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Friday, Dec. 20

<strong>Super Diamond:</strong> Sweet Caroline, they're coming to America! The tribute band, Super Diamond, is performing all your favorite Neil Diamond songs live at the Mystic Theatre. The '80s cover band, The 85's, is opening, singing classic songs from the Clash, Duran Duran, Talking Heads and more. $21. 21-plus. 9:30 p.m. 21 Petaluma Blvd. N., Petaluma. <a href="http://mystictheatre.com" target="_blank">mystictheatre.com</a>

Friday, Dec. 20

<strong>Vivants:</strong> The Twin Oaks Tavern in Penngrove stages a CD release party tonight for the Americana quartet, performing modern arrangements of old-time dance tunes, honky-tonk country and Western swing. The Dixie Giants open at 8 p.m. No cover charge. 5745 Old Redwood Highway. <a href="http://twinoakstavernpenngrove.com" target="_blank">twinoakstavernpenngrove.com</a>, 795-5118.

Dec. 20 & 21

<strong>Sonoma's Back Alley Comedy:</strong> Jasper Redd, who has performed on Comedy Central, Conan and Def Jam, will be taking the stage at Sonoma's Murphy's Irish Pub for some seriously funny standup comedy. Also performing are Red Scott and Josh Argyle. $15-$20. 9 p.m. Friday, 7 & 9:30 p.m. Saturday. 464 First St. E., Sonoma. <a href="http://facebook.com/SonomaComedy" target="_blank">facebook.com/SonomaComedy</a>

Dec. 20-22

<strong>'Nutcracker':</strong> Still haven't seen this classic holiday ballet this season? You still have chances. The Sebastopol Ballet School performs at 7 tonight, 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at Analy High School Theater, 6950 Analy Ave., Sebastopol. $12-$22. 800-838-3006, <a href="http://sebastopolballet.com" target="_blank">sebastopolballet.com</a>.

Dec. 20-22

<strong>'Scrooge':</strong> Charles Dickens' miser gets his own musical in the current Spreckels Theatre Company production, closing with shows at 8 p.m. Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sundays. 5409 Snyder Lane, Rohnert Park. $22-$26. 588-3400, <a href="http://rpcity.org" target="_blank">rpcity.org</a>.

Dec. 20-22

<strong>'A Christmas Story':</strong> The stage version of the '83 film about a boy who wants a Red Ryder air rifle ends its run with shows at 8 p.m. Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. 6th Street Playhouse, 52 W. Sixth St., Santa Rosa. $15-$32. 523-4185, <a href="http://6thstreetplayhouse.com" target="_blank">6thstreetplayhouse.com</a>.

Saturday, Dec. 21

<strong>Santa Fly-In:</strong> The Pacific Coast Air Museum is welcoming Santa when he flies from the North Pole to Santa Rosa in his big red helicopter. The free event invites kids to come and visit with Santa, and let him know what's on their Christmas list. A hot dog lunch is available for purchase, and a tour of the museum's aircraft. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 2230 Becker Blvd., Santa Rosa. <a href="http://pacificcoastairmuseum.org" target="_blank">pacificcoastairmuseum.org</a>

Saturday, Dec. 21

<strong>Ugly Sweaterness:</strong> Don your most dubious knitted top and head to Hopmonk in Sebastopol for their annual Ugly Xmas Sweater Party, with live music from Country/Americana band Frankie Boots and The County Line. $10. 21-plus. 9 p.m. 230 Petaluma Ave., Sebastopol. <a href="http://hopmonk.com/sebastopol" target="_blank">hopmonk.com/sebastopol</a>

Saturday, Dec. 21

<strong>Voena:</strong> The multi-cultural children's choir, dressed in Victorian era costumes, presents 'Voices of the Season: Starry Night,'at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Napa Valley Opera House, 1030 Main St., Napa. $15-$35. 226-7372, <a href="http://napavalleyoperahouse.org" target="_blank">napavalleyoperahouse.org</a>.

Saturday, Dec. 21

<strong>Lost Dog Found:</strong> Swing your way over to Lagunitas Brewing Co. in Petaluma for the classic sound of jump blues, swing, rock, and soul from Sonoma County's fave band, Lost Dog Found. The dance floor will be packed at this dynamic band's performance. 3-6 p.m. 1280 N/ McDowell Blvd., Petaluma <a href="http://lostdogfound.com" target="_blank">lostdogfound.com</a>.

Dec. 21, 22 & 24

<strong>Railroad Square Carriage Rides:</strong> This weekend and Christmas Eve are this year's last chances to enjoy the annual holiday tradition of being led around the square in a horse-drawn carriage. The ride is free, the experience... priceless. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Historic Railroad Square. <a href="http://railroadsquare.net" target="_blank">railroadsquare.net</a>

Dec. 22 & 29

<strong>'Nutcracker':</strong> Summerfield Cinemas in Santa Rosa screens a filmed performance of the beloved holiday ballet, as staged by the Marinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg, Russia, at 1 p.m. Dec. 22 and Dec. 29. 551 Summerfield Road. $14-$18. 522-0719, <a href="http://summerfieldcinemas.com/" target="_blank">summerfieldcinemas.com</a>.

