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Time of the Season 

Our selective guide to the North Bay arts, from Thanksgiving to Christmas

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Pipers Piping: Stage

MacHomer

Rick Miller performs Shakespeare's Macbeth using 85 percent of the original script and 50 different voices from The Simpsons in what Miller is promising will be the last-ever presentation of the show. Nov. 17 at 8pm. Napa Valley Opera House, 1030 Main St., Napa. $10–$20. 707.226.7372.

Great Russian 'Nutcracker'

Beloved Russian fairy-tale characters and larger-than-life puppets add to the whimsical and imaginative storytelling. Dec. 23, 3pm and 7pm. Wells Fargo Center, 50 Mark West Springs Road, Santa Rosa. $28–$102. 707.546.3600.

'Beauty & the Beast'

Fall under the spell of this classic story about the beautiful maiden, Belle, and the fierce Beast who holds her captive in his enchanted castle. Nov. 23–Dec. 8 at 7:30pm; weekend matinees, 1:30pm. Burbank Auditorium, Santa Rosa Junior College, 1501 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa. $10–$18. 707.527.4343.

'It's a Wonderful Life'

The Marin Theatre Company presents a live radio play of this holiday classic. Five actors perform the voices of a dozen characters while creating sound effects in this throwback to the 1940s. Nov 23–Dec. 16. Tuesday, Thursday–Friday, 8pm; Saturday, 2pm and 8pm; Wednesday, 7:30pm; Sunday, 2pm and 7pm. $36–$57. Marin Theatre Company, 397 Miller Ave., Mill Valley. 415.388.5208.

'The Nutcracker'

Contessi Ballet and the Petaluma North Bay Performing Arts Association present timeless holiday favorite featuring Hayley Hibbens as Clara and Ignacio Gonzalez as Drosselmeyer. Nov. 24 at 7pm and Nov. 25 at 2pm. Spreckels Center, 5409 Snyder Lane, Rohnert Park. $15–$25. 707.588.3400.

Clark Sterling's Broadway Holiday

The best of Broadway meets the holiday season with Broadway veteran Clark Sterling, and singers Danielle Kane, Michelle Jordan, Wesla Whitfield, Mike Greensill and Robert Dornaus. Expect show-stopping hits from Wicked, The Lion King and The Phantom of the Opera, among others. Nov. 24 at 8pm. Napa Valley Opera House, 1030 Main St., Napa. $20–$30. 707.226.7372.

'Nightmare Before Christmas'

Travel back to Christmas Town with the Pumpkin King when Tamara Grose presents Tim Burton's timeless movie as a whimsical ballet. Nov. 28–29 at 7pm. Spreckels Performing Arts Center, 5409 Snyder Lane, Rohnert Park. $15–$20. 707.585.1137.

'Jacob Marley's Christmas Carol'

Pegasus Theater presents Jacob Marley's version of this classic tale by Tom Mula, directed by Mark Gregory. Told with laughter, terror and suspense by a cast of four. Nov. 30–Dec. 23. Friday–Saturday, 8pm; Sunday, 2pm. Pegasus Theater. Rio Nido Lodge, 4444 Woods Road, Rio Nido. $5–$15; Fridays, pay what you will. 707.583.2343.

Holidaze in Hicksville

Dan Hicks & the Hot Licks kick off their annual "Holidaze in Hicksville Tour" in support of their Christmas album Crazy for Christmas. Classic favorites and some old hits reworked for the holiday season. Dec. 1 at 8pm. Napa Valley Opera House, 1030 Main St., Napa. $15–$25. 707.226.7372.

'The Nutcracker'

The Stapleton Ballet presents its 24th performance of The Nutcracker, featuring vibrant new costumes and a magical tree that grows to over 40 feet. Dec. 1–2 at 1pm and 5pm. Marin Center, 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. $20–$32. 415.499.6800.

'The Elves & the Shoemaker'

California Theatre Center presents the tale of two merry elves who arrive at a small village in the Black Forest to discover a poor shoemaker who clearly needs assistance. Recommended for grades K-5. Dec. 2 at noon. Uptown Theatre, 1350 Main St., Napa. $18. 707.259.0123.

Posada Navideña

The Instituto Mazatlán Bellas Artes de Sacramento presents vibrant sounds and colors in a dance show celebrating the special traditions of a Mexican Christmas. Refreshments served at a traditional Posada celebration following the performance. Dec. 7 at 7pm. Wells Fargo Center, 50 Mark West Springs Road, Santa Rosa. $15–$20. 707.546.3600.

