Dec. 25-27: Community Day at Jewish museum, Kwanzaa and more 

click to enlarge It's a waterfall life: Deep in beautiful Big Basin Redwoods State Park is a series of waterfalls that are always going with the flow -- especially after big rains! See them on the Skyline-to-the-Sea Trail. The 11-mile loop goes through towering redwoods, multiple wooden bridges and  canyons to the marquee highlight: three waterfalls within a mile of each other. Visit Berry Creek Falls, Silver Falls and Golden Cascade Falls, a multitiered rushing watercourse that gets its deep orange hue from rock minerals. [Visit WeekendSherpa.com for details and other local adventures.] - WEEKENDSHERPA.COM
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  • It's a waterfall life: Deep in beautiful Big Basin Redwoods State Park is a series of waterfalls that are always going with the flow -- especially after big rains! See them on the Skyline-to-the-Sea Trail. The 11-mile loop goes through towering redwoods, multiple wooden bridges and canyons to the marquee highlight: three waterfalls within a mile of each other. Visit Berry Creek Falls, Silver Falls and Golden Cascade Falls, a multitiered rushing watercourse that gets its deep orange hue from rock minerals. [Visit WeekendSherpa.com for details and other local adventures.]

THURSDAY

Jewish museum: Check out the exhibits and join family activities at the Contemporary Jewish Museum's annual Community Free Day. The Grammy-nominated Pop-Ups are providing music. [11 a.m.-4 p.m., Contemporary Jewish Museum, 736 Mission St., S.F.]

Saucy party: "It's a Jewish Christmas, San Francisco" includes music, burlesque, Woody Allen films, strip dreidel and a Chinese buffet. [6:30 p.m., Make-Out Room, 3225 22nd St., S.F.]

Kosher comedy: The 22nd annual Kung Pao Kosher Comedy holiday show presents Jewish comedians -- including 14-year-old Simon Cadel -- celebrating Dec. 25 in a Chinese restaurant. [5 and 8:30 p.m., New Asia Restaurant, 772 Pacific Ave., S.F. (5 p.m. show is sold out); koshercomedy.com]

Blues-folk Christmas: Jolie Holland is nearing the end of her December residency. [8 p.m., Viracocha, 998 Valencia St., S.F.]

Something completely different: Karla LaVey's First Satanic Church is celebrating the 17th annual "Black X Mas" with music by Pachuco Cadaver, Kitten on the Keys and Zanna Nera. Expect giveaways and snacks. [9 p.m., Elbo Room, 647 Valencia St., S.F.]

A GREAT HIKE

It's a waterfall life: Deep in beautiful Big Basin Redwoods State Park is a series of waterfalls that are always going with the flow -- especially after big rains! See them on the Skyline-to-the-Sea Trail. The 11-mile loop goes through towering redwoods, multiple wooden bridges and canyons to the marquee highlight: three waterfalls within a mile of each other. Visit Berry Creek Falls, Silver Falls and Golden Cascade Falls, a multitiered rushing watercourse that gets its deep orange hue from rock minerals. [Visit WeekendSherpa.com for details and other local adventures.]

SATURDAY

Science for the season: "'Tis the Season for Science" includes a winter wonderland with snow flurries, carols, live music and reindeer. [11 a.m.-6 p.m., California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Kwanzaa kicks off: Kwanzaa -- a holiday celebrating the principles of unity, self-determination, collective work and responsibility, cooperative economics, purpose, creativity and faith -- kicks off seven days with a City Hall celebration featuring a speech by Linda Harrison, head of the Museum of the African Diaspora. Other activities include traditional African music, films and more. [Noon, City Hall, 1 Dr. Carlton B Goodlett Place, S.F.; kwanzaasanfrancisco.com]

Comedy show: Wendy Liebman, queen of the one-liner, has appeared on "The Late Show With David Letterman" and multiple specials on HBO. [7:30 and 9:45 p.m., Cobb's Comedy Club, 915 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

Punk show: Legendary punk band X is playing music from its nearly four-decade history. [9 p.m., Fillmore, 1805 Geary Blvd., S.F.]

FRIDAY

'Home Alone': Macauley Culkin spends Christmas battling intruders in "Home Alone," which is screening as part of the Balboa Theatre's "Popcorn Palace" series. [10 a.m., Balboa Theatre, 3630 Balboa St., S.F.]

Flamenco show: Mother-daughter flamenco dancers Carolina Lugo and Carole Acuna evoke the season with "Fiesta Navidad." [6:30 p.m., Peña Pachamama, 1630 Powell St., S.F.]

Comedy show: Comedian Ron Funches stars on NBC's "Undateable" and also has a role in the upcoming Will Ferrell film "Get Hard." [8 p.m., Punch Line Comedy Club, 444 Battery St., S.F.]

Rock show: Cracker, which takes a musical trip on its latest album, "Berkeley to Bakersfield," is co-headlining with Southern California rockers Camper Van Beethoven. [8 p.m., Independent, 628 Divisadero St., S.F.]

Roots music: The Roots -- Philadelphia music powerhouse and Jimmy Fallon's house band on "The Tonight Show" -- are playing music from their 11th album, "... And Then You Shoot Their Cousin," and more. [8 p.m., Fox Theater, 1807 Telegraph Ave., S.F.]

A GREAT BIKE RIDE

Light show: See how San Francisco artists light up the night during Discovery Street Tours' Illuminate Your Ride: Light Art Bike Tour. The mostly flat, 5-mile route passes multiple holiday light displays and Illuminate SF projects. Don't forget to bring your own bike lights for the ride. [6-8 p.m., meet at Cupid's Span in Rincon Park, The Embarcadero and Folsom Street, S.F.; www.sfbike.org]

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