City Arts & Lectures is on fire this season. On Wednesday, Berkeley native Miranda July sits down with Cal art history professor July Bryan-Wilson to discuss her latest quirky art endeavor It Chooses You. The book is a collection of short stories, interviews, and photographs inspired by PennySaver classified ads that, judgments aside, is quite compelling.
When: 8 p.m., Wed. 11/30
Where: Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave.
The Sound of Music Sing-A-Long
Tune your vocal chords and brush up on the lyrics of "Do-Re-Mi" and "My Favorite Things" for the annual The Sound of Music love fest.
When: 7 p.m., through Sun. 12/4
Where: Castro Theatre, 429 Castro St.
A.C.T.'s A Christmas Carol and The Golden Girls Christmas Drag Show
A.C.T.'s adaptation of the Dickens classic is a feast for the eyes. Go ahead and indulge yourself in the holiday spirit. Or, choose the alternative San Francisco spirit with a Golden Girls Christmas drag show starring Trannyshack's star Heklina as Dorothy.
When: Thurs. 12/1 – Sat. 12/24; Thurs. 12/1 – Fri. 12/23
Where: ACT Theater, 415 Geary St..; Victoria Theatre, 2961 16th St.
My Morning Jacket, The National, and Iron & Wine
Morrissey's show at the Fox may be sold out, but you can still snag tickets to these three great shows. Expect a smashing double bill at My Morning Jacket —Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings open. Indie faves The National will kill it onstage at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, and Iron & Wine will no doubt deliver a mellow show at the Fox.
When: 7:30 p.m., Fri. 12/2; 7:30 p.m., Sat. 12/3; 7:30 p.m., Sun. 12/4
Where: Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, 99 Grove St. and The Fox, 1807 Telegraph Ave., Oakland.
The Wild Bride
Straight off the English stage, The Wild Bride makes its American debut at Berkeley Rep. Think of it as a visually stunning Alice in Wonderland of adulthood. Adapted and directed by Emma Rice, the story deals with heart breaks, prince charmings, and deals with the devil but still ends with the possibility of happily ever after.
When: Fri. 12/2 – Sun. 1/1
Where: Berkeley Rep Roda Theater, 2025 Addison St., Berkeley
The Bay Brewed Beer Fest
Forget pairing food with wine—bands and beer are where it's at this weekend. The Bay Bridged, City Beer Store, and the SF Brewers Guild are hosting the first-ever Rock 'n' Roll Beer Fest. Your ticket gets you unlimited beer tastings from Anchor, Magnolia, Speakeasy, 21st Amendment, and more, plus live music by local favorites Weekend, Sleepy Sun, Extra Classic, and Terry Malts. What are you waiting for?
When: 2-7 p.m., Sat. 12/3
Where: Verdi Club, 2424 Mariposa St..
Remember fighting tooth and nail to get into last year's holiday fundraiser at The Roxie with John Waters? Well, this year, Amy Sedaris is taking the reigns, and we guarantee a whole lot of pushing and shoving all over again. After what promises to be a hilarious audience Q&A about her book Simple Times: Crafts for Poor People, Ms. Sedaris will sign some copies and will then get down and dirty with crafts. Trust us, you want in on this one.
When: 7:30 p.m. (doors open), Sun. 12/4
Where: The Roxie, 3117 16th St.