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For those in need of a little Christmas cheer, this weekend offers three holiday dance productions, taking place throughout the county. The Curtis Studio of Dance presents Nutcracker Ballet this Friday, December 19, and Saturday, December 20, at Carpinteria Middle School (5351 Carpinteria Ave.). Call 684-4099 or visit The Montecito School of Ballet will perform A Winter Wonderland on Friday, December 19, and Saturday, December 20, at the Marjorie Luke Theatre (721 E. Cota St.). Call (310) 725-0025 or visit And the Goleta Valley Community Center (5679 Hollister Ave.) will host a performance of Goleta Ballet Theater’s The Nutcracker Tutu Suite on Saturday, December 20. Call 967-1237 or visit for


Ed Giron’s Spoon River Anthology returns to Santa Barbara this Thursday, December 18, at 8 p.m. with the last of three encore engagements at Center Stage Theater (751 Paseo Nuevo). The play, adapted from Edgar lee Masters’s book of the same name, recounts the humorous, tragic, and ill-fated lives (and deaths) of those buried in the fictional town of Spoon River. For tickets and information, call 963-0408 or visit

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