Bojana Galic, a 17-year-old from Chicago, who was visiting Paris with a dance troupe, said she and her friends all lamented that the city was dirtier than they expected and were surprised at how hard it was to find a place to throw out trash. Still, the Champs-Elysees has a leg up on many other parts of Paris, since stores there won the right in 2009 to open on Sundays. Tradition and law conspire to shut down most shops in the capital, except in seven designated “tourist zones.” The world-famous department stores — Printemps, Galeries Lafayette and Le Bon Marche — are not included.
• Golden Bough–Los Gatos United Methodist Church will echo with the sounds of Celtic superstars Golden Bough on Dec, 15, Much sought-after on both sides of the Atlantic, the group has released more than 30 recordings, The concert begins at 7:30 p.m., with a reception immediately following, General admission tickets are $15; seniors and students pay $12, and the cost is $5 for children under 12, For more information call 408.370.3037, • Chanticleer Christmas–When the Grammy-winning “orchestra of voices” comes to Mission agnes b ballet flats Santa Clara for one performance, it’s sure to be a sellout, Let Chanticleer offer the proper holiday mood calibration for you and yours, Dec, 22 at 8 p.m., Mission Santa Clara de Asis, 500 El Camino Real, Santa Clara, Tickets are $30-$65; visit scu.edu/missionchurch or call 408.554.4023 for information..
Details: 8 p.m. March 9; The UpTown, Oakland; $15-$20; www.oaklandsymphony.org. 4 Soulskin Dance Company: The Bay Area troupe that specializes in ideas-driven works marks its fifth season with “To Command,” which reflects on our obsession with dystopian societies and addiction to technology. Details: 8 p.m. March 9-10, 5:30 p.m. March 11; Dance Mission Theatre, San Francisco; $20; www.soulskindance.org. 5 Dancing With the Stars Live: Mirrorball champ Jordan Fisher and third-place finisher Frankie Muniz join the cast of professional dancers in this touring offshoot of the hit TV show, which lands at San Jose’s City National Civic March 9.
White Boy Rick: Tells the true story of Richard Wershe Jr, (Richie Merritt), who at the height of the 1980s crack epidemic in Detroit became the youngest FBI informant in history at the age agnes b ballet flats of 14, Matthew McConaughey plays his father, Assassination Nation: When a town is targeted in a malicious data hack, privacy is destroyed and deadly secrets are exposed, The townspeople then turn on each other and violent chaos ensues as they hunt for the culprit, (Sidenote: Remember to change your passwords occasionally.)..
Details: Dec. 10-22 in Oakland, Palo Alto, San Francisco, Berkeley and Santa Clara; 30-$75; www.chanticleer.org. 2 “Nutcrackers”: We’re in peak season for this holiday classic, with numerous productions and myriad styles available. Here’s a quick rundown of performances available this weekend. 3 “Avenue Q”: This musical has become a holiday tradition at San Francisco’s New Conservatory Theatre, which has proven with its heartfelt and nimble production that a more intimate staging of this naughty (as in very) show with a big heart works like a charm.