Sactown Thanksgiving Weekend Update for Nov. 27-30

Courtesy of the Harris Center for the Arts
Just in time for Thanksgiving: Watch a musical about a family kookier than yours at the Harris Center in Folsom tonight.

In this special holiday edition of the Sactown Weekend Update, we’re giving thanks for two musicals, a spectacular gallery exhibition, Old Sacramento’s annual Christmas light show, and Sacramento’s largest fun run.  

The Addams Family (Wednesday)
The creepy, kooky, mysterious and spooky family makes its way to Folsom on Wednesday in this Broadway musical. Based on Charles cartoon series, which was previously turned into a 1964 TV show and a 1991 film, the plot for this theatrical adaptation focuses on the Addams’ teenage daughter Wednesday, who has fallen  in love with a boy named Lucas and  invites his conservative parents to dinner to meet her cadaverous clan. $45-$79. 7 p.m. Harris Center for the Arts. 10 College Pkwy. Folsom. 608-6888.

It’s a Wonderful Life: The Musical (Wednesday through Sunday)
Have yourself a merry little Christmas with the Sacramento Theatre Company, which is debuting the first regional production of the musical adaptation of Frank Capra’s classic 1946 film. It’s a Wonderful Life follows the downtrodden family man George Bailey, whose urge to end his life is thwarted by a guardian angel who reveals to George what would have befallen his hometown of Bedford Falls had he never been born. $30-$40. Wednesday at 7 p.m. Thursday at 12:30 and 7 p.m. Friday at 7 p.m. Saturday at 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday at 2 p.m. Sacramento Theatre Company’s Mainstage. 1419 H St. 443-6722.

Theatre of Lights (Wednesday through Sunday)
Ho, ho, ho, who wouldn’t go to Theatre of Lights, the annual Christmas tradition that today kicks off its season in Old Sacramento. Produced by Stage Nine Design, the show holiday scenes displayed on the façades of the historic buildings. There, one-time Sacramento Union reporter Mark Twain (played by Bill Farmer, the voice of Goofy and Pluto) will recite “The Night Before Christmas,” with high-tech sound effects created by Skywalker Sound, dramatic light projections of Santa’s sleigh and his reindeer and nightly appearances by Saint Nick himself. Free. Wednesday at 6 p.m. Thursday through Sunday at 6:15 and 7:45 p.m. Old Sacramento. K Street between Front and Second streets in Old Sacramento. 442-8575.

Run to Feed the Hungry (Thursday)
Touted as one of the largest Thanksgiving Day races in the country, this yearly race benefiting Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services returns to the Fabulous Forties in East Sacramento, where nearly 30,000 runners will pound the pavement on a 5K or 10K course. To hold you over until Thanksgiving Dinner, refuel with fresh fruit and Clif Bars at the post-race party featuring live music from the local band On Air. $35 ($20 for ages 15 and under). Day-of registration opens at 7 a.m. on Thursday. 10K begins at 8:35. 5K begins at 9 p.m. J St. and Carlson Dr. 456-1980.

Alex Bult Gallery: The Secret Life of Machines (Thursday through Sunday)
This exhibit of 17 richly textured impasto paintings by Sacramento artist Jeff Myers juxtaposes bygone and contemporary elements—like in Mother lodes, which depicts miners and computer users at the base of an oversized old-fashioned film camera to illustrate past and current economic booms in California—and timeworn farm equipment against bustling backgrounds of modern metropolises like New York and Tokyo. The show marks the two-year anniversary of the Alex Bult Gallery, founded by the grandson of famed painter Wayne Thiebuad and son of prominent local artist Matt Bult. Open Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. 1114 21st St. 476-5540.