The List: December
Holiday tidings, Baez crooning and a sprinkling of Shrek make our December List sing.
Shrek the Musical
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.
Becoming Julia Morgan
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.
Bah Humbug 5K Run/Walk
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
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.
A Christmas Carol
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.
Let Us Break Bread Together
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.
Big Fat Year-End Kiss-Off XVIII
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).