5 “The Naked Stage”: Members of Improv Playhouse of San Francisco perform this show in the intimate Harry’s Upstage venue at Berkeley’s Aurora Theatre. Armed with a few props and a fearless passion for making up theater on the spot, the performers use audience suggestions to frame each production. Details: Through Oct. 16; $28-$32; 510-843-4822, www.auroratheatre.org. 6 Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra: The Bay Area early music orchestra goes all-Beethoven for its season-opening concert, with a program featuring the composer’s Concerto for Fortepiano No. 3 (with Robert Levin performing on fortepiano) and Symphony No. 6 “Pastoral.”.
Christmas Tree Elegance: The Valle Monte League presents its 45th annual holiday event, featuring two days of holiday décor and decorated trees, brunch, tea, ballet flats instagram silent auctions and fashion shows, Nov, 29-30, $75-$175, vallemonte.org/cte.html, Fantasy of Lights: Vasona Lake County Park becomes a winter wonderland, Drive the 1.5-mile route lined by large, animated light displays including Santa shooting hoops, a pen of playful penguins, light tunnels and a 90-foot sparkling tree, Nov, 23-Dec, 31, 6-10 p.m, Vasona Lake County Park, 333 Blossom Hill Road, Los Gatos, $10-$50, 408-355-2201, sccgov.org/sites/parks..
TheatreWorks Silicon Valley: “TheatreWorks Around the World.” 6 p.m. Nov. 4. Food, wine, original show, benefit auction. Proceeds benefit TheatreWorks. Sharon Heights Golf and Country Club, 2900 Sand Hill Road, Menlo Park. $385 if purchased by Sept. 30; $430 thereafter; sponsorships start at $4,300. 650-463-7112, firstname.lastname@example.org. Information at theatreworks.org. Baubles Bangles and Bags: Fundraiser for Peninsula Volunteers Inc. 10:30 a.m. Nov. 6. Silent auction featuring vintage, designer and specialty handbags and baubles, themed gift baskets, mystery boxes and five special Christmas trees. Champagne, specialty cheeses, seated luncheon and guest speaker Georgie Gleim of Gleim the Jewelers. Menlo Circus Club, 190 Park Lane, Atherton. $175. http://www.penvol.org or 650-272-5001.
Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University, “Flesh and Metal: Body and Machine in Early 20th-Century Art,” more than 70 artworks that explore a central dynamic of art making ballet flats instagram in Europe and the Americas between the 1910s and the early 1950s, through March 16, 11 a.m.-5 p.m, Wednesdays-Sundays; Thursdays till 8 p.m, Stanford campus, off Palm Drive at Museum Way, 650-723-4177 or museum.stanford.edu, Gallery House, “Wit & Whimsy,” photographs by Steve Shpall and watercolors by Debbie Bakker, Through Feb, 1, Gallery House, 320 S, California Ave., Palo ALto, 650-326-1668..
One small nit is that the Transylvanian accents are all over the place — and often not there at all. It probably doesn’t matter, because Brooks’ zany take on things needs to be understood. Still, it seems a bit strange. Choreographer Jennifer Gorgulho conceived some complicated dance maneuvers for this show (the Russian Cossack dance bit and acrobatics in “Transylvania Mania” and the classy “Putting on the Ritz” in particular), and most are well executed.