage House Theatre, Montalvo Arts Center, 15400 Montalvo Road, Saratoga. 408/961-5858. Dustbowl Revival. Jan. 10, 8 p.m. This roots band merges old school bluegrass, gospel, jug band, swamp blues and 1930s swing. Tickets $23-$29. Sunnyvale Community Center Theatre, 550 E. Remington Ave., Sunnyvale. 408/733-6611. George Winston. Jan. 11, 4 p.m. His repertoire ranges from melodic folk piano to New Orleans R&B to stride piano. Spend the afternoon in Saratoga with songs from his seasonal favorites “Autumn,” “December,” “Winter into Spring, “and “Summer,” as well as “Peanuts “pieces from his Vince Guaraldi tribute albums. Carriage House Theatre, Montalvo Arts Center, 15400 Montalvo Road, Saratoga. 408/961-5858. Kristin Strom. Jan. 15, 5:30 p.m. Why spend rush hour stuck in traffic? Consider listening to a live jazz saxophonist instead. Free. Santa Clara University Recital Hall, Franklin Street and Lafayette Street, Building 114, Santa Clara. 408/554-4015. Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds. Jan. 16-17, 7:30 p.m. When not playing with their respective bands, this duo teams up to thrill fans with their acoustic guitars. Find out why tickets sell out so fast when they unplug in Oakland. Tickets $85-$95. Paramount Theatre-Oakland, 2025 Broadway, Oakland. 800/745-3000.
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