SF Symphony chorus director shares his favorite holiday song 


Fanatical Anthony Mangieri runs a one-man show at Una Pizza Napoletana, a SoMa eatery with a menu featuring nothing but to-die-for Naples-style pizza and wine.


It’s the time of year to indulge, so several pricey offerings — which are worth every cent — are recommended for wine aficionados.  

On the town

String quartet:
The Turtle Island Quartet, a jazz-and-beyond string quartet, performs a concert, joined by Mike Marshall (mandolin) and Cyrus Chestnut (piano). [8 p.m., Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]
Holiday noir: Yerba Buena Center for the Arts hosts “Noel Noir,” a fundraiser. Organizers promise music, fashion, drinks and a tone that is dark, edgy and wholly un-Capra-esque. [9 p.m. to 2 a.m., 701 Mission St., S.F.]


The Examiner asked The City’s songbirds, musicians and community chorus members to describe their favorite seasonal music and why it inspires them.

Ragnar Bohlin, San Francisco Symphony chorus director

Favorite music:
“Lo, how a rose e’er blooming”

This carol from the 1400s exists in several beautiful settings. To me, it is one of many carols that links to happy childhood memories and opens the door to a feeling of mysterious expectation.

Ferry Plaza Farmers Market top picks

  • Pomegranates
  • Canned tomatoes
  • Celery
  • Collard greens
  • Daikon radish
  • Delicata squash
  • Mesclun
  • Pea shoots
  • Romanesco
  • Shiitake mushrooms


Dirty Waters:
Witty, wacky and forever smutty filmmaker John Waters appears at the Roxie Theater with his holiday show, “A John Waters Xmas.” The evening benefits the nonprofit Roxie. [7:30 p.m., 3117 16th St., S.F.]

Fairs and festivals

Tibet fair:
The Tibet Day Fair, presented by the Bay Area Friends of Tibet, celebrates Tibetan arts, politics and culture. A concert follows the fair. [Fair from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., concert at 8 p.m., Building A, Fort Mason Center, S.F.]

Crafts fair:
The 40th annual KPFA Crafts Fair features 220 booths with artists and artisans. All profits from the event go to the radio station. [10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Concourse Exhibition Center, 635 Eighth St., S.F.]

Literary events

Author talk:
Pulitzer Prize recipient David Rohde and magazine editor Kristen Mulvihill discuss “A Rope and a Prayer,” their book about Rohde’s time in captivity in Pakistan. [5 p.m., Green Apple Books, 506 Clement St., S.F.]


Smooth jazz:
Saxophonist Dave Koz presents his “Smooth Jazz Christmas.” Special guests are Jonathan Butler, Brian Culbertson and Candy Dulfer. [8 p.m., Nob Hill Masonic Center, 1111 California St., S.F.]

A great bike ride

Iron Horse Trail:
Take your bike on BART to the Pleasant Hill station. Follow signs or ask the station agent how to get to Iron Horse, a paved multiuse trail tracing the former Southern Pacific Railroad right of way that was abandoned in 1977. Go south, through Walnut Creek, Alamo, Danville and San Ramon, as far as the Dublin/Pleasanton BART station — 25 miles — and catch the train there, or double back and return to Pleasant Hill. Stop to check out the Museum of the San Ramon Valley at the Danville railroad station, or lunch in downtown Alamo or Danville. [www.sfbike.org]


Rock band:
The Black Crowes kick off a string of San Francisco shows. “Crowelogy” is the rock band’s latest release. [8 p.m., The Fillmore, 1805 Geary Blvd., S.F.]


Solo performers:
Solo Sundays presents its monthly showcase. Writer-performers Mary Van Note, Samantha Chanse and Laurie Guerin take the stage. [7 p.m., Stagewerx, 533 Sutter St., S.F.]


French New Wave:
“Breathless” (1960), Jean-Luc Godard’s debut feature film, screens at the Red Vic. [2, 4, 7:15 and 9:15 p.m., 1727 Haight St., S.F.]


Dance salon:
Choreographers show work and talk with the audience at the “Second Sundays” salon. December’s lineup: FACT/SF, Shenna Johnson and Minna Harri. [2 p.m., CounterPULSE, 1310 Mission St., S.F.]


Funny biz:
It is “A Funny Night for Comedy.” Natasha Muse and sidekick Ryan Cronin welcome a variety of comedians to the stage and then ask them strange questions. [7 p.m., Actors Theatre of San Francisco, 855 Bush St., S.F.]

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