The castles will be unveiled at 11 a.m. on Nov. 22, but you can catch the sweet spectacle through Jan. 2 in the hotel lobby at 335 Powell St.; www.westinstfrancis.com. Downtown San Francisco always dresses up for the holidays with fantastical window displays and a glittering ice rink in Union Square. The rink is open daily through Jan. 15, and you can buy tickets ($13-$25) ahead of time online at unionsquareicerink.com. This year’s festivities include “Arabian Nights: Disney’s Aladdin” themed skating sprees on Wednesdays from 6 to 7:30 p.m. and 8 to 9:30 p.m., with purple rink lighting and music from the “Aladdin” Broadway musical. And if your genie doesn’t summon up ice skates in time, you can rent them there.
Wild 94.9’s Comedy Jam, with Shawn & Marlon Wayans, Corey Holcomb, Hannibal Buress, Lavell Crawford, Steve Trevino, Donell Rawlings, Story Moyd, Dillon Garcia and DeRay Davis, 5:30 p.m, Oct, 4, Shoreline Amphitheatre at Mountain View, $25-$65.50, Ticketmaster.com or 800-745-3000, Smuin Ballet, “Uncorked: The Christmas Ballet.” Dec, 10-14, 8 p.m, Wednesday-Friday, 2 and 8 p.m, Saturday, ballet shoes gold 2 p.m, Sunday, Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro Street, Mountain View, $49-$68 (fees may apply; discounts available), 650-903-6000 or www.smuinballet.org..
All was well through a beautiful prologue, and then the dance arrived. Morris’s dancers appeared like a troupe of Americans broad-stepping to Downton Abbey or heading to the wrong wedding. For anyone who has seen the company perform, Morris’s dance for “Layla and Majnun” was full of his signature open, fearless walking and falling, his lovely clustering and surging. It’s a style that’s quintessentially American in its athleticism, optimism and forthright vigor, all of which is to be celebrated. In addition, Morris has a long track record of tackling lost love, as he did in his interpretation of Purcell’s opera “Dido and Aeneas,” and ennobling broken hearts, which suggests that there was great potential in this collaboration.
Fillmore Jazz Festival, Bay Area talent, food ballet shoes gold and cultural presentations, 10 a.m.-6 p.m, July 5-6, Fillmore Street between and Jackson and Eddy streets, San Francisco, Free admission, www.fillmorejazzfestival.com, Pirate Quest Street Fest, Hosted by Discover Danville Association, Live entertainment, family activities, booths, bistro dining and more, 6-9 p.m, July 10, Hartz and Prospect Avenues, Danville, Free, www.discoverdanvilleca.com/events.php, Hot San Jose Nights, Various cars and planes on display, live bands, food court, 9 a.m.-4 p.m, July 12, Reid Hill View Airport, 2500 Cunningham Ave, www.hotsanjosenights.com..
Details: 8 p.m. Jan. 26 at Freight & Salvage, Berkeley ($38-$42, 510-644-2020), 8 p.m. Jan. 27 at Wells Fargo Center for the Performing Arts, Santa Rosa ($29-$49; 707-546-3600, http://wellsfargocenterarts.org); 7:30 p.m. Jan. 28 at Bankhead Theater, Livermore ($16-$59; 925-373-6800, www.livermoreperformingarts.org). 3 SYMPHONY SILICON VALLEY: Having just delivered a live accompaniment to the swashbuckling thriller “Raiders of the Lost Ark” last week, the orchestra returns to more traditional fare this weekend. Conductor Tatsuya Shimono leads SSV through a program of Schubert’s Symphony No. 5 in B flat major, D. 485, Max Bruch’s Violin Concerto in G minor, Op. 26 and Paul Hindemith’s Symphonic Metamorphosis of Themes by Carl Maria von Weber.