By Heidi Masek firstname.lastname@example.org
• Last minute: For performance buffs on your holiday shopping list, order a couple tickets to one of the shows touring the region in January and February. The Capitol Steps are former D.C. staffers who turn current events and antics into satire. They’ll be at the Capitol Center for the Arts in Concord, 225-1111, Jan. 13 at 8 p.m. The Housing Partnership presents them Feb. 3 at 5 and 8 p.m. at The Music Hall in Portsmouth, 436-2400, as a fundraiser for affordable housing. Ailey II, an offshoot of choreographer Alvin Ailey’s company, brings modern American dance to the Dana Center, 641-7700, Jan. 24 at 8 p.m. Acrobatic A Cirque Dreams Jungle Fantasy visits The Music Hall Feb. 8 through Feb. 10. Musical fans might go for tickets to the acclaimed Broadway show Hairspray, which lands at Capitol Center for the Arts Feb.22 at 7:30 p.m. Michael Flatley brings Irish step dance show Lord of the Dance to Lowell Memorial Auditorium, (978) 454-2299, Jan. 22 at 8 p.m. People who are into comedy might like Defending the Caveman, a Broadway solo show in which Vince Valentine explains the differences between man and woman. It plays at Lowell Memorial Auditorium on Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14, at 8 p.m. Ticket costs mostly range from $20 to $50 for these performances.
• Old-fashioned holiday show: “Cabaret De Boheme Caba-Family X-mas Special!” comes to Concord, Thursday, Dec. 2, at 8 p.m. at the Annicharico Theatre, 1 Thompson St. Cabaret De Boheme’s cast of performers, Cabaret De Boheme Teens, guest artists and local celebrities will take the stage. Visit nhcabaret.com or call 682-1401 for tickets, which cost $10. Get $2 off admission with a canned food donation.
• New Year’s plans: Reserve your seat for Reality Bites Back, a New Year’s Eve mystery dinner theater show directed by A. Robert Dionne with chef Matthew T. Morin. Wealthy entrepreneur Martin Duckworth has invented his own game—a combination of “Survivor” and “Apprentice.” The show benefits the Majestic Theatre in Manchester. The $30 all-inclusive show runs from 7 to 10:30 p.m. New Year’s Eve. Call 669-7469.
• Learn the craft: The School for Theater Arts at The Boys and Girls Club of Souhegan Valley starts winter classes Jan. 8 in costume design, lighting, vocal technique, movement and dance, musical theater and directing associated with Riverbend Youth Company’s performance of Once On This Island and a one-act play festival. Spring classes will start March 19 with tie-ins to Wonder of the World by David Lindsay-Abaire. Call 672-1002 for details.