Got weekend plans? We have some sharp ideas (Dec. 7)


So, what are you doing this weekend?

If you’re weighing options, we’re here to help with cool ideas of stuff to do in the Bay Area Dec. 7-10 and beyond.

Let’s start off with the roof-rattling holiday tradition that is modern rock radio station Live 105’s Not So Silent Night (or NSSN, to aficionados). The event in recent years has been expanded to two shows and this year’s lineups are chock full of A-List acts — The Lumineers, Portugal. The Man, Vance Joy, The Killers, Weezer, Foster the People, Walk the Moon and more. Jim Harrington has more on the shows here.

Nothing says wholesome holiday cheer like the snark-filled neurotic observations of David Sedaris. The popular author and humorist recounted his somewhat-less-than-blessed experiences working in a department store during the holiday crunch in “The Santaland Diaries.” Now, TheatreWorks Silicon Valley is presenting a one-person show based on Sedaris’ memoir, starring accomplished Bay Area actor Max Tachis. Details are here.

Speaking of performances drawn from first-class prose, NPR is bringing its “Selected Shorts,” live readings of popular works of fiction, to Stanford’s Bing Concert Hall, with “Criminal Minds” actress Kirsten Vangsness as the host. Details are here.

If you’ve not heard the glorious and ethereal sound of Kitka, the Bay Area women’s choir that traces a variety of Eastern European musical traditions, the holidays are a good time to remedy that. The chorus’ annual holiday show, “Wintersongs,” is a delight, and it’s being performed across the Bay Area. More details are here.

Composer Anna Clyne

The East Bay hosts two notable classical music concerts in the next few days. On Dec. 7, the Berkeley Symphony presents the West Coast premiere of raved-about young composer Anna Clyne’s work “Abstractions.” Details are here. And on Dec. 10, the acclaimed Takács Quartet and all-world pianist Garrick Ohlsson are teaming up at UC Berkeley. As classical music writer Georgia Rowe puts it, “expect to be dazzled.” She has more details on the concert here.

And in Stanford, Violinist Lara St. John will be playing her famed 1779 Guadagnini instrument to accompany a screening of the 1999 cult classic movie “The Red Violin.” Details on the performance are here.

With “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” due to land in theaters Dec. 15, the world will be reminded again what a wonderful actress and personality we lost when Carrie Fisher died last year. Her half-sister, Joely Fisher,

Source:: East Bay – Entertainment

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