The Nutcracker: Western Ballet stages the holiday favorite. Dec. 4, 7 p.m.; Dec. 5, 1 p.m. and 7 pm. Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St., Mountain View. $25-$30. western ballet.org. Jane Austen’s Emma: TheatreWorks Silicon Valley presents a musical version of the classic Victorian novel. Dec. 2-Jan. 2. Lucie Stern Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. $19-$80. 650-327-1200, theatreworks.org. Palo Alto Philharmonic: The orchestra presents a program featuring viola soloist Mimi Dye performing Berlioz’s “Harold in Italy.” The concert will also feature Aaron Copland’s “Ceremonial Fanfare,” the first movement of Mahler’s Symphony No. 10 and “Trauermusik,” a suite for viola and string orchestra by Paul Hindemith, with viola solos performed by Geri Actor. Dec. 5, 8 p.m. Cubberley Theater, 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. $10-$22. paphil.org.
Other rooms demanding viewers’ attention include the giddy playroom by Martha Angus and Eche Martinez, With its orange alpaca tepees, anime-inspired light fixtures, pom-pom furniture and pop-art rug, this space promises silly fun for all ages, The adjacent study, however, is all about the grown-ups, Designed by Kelly Hohla of Jeffers Design Group, its gray-on-gray theme relies on texture and subtle patterns to create his and hers spaces, ballet slipper charms 21x12mm antique silver tone metal ballerina slipper shoes charm pendant jewelry findings 10pcs A mobilelike light fixture draws the eye to an unusual peaked ceiling — “what first attracted me to the room,” Hohla says, And dusty blue accents are created by use of accessories and artwork, “I’ve found that blue is a really universal color,” Hohla says, “Men like it, women like it.”..
“The concert is a really cool way to see and appreciate all the groups associated with the band in a real ‘up-close and personal’ setting,” he said. General admission tickets are $15 ($5 for seniors — as in senior citizens, not hopeful graduates), and the show benefits the Spartan Band Scholarship Fund, which provides scholarships to the band’s music and dance majors in the band. “Without these folks, the band would not be able to perform at the level people are used to at the football games,” Pierson said.
She Kills Monsters: Nov, 7-9 and 14-16, Las Lomas High School, 1460 South Main St., Walnut Creek, In this comedy, Agnes Evans journeys through her dead sister’s game diary, She must battle goblins, monsters and dragons, $8-$15, http://bit.ly/2OfUKW7, Suds: ‘60s Musical Soap Opera: ballet slipper charms 21x12mm antique silver tone metal ballerina slipper shoes charm pendant jewelry findings 10pcs Nov, 7-Dec, 2, The Colligan Theater, 1010 River St., Santa Cruz, This high-energy musical tells the story of a down-on-her-luck laundress named Cindy and the colorful guardian angels who come to teach her about finding true love, $27-$50, www.JewelTheatre.net..
A Lesson From Aloes: June 3-29, Z Below, 470 Florida St., San Francisco. Set in South Africa during apartheid, this play follows a liberal white Afrikaner who believes in resistance, his unsettled English wife struggling with the personal costs, and a black activist who has everything to lose, painting a portrait of loyalty, race, sanity and survival under an oppressive government. $25-$50. www.alessonfromaloes.com. Sing a Summer Song – Concert Series: 10:15 a.m. Tuesdays June 5-July 31, Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St., Mountain View. Free. mvcpa.com.