Holiday stages: Theater and pop music 

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  • The African-American Shakespeare Company’s enchanting take on the fairy tale Cinderella has become a popular holiday tradition.
Beach Blanket Babylon: Steve Silver’s holiday version of the popular San Francisco revue is in its 38th year. Nov. 20-Dec. 31, Club Fugazi, 678 Beach Blanket Babylon Blvd., S.F., $25-$159, www.beachblanketbabylon.com

Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol: The new twist on a classic is written by Tom Mula, who appeared as Scrooge on Chicago stages for nearly a decade. Nov. 21-Dec. 22, $37-$58. Marin Theatre Co., 397 Miller Ave., Mill Valley, www.marintheatre.org

The Jewelry Box: A Genuine Christmas Story: Storyteller Brian Copeland tells what happens when, as a youngster in the 1970s, he headed to the “mean streets” of Oakland to buy his mom a Christmas present. Nov. 23-Dec. 28, $15-$100. Marsh, 1062 Valencia St., S.F., www.themarsh.org

Songs of the Season: Cabaret queen Donna Sachet performs her 21st holiday cabaret show, a benefit for the AIDS Emergency Fund. 8 p.m. Dec. 1-2, Starlight Room, Sir Francis Drake Hotel, 450 Powell St., S.F., www.songsoftheseason.net

GLIDE Annual Holiday Festival/Jam: Maya Angelou, Valerie Simpson, Judith Hill and more join the GLIDE Ensemble and Change Band for “Celebrate50,” marking GLIDE’s 50 years of service in the Tenderloin. 7 p.m. Dec. 4, $75-$500. War Memorial Opera House, 301 Van Ness Ave., S.F., www.glide.org

The Golden Girls: The Christmas Episodes: The annual show features four drag queens performing two new episodes from the classic TV show live onstage. Dec. 5-22, $30. Victoria Theatre, 2961 16th St., S.F., http://goldengirlssf.eventbrite.com

A Christmas Carol: American Conservatory Theater’s 37th annual presentation based on Dickens’ novel stars the great James Carpenter as Scrooge. Dec. 6-28, $20-$95. ACT, 415 Geary St., S.F., www.act-sf.org

Merry Christmas Strega Nona: The Peninsula Youth Theatre Stories on Stage production is a holiday show based on an Italian tale about a witch who uses her magic to help people. 9:30 and 11 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 6; 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Dec. 7, $10-$12. Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St., Mountain View, www.mvcpa.com

Cinderella: The African-American Shakespeare Company’s enchanting take on the fairy tale has become a popular holiday tradition. Dec. 7-22, $12.50-$40. Buriel Clay Theater, African-American Art & Culture Complex, 762 Fulton St., S.F., www.african-americanshakes.org

La Posarela: Community Music Center’s Mexican Christmas musical — a Mission district take on the nativity story — is a bilingual production blending Mexican folk traditions with music, commentary and humor. 1 and 5 p.m. Dec. 8, $5-$7. Brava Theater, 2781 24th St., S.F., www.brava.org

Help is on the Way for the Holidays: The benefit for the Richmond/ERMET AIDS Foundation features comedian Bruce Vilanch and singers Debby Boone, Tim Hockenberry, Jason Brock, Kim Nalley, Sharon McNight, Carly Ozard and Shawn Ryan. 7:30 p.m. Dec. 9, $50 and up. Marines’ Memorial Theatre, 609 Sutter St., S.F., www.helpisontheway.org

Cirque Dream Holidaze: A cast of 30 artists performs astonishing feats — gingerbread men flip in midair, toy soldiers march on wires, snowmen balance, icemen sculpt and reindeer soar. Dec. 11-15, $45-$160. Curran Theatre, 445 Geary St., S.F., www.shnsf.com

It’s Christmas, Carole: The world-premiere “human cartoon” starring comic Sara Moore tells the contemporary story of a grumpy secretary working for Scrooge Industries who is visited by ghostly spirits. Dec. 12-22, $10-$20. Creativity Theater, Yerba Buena Gardens, 221 Fourth St., S.F., http://itschristmascarole.com

