24 Fun Things to Do This Week (12.11.23)
'Cinderella' returns for its 21st annual holiday turn, featuring Jasmine Williams in the lead, at African American Shakespeare Company. (Lindsey McIntire)

24 Fun Things to Do This Week (12.11.23)


You better not pout and we're telling you why: Stevie Nicks, Ali Wong, Eric Andre, and Ariana Madix are all coming to town.

Plus, dress up for opening night of San Francisco Ballet's Nutcracker, an ugly holiday sweater bar crawl, Sausalito's Winter Market, and more.

Have a good one.

Secure a collectible trading card featuring Takashi Murakami’s signature imagery—for free. With the purchase of a ticket to Murakami: Monsterized, you’ll receive this limited edition gift that's being distributed at the museum before anywhere else in the world; Monday and Thursday. // Asian Art Museum, 200 Larkin St. (Civic Center); tickets and details at calendar.asianart.org

Explore a new trail with the opening of Tyler Ranch Staging Area. The newly accessible parklands offer 18 miles of trails and amazing panoramic views including the SF Bay, Mt. Diablo, Mission Peak, and Mt. Tam; 8am to 8pm daily. // Pleasanton Ridge Regional Park, 2563 Foothill Rd. (Sunol); details at ebparks.org

Sink your teeth into a one-night-only pop-up highlighting dishes from Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula. In the first of a bi-monthly series, the Mission’s Al Carajo will be serving tasty creations paired with Causwells take on Yucatan-style cocktails; 5pm to 7:30pm on Monday. // Causwells, 2346 Chestnut St. (Marina); reservations at opentable.com

The tea will be spilled when Vanderpump Rules’ Ariana Madix comes to town for her "Single AF: An Evening for Bad Bitches" show. Expect shit-talking, cocktails, games, and surprise guests; 8pm on Tuesday. // The Castro Theatre, 429 Castro St. (Castro); tickets at ticketmaster.com

Celebrate this season of giving at Wender Weis Foundation for Children’s Holiday Heroes event. The fundraiser will take you behind the scenes at Oracle Park for meet-and-greets with celebrity athletes, team mascots, snow globes and cookie decorating, bear stuffing, and VIP experiences; 5:30pm on Tuesday. // Oracle Park, 24 Willie Mays Plaza (SoMa); tickets at eventbrite.com

Huddle around the fire for s’mores and brews. The 21st Amendment taproom has teamed with local chocolate makers TCHO to create a s’mores kit that you can purchase and pair with their seasonal beers; 5:30pm to 8:30pm Thursday. // 21st Amendment Brewery, 2010 Williams St. (San Leandro); RSVP at eventbrite.com

Take the stress out of gift shopping with a trip up to Petaluma for the lovely McEvoy Ranch Christmas Market. You’ll find curated gifts, many wrapped in custom boxes, plus live music and a farmstand on Saturdays; 11am to 5pm daily, through December 31. // For more information, go to visitmarin.org.

Thank you to our partners at Marin Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Get cracking to the San Francisco Ballet for the return of everybody's holiday favorite. The Nutcracker features more than 150 dancers, a live orchestra, and snow; Wednesday through December 30th (except Christmas Day). // War Memorial Opera House, 301 Van Ness Ave. (Civic Center); tickets at sfballet.org

If you can't resist "the world's most-loathed form of humor," the Bay Area Pun-Off is for you. Sit back and try not to cringe at this live wordplay competition; 7:30pm on Thursday. // Rickshaw Stop, 155 Fell St. (Hayes Valley); tickets at eventbrite.com

Spend the evening with Stevie. Living legend and rock icon Stevie Nicks will headline Chase Center; 7pm on Friday. // 1 Warriors Way (Mission Bay); tickets at ticketmaster.com

Fete Cinderella's 21st birthday at African American Shakespeare Company. The annual holiday production teases a more interactive iteration this year, directed by company founder Sherri Young; four performances Friday through Sunday. // Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave. (Civic Center), african-americanshakes.org; tickets are available at cityboxoffice.com.

Fill their stockings with stuff from more than 25 makers at Creative Communal Winter Artisan Market. Bring your dogs and kids; 11am and 4pm Saturday. // Fourth Street Maker’s Row, 1901 Fourth St. (Berkeley), fourthstreetmakersrow.com

Thank you to our partners at Fourth Street Maker's Row.

