Dec. 23: Margaret Cho marathon, Hanukkah festivities and more 

click to enlarge Comedian on a mission: San Francisco-born comedy star Margaret Cho is performing a marathon benefit show with surprise guests and performances. There is no cover, but the event is raising money and collecting donations for homeless people. - [4 p.m.-2 a.m., S.F. Eagle, 398 12th St., S.F.] - THERESA BOUCHE/AP FILE PHOTO
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  • Comedian on a mission: San Francisco-born comedy star Margaret Cho is performing a marathon benefit show with surprise guests and performances. There is no cover, but the event is raising money and collecting donations for homeless people. [4 p.m.-2 a.m., S.F. Eagle, 398 12th St., S.F.]

Who's in town

Philadelphia's Bahamadia, who has been rapping since the mid-1990s, is promoting her latest album, "Here." [9 p.m., New Parish, 579 18th St., Oakland]

Holiday

'Carol'-ing: James Carpenter plays the mean old miser Ebenezer Scrooge in "A Christmas Carol." [1 and 7 p.m., American Conservatory Theater, 415 Geary St., S.F.]

Festival of Lights: The eighth candle on the Bill Graham Menorah is lit for the final day of Hanukkah. [5 p.m., Union Square, Geary and Stockton streets, S.F.; billgrahammenorah.com]

Hanukkah celebration: Rabbi Moshe Langer of Chabad of Pacific Heights is presiding over a free Hanukkah celebration. Expect treats, crafts, live music and plenty of dreidel games. [5 p.m., fourth floor, Westfield San Francisco Centre, 865 Market St., S.F.]

Peanuts live: "A Charlie Brown Christmas" comes alive onstage with costumed characters, dancing and singing. The San Francisco Symphony is performing Vince Guaraldi's classic score. [2 and 7:30 p.m., Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Holiday rap: Rappers Berner and Kool John headline a "Cookies Christmas Party." [8 p.m., Regency Ballroom, 1290 Sutter St., S.F.]

Gospel Christmas: "Soulful Christmas: A Gospel Holiday Concert" features singer Yvonne Cobbs and the Lorraine Hansberry Theatre Choir. [8:30 p.m., Building D, Fort Mason, Marina Boulevard and Buchanan Street, S.F.]

At the public library

Christmas visit: Elf Pixie Meriwinkle is stopping by the library for stories, magic tricks and holiday singalongs. [10:30 a.m., Ingleside Branch, 1298 Ocean Ave., S.F.]

Holiday games: Bags of candy are at stake in a Christmas edition of bingo for youths 8-18. [4 p.m., North Beach Branch, 850 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

At the colleges

Religious and secular art: The recently opened exhibit "Sensual Splendor: Medieval Art from the Cantor Collection" features icons, portraits and more from Byzantium, the Muslim world and beyond. [11 a.m.-5 p.m., Cantor Arts Center, Stanford University, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford]

Local activities

Comedy: The Filipino Kingz Comedy Show includes comedians representing the diverse Filipino culture. [8 p.m., Cobb's Comedy Club, 915 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

Free show: Acoustic trio Todos Santos is performing a free show of what it calls "Cantina Americana" music. [8 p.m., Doc's Lab, 124 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

Multimedia comedy: "Multi: A Very Multimedia Christmas" presents comedians who incorporate multimedia into their acts, as well as a very special host -- a ghost. [8 p.m., Lost Weekend, 1034 Valencia St., S.F.]

Concert series: Bluesy folksinger Jolie Holland is playing an entirely different set on each night of her holiday residency, which continues through Friday. [8 p.m., Viracocha, 998 Valencia St., S.F.]

Comedian on a mission: San Francisco-born comedy star Margaret Cho is performing a marathon benefit show with surprise guests and performances. There is no cover, but the event is raising money and collecting donations for homeless people. [4 p.m.-2 a.m., S.F. Eagle, 398 12th St., S.F.]

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