The List: December
Warm up winter with steam punk acrobats, Livermore wine, DIY art, and a masked ball.
Kurios: Cabinet of Curiosities
(11/14–1/18) Cirque du Soleil goes steam punk in this new production, featuring a strongman and a porcelain doll, an invisible circus, and deep-sea contortionists, at San Francisco’s AT&T Park. cirquedusoleil.com.
Red Hot Patriot
(11/21–1/4) Oscar and Tony Award nominee Kathleen Turner portrays newspaper columnist Molly Ivins in this one-woman show at Berkeley Rep that weaves together Ivins’ personal anecdotes and her fiery take on politics. berkeleyrep.org.
Holidays in the Vineyards
(12/6–12/7) Celebrate the season in Livermore wine country, where 40 wineries deck their halls and open their doors for special holiday tastings, live entertainment, arts and crafts, and a Toys for Tots drive. lvwine.org.
The Jealous Curator
(12/7–2/1) Have you ever looked at art and said, “I wish I’d thought of that!” Inspired by art blog The Jealous Curator, this Bedford Gallery exhibit highlights contemporary artists and invites guests to make their own masterpieces. bedfordgallery.org.
A Christmas Story
(12/11) Watch a free screening of this holiday classic at Orinda Theatre followed by a Q&A with two members of the cast: Zack Ward (bully Scut Farkus) and Scott Schwartz (frozen pole licker Flick). lamorindatheatres.com.
(12/11–12/14) Leonardo da Vinci’s The Last Supper and other famous artworks are re-created onstage at Walnut Creek’s NorthCreek Church—thanks to costumes, elaborate makeup, and people who can hold really, really still. thestoryinart.com.
James and the Giant Peach
(12/20–12/21) Bay Area Children’s Theatre brings to life Roald Dahl’s tale of a boy who travels the world inside an enchanted peach, with music from Tony-nominated composers Benji Pasek and Justin Paul, at Dougherty Valley Performing Arts Center. bactheatre.org.
New Year’s Eve Venetian Carnevale
(12/31) Ring in 2015 at a masked ball at Berkeley’s Claremont Hotel Club and Spa. Dine, dance, toast, and don’t worry about getting home: You can stay the night. claremontresort.com.
For even more events, check out the Community Calendar and the weekly Top Tickets blog at diablomag.com.