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Entertaining shows for the New Year

  • Justin Timberlake brings his “20/20 Experience World Tour” to the SAP Center (formerly HP Pavilion) in San Jose on Jan. 19. (Photo by John Shearer/Invision/AP)

You may not have shaken all of the visions of sugarplums out of your head just yet, but the holiday season is over, and it's time to look ahead.

As we start a new year, with the calendar pages still new, shiny and mostly blank, it's not too early to start noting the dates of major regional shows and events.

Musical choices during the next few months range from Broadway star Audra McDonald in Rohnert Park to Justin Timberlake in San Jose and Miley Cyrus in Oakland.

Or can you go for high-end theater, with George Bernard Shaw and Anton Chekhov, or high-class art, with Georgia O'Keeffe.

Here are a few high-profile choices:

Jan. 8 — After 16 years, the American Conservatory Theater revisits “Major Barbara,” George Bernard Shaw's classic satire about a Salvation Army officer who becomes disillusioned when her struggling church accepts money from her estranged father, a wealthy munitions manufacturer. Runs through Feb. 2. 415 Geary St., San Francisco. $20-$65. 415-749-2228; act-sf.org.

Jan. 18 — Broadway legend and two-time Grammy Award-winner Audra McDonald takes the stage of Weill Hall at the Green Music Center for an evening of show tunes, classic songs from movies and some original pieces. Sonoma State University, 1801 E. Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park. 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $50. 866-955-6040, gmc.sonoma.edu.

Jan 19 — Music and movie star Justin Timberlake brings his “20/20 Experience World Tour” to the SAP Center (formerly HP Pavilion) in San Jose. The tour, of course, is named after his latest album, which has sold 2 million copies in the U.S. this year. 7 p.m. $52.50-$178. sapcenteratsanjose.com.

Jan. 25 — “Man in a Case,” a dance piece adapted from two stories by Anton Chekhov and featuring Mikhail Baryshnikov, runs until Feb. 16 at the Berkeley Repertory's Roda Theatre, 2025 Addison St., Berkeley. $42.50-$85. 510-647-2949, berkeleyrep.org.

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