Chitty Chitty Bang Bang: Los Altos Stage Company presents this musical about an eccentric inventor who, with the help of his children and the lovely Truly Scrumptious, saves a magical racecar from the scrap heap. July 17-Aug. 2. Bus Barn Theater, 97 Hillview Ave., Los Altos. $18-$30. 650-941-0551, losaltos stage.org. Romeo and Juliet: San Francisco Shakespeare Festival presents Free Shakespeare in the Park. July 18-Aug. 2, Friday-Sunday, 7:30 p.m. Memorial Park, Stevens Creek Boulevard and Mary Avenue, Cupertino. sfshakes.org.
Gone are the hoop skirts, corsets and precious ornamentation of the Victorian era, where previous “Nutcrackers,” including Oakland Ballet founder Ron Guidi’s acclaimed version of the holiday classic, have been set, New artistic director Graham Lustig moves the ballet to 1910, a few years after the dawn of the 20th century, Balancing his reverence of ballet gifts~personalised ballet keyring~ballet shoes~ballet dancer classic dance with his passion for the contemporary, Lustig has injected this “Nutcracker” with a sophisticated, elegant modernity..
Corvette Spectacular. 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 17. 41st annual All-Corvette Car show, featuring 175 Corvettes. Live music, raffles, local shops and restaurants. Main Street, Los Altos. Free. For information, contact Robert Kuwada at firstname.lastname@example.org or 408-702-7848 or Cliff Martin at email@example.com or 408-688-6449. Oktoberfest. 5-10 p.m. Sept. 22, noon-4 p.m. and 5-9 p.m. Sept. 23, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. and 4-8 p.m. Sept. 24. Bench seating, music, dancing, contests, beer and other beverages, food, contests and more. Courthouse Square, 2200 Broadway St., Redwood City. $15 advance, $22 door for adults; $10 advance, $15 door for children and designated drivers; include commemorative stein and one drink ticket. http://www.redwoodcity.org/oktoberfest.
“I just tossed it out there and it caught on a little bit, Some people hate it, Some people think it’s OK, I think it’s awesome, We voted and it barely won,” the mechanical engineer said, Hazen was among those who hated it, He wanted to call the team “Escape from Alca-Jazz.”, “When Nate came up with this, I said, ‘OK, dude, It’s simple, We can get costumes easily, People are going to get ballet gifts~personalised ballet keyring~ballet shoes~ballet dancer it, It’s good for all those reasons, but I hate it,'” Hazen said as he pulled on his outfit for a team photo..
• • • • •. Hawaiian Airlines/Kristi Yamaguchi Downtown Ice, Circle of Palms, between the Fairmont Hotel and San Jose Museum of Art. Glide around the South Bay’s largest seasonal outdoor skating rink with extended dates until the Super Bowl. Hours vary. Through Feb. 7. $13-$17. sjdowntown.com/downtownice or 408.291.0525. • • • • •. Roaring Camp Railroads Holiday Lights Train, depart and return in front of Neptune’s Kingdom at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. Cruise the decorated streets of Santa Cruz and meet up with Santa, all while sipping hot cider and enjoying musical entertainment. Various times Nov. 27- 28 and Dec. 5-6, 12-13, 18-23. $23 and $29. roaringcamp.com or 831.335.4484.