Toe the Line: Ballet San Jose Silicon Valley presents its annual 'Nutcracker,' Dec. 12-28.
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A Season's Dates
Agenda's Thanksgiving Eve Party
With DJ Jean Carlo, DJ Ruckus, DJ Boy Wonder and DJs Carlos C and Bernard Cabigon. Nov. 26. Agenda Lounge, 399 S. First St., San Jose. 408.380.4042.
House music with Jeno, Simon, Harry Who? and Rick Preston. Nov. 26. 8pm. Club Elements, 394 S. Second St., San Jose. No cover before 9pm. 408.947.7070.
KKUP World Music Festival
An annual Thanksgiving extended weekend salute to world music with a myriad of in-studio live, performances. Nov. 26, 5pm, through Nov. 30, midnight. KKUP-FM (91.5). www.kkup.org.
Salvation Army Thanksgiving
A free traditional Thanksgiving meal hosted by the Salvation Army of Santa Clara County. Nov. 27, seniors at 11am, the public at noon. Salvation Army, 359 N. Fourth St., San Jose. 408.282.1165.
Free Thanksgiving Dinners
Co-hosted by Ristorante Don Giovanni and volunteers from St. Francis High School. Nov. 27, 11am-4pm. Ristorante Don Giovanni, 235 Castro St., Mountain View.
Nut-Crackers Both Trad and Rad
San Francisco Ballet Nutcracker
A family dance tradition, with choreography by Lew Christensen. Nov. 28-Dec. 28. War Memorial Opera House, San Francisco. $12 and up. www.sfballet.org.
The New Nut
A reimagined version of the holiday favorite by Tandy Beal with jugglers, rhythmic gymnasts and folklorico group Esperanza Del Valle. Nov. 28-29, 7:30pm; Nov. 29-30, 2pm. Henry J. Mello Center, Watsonville. $18/$20. 831.459.2159.
SJ Dance Theatre Nutcracker
The 38th annual production features the group's new collaboration with Los Gatos Ballet. Dec. 5, 7:30pm; Dec. 6, 2 and 7:30pm; Dec. 7, 1pm. San Jose Center for the Performing Arts. $22-$42. 408.286.9905 or www.ticketguys.com.
Berkeley City Ballet Nutcracker
A holiday tradition now in its 30th year. Dec. 5, 7pm; Dec. 6, 1 and 5pm; Dec. 7, 1 and 5pm. Zellerbach Playhouse, UC-Berkeley campus, near Bancroft and Dana. $15/$25. 510.642.9988.
A concert with the San Francisco lesbian/Gay Freedom Band. Dec. 6, 2:30 and 7pm; Dec. 7, 11am and 3pm. Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 701 Mission St., San Francisco. $14/$21. 415.255.1355.
Ballet San Jose Silicon Valley Nutcracker
Family favorite with lush costumes, choreographed by Dennis Nahat. Dec. 12-28. San Jose Center for the Performing Arts. $19-$68. Also special children's one-act version, Dec. 14, 1:30pm. 408.288.2800.
Western Ballet Nutcracker
With guest artists Jekyns Pelaez, Katherine Wells and Shannon Chain. Dec. 12, 8pm; Dec. 13, 2 and 8pm; Dec. 14, 2 and 6pm. Mountain View Center for the Arts, 500 Castro St., Mountain View. $18.50/$22.50. 650.903.6000.
Santa Clara Ballet Nutcracker
A traditional version, with children and young adults from local dance schools. Dec. 13, 2 and 7pm; Dec. 14, 1 and 5pm. Santa Clara Convention Center Theater, 5001 Great America Pkwy., Santa Clara. $15.50-$25. 408.881.0879.
The National Jewish Theatre Festival turns The Nutcracker into a celebration of Chanukah. Dec. 20-28, 8pm (Sunday and Christmas day shows 3 and 7pm). Cubberley Community Center Theatre, 4000 Middlefield Rd., Palo Alto. $15-$25. 877.456.4TIX.
Tabard Theatre--The Gifts of the Magi. A musical based on two stories by O. Henry. Nov. 7-22. South Valley Christian Church, 590 Shawnee Ln., San Jose. $10-$15 (kids under 4 free). 408.679.2330.
