Bethlehem A.D. A walk-through recreation of ancient Bethlehem on the night of the First Christmas. More than 85 animals and a village of costumed characters. 6-9:30 p.m. Dec. 21-23. 1305 Middlefield Road, Redwood City. Free. bethlehemad.com. San Mateo County History Museum. Playing Grown-Up: Toys from the Harry P. Costa Collection, through Dec. 31. Toys from the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s that allowed children to mimic the activities of adults, such as a pedal-car fire truck and airplane, Tonka work trucks, an electric 1929 Lionel Stove & Oven, a G-men Fingerprint Set, a “Miss Friday” mechanical doll and a Lionel train. “The People’s Tunnel: Highway 1 at Devil’s Slide.” Celebrates the near completion of the tunnel project at Devil’s Slider. Includes images of early attempts to break the isolation of the San Mateo County Coastside — from muddy stage coach roads, to the failed Ocean Shore Railroad to Devil’s Slide. San Mateo County History Museum, 2200 Broadway, Redwood City. $3-$5; free to Association members. www.historysmc.org or 650-299-0104.
Details: 1:30 to 6 p.m, Dec, 9, 16 and 23, and 5 to 9 p.m, on Dec, 12 and 19 in downtown Nevada City, Free admission; www.nevadacitychamber.com, Head for the coast — and a different century — for Monterey’s Christmas in the Adobes festival, which evokes the celebrations of 19th century Alta California, Stroll among the adobes, decorated for the holidays with candlelit luminaria, Enjoy festive music, living history presentations and plenty of interactive fun, Try a fandango lesson at the Custom House and enjoy bagpipes and danzcue adult cotton long sleeve ballet cut leotard shortbread cookies at Robert Louis Stevenson House as you explore more than 20 other historic sites..
Music at Foothill Presbyterian: The South Bay Philharmonic performs a program that includes selections by Copland, Gershwin and a medley from Les Miserables, May 13, 7:30 p.m. Monteverdi Brass Quintet, May 27, 8 p.m. $10 per person suggested donation each concert. Foothill Presbyterian Church, 5301 McKee Road, San Jose. 408.258.8133 or www.foothillpc.org. Peninsula Women’s Chorus: The chorus presents “Cantemus–Let Us Sing,” a program that includes Shaker songs, and selections by Veljo Tormis, Vecchi, Karl Korte, Alberto Grau, Schubert, as well as two commissions by the chorus. May 22, 4 p.m. $10-$20. Mission Santa Clara, 500 El Camino Real, Santa Clara. 650.327.3095 or www.pwchorus.org.
It’s one of the oldest shows in one of the Bay Area’s most charming historic districts, The Niles Antique Faire & Flea Market will return Aug, 27 for its 53rd year, and the event could draw as many as 30,000 visitors, More than 225 merchants will assemble on the streets of the Fremont district where silent movies featuring early stars Charlie Chaplin and Broncho Billy Anderson were once produced, You will find antiques, collectibles, jewelry, plants and garden danzcue adult cotton long sleeve ballet cut leotard items, crafts, toys and oodles more..
I come to bury “Hail, Caesar!” not to praise it. Make no mistake, I mean no disrespect to Joel and Ethan Coen, the Oscar-winning filmmakers who brought us jewels such as “Fargo” and “True Grit.” The Coens have been the kings of quirky for decades, with an eclectic canon bursting with gravity, wit and style, but their empire wobbles with this overstuffed homage to the Hollywood of yore, the realm of sleazebags, bombshells and movie moguls. An oddball sense of comedy has long been the Coens’ hallmark, but the movie takes itself so painfully seriously that it’s rarely funny. Ironically, “Caesar” feels as cheesy as the bloated prestige pictures it sets out to spoof. Think “Cleopatra,” only with less camp value. At times, you suspect the Coens must be going for the mesmerizing slow burn of “Barton Fink” or the sizzle of “Blood Simple,” but the fire here fizzles out all too fast.