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6 “Widowers’ Houses”: George Bernard Shaw’s first produced play focuses on an altruistic doctor-in-training who falls for a woman whose father is a scoundrel who dreams of exploiting the poor. Berkeley’s Aurora Theatre Company is reviving the classic, directed by Joy Carlin. Details: Through March 4; $33-$65; 510-843-4822, auroratheatre.org. 7 “Born Yesterday”: San Francisco Playhouse is reviving the newly-relevant Garson Kanin play about a brutish millionaire (sound familiar?) who wants to conquer Washington, D.C., but decides his showgirl girlfriend needs lessons on how to navigate polite society. Her tutorials lead to unanticipated consequences.
Soo Dance Company: 6:30 p.m, Dec, 15; Lesher Center for the Arts, Walnut red slippers,handmade slippers,women slippers,non-slip slippers,ballet flats,bow slippers,gift wrapped,home shoes Creek; $22; www.lesherartscenter.org, Nutcracker Pinata: Presented by Compania Mexico Danza; 2 and 7 p.m, Nov, 30; San Leandro Performing Arts Center; $10-$20; http://sanleandropac.com, Alameda Civic Ballet: 2 p.m, Dec, 21-22; Kofman Theatre, Alameda; $18-$25; www.alamedacivicballet.org, Other dance, Smuin Ballet: The troupe’s “Christmas Ballet” includes more than two dozen short works, ranging from sassy to whimsical to classical; Nov, 22-Dec, 28 at venues across the Bay Area; $24-$74; http://smuinballet.org..
Charles Jenkins, 77. A U.S. Army deserter to North Korea who married a Japanese abductee and lived in Japan after their release. Dec. 11. Clifford Irving, 87. His scheme to publish a phony autobiography of billionaire Howard Hughes created a sensation in the 1970s and stands as one of the all-time literary hoaxes. Dec. 19. Cardinal Bernard Law, 86. The disgraced former archbishop of Boston whose failure to stop child molesters in the priesthood sparked what would become the worst crisis in American Catholicism. Dec. 20.
Peninsula Youth Theatre: “Oskar and the red slippers,handmade slippers,women slippers,non-slip slippers,ballet flats,bow slippers,gift wrapped,home shoes Eight Blessings.” 9:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 7:30 p.m, Dec, 8; and 11:30 a.m, and 1:30 p.m, Dec, 9, Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St., Mountain View, $8, http://www.pytnet.org, National Public Radio: “Selected Shorts.” 2:30 p.m, Dec, 10, Short fiction read by actors, Featuring Kirsten Vangsness, Tate Donovan, Christina Pickles, Bing Concert Hall, 327 Lasuen st., Stanford, http://www.selectedshorts.org, $30-$50; $15 for stanford students, http://live.stanford.edu or 650-724-2464..
I’m not alone in thinking this. For as many people who love the “Star Wars” lore for the plucky upstarts, organized under the banner of “The Resistance,” who stage never-ending rebellions against the “Empire,” far more people dress up as Darth Vader for Halloween. Sure, crowds like to cheer on The Resistance because it represents the underdog fighting for justice. For instance, the main government of the universe, the “New Republic,” considers this Resistance a bunch of “dead-enders with an unfortunate fixation on the past,” according to the StarWars.com database.