Melissa Sandvig/Cutting Defense/Flash Fiction 365/Poplollys

 Melissa Sandvig One of the star's of "So You Think You Can Dance" is performing this weekend in the Sacramento Ballet's "Nutcracker." You'll meet Melissa Sandvig, the classically trained dancer who made it to the Top 6 of this summer's hit dance show, and hear what it's like to perform in a Christmas classic.

'The Nutcracker" opens Friday, Dec. 11th and runs through Wednesday, Dec. 23rd at the Community Center Theatre, 1301 L St., Sacramento. Performances are at 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 2 p.m. Saturdays; 1 p.m. Sundays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays; and 5 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Sunday, Dec. 20th. Information: (916) 808-5181.

Cutting Defense Self-defense instructor Midge Marino is seeing two of her three classes at Sacramento State being cut; they include general self-defense classes for students at large, particularly women. Today on Insight, we'll talk with her about it.

Flash Fiction 365 You'll meet a local man who's writing one short story a day for the entire year. Jason Sinclair Long tells you about Flash Fiction 365, an experiment where fate and readers play a role in the story that gets written on any given day. 

The Poplollys Foresthill-based country/americana/rockabilly band The Poplollys are performing this week in Sacramento. You'll meet members of the band and hear them play live in our studio.

The Americana Ramble starring The Hot Club of Cowtown with The Poplollys and Hard Clumpin' Litter is at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 10th at The 24th St. Theatre, Sacramento. Doors open at 6 p.m.
Wednesday, December 9, 2009