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A Civil War Christmas An American Celebration   Thursday Nov 30 - ...   $18-$30

A Civil War Christmas An American Celebration

Town Hall Theatre “Generations” Season 2017-2018 celebrates this holiday season with the warm and deeply-moving musical play, A CIVIL WAR CHRISTMAS: An American Musical Celebration, by Pulitzer Prize-winner Paula Vogel, with music by Daryl Waters. A CIVIL WAR CHRISTMAS will have 12 performances, including two previews, November 30 through December 16, 2017, at Town Hall Theatre Company, 3535 School Street, in Lafayette, CA. Tickets are $18 - $30, and are available through the Box Office at (925) 283-1557 or online at www.TownHallTheatre.com. Ms. Vogel sets her play on the bitterly cold Christmas Eve of 1864, in Washington, D.C. In the White House, President and Mrs. Lincoln plan their gift-giving, while on the banks of the frozen Potomac a young rebel soldier is captured by a Union blacksmith; nearby John Wilkes Booth hatches a plot with conspirators; and an enslaved woman and her daughter become separated on their journey to freedom. Featuring hymns and carols of the period, Ms. Vogel’s A Civil War Christmas masterfully interweaves stories of lives from both sides of the Civil War, sharing messages of compassion, good will and wishes for peace. “We are often given very isolated narratives and accounts of the Civil War and to look at just one night in the lives of such a cross section of folk is deeply moving, and affirming,” says director Dawn Monique Williams. “I'm glad that Paula Vogel wrote this story of hope; it is uniquely American and certainly asks us to go on a journey with spirits from our past, present, and future.” SHOWTIMES: Nov 30 – Dec 16, 2017 Thursdays and Fridays @ 8:00pm Saturday, December 2 @ 8:00pm Saturdays, December 9 and December 16 @ 3:00pm & 8:00pm Sunday, Dec. 10 @ 2:00 PM CLOSES: December 16

When: Thursday Nov 30 - Saturday Dec 16

Where: 3535 School Street Lafayette CA

Admission: $18-$30

WebSite: https://www.townhalltheatre.com

Contact: Susan E Evans, Press@TownHallTheatre.com, 925-283-1557

Category: Performing Arts 11 id: 14341

Reality Check   Wednesday Dec 6 - ...   $10-$15

Reality Check

On Munirah’s birthday a package arrives in her house without anyone noticing. She and her friends unwrap it to find a seemingly ordinary board game called Reality Check. However, once the dice have been rolled Munirah and her friends find themselves trapped within the game in a race against time, stuck in a world that is constantly challenging everything they think they know. Join us for a hilarious night of fun, laughter, and friendship sure to challenge your way of thinking and destined to give you a Reality Check.

When: Wednesday Dec 6 - Saturday Dec 9

Where: 351 RAILROAD AVE # 200 Pittsburg CA

Admission: $10-$15

WebSite: http://www.pittsburgcaliforniatheatre.com/

Contact: California Theatre Theatre, info@pittsburgcaliforniatheatre.com, 9254271611

Category: Performing Arts 11 id: 14381

Santa Clara Ballets NUTCRACKER   Saturday Dec 9 - ...   $26-38

Santa Clara Ballets NUTCRACKER

The Santa Clara Ballet Company's 44th annual production of Benjamin Reyes' full-length, traditional version of the Nutcracker ballet is a holiday family favorite with sparkling choreography set to the renowned music of P.I. Tchaikovsky. Sat. December 9, 2017 at 2pm and 7pm Sun., December 10, 2017 at 1pm and 5pm The Santa Clara Convention Center Theatre 5001 Great America Parkway Santa Clara, CA 95054 Andre Reyes, former principal dancer at the San Francisco Ballet, will return to perform with the Santa Clara Ballet Company, joined by Marcos Vedovetto most recently with the San Francisco Opera Ballet, Sharon Kung, with Dance Theatre of San Francisco and Mikhail Guz, Principal Dancer with the Santa Clara Ballet Company. Rowan Allegra will reprise her role with the Santa Clara Ballet as the Sugar Plum Fairy. http://www.santaclaraballet.com/the-nutcracker.html

When: Saturday Dec 9 - Sunday Dec 10

Where: 5001 Great America Parkway Santa Clara CA

Admission: $26-38

WebSite: https://santaclaraballet.brownpapertickets.com/

Contact: Molly Barber, info@santaclaraballet.com, 408-247-9178

Category: Performing Arts 11 id: 14377

Readers Theatre A Christmas Carol   Thursday Dec 14   Free

Readers Theatre A Christmas Carol

This December Charles Dickens’ "A Christmas Carol" will come to life at Person Senior Wing! The classic story will be told in a Readers Theater-style, with an emphasis on the dramatic art of storytelling. Brought to you by director Michael Welch, this theater of the imagination will bring renewed spirit to this holiday tale of transformation and is a real treat for the holidays! Event is FREE, but seating will be limited! Performance is 3pm-4pm. To RSVP, please call 707-543-3745.

