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Saturday, Nov 19 Wed, Nov 16 8:45â€“9:45am; 5:45â€“6:45pm Jazzercise 10amâ€“12:15pm Scottish Country Dance Youth & Family 7â€“10pm Singles & Pairs Square Dance Club Thur, Nov 17 8:45â€“9:45am; 5:45â€“6:45pm Jazzercise 7:15â€“10pm Circles Nâ€™ Squares Square Dance Club Fri, Nov 18 7:30â€“11pm
8:45â€“9:45am Jazzercise North Bay Country Dance Society/ Contra Dance hosts SOUL WEAVING
Sat, Nov 19 7â€“11pm
8â€“9am; 9:15â€“10:15am Jazzercise DJ Steve Luther presents MITCH WOODS AND HIS ROCKET 88â€™S
Sun, Nov 20 8:30â€“9:30am Jazzercise 10:30â€“11:30am ZUMBA GOLD WITH TONING 5:30â€“9:30pm DJ Steve Luther Country Western Lessons & Dancing $10 Mon, Nov 21 8:45â€“9:45am; 5:45â€“6:45pm Jazzercise 7â€“10pm Scottish Country Dancing Tues, Nov 22 8:45â€“9:45am; 5:45â€“6:40pm Jazzercise 7:30â€“9pm African and World Music Dance
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his holiday season, the North Bay theatrical community wishes everyone peace, prosperity, warmth, loveâ€”and some eggnog, with real alcohol in it. And a mystical trip through time and space. And a Red Ryder carbine-action, two-hundred-shot, range model air riďŹ‚e. But, hey, be careful. This would be a bad year to shoot your eye out.
After all, with so many dazzling holiday classics and sparkling originals lined up this side of the Golden Gate, theatergoers are advised to remain injury-free long enough to sample at least some of what our local companies have conjured for this holiday season. First out of the gate, opening this weekend at the Sixth Street Playhouse, is a snappy stage adaptation of the beloved 1983 movie â€˜A Christmas Story,â€™ adapted by Philip Grecian and directed by Bronwen Shears. Running Nov. 18â€“ Dec. 23, A Christmas Story is based
on the sneaky-sweet memoir by Jean Shepherd, telling the tale of Ralphie, a normal American kid in the 1940s, whoâ€™s only got one wish for Christmas: a Red Ryder BB gun. Everything from the movie is here, including the frightening department-store Santa, the old manâ€™s inappropriate leg-shaped lamp and the kid who gets his tongue stuck to an icy ďŹ‚ag pole. Next door at Sixth Streetâ€™s cozy Studio Theater, a different kind of winter nostalgia breaks out with John Carianiâ€™s delightfully wintry comedy-romance â€˜Almost, Maine.â€™ Set in the mythical town of Almost, where anything can happen and clichĂŠs spring to life in surprising ways, the play (Dec. 2â€“18) is a series of magical-realism vignettes about friends and lovers and dreamers who, all in one night, ďŹ nd that very strange things are happening in their town. One woman carries her broken heart about in a paper bag until a local repairman offers to ďŹ x it; two long-time friends literally fall in love (kerplop!), hitting the ground with the realization of their
suddenly undeniable feelings; another carries the soul-dragging heaviness of her long-past love in garbage bags in the trunk of her car. Poetic and moving and very, very funny, this cuddly gem of a show is directed by John Shillington. â€˜A Christmas Carolâ€™ returns again, with two original adaptations of the timeless tale. Running Nov. 25â€“ Dec. 17, Santa Rosaâ€™s Imaginists Theatre Collective employs surprising physicality and inventive staging in their version of the Scrooge story, with a cast that plays all the charactersâ€”and most of the props. At Marin Countyâ€™s Novato Theater Company, Dickensâ€™ holiday fable (Nov. 15â€“Dec. 17) is given a musical spin, with original tunes using Dickensâ€™ text as lyrics. Two more surprising adaptations of beloved and delightfully dark stories are at the Spreckels Center. Nov. 30 and Dec. 1 brings a twoperformance run of â€˜The Nightmare Before Christmas: The Ballet.â€™ Yes, Tim Burtonâ€™s macabre Christmas masterpiece will be brought to life in dance, presented by Classical and Contemporary Dance with Tamara Grose. Then, running Dec. 2â€“18, itâ€™s the return of actor David Yen in David Sedarisâ€™ â€˜Santaland Diaries,â€™ directed by Argo Thompson. Adapted from Sedarisâ€™ scathing memoir about his season playing an elf at Macyâ€™s Santaland, the script by Joe Mantello is a tour de force for Yen, whoâ€™ll be performing the high-energy one-man show for his fourth consecutive year. At the Glaser Center in Santa Rosa, Actorsâ€™ Basement unleashes an intimate, semi-interactive version of Shakespeareâ€™s â€˜Twelfth Nightâ€™ (Dec. 16â€“17), and in Rio Nido, Pegasus Theater presents the radio version of â€˜Miracle on 34th Streetâ€™ (Dec. 15â€“18) with period songs from the â€™30s and â€™40s and live sound effects. Finally, a grumpy blind cab driver ďŹ nds love, sort of, in the darkish romantic comedy â€˜Light Sensitiveâ€™ by Jim Geoghan. Directed by Hollywood veteran Everett Chambers (Columbo) at Sebastopolâ€™s Main Stage West (Nov. 18â€“Dec. 10), the three-actor free-for-all promises a bumpy but satisfying road to holiday happiness.
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