Anyone who reprises Graham Central Station’s “Happy to See You Again” is okay in my book. Dec 9 at the Warfield.
Ivan Neville plus Eric Lindell plus Galactic’s rhythm section equals all-night NoLa boogie-down. Dec 9 at the Independent.
Eighty-one year-old jazz piano master retains probing sense of improvisational magic. Dec 10 at Herbst Theatre.
The reunion tour! Or, the only way such a weird band could ever be playing this venue. Dec 14 at the Fillmore.
Jesse Sykes & the Sweet Hereafter
Waifish alt-country songstress backed by heavy-ass stoner metal dudes plays free in-store. Dec 14 at Amoeba SF.
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Though the most enticing aspect of the Christmas season may be the presents that Santa leaves under the tree, the most fulfilling aspect is the gift of giving, especially to those in need. The San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus ring in the season with Joyous, Jolly, Jingles: A Home for the Holidays Concert, where all proceeds benefit HIV testing and services at Face to Face. Highly acclaimed conductor Tim Seelig leads the fantastic chorus Saturday, Dec. 3, at the Center for Spiritual Living. 2075 Occidental Road, Santa Rosa. 7:30pm. $25–$35.
Music just isn’t what it used to be. What was once an industry for the artistically inclined has morphed into an enterprise primarily for making money. Lifelong San Francisco–area resident Deborah Winters keeps music’s original intention alive, exploring jazz from the 1940s and onward. With influences like Ella Fitzgerald and Duke Ellington, Winters reexamines the history of jazz on her latest album, Lovers After All. She sings on Saturday, Dec. 3, at 142 Throckmorton Theatre. 142 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley. 8pm. $26–$35. 415.383.9600.
The allure of dark comedy and quirky, misunderstood characters are staples found throughout the career of legendary filmmaker Tim Burton. Classical & Contemporary Dance with Tamara Grose takes on the daunting task of translating ‘The Nightmare Before Christmas’ into a dance routine as captivating as the film. The dance group channels Nightmare favorites Jack Skellington, Sally and Sandy Claws on Wednesday, Nov. 30, and Thursday, Dec.1, at the Spreckels Center. 5409 Snyder Lane, Rohnert Park. 7pm. $15–$20. 707.588.3434.
Christmas just ain’t Christmas without a miraculously high falsetto. Dec 2 at the Paramount Theater.
Florida’s dynamic lesbian hip-hop duo brings back the pulse of 2008 in small club. Dec 3 at the Hemlock Tavern.
Literature, Kodachrome and drug use all find a place in McCombs’ music. Dec 4 at Great American Music Hall.
No one takes a free apple and everyone wears black jeans when former Bauhaus frontman plays. Dec 4 at the Fillmore.
Gothic folk artist with a penchant for drone and the scariest set of eyes you’ll ever see. Dec 4 at Bottom of the Hill.
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