When: Thursday Dec 14

Where: 2060 West College Ave Santa Rosa CA

Admission: Free

WebSite: https://www.facebook.com/events/109329446402289

Contact: Joanna Moore, jmoore@srcity.org, 707-543-3745

Category: Performing Arts 11 id: 14302

Christopher Titus Amerigeddon   Thursday Dec 14   $25-$45

Christopher Titus Amerigeddon

Christopher Titus is currently performing his eighth comedy special, Amerigeddon, in sold out theaters all over the country. Employing what he’s labeled ‘hard funny,’ Titus has released seven ninety-minute albums in as many years. He has six one-hour comedy specials currently running on Comedy Central, and his seventh special, Born With a Defect, is set to premiere in 2017. Known for leaving no stone unturned, especially within his own life and family, Titus takes his audience on a 90-minute ride that will leave them exhausted from laughter. To see one of Christopher Titus’ shows is to love him. He also formed a production company, called Combustion Films, which produced his last three specials and most recently, a full-length film called “Special Unit” that is set for release in October 2017.

When: Thursday Dec 14

Where: 351 RAILROAD AVE # 200 Pittsburg CA

Admission: $25-$45

WebSite: http://www.pittsburgcaliforniatheatre.com/

Contact: California Theatre Theatre, info@pittsburgcaliforniatheatre.com, 9254271611

Category: Performing Arts 11 id: 14371

All Thru the Hale A Hawaiian Christmas   Saturday Dec 16   $30

All Thru the Hale A Hawaiian Christmas

N? Mamo No`eau Presents “All Thru the Hale” celebrating the Holidays Hawaiian Style with Oli and Hula of the Traditional Makahiki Season, a Visit by Hawaiian Santa, a Performance of the Macadamian Nutcracker Suite, the Little Tahitian Drummer Boy Plays for You, and Friends and Family Gather at the Hale for a Christmas L?`au.

When: Saturday Dec 16

Where: 351 RAILROAD AVE # 200 Pittsburg CA

Admission: $30

WebSite: http://www.pittsburgcaliforniatheatre.com/

Contact: California Theatre Theatre, info@pittsburgcaliforniatheatre.com, 9254271611

Category: Performing Arts 11 id: 14369

Caf Flamenco Colores de Navidad   Sunday Dec 17   $20/advance, $25/day of show, $12/kids (12 and und

Caf Flamenco Colores de Navidad

Ring in the holiday season with a fiesta! Join us on Sunday, December 17 when Emmy Award-winning dancer Yaelisa presents her annual holiday show in a Spanish-style celebration featuring some old and some new faces. Sevilla’s own Felix de Lola joins the cast as well as fan-favorites Fanny Ara, Mizuho Sato, guitar maestro Jason McGuire “El Rubio,” and a selection of top dancers from Yaelisa’s flamenco academy. Madrid-born, Bay Area-based musicians Javi and Luis Jimenez will also be performing. They’ll bring their signature Spanish flavor on guitar and percussion to the performance, playing gypsy jazz and flamenco with real flair. On the night, our guests will participate in Rumba flamenca on the main floor, sing traditional Spanish holiday songs only sung in Spain and partake of some special holiday cheer featuring sweets and treats imported from Spain. It’s sure to be an enchanting evening to remember with Caminos Flamencos so make sure to bring your family and kids! Ole! Freshly-made paella will be available for purchase from Paul’s Paella.

When: Sunday Dec 17

Where: 2513 Blanding Ave Alameda CA

Admission: $20/advance, $25/day of show, $12/kids (12 and und

WebSite: http://www.rhythmix.org

Contact: Tina Blaine, info@thythmix.org, 510-850-5060

Category: Performing Arts 11 id: 14342

Christmas Time Is Here   Sunday Dec 17   $20-$25

Christmas Time Is Here

Christmas Time is Here! Happiness and Cheer! Yes, everyone around the world celebrates the holiday season in some fashion. Pittsburg Community Theatre invites you to hear familiar and not so familiar holiday songs sung in native languages as we journey around the world and learn some local customs too. An afternoon ready made to help you and yours ring in the holidays.

