24 Fun Things to Do This Week (12.14.20)
Wear your mask for a socially distanced, festive walk through Ruth Bancroft Gardens' Garden of d'Light. (Courtesy of @ruthbancroftgarden)

24 Fun Things to Do This Week (12.14.20)


This holiday season is anything but normal, but the light show at San Francisco's Tom and Jerry House goes on.

Plus, The Golden Girls Live: The Christmas Episodes goes online; Ruth Bancroft Garden's Garden of d'Lights is shining; and there are plenty of new eats to keep you warm this week.

View San Francisco artist Kelly Tunstall's third solo exhibition with Hashimoto Contemporary, Still, which blends her signature, whimsical creatures with floral imagery and wallpaper-inspired backdrops to reflect her daydreams, experience sheltering in place, and paradoxes of modern communication; through December 26. // hashimotocontemporary.com

Spike your holiday spirit as you listen in to PRC's 28th Annual "Songs of the Season," with performances by Brian Kent, Donna Sachet, Frenchie Davis, and more. Donate what you can to help support people affected by HIV/AIDS, substance use, and mental health issues; Monday at 7pm. // Streaming details (donate what you can) on mobilecause.com

Get zen during Yoga Garden's virtual Self-Care for the Holidays. Taught by Oakland-based holistic health and Ayurveda practitioner Sachi Doctor, this three-hour workshop will teach you how to balance self-care practices and about the relationship between stress, digestion, and immunity; Monday from 1pm to 4pm. // Register ($65) on yogagardensf.com.

You can still wrap yourself in the magic that is the annual Chanticleer Christmas. This year's film version of the a cappella show, "From Darkness to Light," will include a candlelit procession and holiday repertoire including Ave Maria and Oh Jerusalem in the Morning, plus works by Antoine Brumel and Josquin Dez Prez; beginning on Tuesday at noon through January 1. // Purchase tickets ($42 per household) on chanticleer.secure.force.com.

Purchase a Calistoga Winter in the Wineries Passport. You'll receive complimentary wine tastings at 15 wineries including Tank Garage Winery, Beringer Vineyards, and Girard Winery, plus complimentary corkage at participating restaurants and discounts at Calistoga lodging, spas, and shops; valid through April 1st. // Purchase a passport ($60) on visitcalistoga.com.

Make your own holiday wreath during a virtual class with Yountville's Hill Family Estate. You'll receive grapevine canes recently pruned from the estate vineyard along with ribbons, festive berries, and a bottle of 2016 Carly's Cuvee Chardonnay; Tuesday at 5pm. // Details ($45 per person including wine and supplies) on hillfamilyestate.com.

Celebrate the dysfunction of the holidays with playwright/performer Taylor Mac's "Holiday Sauce... Pandemic!" Film, burlesque, and tunes are all incorporated into this virtual vaudeville show, along with special guests including Machine Dazzle and Matt Ray. All of the Curran's proceeds will benefit Openhouse, which provides housing and programs to the Bay Area's LGBTQ+ seniors; stream through January 2. // Tickets ($10) on sfcurran.com

Stream Lost Landscapes of San Francisco. Curator and filmmaker Rick Prelinger's feature-length movie showcases SF's people and places through archival footage and vintage movie discoveries from the early 20th century through the 1980s. Come with questions to ask Prelinger via chat; Wednesday at 5pm. // Register (free) on Eventbrite.

Sing along to carols during The Golden Girls Live: The Christmas Episodes. While Oasis's beloved show can't happen IRL this year, each online show will be performed live, so expect some improvised fun in each one; 7pm Thursday through Saturday, 3pm Sunday, 10am Monday. // Tickets ($30 and up) on stellartickets.com

Order Wise Sons' Hanukkah takeout feast ($150) for the whole family. The dinner for four includes braided challah, potato latkes with apple sauce and sour cream, roasted brisket, winter vegetables, and sufganiyot—or you can order the likes of matzo balls, chocolate babka loaf, and chicken soup à la carte; order through Friday for delivery or pickup at locations around the Bay Area. // Details and ordering on wisesonsdeli.com.