The Bible--The Complete Word of God (Abridged)
A comic epic in condensed form. Nov. 20-Dec. 27. City Lights Theater Company, 529 S. Second St., San Jose. $16-$28. 408.295.4200.
A comic look behind the scenes at a production of A Christmas Carol. Presented by Bus Barn Stage Company. Nov. 20-Dec. 20, Thu-Sat, 8pm; Sun (Nov. 30, 3pm; Dec. 7, 7pm; Dec. 14, 8pm). Bus Barn Theatre, 97 Hillview Ave., Los Altos. $20/$28. 650.941.0551.
The 1940s Radio Hour
A holiday stage treat from South Valley Civic Theatre. Nov. 21-Dec 13. Morgan Hill Community Playhouse. $12/$15. www.svct.org.
The Emperor's New Clothes
A new holiday show from Shakespeare Santa Cruz. Nov. 21-Dec. 14. For ticket and show times, visit www.shakespearesantacruz.org or call the UCSC ticket office at 831.459.2159.
The Tale of the Allergist's Wife
An over-the-top comedy that should take the sting out of shopping. Nov. 26-Dec. 21. San Jose Stage Company, 490 S. First St., San Jose. $20-$42. 408.283.7142.
A traditional shepherd's play is presented by El Teatro Campesino in Spanish. Nov. 28-Dec. 21. Thu-Sun, 8pm, plus Sun matinees at 4pm. Mission San Juan Bautista. $12-$20. 831.623.2444 or www.elteatrocampesino.com.
San Jose Rep presents a holiday comedy by Charles L. Mee designed to keep adult audiences from overdosing on Nutcrackers. Nov. 29-Jan. 4. Wed-Sat, 8pm, Sun, 2 and 7pm. San Jose Repertory Theater, 101 Paseo de San Antonio, San Jose. $18-$30. 408.367.7255.
The Lorraine Hansberry Theatre presents a Langston Hughes musical. Nov. 29-Dec. 21. 620 Sutter St., San Francisco. $25-$32. 415.474.8800.
A Christmas Carol
Presented by American Conservatory Theater. Nov. 29-Dec. 26. Geary Theater, San Francisco. $11-$68. 415.749.2ACT.
The Night Before Chris Mouse
A play by P&T Puppet Theatre. Dec. 2, 7pm. Rosegarden Branch Library, 1580 Naglee Ave., San Jose. 408.998.1512.
A kids' holiday show by Nick Barone Puppets. Dec. 2, 7pm. Cambrian Branch Library, 1780 Hillsdate Ave., San Jose. Free. 408.269.5063.
The Fourth Wall
Much-needed laughs during the holidays in a satire with songs by Cole Porter, presented by TheatreWorks. Dec. 3-28. Lucie Stern Theater, 1305 Middlefield Rd., Palo Alto. $26-$50. 650.903.6000.
A kids' holiday show by Nick Barone Puppets. Dec. 9, 7pm. Santa Teresa Branch Library, 290 International Circle, San Jose. Free. 408.281.1879.
A Christmas Carol
A Dickens tale brought to life by Northside Theatre Company. Dec. 10-28. Olinder Theater, 848 E. William St., San Jose. 408.288.7820.
Holiday Kids Show
A melodrama in the seasonal spirit for young audiences. Dec. 27, 2pm. An adults melodrama follows at 8pm. Gaslighter Theater, 400 E. Campbell Ave., Campbell. $12 kids/$18 adults. 408.866.1408.
Winter Holiday Puppet Show
The King Neighborhood Puppets celebrates Christmas, Chanukah, Kwanzaa and the winter solstice. Dec. 13, 3pm. Martin Luther King Jr. Library, 150 E. San Fernando St., San Jose. 408.808.2183.
A kids' holiday show by Nick Barone Puppets. Dec. 15, 7pm. Calabazas Branch Library, 1230 Blaney Ave., San Jose. Free. 408.996.1536.
Arts & Crafty Notions
Annual Holiday Show
An arts sampler. Nov. 18-Dec. 31. Gallery House, 320 California Ave., Palo Alto. 650.326.1668.
