San Jose boasts a hot lineup of performing and visual arts events this week

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Looking to up your appreciation of the arts?

We've rounded up artsy events around San Jose this week that will scratch your cultural itch, from "The Nutcracker" to a photography course.

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San Jose Dance Theatre's 'The Nutcracker'

From the event description:

Along with all the magnificent sets, costumes, special effects — and of course, dancing — at San Jose's longest-running "Nutcracker," you'll also be treated to live accompaniment by the Cambrian Symphony and several guest artists starring as the Sugar Plum Fairy and Cavalier — including principals from the San Francisco Ballet. Plus, with more than 250 restaurants in downtown San Jose, you'll find something that strikes your fancy within just a few blocks.

When: Saturday, Dec. 14, 2 p.m.
Where: San Jose Center for the Performing Arts, 255 S. Almaden Blvd.
Price: $30–$50
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Works 2019 Benefit Art Auction

From the event description:

What's the best kept secret for the South Bay art collector? It's the Works Benefit Art Auction. With 42 years of supporting the local arts community you can expect to find works donated by artists with national and international reputations, plus the opportunity to discover emerging artists with unique and groundbreaking work.

When: Saturday, Dec. 7, 6 p.m.
Where: Works, 365 S. Market St., San Jose, CA 95113
Price: Free
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The Santaland Diaries

From the event description:

This outrageously funny, well-loved story by humorist David Sedaris tells about the author's experiences as an unemployed writer taking a job as an elf at Macy's department store in New York City. The SantaLand Diaries takes a wry, somewhat cynical, often funny look at how the holiday season brings out the best, and the worst, in us all.

When: Saturday, Dec. 7, 8 p.m.
Where: Center For Spiritual Living, 1195 Clark St., San Jose, CA 95125
Price: $30
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Up to 54% Off Classes at Bay Area Glass Institute

From the Bay Area Glass Institute deal description:

Glass-making classes teach students how to form bowls, shape decorative beads, or cut glass to make plates and coasters.

Where: Bay Area Glass Institute, 635 Phelan Ave., Rockspring
Price: $82 (54% discount off regular price)
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Up to 50% Off Photography Course from Abilities Discovered

From the Abilities Discovered deal description:

Kids learn how to operate a digital camera to create rich, detailed pictures during these informative photography courses.

Where: Abilities Discovered, 1649 Naglee Ave., Rose Garden
Price: $65 (48 percent discount off regular price)
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