Swing by the Tom and Jerry House. Decorated to the nines with all the Christmas bells and whistles each year by Tom Taylor and Jerome "Jerry" Goldstein, the house is a local holiday tradition. Taylor passed away from cancer this past October, but the quirky show goes on. Snap a pic before January 1st. // 3650 21st St. (Castro)

Participate in Ghirardelli Square's Wanted Elf Hunt Instagram caption contest. Snag some chocolate treats and keep your eye out for the tricky elf. When you spy it, snap a pic for IG and begin your caption with "Wanted for..." Tag @ghirardellisq for the chance to win a $50 gift card; through Thursday. // ghirardellisq.com

Nosh on Puerto Rican sandwiches from Tripleta
. Brothers Jose and Juan Rigau, along with Sarah Galloway, are setting up shop for the month in AL's Deli's old colorful digs to serve decadent sandwiches inspired by the sandwiches available late night in Puerto Rico—plus three-layer dip, adobo rubbed half rotisserie chicken, and more; Wednesday through Sunday through December. // Order takeout and delivery on tripletasf.com.

Hear from authors Haby Barry and Diaraye Barry about their new book, Women of the African Diaspora, plus contributing artists Abi Mustapha and Ethel-Ruth Tawe. The book features women from around the world, including Oakland, on embracing their authentic selves; Friday at noon. // Register (pay what you can) on moadsf.org

Miss The Assembly? Join the Alive With Dani Community. Dani Parker recently launched a new platform filled with live virtual and on-demand classes including her signature Come Alive class, a combo of strength training, cardio release, and meditation. You'll also find a community platform, guest experts, and wellness tips. // alivewithdani.com

Explore a new pedestrian trail and seven acres of restored tidal marshland at Quartermaster Reach in the Presidio. The project transformed a paved construction site under the Presidio Parkway into a wetland with a previously buried 850-foot stream and more than 40 different species of salt marsh and dune plants. The best part? The new trail allows you to hike from the East Beach all the way to the southern side of the Presidio via the Tennessee Hollow Watershed; opens Friday. // presidio.gov

Explore the Ruth Bancroft Garden's Garden of d'Lights. The enchanting experience features more lights and lasers than ever before spread around 3.5 acres of cacti, succulents, and trees. Wear a mask and rest assured you'll have plenty of space for social distancing. Timed tickets are available Tuesday through Sunday through January 17th. // Tickets ($20/adults, $16/members) on ruthbancroftgarden.org

Get in the spirit with Transcendence Theatre's "Broadway Holiday Online." Grab a cup of cocoa and light your fireplace, then sing along to holiday hits and performances from years past; 8pm Fridays and 4:30pm Saturdays through December 23. // Free tickets on transcendencetheatre.org

Get in on this year's socially distanced edition of Unsilent Night. The annual Mission walk is cancelled this year, but you can still download one of four tracks and go on a stroll around your neighborhood. Press play at 7pm and know that you're taking a spirited walk with participants in more than 30 cities; Saturday at 7pm. // unsilentnight.com

Watch the San Francisco Aerial Arts Festival 2020 Video Project. Zaccho Dance Theatre's project spotlights 16 aerial artists from around the world who together create a collective narrative amidst uncertainty and chaos; stream beginning Saturday. // View (free) on zaccho.org

Watch the Hipmas Holiday Live Stream. Although The Mother Hips' annual holiday show at Great American Music Hall isn't entirely on this year, the California rock band will still be performing live this year, just sans audience; Saturday at 6pm. // Purchase tickets ($25) on stageit.com.

Stop by Nana's Pop-up Market to shop a variety of goodies from local artisans with a focus on women of color and the LGBTQ+ community. Offerings include red pork pozole from Hermanita, candles and bath bombs by Triflower by Dijonna, jams by Jessiz Jamz, and more; noon to 3pm Sundays. // 500 Columbus Avenue, details on Instagram

Support Oakland's women-owned Ivy Room by tuning into the third annual Year of The Fistmas. Fifteen bands—think punk rock Year of The Fist, indie band Dressy Bessy, and local rock group Easy Queen—will take the virtual stage; Sunday at 5pm. // Details (free to attend, donations encouraged) on Instagram

Virtually hang with fellow Niners fans and wide receiver legend John Taylor. Bring questions for Taylor, and cross your fingers you score raffle prizes like an autographed George Kittle helmet. Then, get ready to cheer on the 49ers as they take on the Dallas Cowboys; Sunday at noon. // Register on formstack.com

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