Step right up!  A four-ring circus is in town.  Check out Mr. Yoowho’s Holiday, Yes Sweet Can, Fun-derful Holidaze and The Greatest Bubble Show on Earth. All shows run now through January 3rd.

Dancin’ fools, unite and take over. Rhythm and Motion celebrates its 30th Anniversary with an All Day Dance Bash. Especially for the tots, there’s a Dance with Books and free Little Bears Music and Dance Class. Bang a drum at the Taiko Drumming and Demo class. And Dance in the Heart of the Mission is a new freestyle dance jam happening every Sunday, and it’s stylin’ for free this weekend.

Stand tall in your roots this new year.  Create a family tree this Saturday at Paxton Gate.

A kiss and a wish for a happy, healthy 2010!

Happy new year!

Upcoming events:
(subject to change, confirm times)

Dance with Books
Stay warm. have fun and expand your child’s love for reading!  Local dancer Alli Spector is teaching a workshop for children ages 3-5 and their caregivers. The body is the perfect site for literacy, and dancing the perfect way to expand language. Children will explore concepts of space, shape, mood, relationship and rhythm by finding these elements in books and their own movement abilities. Adults will be provided handouts to help them support literacy and dance at home. Younger and older siblings welcomed if supervised. Pre-registration required, space limited. To register please call Alli at 415-217-9885 or email clandestina[at]riseup.net. Wed., Dec. 30. 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.  $20. Dance Mission, 3316 24th St. (at Mission)

Rhythm and Motion’s 30th Anniversary All Day Dance Bash
Sweat is a good thing.  Especially in a group and with mirrors. Begin the day with Rhythm and Workout classes. Salsa, Afro-Brazilian, Mexican Folkloric, Tribal Belly Dance and more classes offered throughout the day. Party till midnight.
10am – free dance classes
5:30pm – reception
7pm – performance
9pm-12am – DJ dance party
Wed., Dec. 30.  Free.  ODC Dance Commons, 351 Shotwell St. (at 17th)

“The Bicycle Thief” (1948)
60th Anniversary film screening of Italian neo-realism classic on a new 35mm print. Directed By Vittorio De Sica. (93 mins.)  Wed., Dec. 30.  4:45pm, 7pm, 8:50pm. $5-$9.75. Roxie Theater, 3117 16th St. (near Valencia)

“La Danse — The Paris Opera Ballet” (2009)
Documentary following the production of seven ballets by the Paris Opera Ballet. ”One of the finest dance films ever made” (NY Times).  Directed by Frederick Wiseman. (158 mins.) Wed., Dec. 30. 5pm & 8pm. $5-$9.75. Roxie Theater, 3117 16th St. (near Valencia)

Yes Sweet Can
Who says a garbage can is trash? Who says sweeping up is a chore? “Yes Sweet Can” instills new life into old ideas, creating a world in which anything can happen. Acrobatic brooms, disco-dancing chocolate milk, a trio of tap dancing trash cans, circus apparatus, aerial silks, acrobatics, slack rope, hula hoops and the magic of everyday life, accessible to everyone. Dec. 30 – Jan. 3. $15-$20. Dance Mission, 3316 24th St. (at Mission)

New Year’s Eve: Quintessential Chaplin
Featuring the man whose “Little Tramp” persona shuffled into hearts with one-third of a shoe and an undefeated smile. Chaplin plays a wealthy inebriate at a health spa, an immigrant getting in trouble in America, and an escaped convict/hero in “The Cure”, “The Immigrant” and “The Adventurer”. Accompanied by famed New York organist Dorothy Papadakos. Visit website for tickets.  Thurs., Dec. 31. 7pm & 10pm. $10-$15. Grace Cathedral, 1100 California Street (at Taylor)

New Year’s Eve Meditation
Everyone welcome to a friendly, contemplative reflection upon ends/beginnings. Guided meditation on kindness, chanting, walking meditation, concluding with short and sweet ritual around midnight. Light, non-alcoholic refreshments served afterwards. Thurs, Dec 31. 10pm-12:15am (doors close at 10:30pm). Donations welcome. San Francisco Buddhist Center, 37 Bartlett Street (at 21st)

"Mr Yoowho's Holiday" plays at NohSpace, Jan.1-3

"Mr Yoowho's Holiday" plays at NohSpace, Jan.1-3

Mr. Yoowho’s Holiday

Following rave reviews in Europe and Brazil (“Charlie Chaplin of a modern time”, “Humor converted into poetry.”) Moshe Cohen brings his show back home to San Francisco. Precision high diving, yodeled serenades, European clown, Japanese kyogen and butoh, and Yiddish absurdism. With Cohen as Mr. Yoowho and Jubilith Moore as Koken. Jan. 1-3. Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday & Sunday at 3 p.m. $15. NOHspace, 2840 Mariposa St. (btw Florida and Alabama)

Fun-Derful Holidaze
Bay Area’s beloved clown Unique Derique is joined by his poi-twirling daughter Mali and Prescott Clown Circus theater alumni for a fun-filled holiday extravaganza. Amazing youth jugglers, hambone body music team, hip hop dancers, and dynamic movin’ and groovin’ clowning. 60 minutes, no intermission. Dec. 30, Jan. 2 & 3 (see website). 2 p.m. $7-$50. The Marsh, 1062 Valencia St. (near 22nd St.)

The Greatest Bubble Show On Earth
Gobs of bubbles brew in the Marsh: flying saucer bubbles, smoky square bubbles, cosmic bubbles, centipede bubbles, even kids in bubbles. Float into an iridescent paradise with Louis Pearl, the Amazing Bubble Man. Accompanied by Jetty Swart’s winsome live accordion and vocal music. This show continues its extended run; buy tickets while there’s still seats left. Dec. 30 & Jan. 3. 11am.  $7-10. The Marsh, 1062 Valencia St. (near 22nd St.)

Family Trees – Free Activity

Join Em and James this Saturday for a special event focusing on family for the new year.  Create a family tree!  Sat., Jan. 2. 2pm-4pm.  Free.  Paxton Gate’s Curiosities for Kids, 766 Valencia St. (near 19th)

Taiko Drumming Demo & Class
Sync into collective thunder with Maikaze Daiko with Sensei Bruce “Mui” Ghent. Open to ages 12 to adults; no music experience necessary. Please RSVP at 415-513-7798 or MuiSensei@MaikazeDaiko.com. Sun., Jan. 3. 10:30am–noon. Free. Dance Mission, 3316 24th St. (at Mission)

Dance in the New Year with Songs of Peace and Justice
Freestyle dance jam to celebrate the new year! All invited, no experience necessary. Sun., Dec. 3.  9:30am-11:30am. Free. The All New Mission Dance, 3221 22nd St. (at Mission)

Little Bears Music and Dance Free Class
For children 2-4 years old and parents/caregivers. Blue Bear School of Music and ODC School Youth Program welcome students to the wonderful world of music and dance! Students play instruments, sing songs and melodies, and dance to the beat and groove of rhythms and motions from all around the world.  To pre-register, call 415-863-9830 x100. Tues., Jan. 5.  9:30am.  Free.  ODC Dance Commons, 351 Shotwell St. (at 17th)