Jack White performs at the Bridge School Benefit Concert at the Shoreline Amphitheatre on Saturday, Oct. 20, 2012, in Mountain View, Calif. (Photo by Barry
Jack White performs at the Bridge School Benefit Concert at the Shoreline Amphitheatre on Saturday, Oct. 20, 2012, in Mountain View, Calif. (Photo by Barry Brecheisen/Invision/AP) ( Barry Brecheisen )

winning choir's 27th annual seasonal shindig -- and, over the years, it's truly grown to become one of the Bay Area's most cherished holiday events.

The versatile choir, which is under the direction of Terrance Kelly, performs its big show at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 1. Tickets are $7-$47 (www.ticketmaster.com).

Kelly will also lead the Oakland Interfaith Gospel Ensemble back to Slim's in San Francisco for its annual Christmas Eve shows. Showtimes are 7 and 9:30 p.m. Dec. 24, and tickets are $15 at www.slimspresents.com. Slim's is at 333 11th St.

Rufus & Martha Wainwright's 'Christmas 101'

It'll be a family affair when Rufus and Martha Wainwright bring their holiday show to the West Coast for the first time.

The siblings' "Christmas 101," which made its debut in 2005 in Montreal, is a program of carols, both traditional and nontraditional, sung in both French and English. It'll be performed on Dec. 19 at the Fox Theater in Oakland. Special guests for the evening include Emmylou Harris, Maria Muldaur and Van Dyke Parks. Showtime is 8 p.m., and tickets are $45-$166 at www.ticketmaster.com).

"Christmas 101" is a benefit for the Kate McGarrigle Foundation, which is targeted for raising awareness and funding research in the battle against the deadly form of cancer known as sarcoma. McGarrigle (the Wainwrights' mother) died from sarcoma in 2010.


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Oakland Interfaith Gospel ChoirPhoto credit: Sean Connelly
Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir Photo credit: Sean Connelly