PigPen Theatre Co.’s The Tale of Despereaux: A New Musical
11/21 Berkeley Repertory Theatre offers a show for the whole family with a musical stage retelling of the Newbery Medal-winning novel by Kate DiCamillo. The play tells the story of a mouse who aspires to be a knight, and learns that even though he is small, he can change the world. berkeleyrep.org.
Annual Tree Lighting
11/22 Oakland’s Jack London Square comes alight—literally—during the waterfront’s lighting ceremony for a 50-foot Christmas fir. The event, which is expected to draw more than 2,500 people, will also include live entertainment, pop-up shops, and an artisan market. jacklondonsquare.com.
The Christmas Ballet
11/22-11/23 Celebrate the season at the Lesher Center for the Arts in Walnut Creek with Smuin Contemporary Ballet, as they present dance selections set to both classic carols and contemporary pop hits. The performance styles will span ballet, jazz, and tap dancing. lesherartscenter.org.
The Great Dickens Christmas Fair
11/23-12/22 Take a day trip across the water to San Francisco’s Cow Palace for the 20th anniversary of the Dickens Fair. Wear your best Victorian holiday attire to visit a labyrinth of theatres, music halls, shops, and dance parties that could have sprung directly from Dickens’s classic novels. dickensfair.com.
11/23 Brittany Howard of Alabama Shakes performs at the Fox Theater in Oakland while on tour for her debut solo album, Jaime. Howard’s iconic rock-and-roll voice is the powerhouse behind Alabama Shakes hits "Hold On" and "Don’t Wanna Fight," as well as her own "History Repeats." thefoxoakland.com.
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