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'The Latke Who Couldn't Stop Screaming'

Peninsula Youth Theater kicks off the holidays with the latest production from the "Stories on Stage" program with "The Latke Who Couldn't Stop Screaming." The performance is an adaptation of Lemony Snicket's cheeky spin on the classic gingerbread-man tale and features a rambunctious latke who baffles the forest creatures he meets throughout his riotous journey.

PYT's finest teen actors perform children's fiction, fairy tales and poetry in professionally directed shows, and many, like "latke," are adapted specially for their performances. The shows generally run about 40 minutes and the audience is given the opportunity to ask the cast questions at the end of the play.

Catch the performance at the Mountain View Center for Performing Arts (500 Castro St.) Friday, Dec. 12, at 9:30 a.m., 11 a.m. and 7:30 p.m., or Saturday, Dec. 13, at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Tickets are available online at mountainview.gov/mvcpa/mvcpa.html or by calling the box office at 650-903-6000. Admission is $12 for all individuals.


Chorus, orchestra play holiday favorites

Warm up for the holidays with enchanting Christmas classics and other favorites performed by celebrated vocal and string ensembles. Music director Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg and the New Century Chamber Orchestra and the San Francisco Girls Chorus usher in the holiday season at Palo Alto's First United Methodist Church on Friday, Dec. 19.

The New Century Chamber Orchestra is one of very few conductorless ensembles in the world. The 19-member string group is led by world-renowned violinist Salerno-Sonnenberg from the concertmaster chair and will perform pieces by Bach, Handel and Corelli among other selections.

The orchestra will also perform collaborative pieces with the chorus, a vocal ensemble that features voices of young women ages 5 through 18. The program will also feature stand-alone holiday pieces by the chorus, including Vaughan Williams' "Winter" from Folksongs of the Four Seasons.

Tickets range from $29 to $61 and can be purchased at www.ncco.org, through City Box Office at www.cityboxoffice.com or by calling 415-392-4400. Discounted single tickets are available for patrons under 35, and open rehearsal tickets are available for $8 through City Box Office.


A traditional German market

If you've had a hankering for bretzln (pretzels), stollen (fruit cake), gebrannte mandeln (toasted candied almonds) or other German delights, you won't want to miss the annual holiday market hosted by the German International School of Silicon Valley this Saturday, Dec. 13.

The Weihnachtsmarkt, or Christmas market, is the perfect place to learn about German culture and practice simple German phrases. Live orchestra and chorus performances will fill the air with holiday favorites to provide the look and feel of an authentic village market. The event features an ice rink, petting zoo, train, face painting and more activities for the kids, and adults can take advantage of the German beers and mulled wine.

Gifts from both German and Bay Area artists will be on sale, including jewelry, clothing, toys and soap. Participate in the raffle and silent auction for a chance to win tickets to Disneyland, an iPad Air or a limited edition San Francisco 49ers NaVorro Bowman football. All proceeds from the event will benefit the nonprofit GISSV, which serves children from preschool through grade 12.

The market will be held from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. at City Hall Plaza (500 Castro St.) in Mountain View Dec. 13 and is free to the public. Rain or shine, the market will be in full swing. For more information, visit gissv.org/germanholidaymarket?rc=0. Frohe Feiertage!

— Jennah Feeley

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