Fairyland, founded in 1950, is credited with inspiring Walt Disney to open a bigger park in Anaheim. Its concept has been copied elsewhere, including at San Jose’s Happy Hollow, Fresno’s Storyland and Playland and Sacramento’s Fairytale Town. Fairyland is based on children’s literature, Metz said. Its attractions include a pirate ship straight out of “Peter Pan,” Rapunzel’s castle, Pinocchio and Geppetto’s workshop, a maze inspired by “Alice in Wonderland” and more.
Of the remaining actors, Dan Kapler stands out as Karen’s wealthy, lecherous finance who thinks it’s OK to smoke a joint with 14-year-old Jean and maybe even get a little frisky, As the local sheriff who years ago was Barbara’s prom date, Keith Larson brings a down-home dose of earnestness and sensitivity, The Weston dining room is the setting white lace baby christening shoes - baby girl baptism shoes - baby girl dedication christmas shoes - baby ballet slippers for the most devastating and Vi-olent (pun intended) confrontation between mother and daughter, While ranting nonstop and tearing down everyone else, Vi drinks, smokes and feigns innocence by declaring that she is just “truth-telling.” It’s electrifying..
Let Us Break Bread Together. A holiday celebration featuring Oakland East Bay Symphony Conductor Michael Morgan, Oakland Symphony Chorus, Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir, Mt. Eden High School Choir, Crystal Children’s Choir, Klezmer band Kugelplex, Linda Tillery and The Cultural Heritage Choir, Larry Batiste and Claytoven Richardson. 4 p.m., Dec. 15. Paramount Theatre, 2025 Broadway, Oakland. $15 to $50. www.paramounttheatre.com/tickets.html. The Nutcracker. Oakland Ballet Company returns to the Paramount Theatre for its holiday season production of Graham Lustig’s “The Nutcracker,” danced to live music by the Oakland East Symphony, conducted by Michael Morgan. 2 p.m. Dec. 21 and 22. 11 a.m. Dec. 24. Paramount Theatre, 2025 Broadway, Oakland. $20 to $59.50, www.paramounttheatre.com.
Beau Jest: Through March 10, Tabard Theatre, 29 North San Pedro St., San Jose, To make her parents happy, white lace baby christening shoes - baby girl baptism shoes - baby girl dedication christmas shoes - baby ballet slippers Sarah Goldman claims to be dating a nice Jewish doctor, When her family insists on meeting him, Sarah hires an actor to ,pretend to be her beau, $33-$45, www.tabardtheatre.org, Violet: Through March 17, Alcazar Theatre, 650 Geary St., San Francisco, The story of a young woman’s bus ride from North Carolina to Oklahoma to see a televangelist that Violet believes will heal the axe scar which cuts clear across her cheek, $35-$65, www.bamsf.org/violet/..
TALKING ART: Art historian Fran Rushing will wrap up the Saratoga Foothill Club’s art lecture series on Thursday with a talk on the artists of the 1940s and ’50s, a group that includes Jackson Pollock, Willem de Kooning, Richard Diebenkorn, Archile Gorky and artists of the Bay Area Figurative movement. Admission for the 7:30 p.m. fundraising lecture is $25, and because of construction at the Saratoga Foothill Club, the event is being held at the Saratoga Federated Church at 20390 Park Place.
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