Top Tickets: December 16-22
Diablo’s can’t-miss events of the coming week: A Joycean Christmas in Berkeley, Fantasy Forum’s The Biggest Gift, the Blackhawk Chorus, Carols in the Caves, and the dazzling exhibit "Cartier and America."
The Biggest Gift
Another week of mostly holiday events offers an Irish Christmas celebration in Berkeley, an interactive play for kids, the Blackhawk Chorus, Wine Country’s Carols in the Caves, and the dazzling jewels of Cartier. Here are your Top Tickets…
December 17–19: A Joycean Christmas
An alternative to traditional Nutcracker and Christmas Carol performances, Wilde Irish Productions presents A Joycean Christmas. The evening includes selected Irish Christmas stories by James Joyce, live Celtic music and dancing, and mulled wine and flaming plum pudding. Gaia Arts Center, 2116 Allston Way, Berkeley, 8 p.m., $25, (510) 644-9940, wildeirish.org.
December 18–20: The Biggest Gift
What if Santa doesn’t receive the letters children send him for Christmas? In Fantasy Forum Actors Ensemble’s interactive annual production, dastardly rats have stolen the letters, and audience members have to help the elves get them back and save Christmas. Lesher Center for the Arts, 1601 Civic Dr., Walnut Creek, $13, (925) 943-7469, fantasyforum.org.
December 19: Carols, Rejoice!
The 130-member Blackhawk Chorus rings in the holiday season with a program of sacred and secular music, from “And the Glory of the Lord” by Handel to “Nutcracker Jingles” by James Pierpoint. They are accompanied by the Golden Gate String Quartet. Dougherty Valley Performing Arts Center, 10550 Albion Rd., San Ramon, 4 p.m., $14–$24, (925) 973-3345, blackhawkchorus.com.
December 19–20: Carols in the Caves
The sounds of dulcimers, flutes, psalteries, drums, and bells reverberate underground at the annual Carols in the Caves performances, which celebrate the Winter Solstice with ancient folkloric instruments. Due to acoustics, the show is open to ages 11 and up only, and wine is available for purchase. Hans Fahden Vineyards, 4855 Petrified Forest Rd., Calistoga, 2 p.m., $45, (707) 224-4222, cavemusic.com.
December 19–April 18: Cartier and America
Ogle more than 200 exquisite jewels at the Legion of Honor’s Cartier and America exhibit, featuring rock crystal and diamond bracelets worn by Gloria Swanson in the movie Sunset Boulevard, Daisy Fellowes’ famous “Tutti Frutti” necklace, and the 10.47-carat emerald-cut diamond engagement ring of Princess Grace of Monaco. Legion of Honor, 34th Avenue and Clement Street, San Francisco, closed Mondays, $6–$10 admission plus $10 exhibition surcharge, (415) 750-3600, legionofhonor.org.
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