Chess at the Library. A weekly chess program offers instruction for beginners and a place for patrons of all ages and levels to play with each other. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays. César E. Chávez Branch, 3301 E. 12th St., Oakland. 510-535-5620, www.oaklandlibrary.org.

Off the Hook Knitting Group. The Melrose Knitting Group meets the second and fourth Saturday every month. 3 to 5 p.m. Melrose Branch Library, 4805 Foothill Blvd., Oakland. 510-535-5623, www.oaklandlibrary.org.

The 27th Annual Christmas Revels. In celebration of the winter solstice, the 2012 Revels finds us in the Adriatic Sea village of Prosecco in 1520. Led by the local Guild of Fools, villagers prepare for a feast and holiday pageant that will mark the end of the old year. Filled with music, drama and ritual, this is a truly celestial celebration. 8 p.m. Through Dec. 16. Historic Scottish Rite Center at Lake Merritt, 1547 Lakeside Dr., Oakland. $20-$50. Discounts for seniors and youth. 510-452-8800, www.californiarevels.org.

Do-It-Yourself Nutcracker. Glenview's first Do-It-Yourself Nutcracker, presented by East Bay Dance Center, invites the audience to participate in portions of the program. Also on hand, a silent art auction, complimentary wine and raffle. 3 p.m. Through Dec. 16. East Bay Dance Center, 1318 Glenfield Ave., Oakland. $10/$20 at the door. 510-336-3262, eastbaydancecenter.org.

Chanticleer Christmas Concert. Chanticleer presents "A Chanticleer Christmas," an uplifting selection of joyous music for the season with an unrivaled blend of male voices. This event is part of the Cathedral's Crèche Festival, 3 days celebrating the tradition of the nativity scene including crèche displays, a lecture, special music and a crèche-making workshop for families. Many events are free. 8 p.m. Dec. 14. Cathedral of Christ the Light, 2121 Harrison St., Oakland. $35-$65 www.ctlcathedral.org.

Young Women's Chorus of San Francisco. A performance of "Celestial Voices," by the Young Women's Chorus of San Francisco and harpist Karen Gottlieb. 8 p.m. Dec. 14. St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 114 Montecito Ave., Oakland. $10 to $25. 415-312-7787, ywcp.org.

Sixth Annual Holiday Jazz and Blues Concert. Internationally acclaimed recording artist Nicolas Bearde performs jazz to soul to blues, including holiday grooves. 8 p.m. Dec. 14. Piedmont Piano Co, 1728 San Pablo Ave at 18th Ave., Oakland. $20 advance/$25 door. 510-547-8188, www.piedmontpiano.com.