Lace Museum Ornament Sale
Vintage and contemporary lace designs for decorating are on sale through the season. Runs concurrently with "A Doll's Vintage Christmas Party," heirloom dolls in holiday outfits. Through Dec. 24 (exhibit ends Jan. 31). Tue-Sat, 11am-4pm. Lace Museum, 552 S. Murphy Ave., Sunnyvale. 408.730.4695.
Merry Art at Main
A holiday-themed group show. Through Dec. 23, 10am-3pm weekends, 11am-4pm weekdays. The Main Gallery, 1018 Main St., Redwood City, 650.701.1018.
Celebration of Craftswomen
Offering a wide variety of crafts. Nov. 22-23 and 29-30, 10am-6pm. Festival Pavilion, Fort Mason, San Francisco. $5/$7. 415.383.3470.
Village Harvest Holiday Sale
Gift basket items plus a tasting of local vintages. Nov. 22, noon-4pm. Common Ground Garden Supply, 559 College Ave., Palo Alto. 650. 493.6072.
Santa Paws Arts and Crafts Show
Artists and live music, all with an animal theme. Nov. 22, 10am-5pm; Nov. 23, 10am-4pm. Senior Multipurpose Center, Lake Elizabeth, 40086 Paseo Padre Pkwy., Fremont. 510.792.4587.
Arts and crafts plus live entertainment. Nov. 28, 9am-7pm; Nov. 29, 10am-7pm; Nov. 30, 10am-5pm. San Jose Convention Center. See www.harvestfestival.com for details. 800.31.1213.
With music, an art show and a Santa visit. Nov. 29-30, noon-4pm. La Rochelle Winery, 3000 Aborn Rd., San Jose. $9. 274.4000.
Great Dickens Christmas Fair
Food and crafts in a Victorian vein. Weekends, Nov. 29-Dec. 21, 11am-7pm. Cow Palace, 2600 Geneva Ave., San Francisco. $20. 415.897.4555.
Holiday Gift Faire
Arts and crafts, plus carolers and food. Nov. 29, 10m-6pm. Divine Science Church, 1540 Hicks Ave., San Jose. 650.320.8225.
Holiday Book & Craft Sale
A show titled "Small Works," featuring portable art works. Dec. 1-24. Reception, Dec. 5, 5-8pm. Pacific Art League. 668 Ramon St., Palo Alto. 650.321.3891.
The show "Fresh Produce" features gifts by local artists and opens with a reception featuring Christmas carols by Cat Five. Dec. 5, 6pm presale, $20; 8pm till late, free. 180 S. Montgomery St., Unit B, San Jose. 408.271.5151.
WORKS Benefit Arts Auction
One-stop shopping for art presents, with food, music and prices. Preview, Nov. 25-Dec. 6. Auction, Dec. 6, 7pm. WORKS/San Jose, 30 N. Third St., San Jose. 408.295.8378.
Holiday for the Arts
Art works, plus food and wine. Proceeds benefit Visual Arts in the Schools and the Community. Dec. 6, 10am-5pm; Dec. 7, 10am-4pm. Olive Hyde Art Gallery, 123 Washington Blvd., Fremont. 510.656.1246.
Holiday at the Winery
Food and wine tastings, plus gifts. Dec. 6-7 and 12-14, 10am-5pm. Guglielmo Winery, 1480 E. Main Ave., Morgan Hill. 408.779.2145.
Moss Landing Marine Labs Arts and Crafts Fair
With works by local artists for holiday giving. Dec. 5, 10am-6pm. Moss Landing Marine Labs, 8272 Moss Landing Rd., Moss Landing. 831.771.4409.
St. John Vianney Holiday Faire
Handcrafted gifts and homemade goodies, plus a silent auction and a Santa appearance. Dec. 5, 1-9pm; Dec. 6, 10am-5pm; Dec. 7, 8:30am-4pm. St. John Vianney Church, 4600 Hyland Ave., San Jose. 408.258.7832.
Ceramic Arts Sale
Lots of gift ideas from local members of the Orchard Valley Ceramic Arts Guild. Dec. 6-7, 10am-5pm. Hillview Community Center, 97 Hillview Ave., Los Altos. www.ovcag.org.
Mountain Parks Nature Store Holiday Fair
Nature-themed gifts, plus kids' events. Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park, Felton. Dec. 13, 11am-5pm. $5 parking. 831.335.0782 or www.mountainparks.org.
