Snow Dance in Culver City

The Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre leaps into a site-specific seasonal presentation at the Helms Bakery District.

Back in the day, when Helms Bakery was busily churning out loaf after lovely loaf of bread, it wasn't too surprising to see a flurry of small white particles drifting in a shaft of sunlight, much like wee flakes of snow.

Of course, it doesn't actually snow inside bakeries or even in Culver City, the longtime home of the historic building (which, another "of course," is no longer a bakery but a bustling center for chic home design).

But the holidays have a pinch of magic to them, much like the pinch of salt that's often added to a bowl of bread dough, which all leads to this sweet surprise: Snow is headed for Helms Bakery, or at least outside of Helms Bakery, on Saturday, Dec. 10.

The Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre, the local troupe famous for presenting engaging performances at offbeat locations around the region (a laundromat, a shuttered hospital), will bring a wintry evening to the Helms Bakery District via a one-night-only show called "Snowed Under."

Yes, there shall be some snow, as well as "live music and projections," all of which investigates "how we look at 'the other.'"

Fact: When the second third of December arrives, the stage-style spectaculars really kick into high, holiday-ish gear. If you're longing for something cultural, a little quirky, and rife with interesting, stick-with-you ideas, but want something a tad different from the traditional fare of the season, best follow the snowflakes for Culver City.

Bread isn't baking at Helms Bakery these days, but this site-specific dance, along with some snow and the call to know/understand those in our community, will be as aromatic and tempting as any just-out-of-the-oven loaf.

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