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Top Tickets: December 9-15

Dec 9, 2009 - 01:50 PM
Top Tickets: December 9-15

The Hard Nut / photo by Peter DeSilva

The holiday events continue this week, of course, including A Christmas Carol, a grand menorah lighting, a hilarious revamp of The Nutcracker, festive flamenco dancing, a White Christmas screening, and an old-fashioned Yuletide at Ravenswood Historic Site. Here are your Top Tickets…

December 10–20: A Christmas Carol
A local holiday tradition for 12 years, Center REP brings Charles Dickens’ classic to the stage. The whole family will enjoy the magical tale of Scrooge, Tiny Tim, and the ghosts of Christmases past, present, and future. Plus, if you’re a teacher, check out the special Teacher’s Night Out pre-show gatherings with cookies and coffee. Lesher Center for the Arts, 1601 Civic Dr., Walnut Creek, $29–$41, (925) 943-7469, lesherartscenter.org.

December 11–18: Chanukah Menorah Lighting
Contra Costa’s largest menorah is in Broadway Plaza, and each day for a week, the Chabad of Contra Costa will celebrate Chanukah by gathering for a lighting. On Sunday, December 13, enjoy live music, dreidels, doughnuts, and face painting from 4 to 6 p.m. Broadway Plaza, near the fountain, Walnut Creek, times vary, free, (925) 937-4101, jewishcontracosta.com.

December 11–20: The Hard Nut
Mark Morris Dance Group returns to the East Bay to present The Hard Nut, a hilarious and stunning revamp of the classic holiday ballet. If you’re like me, and you’ve seen The Nutcracker about 3,431 times, it’s a fresh and fun way to mix things up. Zellerbach Hall, Telegraph Avenue and Bancroft Way, Berkeley, $36–$62, (510) 642-9988, calperformances.org.

Carolé Acuña in Fiesta NavideñaDecember 12: Fiesta Navideña
The Brisas de España Flamenco-Spanish Dance Company heats things up in Concord with Fiesta Navideña, featuring dancers Carolina Lugo and Carolé Acuña and the rest of the company, singer Roberto Zamora, and guitarist Daniel Torres. Cue Productions, 1853 Colfax St., Concord, 8 p.m., $20–$25, (800) 838-3006, carolinalugo.com.

December 12: White Christmas
The California Independent Film Festival celebrates the holiday—and its new home at the Orinda Theatre—with a screening of the 1954 film White Christmas, as well as carolers from Miramonte High School’s chamber choir. For more information, and a chance to win tickets, check out Pete's Popcorn Picks blog. Orinda Theatre, at Camino Pablo Road, Orinda, screenings at 4 and 7 p.m., $13–$15, (925) 277-1355, caiff.org.

December 13: Yuletide, A Victorian Christmas
Tour the historic Ravenswood Estate—developed by Christopher Buckley Sr. in the 1880s—when it is decorated for Christmas. While you’re there, enjoy carriage rides, holiday entertainment, and a Victorian gift shop. Ravenswood Historic Site, 2647 Arroyo Rd., Livermore, 12–4 p.m., free, http://www.larpd.dst.ca.us/.

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