Still need to get into the holiday spirit (or avoid it at all costs)? Check out our holiday activity guide for something to suit everybody — and we mean everybody.
For the Scrooge
If your goal each December is to get as far away as possible from Santa-ish saccharine, your best bet is to grab a ticket to the off-Broadway hit "Stuffed and Unstrung," which takes the Jim Henson Co.'s puppeteers and puppets and gives them a shot of scotch and an open mic.
The West Coast premiere of this uncensored improvisational comedy and variety show from Dec. 29 to Jan. 2 at the Irvine Barclay Theatre, 4242 Campus Drive, features the actual crew and puppets that generations have grown up with — but like the puppet musical "Avenue Q," it's strictly for adults. Hosted by comedian Patrick Bristow, the show features 80 Henson puppets taking audience suggestions for skits and songs, while their six puppeteers are in full view onstage.