When: Sunday Dec 17

Where: 351 RAILROAD AVE # 200 Pittsburg CA

Admission: $20-$25

WebSite: http://www.pittsburgcaliforniatheatre.com/

Contact: California Theatre Theatre, info@pittsburgcaliforniatheatre.com, 9254271611

Category: Performing Arts 11 id: 14368

Christmas Time Is Here   Sunday Dec 17   $20-$25

Christmas Time Is Here

Christmas Time is Here! Happiness and Cheer! Yes, everyone around the world celebrates the holiday season in some fashion. Pittsburg Community Theatre invites you to hear familiar and not so familiar holiday songs sung in native languages as we journey around the world and learn some local customs too. An afternoon ready made to help you and yours ring in the holidays.

When: Sunday Dec 17

Where: 351 RAILROAD AVE # 200 Pittsburg CA

Admission: $20-$25

WebSite: http://www.pittsburgcaliforniatheatre.com/

Contact: California Theatre Theatre, info@pittsburgcaliforniatheatre.com, 9254271611

Category: Performing Arts 11 id: 14367

An Irish Christmas   Tuesday Dec 19   $25-$45

An Irish Christmas

Take a journey through Christmas in Ireland with spectacular dance, song and Irish traditional music celebrating the international spirit of the holiday season! A night that sparkles with life and a bit of magic from an award-winning cast! Not to be missed…Ireland at its best…A perfect family event! “… Genuinely astonishing… electric!” – The Village News “… The capacity crowd nearly brought the house down at the end of the evening.” – The Irish Herald

When: Tuesday Dec 19

Where: 351 RAILROAD AVE # 200 Pittsburg CA

Admission: $25-$45

WebSite: http://www.pittsburgcaliforniatheatre.com/

Contact: California Theatre Theatre, info@pittsburgcaliforniatheatre.com, 9254271611

Category: Performing Arts 11 id: 14370

Big Fat Year End Comedy Show   Thursday Dec 28 - ...   $28/advance, $35/door

Big Fat Year End Comedy Show

Pucker up and kiss 2017 goodbye on Thursday, December 28th, when political satirist Will Durst brings his irreverent tribe of merry pranksters back to the Rhythmix stage. Bay area favorite Johnny Steele along with Debi Durst, Michael Bossier, Mari Magaloni, and Arthur Gaus join Will for a hilarious evening of stand-up comedy, improvisation, and sketches riffing through the major news stories of 2017. The troupe vows to lampoon, satirize, mock, scoff, scorn, taunt, tease, rib and ridicule the people and events of the past year and do it with a modicum of taste. Presenting “comedy for people who read, or know someone who does,” Will makes a point of puncturing the pomposity of sacred cows on both sides of the aisle. A five-time Emmy nominee and a regular commentator for audible.com, CNN, and NPR, Will is as current as today’s headlines, as accurate as a sharpshooter, and in the words of the New York Times, “quite possibly the best political satirist working in the country today.” The 25th annual Big Fat Year End Kiss Off Comedy Show features an uproarious collection of riotous skits, songs, sketches, and stand- up, all based on the wacky events that made up 2017. Some calendars are less conducive as subjects of humourosity, but this one gave us Megyn Kelly, Brexit, the Zika virus and bad hombres grabbing nasty women. Lush like a tropical rain forest… WILL DURST Disguised as a former pedicab driver, former waiter/ bartender/ bus boy, former molten steel squeeze molder and former margarine smuggler, Will Durst is the undisputed champ of the All- American sport of bi- partisan bashing. Middleweight division. He is a sworn enemy to all tyrants, foreign and domestic. His abiding motto is “You can’t make stuff up like this.” A dedicated acolyte in the elusive search for the perfect cheeseburger, Durst still slathers ketchup on his hot dogs. JOHNNY STEELE Eschewing his career as a radio show host on the Quake, and a television talk show host on KRON’s Bay TV, Johnny Steele has attached himself like platelets onto the arteries of Bay Area audiences with his fierce and fiery anecdotes detailing family dysfunction and societal breakdowns. Steele is the living breathing conscious of his generation, poking fun and inspiring change from the stage with his high- powered brand of velocity enhanced riffs. DEBI DURST Debi is an established Bay Area comedian who’s opened for everyone from George Carlin to her husband, Will. Her movie roles (Nightmare Before Christmas,) television appearances (Whose Line is it Anyway, Comedy on the Road,) and stage triumphs (annual host of the San Francisco Cable Car Bell Ringing Competition, the Nurse in the Marin Shakespeare production of “Romeo & Juliet”) are too numerous to mention. Debi is also President and Executive Producer for San Francisco’s annual Comedy Celebration Day in Golden Gate Park as well as internationally renowned fashion consultant to the stars. Go Giants! MICHAEL BOSSIER Michael founded and directed the prestigious “Comedy Store Players,” a group whose formative company included Whoopi Goldberg, Robin Williams, Andy Garcia and others in the LA scene then moved back to the Bay Area to claim life-long residency. When asked about the role of comedians in society, said, “I believe we are the canaries in the coal mines. It is our job to digest three newspapers, subscribe to over twenty magazines, surf the web, listen to the radio, and read at least a book a week.” MARI MAGALONI Mari’s illustrious acting career began after leaving her native Texas with small roles in various New York produced television programs, most notably “Law & Order.” Mari is a member of the sketch comedy troupe Comedy Noir. In addition to impersonating Sarah Palin in the troupe’s Obama Roast, Mari plays Joan Rivers in their Hitler Roast and the Virgin Mary in the Jesus Roast. ARTHUR GAUS Arthur Gaus is that rare talent who uses words to paint pictures of societal conflict and intellectual conundrums. A recent University of California- Santa Cruz grad, Arthur, the kid, has earned his comedy stripes by speedily ascending the national comedy ramp, appearing at clubs and colleges all over the country and being an especially requested act in Las Vegas. Go figure. Take note. You saw him here first.

