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End-of-Year Shows: Last Chance To Get Your Culture Fix On

Four last-minute suggestions for shows to catch before they’re gone.

Painting: The William S. Paley Collection: A Taste for Modernism
CBS cofounder William S. Paley was a patron of the arts who built up a significant collection of late-19th century to mid-20th century modernist paintings, drawings and sculptures. Now on display: major works from his impressive and broad collection including Picasso’s Box Leading a Horse (1905-1906), Degas’ Two Dancers (1905), and Matisse’s Odalisque with a Tambourine (1925-26).
“The William S. Paley Collection: A Taste for Modernism,” through Dec. 30 @ de Young

Ken and Melanie Light: Valley of Shadows and Dreams
The Lights depict scenes from California’s Central Valley and the experiences, hardships and realities of people living in those marginalized agricultural communities. The show, which consists of Ken Light’s 31 beautifully rendered black and white photos and Melanie Light’s insightful essays, made its museum debut in late July, the first in the museum’s new series of California photography.
“Ken and Melanie Light,” through Dec. 30 @ Oakland Museum of California

Theater: White Snake
Mary Zimmerman’s gorgeous, 90-minute retelling of an ancient Chinese fable about a magical serpent who falls in love with a human, has been extended through Dec. 30, meaning more time to catch this acclaimed world-premiere production.
“White Snake,” through Dec. 30 @ Berkeley Repertory Theatre

Broadway Blockbuster: Book of Mormon
If you haven’t still snagged your ticket for one of the most buzzed-about, sold-out shows in town, fret not. Before the Tony award-winning production packs up and heads to London’s West End next year, enter the show's lottery drawing for your chance at obtaining that coveted golden ticket.
Book of Mormon," Through Dec. 30 @ Curran Theatre 

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