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Every year during the holidays, we can count on seeing some version of “The Nutcracker” and “The Christmas Carol,” but local journalist, playwright and actor David Templeton likes to do something different.

This year he’ll present “Twisted Christmas Live No. 10,” his 10th annual “literary-comedy-variety show,” at the Glaser Center, 547 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa, at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15.

A fundraiser for the Redwood Empire Food Bank, the show features Bay Area actors, writers, musicians and comedians, reading outrageous holiday-themed short stories.

“The big news is that this is the last ‘Twisted Christmas,’” Templeton said..  “When I started this 10 years ago, my life was a lot simpler. Now, I have several big projects in the works, including two new plays. So I’ve decided to settle for 10 solid years of Christmas ‘twistedness,’ and make room for whatever comes next.”

This year’s material includes stories of survivalist gingerbread men, ghostly Christmas Eve intruders and a woman remembering the worst Christmas song she ever heard as a child.

Tickets: $20 in advance, $25 at the door.

Information: 568-5381, glasercenter.com.

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