Sunnyvale Community Players. “Zombie Prom.” Through Nov. 24. Music by Dana P. Rowe, book and lyrics by John Dempsey. Based on a story by Dempsey and Hugh Murphy. “Content appropriate for all ages.” Sunnyvale Theater, 550 E. Remington Ave., Sunnyvale. $24-$27. 408-733-6611 or www.sunnyvaleplayers.org. TheatreWorks. “Little Women.” Dec. 4-Jan. 4. Broadway musical adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s novel. Directed by TheatreWorks Artistic Director Robert Kelley. Previews 8 p.m. Dec. 4-7. Opens Dec. 7. Closes Jan. 4. 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays; 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays; 2 p.m. Saturdays, Sundays; 7 p.m. Sundays. Holiday schedule: 7:30 p.m. Dec. 23; dark Dec. 24, 25; 2 and 8 p.m. Dec. 26; 7:30 p.m. Dec. 30; 2 p.m. Dec. 31; dark Jan. 1; 8 p.m. Jan. 2; 2, 8 p.m. Jan. 3, 4. Lucie Stern Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. $19-$79 (discounts available). theatreworks.org or 650-463-1960.
Hawaiian Airlines/Kristi Yamaguchi Downtown Ice, Circle of Palms, between the Fairmont Hotel and San Jose Museum of Art, Take a spin on the South Bay’s largest seasonal outdoor skating rink, Hours vary, Through Jan, 11, $13-$17 at sjdowntown.com/downtownice or 408.291.0525, Docent-led tours of the Ainsley House, 300 Grant St., Campbell, The house ballet shoes afterpay is decorated in holiday themes inspired by the 1920s and ’30s, Plus, the holiday boutique offers seasonal gifts, ornaments, tea accessories and more, Noon to 4 p.m, Nov, 28-30, then Wednesday-Sunday Dec, 3-18, $8 general, $6 senior, $4.50 youths 7-17 years old at the door, Members free..
Piano Students of George Barth and Kumaran Arul. 12:15 p.m. Nov. 28. Campbell Recital Hall, Stanford University. Free. 650-723-3811 or https://arts.stanford.edu/events/2012/2012-11-28-noon-concert-piano-students-george-barth-and-kumaran-arul. University Singers. Unaccompanied Choral Music from Europe. 8 p.m. Nov. 28. Stanford Memorial Church. $5-$20. 650-723-3811 or https://arts.stanford.edu/events/2012/2012-11-28-university-singers. Bill Evans Presents. The Banjo in America. 7:30 p.m. Nov. 29. Room 105, Geology Corner (Building 320), Stanford University. Free. 650-725-2650 or https://continuingstudies.stanford.edu/publicprograms/event.php?eid=20121_EVT+350.
It’s a Clarinet Thing: San Francisco clarinetist/composer Beth Custer has written scores for classic Soviet silent films, Joe Goode Performance Group dance theater productions and numerous plays by Campo Santo, but she does ballet shoes afterpay some of her most vivid writing for Clarinet Thing, She launched the all-clarinet ensemble almost 30 years ago, and the quartet features three other brilliant players in Sheldon Brown, Ben Goldberg and Harvey Wainapel, The band has developed a far-flung repertoire, but the outfit’s performance on April 29 celebrates the 118th birthday of Duke Ellington, a composer who created some of the most striking settings ever for clarinet, Details: 8 p.m.; Musically Minded Academy, Oakland; $12-$30; 510-601-5700, musicallyminded.org.— Andrew Gilbert, Correspondent..
Here are our picks for the show’s Top 5 moments. 1. DIVERSITY AT LAST: Viola Davis delivered one of the most stirring Emmy speeches in recent memory after becoming the first black woman to win an Emmy for best lead actress in a drama. We loved the quote from abolitionist Harriet Tubman and we cheered her on as she gave a shout out to writers and actresses (including fellow nominee Taraji P. Henson) who helped to “redefine what it means to be sexy, to be a leading lady and to be black …” Sheer perfection.