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Holiday Happenings 

Wednesday, Nov 23 2005

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Dec. 22-25

Kung Pao Kosher Comedy: Come check out what the chosen ones are up to at Christmastime. In a Bar/Bat Mitzvah-type celebration featuring comedians and writers Wendy Lebman, Gregg Rogell, Betsy Salkind, and hostess Lisa Gelduldig, eight hilarious shows will be performed over four days. Enjoy a seven-course Chinese banquet for $60, or a cocktail show with veggie egg rolls for $40. Call for show times and ticket info.
$40 or $60, New Asia Restaurant, 772 Pacific Ave., Chinatown, 522-3737 or 925-275-9005.

Dec. 26-31

Bobby Slayton: The "Pitbull of Comedy" performs with characteristic energy and intensity this New Year's Eve.
8 p.m., $15, The Punchline, 444 Battery St., 397-PLSF.

Dec. 29

Emerald Bowl: Families can catch the Pac-10's No. 6 go up against the Mountain West contender, while eating hot dogs and gulping down soda from bleacher seats.
$99, 1:30 p.m. SBC Park, 24 Willie Mays Plaza, 972-2000.

Through Dec. 31

Teatro Zinzanni: Take part in a cabaret experience from another realm. In its sixth year running in a mirror-lined tent, Teatro Zinzanni will deliver circus stunts, brightly-clad divas, and madmen. In the process, enjoy a five-course meal and magical live music and performances. Call for show times.
$110-135, Le Palais Nostalgique, Piers 27-29, Embarcadero at Battery St. 438-2668.

Dec. 31

New Year's Eve Show: The orange-clad liberators Trans Am, and the setlist-free Fucking Champs and Fuckin Am, (both bands together) will be rocking out and bringing in the New Year at the hippest venue in the West Bay.
$20, 8:30 p.m. Bottom of the Hill, 1233 17th St., 621-4455.

Dec. 31

Comedy at Its Best: Greg Proops (Whose Line Is It Anyway?), Patton Oswalt (King of Queens), and Arj Baker (The Marijuana-Logues) take the stage for an all-out crazy comedic event on New Year's Eve.
7:30 or 9 p.m. $30 or $50. Cobb's Comedy Club, 915 Columbus Ave., 928-4320.

Dec. 31

"Comedy Countdown 2005 with David Cross": Featuring Zach Galfinakis, Marie Bamford, Al Madrigal, Boug Benson, and Tony Camin, this cutting-edge show is sure to keep audiences on the edge of their seats.
$55, 9:30 p.m., Palace of Fine Arts Theatre, 421-8497.

Dec. 31

New Year's Eve Organ Recital: Keyboardist Tom Hazleton will perform from scores including Bach's "Toccata and Fugue in d minor," Andre Lloyd Webber's Phantom of the Opera, and others by Vierne and Lemare.
10 p.m. to 12 a.m., Grace Cathedral, 1100 California St. (at Taylor). 749-6350.

Dec. 31

Marga Gomez's New Year's Eve Spectacular: The queer comedic stylings of this daring comedian leave little to the imagination in her latest show, themed around various politicians and their actions. Includes a countdown and a balloon drop.
7 and 9 p.m. shows. $25, The Victoria Theatre, 2961 16th St., 861-5079.

Dec. 31

Kathy Griffin: The nationally acclaimed television comedian indulges audiences with her hilarious perspectives on the ins and outs of popular culture. She's known for dissing and dishing the dirt on celebrities from Britney Spears to Whitney Houston in her engaging, sarcastic style.
8 and 10:30 p.m., $75-85, Alcazar Theatre, 650 Geary St., 392-4400.

Dec. 31

"Kiki and Herb New Year's Eve Gala Performance": They've just concluded a North American tour and now these two eye-catching performers will be getting "bombed" onstage with a phenomenal concert appearance here in SF.
7 and 10 p.m., $35-150, Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave., (at McAllister), 392-4400.

Holiday Activities and Celebrations

Through Feb. 5

"Hatshepsut": From Queen to Pharaoh: This exhibit features art created during the reign of the female ruler Hatshepsut from 1479 BC to 1458 BC. It includes innovative architecture, sculptures, furniture, jewelry, and ceremonial items to impress all.
$6. 10 Tea Garden Dr., Golden Gate Park, 750-3600.


Indoor Ice skating: Yerba Buena Ice Skating Center. Call for public skating hours.
$5.50 children 12 and under, $7 adults, 750 Folsom (at Third St.), 777-3727.


Indoor Ice Skating: Oakland Ice Center, Call for public skating hours.
$6.50 children 12 and under, $7.50 for adults, 519 18th St. (At Telegraph), Oakland. (510) 268-9000.

Nov. 9-Jan. 1

Kristi Yamaguchi Embarcadero Center Holiday Ice Rink: Get 90-minute ice-skating lessons solo or in groups at the slickest rink in the city at the start of every even hour. Call for times.
$3.50-7.50; skate rental $3.50, Justin Herman Plaza, Embarcadero Center. 956-2688.

Nov. 20

Holiday Harmony: Starting at noon, this family-friendly event celebrates Chanukah, Christmas, and Kwanzaa with various art performances and the lighting of a tree topped with 400 ornaments, 500 bows, and 2,000 lights in the Entrance plaza. Santa will also appear.
Noon to 5:30 p.m., free, Pier 39, 705-5500.

Nov. 25-Dec. 30

Holiday Tea: Brush up on your etiquette and attend a tea party at Top of the Mark. Treat your taste buds to sandwiches, scones, and desserts, and your ears to the jazz piano music offered there. For children, tea parties complete with magicians and gifts occur on Fridays and Saturdays ($39).
Noon to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday, $31, 999 California St. (at 1 Nob Hill), 616-6940.

Nov. 25-Jan. 2

Nutcracker Tea: Enter a gingerbread winter wonderland and enjoy tea in the Laurel Court Fairmont Hotel. Children will receive a free Nutcracker toy.
2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., $49, 950 Mason (at Nob Hill), 772-5204.

Nov. 27-Dec. 18

Great Dickens Christmas Fair: This gathering is worth traveling 150 years back in time for. With London-based backdrops, attendees can don Victorian-era attire, bask in the presence of costumed performers emulating Dickens' characters (Scrooge, Tiny Tim, etc.). On the menu is Greek food, fudge, and English favorites like fish and chips and an array of ales.
11 a.m. to 7 p.m. $20 (student/senior/military $17), Cow Palace, 2600 Geneva Ave., 421-8497.

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