Mission City Opera
A performance of Handel's famed work; donations of nonperishable food items are sought for Second Harvest Food Bank. Nov. 29, 6:30pm. United Methodist Church, 1790 Lincoln Ave., Santa Clara. www.missioncityopera.org.
A concert by For Young Voices. Dec. 6, 6pm. Old Mission San Jose, 43300 Mission Blvd., Fremont. Free. 831.425.0427.
American Bach Soloists
Handel's masterwork performed with period instruments. Dec. 10-11, 7:30pm. Grace Cathedral, San Francisco. $18-$50. 415.621.7900.
Sing- and Play-Along Messiah
A campus and community event. Dec. 12, 8pm. Memorial Church, Stanford. $10/$15.
San Francisco Symphony
Martin Haselböck conducts the sacred-music classic. Dec. 19-20, 8pm. Davies Hall, San Francisco. Call for ticket information. 415.864.6000.
A concert by For Young Voices. Dec. 21, 4pm. 126 High St., Santa Cruz. Free, 831.425.0427.
Peninsula Symphony/Stanford Symphonic Chorus
A choral concert featuring Puccini's Messa di Gloria and Faure's Requiem. Nov. 21, 8pm; Nov. 23, 1:30pm. Memorial Church, Stanford. $20. 650.941.5291.
Eighties/electropunk/sleaze-disko/nowave/funnnk with DJ Jeff Jagged. Nov. 26, 9pm. The Blank Club, 44 S. Almaden Ave., San Jose. $5. 408.292.5265.
San Jose Symphonic Choir--Joy to the Heart
Holiday selections from Daniel Pinkham's Christmas Cantata to K. Lee Scott's Joy to the Heart. Nov. 29, 8pm. St. Joseph Cathedral Basilica, 80 S. Market St., San Jose. $8-$20. 408.879.9709.
Boys Choir of Harlem
A holiday concert with famed choral group. Dec. 2, 8pm. Flint Center, Cupertino. $20-$45. 408.998.TIXS.
Opera for the Holidays
Nancy Wait-Kromm conducts the Santa Clara University Opera Theatre in a performance of Good King Wenceslas and other holiday selections. Dec. 3, noon. Santa Clara University Recital Hall. Free. 408.554.4015.
Trans Siberian Orchestra
Rock and classical mix for program of holiday favorites. Dec. 3, 8pm. $30-$50. Flint Center, Cupertino. 408.864.8916.
Service of Lessons and Carols
With both traditional and contemporary holiday music. Dec. 5-6, 8pm. Memorial Church, Stanford. Free. http://music.stanford.edu/Events/Concerts.html.
Festival of Lights
The Santa Clara University Choral Ensembles perform Vivaldi and Britten; the Jazz Ensemble presents Bending Towards the Light ... A Jazz Nativity. Dec. 5-6, 8pm. Mission Church, Santa Clara University. 408.554.4015.
San Francisco Symphony Deck the Hall
A holiday party for kids with the symphony. Dec. 6, 11am-12:30pm. Davies Hall, San Francisco. $27. 415.864.6000.
Slack Key Christmas
A concert of Hawaiian music with Patrick Landeza and Friends. Dec. 6, 8pm. $15 adv/$17 dr. The Little Fox, 2209 Broadway, Redwood City. 650.FOX.4119.
Rejoice! for Christmas
A medley of seasonal carols, including Charpentier's Messe de Minuit pour Noel. Performed by Bay Area choir Soli Deo Gloria. Dec. 7, 3pm. St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 600 Colorado St., Palo Alto. $15/$20. 415.982.7341.
California Bach Society
A performance of Francisco Guerrero's Christmas Vespers. Dec. 6, 8pm. All Saints' Episcopal Church, 555 Waverley St., Palo Alto. $12-$25. 415. 262.0272.
Dave Koz Smooth Jazz Christmas
With Marc Antoine, Chris Botti, Brian Culbertson and Buddy Caldwell. Dec. 6, 8pm. Masonic Auditorium, San Francisco. $38/$48/$78. 408.998.TIXS.