Reimagine instruments with Schick Machine. Watch as percussionist Steven Schick explores a visually compelling world of mechanical devices, invented instruments, and seemingly infinite sonic possibilities. At the end of every performance, the entire audience is invited on stage to explore and play the inventions; Friday through Sunday. // Z Space’s Steindler Stage, 450 Florida St. (Mission); tickets at zspace.org

Dig out your ugly holiday jumper for SweaterCon, complete with cheap drinks, sketchy holiday decorations, and even a few gifts for lucky crawlers. Check in anytime at Mayes to receive your wristband and pub crawl map, then you choose your own adventure; 4pm to 10pm, Saturday. // Mayes, 1233 Polk St. (TenderNob); tickets at crawlsf.com

Embrace the chaos when Adult Swim comedian Eric Andre brings his live standup show to the Bay; 7pm on Saturday. // Fox Theater, 1807 Telegraph Ave. (Oakland); tickets at ticketmaster.com

Ali Wong is bringing her beef with dating, parenting, and more to a sure-to-be hilarious standup set for eight nights in SF; Saturday, through December 23. // The Masonic, 1111 California St. (Nob Hill); tickets at livenation.com

Tap your foot to the sounds of Charlie Brown when the Adam Shulman Trio plays the soundtrack to Charles Schulz’s 1965 holiday classic, A Charlie Brown Christmas; 2pm and 7:30pm Saturday. // SFJAZZ, 201 Franklin St. (Hayes Valley); tickets at sfjazz.org

Don’t even try to resist Love Actually:The funny and heart-warming holiday film set in contemporary London is sometimes romantic, sometimes sad, and sometimes stupid—and it’s at San Francisco Symphony with a live orchestra performing the score; 7:30pm Saturday. // Davies Symphony Hall (Civic Center), 201 Van Ness Ave., sfsymphony.org

Thank you to our partners at SF Symphony.

For the fashionable friend on your gift list, look no further than McMullen’s holiday pop-up. The Oakland-based luxury boutique is bringing a well-edited selection of styles from sought-after labels like Khaite, The Row, and Simkhai; 10am to 5pm, Friday through Sunday. // 1 Hotel, 8 Mission St. (Embarcadero); details at 1hotels.com

Swap your sneakers for stilettos—it’s time for The Guardsmen Tree Lot Party. Best part? It’s for the kids. Proceeds will benefit at-risk youth in the Bay Area; 8pm Saturday // Festival Pavilion at Fort Mason (Marina); tickets at eventbrite.com

Make it a weekend of shopping at two incredible gift markets in The Town: the Winter Market (11am to 5pm, Saturday December 16) at the Bridge Yard, 210 Burma Rd; and the Holiday Market & Collage Fest (1pm to 3pm, Sunday December 17) at Oakland Museum of California, 100 Oak St. (Oakland). // For more information, go to visitoakland.com.

Thank you to our partners at Visit Oakland.

Snap a pic with Hello Kitty and shop for cute presents at the Harajuku Holiday marketplace. In addition to exclusive hand-crafted merch, you’ll find themed food and drinks, character interactions, and more; 11am to 5pm Saturday. // 833 Market St. (SoMa); tickets at eventbrite.com

Shop chic local wares and gifts at Sausalito’s Winter Market. It’s your one-stop shop for goods from Botnia Skincare, Heath Ceramics, Freda Salvador, Coyuchi, Amanda Hunt jewelry, Born to Roam Vintage, Zoe Dering Ceramics, and more. Warm sips and snacks will also be on hand to keep the merry-making (and shopping) flowing; 10am to 5pm on Saturday. // Sausalito Center for the Arts, 750 Bridgeway (Sausalito); details at @sausalitowintermarket

Go applaud Ms. Pat because “Ya Girl Done Made It”: The comedian/author/podcaster/actress has been called “unforgiving and darkly hilarious” by The Washington Post, and now she’s bringing her standup show to SF; 7pm, Friday February 9. // Palace of Fine Arts, 3301 Lyon St. (Marina); tickets available now at purplepass.com.

Thank you to our partners at Outback Presents.

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