Holiday Listings 2002

Arts, Crafts, Events, and Performances for the Holidays

Music Under the Stars: The Dmitri Matheny WinterFest presents the story of Frosty the Snowman with music, storytelling, and images projected onto the dome of the Planetarium, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 12, $8-$12, 510-336-7373 (tickets). Chabot Space and Science Center, 10000 Skyline, Joaquin Miller Park, Oakland, 510-336-7300.

New Pickle Circus in "Circumstance": A young woman struggling to survive in the big city joins a band of underground circus performers in the Pickles' new holiday extravaganza; Previews, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13, through Sunday, Dec. 15; Opens, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 18; 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 19, and Friday, Dec. 20, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 21, 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 22, 2 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 26, through Saturday, Dec. 28, 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 29, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 30, 2 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 31, and Wednesday, Jan. 1, $18-$26, 759-8123 (information). Cowell Theater, Herbst Pavilion, Fort Mason, Marina & Buchanan, 345-7575.

The Nutcracker/Ballet San Jose Silicon Valley: Tchaikovsky's perennial holiday favorite choreographed by Dennis Nahat, 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays-Fridays, 1:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, closing performance 4 p.m. Monday, Dec. 23, $22-$65, 408-288-2800 (box office). San Jose Center for the Performing Arts, 255 Almaden (at Park), San Jose.

The Nutcracker/Berkeley City Ballet: The Sugar Plum Fairy, Clara, and the Nutcracker Prince return in this annual favorite, 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13, 1 and 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, and Sunday, Dec. 15, $15-$25. Zellerbach Playhouse, Bancroft & Telegraph, UC Berkeley campus, Berkeley, 510-642-9988.

The Nutcracker/Oakland Ballet: Choreographer Ronn Guidi's retelling of ETA Hoffman's holiday classic, 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13, 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, and Sunday, Dec. 15, 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 20, 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 21, and Sunday, Dec. 22, 2 p.m. Monday, Dec. 23, 11 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 24, $10-$55; 421-8497 (box office), All-Star Night on Friday, Dec. 13 features Bay Area sports and media personalities. Paramount Theatre, 2025 Broadway (at 20th St.), Oakland, 510-465-6400.

The Nutcracker/San Francisco Ballet: The full-length ballet returns with music by the SF Ballet Orchestra, 7 p.m., through Thursday, Dec. 12, 2 and 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13, through Monday, Dec. 23, 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2 and 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 26, through Sunday, Dec. 29, $9-$130, 865-2000 (tickets). War Memorial Opera House, 301 Van Ness (at Grove), 864-3330.

The Nutcracker/Stapleton School of Performing Arts: Tchaikovsky's holiday fantasy with special effects and lavish costumes, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 20, 3 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 21, 1 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 22, $14-$21. Marin Center Veterans Memorial Auditorium, 10 Avenue of the Flags (at Civic Center), San Rafael, 472-3500.

The Nutcracker/Western Ballet: Artur Sultanov, former Kirov Ballet dancer, and Katherine Wells from the Oakland Ballet are featured guest artists at this annual production, 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, Land of the Sweets party follows the 2 p.m. Saturday performance ($7), 2 and 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15, $18.50-$22.50. Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro (at Mercy), Mountain View, 650-903-6000.

Oakland Interfaith Gospel Ensemble: 7 and 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 24, $15. Slim's, 333 11th St. (at Folsom), 522-0333.

The Pacific Mozart Ensemble's Holiday Concert: Opening their 2002-2003 concert series, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13, $15-$20, 705-0848. First Congregational Church, 2345 Channing (at Dana), Berkeley, 510-848-3696; 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15. Old First Church, 1751 Sacramento (at Van Ness), 474-1608.

Peter and the Wolf: Presented by the San Francisco Youth Orchestra, narrated by Rita Moreno, 1 and 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, $10-$41. Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness (at Grove), 864-6000.

Put a Bow on It: The Oakland East Bay Gay Men's Chorus presents its third annual holiday concert, 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, $15, 800-706-2389. Lake Merritt United Methodist Church, 1330 Lakeshore, Oakland, 510-444-0323; 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15, $15, 800-706-2389. First Congregational Church, 2501 Harrison (at 27th St.), Oakland, 510-444-4755.

Say Ray -- A Holiday Miracle: Ron Jones and Michael Rice's story about a mentally disabled man who suddenly becomes rich on Christmas Eve, 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 12, through Saturday, Dec. 14, $15, refreshments and a holiday sing-along with local divas and choirs follow each show. The Marsh, 1062 Valencia (at 22nd St.), 826-5750.

Stomp: The international percussion sensation returns to the Bay Area for a limited run, 8 p.m. Wednesdays-Fridays and Tuesdays, 5 and 9 p.m. Saturdays, additional matinee at 1 p.m. on Wednesday; call for special performance schedule Christmas week, 3 and 7 p.m. Sundays, $25-$9 regular; $45-$65 Dec. 26-31. Marines Memorial Theater, 609 Sutter (at Mason), 877-771-6900.

Teddy Care 2002: Fund-raising cabaret show benefiting Shanti and the children of San Francisco General Hospital, 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15, $15 plus a new teddy bear. Plush Room, York Hotel, 940 Sutter (at Jones), 885-2800.

The Velveteen Rabbit: ODC/San Francisco presents Margery Williams' classic children's tale, 1 p.m., through Friday, Dec. 13, 1 and 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15, $10-$38, 863-6606 (information). Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Theater, 700 Howard (at Third St.), 978-ARTS.

Vienna Woods, New York Lights: Songs of Two Cities: Follow Broadway stars Jason Danieley and Marin Mazzie from the waltzes of Vienna to show-stopping hits of Broadway., 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 29, $15-$83. Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness (at Grove), 864-6000.

Winter Holidays Concert and Sing-Along: Youth in Arts Performing Arts Series presents a holiday sing-along by Dream Circle, which consists of five Marin County children's performers, 9:30 and 11 a.m., Wednesday, Dec. 11, $7, 457-4878 (information). Marin Center Showcase Theater, 10 Avenue of the Flags (at Civic Center), San Rafael, 472-3500.

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