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1. SAY GOODBYE TO ‘ROCKY’
If you haven’t yet seen the Artists’ Repertory Theatre production of “The Rocky Horror Show,” what are you thinking? It’s a great evening. Here’s my review. There are two more performances: 8 p.m. today and Saturday.  [Details]

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To-Do This Weekend: ‘The Nutcracker’

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I know, it’s probably still too early for many of you to give a thought to the weekend. You still have turkey to think about. But a little planning ahead can save you some bucks — and nab you some decent seats — at this weekend’s performance of “The Nutcracker” at the Saroyan Theatre. Ballet co-sponsor Fresno Grand Opera — whose musicians are providing live accompaniment for the event for the first time in years — is holding a “Black Friday” sale through Friday offering 25% off listed ticket prices.

The production, which features 30 professional members of the Sacramento Ballet and more than 100 local dancers, will be performed 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. I have a story in Thursday’s Life section about the live-music angle for this year’s show, so be sure and check it out.