Dance-Along Nutcracker: The latest silliness from the San Francisco Lesbian/Gay Freedom Band gives the J.K. Rowling treatment to “The Nutcracker”; Dec. 8-9; Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco; $20-$45; sflgfb.townalive.com. San Jose Dance Theatre: Launched in 1966, the South Bay’s longest running “Nutcracker” production features top-shelf professionals like Alison Stroming and Fredrick Davis and the 52-piece Cambrian Symphony; Dec. 7-16; San José Center for the Performing Arts, San Jose. $38-$90; www.sjnutcracker.com.
Of course, included with the ticket price is the opportunity to watch performances by countless other children you have no interest in and who, frankly, are simply not as ballet flats made from recycled plastic adorable or talented as your child, These days, every parent’s fondest wish is for his or her child to deliver a flawless performance, and for that performance to be over before intermission, Frankly, if they were smart, the venues would offer even higher-priced tickets that grant holders the opportunity to be ushered in just for their kids’ performances and then ushered right out again..
Senior Dylan Plane apparently didn’t need a lot of coaching. “He was the first one out there,” said Dylan’s buddy Matt Wilcox, also a senior. “He’s a natural.”. Truthfully, they all looked like they knew what they were doing–and the ladies just loved it. “I’ve got men for you; help yourself,” a Terraces resident named Lydia quipped. Her comment wasn’t that farfetched since there are usually more women than men at the Terraces dance parties.
Tickets are $25 general admission, $12 for students, 17 and under, Call 925-757-9500 or go online at www.elcampaniltheatre.com, Sketching group meets Mondays in Brentwood, BRENTWOOD — Artists are invited to attend an informal weekly figure sketching group hosted ballet flats made from recycled plastic by local artist Big Al Lopez, The group meets most Monday evenings, 6 to 9 p.m, at CR Framing, 700 Harvest Park Drive, Models are clothed, often in colorful costumes from the world of dance and theater, Sessions feature a series of short, creative poses ranging from two to 20 minutes, Drop-ins are welcome, no registration required..
Renaissance comes to life in San Jose: Discovery Meadow becomes a living history book Saturday and Sunday as 800 costumed performers and vendors of the San Jose Renaissance Faire and Fantasy Fest re-create the pageantry and ribaldry of Merrie Olde England. Jesters, jugglers, actors musicians and storytellers will perform, and jousts will go on both days in the Queen’s Tiltyard. Look for a wild array of fantasy characters too, as that event was rained out earlier this year. Details: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, till 5 p.m. Sunday; $8-$18 at the gate, less with online and group discounts at www.sanjosefaire.com.— Linda Zavoral, Staff.