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Details: Through Jan. 14; San Francisco Playhouse; $30-$75; 415-677-9596, sfplayhouse.org. 3 December People — A Classic Rock Christmas: December People is a recurring outfit of Bay Area musicians who have jammed with Boston, Santana, Sammy Hagar Band and other heavyweights. Every holiday season, they gather to play a benefit show that delivers holiday songs in the style of famous classic rock acts. This year’s show benefits Downtown Streets Team, a Bay Area nonprofit fighting homelessness.
Details: 8 p.m, Dec, 1; City National Civic, San Jose; $30-$250; sanjosetheaters.org, 4 “Scrooge opi ballet slippers in Love”: Ebenezer has already done the redemption thing, now he’s looking to get lucky, That’s more or less the idea behind this musical by Larry Grossman, Kellen Blair and Duane Poole, which takes place a year after the end of “A Christmas Carol” and finds Mr, Scrooge dealing with more ghosts, including Jacob Marley, in his quest to find a long lost love, San Francisco’s 42nd Street Moon is presenting the show that it debuted last year..
Details: Dec. 7.-24; Marines’ Memorial Theatre, San Francisco; $15-$75; http://42ndstmoon.org. 5 “Hairspray”: Almost as enjoyable as the R&B-fueled songs in this stage adaptation of the famed John Waters film is the story about a plucky girl fighting for her dream and teaching the straight arrows around her a lesson in acceptance along the way. The show is getting a production by Children’s Musical Theatre of San Jose’s Marquee Productions. Details: Dec. 2-11; Montgomery Theater, San Jose; $25-$30;408-288-5437, www.cmtsj.org.
6 Petra Haden and Jesse Harris: Haden, the inventive and talented singer known for her collaborations with Bill Frisell (“When You Wish Upon a Star”) and her insane solo re-creation of “The Who Sell opi ballet slippers Out”, has teamed with guitarist-singer-songwriter Harris on a new album “Seemed Like a Good Idea.” The pair will showcase the release with a series of shows this weekend at SFJazz Center’s Joe Henderson Lab in San Francisco, Details: 7 and 8:30 p.m, Dec, 3; 5:30 and 7 p.m, Dec, 4; $25-$25; www.sfjazz.org..
7 “Nutz RE-Mixed”: Tandy Beal, the former artistic director of the Pickle Family Circus, and her company do a wide-ranging riff on the “Nutcracker” story that features dancers, circus artists, Mongolian contortionists and gymnasts and an updated score that takes on a world music sound and includes the terrific a cappella ensemble SoVoSó. But the production is headed into its final weekend. Details: through Dec. 4; Hammer Theatre Center, San Jose; $25-$65; 408-924-8501, www.NutzRemixed.com.
8 And more “Nutcrackers”: Here are three productions opi ballet slippers kicking off or ending this week, San Jose Dance Theatre’s “Nutcracker” features former Silicon Valley Ballet members Ommi Pipit-Suksun and Rudy Candia and accompaniment by the Cambrian Symphony (Dec, 2-11 at Center for the Performing Arts, San Jose; $32-$65; www.sjdt.org); Western Ballet brings back its annual production (Dec, 2-4; Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts; $28-$33; www.westernballet.org); and Ballet Petit’s 38th annual production features an all-ages cast (2 and 7 p.m, Dec, 3-4; Chabot College Theatre of Performing Arts, Hayward; $20-25; 510-783-4958, balletpetit.com)..
9 Rocky Mountain Christmas: Jim Curry has earned praise far and wide for his John Denver tribute shows, perhaps because his performances reflect a talented singer interpreting songs he loves rather than a impersonation act. Curry is touring again with his holiday show, which comes to the Firehouse Arts Center in Pleasanton on Dec. 4. Details: 2 and 7 p.m.; $17-$27; 925-931-4848, www.firehousearts.org. 10 “Geeks vs. Zombies”: If you want an escape from the usual seasonal offerings, how about a raunchy, blood-soaked epic about four geeks who emerge as heroes during a zombie apocalypse because of their video game skills and vast knowledge of zombie movies. Kudos to Pear Theatre Company for recognizing that the holidays need a little counter-programming now and then.
Running Dreamz Productions, “Riches to Rags.” 6 and 8 p.m, Dec, 1, Three techies turned comics: Richard Sarvate, Abhay Nadkarni and Samson Koletkar, Second Stage, Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St., Mountain View, $17 advance, $22 at the door, 650-903-6000 or mvcpa.com, Menlowe Ballet, “It’s A Wonderful Nutcracker.” Dec, 9-11 and Dec, 16-18, Menlo-Atherton Performing Arts Center, 555 Middlefield Road, Atherton, $35-$65, www.menloweballet.org or opi ballet slippers 800-595-4849Pacific Ballet Academy, 26th annual production of “The Nutcracker.” 1, 6 p.m, Nov, 25, 26; 12:30 and 4 p.m, Nov, 27, Directors Marion and Rima Chaeff, Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St., Mountain View, $25-$30, www.mvcpa.com, 650-903-6000 or www.pacificballet.org, 650-969-4614Peninsula Ballet Theatre, “Nutcracker.” 1 and 5 p.m, Dec, 17; 2 p.m, Dec, 18, Fox Theatre, 2215 Broadway St., Redwood City, $30-$60, www.peninsulaballet.org/ticketsPeninsula Ballet Theatre, “Nutcracker Sweet” (45-minute condensed “Nutcracker” for ages 3-6), 10:30 a.m., noon, 2:30 p.m, and 4 p.m, Dec, 3, 4, 10, 11, Studio One Theatre, 1880 S, Grant St., San Mateo, $20 for children, $25 for adults, www.peninsulaballet.org/sweet-ballet-productionsresplenDANCE Collaborative Arts, “Sugar and Spice.” 2 and 7:30 p.m, Dec, 3, Second Stage, Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St., Mountain View, $17-$27. 650-903-6000 or mvcpa.comSmuin Ballet, “The Christmas Ballet.” 8 p.m, Dec, 7-11, Three world premieres, Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St., Mountain View, $25-$72, www.smuinballet.org or 650-903-6000Western Ballet, “The Nutcracker.” 7 p.m, Dec, 2; 1 and 7 p.m, Dec, 3; 1 p.m, Dec, 4, Artistic Director Alexi Zubiria, Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St., Mountain View, $28-$33, 650-903-6000 or mvcpa.com..