“Great Expectations”: Charles Dickens’ masterpiece comes to life in the West Coast premiere of a rollicking adaptation by Gale Childs Daly; Nov. 29-Dec. 16; Town Hall Theatre, Lafayette; $18-$30; 925-283-1557, www.townhalltheatre.com. “Vampire Christmas”: Comedy by San Francisco theater impresarios Allison Page and Stuart Bousel; Nov. 29-Dec. 15; Exit Theatre, San Francisco, $20-$30; www.theexit.org. “The Golden Girls: The Christmas Episodes”: Drawn from the iconic TV series and starring San Francisco drag stars Heklina, Matthew Martin, D’Arcy Drollinger and Holotta Tymes; Nov. 29-Dec. 23; Victoria Theatre, San Francisco; $25-$50; www.thegoldengirlslive.com.
USS Hornet party: Highlights include music by the Swingin’ Blue Stars’ Andrews Sisters tribute show, 3 O’Clock Jump (plus free dancing lessons), silent auction, cash bars and refreshments, and great vantage point to watch the San Francisco fireworks show; 7:30 p.m, aboard the World War II aircraft-carrier-turned-museum, docked at 707 W, Hornet Ave., Pier 3, Alameda; $45-$85; www.uss-hornet.org or 510-521-8448, New Year’s Eve at Bimbo’s: The iconic North Beach club is set to greet the new year e-traces ballet shoes with a performance by Gold Star Soul Revue, a pop/soul/rock/blues act that covers songs by Etta James, Smokey Robinson, Irma Thomas, Stevie Wonder, Chubby Checker and others, Gaucho, a gypsy jazz sextet, opens the show, Oh, and we definitely should mention that “the Girl in the Fishbowl” is scheduled to make an appearance, Details: 8 p.m.; Bimbo’s 365 Club, San Francisco; $60-$65; www.bimbos365club.com..
Gallery Saratoga: Works by local artists. The gallery is open 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. Gallery Saratoga, 14435A Big Basin Way, Saratoga. 408-867-0458 or gallerysaratoga.com. Saratoga History Museum: Exhibits focusing on local history. Admission and parking are free. Museum is open Friday-Sunday, 1-4 p.m. 20450 Saratoga-Los Gatos Road. 408-867-4311 or saratoga history.com. Saratoga’s Got Talent: An opportunity for all Saratogans to share their talent and have a good time. Live musical performances, dance, karaoke, stand-up comedy and more–just about anything goes. Kids perform the first hour, and adults after. Every month has a different theme. First and third Friday of each month, 7-10:30 p.m. Blue Rock Shoot, 14523 Big Basin Way, Saratoga. Check for event updates at facebook.com/ValleyTalent or subscribe to the email group, groups.google.com/group/ValleyTalent. saratogatal ent.com.
Finnish choreographer Elo’s “Glow-Stop,” first set on American Ballet Theatre in 2006, combines the classical and modern in both its steps and music, Elo pairs the classical vocabulary, as punctuated by his own inventive twists and quirks, with the last movement of Mozart’s Symphony No, 28 and the slow movement from Philip Glass’ “Tirol” Concerto for Piano and Orchestra, Danced in red velvet costumes designed by e-traces ballet shoes Zack Brown, it’s an engaging eye-catcher..
This was also the first performance by the company (formerly Ballet San Jose) under its new name, and the first time an American ballet troupe has been granted the right to dance this classic with Alonso’s choreography. Artistic director José Manuel Carreño started dreaming of creating this production when he took the company’s reins for the 2013-14 season. It took a year and a half to arrange the rights and secure guest teacher-coaches from Cuba to train the company in the requisite Romantic style.
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