Mayflower Community Chorus

Feel the spirit and be inspired by this African-American tradition of vibrant gospel, blues and jazz harmonies from a full 45-piece chorus. Dec. 7–8 at 8pm. Marin Center, 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. $5–$20. 415.499.6800.

'The Nutcracker'

Enjoy the magic of Ballet Califia's 17th annual production of the Nutcracker live onstage. Features choreography from David McNaughton and Shelley Scott. Dec. 7–9. Friday at 8pm; Saturday at 2:30pm and 8pm; Sunday at 2:30pm. Spreckels Center, 5409 Snyder Lane, Rohnert Park. $18–$25. 707.588.3400.

'The Nutcracker'

The Marin Ballet delights with production featuring stunning sets, intricate costuming, over 175 dancers and a sweet story to captivate the young at heart. Meet the cast at the candy cane party after the show. Dec. 8–9. Saturday at 1pm and 7pm; Sunday at 1pm and 5pm. Marin Center, 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. $25–$40. 415.499.6800.

'The Nutcracker'

Santa Rosa Dance Theater with the Santa Rosa Youth Ballet Company present the timeless tale of a bright-eyed Clara and her beloved nutcracker prince. Choreographed by SRDT artistic director Tamara Statkoun. Dec. 14–16. Friday at 7pm; Saturday at 2pm and 7pm; Sunday at 2pm. Spreckels Center, 5409 Snyder Lane, Rohnert Park. $20–$25. 707.588.3400.

Twisted Christmas Live No. 10

The Bohemian's own David Templeton presents his annual offbeat lit-comedy-variety show, a fun alternative to the usual holiday fare. Some of the Bay Area's funniest folks will share the weirdest holiday stories aloud. This year's theme is "The End of the World Show!" Dec. 15 at 7:30pm. The Glaser Center, 547 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa. $20–$25. 707.568.5381.

'Tapcracker'

Sherry Studio presents its 13th sensational year with this fun and offbeat performance. Students tap, jazz and hip-hop for a hilarious take on The Nutcracker that will keep you laughing throughout. Dec. 15 at 2pm and 5:30pm. Marin Center, 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. $12–$25. 415.499.6800.

'Sophie & the Enchanted Toyshop'

Marin Dance Theatre performs this full-length, two-act children's ballet in which a kindly toymaker gifts young Sophie with a magical journey to a beautiful snow kingdom. Meet the cast at the Teddy Bear Tea Party after the matinee. Dec. 15 at 1pm and 5pm. Marin Center, 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. $27–$36. 415.499.6800.

'The Nutcracker'

Sebastopol Ballet presents 20th annual production, with complimentary sugar plum parties before matinees starting at 1pm. Dec. 21–23. Friday at 7pm; Saturday at 2pm and 7pm; Sunday at 2pm. Analy High School, 6950 Analy Ave., Sebastopol. $10–$20. 707.824.8006.

Drummers Drumming: Music

Dorado Schmitt & the Django Reinhardt Festival All-Stars

Legendary manouche gypsy guitarist Dorado Schmitt even looks the part of the two-fingered 1920s superstar guitarist Django Reinhardt. He heads a five-piece band in this tribute to the jazz master. Nov. 15 at 8pm. Napa Valley Opera House, 1030 Main St., Napa. $25–$30. 707.226.7372.

Angélique Kidjo

Grammy Award–winning music recording artist deemed "Africa's premier diva" has collaborated with Carlos Santana, Peter Gabriel and others. Nov. 16 at 8pm. Napa Valley Opera House, 1030 Main St., Napa. $35–$45. 707.226.7372.

Mickey Hart

Percussionist for the Grateful Dead translates the language of rhythm and speaks the word of the drums beneath his fingers. See what they have to say about the holiday season on Nov. 29 at 8pm. Uptown Theatre, 1350 Main St., Napa. $35. 707.259.0123.

Glen Campbell: The Goodbye Tour

The crooner Glen Campbell has lived an interesting 75 years, and on his last tour he sings, tells stories and reflects on his life. Featuring Victoria Ghost. Nov. 30 at 8pm. Uptown Theatre, 1350 Main St., Napa. $75. 707.259.0123.

Concerts by Candlelight

Stephen McKersie conducts the Marin Symphony Chamber Orchestra as its chorus members invite listeners to join in the heart-warming harmonies of the season. Dec. 1–2. Saturday at 7:30pm; Sunday at 4pm. Church of Saint Raphael, 104 Fifth Ave., San Rafael. $25–$30. 415.479.8100.

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