Shorts: The Arts

Comedy and Chinese food in Fremont

“It’s a Meshugenah Christmas” a combination of comedy and Chinese food will be performed in Fremont Dec 24-25.

This “Laugh-A-Lot” production boasts comedians John DeKoven, Brian Malow, Jeff Applebaum and Ross Turner. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Jewish Family and Childrens Services of the East Bay.

The event will take place at the Golden Peacock Banquet and Bistro, 3681 Peralta Blvd, Fremont. Doors open both nights at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $50. Information:

‘Messiah’ concert — with a Yiddish accent

A decidedly nontraditional sing-along version of Handel’s “Messiah,” complete with a noted local klezmer ensemble, is coming to Oakland for the holidays.

Presented by the East Bay Symphony and its music director Michael Morgan, the performance features an appearance by Kugelplex as well as vocal soloists and the Oakland Interfaith Choir.

The sing-along “Messiah” takes place 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9 at the Paramount Theatre, 2025 Broadway, Oakland. Tickets: $15-$28. For more information, call (510) 625-8497 or online at

Anne Frank diary inspires local chorus

A new choral work based on the diary of Anne Frank has made its world premiere on a recording with the San Francisco Girls Chorus.

“Anne Frank: A Living Voice” by composer Linda Tutas Haugen is included on the chorus’ newest CD, “Voices of Hope and Peace.”

The chorus commissioned Haugen to write the piece for its 25th anniversary. Also included on the CD is “Hebrew Rounds for Peace,” arranged by Nancy Grundhal.

Founded in 1978, the Grammy Award-winning S.F. Girls Chorus is the largest and oldest choir of its kind in the Bay Area.

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Radio show features New York ‘Y’

SIRIUS Satellite Radio and the 92nd Street Y will launch “From New York’s 92nd Street Y,” a weekly radio show featuring in-depth interviews, panels and other events recorded live at the famed Manhattan venue. The show debuts early next year on SIRIUS Stars channel 102.

The 92nd Street Y has a 132-year legacy of bringing intriguing public figures to its stage. The roster of names includes Bill Clinton, Gloria Steinem, Paul McCartney, Henry Kissinger, Salman Rushdie, Elie Wiesel, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and hundreds of others.