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12 Days of ARTS: San Jose Arts Marketing Roundtable presents a social media-driven scavenger hunt for arts prizes in and around downtown San Jose, black shoes/velvet shoes/gold embroidered shoes/black ballet flats/women shoes/ shoes/ballet flats/wedding flats with more than 120 chances to win, Each morning at 8 a.m., the San Jose Downtown Association will post a clue on their website and on their Facebook page @sjdowntown, consisting of a photo and a written hint of that day’s location, The specific time to arrive will be noted, Dec, 1-12, sjdowntown.com/12DaysofArts, Holiday Bubbly Walk: The Willow Glen Business Association hosts its annual stroll through downtown, complete with sparkling libations, Dec, 1, 2-5 p.m, Downtown Willow Glen, San Jose, $45 advance/$55 gate, Eventbrite.com..
Singers needed to begin rehearsals for ‘Messiah’. BRENTWOOD — The Brentwood Community Chorus is looking for participants to sing for Handel’s beloved work “Messiah.”. The concert will be rehearsed and performed with full orchestra and soloists. Come and sing your favorite choruses. The “Messiah” will be performed in December at the historic El Campanil Theater in Antioch. At least one other seasonal performance is planned. No experience is necessary, but the singer must be able to carry a tune. The ability to read music is also desirable. Rehearsals run Aug. 16 through Dec. 6 on Tuesdays.