Killing My Lobster Winter Follies: The sketch comedy troupe’s new holiday production tackles topics including the uniqueness of snowflakes and “how to sell Kwanzaa to Caucasians.” Dec. 12-15, $20. Z Below, 470 Florida St., S.F., www.killingmylobster.com

Too Many Tamales: Marsh Youth Theatre’s Mexican-themed holiday show, with puppets and dancing, is the local premiere of a play based on Gary Soto’s novel about a wedding ring that goes missing during a tamale-making session. Dec. 13-Jan. 4, $15-$35. Marsh, 1062 Valencia St., S.F., www.themarsh.org

Christmas in San Francisco: Singer Russ Lorenson’s annual jingle-jazzy holiday show features guests Wesla Whitfield, Mike Greensill and Veronica Klaus. 7:30 p.m. Dec. 13-14, $25-$45. Pa’ina Lounge & Restaurant, 1865 Post St., S.F., ChristmasInSF.com

Crones for the Holidays: The Sequel: Crackpot Crones, aka comedians Terry Baum and Carolyn Myers, present a follow-up to last year’s vaudevillian holiday variety show. Dec. 14-29, $15-$20. EXIT Theatre, 156 Eddy St., S.F., www.brownpapertickets.com

Colors of Christmas: Singers Peabo Bryson, Melissa Manchester, CeCe Winans and “American Idol” winner Ruben Studdard appear at the S.F. Symphony holiday pops event. 8 p.m. Dec. 16-18, $26-$93. Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave., S.F., ww.sfsymphony.org

Swell Noel: Cabaret singer Craig Jessup, accompanied by pianist Ken Muir, sings tunes by Noël Coward, Jacques Brel, Stephen Sondheim as well as holiday favorites and original songs. Dec. 17-22, $25-$32. Aurora Theatre, 2081 Addison St., Berkeley, (510) 843-4822, www.auroratheatre.org

Connie Champagne: The cabaret performer channels a Hollywood icon in “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas — An Evening with Connie Champagne as Judy Garland.” 8 p.m. Dec. 18, $25-$35. Feinstein’s at the Nikko, 220 Mason St., S.F., www.ticketweb.com

Countess Katya Smirnoff-Skyy: San Francisco’s favorite glamorous redhead — the drag alter-ego of J. Conrad Frank — appears in a holiday cabaret show. 8 p.m. Dec. 19, $25-$35. Feinstein’s at the Nikko, 220 Mason St., S.F., www.ticketweb.com

Mittens and Mistletoe — A Winter Circus Cabaret: For the fourth year, charming circus-theater troupe Sweet Can Productions presents its holiday show. Dec. 20-Dec. 24, $15-$50. Mission Dance Theater, 3316 24th St., S.F., www.sweetcanproductions.com

Paula Poundstone Christmas Special: The comedian performs her annual holiday stand-up show. 8 p.m. Dec. 20, $35-$45. Palace of Fine Arts, 3601 Lyon St., S.F., www.ticketmaster.com

Christmas with the Celts: Known for their PBS show of the same name, the Irish, Scottish and Irish-American musicians play traditional instrumental tunes as well as hybrid Celtic pop-rock originals. 2 and 6 p.m. Dec. 22, $28-$55. Yoshi’s, 1330 Fillmore St., S.F., (415) 655-5600, www.yoshis.com

Kung Pao Kosher Comedy: The 21st anniversary of the event — Jewish comics doing stand-up in a Chinese restaurant — features headliner Gary Gulman, Adrianne Tolsch, Samson Koletkar and Lisa Geduldig. Dec. 22-25, $44-$64. New Asia Restaurant, 772 Pacific Ave., S.F., www.trilogyticketing.com/kosher

Clairdee Christmas Eve Concert: The jazzy soul singer appears in her 11th holiday show. 8 p.m. Dec 24, $20. Yoshi’s, 1330 Fillmore St., S.F., www.yoshis.com

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