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dec. 28 Big Fat Kiss Off XX -- 8 p.m. Will Durst and Company take the year 2012 and skewer it with stand-up comedy, improvisation and l sketches. This show is rated PG-13. Bankhead Theater, 2400 First St., Livermore. Tickets are $18, $23 and $28. 925-3373-6800.
dec. 29 Journey to the Heart of Africa! -- 3-6 p.m. Cheza Nami Foundation Inc. will usher in 2013 with an afternoon of conversation, arts, music and an African drum circle in collaboration with visual and performance artists from Kenya. This special event will offer a taste of Africa to community members of all ages by allowing them to experience African culture through visual arts by Wawi Amasha, Omiiroo and Ngene Mwaura and an Acoustic set by Nasambu Wamalwa. Activities include children's African-style face painting, conversations on Africa with the artist, African drumming and dance. Bothwell Arts Center 2466 8th St. Livermore. Tickets are $10 online | $15 at the door (Free for kids). http://www.chezanami.org.
dec. 31 Flash Cadillac -- 8 p.m. New Year's celebration with "Flash Cadillac and the Continental Kids, with favorite 1950s and 1960s tunes from "Shake, Rattle and Roll" and "Peggy Sue," to "I Only Have Eyes for You,". Billed as Flash Cadillac and the Continental Kids, they played on American Bandstand, appeared on TV's "Happy Days," and were featured in "American Graffiti."With more than 40 years of experience at keeping the party rocking, Flash Cadillac will make this is a New Year's Eve celebration to remember. " Bankhead Theater, 2400 First St., Livermore. Tickets are $60. Call for tickets 925-3373-6800.
jan. 5 &6 Happy Birthday, Elvis! -- 8 p.m. Dec. 5 and 2 p.m. Dec. 6. Jim Anderson and the Rebels return with the early (1954- 1966) hits of Elvis Presley -- "Heartbreak Hotel," "Hound Dog," "Don't Be Cruel," "Jailhouse Rock," and more. Firehouse Arts Center, 4444 Railroad Ave., Pleasanton. Box office: 925-931-4848, Tickets: $12 to $25. www.firehousearts.org.
jan. 11 Mardi Gras Dance Extravaganza -- 7 p.m. The Livermore School of Dance Jazz Company presents a dance performance filled with colorful and exciting dances of Mardi Gras and other festive adventures. Styles include hip hop, contemporary, musical theater, character, tap, jazz and modern. The Bankhead Theater, 2400 First St., Livermore. Tickets are $15-$26 at www.bankheadtheater.org. or call 925-373-6800.
jan. 12 Project Read -- 1-4 p.m. Share the gift of reading and writing by being a volunteer tutor. New volunteer tutor training. Project Read has the workbooks and study guides: you bring the energy and creativity. There will be help developing teaching skills and to craft curriculum, and gain experience, enriching your resume all the while helping others. The students come to Pleasanton from all over the world. Most have basic English skills and many have studied English in their home country. For more information call Penny Johnson at 925-931-3405. Pleasanton Library, 400 Old Bernal Ave.
jan. 13 Dodge's Sundodgers Concert -- 2 p.m. Dodge's Sundodgers play string band-styled updates of the best music from the ragtime 1900s through the torch songs of the 1920s and 30s, featuring great vocals and vintage instruments. Pleasanton Library, 400 Old Bernal Ave. Free. 925-931-3400.
Jan. 18 Preschool Performance -- 10 a.m. The Town of Danville is offering an inexpensive introduction to live entertainment for preschoolers and their parents. This month's performance will be "The Keith Show," which features comedy, acrobatics, juggling and daredevil tricks. Village Theatre, 430 Front. St., Danville. Tickets are $3. Parents and children must have tickets. To buy tickets visit www.villagetheatreshows.com or call 925-314-3400.
jan. 24 Lost Decency -- The Untold Afghan Story. 7 p.m. In his moving memoir, Atta Arghandiwal, of Dublin, shares his own story as well as that of the people of Afghanistan in a turbulent journey to escape the war-torn country. He reveals the truth about his beloved and once peaceful nation and how it became one of the deadliest and most dangerous in the world. Pleasanton Library, 400 Old Bernal Ave, 925-931-3400.