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The List: December

Holiday tidings, Baez crooning and a sprinkling of Shrek make our December List sing.


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Diana Tynan

Family Fun
Shrek the Musical
12/1–1/2

The Oscar-winning animated film about an unseemly ogre heads to the stage at San Francisco’s Orpheum Theatre, with 19 new songs, majestic sets, and all the screwball comedy you can handle. shn-sf.com.

 

Theater
Becoming Julia Morgan
12/3–1/9

You may know of architect Julia Morgan’s work (Hearst Castle), but how much do you know about her? Don’t miss this play’s Bay Area premiere at the Morgan-designed Berkeley City Club. juliamorganproject.org.

Outdoors
Bah Humbug 5K Run/Walk
12/4

Work out your inner Scrooge and get the upper hand on holiday sweets by running this San Ramon race, which features a costume contest (Most Grinch-like, Best Group Theme) and ornaments for participants. ci.san-ramon.ca.us/parks.

Food and Wine
Holidays in the Vineyards
12/4–12/5

Savor the season with this annual Livermore Valley wine country festival. Participating wineries will offer special wines, music, tours, gifts, gourmet food, and holiday treats. lvwine.org.

Theater
A Christmas Carol Courtesy of Center Repertory Theatre
12/9–12/19

Center Repertory Company’s production of the Dickens classic has become a beloved East Bay tradition. Celebrate Christmases past, present, and future at the Lesher Center for the Arts in Walnut Creek. centerrep.org.

Music
Let Us Break Bread Together
12/12

Folk singer Joan Baez is a special guest at this annual musical holiday celebration, featuring the Oakland East Bay Symphony, Oakland Symphony Chorus, the Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir, and klezmer band Kugelplex. oebs.org.

Comedy
Big Fat Year-End Kiss-Off XVI
II
12/30
Bid adieu to 2010 with comedians Will Durst and Johnny Steele, satirizing the major news stories of the year in stand-up acts at Livermore’s Bankhead Theater. livermoreperformingarts.org

Where to see lights

If a string or two doesn’t cut it for you, check out these incredible East Bay light displays: Ride through Niles Canyon surrounded by twinkling lights on the Train of Lights (through Dec. 27, ncry.org); Deacon Dave’s walk-through home display features more than 300,000 bulbs (Dec. 3–Jan. 1, casadelpomba.com); the animals get in on the action at ZooLights, with festive LED displays among the habitats at the Oakland Zoo (Dec. 3–Jan. 2, oaklandzoo.org).

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