An unholiday holiday concert features big-band sounds from the Peninsula Pops. Dec. 7, 2:30pm. Spangenberg Theater, 780 Arastradero Rd., Palo Alto. $8-$12. 650.856.8432.
A Chanticleer Christmas
The a cappella men's chorus performs a mix of sacred and secular selections for the holidays. Part of Stanford Lively Arts series. Dec. 10-11, 8pm. Memorial Church, Stanford. $22/$44. 650.725/ARTS.
Choral Christmas Spectacular
Vance George conducts the San Francisco Symphony and Chorus in holiday selections. Dec. 10, 8pm. Flint Center, Cupertino. $29-$60. 415.864.6000.
Slack Key Christmas
A concert of Hawaiian music with Patrick Landeza and Friends. Dec. 10, 8pm. $15/$17. Henfling's Tavern, 9450 Hwy. 9, Ben Lomond. 831.335.1642
KFOG's Concert 4 Kids
With Blues Traveler, Robben Ford and Los Lonely Boys. Dec. 11, 7pm. Flint Center, Cupertino. $20-$40. www.ticketmaster.com.
Santa Clara Chorale
Christmas selections and carols for the season. Dec. 12 and 14, 8pm, Mission Santa Clara. $12/$18. 408.979.0261.
LIVE 105's Not So Silent Night
With Jane's Addiction, Rancid, Offspring, Iggy Pop, Black Eyed Peas, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club and more. Dec. 12, 7pm. Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, San Francisco. $35. 408.998.TIXS
A Ceremony of Carols
The Choral Project sings Britten pieces and works by Tavener and Bruckner. Dec. 12, 8pm. Campbell United Methodist Church, 1675 Winchester Blvd., Campbell. And Dec. 14, 8pm. Holy Cross Church, 126 High St., Santa Cruz. $20/$15. 408.746.0905.
Holidaze in Hicksville
With Dan Hicks and the Hot Licks. Dec. 12, 8pm. The Fillmore, San Francisco. $35. 408.998.TIXS
With a 100-voice choir and full orchestra. Dec. 12, 8pm; Dec. 13, 7pm; Dec. 14, 10am and 3pm. Free. Bethel Church, 1201 S. Winchester Blvd., San Jose. 408.246.6790.
The women's vocal ensemble presents Eastern European songs and carols. Dec. 13, 8pm. Le Petit Trianon, 72 N. Fifth St., San Jose. $15-$20. 510.444.0323.
San Jose Chamber Orchestra--Winter's Gifts
Nontraditional holiday program features Leopold Mozart's Toy Symphony. Conducted by Barbara Day Turner. Dec. 14, 7pm. Le Petit Trianon, 72 N. Fifth St, San Jose. $25/$35. 408.295.4416.
Free Holiday Concert
Holiday favorites performed by the California Youth Symphony. Dec. 14, 2:30pm. Smithwick Theater, Foothill College, Los Altos. www.cys.org.
Santa Clara Chorale
Christmas selections and carols for the season. Dec. 14, 7pm. Saint Andrew's Episcopal Church (Santa Clara?). $12/$18. 408.979.0261.
El Camino Youth Symphony
Holiday selections, featuring concerto competition winners Joojay Huyn, Brian Lee and Claire Han and the ECYS Percussion Ensemble. Dec. 14, 2:30pm. Spangenberg Theater, Gunn High School, 780 Arastradero Rd., Palo Alto. $5/$10. 650.327.2611.
Brian Setzer Orchestra Christmas Extravaganza
Swing in the holidays. Dec. 14, 7pm. Flint Center, Cupertino. $35.5-$69.50. 408.864.8916
Colors of Christmas
Peabo Bryson, Sheena Easton, Christopher Cross and Irene Cara join forces for a seasonal concert. Dec. 15-18, 8pm. Davies Hall, San Francisco. $15-$74. 415.864.6000.
XXX-Mas Fetish XXX-Travaganza
An anti-holiday holiday of sorts. Dec. 18. The Edge, 260 S. California Ave., Palo Alto. 650.321.6464.
Holiday Hoe Down
With Stunt Monkey, the Muckruckers, Richard Snakedick and Triple Nipple. Dec. 20, 7pm. Mitchell Park Community Center, 3800 Middlefield Rd., Palo Alto. 650.329.2488.
