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Cirque de la Symphony. Dec. 5, 7:30 p.m.
A talented team of entertainers and gymnasts
descend upon Davies Symphony Hall for
an awe-inspiring exhibition of great music
and spectacular acrobatics. Hear the SF Symphony
perform a festive selection of holiday
hits while watching aerialists fly, tumble and
dance the evening away. Tickets $29-$115.
Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave.,
San Francisco. 415/864-6000.
Justin Timberlake. Dec. 5, 8 p.m. As its title
implies, much of his new “Man of the Woods”
album comes with a helping of sylvan moonshine
and-mason-jar glisten of country, blues
and folk. Timberlake has cited the outdoors as
inspiration and said he views the tour as a way
to bring the outside in. Tickets $49.50-$275.
Oracle Arena, 7000 Coliseum Way, Oakland.
Christmas in the Adobes. Dec. 7-8, 5 to
9 p.m. Stroll through the streets of Historic
Downtown Monterey and tour 19th-century
adobes, where you can enjoy fandango dance
lessons at Custom House or bagpipes and
cookies at the Robert Louis Stevenson House.
Refreshments, games, history and fun await
the entire family during Monterey’s signature
holiday event. Tickets $25-$40. Pacific House
Museum on Custom House Plaza, Monterey.
A Festival of Lessons and Carols. Dec. 7-8,
7:30 p.m. All are welcome to this Service of
Advent and Christmas readings and music,
based on the famous Lessons and Carols
Service held annually at King’s College,
Cambridge. Festive music will be sung by
the Memorial Church Choir and the
Stanford Chamber Chorale. Stanford
Memorial Church, 450 Serra Mall,
SJDT’s Nutcracker. Dec. 7-9
and 14-16, times vary. Continuing
the tradition for more than 50 years,
San José Dance Theatre’s students perform
in this iconic production. Experience
the beauty and splendor of a San Jose tradition
since 1967. Tickets $38-$90. San
Jose Center for the Performing Arts, 255 S.
Almaden Blvd., San Jose. 408/286-2600.
San Jose Super Toy, Comic and Collectible
Show. Dec. 8, 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Get
a dose of childhood nostalgia as you browse
through 240 tables of retro, vintage to modern
toys and collectibles, comic
books and vinyl records. Tickets
$4-$15. Santa Clara County
Fairgrounds, 344 Tully Road,
San Jose. 408/809-4457.
The Miró Quartet. Dec. 9,
7 p.m. The fearsome foursome
returns to Kohl Mansion
to celebrate the season at
Music at Kohl’s popular annual
Holiday Gala Benefit Concert.
Founded in 1995 at the Oberlin
Conservatory and becoming the
first ensemble ever to win the
prestigious Avery Fisher Career
grant in 2005, the Miró Quartet’s
recent highlights include
critically-acclaimed international performances
and a sold-out return to Carnegie Hall.
Tickets $75. Kohl Mansion, 2750 Adeline
Drive, Burlingame. 650/762-1130.
ALT 105.3 Not So Silent
Night. Dec. 9-10, times
vary. Rock out at
this two-day holiday
jam fest featuring
Florence + The
Cab for Cutie, Bastille,
Giant, Chvches, The
Struts & Elle King
and other bands playing a
plethora of headbanging
hits. Ticket prices vary. SAP Center, 525 W.
Santa Clara St., San Jose. 408/999-5757.
Holidays with Cantabile. Dec. 9, 7 p.m.
Tune in as the beautiful voices of more than
200 young singers will fill the magnificent
California Theatre in downtown San Jose.
This concert is a wonderful way for to celebrate
the musical gifts and hard work of local
youth. Tickets $10-$75. The California Theatre,
345 S. First St., San Jose. 408/286-2600.
Michelle Obama. Dec. 14, 8 p.m. Michelle
Obama has emerged as one of the most iconic
and compelling women of our era. As First
Lady—the first African American to serve in
that role—she helped create the most welcoming
and inclusive White House in history. In
her memoir, she invites readers into her world,
chronicling the experiences that have shaped
her. Ticket prices vary. SAP Center, 525 W.
Santa Clara St., San Jose. 408/999-5757.
Pasquale Esposito - Bianco Natale. Dec. 14,
8 p.m. The Sacred Heart Men’s Club presents
Italian Tenor Pasquale Esposito will be accompanied
by San Jose State University’s Orchestra
conducted by Maestro Fred Cohen. The
evening’s repertoire will feature traditional
Christmas songs and seasonal favorites, operatic
arias, Neapolitan classics and original
compositions. Sacred Heart Church, 13716
Saratoga Ave., Saratoga. 800/595-4849.
Conan & Friends. Dec. 15, 7 p.m. Conan
O’Brien hits the road for the first time since
2010 on this collaborative comedy tour. For
his San Francisco appearance, O’Brien chose
a few of his favorite comics to back him up.
The lineup of Ron Funches, Laurie Kilmartin,
Moses Storm and Flula Borg will keep
the laughs coming. Tickets $39.50-$85. The
Masonic, 1111 California St., San Francisco.
San Jose Holiday Craft Fair. Dec. 15 and
16, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Support Bay Area artists
at this annual craft fair featuring
locally made gifts, handcrafted
ornaments and up-cycled
goods. Food available for
purchase. Free. South
Hall, 435 S. Market
St., San Jose.
A Christmas Carol.
16, times vary.
Hailed as “soaring,
with a treasure
house of beautiful,
tells the classic story
of Ebenezer Scrooge
through a lavish production
JOY!, Dec. 7–9, Hammer Theatre
Center, San Jose
Matt Braunger, Dec. 7–9,
Improv San Jose