Monday, Dec. 23

<strong>Winter Break Classes:</strong> Starting Monday, the Schulz Museum in Santa Rosa will offer classes in holiday cooking, hands-on science, cartooning, art and animation. Classes continue through Jan. 3. 2301 Hardies Lane. For more information, check the class calendar <a href="http://schulzmuseum.org/" target="_blank">schulzmuseum.org</a> or call 284-1263.

Monday, Dec. 23

<strong>'Kids' Holiday Treats Workshop':</strong> Kids ages 8 to 12 learn to make peppermint ice cream, sugar cookies, cranberry spice bread, maple kettle corn and white chocolate bark from 1 to 3 p.m. Monday at Relish Culinary Center, 14 Matheson St., Healdsburg. $55. 431-9999, <a href="http://relishculinary.com" target="_blank">relishculinary.com</a>.

Dec. 24-26

<strong>Kung Pao Kosher Comedy:</strong> Comedians Gary Gulman, Adrianne Tolsch, Samson Koletkar and Lisa Geduldig perform at dinners shows 6-8:30 p.m. for $64 and cocktail shows from 9:30-11 p.m. for $44, Dec. 24-26 at the New Asia restaurant, 772 Pacific Ave., San Francisco's Chinatown. 925-855-1986, <a href="http://koshercomedy.com" target="_blank">koshercomedy.com</a>.

Wednesday, Dec. 25

<strong>Holiday Dinners:</strong> Chef Jesse Mallgren crafts seasonal cuisine from local ingredients at Madrona Manor, 1001 Westside Road, Healdsburg. Seatings include 7 p.m. Dec. 25 but it's bound to sell out. For reservations, full schedule: 433-4231, 800-258-4003, <a href="http://madronamanor.com" target="_blank">madronamanor.com</a>.

Thursday, Dec. 26

<strong>Snoopy's Home Ice:</strong> Charles Schulz's Redwood Empire Ice Arena offers public skating 12:30-4:30 and 7:30-9 p.m. Dec. 26 for $7 to $9, with 'Parents and Puppy Practice' from 10:30 a.m. to noon, priced at $6 to $8. Skate rental: $3. 1667 W. Steele Lane, Santa Rosa. For full schedule: 546-7147, <a href="http://snoopyshomeice.com" target="_blank">snoopyshomeice.com</a>.

Friday, Dec. 27

<strong>Cracker and Camper Beethoven:</strong> The 1990s alt-rock band Cracker and punk jam band Camper Van Beethoven perform at 8:30 p.m. Dec. 27 at the Mystic Theatre, 23 Petaluma Blvd. N., Petaluma. $26-$2.8. 765-2121, <a href="http://mystictheatre.com" target="_blank">mystictheatre.com</a>.

Dec. 27-28

<strong>Dakaboom Holiday Show:</strong> Singers and comedians Ben McLain and Paul Peglar present their fifth annual wintertime peformance at the Kenwood Depot at 8 p.m. Dec. 27-28. 314 Warm Springs Road, Kenwood. $15. 537-6685, <a href="http://thedakaboom.com" target="_blank">thedakaboom.com</a>.

Through Dec. 28

<strong>'A Christmas Carol':</strong> Bay Area veteran actor James Carpenter returns as Ebenezer Scrooge in the American Conservatory Theater production of Charles Dickens' classic story of a miser's redemption. Runs through Dec. 28 at A.C.T.'s Geary Theater. 415 Geary St., San Francisco. $20-$95. 415-749-2228, <a href="http://act-sf.org" target="_blank">act-sf.org</a>.

Saturday, Dec. 28

<strong>Chuck Prophet:</strong> The San Francisco singer and songwriter livens up the waning, wintry days of the year with a live concert 9 p.m. Dec. 28 in the Abbey at the HopMonk Tavern, 230 Petaluma Ave., Sebastopol. $20. 829-7300, <a href="http://hopmonk.com" target="_blank">hopmonk.com</a>.

Through Dec. 31

<strong>Sonoma Valley Gingerbread Winery Contest:</strong> Wine tasting takes on a holiday flavor in this seventh annual contest, with participating wineries trying to top each other with upscale gingerbread architecture. Runs through Dec. 31. Vote for your favorite. Ballots are available at each winery. <a href="http://sonomavalleywine.com" target="_blank">sonomavalleywine.com</a>.

Through Jan. 12

<strong>Cirque Du Soleil: </strong> The touring troupe presents its latest artful circus experience, 'Amaluna,' about a mysterious island ruled by powerful women, in the Grand Chapiteau tent at AT&T Park on the San Francisco waterfront through Jan. 12. $55-$135. <a href="http://cirquedusoleil.com" target="_blank">cirquedusoleil.com</a>.

Through Jan. 12

<strong>Napa on Ice:</strong> You don't have to drive to San Franciso for outdoor skating. Napa County's only holiday skating rink will be open daily in downtown Napa, at the corner of Second and Coombs streets through Jan. 12. The price is $12 per person, including skate rental. Full schedule: <a href="http://napaonice.com" target="_blank">napaonice.com</a>.