The Wondrous Sounds of Christmas
With the San Francisco Saxophone Quartet and harpists Douglas Rioth and Karen Gottlieb. Dec. 21, 2 and 7:30pm. Davies Hall, San Francisco. $10-$50. 415.864.6000.
A concert by For Young Voices. Dec. 21, 4pm. Free. 126 High St., Santa Cruz. 831.425.0427
A Chanticleer Christmas
The San Francisco men's chorus performs sacred works, spirituals and carols. Dec. 22, 6 and 8:30pm. $25-$37. Mission Santa Clara, 500 El Camino Real, Santa Clara. 415.392.4400.
Parades and More
American Ice Theatre
Jodi Porter leads a troupe of Bay Area figure skaters in a holiday program that includes a salute to Dennis Nahat of the ballet San Jose Silicon Valley. This performance opens the downtown ice rink for the season. Nov. 20, 6pm. Free. Market and Viola streets, San Jose.
Santa at Stanford
St. Nick starts the season with a visit to the Stanford Shopping center; arts and crafts activities for all ages. Nov. 20, 6-8:30pm. 650.617.8585.
Downtown Ice Skating
The ice rink is open through Jan. 19 We're not sure why, but the Downtown Association assures us that this is "a real morale boost for San Jose during these sluggish economic times." Nov. 21-Jan. 19. Market and Viola streets, San Jose. www.sjdowntown.com.
Tree of Dreams
Gifts are collected for Boys & Girls Club of the peninsula. Nov. 22-Dec. 24. During this period families can have photos taken with Santa; a part of the proceeds goes to Achievekids. Stanford Shopping Center. 650.617.8585.
Fantasy of Lights
An annual drive-through holiday display. Nov. 27-Dec. 31, 6-10pm. Vasona Lake County Park, Los Gatos. $9/$13 per car.
Macy's Union Square Tree Lighting
An 80-foot tree is turned on in a benefit for UCSF Children's Hospital. Nov. 28, 6pm. Union Square, San Francisco.
Santana Row Holiday Wreath Silent Auction
Designer wreaths go up to the highest bidder. Proceeds benefit Boys and Girls Clubs of Silicon Valley. Nov. 29-Dec. 1. Bidding ends Monday at 9pm. Santana Row, Winchester and Stevens Creek boulevards, San Jose.
The seasonal theme at Filoli Gardens is "opening night at the opera." Event includes holiday choral ensembles and children's parties. Nov. 29-Dec. 6. Filoli, 86 Canada Rd., Woodside. For ticket info, call 650.364.8300.
For children, with Jack Frost. Presented by Nick's Dance Studio. Dec. 2, 7:30pm. Educational Park Branch Library, 1770 Educational Park Dr., San Jose. 408.272.3664.
San Jose Holiday Parade
The biggest seasonal parade in Northern California. Dec. 7, starting at 8:30am. www.sanjoseholidayparade.com.
Presented by the Jazz Age Music Network. Dec. 7, 10am-6pm. Santa Clara Senior Center, 1303 Fremont St., Santa Clara. 408.985.8890.
With fiddler Bonnie Rideout and an ensemble of Celtic performers. need details. Dec. 7, 3 and 7pm. Fox Theatre Redwood City. www.villamontalvo.org.
A benefit comedy show for Toys for Tots. 7pm, $15 (and bring an unwrapped toy). Rooster T. Feathers Comedy Club, 157 W. El Camino Real, Sunnyvale. 408.736.0921.
Toys for Tots Christmas Dinner
Harpist Barbary Grant performs at South Bay Scottish Society fundraiser for Toys for Tots program. Dec. 13, 5:30pm. King's Head Pub, 201 Orchard City Dr., Campbell. $25/$28. Reserve by Dec. 8. 408.370.7949 or www.southbayscots.org.
Santa visits the library. Dec. 13, 2-5pm. Educational Park Branch Library, 1770 Educational Park Dr., San Jose. 408.272.3664.
Santa at the Library
Books and treats for children, plus a picture op. Dec. 17, 6-8:30pm, East San Jose Carnagie Branch Library, 1102 E. Santa Clara St., San Jose. 408.998.2069.
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