When: Thursday Dec 28 - Friday Dec 29

Where: 2513 Blanding Ave Alameda CA

Admission: $28/advance, $35/door

WebSite: http://www.rhythmix.org

Contact: Rhythmix, info@rhythmix.org, 510.865.5060

Category: Performing Arts 11 id: 14348

Friction Function3 A Performance in response to HymnHum an installation by Ven Voisey   Saturday Jan 6   Free

Friction Function3 A Performance in response to HymnHum an installation by Ven Voisey

Friction / Function Performance Series Curated by Jesse Hewit Friction / Function: 6 January 7pm Aggregate Space Gallery is pleased to announce an exciting new program series made possible by a generous grant from the Kenneth Rainin Foundation’s New & Experimental Works Program (NEW)! This August, ASG will launch the Friction/Function Performance Series. Friction/Function is a multidisciplinary collaboration between ASG and dance artist and curator Jesse Hewit that presents innovative performance works in conjunction with ASG exhibitions. The Friction/Function Performance Series invites performing artists to study and respond to the exhibition of an artist working in another discipline, ultimately creating and presenting a live performance in the exhibition space. ASG and Hewit feel the need for such cross-pollination is especially urgent in today’s political climate; it is imperative that we make space for invigorating and expansive conversations about where we’re at, what needs to be done, and what we can do. The viability of such conversations depends on rigorous collaborations. Working closely with Hewit, who will curate the series, ASG will produce an initial run of the program between August 2017 and July 2018, hosting eight artists working in different modes of performance. Curated by Jesse Hewit: jesse@aggregatespacegallery.org aggregatesspacegallery.org/FrictionFunction This performance is in response to Hymn/Hum an installation by Ven Voisey. Read about the show: With an increasingly rampant output of information, structures, rhythms, and systems, we find ourselves in the midst of densely layered realities: from the cities we construct to the ideologies we abide by. Background noise, both figurative and literal, societal and personal, intentional and inadvertent, can dilute any particular signal making communication between chasms treacherous territory. Aggregate Space Gallery presents sculptor and sound artist Ven Voisey with this installation of instruments and compositions that harness both signal and noise. They are reflections on observed warnings and tensions, as much as they are an attempt to transcend tumultuous makings. Gallery Hours Fridays and Saturdays 1-5pm and by appointment

When: Saturday Jan 6

Where: 801 West Grand Avenue Entrance on West Street Oakland CA

Admission: Free

WebSite: www.aggregatespace.com

Contact: Conrad Meyers, info@aggregatespacegallery.org, 5108323807

Category: Performing Arts 11 id: 14360