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- John Legend brings his A Legendary Christmas tour to the Fox Theater in Oakland.
A Legendary Christmas Tour
When Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter John Legend isn’t being a husband to Chrissy Teigen, a dad to Luna and Miles, or calling out Trump and Kanye West for their racist and misogynistic rhetoric, he’s busy putting out records. A departure from his past five albums, Legend’s latest has him joining the ranks of Mariah Carey and many others with his very own Christmas album. Legend will be bringing his A Very Legendary Christmas tour to the Fox Theater for back-to-back shows. Unlike a lot of Fox shows where you have to fight your way to the front of the crowd, these concerts are all assigned seating, which means that you can enjoy Legend, his Santa hat, and his piano in comfort. — Azucena Rasilla
Friday Dec. 21, and Saturday, Dec. 22, 7 p.m., $149-$249+, 1807 Telegraph Ave., Oakland, TheFoxOakland.com
Culinary & Wine
2018 Officers' Holiday Tea: Enjoy tea in the Officers' Wardroom at this winter tea service. Eat and drink from vintage USN china aboard the historic aircraft carrier USS Hornet and explore the ship. All tickets to tea include general admission to the museum. All profits from this tea will go to improving the museum's exhibitions and caring for its collection of artifacts. Sat., Dec. 15, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., $20-$30, go.evvnt.com/302453-2?pid=5417. USS Hornet Museum, 707 W. Hornet Ave., Alameda, USS-Hornet.org.
6th Annual Crab Feed: Enjoy the first catch of the local Dungeness crab season along with sides and bottomless mimosas and endless beers. Sun., Dec. 2, 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., $81. The Alice Collective, 272 14th St., Oakland, TheAliceCollective.com..
Holiday Sweets & Treats Pairing Party: Featuring holiday desserts and cocktails from Chef Brick Burtleson and local bakeries Sat., Dec. 8, 12-4 p.m., $65, $75. Golden Gate Fields, 1100 Eastshore Hwy, Berkeley, GoldenGateFields.com.
Southern Holiday Pie Baking Class: Join chef Chrysta from Kiss My Bundt and learn to make easy, Southern-style pies for the holiday season Sat., Dec. 1, 12-3 p.m., $115. Kitchen on Fire North, 1509 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley, KitchenOnFire.com.
Thomas Lynch: The actor and longtime resident of Elmwood reads from Truman Capote's A Christmas Memory. First published in 1956, this much sought-after autobiographical recollection from Capote about his rural Alabama boyhood is a perfect gift for fans young and old, a "gem of a holiday story." Tue., Dec. 4, 7:30-8:45 p.m., free, Mrs. Dalloway's, 2904 College Ave., Berkeley, MrsDalloways.com.
The Nutcracker: Oakland Ballet Company's annual performance, featuring fresh and spritely dancing, magnificent scenery, and colorful costumes all to Tchaikovsky's brilliant score performed by the Oakland Symphony. Dec. 22-23, $27-$100. Paramount Theatre of the Arts, 2025 Broadway, Oakland.
Shen Yun: Experience a lost culture through the breathtaking art of classical Chinese dance, complete with a live orchestra and high-tech backdrops. Wed., Dec. 12, 7:30 p.m.; Thu., Dec. 13, 2 p.m.; Fri., Dec. 14, 7:30 p.m.; Sat., Dec. 15, 2 & 7:30 p.m.; Sun., Dec. 16, 1 p.m., $80-$220. Zellerbach Hall, UC Berkeley, Berkeley, CalPerformances.org.
A John Waters Christmas: "Like a damaged St. Nick for the Christmas corrupted, John Waters – legendary filmmaker ("Female Trouble," "Hairspray," "Serial Mom"), raconteur and author of bestselling books, Carsick, Role Models and Make Trouble – hitchhikes into town with a bag full of sticks and stones for the devoted and the damned, spreading Yuletide profanity and perverted piety with his critically acclaimed one-man show." Thu., Nov. 29, 8-10 p.m., $55-125, Great American Music Hall, 859 O'Farrell St., San Francisco, SlimsPresents.com.
Reveal at Revival: Very Special Holiday Edition: Enjoy burlesque and cabaret acts as you dine on seasonal Californian cuisine, this time with extra festive cheer. Sun., Dec. 9, 8:15-10:30 p.m., $5, Revival Bar + Kitchen, 2102 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley, RevivalBarandKitchen.com.
Theater & Performing Arts
17c: The 17th-century diaries of Samuel Pepys as a springboard to explore the erasure of women's voices in historical texts. Dec. 13-16, $15-$78. Zellerbach Playhouse, 2430 Bancroft Ave., Berkeley, CalPerfs.Berkeley.edu.
Arcadia: Tom Stoppard's play set on a country estate between 1809 and the late 20th century explores the power of the human heart. Presented by Shotgun Players. Nov. 30-Jan. 6, $8-$42. The Ashby Stage, 1901 Ashby Ave., Berkeley, ShotgunPlayers.org.
Dragon in the Drop-Off Lane: After her kids dodge bullets at the local park, Lisa Rothman seeks respite by bringing them to a Winter Solstice Carnival in the ritzy town where she grew up. The stage is set for a heartfelt farce in which Rothman must reckon with what her parenting choices have cost her children. Starting Nov. 29, Thursdays, 7:30 p.m.; Thursdays, 5 p.m. Continues through Dec. 22, $20-$100, he Marsh Berkeley, 2120 Allston Way, Berkeley, TheMarsh.org.
A Christmas Carol: Brimming with music and dance, love and laughter, spectacular special effects and scary ghosts, it's no wonder thousands make this theatrical event a part of their annual holiday traditions. Thu., Dec. 6, 8 p.m.; Fri., Dec. 7, 11 a.m. & 7:30 p.m.; Sat., Dec. 8, 2 & 7:30 p.m.; Sun., Dec. 9, 2 & 7 p.m.; Tue., Dec. 11, 9 a.m. & noon; Wed., Dec. 12, 9:30 a.m.; Thu., Dec. 13, 9:30 a.m. & 7:30 p.m.; Fri., Dec. 14, 7:30 p.m.; Sat., Dec. 15, 2 & 7:30 p.m.; Sun., Dec. 16, 2 & 7 p.m., $28-$42, CenterRep.org/Season1819/AChristmasCarol.php. Lesher Center for the Arts, 1601 Civic Dr., Walnut Creek, LesherArtsCenter.org.
Monday Night PlayGround: Staged readings of thematically-connected short works by the Bay Area's best new playwrights, staged by leading local professional actors and directors. Third Monday of every month, 8 p.m. Continues through Mar. 18, $15-$30. Berkeley Repertory Theatre, 2025 Addison St., Berkeley, BerkeleyRep.org.
Paradise Square: An American Musical: The world premiere of this musical is set in 1863 and in a 20-block area of Manhattan known as the Five Points, where Black and Irish Americans live side by side. But then, the intensifying Civil War results in the first-ever federal draft, and riots erupt. Third Monday of every month, 8 p.m. Dec. 27-Feb. 17, $40-$115. Berkeley Repertory Theatre, 2025 Addison St., Berkeley, BerkeleyRep.org.